The largest field of the season showed up to race at Laguna Seca for rounds 9 and 10 of the Formula Pro USA F4 Western Championship. With no official practice on Friday, every driver would start the race weekend on Saturday with a short 10 minute warm up before qualifying. William Ferguson grabbed pole position in the VMB Driver Development / World Speed Motorsports car for the third time in a row, Athreya Ramadan second and Jack Holmes third. Ferguson went on to win Saturday's race with a 7 second lead over the rest of the field. Sunday’s qualifying order finished up with Ramadan in third, Jacob Douglas in second and Ferguson with the pole position.
Round 10 of the Formula Pro USA Western championship was cut short and finished under yellow after an incident on lap 3. A freighting accident involving World Speed Motorsports driver Jack Holmes and formula Mazda driver Bruce Semler occured between turns 3 and 4. The head-on impact between the two cars caused Semler's FM to burst into flames. Holmes performed a truly heroic act rushing into the massive ball of fire to try and lift Semler out of the car. Semler was later airlifted to the nearest hospital and is currently undergoing surgery for burns on the back and arm. We all are very thankful that Bruce is alright and will continue to send our thoughts and prayers throughout his time in the hospital.
Although the race ended only a few laps in, Ferguson was awarded the victory which meant he had swept four races in a row with pole position, fastest lap and the race win.. This also meant that William Ferguson became the Formula Pro USA F4 Western Champion with one event still remaining at Thunderhill Raceway Park on October 28th-31st.
“World Speed Motorsports has done an amazing job this year. With both Kyle and I winning the FR and F4 championships, we really showed that they’re the best team on the West Coast. Thank you to Jan and Suren for getting the car dialed every session on track the whole season. Most importantly thank you to VMB Driver Development and Steve Brisentine and Andy Brown for supporting me during this amazing 2021 season and making this all possible,” stated Ferguson, “I am now hard at work looking at options for next year, everything is on the table."
It was great to see Andy at Laguna Seca for Race 9