Palmer Dominates at Snetterton after Delayed Start


Will Palmer continues his race one dominance with another win around the Snetterton circuit. This extends his BRDC Formula 4 championship lead in what would become a HHC Motorsport one-two.

The race start was delayed slightly after an aborted start saw Fernando Urrutia stall as the cars went on to their warm up lap. The Douglas Motorsport car was initially pushed away before the car seized up meaning it wasn’t cleared in time for the start.

The cars were forced to do another formation lap as Urrutia joined James Reveler on the sidelines. However; it was only Reveler who started from the pits, with the other 17 lining up on the grid.

A good start from Omar Ismail saw him challenge Palmer into the first corner and onto lap two. But this would prove to be the only real challenge that Palmer would receive, as he continued to build his lead over the course of the race.

This was helped especially after Ismail failed to make a move stick onto the second lap, seeing him run wide and drop to third. He would drop to fifth as he lost momentum and struggled to keep up with the front runners.

By the end of the race, Palmer had amassed an 8.1 second lead over eventual second place driver, Harri Newey. The second HHC Motorsport driver had had a poor start having initially dropped back behind Tom Jackson, but soon retook the position.

The two would continue to battle as the race went on, but were significantly slower than Palmer who was the only driver to achieve lap times consistently in the 1 minute 50s.

In fourth overall was Ciaran Haggerty who was unable to keep up with the pace of the two in front. This resulted in a lonely race for the Scotsman who continues to build his reputation as one of the series consistent drivers.

Ismail would eventually drop to fifth as he spend the second half of the race defending from Al Faisal Al Zubair. Despite losing out by 0.09 seconds, the Omani driver will probably be pleased having picked up his best result of the year.

Once again though, it was Rodrigo Fonseca who put in the best drive. Having started sixteenth, he initially made a slow get away but kept out of trouble on the first lap to work his way up to ninth. He continued to make places and would eventually end up battlinng Jack Bartholomew for seventh place.

Despite losing out, Fonseca was gifted the place late on as Bartholomew fell back down the order. All this meant that it was Akhil Rabindra who would take eighth and pole for race two tomorrow.