Double R Racing’s Carrie Schreiner has made a good return to British F4 with a number of positive performances at Rockingham. Having not competed competitively in the series since May, Carrie found her feet in the Friday test sessions before showing highly impressive race pace, especially during the opening event in which she collected a championship point.
Carrie was given the chance to participate in two, one hour test sessions in preparation for the triple header of races at Rockingham. With recent experience in F4 machinery in the German championship at Zandvoort last weekend, Schreiner was immediately on the pace in the opening session. After completing a total of 38 laps in the opening session, more than any other driver, Carrie was placed 17th out of 19 drivers. Improvements continued to come in the second session with Schreiner running a number of consistently fast lap times which could prove vital in the races. Once again completing more laps than any other driver, Carrie ended the session in 16th.
Qualifying took place on Saturday morning with the glorious conditions of testing replaced by drizzle to begin the session. All drivers took the track on dry tyres and slowed gained time during the early stages as the track began to dry. Carrie’s pace was promising as the track reached its optimum condition as she moved ahead of a number of experienced competitors. With the rain returning at the end of the session, no one was able to improve in the final five minutes with Schreiner lining up in 16th for the opening race of the weekend.
Race one began later in the afternoon with a heavy rain shower forcing all the drivers to start on wet tyres. With experience in tricky conditions at Brands Hatch earlier in the season, Carrie was confident of making progress during the course of the race. The Double R Racing driver made a fantastic start and moved into 13th after the opening lap. Schreiner continued to gain positions in the first half of the race as she took ninth place at the end of lap five. After several laps of defending from teammate Zane Goddard, Carrie was overtaken by her Australian teammate as she just started to struggle for pace. Despite also being passed by Patrik Matthiesen in the closing stages, Schreiner finished an excellent 11th in very tough conditions during race one at Rockingham. After the event, Carrie was promoted to 10th after a penalty was applied to a driver ahead, a superb result for Schreiner as she returned to the series after four months away.
The second race at Rockingham took place in dry conditions on Saturday morning with Carrie starting from ninth courtesy of her race one finish, with a grid penalty for a driver ahead. Immediately Schreiner made a fantastic start and passed race one winner James Pull on the run down into turn one, however contact with Billy Monger pushed Carrie onto the grass and relegated her to the rear of the field as the safety car was deployed. This gave Schreiner the chance to catch the field and improve to 16th as the race was neutralised once again. Although Carrie was making progress, it was apparent her car was not running to the potential it had previously, this was compounded on lap nine where Carrie was forced to retire as she continued to lose power. It was a tough way to end a race which had so much promise but the young driver knew she had a further race to come later in the day.
With the car repaired in time for the final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon, Carrie was determined to make progress from 17th on the grid. Moving up to 16th on the opening lap, Schreiner did well to hold off reigning Ginetta Junior Champion Jamie Caroline for the first couple of laps before the Fortec Motorsport driver found a way through on lap four. Carrie did a brilliant job to maintain the gap to her rival ahead, whilst gaining a positing from Nicolai Kjaergaard as he momentarily went off-track. Just beginning to struggle with her worn tyres towards the end of the 20 minute race, Schreiner managed the gap to experienced driver Jack Butel behind her before picking up a spot from Frank Bird on the final lap to finish in a highly respectable 15th position.
Carrie should be very pleased with her progress made during the weekend at a very challenging track for both the drivers and cars. Schreiner’s pace in the opening race was brilliant as she managed the tyres in tricky conditions, rewarded by scoring her second points finish in British F4. Although she was hoping for a little more in the two dry races, Carrie would’ve learnt a lot to take into the next round of the British F4 championship at Silverstone in three weeks’ time, before Schreiner finishes her season back in the ADAC F4 series at Hockenheim.
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