Saturday morning greeted the drivers with a beautiful scene and glorious conditions over the Kent circuit ahead of the Qualifying session. Qualifying has been a difficult thing for Chris this season, and after the 20 minute session he lined himself up on the grid in P14.
Already on the back foot, all he needed was a strong drive through the field once again and to claim back as many points as possible. A good start and a few daring overtakes right from the off, and things started to look promising for the rest of the weekend. Once he was up to 10th he was stuck behind the duel of Sisa Ngabulana and Chris’s fellow Lanan team mate Rodrigo Fonseca for 8th position. Chris bided his time and waited for the right moment to pounce. With a couple of laps to go he first made the move on Fonseca, then a daring move around the outside of Ngabulana into Hawthorns, which is one of the quickest corners on the circuit. Mealin came across the line a few minutes later to claim 8th place.
With the great format of racing in this Formula 4 Championship, Chris’s 8th place finish in race one gave him the reverse grid pole position for race 2 on Sunday morning. Another glorious hot day and what better way to start his first ever pole position in single seaters.
Unfortunately Chris was so keen to get started he misjudged his timing and reaction to the lights on the grid and affectively jumped the start by a very small fraction of a second. Even with a good launch from his grid spot he knew straight away that he had potently lost this race.
After a short safety car period and 2 laps in, Chris received a 10 second time penalty. He gave it all he had to minimise the damage and still try to recover any points lost and although he crossed the line as the leading car, and would have been a lights to flag victory, unfortunately with the penalty on paper this meant Mealin finished in 8th.
The final race of the weekend is normally a bit more special as the Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship receives live TV coverage from MotorsTV which is streamed internationally across the globe. Also the grid is chosen from drivers average fastest laps from the previous 2 races.
Chris started in 8th position and after a slow get away, costing him one position but making him more determined to grasp the place back. He pushed on, eventually regaining the position to Ngebulana into Surtees to take 8th. After a couple of laps, 2 drivers came to grief at Druids (turn 2) and Chris gained another position, bringing the car home in 7th place.
A consistent weekend” said Chris “with valuable points gained but it could have been a whole lot sweeter without the penalty in race 2. Yes the nerves we’re there before I arrived in my grid spot; I did my best to stay focused and as calm as was possible but unfortunately my timing to the lights went wrong and I knew as soon as I let the clutch out my chances of victory we’re very slim! Thank you as always to everyone for the support and to my team Lanan Racing!”
Chris returns to the Snetterton 300 circuit in Norfolk in 3 weeks time, for round 6 of the 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship on the 22nd and 23rd August.