Carlin’s Zane Maloney took a hat-trick of podiums – including his first two victories in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost – to throw himself back into title contention at Thruxton.

A mixed weekend for championship leader Louis Foster (Double R Racing) at his home event means his advantage in the standings is reduced from 17 points to just 5 over team-mate Sebastian Alvarez, a podium in the ITV4-televised final race the highlight for the local hero.

Luke Browning took victory in an action-packed opener, charging through in almost typical fashion from sixth on the grid, the decisive move for the lead completed around the outside of the Club chicane on the second lap before breaking the tow and stretching his lead as those behind fought for position.

Maloney took center stage in Sunday morning’s reverse-grid race, passing Arden’s Bart Horsten at the complex to seal his maiden victory in Ford’s winning formula, and with it a £5,000 prize from series backers Ford Performance for being the first Rookie Cup entrant to win a race outright.

He then resisted late pressure from Foster in the ITV4-televised finale to close in on the Double R duo at the top of the standings, with the battle finely poised as British F4 heads north to Yorkshire next month.