Jack Doohan led a Red Bull junior one-two in the final British Formula 4 race of the weekend.
The Arden driver was able to take the lead after the first two race leaders – Patrick Pasma and Jonathan Hoggard – were caught out by the slippery conditions.
Pasma, who started from pole, held onto the race lead off the line while fellow front row starter Kiren Jewiss fell backwards with damage to his front wing. The Finnish driver was running comfortably at the front of the field while Hoggard, Doohan and Ayrton Simmons battled for P2, but his strong start came undone after a spin. He’d run slightly wide to put his rear wheel onto the grass and was then sent into a spin. Despite hitting the wall, Pasma was able to continue, but dropped downn the order.
Hoggard was promoted into the race lead, ahead of Doohan and Simmons.
A similar mistake for Hoggard allowed Doohan to catch the race leader and pull alongside. Hoggard tried to hold on, but was pushed slightly wide and Doohan was able to pull through to take the race lead.
Behind, Simmons was struggling to keep up with the race leaders and soon came under attack from Dennis Hauger and Paavo Tonteri. The JHR Developments driver couldn’t keep either car behind him and dropped back to fifth.
Hauger quickly took second from Hoggard and set about chasing his team-mate, but couldn’t quite catch Doohan before the chequered flag, finishing 0.869s behind the Australian.
Tonteri was next to bring the challenge to Hoggard. The Fortec driver put up a good defence put Tonteri was able to find a way through on the penultimate lap, making it an all rookie top three.
Hoggard finished fourth ahead of Simmons.
Simmons had briefly been knocked back to sixth after a battle with Hampus Ericsson. After two disappointing races early in the weekend, Ericsson was enjoying his strongest race of the season. He found a way past Simmons, pushing the Brit wide as he came through, but couldn’t hold the position for long. Ericsson ran very wide, bouncing over the grass and damaging his front wing as the car landed nose first after a large bump. He was able to limp back to the pits, where he called it a day after a frustrating weekend.
Pasma managed to recover to sixth ahead of Sebastian Priaulx and Luca Allen.
Manuel Sullaiman was classified ninth after a jump start ahead of Jamie Sharp.
Jewiss managed to continue with his broken front wing for a number of laps. Despite his lack of pace, he was able to defend his position while running at the back end of the top 10. But the championship leader was forced to come into the pits after receiving a meatball flag late in the race.
The pointless finish means Jewiss leaves Snetterton just 29 points ahead of Simmons in the championship standings.