Ninovic scores best weekend in British F4

Monday 27 May, 2024
Alex Ninovic (pictured centre) enjoyed a season-best weekend in the British F4 Championship on the weekend.
Alex Ninovic has ended the third round of the 2024 British Formula 4 Championship season in second place after a highly successful weekend at Snetterton Circuit.
The teenager had his best weekend in the championship so far with a dominant performance being rewarded with two pole positions, two race wins and two fastest laps.
Right from the get go, Ninovic was showing lots of pace, scoring a pole position in wet conditions for the opening race before claiming his first win of the season, along with the fastest lap bonus point.

Starting the reverse-grid race from P12, Ninovic charged his way up the order and overtook eight rivals to finish in fourth place.

Starting from pole again for the final race, Ninovic led every lap and posted the fastest lap time before the race was cut short due to torrential rain, giving the Aussie his second win for the year.

The productive weekend saw him finish the weekend with 105 points and within striking distance of current championship leader Deagen Fairclough, with the next round taking place at Thruxton Circuit on 8-9 June.

Ninovic wasn't the only Australian at Snetterton, with Caitlin Wood tackling the Porsche Sprint Challenge GB which saw her behind the wheel for the first time in 12 months.

Despite the long absence, Wood showed no signs of rustiness as she managed to pick up a clean sweep of class podiums across the race, having qualified just outside the top three.
Also in the United Kingdom was Jack Taylor, who continued his GB4 Championship campaign at Donington Park with his best weekend for the season.
A slow start saw Jack qualify in 13th but drop to 14th in the opening race, before bouncing back with a strong run in the round’s second outing to blast his way from 15th to eighth and secure his equal-best finish of the season.
That result turned even better when he was elevated to seventh due to Finn Harrison being disqualified for causing a collision.

Taylor didn’t have to wait long to secure another season-high result, as he picked up a fifth-place finish in the final race of the round – bumping him up the standings ahead of the next round at Snetterton on 13-14 July.
Across the North Sea in Belgium, James Wharton had a mixed weekend in the Formula Regional European Championship round at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps, which was highlighted by a podium in the second race.

Wharton showed good pace from the outset, topping the timesheets in practice before a crash at Raidillon in qualifying left him unable to record a time.
Matters were made worse ahead of the first race when his mechanics were unable to get his car ready in time, resulting in the Victorian being forced to the sidelines.
The second race turned out much better for Wharton as he secured a front-row start alongside Prema teammate Rafael Camara and finished the race on the podium for the second time this season. 

Costa Toparis was also in action but was unable to produce any points in either race, finishing the first outing in P19 before dropping down to P23 in the second race.
The the Formula Regional European Championship returns next month at Circuit Zandvoort in the Netherlands on 8-9 June.
There were plenty of Aussies in action in the United States over the weekend, with Will Power leading the way in the iconic Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
While the two-time NTT IndyCar Series champion had worked hard to secure a front row start for the 108th running of the famous event, all the work was undone when he crashed out with 55 laps to go.

Having dropped down the order due to pace earlier in the race, Power had done his best to work his way back into contention for good points, but an attempt to pass Christian Rasmussen saw him lose grip and spin into the wall.

Three-time Supercars winner Scott McLaughlin also had a frustrating day after starting from pole position and finishing in sixth place.
Taking place just 12km down the road at the Lucas Oil Indianapolis Raceway Park was the USF PRO 2000 and USF 2000 Championships with a number of Australians involved.
A big result for Lochie Hughes in the USF Pro 2000 Continental Tire Freedom 90 saw the Queenslander close the gap on championship leader Nikita Johnson to just one point.
Qualifying in fourth place behind Danny Dyszelski, Hughes got the jump early on his Turn 3 Motorsport teammate to slot into third place before the race went under the safety car after Johnson had a crash vying for sixth place.

Upon the restart, Hughes managed to hold onto third place to eventually bag his fourth consecutive podium result.

In USF 2000, Quinn Armstrong and Xavier Kokai both had fantastic results in the Continental Tire Freedom 75, finishing in fourth and fifth respectively.
While Armstrong started and finished the epic 75-lap race in fourth place, Kokai produced a remarkable run up the order to climb from 10th place to fifth and had even challenged his compatriot for the place before settling for what was his best result of the year – bumping him up the standings significantly.
All three American categories will share the spotlight early next month at the XPEL Grand Prix at Road America on 6-9 June.

Closer to home, Jayden Ojeda completed his first ever 24-hour race having contested the Fuji 24 Hour with Craft Bamboo Racing.

With the event taking place at the famous Fuji Speedway, Ojeda was one of five drivers behind the wheel of the team's Mercedes-AMG GT3 and put in a number of good shifts as the team started from pole position.

Unfortunately a few obstacles prevented Ojeda and his team from converting their pole position to the win, however they still managed to finish in a respectable fourth place.   
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