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Promising Pace at Silverstone for Eastwood
Posted by: newsla on Aug 17, 2014 - 03:35 PM
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Promising Pace at Silverstone for Eastwood


Despite showing tremendous pace at the latest round of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship, Charlie Eastwood was denied the results at the Silverstone round after a mixture of issues in rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the series. He was tapped into a spin in the first race of the weekend, fell victim to a tyre lottery in race two, and failed to make the grid for race 3 where he was to make his highest start of the season from third after suffering a broken driveshaft.

 

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In advance of the race weekend getting underway, which marked the midpoint of the season, the BRDC F4 Championship held a full day of testing on Friday, separated into four sessions. Charlie had a strong day, topping the timesheets in the third session and finishing fifth overall in the day, proving an encouraging start to the weekend, which was held on the Grand Prix circuit.

In Saturday morning’s qualifying Charlie set the eighth fastest time with two minutes to go. After the session Raoul Hyman was demoted in the order, promoting Charlie to seventh with a lap time of 2:05.852, just 0.601 off the pole time.

Charlie made a solid start from the fourth row in race 1, moving up to sixth. Over the following laps, Charlie settled into eighth place and was looking strong for a result which would have put him on pole for race 2 due to the reverse grid rules. Unfortunately, he was tipped into a spin on lap 8 which saw him fall back to 14th. He was able to make up two positions in the short time remaining, setting imself up for a 12th place start on Sunday morning for race 2.

A heavy downpour ahead of Sunday morning’s race 2 made tyre choice a challenging factor as the track changed from wet to drying. Charlie went out on wet tyres and, by lap three, had moved up from 12th into eighth spot. Unfortunately at the halfway point of the race it became evident that those drivers on slick tyres were benefitting from the drying track and so, for Charlie, it was a battle for position to the chequered flag. He finished in 11th place after a hard fought race.

Sunday afternoon proved the most disappointing for Charlie. He was to begin the race from third place after setting the third fastest lap out of the first two races, once again demonstrating his pace. It was his best grid start of the season so far and, with good pace and a dry track, there was all to play for. Unfortunately a broken driveshaft prevented him from even making the grid and he was unable to take part in the race.

Charlie Eastwood: “It’s been an incredibly frustrating weekend again. We had a really good day testing on Friday but things have just gone wrong in the races for a variety of reasons out of my hands. Another weekend like we’ve just had is really tough, but we have to dig deep, work hard and look ahead now to Brands Hatch in a fortnight’s time. The pace is getting there, we now need a bit of luck and for everything to come together.”

Rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship take place at Brands Hatch, supporting the British F3 and GT weekend, over the weekend of 30-31 August.


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