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Chris Lulham extends British F4 Esports lead at Snetterton

by Ida Wood

Chris Lulham extended his points lead in the Dallara F317-based British Formula 4 iRacing Trophy Esports series at Snetterton.

The Fortec Motorsports driver was beaten to pole by team-mate Luke Browning, and then overtaken on the opening lap of race one by Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan.

He tried to get back past after an early safety car period, but 2019 Ginetta Junior runner-up O’Sullivan was able to successfully fend him off for the remainder of the race.

That put race winner Browning back in the points lead over Lulham, but in the reversed grid race two it swayed back in Lulham’s favour.

JHR Developments’ James Hedley started on reversed grid pole, but it was his team-mate Abbi Pulling who was in the lead at the end of the first lap and remained there for much of the race.

Lulham climbed from 19th to sixth on lap one, while his team-mate span and kept himself at the back, and he moved up to third at half-distance after when he and karter Luke Whitehead profted from an error by Hedley.

After then passing Whitehead for second, Lulham was quick to close down on surprised leader Pulling. He made his move at Turn 1 on the penultimate lap and immediately pulled out a gap of over two seconds to win.

Arden’s Seb Priaulx came fourth, ahead of Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard – who had wiped out SMP F4 regular Alexey Nesov in race one – and JHR’s Carter Williams. Marijn Kremers followed up his fourth place for Carlin in race one with seventh in race two.

Browning was usually the fastest on track and recovered to 10th place, while Hedley spun down to 15th place after crashing into O’Sullivan once he also passed him.

Reigning British F4 champion Zane Maloney was third fastest in qualifying, but the Carlin driver had difficult runs to fifth and a lapped 16th. Similarly, Nico Varrone was one of the fastest drivers but could only manage sixth and 13th in the races.