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Beauly racer Ollie Stewart gets more rookie podiums in F4 British Championship

By Andrew Henderson

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Beauly racing driver Ollie Stewart picked up two more rookie podium finishes despite a frustrating retirement at Oulton Park in the latest rounds of the F4 British Championship.

Ollie Stewart picked up two more rookie podium places at Oulton Park. Picture: Jakob Ebrey Photography
Ollie Stewart picked up two more rookie podium places at Oulton Park. Picture: Jakob Ebrey Photography

A chaotic qualifying session saw the red flag waved with 12 minutes left on the clock, and upon the resumption of racing Stewart was held up by the traffic, just missing out on a top-10 position.

However, Stewart is quickly getting a burgeoning reputation for bold overtakes, and he quickly moved into the top 10 in the opening lap of the first race.

Two more overtakes had him sitting in eighth overall, where he still sat when the chequered flag was waved – securing second in the rookie standings.

Stewart had another good start in the second race of the weekend, again moving into the top 10.

Avoiding drama up ahead meant that Stewart was in a position to take advantage of later mistakes, and as he increased his pace he also moved up the pack, finishing seventh overall and third out of the rookies.

However, Stewart would not have such a positive outcome in the final race of the weekend.

A shortened race had seen the teenager move into the top 10 places once again.

Sitting seventh going into the last lap, though, Stewart ran into mechanical issues that forced him to retire.

“Race one was brilliant and we managed to get up to 10th on the first lap,” Stewart said.

“Overall, I was happy with the pace of the car.

“In race two, I managed to get a good start and avoid some carnage on the first couple of laps. I was happy with the result, the pace was there and we got another rookie podium to add to the tally. We’re getting closer and closer each time to the overall podium.

“I was extremely disappointed with race three.

“We will need to work out what happened when we get the car back to the workshop. There was nothing we could do about it, it’s just one of those things that happens in racing.”

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