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Dunne dominates third F4 race at Thruxton after start clash

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Hitech GP’s Alex Dunne dominated the final British Formula 4 race of the weekend at Thruxton, despite lap one contact.

Dunne made a slow start from pole and Carlin’s Ugo Ugochukwu looked to the left and the right from third on the grid as he tries to avoid but also pass him. Instead he rear-ended the leader, allowing his own team-mate Ollie Gray to go for the lead.

But there was more drama as Gray and Hitech’s Eduardo Coseteng made contact, and Dunne stayed ahead. Coseteng lost his front wing, Gray went way wide and on a trip through the grass later around lap one, and Dunne ended up finishing the lap with a lead of almost two seconds over Ugochukwu and with a further two seconds back to Louis Sharp.

The race was then pretty simple for that top three, with Dunne pulling away to finish six-and-a-half seconds clear after 17 laps, and Uguochukwu holding a similar gap to team-mate Sharp.

Aiden Neate got into fourth on lap one ahead of JHR Developments duo Joseph Loake and Georgi Dimitrov, and had a quiet run to fourth while the two behind slid down the order.

Daniel Guinchard passed them in successive laps to take fifth, then Dimitrov sank further while Loake held on for a long time ahead of Virtuosi Racing’s Michael Shin and Edward Pearson. The trio fought lap after lap, with the Virtuosi drivers swapping positions as they went for attacks on Loake, and eventually a pass was made on the JHR driver on the penultimate lap.

However contact was then made and Loake lost his front wing, dropping him down the order and into retirement. Shin then joined him in not seeing the finish as he sustained a puncture while Pearson took the sixth place.

Coseteng was able to pit on lap one and stay on the lead lap to finish 12th, while Gray was a lap down before he retired towards the end.

Race result (17 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 20m14.660s
2 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin +6.583s
3 Louis Sharp Carlin +11.640s
4 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport +14.092s
5 Daniel Guinchard Argenti Motorsport +15.623s
6 Edward Pearson Virtuosi +27.699s
7 Joel Pearson Chris Dittmann Racing +30.528s
8 Adam Fitzgerald Argenti Motorsport +31.793s
9 Oliver Stewart Hitech GP +31.960s
10 Noah Lisle JHR Developments +35.591s
11 Georgi Dimitrov JHR Developments +38.585s
12 Eduardo Coseteng Hitech GP +58.127s
13 Daniel Mavlyutov Hitech GP +1m06.256s
14 Michael Shin Virtuosi +1 lap
Ret Joseph Loake JHR Developments
Ret Ollie Gray Carlin
Fastest lap: Dunne, 1m10.848s

Championship standings
1 Dunne 158   2 Ugochukwu 119   3 Gray 108   4 Neate 73   5 Loake 61   6 Shin 48   7 Dimitrov 48   8 Guinchard 45   9 Coseteng 43   10 E Pearson 37