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Zak O’Sullivan wins British F4 opener at Brands Hatch

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Zak O’Sullivan held off a race-long challenge from Luke Browning to win the first British Formula 4 race of the weekend on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout.

O’Sullivan got a good get away from pole as fellow front-row starter Alex Connor battled Browning. The battle didn’t last long, as Browning dived up the inside of Connor on the opening lap to take second.

Browning clearly had more pace than O’Sullivan and was soon in the Carlin driver’s mirrors. He kept the pressure on O’Sullivan throughout the race, trying to force an error, but the leader didn’t put a wheel wrong and offered Fortec’s Browning no opportunity to attack.

Connor fell back from Browning after being passed and spent most of the race on his own, but closed the gap to the race leaders in the final laps.

O’Sullivan finished 0.391s ahead of Browning to extend his early championship lead, and Arden driver Connor completed the podium.

JHR Developments’ Abbi Pulling enjoyed a strong race to finish fourth ahead of Fortec’s Roberto Faria, who passed lead Argenti Motorsport driver Casper Stevenson early in the race.

Christian Mansell was also able to pass Stevenson too and was rapidly closing in on Faria. The Carlin driver was lining up to make a move in the final lap, but didn’t quite have enough extra pace to make it stick.

Stevenson took seventh, and Arden’s Roman Bilinski led a train of drivers as he defended eighth place.

 

Race results (14 laps)
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 20m54.877s
2 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports +0.391s
3 Alex Connor Arden +1.755s
4 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments +6.576s
5 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +14.431s
6 Christian Mansell Carlin +14.771s
7 Casper Stevenson Argenti Motorsport +17.037s
8 Roman Bilinski Arden +30.298s
9 Nico Pino Argenti Motorsport +30.435s
10 Matias Zagazeta Carlin +30.585s
11 Nathanael Hodgkiss JHR Developments +32.386s
12 Frederick Lubin Arden +1 lap
13 Reema Juffali Argenti Motorsport +3 laps
Ret Rafael Villagomez Fortec Motorsports
Fastest lap: Browning, 1m28.847s

Championship standings
1 O’Sullivan 77   2 Browning 54   3 Connor 44   4 Stevenson 38   5 Faria 37   6 James Hedley 35   7 Villagomez 25   8 Mansell 24   9 Pulling 20   10 Lubin 15