Danish teenager Nicolas Beer starred on his BRDC Formula 4 Championship debut for the Chipping Norton-based Sean Walkinshaw Racing team at Silverstone over the weekend.

Having finished fourth in Saturday’s first race and second in race two on Sunday, the 18-year-old looked poised for a remarkable victory in round three, but contact on the third lap from an errant rival, while Beer was leading, robbed him of a maiden win.

Teammates Jordan Albert and Diego Borrelli, also debuting in F4 with SWR, finished 13th and 14th respectively after making good progress.

“All three guys did well this weekend – it’s been a strong start”, said the Chipping Norton squad’s team owner Sean Walkinshaw.

“Nicolas started off very well on Friday to be quickest in practice, then to finish fourth in race one from tenth on the grid was great. “The race-two podium was well-deserved and we thought the race three win was on – only contact from another driver prevented it.

“Jordan did very well on his first weekend in the championship and should be pleased with what he achieved.

“Diego did really well too, especially as it was his first ever race weekend in cars.”

Beer said: “I’m really happy with this result. “The team did a very good job with the car and our pace was very good. “It was so difficult to find the grip, it changed a bit from lap to lap with the rain, so you had to try and push but be very aware. It wasn’t easy, but I’m really happy.” Rounds four, five and six are on May 17-18 at Brands Hatch, while highlights of the three Silverstone races are on ITV4 next Sunday.