Young sensation George Russell came away from Brands Hatch on Sunday leading the 2014 BRDC F4 championship by an increased margin following another highly successful weekend of campaigning following his stunning debut at Silverstone earlier this year.
Russell won the third and final race of the weekend after executing a brilliantly oportunistic overtake on rivals Raoul Hyman and Arjun Maini, who were contesting the lead early doors when both ran wide battling allowing Russell the opportunity he needed. He had to fend off a closing laps charge from HHC’s Sennan Fielding who finished just 0.4 shy of the newcomer after running out of laps to catch and pass Russell.
Lanan’s other new signing Maini impressed too, taking two 4th places and a 2nd across the weekend to consolidate his title as ‘best of the rest’ behind the warring Hyman and Russell, between whom the championship looks destined to be fought.
Hyman had acquitted himself well in race one, winning from Maini by just 0.2 to strike back at Russell who had snatched the championship lead at Silverstone from the South African, who was widely tipped as the title favourite pre-season thanks to his experience from the 2013 campaign. However, Hyman was unable to prevent Russell finishing ahead of him in race two which was won by Gustavo Lima, another 2013 veteran recording his first victory in the series and becoming the first driver other than Russell or Hyman to triumph in 2014. He crossed the line just 0.044 ahead of a determined Chris Middlehurst whose skilful shadowing of the Brazilian impressed all.
Russell continues to lead the title race on 155 points, ahead of Hyman (134 points), Maini (120 points) and Fielding and Will Palmer both tied on 99 points.
|6||Middlehurst||GBR||Mark Godwin Racing||91|
|12||Wagner||GBR||Mark Godwin Racing||45|
|18||Jackson||GBR||Chris Dittmann Racing||27|
|22||Claessens||NED||Mark Godwin Racing||12|