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Rees earns British F4 title as Inthraphuvasak takes maiden win

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Matthew Rees secured the 2021 British Formula 4 title as Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak claimed his first win in the penultimate race of the season.

Rees managed to make up six positions to climb up to fifth by the chequered flag, putting him just out of reach of Matias Zagazeta in the championship standings.

It was a truncated reversed-grid race at Brands Hatch. The field made it most of the way through the opening lap before Joseph Loake hit the back of Zak Taylor, sending Taylor into a spin.

As the field bunched together, Joel Granfors collided with Loake, taking all three drivers out of the race. A lengthy safety car period followed.

Inthraphuvasak hadn’t gotten the best of starts but retained the lead from David Morales. A fast starting Aiden Neate managed to squeeze past Morales to take second, but suffered damage to his rear wing and he was called into the pit land before the race restarted.

There was a little under two minutes on the clock when action resumed. Inthraphuvasak made a good start, but spent the two lap dash to the flag under pressure from James Hedley. Hedley couldn’t find a way past his team-mate, and followed Inthraphuvasak home to make it a Carlin 1-2.

It was a much simpler race for Rees, who started 11th on the grid. He benefited from the three-car incident further up the order to make up a handful of positions, but was also making moves on track. He’d climbed up to sixth by the time the safety car came out, behind Oliver Gray and Kai Askey.

Gray was a man on the move on the restart, picking of Askey as Askey tried to find a way past Morales. Rees followed him through, but neither were able to find a way past Morales on the final lap.

Askey came home sixth, ahead of Cameron McLeod and Georgi Dimitrov.

Zagazeta was able to make up a handful of positions, but didn’t make as much progress as Rees and finished ninth, while McKenzie Cresswell rounded out the top 10.

Race result (8 laps):
Pos Driver Team Time/Gap
1 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin 16m18.642s
2 James Hedley Carlin +0.220s
3 David Morales Arden +1.206s
4 Oliver Gray Fortec Motorsports +1.513s
5 Matthew Rees JHR Developments +2.163s
6 Kai Askey Carlin +2.549s
7 Cameron McLeod Arden +3.678s
8 Georgi Dimitrov Arden +5.281s
9 Matias Zagazeta Argenti Motorsport +6.486s
10 McKenzy Cresswell JHR Developments +6.658s
11 Marcos Flack Argenti Motorsport +7.091s
12 Eduardo Coseteng Argenti Motorsport +7.474s
13 Dougie Bolger JHR Developments +8.022s
Ret Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport
Ret Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports
Ret Zak Taylor Arden
Ret Joseph Loake JHR Developments
Fastest lap: McLeod, 1m28.445s

Championship standings
 Rees 319   2 Zagazeta 287   Cresswell 280   4 Granfors 240   Hedley 226   Loake 199   7 Gray 167   8 Askey 131   9 Neate 113   10 Inthraphuvasak 121