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2017 Driver Ratings School Reports: Alex Quinn

Year: Second

Team: Arden

TERM ONE

Grade: B

Comment: With funding problems threatening to cut the 2016 champion’s second season in F4 short, Quinn kicked off 2017 with a strong start at Brands Hatch, where he took two podiums. But the first half of the season went on to be a lot more inconsistent, with a retirement and DNS at Donington Park and 11th place finish at Thruxton. Things picked up by the summer break, though, with Quinn’s first win of the season coming at Croft.

TERM TWO

Grade: B

Comment: The second half of the season was filled with top results for Quinn. From 16 races, he took 10 top five finishes, including three more race wins.

Overall Grade: B

Best moment of the season: Quinn claimed his first win of the season from the reverse grid race at Croft. After starting on pole, Quinn was forced to defend hard from Jamie Caroline, who stormed up to second. Even after an incident further back int he field brought out the yellow flags and the safety car, Caroline continued to push Quinn on the opening lap, but the Arden driver held strong. After the safety car, he shot away from Caroline as the Carlin driver held up the rest of the field. Oscar Piastri eventually broke free and closed the gap, challenging his team-mate in the late stages of the race, but Quinn kept him at bay to take the victory.

Worst moment of the season: Quinn retired from the first race at Brands Hatch earlier this month. The Arden driver, third on the grid, had made a strong start when he was hit by Jamie Caroline at the first corner. Both cars were sent into the gravel and, though Caroline was able to continue, Quinn’s race ended there.

Feature credit: Caroline Rhea

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