F4 British Championship

Zagazeta takes second win of the weekend at Knockhill as Rees takes championship lead

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23 points now cover the top three after Zagazeta's third win of 2021. (Credit: Jakob Ebery Photography)

Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta claimed his third win of 2021 to move into third in the championship and just 23 points behind new leader Matthew Rees, with James Hedley leaving the Knockhill weekend pointless after three disappointing results.

Zagazeta got the whole shot at the start to lead Granfors away and managed to maintain a healthy gap to the Swede to lead commandingly, albeit with the fastest lap from Granfors and sustaining some mid race pressure from the Fortec first year driver.

Matthew Rees came home in third place and secured enough points to take the overall championship lead and further bolster his rookie cup lead for JHR Developments. Abbi Pulling finished fourth after chasing Bolger all the way through the race, eventually managing to pass the Japanese rookie on the final lap, but Bolger managing to take another rookie podium in what is becoming an ever improving debut season at Carlin.

Aiden Neate equalled his best overall finish of 2021 in sixth, and most importantly scored his first rookie podium in what has been an outstanding introduction to single seater racing for the promising Argenti driver.

Eduardo Coseteng fended off Kai Askey for seventh in the other Argenti car, with Mckenzy Cresswell creeping into the points in ninth and building on a race two win earlier in the day.

Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak scored the final point in tenth for Carlin, holding off a frustrated James Hedley in eleventh who couldn’t manage to haul himself up from the back of the grid, even after a small off earlier in the race.

Marcos Flack finished in twelfth spot ahead of American David Morales, with Zak Taylor coming home in fourteenth ahead of Oliver Gray after early contact with JHR Developments’ Joseph Loake, with the latter taking multiple trips through pit lane to fix damage and finishing six laps down.

The championship heads back down south to Thruxton for the next three rounds on 28-29 August.

Race 3 Classification

Pos.DriverTeamDifference
1Matias ZagazetaPhinsys by Argenti25 Laps
2Joel GranforsFortec Motorsport+ 0.526
3Matthew Rees (R)JHR Developments+ 4.527
4Abbi PullingJHR Developments+ 9.516
5Dougie Bolger (R)Carlin+ 10.705
6Aiden Neate (R)Phinsys by Argenti+ 11.090
7Eduardo Coseteng (R)Phinsys by Argenti+ 12.741
8Kai Askey (R)Carlin+ 13.231
9Mckenzy Cresswell (R)JHR Developments+ 18.447
10Tasanapol InthraphuvasakCarlin+ 18.699
11James HedleyFortec Motorsport+ 21.261
12Marcos Flack (R)Phinsys by Argenti+ 22.753
13David MoralesArden Motorsport+ 28.620
14Zak TaylorArden Motorsport+ 29.808
15Oliver Gray (R)Fortec Motorsport+ 2 Laps
16Joseph LoakeJHR Developments+ 6 Laps

Championship Standings after Round 15 (Top 10)

Pos.DriverTeamPoints
1Matthew Rees (R)JHR Developments167
2James HedleyFortec Motorsport162
3Matias ZagazetaPhinsys by Argenti144
4Mckenzy Cresswell (R)JHR Developments131
5Joel GranforsFortec Motorsport108
6Joseph LoakeJHR Developments103
7Abbi PullingJHR Developments84
8Oliver Gray (R)Fortec Motorsport72
9Zak TaylorArden Motorsport69
10Kai Askey (R)Carlin64
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