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Cresswell takes sixth British F4 win in season finale

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

McKenzy Cresswell took his sixth win of the season in the final race of the 2021 British Formula 4 championship.

It was a relatively simple lights-to-flag victory for Cresswell. The JHR Developments driver got a good start and was already well clear of the battling Matias Zagazeta and Joseph Loake as the field came out of Paddock Hill Bend.

Cresswell wouldn’t be able to build up too much of an advantage, but held Zagazeta at about 1.5 seconds back throughout the 14-lap race.

He came home 1.506s ahead of the Argenti driver, who with fastest lap managed to pip Cresswell to the title runner-up spot by a point.

After his strong start to the race, a wide moment for Loake sent him tumbling down the order. He suffered damage to the rear of his car and ended the race in the pit lane.

The incident promoted Aiden Neate up to third while newly crowned champion Matthew Rees came home fourth.

Much of the drama of the race happened further down the order. Eduardo Coseteng spent much of the race leading a train of drivers in the battle for sixth. He had Oliver Gray, Georgi Dimitrov and Cameron McLeod close behind, but was putting up a good defence. That came to an end after Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak managed to get alongside him. The two made small contact and Coseteng ran wide through the gravel. He was shuffled to the back of the group.

Dimitrov was promoted to sixth and began closing the gap to Marcos Flack in fifth before the chequered flag.

Gray finished seventh ahead of McLeod, Inthraphuvasak and Kai Askey.

This article was updated to address the fact that Zagazeta claimed the title runner-up spot after claiming an additional point for fastest lap, which was not previously stated in the report

Race result (14 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 McKenzy Cresswell JHR Developments 20m41.250s
2 Matias Zagazeta Argenti Motorsport +1.506s
3 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport +4.054s
4 Matthew Rees JHR Developments +5.493s
5 Marcos Flack Argenti Motorsport +7.819s
6 Georgi Dimitrov Arden +13.759s
7 Oliver Gray Fortec Motorsports +15.322s
8 Cameron McLeod Arden +16.129s
9 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin +17.022s
10 Kai Askey Carlin +17.552s
11 Dougie Bolger Carlin +18.244s
12 Eduardo Coseteng Argenti Motorsport +22.728s
13 James Hedley Carlin +25.049s
14 David Morales Arden +50.525s
Ret Zak Taylor Arden
Ret Joseph Loake JHR Developments
DNS Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports
Fastest lap: Zagazeta, 1m27.188s

Championship standings
1
Rees 331   2 Zagazeta 306   Cresswell 305   4 Granfors 240   Hedley 226   Loake 199   7 Gray 173   8 Askey 132   9 Neate 128   10 Inthraphuvasak 123