Albert converts pole position as SWR regain lead in series

Jordan Albert on his way to victory at Oulton Park. Jakob Ebrey Photography
Jordan Albert on his way to victory at Oulton Park. Jakob Ebrey Photography

Jordan Albert secured his maiden Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship race victory in style at Oulton Park International Circuit on Easter Monday.

The 18-year-old’s victory took the Chipping Norton SWR team back to the top of the podium for the first time since September 2013.

After a tough weekend, it’s the best way to finish and brings some good confidence

Mick Gomme SWR

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

After a very challenging season-opening event up to that point, Albert more than made up for the difficulties to claim a famous victory and get his championship moving in the right direction.

Team-mate Zubair Hoque bounced back impressively from a midweek testing accident, which necessitated a rebuild of his car prior to the weekend, to post a best result of eighth place during the third and final encounter.

SWR commercial manager Mick Gomme said: “Jordan drove really well, soaked up a lot of pressure and didn’t put a wheel wrong, it’s a fantastic win and great for the team to be back on the top step of the podium.

“Our tyre strategy for race two got us this result, we chose to put Jordan on new tyres and start from the pit lane so he could try and get fastest lap and pole for race three.

“Fastest lap was traded a few times but he made sure of it and then put together a great drive in the last race to get his first win. After a tough weekend, it’s the best way to finish and brings some good confidence.

“Zubair produced some good performances all weekend and each time he’s in the car he gets better and better. It’s easy to forget how little experience he has, he’s doing a good job.”

Albert started the final race on pole and he didn’t disappoint.

Remaining calm and composed, the second year BRDC F4 racer didn’t put a wheel wrong throughout the 12 lap duration to secure a superb victory.

From the fifth row of the grid, Hoque also enjoyed his best race of the weekend with a great eighth place finish. Round two saw Albert finish 16th while Hoque was 14th.

Rockingham will host rounds four, five and six of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship next month.