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Dunne ends British F4 cameo with second Donington win

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Alex Dunne picked up another dominant victory in the final British Formula 4 race of the weekend at Donington Park.

The Hitech GP driver started on pole and was untroubled throughout the race, setting multiple fastest laps on his way to the chequered flag.

Argenti Motorsport’s Aiden Neate had a similarly simple race in second place, as the gap between the two rose to more than six seconds.

Dunne’s victory solidifies his position at the top of the championship standings, although his participation in the season-opening round is currently set to be a one-off.

Ollie Gray took advantage of his Carlin team-mate Ugo Ugochukwu making a slow start to claim third, but finished more than five seconds behind Neate.

The main battle for much of the race was between Eduardo Coseteng and Ugochukwu, who dropped back to sixth on the opening lap behind the fast-starting Joseph Loake.

It didn’t take long for him to reclaim the position and close onto the back of Coseteng. He was never more than a few tenths of a second behind the Hitech driver, but could never quite find a way past. They were still nose-to-tail as they finished, Ugochukwu just 0.4s behind.

Coming into the race as Dunne’s nearest title rival, Loake struggled throughout the 20-minute encounter. After falling behind Ugochukwu he came under attack from Georgi Dimitrov, with Edward Pearson and Michael Shin chasing too. Dimitrov and Loake swapped positions a number of times before Loake was shuffled to the back of the train in ninth place.

Pearson kept the pressure on Dimitrov, but the JHR Developments driver didn’t put a wheel wrong and finised sixth, ahead of the two Virtuosi Racing cars.

Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Daniel Guinchard completed the top 10 with a late overtake after a tight battle with Oliver Stewart, Noah Lisle and Joel Pearson.

Race result (19 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 21m00.472s
2 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport +6.059s
3 Ollie Gray Carlin +11.669s
4 Eduardo Coseteng Hitech GP +15.212s
5 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin +15.682s
6 Georgi Dimitrov JHR Developments +17.429s
7 Edward Pearson Virtuosi +17.551s
8 Michael Shin Virtuosi +18.028s
9 Joseph Loake JHR Developments +18.772s
10 Daniel Guinchard Argenti Motorsport +23.321s
11 Oliver Stewart Hitech GP +24.053s
12 Noah Lisle JHR Developments +26.407s
13 Joel Pearson Chris Dittmann Racing +27.687s
14 Daniel Mavlyutov Hitech GP +57.056s
15 Adam Fitzgerald Argenti Motorsport +1 lap
Fastest lap: Dunne, 1m05.732s

Championship standings
1 Dunne 70   2 Gray 33   3 Neate 30   4 Ugochukwu 27   5 Dimitrov 25   6 Coseteng 23   7 Loake 22   8 E Pearson 16   9 Shin 13   10 Guinchard 11