F4 British Championship

Matthew Rees converts pole position to maiden British F4 victory in race one at Snetterton

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Credit: Jakob Ebery Photography

After an eventful opening race of the weekend it was JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees that scored his maiden British F4 victory, leading impressively. Championship leader James Hedley trailed home in second place with rookie cup leader Mckenzy Cresswell applying pressure all the way to wind up in third place.

As the lights went out it was Matthew Rees that held the lead with Mckenzy Cresswell vaulting up to second place to lead a JHR 1-2 on the opening lap, with Oliver Gray dropping down to third and James Hedley making early moves challenging his team mate for third and eventually grabbing Cresswell’s second place.

Coming to the end of lap one, a tight battle between Marcos Flack and Roman Bilinski for sixth place left the Carlin driver of Bilinski on the grass before regaining control and continuing on in pursuit of the Australian rookie.

Meanwhile after lap one, Rees was now beginning to build his lead over championship leader James Hedley, with an impressive two second gap to the Fortec Motorsport star as the race began to settle down. Hedley’s team mate Joel Granfors was also making some progress and gained a couple of positions up to eighth place.

Further down the order, Dougie Bolger was holding up train of cars from twelfth place, defending the likes of Carlin team mate Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, Georgi Dimitrov Eduardo Coseteng and Kai Askey.

Phinsys by Argenti rookie Marcos Flack was setting fastest laps as we approached there halfway mark, chasing Joseph Loake and managing to pull it off and up into fifth place.

Mckenzy Creswell was now putting James Hedley under more pressure as team mate Rees grew a larger lead up front, with the rookie setting a commanding pace and setting a fastest lap and now leading by over 3 seconds at the halfway mark.

The battle for second place between the Fortec pair of Hedley and Gray with Cresswell the meat in the sandwich was beginning to heat up, with a three tenth equidistant gap separating the trio with just six minutes remaining – you began to sense the action was beginning to pick up.

Marcos Flack retook the mantle of fastest man on the track as his pursuit of the fourth place Oliver Gray began to ramp up, with the Phinsys by Argenti youngster pushing hard after an unlucky opening weekend at Thruxton last month.

But as the chequered flag came out it was Matthew Rees that took an impressive lights to flag victory, leading home James Hedley by over five seconds from Mckenzy Cresswell in third and Oliver Gray holding onto the fourth place after sustained pressure from Marcos Flack on the final few laps.

Abbi Pulling came home sixth for JHR Developments ahead of team mate Joseph Loake and Joel Granfors in eighth place. Matias Zagazeta and Roman Bilinski rounded out the top ten for Phinsys by Argenti and Carlin respectively.

Pos.DriverTeamDifference
1Matthew Rees (R)JHR Developments11 Laps
2James HedleyFortec Motorsport+ 5.630
3Mckenzy Cresswell (R)JHR Developments+ 6.374
4Oliver Gray (R)Fortec Motorsport+ 11.550
5Marcos Flack (R)Phinsys by Argenti+ 11.958
6Abbi PullingJHR Developments+ 12.671
7Joseph LoakeJHR Developments+ 12.834
8Joel GranforsFortec Motorsport+ 14.021
9Matias ZagazetaPhinsys by Argenti+ 14.274
10Roman BilinskiCarlin+ 14.455
11Zak TaylorArden Motorsport+ 18.270
12Tasanapol InthraphuvasakCarlin+ 18.396
13Eduardo Coseteng (R)Phinsys by Argenti+ 22.232
14Kai Askey (R)Carlin+ 23.704
15Thomas Ikin (R)Arden Motorsport+ 26.981
16Georgi DimitrovRichardson Racing+ 31.188
17David MoralesArden Motorsport+ 35.194
18Dougie Bolger (R)Carlin+ 42.671

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