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Berg brings home first British F4 win in reversed-grid Thruxton race

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: British F4

Alex Berg took his maiden British Formula 4 win with a faultless drive in the reversed-grid race at Thruxton.

The Fortec Motorsports driver had to manage two starts and a safety car restart on his way to the victory ahead of Mika Abrahams.

The race was stopped before the end of the opening lap when a mutli-car accident resulted in Jack Sherwood and Zack Scoular being taken out. Berg had made a good getaway from pole and was leading Abrahams and a fast starting Alex Ninovic when the red flags were flown.

The field returned to their original grid positions, meaning Ninovic went down to sixth.

Berg’s second start was as problem-free as the first and he pulled away from the rest of the field. Ninovic had a slower climb up through the order and there was no pressure on Abrahams in second, but the Hitech GP driver could not stick with Berg.

A spin for Chloe Chong late in the race brought out the safety car for a lap, allowing Abrahams to close back onto the tail of the lader. But it wasn’t long before Berg pulled away again and he finished 1.321 seconds ahead.

When the safety car came out, Leo Robinson was third, having held off James Higgins and Ninovic. A wide moment for the JHR Developments driver just after the restart though dropped him back to sixth, alberit still within the fight for third.

Ninovic eventually found a way past Higgins to take the final podium position. He was able to shake the group and was pulling away slightly by the end of the race.

Robinson climbed back up to fourth after a close battle between Hitech’s points leader Deagen Fairclough and Rodin Motorsport’s Higgins caused the pair to make contact and finish fifth and sixth respectively.

Reza Seewooruthun took seventh, ahead of Yuanpu Cu, Rowan Campbell-Pulling and Kai Daryanani.

Race result (16 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Alex Berg Fortec Motorsports 20m02.623s
2 Mika Abrahams Hitech GP +1.321s
3 Alex Ninovic Rodin Motorsport +1.664s
4 Leo Robinson JHR Developments +4.170s
5 Deagen Fairclough Hitech GP +4.872s
6 James Higgins Rodin Motorsport +5.454s
7 Reza Seewooruthun Hitech GP +5.715s
8 Yuanpu Cui Argenti Motorsport +6.221s
9 Rowan Campbell-Pilling Argenti Motorsport +7.151s
10 Kai Daryanani Fortec Motorsports +8.712s
11 Maxwell Dodds Virtuosi Racing +9.175s
12 Abbi Pulling Rodin Motorsport +9.738s
13 Martin Molnar Virtuosi Racing +10.285s
14 Nina Pothof Fortec Motorsports +11.660s
15 Yuhao Fu Virtuosi Racing +12.117s
16 Chloe Chong JHR Developments +22.090s
17 Ella Lloyd JHR Developments +23.042s
Ret Zack Scoular Xcel Motorsport
Ret Jack Sherwood Rodin Motorsport
DNS August Raber Xcel Motorsport
Fastest lap: Seewooruthun, 1m11.610s

Championship standings
Fairclough 174   Ninovic 130   3 Higgins 100.5   4 Sherwood 93   5 Pulling 74   6 Abrahams 69   7 Seewooruthun 56   Cui 49   9 Berg 24   10 Joel Bergstrom 28