James Fletcher dominated proceedings in Round 21 of the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship at Snetterton to take his second win of the season, the first having come during the championship’s first trip to Norfolk back in June.
Fletcher led the ten lap encounter from start to finish, a great beginning to the race having seem him break away from the pack and lead by over a second after the first couple of laps.
A string of fastest laps saw him build his advantage to over four seconds at the mid-race point, which he further extended to 10.690s at the chequered flag, the Team KBS ace producing the largest winning margin in the championship in the season so far.
“We’ve come from the back at the start of the weekend and we’ve won it,” said Fletcher. “To be honest it was the only thing I wanted, I didn’t mind about the other races, I just needed a win this weekend so I’m really happy. The team have done an absolutely fantastic job this weekend and I couldn’t be happier.”
Jake Dalton started the race second however a blinding start from Struan Moore saw him leap into second off the line, with Dalton slipping further back behind Seb Morris and Jake Hughes as the opening lap progressed.
Morris passed his Hillspeed team-mate on lap two to take second and although Moore stayed in close company throughout, Morris held the place throughout to put his earlier frustrations, the 17 year old having lost a first race win in race two on a technical infringement, behind him.
Moore maintain third for his second podium of a great weekend, while Dalton fought back to pass team-mate Hughes on lap eight to take fourth at the finish, with a loss of pace for the championship leader Hughes seeing him slip to eighth at the end of the race.
Charlie Robertson followed Dalton closely throughout the race, the HHC Motorsport driver capping off an ultra-consistent weekend with his third top five finish. Matthew Graham took sixth, while salvaging seventh from a difficult weekend for the Douglas Team E-Lites outfit was Matt Bell.
Finishing behind Hughes to round out the top ten were Gustavo Lima and Diego Menchaca, both taking their third top ten results of the weekend.
Hughes (397pts) now holds a 45 point championship lead over Barlow (352pts) heading into the championship finale at the end of the month. Morris (344pts) is not too far further back, while Graham (326pts), Robertson (320pts) and Dalton (318pts) will feel they still have a slim chance of coming out on top at Donington Park.
“It’s not been the smoothest of weekends for us but we’ve come out with three good results,” said Hughes. “I’ll go into Donington with the same attitude I’ve had all season, and I’ll be looking for poles, wins and podiums and will be going flat out.”
2013 BRDC Formula 4 Championship Round twenty-one result:
1. James Fletcher, Team KBS, 10 laps
2. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, +10.690s
3. Struan Moore, Hillspeed, +11.089s
4. Jake Dalton, Lanan Racing, +11.761s
5. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, +13.235s
6. Matthew Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +16.865s
7. Matt Bell, Douglas Team E-Lites, +17.878s
8. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +22.413s
9. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +22.929s
10. Diego Menchaca, MGR Motorsport, +24.773s