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2017 Driver Ratings School Report: Oliver York

Year: First

Team: Fortec

TERM ONE

Grade: C

Comment: Entering the British F4 championship as Challenge Cup entrant, York made a solid start. After a trio of top 10 finishes at Brands Hatch, York picked up a pair of podiums at Donington Park, including a second place in the second race of the day. He picked up another third place at Thruxton. The results led to a series of Challenge Cup victories, putting him top of the order by the summer break. His overall results stated to fall away after the podium at Thruxton. He only claimed one top five finish in five races, dropping him down to seventh in the overall standings.

TERM TWO

Grade: B-

Comment: Switching from the Challenge Cup to the main championship for the second half of the season, York bounced back from his poor end to the first half of the season with a second place finish at Snetterton, before claiming his first pointless finish of the year. He took his first win in car racing the following weekend. More podiums came at Rockingham and Silverstone before he took his second win of the year at Brands Hatch.

Overall Grade: C+

Best moment of the season: York claimed his first win in car racing after snatching the lead on the opening lap of the reverse grid race at Knockhill. He started second, alongside team-mate Hampus Ericsson, but quickly passed the challenge cup racer. Whilst Ericsson defended second from a number of more experienced drivers, York was able to escape up the road. Logan Sargeant found a way past Ericsson after a safety car and started to close the gap to the race leader, but York was still nearly a second clear of the Carlin driver when the chequered flag fell.

Worst moment of the season: After a tough fight up through the field in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone, York was challenging team-mate Johnathan Hoggard for third in the closing stages of the race. York swept past his team-mate with a stunning move late in the race, but was forced to pit on the penultimate lap with a mechanical problem.

Feature credit: Caroline Rhea

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