Pinnacle Motorsport has finally concluded its dominant run in the FIA F4 Chinese Championship with its driver Jordan Dempsey taking the driver’s title. The young Irishman had a 20 point lead coming into the season finale last October 13 – 14 at the Ningbo International Speedpark. There he took a race win and podium finish to be crowned the 2018 champion with one race to spare.
John O’Hara, Team Director celebrated the team’s success. “I’m Really happy for Jordan and the entire team at Pinnacle Motorsport for taking the 2018 championship. We saw Jordan’s raw talent and knew he could be a title contender early on. The team just made sure we gave him the best car at every race weekend. Everyone worked hard for this and congratulations to the entire team.”
Dempsey was quickest in Free Practice. He then carried his strong pace into Qualifying where he set pole for Saturday’s race.
With a lightning start off the line and a clear track in front of him, the 18-year-old capitalized on the opportunity to pull away from the pack and build a sizable lead in Race 1. He was unchallenged throughout the 14-lap race and had a 5.067 seconds advantage by the time he reached the finished line to enjoy a lights-to-flag victory. This further extended his points lead and only needed a podium to seal the championship.
A poor start in Race 2, however, dropped Dempsey right down to P4 just one place away from taking the title. Unwilling to give up, he would claw his way back up to P2 and even challenge for the lead. The Irishman eventually took the chequered flag in 2nd place to be crowned the 2018 FIA F4 Chinese champion.
“Fantastic weekend and a fantastic year!” Said Jordan. “I can’t thank all the guys at Pinnacle Motorsport enough. They’ve done such a fantastic job every weekend and it shows in the results. Also thanks to Tim and Rosalee at TBRM, Digital Planet, Motorsport Ireland, Sport Ireland and Team Ireland.”
The race weekend’s drama continued into Race 3 where Dempsey would run into technical problems on the grid. This forced him to start from the pit lane and play catch up. His willingness to end the year on a high got him as high up as P3 before he was involved in a collision that lost him several places. Undeterred, he fought his way through the field to wrap up Pinnacle Motorsport’s successful season with a 3rd place finish.