George Russell left Snetterton on Sunday evening with the BRDC F4 championship lead still safely in the bag after he failed to win a race for the first time in 2014; the 17 year old scored two 3rd places and a 6th however to ensure he remained ahead of title rivals Arjun Maini and Raoul Hyman.
Son of BRDC F4 creator and former Formula One driver Jonathan Palmer, Will, picked up two victories from the three races over the weekend to fire himself into the title mix, now sitting in 3rd place overall ahead of Maini, and behind Hyman and Russell.
Hyman, a veteran of BRDC F4’s maiden 2013 season, scored two podiums of his own but was penalised for an incident in race two that saw the South African make contact with Denmark’s Nicolas Beer, ending the Dane’s race. With the amended result dropping Hyman to 13th in the results for race two, he lost his chance of closing the gap on the relentless Russell in the points table.
Race two though ensured Lanan Racing, 2013 Champions, didn’t go away empty-handed as Indian Maini secured his own maiden series win, beating Diego Menchaca and Russell to the victory after securing his third pole of the season; which also earns him the lead in the Jack Cavill pole position cup.
With nine rounds gone of the twenty-four scheduled for this season, it is clear to see the battle for the crown should be between HHC Motorsport and Lanan Racing, with both teams getting all their drivers into the top eight. 2014 has proven tougher for 2013 challengers Sean Walkinshaw Racing, whose younger drivers are currently struggling to make an impact on the points table despite some excellent performances.
F4 returns to action at Oulton Park on 18th/19th July.
BRDC F4 Standings after round 9 of 24.
|9||Middlehurst||GBR||Mark Godwin Racing||108|
|16||Wagner||GBR||Mark Godwin Racing||64|
|18||Jackson||GBR||Chris Dittmann Racing||50|
|20||Claessens||NED||Mark Godwin Racing||24|