York happy with unexpected F4 victory

Former Challenge Cup racer Oliver York wasn’t expecting to take a British Formula 4 victory at Knockhill.

The 16-year-old, who switched from the Challenge Cup to the main series after the first five rounds, won the third race of the weekend after starting on the front row of the grid.

He passed team-mate and pole-sitter Hampus Ericsson on the opening lap and stayed in the lead until the chequered flag.

“I wasn’t expecting the win,” he told Overtake Motorsport after the race. “You never expect a win, but I thought I had a good chance at the start, starting second.

“All I had to do was get past Hampus and get my head down, because I knew we were fast so I’m happy.”

It was a strong weekend for York, who had taken a sixth and a fourth place finish in the opening two races, but he couldn’t continue the success in the final race of the weekend.

York dropped from eighth to last after clipping the kerb early in the race, then collided with JHR Development’s Manuel Sulaiman on the final lap.

“I think the win in the third race was the most positive bit of the weekend,” he said.

“There’s a lot of positives to take from the weekend, a little bit of negative as well but I think overall it’s been good.

“Happy to get that win in the bag as well.”

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea

 

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