Palmer takes victory in BRDC F4 season opener

Will Palmer converted pole position to victory after an impressive drive saw him take the spoils in the Duo BRDC Formula 4 championship season opener at Oulton Park.

Palmer made the most of his fastest lap in qualifying to lead from the front in the race, rarely coming under pressure from Harri Newey behind to take the flag by 4.815 seconds.

Palmer’s strong star allowed theF4 Winter Series Champion to pull away from HHC Motorsport teammate Newey, with the latter also falling behind a strong starting Sebastian Lanzetti during the first lap. Elsewhere, Jack Bartholomew put a move on Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Ciaran Haggerty for fourth.

Three laps into the race saw Newey retake Lanzetti for second, with a brilliant move heading towards Hislop bend, before setting off in search of a disappearing Palmer out-front. Further back, Fernando Urrutia and Akhil Rabrinda scrapped for tenth, the latter eventually losing out.

Newey’s deficit to Palmer began to shrink at the halfway stage of the race, with the series rookie taking half a second out of Palmer three laps in a row. However, a mistake in sector two saw Palmer slip back, allowing Palmer to further establish what would become an unassailable lead out front.

With Palmer home and dry, it was down to Hillspeed’s Lanzetti to chase down Newey for second, with Tom Jackson in fourth offering little threat four seconds back, and the battle for fifth between Bartholomew, Haggerty, Chris Mealin, and Sisa Ngebulana consuming itself.

At the flag however it was Palmer who took the win, ahead of Newey and a close Lanzetti in third. Jackson came home a lonely fourth, with Batholonew holding on to round out the top five ahead of Haggerty, Mealin, Ngebulana, Rodrigo Fonseca and Urrutia.

Oulton Park Race 1 Result

13Will PalmerGBRHHC Motorsport12 Laps
233Harrison NeweyGBRHHC Motorsport+4.815s
366Sebastian LanzettiRSAHillspeed+6.248s
412Tom JacksonGBRChris Dittmann Racing+14.409s
58Jack BartholomewGBRLanan Racing+15.046s
679Ciaran HaggertyGBREcurie Ecosse/GBR+15.285s
710Chris MealinHKGLanan Racing+16.046s
837Sisa NgebulanaRSAHHC Motorsport+20.331s
99Rodrigo FonsecaMEXLanan Racing+20.966s
1024Fernando UrrutiaMEXDouglas Motorsport+22.461s
112Akhil RabindraINDDouglas Motorsport+23.125s
1214Jack LangGBRMark Godwin Racing+30.005s
1394Michael O'BrienGBRMark Godwin Racing+32.203s
147Al Al ZubairOMAHillspeed+33.601s
1518Zubair HoqueGBRSWR+34.315s
1651Ameya VaidyanathanINDHillspeed+36.325s
1777Hernan FallasARGMark Godwin Racing+40.749s
1823Jordan AlbertGBRSWR+43.437s
1944James RevelerGBR23 Racing+1m23.904s
DNS4Omar IsmailGBRChris Dittmann Racing0 Laps