There’s a new name at the top of the championship table after races seven and eight of the British F4 Esports Championship: Luke McKeown of Apex Racing Academy.
Josh Lad (Munster Gaming) was leading the championship heading into the event at Snetterton, but only by a narrow two-point margin following McKeown’s Race Six win at Knockhill. It was the perfect time then for McKeown to score his first pole position of the season, beating Peter Berryman (Apex) by 0.022s, with Jamie Fluke (Apex) third, and Lad down in sixth.
Berryman was nearly alongside McKeown into Riches, but he ceded position to his sibling-teammate and slotted into second. Fluke was fending off Georgi Dimitrov (JHR) behind, while Lad managed to get past William Chadwick (Fordzilla) in the early exchanges.
With that over and done with, the three leading Apex cars simply held station and drove away from Dimitrov behind – building up a gap of more than seven seconds by the chequered flag, with McKeown taking a second win in a row.
The reversed-grid race saw Lad drawn into pole position, but his luck didn’t last. Heading into the Montreal hairpin for the first time, Dimitrov contacted the rear-right of Lad’s car and half-span him. Dimitrov would inherit the lead, but by the time the cars left Montreal a second time both Berryman and Fluke had overtaken.
Lad would eventually recover to fourth, but crucially finish behind McKeown yet again as Berryman took his own second win of the season.
The results mean that, with four races remaining, McKeown is the new leader by 16 points, while Apex’s academy team leads the main Apex outfit by two points in the team table as Munster slips to third.
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