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Palmer leads HHC 1-2 in BRDC F4 opener

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: BRDC F4

Photo: BRDC F4

BRDC F4 pre-season favorite Will Palmer was victorious in the opening race of the BRDC F4 season at Oulton Park.

At the start, Palmer managed to comfortably maintain the lead from pole, his HHC teammate Harri Newey losing second to Hillspeed’s Sebastian Lanzetti.

With the South African then doing his best to keep Newey from retaking his spot, Palmer’s advantage grew from two seconds at the end of lap one to four when his teammate finally stormed past Lanzetti.

Over the next few laps, Newey, now in clean air, managed to mostly match Palmer’s pace, but couldn’t seem to make up much ground. Eventually, the rookie started dropping off again, allowing his squadmate to comfortably coast to the checkered flag.

Lanzetti, meanwhile, stayed within two seconds of Newey, but settled for a third-place finish on his BRDC F4 debut.

Behind the leading trio, Tom Jackson led a train of seven cars at halfway point, clutching the fourth spot until the checkered flag.

Jack Bartholomew passed Ciaran Haggerty in the early stages, but couldn’t find a way past Jackson, finishing fifth as the best Lanan driver.

Haggerty ended up sixth, while Chris Mealin marked his BRDC F4 debut with seventh.

A lap-nine pass on Rodrigo Fonseca allowed Sisa Ngebulana to secure reverse-grid pole for race two, with all three HHC cars placing in the top eight.

Fonseca took ninth, while Fernando Urrutia beat teammate Akhil Rabindra to tenth.

Newey picked up the best lap of the race by less than a tenth over Palmer and will start the weekend finale on pole.

Race results
Pos. Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Will Palmer HHC Motorsport 12 laps in 19:27.757
2 Harrison Newey HHC Motorsport +4.815
3 Sebastian Lanzetti Hillspeed +6.248
4 Tom Jackson Chris Dittmann Racing +14.409
5 Jack Bartholomew Lanan Racing +15.046
6 Ciaran Haggerty GBR/Ecurie Ecosse +15.285
7 Chris Mealin Lanan Racing +16.046
8 Sisa Ngebulana HHC Motorsport +20.531
9 Rodrigo Fonseca Lanan Racing +20.966
10 Fernando Urrutia Douglas Motorsport +22.461
11 Akhil Rabindra Douglas Motorsport +23.125
12 Jack Lang Lang Sport +30.005
13 Michael O’Brien MGR +32.203
14 Al Faisal Al Zubair Hillspeed +33.601
15 Zubair Hoque Sean Walkinshaw Racing +34.315
16 Ameya Vaidyanathan Hillspeed +36.325
17 Hernan Fallas MGR +40.749
18 Jordan Albert Sean Walkinshaw Racing +43.437
19 James Reveler 23 Racing +1:23.904