Gray wins as Sharp and Ugochukwu take podiums at Croft

Formula 4
June 27, 2022

Carlin’s Ollie Gray has taken his first victory of the 2022 British F4 season after a brilliant, hard-fought race on Sunday. The anticipated win came following a fragmented race which saw a red flag period before the race was later restarted but at a much shorter distance. Gray had already taken two podium positions on Saturday in both races before going one better on Sunday. Louis Sharp continued his string of podium appearances on Sunday taking second place on the road while Ugo Ugochukwu claimed third position in race one and the fastest lap to cement his pace.

The opening race of the weekend saw the three Carlin drivers quickly take the fight to race leader Aiden Neate. Ugochukwu and Gray, who started second and third respectively, launched well and held positions behind the Argenti racer as they hounded him for the lead of the race. The leading trio were separated, for the majority of the race, by just a second as they all fought over the coveted podium positions. As it was, they secured a double podium with McLaren Junior Ugochukwu taking second and Gray third.

Rodin Cars backed Sharp meanwhile had enjoyed a storming launch off the line from sixth and quickly made it to sit behind teammate Gray –finishing the 16-lap race just shy of the podium in a brilliant fourth place.

Williams Junior Gray would return to the podium later in the day for the second race of the weekend taking third place and adding more valuable points to his championship campaign. Sharp finished the reverse grid race in sixth and Ugochukwu 13thafter an incident involving Eduardo Coseteng resulted in a collision – the Carlin racer would take a grid drop for the final race of the weekend as a result.

Race three saw a red flag delay following an accident sustained by Joel Pearson in the early stages. When the race was able to resume it was a much shorter affair – lasting only ten minutes in total. Gray, who had lined up on pole for the restart, was beaten off the line by Oliver Stewart before a fierce battle between Stewart, Gray and Sharp began in earnest. A safety car restart forced the issue as Gray went for the lead of the race but lost out to Sharp. The drama continued as Gray then made a move to pass both race leader Stewart and his team mate before Sharp followed through taking up to second himself.

Gray was quick to pull a gap over his teammate and took his first victory of the 2022 season. Sharp followed him home in second overall. Ugochukwu, who had been running in fifth position suffered contact in the final stages which left him down the order classified 13th.

Ollie Gray said of his victory, “It was a good move after a few mistakes at the start, but the car was really quick and I knew I had the confidence under braking to make the move stick.

“The luck has finally fallen our way this weekend and it feels amazing to come away with a good haul of points.”

Louis sharp added, “It was a good race, it feels good to beP2, especially after that safety car restart. Unfortunately, Ollie was able to get me; I made the wrong decision and went to the inside and got boxed in but actually it inspired me to do the same the next lap and take second from third! I think overall it was a good race and good points for the championship.  After our little incident on Saturday when we got spun round it’s good to come back with a second.”