BRDC Formula 4

Battle to be Runner-Up Closes up as Palmer Wins

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Another breathtaking display by 2015 BRDC Formula 4 champion Will Palmer saw him win by almost ten seconds in the first race of the day around Brands Hatch for the season finale, having started on pole.

It was second place Fernando Urrutia, who made the best getaway and managed to go around the outside of Palmer into turn one. However; the champion fought back, managing to undercut him on the way into Druids. It was a fairly clean first lap as most of the field slotted into their grid order.

Over the first few laps Palmer extended his lead to almost a second as Urrutia struggled to keep up with the pace of the HHC Motorsport driver. However; his attention soon turned to Rodrigo Fonseca behind, who needed a good result.

This was especially true as his runner-up rival Harri Newey was on the move in the early part of the race, having recently taken eighth from Jack Lang and moving into a potential reverse grid pole.

After only a few laps the battle for second place intensified, as Ciaran Haggerty and Sisa Ngebulana started challenging the two in front.

Palmer managed to extend his lead to six seconds by the mid-point of the race, but a poor lap by Haggerty saw him lose an important fourth place to Ngebulana as sixth placed Jordan Albert started joining the train with 18 laps completed.

Jack Bartholomew, in an attempt to maintain seventh, edged Newey off track allowing Lang past. However; the pair soon disposed of Bartholomew a lap later once again putting Newey in eighth and on reverse pole.

With only 2 laps remaining, Ngebulana ran off the track at Clark Curve. This dropped him from fourth to sixth.

Palmer would cross the line for a dominant win around the Indy Circuit, crossing the line almost ten seconds ahead of Urrutia who claimed his first podium of the season alongside countryman Fonseca in third.

Behind them, Haggerty and Albert was gifted fourth and fifth after Ngebulana’s late off. While Lang takes seventh ahead of Newey who has the advantage of starting on reverse grid pole. As for the other contender; Tom Jackson, he finished down in twelfth.

Credit: Nick Smith /
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