Albert races to second win to keep alive title chances

Jordan Albert on his way to victory at Brands Hatch
Jordan Albert on his way to victory at Brands Hatch

Jordan Albert raced to his second victory of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday.

Adding to the excellent win he claimed during the first event of the season at Oulton Park in April, the 18-year-old made the most of his front row start in round 14 to earn a richly deserved return to the top step of the BRDC F4 podium for the SWR team.

Albert’s victory means the Chipping Norton team are still in title contention with nine races remaining.

With pole-starter Chris Mealin clearly jumping the start, maintaining second position on the road during the early laps was Albert’s primary objective. When race officials served Mealin with a ten-second time penalty several laps into the contest, the win was there for the taking and Albert delivered.

Albert said: “To get my second win of the year is great. I knew what the situation was with [Chris] Mealin as he jumped the start quite badly so I knew I was leading the race.

“It is still all to play for in the championship, there are plenty of rounds left so I’m still fighting hard.”

Reflecting on the weekend, SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw said: “We’re obviously delighted with our second win of the season, Jordan did a great job and the result has definitely boosted his confidence.

“Testing went well on Friday, so it was disappointing qualifying didn’t work out, but overall it’s not been too bad for the championship, it could still go anywhere with nine races left.”

In SWR’s second car, Zubair Hoque came 16th in race one, 13th in race two and 15th in the final race in his first taste of racing on the full GP circuit. Albert finished his other two races in seventh and ninth positons.

Walkinshaw added: “Zubair had a lot to get to grips with on his first visit to the GP track, it’s not the easiest place to learn but he did well and brought the car home safely in all three races.

“It’s very close around the top ten in the championship, Zubair is only one point away so we’re pleased with that and sure he’ll make up some ground next time out when we’re back at Snetterton.”

Rounds 16, 17 and 18 take place at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk later this month.