Alexandra Mohnhaupt signed off her short campaign in British F4 with an encouraging display at Knockhill. Mohnhaupt was able to gain experience of the technical circuit in both wet and dry conditions leading up to the weekend, showing excellent pace on the rain tyres. Alexandra then backed this up by collecting a season’s best finish of 12th in both race one and race two to end her stay with Falcon Motorsport on a high.
Alexandra was given the chance to take part in a trio of test sessions on Friday in preparations for the weekend of racing ahead. With the traditionally Scottish weather gracing Knockhill in the first session, Mohnhaupt was able to spend some time learning the circuit in wet conditions and did a fantastic job to finish in 16th, less than three seconds off the quickest time. In the second session Alexandra was able to gain experience in dry conditions and did a superb job of improving her lap times throughout the session. Despite some interruptions in the third session, Mohnhaupt managed to spend a further 17 laps on track in tough conditions, once again finishing in 16th position.
Qualifying began on Saturday morning with the session forecast to be dry, however rain started to fall just as the session begun. All drivers took the track on wet tyres with Mohnhaupt continuing her strong form in the tricky conditions. She consistently improved her times and was just half a second away from her nearest rival with three minutes to go. With the track drying out, a number of drivers switched to slick tyres and improved their times whilst around half the field, including Alexandra remained on wets. Nonetheless, Mohnhaupt qualified in 16th and was looking forward to the first race later on in the day.
Race one began on Saturday afternoon with dry track conditions enabling Alexandra to get some much needed time on the slick tyres. Mohnhaupt made a good start and climbed to 13th, before dropping one place as the safety car was brought out early in the race. When the racing resumed, Alexandra started to improve her lap times and was running well before a second safety car was deployed, lifting her to 12th. After a good battle with Fortec Motorsport’s Frank Bird, Mohnhaupt was able to re-pass her rival in the closing stages to take a 12th place finish, her best ever in British F4.
The second race of the weekend began on Sunday morning with Alexandra aiming to make further progress. Starting from 12th courtesy of her finish in race one, Mohnhaupt dropped to 15th on the opening lap before a safety car was deployed. The Falcon Motorsport driver continued to improve during the middle portion of the race as she set her best lap of the weekend on lap eight. A late incident between two Carlin teammates lifted Alexandra to 13th, with a penalty for Jamie Caroline in front of her leading to another solid 12th place result.
Mohnhaupt was looking to end the weekend on a high in race three with dry conditions remaining at Knockhill. Starting from 15th on the grid, Alexandra held her position in the opening stages and once again began to improve her lap times. With the more experienced drivers getting away, Mohnhaupt enjoyed more time to familiarise herself with the British F4 car as she ended the 24 lap contest in 15th position.
Alexandra should be pleased with the progress she has made in the highly competitive British F4 championship as she taken on a number of world-class teams and competitive drivers. Finishing all six races on totally new circuits is a great achievement and she will hope to apply what she has learnt when she returns to race in Mexico. Mohnhaupt’s positive attitude and willingness to learn has been a breath of fresh air in British F4 and we wish her all the best in the future.
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