Firing through the picturesque Scottish scenery, Matias Zagazeta and Aiden Neate were back in action at Knockhill Circuit last weekend, as FIA Formula 4 reached the midway stage of the season.
Having missed the opening two rounds due to his age, Aiden certainly caught up to speed and has continued to build his confidence and race craft at every turn of the wheel, to score points in every race so far.
Whilst with one win under his belt, Matias was eager to continue his strong momentum he gained at the previous rounds, making good of all the hard work and determination he had put in throughout the season so far.
Taking to the track on Friday practice sessions, our talented F4 duo made the most of their time on the 1.2-mile Fife circuit, both putting in some strong times to finish the day at the sharp end of the pack, in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Turning focus to translating this pace to qualifying on Saturday, Aiden managed to score his best qualifying result so far, topping the timesheets in the early stages of the session before settling for a strong fifth place spot for Race 1, whilst further taking P3 start for Race 3. With phenomenal pace, Matias immediately put himself in the running for qualifying in the top spot. Setting a series of rapid laps, he clocked his fastest time in a dominant performance that saw him take his maiden pole position. But with consistency throughout the session he managed to make it the double with his second fastest lap also scoring the top starting spot for Race 3.
Moving on to Race 1 on Saturday afternoon the stage was set for a thriller as Matias had a clear view to take his second victory in the series. Storming off the line, the Peruvian racer expertly maintained his lead into the opening lap and continued his dominance throughout the race. Crossing the line almost a second clear of his rivals, Matias celebrated an incredible victory and further scored the fastest lap, adding a bonus point to his championship tally.
It was a tough end for Aiden as he found himself tangling with Inthraphuvasak on the apex at MacIntyre in the final stages of the race, which unfortunately send him skating across the gravel and into the barriers. But with strong pace and lessons learned, Aiden wasn’t deterred and looked ahead to the remaining races.
Following a rather uneventful reverse grid race on Sunday morning, which saw Matias finish up in 9th and Aiden in 13th, our talented chargers lined up on the grid for the final race.
Making the most of his strong starting position, Aiden got his elbows out for an all-out battle with rival racers. Holding his own in every wheel-to-wheel fight to cross the line to equal his best finish in the series in 6th, his efforts saw him earn his maiden rookie podium.
“Aiden’s building and learning every weekend and his progress is great to see, especially to see him up there fighting at the front. His pace is really strong and I’m sure the best is yet to come” - Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management
Fighting from the front once again, Matias the weekend was already proving to be a special one for the Peruvian driver. With the appetite to seal the weekend with another taste of victory, he made another strong launch off the line. However the challenge was on as Granfors was hot on his heels, with the gap between the pair narrowing to as little as 0.25s at one stage. But Matias never lost his edge and stormed to victory once more, earning a sensational double win in a phenomenal weekend for the 16-year-old. A fitting reward for the hours of hard work both on and off the track, there were plenty of champagne showers on the podium and in the garage with the team.
“Matias had a phenomenal weekend, two poles and two victories and he’s boosted himself up to third in the standings too! He’s got a great team behind him and he’s been eager to learn from them all. It’s great to see the results and I’m sure there is plenty more to come.” - Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management
Action resumes when F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost returns to Thruxton on 28-29 August.