Fewtrell Becomes 2016 British F4 Champion with Dominant Drive


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17-year-old Max Fewtrell fought off stiff competition from his rivals to clinch the F4 British Championship. While he led from lights to flag, the Brands Hatch win was not as easy, but ensured he won the title by a mere seven points.

Pole sitter Fewtrell was quick to break away from Ayrton Simmons. All eyes though were on Sennan Fielding. The JHR Development driver was not holding back and was already up to fifth after the first lap.

Fielding was quick to get past former rival Luis Leeds and was on the back of James Pull as the top four pulled away. Pull knew the situation with his Carlin team-mate and was not prepared to make it easy for Fielding. Despite his best effort though, Fielding once again dove down the inside of turn one.

Simmons was not prepared to give up easily either, holding off Fielding for a few laps, the #3 was given a black/white flag for track limits, proving the extend that Fielding was prepared to go. This gave Fewtrell an opportunity to break away slightly, extending his lead.

It turned out to be a three-way fight for the race win as Simmons and Fielding held onto the back of Fewtrell. After 14 laps the Carlin driver cruised across the line to clinch the 2016 championship. It was his third win of the year in a season of consistency.

Further back in the order, Leeds held on to fifth, setting the fastest lap and breaking away from countryman Zane Goddard. It had been a poor weekend for Goddard, but later responded with his own fastest lap ensuring Leeds and himself caught the battle for fourth, headed by Pull.

In the fight for seventh, Devlin DeFrancesco made his way past team-mate Petru Florescu with three minutes to go. Carlin had already secured the teams championship in race two and both wanted a strong result to finish.

Billy Monger was on course to finish ninth, but broke his suspension on the kerbs, costing him a strong conclusion. The final points were thus inherited by Jamie Caroline and Rafa Martins.

In the final championship standings, Fewtrell ended the year with 358 points, while Fielding managed 351 with two more wins. Leeds would secure third, but with 300, was only nine points in front of Pull. Elsewhere, DeFrancesco held on to fifth despite a pitiful final weekend, finishing on 265 points.