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Alex Ninovic takes lights-to-flag first British F4 win at Snetterton

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Alex Ninovic converted pole position into victory in the first British Formula 4 race of the weekend at Snetterton.

A late safety car period resulted in a last lap dash to the flag, but a strong restart secured Ninovic the win, his first in British F4.

Despite a poor start, it was a relatively simple race for the Rodin Motorsport driver. Fellow front row starter Jack Sherwood also struggled off the line, and Ninovic stayed ahead while James Higgins and Deagan Fairclough began to battle for second.

The top three separated out a little during the middle part of the nine-lap race, with Ninovic more than two seconds ahead of Higgins and Fairclough, who were more than four seconds clear of Sherwood.

That lead was turned into nothing when Mika Abrahams ran into trouble at Murrays midway through the race. The safety car was brought out to clear Abraham’s car, and the track did not go green again until there was just a minute left on the race clock.

Higgins tried to stay with Ninovic on the restart, but Ninovic managed it perfectly to keep his team-mate behind. He did not put a wheel wrong on the final lap and won by 1.6 seconds.

Fairclough and Sherwood were both much closer to Higgins, but neither of them found the opportunity to attempt an overtake and settled for third and fourth respectively.

Reza Seewooruthun climbed up to fifth before the mid-race safety car period, aided by Harrison ahead being brought into the pits by a black-and-orange flag. He held onto the position, ahead of Joel Bergstrom, Ella Lloyd and Yuanpu Cui.

The closest battle in the first half of the race was between Abbi Pulling and Martin Molnar at the tail end of the top 10. Pulling was forced to go on the defensive, but managed to keep Molnar behind at the chequered flag.

Race results (9 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Alex Ninovic Rodin Motorsport 21m15.999s
2 James Higgins Rodin Motorsport +1.694s
3 Deagen Fairclough Hitech GP +2.437s
4 Jack Sherwood Rodin Motorsport +3.422s
5 Reza Seewooruthun Hitech GP +4.450s
6 Joel Bergstrom JHR Developments +5.479s
7 Ella Lloyd JHR Developments +6.825s
8 Yuanpu Cui Argenti Motorsport +8.169s
9 Abbi Pulling Rodin Motorsport +8.879s
10 Martin Molnar Virtuosi Racing +9.595s
11 Alex Berg Fortec Motorsports +11.695s
12 Leo Robinson JHR Developments +11.782s
13 Rowan Campbell-Pilling Argenti Motorsport +12.174s
14 August Raber Xcel Motorsport +12.685s
15 Maxwell Dodds Virtuosi Racing +15.803s
16 Nina Pothof Fortec Motorsports +16.530s
17 Yuhao Fu Virtuosi Racing +26.128s
18 Kai Daryanani Fortec Motorsports +27.251s
19 Chloe Chong JHR Developments +39.264s
Ret Mika Abrahams Hitech GP
Ret Bart Harrison Chris Dittmann Racing
Ret Zack Scoular Xcel Motorsport
Fastest lap: Ninovic, 2m07.377s

Championship standings
1 Fairclough 121   2 Higgins 85   3 Ninovic 76   4 Sherwood 53   5 Seewooruthun 48   6 Abrahams 47   7 Pulling 38   8 Cui 30   9 Campbell-Pilling 22   10 Lloyd 21