So near and yet so far

Realistic hopes of a possible race victory were dashed for BRDC Formula 4 Championship team SWR at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk over the weekend, 11th/12th July, as series front-runner Jordan Albert had to settle for a brace of top five finishes instead.

With the fourth race meeting of the season impacted by rainfall on day two, tyre choice played a pivotal role in round 11 and Albert was on course to potentially grasp his second race win of the year until the drying track worked against him during the latter stages.

“Jordan had a couple of chances to be on the podium but it didn’t work out unfortunately”, said team owner Sean Walkinshaw, “In the last race he had a coming together with [Harri] Newey and there was nothing he could do, the possibility was there to take a very good result.

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Local Silverstone boy makes good

Silverstone local Jordan Albert moved into the top five of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship for leading squad SWR at the Northamptonshire track over the weekend, 30th/31st May, after bagging his biggest points haul of the season – including his third podium of 2015.

Closing to within just 19 points of the coveted top three in the driver standings, the 18-year-old was also in the fight for his second victory of the campaign during a wet round eight on Sunday morning but an unfortunate moment while in third position spoiled his hopes.

“It was obviously good to be back on the podium again this weekend, although a bit disappointing we couldn’t get the win in race two as Jordan had the pace for sure”, said SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw.

“In race three the tyres were just wrecked at the end. The guys at the front had better tyres available than we did, so for Jordan to finish in fourth was a good result. We’ve made up some good ground in the points, the championship is definitely back on for us now.”

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Rocking at Rockingham

Jordan Albert raced to a podium on the second weekend of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship season at Rockingham with third place in round six on Sunday, 3rd May.

Setting the pace from the outset at the Northamptonshire track, Chipping Norton’s SWR concluded pre-event testing fastest overall thanks to a sensational performance from Albert and Hoque was just as impressive with the third quickest time.

While qualifying wasn’t quite what the 18-year-old hoped for, Albert ending the session third fastest and clearly had the pace and performance to be a threat in all three races.

Some unfortunate on-track dramas did result in a mixed outcome, but a third for Albert in a rain-affected fifth round on Sunday morning confirmed his undoubted championship potential.

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And so it begins . . .

Oulton Park in Cheshire saw the opening rounds of the BRDC F4 Championships and it was a corker. Jordan Albert secured his maiden BRDC Formula 4 Championship race victory in style at Oulton Park International Circuit on Easter Monday, 6th April, to also take Chipping Norton’s SWR back to the top of the podium for the first time since September 2013.

Starting the third and final race of the weekend from pole position, the 18-year-old soaked up huge pressure over the course of the first 10 laps before then motoring away to a substantial eight second winning margin after chief challenger Ciaran Haggerty spun while attempting to stay in touch.

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