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Hyman holds off Maini to win first Brands Hatch race

by Peter Allen
Raoul Hyman

Photo: BRDC F4

Raoul Hyman held on under a late challenge from Arjun Maini to win race one of the BRDC F4 weekend at Brands Hatch.

After denying Maini in qualifying, Hyman led from pole position and opened up a 1.4 second advantage over the Indian driver – a margin he still held with four laps to go.

Maini then closed right up to Hyman within a couple of laps, but the South African was able to hold onto the lead during the last two laps, crossing the line 0.237s ahead to repeat his Silverstone race one victory.

Will Palmer started and finished in third place, the younger brother of GP2 leader Jolyon claiming his first main series podium at the venue where he won a race in last November’s winter championship.

George Russell took fourth, meaning the double Silverstone winner holds on to the championship lead by moving onto 100 points – just one ahead of Hyman.

Sennan Fielding was fifth ahead of Struan Moore, meaning the top six was made up of three pairs of HHC and Lanan drivers.

Chris Middlehurst was best of the rest in seventh for MGR after losing a couple of spots off the grid. Diego Menchaca had been eighth until the very last corner when contact was made with Nicolas Beer, preventing either from finishing the race.

Gustavo Lima inherited eighth and the reverse-grid pole for race two, with Rodrigo Fonseca and Rahul Mayer completing the top ten.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Raoul Hyman HHC Motorsport 14 laps in 20:21.665
2 Arjun Maini Lanan Racing +0.237
3 Will Palmer HHC Motorsport +2.751
4 George Russell Lanan Racing +3.420
5 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport +4.655
6 Struan Moore Lanan Racing +8.138
7 Chris Middlehurst Mark Godwin Racing +12.207
8 Gustavo Lima Hillspeed +19.534
9 Rodrigo Fonseca Douglas Motorsport +19.825
10 Rahul Raj Mayer Hillspeed +26.597
11 Gaetano Di Mauro Petroball Racing +27.972
12 Tom Jackson Chris Dittmann Racing +28.327
13 David Wagner Mark Godwin Racing +32.449
14 Charlie Eastwood Douglas Motorsport +44.644
15 Alfredo Zabalza Hillspeed +45.324
16 Diego Menchaca Douglas Motorsport +1 lap
17 Nicolas Beer Sean Walkinshaw Racing +1 lap
18 Diego Borrelli Sean Walkinshaw Racing +1 lap
Not classified
Michael Claessens Mark Godwin Racing +8 laps
Falco Wauer Enigma Motorsport +12 laps
Dan Roeper Petroball Racing +14 laps
Jordan Albert Sean Walkinshaw Racing +14 laps