F4 podium for Sharp at Brands Hatch

Having finished 10th and sixth in the first two ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA races at Brands Hatch, Louis Sharp finally stood on the podium in alongside his Carling team mates. McLaren junior Ugo Ugochukwu triumphed in a wet-weather race, leading home a Carlin 1-2-3 finish with Oliver Gray second.

“The highs and lows of motorsport,” commented Sharp! “After receiving a penalty yesterday and losing the podium in Race 2, it feels amazing to take third in the final race here at Brands Hatch… what a weekend!”

A spin by championship leader Alex Dunne caused the field to scatter, enabling Sharp to pick his way through the eye of the storm to round out the final spot on the podium, a fitting end to a promising debut for the Kiwi rising star.

Dunne dropped to P12 as a result of that incident, but undeterred the Irish talent pushed on and was able to claw his way back into the top five with a damaged front wing, before an off across the grass at Surtees removed the remnants of the wing, and forced him to pit for a new one. He eventually took the flag a lap down in 14th.

That result means his advantage at the championship summit has been reduced, with Gray’s podium moving him to within 15 points of his chief title rival after six rounds. Ugochukwu’s win elevates him to third overall, a further six markers back. Sharp now sits 13th overall on the points table.

See also: Sharp finishes on British F4 podium before post-race penalty

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