Motionsport’s Ross Gunn claimed his first ever car race win in today’s third BRDC F4 contest at Oulton Park, as local driver Jake Dalton surged into the championship lead for Mark Godwin Racing, with the F4 field competing in qualifying and all three races in just one day.
Sean Walkinshaw Racing’s Jack Barlow claimed pole position in qualifying for race one, which he duly converted into his second race win of the season. Jake Hughes was second for Lanan Racing and Seb Morris third at his local venue for Hillspeed.
Hastings resident Barlow commented afterwards: “This feels great. The hard bit was qualifying really and I knew I had to be at the front. Qualifying went smoothly to put it on P1 and my main focus from then on was looking forward and going forward and maintaining the gap behind me. I managed to do that and pull away by a few tenths.”
Privateer Matt Bell became the first driver to claim three F4 race wins this season, securing victory from the top-eight reversed grid pole in race two, ahead of Dalton and HHC Motorsport’s Raoul Hyman.
Hampshire’s Bell commented afterwards: “I got a good start. Dalton kept me pretty honest but couldn’t quite keep up in the opening laps so I was able to build a slight gap. He brought it back a little bit half way through, but I just kept my head down didn’t make any mistakes and as a result I’m the first triple winner of the season.”
Ross Gunn claimed his and the Motionsport team’s first win in F4 in race three after taking advantage of a mistake from Charlie Robertson to take the lead on lap eight at Clay Hill. Hughes again claimed second for Lanan Racing with Robertson third for HHC Motorsport.
Speaking afterwards, Gunn from High Wycombe exclaimed: “This feels unbelievable to be honest. The car was just fantastic and the team have done a great job all weekend and I felt good today. I forced Charlie into a mistake, he went wide and I managed to get a run going up Clay Hill. It’s just an unbelievable feeling to finally take a win and hopefully we can carry this momentum onto Brands Hatch. It hasn’t sunk in yet; it feels just like a dream come true!”
The trophies for all three races were presented by BRDC Member Stuart Graham, who famously achieved success on both two wheels and four, claiming wins at the Isle of Man TT and the RAC Tourist Trophy (driving a Chevrolet Camaro) in the 1960s and 70s.
As part of F4’s prize package, the leading six drivers at the half way point in the championship receive a tour of the McLaren Technology Centre in Woking, where the McLaren Formula One cars of Jenson Button and Sergio Perez are prepared. Receiving this honour will be championship leader Jake Dalton along with Jake Hughes, Seb Morris, Charlie Robertson, Matt Bell and Jack Barlow.
Dalton, from Audley in Staffordshire now has 212 points, leading the championship by six points from Hughes. Seb Morris is third for Hillspeed while pre-event championship leader Robertson is now fourth.
Speaking at the end of the weekend Dalton said: “I’m really happy to be back in the championship lead. Results wise it wasn’t the best of weekends but it’s good to know after a ‘bad’ weekend I’m still leading. We should go really well at Brands Hatch at the next round, we’ve got some testing planned and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.”
BRDC F4 Championship race one result, Oulton Park:
1. Jack Barlow, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, 12 laps
2. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +1.198s
3. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, +4.539s
4. Ross Gunn, Motionsport, +5.050s
5. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +6.397s
6. Matthew Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +10.318s
7. Jake Dalton, Mark Godwin Racing, +11.570s
8. Matt Bell, MattRBell Racing Team E-Lites, +16.353s
9. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing, +19.963s
10. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +20.317s
BRDC F4 Championship race two result, Oulton Park:
1. Matt Bell, MattRBell Racing Team E-Lites, 12 laps
2. Jake Dalton, Mark Godwin Racing, +1.399s
3. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +3.781s
4. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, +7.810s
5. Ross Gunn, Motionsport, +8.042s
6. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +8.271s
7. Jack Barlow, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +8.742s
8. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing, +9.556s
9. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +10.525s
10. Struan Moore, Hillspeed, +11.716s
BRDC F4 Championship race three result, Oulton Park:
1. Ross Gunn, Motionsport, 12 laps
2. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +0.387s
3. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, +2.484s
4. Jack Barlow, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +9.263s
5. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +9.456s
6. Matty Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +9.984s
7. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, +22.822s
8. James Fletcher, Team KBS, +22.895s
9. Jake Dalton, Mark Godwin Racing, +23.271s
10. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +23.512s
BRDC F4 Championship, provisional championship standings after round 12 of 24:
1. Jake Dalton, Mark Godwin Racing, 212pts
2. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, 206pts
3. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, 198pts
4. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, 191pts
5. Matt Bell, MattRBell Racing Team E-Lites, 188pts
6. Jack Barlow, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, 183pts
7. Ross Gunn, Motionsport, 152pts
8. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, 145pts
9. James Fletcher, Team KBS, 140pts
10. Matty Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, 140pts