Young Kiwi driver Conrad Clark has made his US Formula 4 Championship debut with the Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport team at Virginia International Raceway over the weekend. The Taupo driver was one of a record 37 entries competing in three races at the opening round.
With one race left to compete in this morning, the teenager qualified in 16th place, finished 28th in the first race on Saturday and improved to 12th in Race two this morning.
“It’s not the way I wanted to start my Formula 4 USA campaign,” commented Clark. “I started off today with qualifying and a very limited amount of laps in the session which meant it was hard to get the tyres up to temp.
“In the end I qualified P12 but due to a five place grid penalty I had to start p17. In race one I got a good jump off the line and placed the car where I needed to and eventually made my way forward and found my self hunting down P6.
“Unfortunately coming out of through one of the corners we found ourselves side by side with another car and I got shuffled out onto the outside of the track. I ended up dropping a wheel and losing two spots then heading into the next corner after getting back onto the circuit I was hit in the left rear by another driver.
“That caused the left rear toe linkage to bend forcing me to come into the pits and finish the race P28 and two laps down. So and unfortunate start to my campaign but Sunday is a new day.
“A big thanks to the team for all there hard work and now. I turn my head to tomorrow’s race where I will be starting just outside the top 10.”
Danish drivers Benjamin Pedersen and Christian Rasmussen times were unmatched in race 1, finishing nearly five seconds faster than Dakota Dickerson Racing, who took third. Pedersen finished a nose in front of Rasmussen.
Jay Howard Driver Development #F4US rookie Christian Rasmussen made his maiden win abroad in race 2. Dakota Dickerson Racing moved one step up from yesterday, finishing second and Teddy Wilson Racing took third.
Article by Benjamin Carroll