- Chris Ashby
Phinsys By Argenti Scorches To Snetterton Podium
Phinsys by Argenti basked in the bright sunshine at Snetterton this past weekend (June 12/13) to claim a second podium finish of the season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost.
Returning to single-seater action after a five-week break, Marcos Flack led the Argenti charge by claiming a career-best second place finish in race three. Elsewhere, both Matias Zagazeta and Eduardo Coseteng banked vital points in front of the returning spectators.
After clocking plenty of mileage during Friday testing, the Banbury-based team headed into Saturday’s qualifying session optimistic of making their mark on the timesheets.
In what proved to be a frenetic battle for pole position around the 2.96-mile circuit, Flack secured a best qualifying performance of fifth, a little under half a second off the fastest time whilst Zagazeta was ninth and Coseteng 14th.
With temperatures continuing to rise, the opening F4 contest saw assured performances by all three drivers. Getting a good launch off the line, Flack settled into a groove and held station in fifth throughout the bout. Zagazeta would do the same in ninth whilst Coseteng progressed to 13th at the chequered flag.
Race two would once again see Flack take centre stage, emerging as one of the standout performers as he charged from the back of the grid to seventh. Starting the reverse grid encounter in 18th after being handed a grid penalty, the Australian produced a number of eye-catching moves on his way to another points finish.
Zagazeta and Coseteng each found themselves in the thick of the action during the 20-minute contest too. After starting tenth, Zagazeta would yo-yo up and down the order before crossing the line in 13th, whilst Philipines-born Coseteng suffered an unfortunate retirement.
Bringing the weekend to a close with race three on Sunday - broadcast live on ITV4 - Flack continued to underline his talent by claiming a breakthrough podium in the series. Starting third, the former karting ace held position before the safety car neutralised proceedings at the halfway stage.
Once back underway, Flack wasted no time in making his move for second place, slipping past McKenzy Cresswell at Palmer and then setting off to clinch his first piece of British F4 silverware.
Further back, Zagazeta showcased his overtaking prowess as he progressed up the order to sixth whilst Coseteng capped off his weekend with a 14th place finish.
Michael Meadows, Team Manager:“I’m relatively happy with how the weekend panned out for the team. Marcos had performed really well all weekend and I’m pleased to see him get his first podium in the series, whilst Matias and Eduardo did a good job in some close fought races.
“We’ve certainly got some areas to improve on and as a team we will come together and do just that before we head to Brands Hatch. Snetterton is a completely different circuit to Thruxton, as are the conditions, so it is difficult to see the pecking order at the moment.
“We’re learning all the time and I’m confident we can continue to add to our silverware haul as the rest of the season progresses.”
Brands Hatch marks the next stop on the F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost schedule with Rounds 7, 8 and 9 on June 26/27.
Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography.