Brands Hatch Indy Circuit hosted the final race meeting of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship season over the weekend, 26th/27th September, where SWR driver Jordan Albert wrapped-up a top six finish in the title standings and only just missed out on adding to his 2015 podium tally.
Ending the opening contest on Saturday with fifth position, the British racer challenged hard for the podium in the second encounter on Sunday morning but had to settle for a fourth place finish just a few tenths of a second shy of the rostrum. He then added seventh in race three to consolidate his placing in the championship’s top half dozen for the race winning Chipping Norton team.
“It’s been a season of highs and lows really this year”, said team owner Sean Walkinshaw, “It would have been great to end with a podium, Jordan only just missed out, but he’s done a great job this year and has always been there or thereabouts. His actual results this season, though, don’t really reflect his true pace or level of performance.
Only missing out on the round 22 pole position by a mere 0.3 seconds, Albert had to settle for seventh on the grid for Saturday afternoon’s race but swiftly moved into the top six where he stayed close behind fifth position lap after lap with overtaking on the tight Indy Circuit proving impossible.
As the race entered its closing stages, though, Sisa Ngebulana ran wide through the gravel at Clark Curve on lap 23 which enabled Albert to pounce and break into the top five. At the chequered flag two laps later, the Briton was just a couple of seconds shy of the podium placings.
Beginning round 23 on Sunday morning from fourth on the grid, Albert swiftly moved into third place and remained there to lap 10 when he was edged back to fourth. Staying close behind the two cars ahead in an extremely tight battle, the Briton was never more than a few tenths of a second shy of the podium and ultimately ended the race just 0.5 seconds shy of third position.
Lining up seventh and 18th on the grid respectively for the final race of the championship on Sunday afternoon, Albert wanted to end the season on a high but the tight and twisty layout again rendered passing opportunities almost non-existent with Albert staying in seventh the entire race, sandwiched between Jack Lang and Ciaran Haggerty.