Jake Cook put yesterday’s troubles behind him with two pole positions and a double victory at Snetterton today (Sunday 10 November), matching the feats of Matty Graham from yesterday. Graham continues to lead the way in the BRDC F4 Winter Championship, but just two points separate him from Cook and Falco Wauer who are level on points.
Cook, driving for Hillspeed was 0.7s clear of the field in qualifying, and he dominated the third race of the weekend despite a slow start which left him in third halfway through the lap. Graham got the best jump off the line to lead into turn one, but contact at Agostini between him and Sennan Fielding on the opening tour saw Graham spin down the order with damage.
Track conditions were tricky with the drivers running wet tyres despite the clear skies, but Cook had no fear, passing Fielding around the outside of Coram at the end of lap one, and then blasted into the distance to take the win on his first weekend in F4. Wauer scored his second podium of the weekend with second place while Italian Matteo Ferrer soared from seventh on the grid to take his first ever podium finish with third place for Mark Godwin Racing.
The grid for race four was decided by fastest laps from race three, with Cook, Wauer, Palmer and Ferrer taking the front two rows.
The final race of the weekend was the first to be held in dry conditions, and saw Cook make a decent start this time to lead into turn one with Wauer following him closely. Graham again shot off the line to grab third place on the run down to Riches from fifth on the grid while Ferrer spun out necessitating an early safety car.
Cook made a good restart once the safety car pitted at the end of lap three, and was then able to manage the gap over Wauer, who began to close on him as the race neared its conclusion.
Championship leader Graham held third for the majority of the race but was passed on the final lap by Will Palmer, who had been pressurising late on, and claimed his first single seater podium, with Graham claiming fourth.
After four races Graham has 93 points and two race wins, with Cook on 91 also with two wins. Wauer too has 91 points, but is classified third at present due to Cook’s better results. HHC duo Fielding and Palmer are fourth and fifth with Pietro Fittipaldi sixth.
Championship leader Graham commented: “Leading the championship gives me an advantage heading to Brands Hatch so hopefully I can stay there. There’s still a lot to play for and the single dropped score will have an effect I’m sure, but I won last time I was at Brands Hatch and hopefully I can repeat that in two weekends time.”
Double race winner Jake Cook enthused: “It’s been a great day today, especially after yesterday’s various disappointments, and we couldn’t have come back any better. We needed to really and in a championship as short as this you can’t fall too far behind, but we can go on to Brands Hatch now with our heads held high. I’d love to win all four races at Brands Hatch, I want to win the championship and if I won all four then I’d win it, and if I got four podiums I’d have a good chance as well.”
BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Snetterton 300, Race Three result:
1. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, 10 laps
2. Falco Wauer,Enigma Motorsport, +7.478s
3. Matteo Ferrer, Mark Godwin Racing, +11.696s
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +15.899s
5. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +16.114s
6. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, +18.763s
BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Snetterton 300, Race Four result:
1. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, 10 laps
2. Falco Wauer, Enigma Motorsport, +0.919s
3. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +6.463s
4. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, +11.500s
5. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +11.645s
6. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +11.880s
BRDC F4 Winter Championship provisional standings after race four of eight:
1. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, 93pts
2. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, 91pts
3. Falco Wauer, Enigma Motorsport, 91pts
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, 79pts
5. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 70pts
6. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, 66pts
The Winter Championship concludes at Brands Hatch on the 23/24 November with four more races on the Indy circuit.