F4 Final Logo v3Hughes extends championship lead with podium finish

 

Jake Dalton claimed victory on his first drive for Lanan Racing in BRDC F4, after storming to race one glory at Snetterton. The 18-year-old started second but made an overtaking move for the lead on team mate Jake Hughes and surged into an unassailable lead.

Struan Moore took a strong second place for Hillspeed on the same circuit he claimed his maiden F4 win in June, while third for Hughes ensured he further stretched his championship lead over Hillspeed’s Seb Morris, who finished seventh.

Hughes led from pole position, secured in the earlier qualifying session, while Dalton was forced to defend from the quick starting Moore on the run down to Riches on the first lap. The Lanan pair were beginning to pull away from their rivals when they were caught out by dust on the track at Hamilton on lap two, and both took trips across the grass. The duo continued in first and second, but front wing damage sustained during the excursion compromised Hughes’ pace and Dalton took advantage, making a move stick up the inside of the Montreal hairpin on lap three.

Dalton pulled away to stretch a lead of almost five seconds by the chequered flag, with the win, his third of the season, allowing him to climb to fourth in the championship.

“I’ve come into this weekend hoping I can turn my fortunes around, as I’ve had some disappointing results recently, and it’s nice to get back on form and take the victory again,” Dalton enthused afterwards.

“I got a good start but it was pretty close with Struan off the line and I didn’t realise he was that close! But we got away with it and both continued. Jake [Hughes] and I managed to get a bit of a gap over Struan, but someone had dropped some debris at Hamilton and we both shot off the road onto the grass. From there I was able to stay with Jake and he was a bit slow going through Riches on the third lap and I got a good run going into Montreal and managed to pass him.”
Hughes was boldly left to defend his position for the remainder of the race, with the damage restricting his levels of front downforce. Moore took second at the Montreal hairpin on lap seven, leaving Hughes to fend off Charlie Robertson for the final podium spot. Hughes now holds a 40 point advantage over Seb Morris in the championship standings.

“I got a really good start and managed to lead around the first lap,” Hughes commented. “As Jake [Dalton] said, someone dropped a lot of dust onto the surface at Hamilton and I went off the track. As I was bouncing on the grass it damaged my front wing and from there the car was difficult to drive. I think I’ve done really well to bring the car home in third. Charlie [Robertson] was all over me on the last few laps but we’ve improved our lead in the championship points so it’s a good result. It was difficult with the damage, but I still managed to bring the car home in front of the people I needed to.”

Robertson claimed fourth for HHC Motorsport, ahead of SWR’s Matty Graham, while Robertson’s team mate Gustavo Lima secured sixth. Seb Morris was seventh for Hillspeed, with Jack Barlow eighth for SWR and claiming reverse grid pole for race two, which takes place at 10.40am tomorrow (Sunday) morning. The Mark Godwin Racing cars of Diego Menchaca and Pietro Fittipaldi completed the top 10.

BRDC F4 Championship, Snetterton 300, race one result:

1. Jake Dalton, Lanan Racing, 10 laps
2. Struan Moore, Hillspeed, +4.831s
3. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +5.885s
4. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, +6.298s
5. Matty Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +9.763s
6. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +13.107s
7. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, +13.173s
8. Jack Barlow, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +14.816s
9. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing, +15.112s
10. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +28.765s