BRDC Formula 4

Palmer was untouchable in Race 3 at Brands Hatch

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Will Palmer drove another dominant race in Brands Hatch to further extend his BRDC Formula 4 championship lead with his sixth win of the season. After starting from pole the British driver was unchallenged as he comfortably brought his HHC Motorsport car across the line first.

With Palmer starting on pole for the second time this weekend he was hoping to collect more points with championship rival Rodrigo Fonseca starting down in fifth.

At the start, Palmer kept his lead from second place Omar Ismail, while Ciaran Haggerty lunged to take third from Jack Bartholomew at the hairpin. At the end of the second lap, Palmer extended his lead to over a second with Haggerty now on the back of Ismail as the 19 cars came across the line with no major incidents.

The best start had been made from Sisa Ngebulana moving up two positions to eighth, but would soon move back one after Chris Mealin looked to make up ground from his poor getaway.

Michael O’Brien would soon lose his front nose cover, with the Chris Dittmann Racing car retiring as a result, while Jack Lang ran wide at the final corner, spinning as a result. Meanwhile Ameya Vaidyanathan was given a 10 second penalty for jumping the start, after the adjusted result he would finish forteenth.

With 5 laps to go, Harri Newey made a bold move on Fonseca at the hairpin, seeing the two cars touch wheels, the young Brit would run off into the gravel as a result, dropping to eighth, while Fonseca lost time, but continued in sixth.

As the race started to come to a close, Fonseca finally caught up to Tom Jackson for fifth, but was unable to take the position away from his championship rival, concluding another weekend to forget for the Mexican.

Palmer came across the line having won by setting the fastest lap and leading every lap in what was another dominant drive from the HHC Motorsport driver.

Behind him by 6.5 seconds was Ismail, who held off Haggerty, despite a late dive from the Scotsman. In fourth was Bartholomew, with Jackson leading home, Fonseca, Mealin and Ngebulana.

After the race, Palmer commented, saying; “Its been a great race … hopefully we can keep it going next time.” The next race will be at Snetterton on the 22nd and 23rd August.

Credit: Nick Smith /
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