BRDC F4 LogoWill Palmer and Sennan Fielding took a double victory for HHC Motorsport on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit today (Saturday 23 November) as the battle to become the inaugural BRDC F4 Winter Champion intensified in chilly Kent.

A strong second place finish for Douglas Motorsport’s Matty Graham in race one, backed up with a fourth in race two ensures he heads into the crucial final two races tomorrow with a narrow five point margin over Hillspeed’s Jake Cook, who secured two third place finishes today. Race two winner Fielding is now just nine points off the lead, with race one winner Palmer 21 points off the top with 60 to play for tomorrow.

Palmer’s maiden single seater win came after taking his first F4 pole position in qualifying this morning, and raises his title ambitions. He made the most of his front row start to build a lead of one second early on, only to see his advantage wiped out by an early safety car. When the race resumed Palmer made a good restart, and after coming under pressure from Graham for a few laps, managed to pull out a gap of 1.5 seconds to claim victory, leaving Graham to fend off Cook for second place.

Fielding set fastest lap in race one, giving him pole for race two and like Palmer, he took full advantage, dominating the race to win by over three seconds and launching him right into championship contention. F4 newcomer Kieran Vernon claimed second for Hillspeed ahead of team mate Cook, who closed the gap to title leader Graham in the process, who claimed fourth.

Attention now turns to qualifying tomorrow (Sunday), which takes place at 10.25am with the final two races of the Winter Championship at 11.55 and 14.15.

Championship leader Matty Graham commented; “Qualifying tomorrow will be crucial. I’ve got to try my hardest and in the races I will need to make sure I get two good starts as well. I want to extend my lead as much as I can and wins will be the best way to do that and hopefully take some pressure off heading into the final race. I’m feeling pretty cool, I’m good at handling pressure which has stemmed from when I was leading the karting Under 18 World Championship – I had so much pressure and I dealt with it quite well and hopefully I can do the same here.”

His nearest rival Jake Cook admits qualifying will be an important factor as to who will be crowned champion; “It’s difficult to pass around here and qualifying tomorrow morning is going to be crucial. If I can be a couple of places ahead of Matty on the grid tomorrow it would be ideal for the championship.”

Race two winner Sennan Fielding is optimistic of challenging for the title tomorrow; “We’ve had the pace all series and we just needed to put it all together. Tomorrow is going to be hard to predict but it should be dry at least. We’ve got the car sorted, and I’m feeling good in myself. If it all goes to plan we’ll get another couple of results similar to today’s which could put us in a great position to claim the Winter Championship. It’s anyone’s championship at the moment, and whoever has the best day tomorrow will probably win the title.”

Provisional BRDC F4 Winter Championship standings after race six of eight:*

1. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, 136 points
2. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, 131 points
3. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, 127 points
4. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 115 points
5. Falco Wauer, Enigma Motorsport, 104 points
6. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, 97 points
7. Fredrik Johansen, Chris Dittmann Racing, 76 points
8. Matteo Ferrer, Mark Godwin Racing, 62 points
9. Dimitris Papanastasiou, Hillspeed, 62 points
10. Kieran Vernon, Hillspeed, 41 points

*not including single dropped score

 

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Race Five result, Brands Hatch Indy

1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 25 laps
2. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, +1.537s
3. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, +2.954s
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +3.117s
5. Kieran Vernon, Hillspeed, +3.480s
6. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +7.496s
7. Matteo Ferrer, Mark Godwin Racing, +16.321s
8. Falco Wauer, Enigma Motorsport, +18.551s
9. Fredrik Johansen, Chris Dittmann Racing, +20.829s
10. Dimitris Papanastasiou, Hillspeed, +1 lap

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Race Six result, Brands Hatch Indy

1. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, 25 laps
2. Kieran Vernon, Hillspeed, +3.467s
3. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, +3.930s
4. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, +4.769s
5. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +6.569s
6. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +9.457s
7. Matteo Ferrer, Mark Godwin Racing, +14.794s
8. Gosia Rdest, Douglas Motorsport, +28.444s
9. Fredrik Johansen, Chris Dittmann Racing, +29.857s
10. Dimitris Papanastasiou, Hillspeed, +30.177s