Car woes deny JHR driver, but Pull is vic­to­ri­ous

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One lap. It’s in­cred­i­ble how quickly de­light can turn to de­spair dur­ing a Bri­tish F4 race. Billy Monger was one tour of the Rock­ing­ham cir­cuit away from claim­ing his maiden sin­gle-seater win, but me­chan­i­cal trou­bles pre­vented him from join­ing James Pull as a first-time win­ner in Northamp­ton­shire.

JHR’S Monger led from pole in the fi­nal race of the week­end and was able to fend off Petru Florescu at the start. He then be­gan to pull away and didn’t put a wheel out of line un­til he sud­denly slowed on the last lap com­ing out of Deene. Points leader Max Fewtrell and Monger’s team-mate Sen­nan Field­ing pounced, while Monger was able to sal­vage third.

“An oil pres­sure light came on with three laps to go and I knew I would strug­gle out of the hair­pins,” he ex­plained. “There was noth­ing I could do.”

But he did still man­age to take some pos­i­tives out of the race. “We proved to a lot of peo­ple that we have the pace to win races,” he added.

Ear­lier Pull did achieve that first win – and it had been a long time com­ing. The Car­lin driver has con­tested ev­ery race since the se­ries be­came an FIA F4 cat­e­gory last year and fi­nally broke his duck in a wet opener.

He kept Alex Quinn at bay off the line and then pulled away in a dom­i­nant per­for­mance – his first win com­ing at just the right time as the ti­tle race en­ters its clos­ing stages.

“I was quite en­joy­ing that!” beamed Pull. “I’ve al­ways loved rac­ing in the wet and Rock­ing­ham is re­ally slip­pery so that helped me even more. At the start I had to make sure Alex didn’t get past and then I got into a rhythm. It felt amaz­ing – I re­ally got into the

1 James Pull (Car­lin); 2 Alex Quinn (Fortec Mo­tor­sports) +5.072s; 3 Max Fewtrell (Car­lin); 4 Jamie Caro­line (Fortec Mo­tor­sports); 5 Sen­nan Field­ing (JHR De­vel­op­ments); 6 Rafael Martins (Ar­den). Fastest lap Pull 1m33.026s (75.07mph). Pole Pull. Starters 19. Race

1 Field­ing; 2 Luis Leeds (Ar­den) +0.535s; 3 Fewtrell; 4 Caro­line; 5 Quinn; 6 Ayr­ton Sim­mons (Ar­den). FL Leeds 1m19.760s (87.56mph). P Ni­co­lai Kjaer­gaard (Fortec Mo­tor­sports). S 19.

1 Fewtrell; 2 Field­ing +0.636s; 3 Billy Monger (JHR De­vel­op­ments); 4 Petru Florescu (Car­lin); 5 Quinn; 6 Martins. FL Pull 1m19.971s (87.33mph). P Monger. S 19. Points (af­ter 24/30 rounds) 1 Fewtrell 287pts; 2 Field­ing 263; 3 Leeds 252; 4 Pull 234; 5 De­vlin De­francesco (Car­lin) 222; 6 Florescu 220.

zone and can’t thank the team enough.”

Quinn held sec­ond while Fewtrell was third. Jamie Caro­line put in a typ­i­cally im­pres­sive wet weather drive to storm from 18th on the grid to fourth.

Mean­while, Car­lin rac­ers De­vlin De­francesco and Florescu both failed to fin­ish – but didn’t come to blows this time. In a tough week­end for the pair, which has made ti­tle bids in­creas­ingly un­likely, De­francesco col­lided with Zane Goddard and Florescu was caught up in an in­ci­dent at Deene on the open­ing tour.

The big win­ner from the week­end was Field­ing – who has now jumped up to sec­ond in the stand­ings. He was fifth in the opener and then won race two de­spite hav­ing to deal with two safety cars. Luis Leeds was sec­ond but that proved to be his only top six fin­ish of the meet­ing, while the con­sis­tent Fewtrell was third af­ter pass­ing Caro­line into Deene.

1 Tre­gurtha 543pts; 2 Mid­dle­ton 488; 3 Brown 403; 4 Dave Wooder (TCR) 385; 5 Daniel Harper (Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport) 337; 6 Ni­cosia 335.

1 Bushell 366pts; 2 Whor­ton-eales 344; 3 Coates 293; 4 Rivett 285; 5 Lee Pat­ti­son (Team Cook­sport) 242; 6 Paul Streather (Fi­nesse Mo­tor­sport) 215.

1 Or­ton; 2 Hib­bert +1.461s; 3 Burns; 4 Poin­ton; 5 Davies; 6 Board­ley. CW White. FL Wrigley 1m23.441s (83.69mph). P Or­ton. S 15.

1 Davies; 2 Burns +1.224s; 3 Or­ton; 4 Hib­bert; 5 Wrigley; 6 Ben Green (Su­per­green Rac­ing). CW Chris In­gram (Dou­glas Mo­tor­sport). FL Burns 1m24.155s (82.98mph). P Davies. S 15.

Monger led un­til fi­nal lap of race three Bri­tish F4

Pull claimed first win in opener AU­GUST 31 2016

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