Podium for Sharp in final F4 race at Croft

After a difficult two races in the 2022 ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA at Croft, UK, on Saturday, Kiwi driver Louis Sharp has finished on the podium in second place in the final race of the round on Sunday.

“Great way to enter the mid-season break,” commented Sharp. “Good points and a good comeback after being spun around yesterday.

A jump start by pole-sitter Aiden Neate (Phinsys by Argenti) gifted eventual race-winner Carlin’s Oliver Gray the lead and elevated his team-mate Louis Sharp to second spot, before red flags were thrown for Chris Dittmann Racing’s Joel Pearson after an accident at Tower.

When the race restarted to a revised 10-minute duration, Gray was beaten off the line by a lightning-fast Oliver Stewart, the Hitech GP racer surging from third to seize the upper hand on the inside at Clervaux.

The safety car made an appearance almost immediately after JHR Developments Joseph Loake collided with the barriers at Sunny In, and on the restart, Stewart was unable to escape the Carlin duo.

They reeled him in and, with Sharp stuck behind Stewart under braking for Tower on the fifth of seven laps, Gray saw his opportunity and seized it, sending a bold move around the outside to claim the race lead.

Sharp was able to quickly follow his team-mate through at the Jim Clark Esses, as did Alex Dunne, the championship leader up from tenth on the grid to third. Any subsequent opportunity to challenge Gray for the lead never materialised, and he took a first win of the 2022 season by 1.9 seconds.

“I went to the inside when I should have gone outside, and I got boxed inside,” said Sharp. “So thats probably what cost us the win today, but I think we were able to race well. We showed some really good pace. It’s a good position to be in going into the break and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Gray’s (189-points) victory makes him the stand-out challenger to Dunne (240-points) at the top of the championship leaderboard heading into the four-week summer break, the latter how ahead by 51 points. Sharp remains in fifth place overall on 130-points.

Knockhill, Fife, hosts the next three rounds of the championship over the weekend of 29 – 31 July 2022.

See also: Louis Sharp gains points but no podium at Croft – Day 1

Overall Points – 2022 ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA – provisional
(points after 15 of 30 races)

1/ Alex Dunne (IRL) 240
2/Oliver Grey (GBR) 189
3/ Ugo Ugochukwu (USA) 150
4/ Aiden Neate (GBR) 137
5/ Louis Sharp (NZL) 130
6/ Daniel Guinchard (GBR) 96

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