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Loake dominates Oulton Park race three for second British F4 win

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photgraphy

Joseph Loake took a dominant win in the final British Formula 4 race of the weekend at Oulton Park.

The JHR Developments driver made a strong start from second to snatch the lead from poleman James Hedley.

Argenti’s Eduardo Coseteng followed Loake past Hedley and the two built a gap up front.

Coseteng was unable to stick with Loake though as the race wore on, with the leader gradually pulled further away on his own.

From that point on, Loake proved untouchable, while the battle for the podium positions behind remained open.

After a frustrating start to the weekend, Matias Zagazeta was the man on the move in the second half of the race. He too was able to pass Hedley early, but finding a way past Roman Bilinski proved harder. Bilinski put up a good defence, but Zagazeta had the better pace and was able to take third six minutes before the chequered flag.

A wide moment for Coseteng allowed Zagazeta to go past him too to take second, with Bilinski following not long after.

Hedley had his own wide moment that dropped him further back in the closing stages of the race. He dropped down to sixth and returned to the track side-by-side with title rival Matthew Rees.

It was Rees held on to take fifth, just behind Dougie Bolger, and he closes the gap to Hedley in the standings.

Coseteng took the chequered flag seventh, salvaging a rookie classification podium, ahead of Kai Askey, Aiden Neate and Joel Granfors.

Race results (15 laps)

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 21m17.587s
2 Matias Zagazeta Argenti Motorsport +2.027s
3 Roman Bilinski Carlin +6.707s
4 Dougie Bolger Carlin +8.543s
5 Matthew Rees JHR Developments +9.396s
6 James Hedley Fortec Motorsports +9.752s
7 Eduardo Coseteng Argenti Motorsport +11.110s
8 Kai Askey Carlin +11.309s
9 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport +11.403s
10 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports +15.176s
11 Zak Taylor Arden +18.034s
12 Thomas Ikin Arden +22.033s
13 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin +24.241s
14 McKenzy Cresswell JHR Developments +24.945s
15 David Morales Arden +29.119s
16 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments +30.429s
17 Marcos Flack Argenti Motorsport +1m06.924s
Ret Oliver Gray Fortec Motorsports
Ret Georgi Dimitrov Richardson Racing
Fastest lap: Neate, 1m24.350s

Championship standings
1
Hedley 161   2 Rees 137   3 Cresswell 107   4 Loake 86   5 Zagazeta 86   6 Granfors 71   7 Pulling 68   8 Gray 68   9 Taylor 54   10 Bilinski 50