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Fairclough gets another British F4 win after clash with Ninovic

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Deagan Fairclough won the third British Formula 4 race on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout after an intense battle with Alex Ninovic that left his rival in the gravel.

Ninovic got the best start to snatch the lead off the line from poleman Fairclough. He led for the majority of the race, but never had much of a gap to Fairclough.

The top two broke away from Mika Abrahams and Reza Seewooruthun, who were fighting for third, and ran nose-to-tail until the closing stages of the race. Fairclough tried to get alongside multiple times, but it was not until a small mistake from Ninovic that the championship leader had the opportunity he needed. Ninovic ran slightly wide and Fairclough dived down the inside. The two made slight contact, and Ninovic was sent through the gravel and out of the race. 

Fairclough completed the final two laps unrivalled to take the victory.

The battle between Abrahams and Seewooruthun never became as tight as the one ahead of them, and Abrahams came through to finish half a second behind Fairclough in second.

For much of the race, the main battle was in the middle of the top 10.

Jack Sherwood led a train of drivers in sixth place, with Yuanpu Cui and Zack Scoular the closest to him. Cui managed to get alongside Sherwood and the pair ran side-by-side for several corners. Before that could be resolved, Scoular joined them to make it three-wide.

A slightly wide moment for Cui dropped him back into the train and Sherwood was able to shake off Scoular. Sherwood then broke away, leaving Cui to lead the pack of cars still fighting for position.

Unfortunately, the battle led to many drivers running wide and Sherwood and Scoular got time penalties for exceeding track limits.

Cui finished fifth, behind James Higgins who enjoyed a quiet race in fourth place. Abbi Pulling had been part of the midfield fight but managed to keep her car on track to take sixth, ahead of Leo Robinson and Alex Berg. Bart Harrison and Martin Molnar completed the top 10.

Race results (26 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Deagen Fairclough Hitech GP 20m04.929s
2 Mika Abrahams Hitech GP +0.561s
3 Reza Seewooruthun Hitech GP +0.959s
4 James Higgins Rodin Motorsport +2.679s
5 Yuanpu Cui Argenti Motorsport +16.610s
6 Abbi Pulling Rodin Motorsport +17.698s
7 Leo Robinson JHR Developments +18.635s
8 Alex Berg Fortec Motorsports +18.937s
9 Bart Harrison Chris Dittmann Racing +20.948s
10 Martin Molnar Virtuosi Racing +21.852s
11 August Raber Xcel Motorsport +22.110s
12 Kai Daryanani Fortec Motorsports +22.629s
13 Nina Pothof Fortec Motorsports +23.089s
14 Zack Scoular Xcel Motorsport +23.171s
15 Chloe Chong JHR Developments +23.433s
16 Joel Bergstrom JHR Developments +27.383s
17 Yuhao Fu Virtuosi Racing +29.522s
18 Maxwell Dodds Virtuosi Racing +29.962s
19 Jack Sherwood Rodin Motorsport +31.379s
20 Ella Lloyd JHR Developments +1 lap
21 Rowan Campbell-Pilling Argenti Motorsport +1 lap
Ret Alex Ninovic Rodin Motorsport
Fastest lap: Seewooruthun, 45.696s

Championship standings
1 Fairclough 100   2 Higgins 61   3 Ninovic 48   4 Abrahams 42   5 Sherwood 40   6 Seewooruthun 37   7 Pulling 36   8 Cui 26   9 Campbell-Pilling 19   10 Robinon 18