Arden Motorsport returned to the rostrum in a mixed weekend of British F4 action at Hampshire’s Thruxton circuit last weekend [19-20 September].
Donington Park race winner Alex Connor converted his second row start into fourth position in the opening encounter, just one position away from securing his sixth podium of the season.
He was on the receiving end of an unfortunate incident in race two which left him without points, but again showed resilience after being pitched into a spin at the start of the final contest to recover from 12th to fourth, setting the fastest lap of the race as he scythed back up the order with a scintillating drive.
Roman Bilinski kept the Red Arrows’ silverware streak alive with an opportunistic drive in race two that saw him progress from eighth on the grid to finish third at the flag just ahead of team-mate Frederick Lubin.
That followed up his result of eighth in the opening race before he came home sixth in the final encounter on Sunday to solidify his points haul with three strong top ten finishes in what was a successful weekend for the Ginetta graduate.
Frederick Lubin also collected further silverware at the high-speed Hampshire circuit, securing another brace of Rookie Cup victories in the opening pair of contests and equalling his best-ever result in fourth overall in the latter.
He would narrowly miss out on completing the hat-trick of class wins after a tight battle in the final race, but took the flag in eighth to cap off a successful weekend which saw him further reduce the gap in his bid for the category title.
The Red Arrows have another quick turnaround before they return straight into British F4 action on home soil at the Silverstone National Circuit this weekend [26-27 September].
Arden British F4 Team Manager Gary Ward:
“It was great for Arden Motorsport to be back on the podium after a bit of a break from British F4 action.
“Alex was really unlucky but again showed his resilience and managed to bounce back impressively. We couldn’t be more chuffed for Roman and Frederick to equal their best results so far this season, they’re making great progress and the results are showing that.
“It’s another quick turnaround before we head to our home circuit and hopefully we can get back on the top step!”
Alex Connor (#27):
"Last year I really struggled at Thruxton due to my size and strength as it is a very physical circuit where we are at full throttle for over 90% of the lap and almost none of it in a straight line!
“A lot of my motivation during off-season training was to make sure that I didn't have the same problem this year and even though I didn't get a podium this weekend, I can say that I achieved my goal of being competitive here."
“Silverstone is such a great place to race, being the home of British motorsport. This year we have a great car so I'll be pushing hard for three strong finishes to move back up in the championship."
Roman Bilinski (#55):
“It was a good weekend with lots of positives to take, I loved the podium which gives confidence for Silverstone.
“Silverstone is an iconic track and a brilliant racing track. I’m really excited to see what we can do there.”
Frederick Lubin (#78):
“Thruxton was great for racing, another P4 and two Rookie wins was great for the points.
“We got unlucky in race three being handed a penalty that was given unfairly but I took it on the chin and fought into the points. Overall it was a very good weekend. We learnt a lot and we can use what we learnt going into Silverstone.
“I am looking forward to Silverstone, I have been quick there in the past and I enjoy driving it. It should be really good fun and hopefully we will get some more good points.”