Alexandra Mohnhaupt has made a successful return to the British F4 championship with a strong weekend at Snetterton. Driving for Fortec Motorsport, Mohnhaupt made good progress throughout the weekend, setting her best race lap on the final lap of the meeting as she collected three top-15 finishes. Jumping into a competitive series midway through the season is never easy, however Alexandra drove smartly and improve her speed while enjoying a number of close battles.
After testing a British F3 car for Fortec, Mohnhaupt was looking forward to getting back behind the wheel of the British F4 machine ahead of her return to the series at Snetterton. Her strong performances in the F4 NACAM Championship meant she was full of confidence in preparation for testing on Friday where she would find out how she compared to her rivals. Mohnhaupt showed impressive speed from the outset, eclipsing her best lap of the 2016 weekend in the first session as she set the 14th fastest time. Further improvements came in the second session of the day where Alexandra was able to gain an extra half a second from the morning which put her in contention with Jamie Sharp and debutant Lucca Allen.
Qualifying on Saturday morning would give Mohnhaupt another opportunity to improve her lap times while assessing her competitiveness against a field of drivers all on new tyres. Running competitive laps from the start until the finish of the session, Alexandra once again set her best lap at Snetterton, almost gaining two seconds on her best from last year in the limited running she has had. This lap time was good enough for 17th on the grid with Mohnhaupt alert to the fact there would be good overtaking opportunities during all three races.
With three races over the course of the weekend it was crucial that Alexandra kept it clean and worked with her team on improving her times. It was a good start for Mohnhaupt who moved into 16th on the opening lap, before gaining a further position on lap two. Finding her rhythm in early stages, Alexandra improved her times but was passed by a recovering Jamie Sharp on lap four. Following her rival, Mohnhaupt was able to gain significant time and hang onto the tail of the Sharp Motorsport driver for a couple of laps. Moving back into the top-15 shortly after following a spin for Lucas Roy, Alexandra didn’t look back and withstood late pressure from Roy to finish her first British F4 race of 2017 in 15th.
Race two began with Mohnhaupt starting from 15th courtesy of her finish in the opening race. Once again, Alexandra drove a smart opening lap, gaining two positions on the first lap and showing much better pace than earlier in the day. Despite losing out to some faster drivers shortly after, the safety car was brought out on lap five with Mohnhaupt shown in the 16th position. It was a good restart as Alexandra successfully held off Lucca Allen while setting her best race laps at Snetterton, easily staying with the group of drivers ahead. A tight finish saw Mohnhaupt hold onto 16th in her second race for Fortec Motorsport, before being promoted into the top-15 following a post-race exclusion.
Starting from 17th in race three, Alexandra continued her excellent starting record by staying out of trouble and moving up to 13th after the opening lap. Holding onto 14th during the first half of the race, Mohnhaupt was once again showing improve pace as tried to resist the challenge of Jamie Sharp. Although her rival found a way through on lap six, Alexandra continued to set personal best laps in the closing stages to end the weekend with a third straight top-15 finish. This was a great end to the weekend for Mohnhaupt who proved she has the pace to compete with established runners on her one-off appearance in the championship.
Alexandra should be extremely proud of her weekend at Snetterton and has thoroughly enjoyed her time back in the UK. Both testing the British F3 car and racing in British F4 have given her valuable experience which she will hope will help her in the future. There is no doubt that Mohnhaupt has the talent to succeed and she will be aiming to work her way up the motorsport ladder in the coming years.