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JHR’s Matthew Rees dominates British F4’s first Snetterton race

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Matthew Rees converts pole position to his maiden car racing victory with a dominant performance in the opening British Formula 4 race at Snetterton.

The JHR Developments driver was untouchable throughout the race. He gradually built a gap to the rest of the field as championship leader James Hedley battled to keep second position.

By the chequered flag, Rees was 5.630s ahead of Hedley and jumps up the standings with his breakthrough result.

Most of the drama throughout the race was in the battle for the lower podium positions.

Fortec Motorsports’ Hedley and JHR’s McKenzy Cresswell jumped past Hedley’s team-mate Oliver Gray off the line.

Hedley took second from Cresswell, but was unable to shake off the rookie. As Hedley was forced to defend against Cresswell, Rees was able to break away and deny anyone behind him from the advantage of a tow.

Cresswell kept Hedley under pressure, but himself came under pressure early on from Gray.

The trio were joined by Argenti Motorsport’s Marcos Flack and JHR’s Joseph Loake, who briefly made it a five-way fight for position.

As Gray turned to defence, Hedley and Cresswell were able to break away. Cresswell couldn’t reclaim second, finishing 0.744s back as Hedley took his fourth podium from four races this year.

Gray held onto fourth ahead of Flack, who set the fastest lap of the race in the closing stages.

Abbi Pulling and Loake were nose-to-tail on the final lap, going side-by-side in the final few corners. Pulling was just able to get her nose ahead to take sixth ahead of her JHR team-mate.

Joel Granfors, Mattias Zagazeta, and Roman Bilinski completed the top 10.

Race results (11 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 20m54.904s
2 James Hedley Fortec Motorsports +5.630s
3 McKenzy Cresswell JHR Developments +6.374s
4 Oliver Gray Fortec Motorsports +11.550s
5 Marcos Flack Argenti Motorsport +11.958s
6 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments +12.671s
7 Joseph Loake JHR Developments +12.834s
8 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports +14.021s
9 Matias Zagazeta Argenti Motorsport +14.274s
10 Roman Bilinski Carlin +14.455s
11 Zak Taylor Arden +18.270s
12 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin +18.396s
13 Eduardo Coseteng Argenti Motorsport +22.232s
14 Kai Askey Carlin +23.704s
15 Thomas Ikin Arden +26.981s
16 Georgi Dimitrov Richardson Racing +31.188s
17 David Morales Arden +35.194s
18 Dougie Bolger Carlin +42.671s
Fastest lap: Flack, 1m53.133s

Championship standings
Hedley 73   2 Granfors 38   3 Cresswell 37   4 Rees 35   5 Gray 32   6 Loake 31   7 Taylor 20   8 Zagazeta 18   9 Coseteng 14   10 Pulling 14