Zane Maloney produced a masterclass of driving for Carlin as the fifth round of the 2019 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost got underway this weekend at Oulton Park. The 15-year-old was in a league of his own as he clinched victory in all three races over the course of the weekend as well as both pole positions on offer in qualifying, a fastest racing lap and the Ford Triple Crown award of £10,000 to round things off. Maloney’s incredible form meant that as he crossed the line on Sunday, he had taken an astonishing, and record-breaking, seven consecutive race victories; extending his championship lead to 55 points over his nearest rival at the mid-point of the season.
Opening the weekend on Saturday with qualifying Maloney was already on top form and riding high following his success during the previous round at Croft. Feeling at one with the car the Barbados born driver not only took pole position for the opening race of the weekend but also the third and final race on Sunday. And as he lined up at the very front later that day he didn’t look back as he launched incredibly well off the line and achieved another compelling and dominant victory. Teammate Joe Turney collected great, solid points for fourth position – just missing out on a podium slot.
However, it was race two that was to become the hardest fought of the weekend for the Carlin duo. As a partly reversed grid race, Turney and Maloney lined up in third and sixth respectively. Maloney left his grid slot perfectly as the light’s extinguished and managed to steer clear of the melee developing ahead of him; by the end of the opening lap he had already moved in to third position just ahead of his teammate who had been battling with those around him. A problem for race leader Louis Foster allowed Maloney to capitalise and soon enough the Carlin pair were running at the head of the pack. Crossing the line to take an amazing 1-2 for the team.
Rounding off the weekend in style, Maloney once again lined up in the pole position slot on Sunday for the final race of the weekend and was absolutely untouchable as he went on to take a record-breaking seventh victory on the bounce and the Ford Triple Crown award prize fund of £10,000 for securing all three victories of the weekend.
Reflecting on the weekend Maloney said, “That was an unbelievable weekend; definitely the best weekend of my life. The team have been doing an incredible job all weekend. I know I keep saying that, but no-one will know just how much they have been doing for me. I also want to thank Kokoro Performance as well who are coaching me. We got £10,000 for the Ford Triple Crown award, three wins and many championship points so I’m going home very happy!”
Turney added, “It was a bit of a mixed weekend for me. Race three really didn’t go to plan with the DNF but race two was good with a 1-2 for the team and we had a good result in the opening race of the weekend too.”