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Browning reclaims British F4 points lead with two races to go

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Luke Browning moved back into the British Formula 4 championship with victory in race one of the Brands Hatch Indy season finale.

The Fortec Motorsports driver held off title rival Zak O’Sullivan to win, and is now seven points clear of the Carlin driver.

O’Sullivan’s team-mate Christian Mansell completed the podium, securing the rookie title in the process with another class win.

Poleman Browning and O’Sullivan both got good starts and pulled away from the battle for third. There was enough of a gap so Browning didn’t need to defend in the first half of the race, but a series of quick laps from O’Sullivan enabled him to close the gap late on.

It wasn’t enough to challenge for the lead, however, and O’Sullivan finished 0.5 seconds behind his title rival.

Mansell started third, but immediately came under pressure from Fortec’s returnee Roberto Faria and JHR Developments’ James Hedley.

They shuffled Mansell back to fifth before going wheel-to-wheel themselves. The pair made slight contact but were able to continue for half a lap before more contact at Paddock Hill Bend sent both into a spin and plummeting down the order.

Mansell retook third, and enjoyed a quiet race to the chequered flag.

Hedley enjoyed a strong recovery drive, managing to climb up to sixth by the chequered flag and earn pole for the reversed grid race. His team-mate Abbi Pulling picked up fourth ahead of Arden’s Alex Connor.

Frederick Lubin and Roman Bilinksi put Arden’s other two cars in seventh and eighth, while Carlin’s Matias Zagazeta and Faria rounded out the top 10.

Casper Stevenson’s distanst title hopes ended with an 11th place finish.

Race results (22 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports 20m24.107s
2 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin +0.582s
3 Christian Mansell Carlin +12.361s
4 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments +15.151s
5 Alex Connor Arden +17.242s
6 James Hedley JHR Developments +24.713s
7 Frederick Lubin Arden +27.688s
8 Roman Bilinski Arden +31.410s
9 Matias Zagazeta Carlin +34.732s
10 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +38.487s
11 Casper Stevenson Argenti Motorsport +42.067s
12 Reema Juffali Argenti Motorsport +50.727s
Fastest lap: Hedley, 54.585s

Championship standings
1 Browning 394   2 O’Sullivan 387   3 Stevenson 321   4 Hedley 251   5 Connor 238   6 Pulling 178   7 Bilinski 149   8 Mansell 139   9 Faria 100   10 Lubin 96