Sennan Fielding has taken a thrilling victory in the first of three BRDC Formula 4 Championship races from Silverstone. The HHC Motorsport driver opened up the championship’s second visit to the home of the British Grand Prix with a winning margin of just 0.191 seconds from Lanan Racing’s Struan Moore. Arjun Maini took the final podium spot in the second of three Lanan Racing entries after his own race long battle with Sean Walkinshaw Racing’s series debutant Alex Palou.
When the lights went out Fielding rocketed away from the pack, with Moore in hot pursuit. By the end of lap 1 the HHC machine held a 0.300 second advantage over the Lanan car. Palou jumped from sixth to third in a lightening first lap. For the first six laps the front three lapped almost as one, though Palou pushed Moore for second. The new driver even managed to get ahead of Moore briefly though experience triumphed over exuberance and Moore regained the advantage.
The Lanan driver would then spend the rest of the race cutting a second margin for the leading car down to size. Fielding had made good his escape while the other two fought for position but couldn’t keep that gap open. The battle came to a climax on the final lap of the race as the two went wheel to wheel past the Wing and through the Arena section.
With Alex Palou just off the podium on debut fifth place went to the third of the Lanan Racing drivers George Russell. Despite a lower than usual finishing position, Russell extended his championship lead over rival and HHC Motorsport racer Raoul Hyman. Hyman had run at the front of the pack early on but fell back to sixth place ahead of Douglas Motorsport’s Diego Menchaca. Rahul Raj Mayer for Hillspeed and his team mate Alfredo Zabalza headed MGR Motorsport’s Chris Middlehurst to round out the top ten.
Sennan Fielding was delighted with his victory saying, “I think that was the longest 10 laps of my life! It was a very challenging race that is for sure. All the way through I think Struan had just the quicker race pace so we will have to make a few changes to sort that out. The team did a great job and the car was absolutely fantastic. Hopefully I can get the car sorted for race two as well and hopefully we’ll get some more strong results.
“I was just hoping for the best all the way through the race, in the last three laps he was all over me and firmly in my mirrors. Struan had a great drive and he was good to race with as well as he gave plenty of room and made it very enjoyable.”
Retirements were few and far between in the race, which was run to time rather than the usual 12 lap distance given the length of the Grand Prix layout at Silverstone. Will Palmer dropped out early on with electrical issues on his HHC machine while Tom Jackson’s SWR entry dropped out with accident damage. Both were out on lap one.
The second and third races of the weekend take place on Sunday with action getting underway from 10:20 am.