Gloucestershire’s Zak O’Sullivan says he feels “no pressure” heading into his title-deciding British F4 showdown at Brands Hatch this weekend, as he brings his rookie single-seater season to a close.
The 15-year-old Carlin driver has taken eight wins, four second places and four thirds to sit tied on 369 points with his closest rival Luke Browning (Fortec) with one meeting to go.
The famous Kent circuit is the venue for the decider (November 13-15), with three races across the shorter Indy circuit to decide who takes the crown.
Should he be victorious, O’Sullivan will follow in the footsteps of current McLaren F1 driver Lando Norris in winning the Ginetta Junior Rookie Cup in his first year of car racing and the F4 championship in his first year of single-seater racing.
Despite the prize on offer, O’Sullivan says he won’t be altering the measured approach which has brought him so much success to date in the truncated 2020 season.
O’Sullivan, from Withington, near Cirencester, said: “The weekend will be entertaining, as it always is on the Brands Indy circuit. The chances of it being wet are very high at this time of year, so how the weekend goes will be more about what the weather throws up.
“When you’re testing at this time of year and it’s been raining or dewy overnight, the track doesn’t really dry until the end of the day. It will probably be the same here.
“Qualifying is going to be outrageously close, as it has been for most of the year. Even on the long GP circuit earlier in the season, I was less than half a tenth of a second ahead for pole position.
“I won’t really be changing my approach heading into the weekend. It’s another clean slate – there’s no pressure and I am really looking forward to it!”
There are two titles up for grabs at Brands, with O’Sullivan’s Carlin team defending a 28-point lead over Fortec Motorsport in the teams’ championship.
O’Sullivan was full of praise for the famed junior outfit, which has previously schooled the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Nico Rosberg and Carlos Sainz on their road to F1.
“I have worked really well with Carlin this year and have had their full support. We’ve had a really good relationship and it would be nice to take home both championships,” he said.
You can follow Zak’s championship bid via the ITV Sport website at www.itv.com/btcc and live via ITV4 on Sunday.