Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship driver Jordan Albert experienced something of a character building event at Donington Park over the weekend, 12th/13th September, with the SWR driver encountering a less than straightforward penultimate race meeting of the 2015 season.
Race two on Sunday morning, round 20, held the most promise for the Chipping Norton squad with multiple race winner Albert beginning the contest from pole position. Unfortunately, though, he was adjudged by officials to have fractionally jumped the start and instead had to settle for eighth place after the application of a time penalty.
Although missing out on adding to his season podium tally, the British youngster still chalked-up important points with eighth in round 19 and ninth in round 21. The net result is retention of sixth in the championship ahead of the championship finale at Brands Hatch a fortnight from now where he still has a slim chance of ending the campaign in the series top three.
“It’s been a tough weekend for Jordan, qualifying didn’t go according to plan and then the races were a challenge”, reflected SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw, “Jordan did a good job fighting through to eighth in race one, where we needed to be for pole in race two, but then he had the jump start. We appealed it as the car only slightly moved on the limiter, but the decision stood.
After a difficult qualifying session on Saturday morning, which took place on a slippery track surface, Albert ended up with the 13th fastest time for the round 19 grid – after having no fewer than four lap times removed due to track limits infringements.
Putting together an excellent opening lap to race one of the weekend, Albert gained three places to climb into the top 10 but was then frustratingly bottled up behind the car of Michael O’Brien for a few laps.
Moving into ninth as a result of Tom Jackson dropping back, Albert then managed to make the breakthrough to pass O’Brien on the fourth tour for eighth where he importantly remained to the finish – securing the reverse grid pole position for race two on Sunday morning.
Lining-up on pole position for round 20, Albert led away from the line but on lap two he was served with a 10 second time penalty after being adjudged to have made a false start. Continuing to lead on the road until lap five when passed by Will Palmer at McLeans, Albert held second all the way to the finish but on corrected times he was classified in a frustrating eighth position.
For the final outing of the weekend, screened live on Motors TV, Albert started in 10th position. In a race featuring two separate Safety Car periods, Albert came through to finish in ninth place.