Daring last-lap move from Chris Mealin sees him claim the final victory of the weekend at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Round 6 of Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship (2nd-3rd May)
Chris started the first race of the weekend in 9th place out of 20 on the grid but as the race got underway Chris and 6 of his rivals were sent into disarray as the field rounded the challenging second corner. As the safety car cleared the chaos, Chris was left in 13th place.
Unfazed by the challenge Chris weaved his way through the field as he started his final lap. A number of incidents on the final lap for those ahead of him saw Chris escape unscathed to cross the finish line in a very strong 4th place.
An outstanding start in race two launched Chris from 5th place to sit 3rd by the first corner before mounting a challenge on the top two drivers.
After a brief appearance by the safety car mid-way through the race, the race got underway with another good start for Chris, however after a slight out-braking manoeuvre on 2nd place man Jordan Albert, he slipped back to 9th place. Armed with an impressive recovery drive, Chris climbed his way back to 6th place and extended his championship lead to an eight point advantage.
A 3rd place start for race three stood Chris in good stead for a strong result with a Lanan Racing 1 -2 -3 ‘lockout’ on the grid.
Another good start saw Chris hold onto 3rd place as the field charged towards turn two.After pulling a move on team mate Jack Bartholomew, Chris set about chasing the leader, fellow team mate Rodrego Fonseca. A third appearance by the safety car in as many races reduced the three second advantage Chris and team mate Fonseca had developed, before the action resumed for a dash to the flag.
With just one lap left Chris saw his opportunity to make a bid for honours, as he lunged passed Fonseca and into the lead with just metres remaining. His gamble worked, as Chris exited the final corner to see the chequered flag ready to greet him and crown him triumphant for the second time this season making him the 1st double winner of 2015.
“ It is an unbelievable feeling, I was choosing points throughout the race that would be best to try and overtake but Fonseca seemed to just have the pace going into the corners. Time was running out so it was all on that one move and I knew I had to get as close as I could. Once I went for it, there was no going back and luckily I judged it to perfection “.
Chris’ next race takes place on the world famous Silverstone GP Formula 1 circuit, the home of British motorsport during the weekend of 30th-31st May.
Motors TV provided live coverage of the championship for the first-time in series history with the Lanan Racing duo taking 1st and 2nd place.
Highlights to be shown on ITV4 this Sunday 10th May at 6.30pm.