Albert scoops podium finish at Silverstone

Silverstone-based Jordan Albert
Silverstone-based Jordan Albert

Silverstone’s Jordan Albert scored a podium finish at his home track when he finished third in the first of three BRDC F4 Championship races at the Home of British Motor Racing.

Driving for the SWR team, Albert finished narrowly behind race winner, Will Palmer, to record another impressive race finish. The former Formula Ford 1600 racer then followed up his performance with a fifth and fourth place results in his remaining two races across the Avon Tyres British GT Championship race weekend to move himself into fifth in the BRDC F4 points standings.

Albert said: “It was good to finish on the podium in race one. We worked very hard and I feel we are now in a good position to maintain a challenge for the championship.”

Towcester’ Michael O’Brien, driving for the Mark Godwin Racing team, recorded a best result of 10th from his three outings. The youngster also finished 12th and 13th.

The BRDC F4 Championship is now headed by Will Palmer, and continues at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 11-12.

Fresh from winning the Blancpain Endurance Series at Silverstone, Von Ryan Racing were back in Victory Lane at Silverstone on Sunday when Gilles Vannelt and Adrian Quaife-Hobbs drove the team’s McLaren 650S GT3 to victory in the latest round of the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.

The 3-Hours of Silverstone was the championship’s blue riband event of 2015, and a large entry of GT3 and GT4 cars lined-up to compete.

The McLaren again proved to be the car to beat around the fast sweeping corners of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit, although the car’s margin of victory at the end of the race to the second-placed BMW Z4 GT3 of Lee Mowle and Joe Osbourne was only 0.588 seconds!

After setting a strong pace during qualifying, Buckingham-based GPRM saw their GT4-specification Toyota GT86 retire from the competition halfway through. The car, driven by Richard Williams and Stefan Hodgetts, qualified twentieth overall, second in GT4, and ran well early on. Sadly a mechanical issue slowed the car and eventually forced its retirement. The car again carried the charity colours of BEN and Racing4MND. The GT4 class was won by the Beechdean Aston Martin Vantage of Jamie Chadwick and Ross Gunn.

Silverstone will again host GT race action this weekend, when the International GT Open visits for two races across a weekend organised by MotorSport Vision Racing. Races will take place on Saturday and Sunday, with support events coming from the Euroformula Open, Radicals and the Seat Eurocup. Admission costs £10 on the gate, with accompanied children aged 15 and under admitted free of charge.