Bell Clinches Third Win Of Season At Oulton


Matt Bell has become the first driver to secure three wins in the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship with a lights to flag victory at Oulton Park.

Bell started the race from pole position and a great start saw him maintain his lead down to Old Hall on lap one. The privateer initially pulled away the field behind, but as the race progressed, the privateer found himself under pressure from local driver Jake Dalton.

The MGR driver had the gap to Bell down to just half a second by lap seven, but was unable to mount a real challenge for the lead, with Bell stretching his advantage in the latter stages, taking the win by nearly 1.4 seconds.

Matthew Graham held third early on, however on lap four, a challenge from Ross Gunn, who had passed Seb Morris for fourth off the line, resulted in contact, forcing Graham off into the tyre wall and dropping Gunn down to fifth.

This promoted Raoul Hyman to third and the South African held the place for the remainder of the race for his third podium of the campaign. Seb Morris was promoted to fourth, and a sterling defensive effort from the Hillspeed driver saw him hold off a determined Gunn to the finish.

Jake Hughes rounded out the top six ahead of race one winner Jack Barlow, both drivers finishing within a second of Morris, while close behind completeing the top ten were Gustavo Lima and Struan Moore.

Setting the fastest lap of the race meanwhile, in the process taking pole position for race three, was Charlie Robertson, the HHC Motorsport driver showing his pace as he charged from the back of the grid to 14th.

2013 BRDC F4 Championship Round eleven result:

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