Confidence High At SWR Caterham For Strong BRDC F4 Winter Finale‏

Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in Kent hosts the finale of the BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship next weekend, 22nd/23rd November, where the SWR Caterham F1 Driver Development Programme Team is confident of adding to the two podium results achieved last time out by Jordan Albert.At Snetterton 300 Circuit last weekend, Albert delivered some impressive performances in very tricky rain-affected conditions to bag a brace of podium results – third place in rounds two and four respectively – before ending the Winter Series curtain-raiser sixth in the championship.Frustratingly for the Silverstone-based teenager, he was also on course to secure some deserved silverware in the third of the weekend’s races as well but an unfortunate excursion resulted in a non-finish which cost him the chance of departing Snetterton in the coveted series top three.Having starred at Brands Hatch during the main BRDC Formula 4 season this year on the full length Grand Prix Circuit, the first year rookie claiming a top six finish on his first visit and a pair of top five results when the series returned to Kent at the end of August, Albert should certainly be a consistent podium contender next weekend on the 1.2-mile Indy layout.“We’re quietly confident the final rounds of the Winter Series should be very good for Jordan”, said team owner Sean Walkinshaw, “He was very impressive at Brands Hatch on the two occasions we raced on the GP track this year, so should be just as strong on the shorter Indy Circuit.“Had qualifying at Snetterton last weekend been better, I’m sure Jordan would have been able to challenge for the podium in each race. It’s all about qualifying well at Brands as overtaking is very difficult there, so that’s going to be the most important aspect of next weekend. If we get that right, we should be on for a really strong finish to the Winter Series.”SWR Caterham’s second driver, Mexico’s Fernando Urrutia, made marked improvements during the Winter Series opener and really did adapt incredibly well. Marking his first visit to the UK, his maiden outing in a BRDC F4 car and his first experience of wet-weather driving, the newcomer wasn’t fazed at all and took everything in his stride.Posting a best finish of seventh in the fourth of the Snetterton races, Urrutia not only increased his pace throughout the course of the weekend but he also displayed some impressive racecraft during a hugely entertaining, and ultimately successful, wheel-to-wheel battle with Enzo Bortoleto.Walkinshaw added: “Fernando really did have an incredibly steep learning curve to get to grips with at Snetterton, the rain was something completely new to him, as well as the car of course, but he did a fantastic job and made big gains with his pace across the four races.“He proved his ability behind the wheel and, with more time in the car, he’s only going to get quicker and quicker. Brands Hatch is a less technical circuit than Snetterton, so we’re confident Fernando will be able to challenge for even stronger results there next weekend.”Qualifying for the opening two Brands Hatch encounters, rounds five and six, will get underway at 09.25 on Saturday, 22nd November, with the races following at 12.00 and 14.30 respectively. On Sunday, 23rd November, qualifying will begin at 10.00 with round seven scheduled to start at 12.00 while round eight will follow at 15.05.2014 BRDC Formula 4 Winter Championship Standings (after Rd4):6th Jordan Albert, 65pts; 8th Fernando Urrutia, 41pts


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