Albert Climbs into Series Top Five on Home Soil at Silverstone

01 June 2015

Pictured Jordan Albert’s third podium of 2015.

Silverstone local Jordan Albert moved into the top five of the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship for leading squad SWR at the Northamptonshire track over the weekend, 30th/31st May, after bagging his biggest points haul of the season – including his third podium of 2015.

Closing to within just 19 points of the coveted top three in the driver standings, the 18-year-old was also in the fight for his second victory of the campaign during a wet round eight on Sunday morning but an unfortunate moment while in third position spoiled his hopes.

First year BRDC F4 racer Zubair Hoque also chalked-up three solid points finishes for the Chipping Norton team, with a best of 10th position in the opening race on Saturday. He departed Silverstone ninth in the title race.

“It was obviously good to be back on the podium again this weekend, although a bit disappointing we couldn’t get the win in race two as Jordan had the pace for sure”, said SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw, “Zubair qualified well again and made some good progress, it wasn’t the easiest of weekends but he still scored well and stayed in the championship top 10 which is good.

“In race three the tyres were just wrecked at the end. The guys at the front had better tyres available than we did, so for Jordan to finish in fourth was a good result. We’ve made up some good ground in the points, the championship is definitely back on for us now.”

Starting round seven on Saturday afternoon from third position, Albert was very well placed to secure his third podium of the season and he made a fantastic getaway to leap into second ahead of Harri Newey. Mid-lap, though, the SWR racer’s hopes took a big hit when he was shuffled back to fifth position before then being nudged back further to sixth on lap two.

Faced with a big task to try and recover as much ground as possible, Albert set about climbing back up the order and on lap five his fortune turned when he was able to profit from a tangle involving Newey and Riki Christodoulou.

Suddenly back into the top three, Albert was able to get back into a rhythm and reeled off some strong lap times during the second half of the contest to consolidate his podium place. His best lap of the race, a time of 2m04.711 seconds, was only 0.2 seconds shy of the quickest.

Team-mate Hoque lined-up eighth on the grid for race one of the weekend but he was prevented from trying to capitalise on the fourth row start when bundled down to 13th place on the opening lap. Recovering well, though, he made good progress and also benefitted from the lap five incident to break into the top 10 where he remained to the finish.

Round eight on Sunday morning took place on a wet track with Albert starting in sixth position and Hoque also inside the top 10. After an excellent opening lap, Albert climbed into the top four and immediately set about challenging for another podium as he pressurised Omar Ismail for third.

Just 0.1 seconds behind into lap three, Albert managed to take the place and then set his sights on Sisa Ngebulana with a possible win a distinct possibility. On the fourth tour, though, the SWR racer went wide at Brooklands and dropped down to seventh. Mounting a determined recovery, Albert worked his way back into the top five before the chequered flag on lap eight.

Hoque initially managed to make progress, into ninth on lap one, and remained in the top 10 until part way through lap four when shuffled back to 11th place. Losing a couple more positions shortly after, the Cheshire driver held onto 13th place over the last three laps which became 12th post-race.

For the event’s final race, round nine, Albert lined-up on the front row in second place and almost managed to get alongside the pole-starter into Copse. Tucking back into second on the exit, he held the place comfortably until halfway through when tyre degradation started to cause problems. Although slipping to fifth by lap eight, he continued to battle hard and re-took fourth on the last lap.

Set to line-up in 13th position at the start, Hoque was effectively 12th on the grid when the lights went out following a spin for Hernan Fallas on the formation lap. Edged back to 14th initially, and then 15th position mid-race, Hoque profited from some late drama to climb into the top 12.

There is now a lengthy six week break in the BRDC Formula 4 calendar with the fourth event of the season taking place over the weekend 11th/12th July at Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk.

2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship Driver Standings (after Rd9):
5th Jordan Albert, 143pts; 9th Zubair Hoque, 101pts