Home Formula 3GB3 Matthew Graham wins rainy race three at Brands

Matthew Graham wins rainy race three at Brands

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: BRDC F4

Photo: BRDC F4

Matthew Graham, the BRDC F4 Winter Series championship leader, won the penultimate race of the final round at Brands Hatch, bolstering his chances of taking the title.

Having lined up on pole, Graham enjoyed a smooth start and led after the opening lap. His lead only increased as the race went on and, despite the rain getting much stronger in the second half, the Douglas Motorsport driver managed to cruise to victory.

A rather heated fight for second unfolded behind. While Pietro Fittipaldi slotted into second off the line, he soon came under pressure from front row starter Sennan Fielding, who set the fastest lap just before the conditions plummeted.

The heavier rain favoured title contender Jake Cook, who began to fight his way through the field, eventually taking Fittipaldi for second. However, just as Kieran Vernon also passed Fittipaldi, Cook spun, letting the duo through.

As such, while Graham took a comfortable victory out front, Vernon and Fittipaldi completed the podium. Cook and Fielding rounded out the top five. Falco Wauer took sixth, ahead of Fredrik Johansen and Malgosia Rdest.

Dimitris Papanastasiou was ninth two laps down, while Will Palmer cruised to tenth after damage ruled him out of contention. Matteo Ferrer was the only non-classified runner, going off on lap one.

In the standings, Graham leads Cook by 17 points, with Fielding a further six down. 30 points are available in the final race, but, as one worst score gets dropped, Graham will only lose the title if he’s disqualified from the final race.

Race results
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Matthew Graham Douglas Motorsport 24 laps in 20:29.619
2 Kieran Vernon Hillspeed +4.219
3 Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport +5.273
4 Jake Cook Hillspeed +6.174
5 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport +9.378
6 Falco Wauer Enigma Motorsport +13.399
7 Fredrik Johansen Chris Dittmann Racing +38.734
8 Malgosia Rdest Douglas Motorsport +45.965
9 Dimitris Papanastasiou Hillspeed +2 laps
10 William Palmer HHC Motorsport +4 laps
Not classified
Matteo Ferrer MGR Motorsport +24 laps
Championship standings
Pos. Driver Team Pts
1 Matthew Graham Douglas Motorsport 166
2 Jake Cook Hillspeed 149
3 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport 143
4 William Palmer HHC Motorsport 126
5 Falco Wauer Enigma Motorsport 119
6 Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport 117
7 Fredrik Johansen Chris Dittmann Racing 90
8 Dimitris Papanastasiou Hillspeed 74
9 Kieran Vernon Hillspeed 66
10 Matteo Ferrer MGR Motorsport 62
11 Malgorzata Rdest Douglas Motorsport 26