Fewtrell Wins as Technical issue costs Monger Victory


Credit: F4 British Championship

Max Fewtrell won the final race at Rockingham to extend his championship lead to 25 points. The F4 British Championship is still wide open with two rounds to go, though the story of the race will be Billy Monger who was robbed of victory by a technical fault.

As the lights went out, Monger was immediately challenged by Petru Florescu, though he held him off as they barrelled into the Deene Hairpin. Behind them Rafa Martins temporarily took third before being edged out by Fewtrell.

Fewtrell went on the attack and joined the leading duo with Monger narrowly holding on. Fortunately for the JHR Developments driver, the Carlin’s started to compromise each other as Sennan Fielding in fourth caught them up.

In fifth, Martins was now holding off Alex Quinn. The rookie was on course for another strong result but was not happy with the encroaching Devlin DeFrancesco in seventh.

The Carlin‘s once again stole the spotlight at the halfway point with Fewtrell finally jumping into second. Florescu soon lost another position to Fielding as the Romanian struggled with speed.

Quinn eventually forced Martins into a mistake, knocking the Brazilian’s front wing loose. This allowed Martins into the clutches of James Pull and DeFrancesco. Pull had damaged his own front wing earlier in the race, but was still setting fastest laps, swapping with his team-mate.

Back at the front, Monger wasn’t having it all his own way as Fewtrell and Fielding closed. With three minutes to go, Monger started racing in his wing mirrors reacting to all of Fewtrell’s attempts.

Going onto the final lap there was heartbreak for Monger who slowed out of the hairpin with an oil pressure failure. He quickly got going, but it was too late and Fewtrell was already passed taking his second win of the year. Fielding and Monger would round out the podium.

Florescu eventually hung on to fourth as Quinn took another rookie win in fifth. Martins will be disappointed to have fallen to sixth after his damage as DeFrancesco and Ayrton Simmons were behind. Pull kept the fastest lap, but couldn’t hold his position as Luis Leeds rounded out the top ten.