FEWTRELL THE CHAM­PION AS CARO­LINE’S LONG WAIT IS OVER

Motor Sport News - - Btcc Report: Brands Hatch - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish RACE DATA

No points are awarded for qual­i­fy­ing in Bri­tish F4 but a ses­sion held in change­able con­di­tions had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the ti­tle bat­tle. While points leader Sen­nan Field­ing qual­i­fied sev­enth for the fi­nale, ri­val Max Fewtrell was on pole and it made all the dif­fer­ence.

Go­ing into the last con­test, Field­ing led by just three points and quickly set about hunt­ing down his Car­lin ri­val. Lap one he dived past Frank Bird at Sur­tees. Lap two he got up the in­side of Luis Leeds at Paddock. Lap four there was a bril­liant move on James Pull. But then he came up against Ayr­ton Sim­mons.

De­spite hav­ing vastly more ex­pe­ri­ence than the Ar­den rookie, Field­ing couldn’t find a way ahead and ended up fin­ish­ing third. Fewtrell was in con­trol up front – and de­spite a brief wob­ble at Stir­lings – led through­out and claimed the cham­pi­onship.

Ear­lier, Field­ing put in a storm­ing drive in the opener to ex­tend his ad­van­tage. He also de­liv­ered an im­por­tant blow by pass­ing Fewtrell on the fi­nal lap for sec­ond, with the race dom­i­nated by Pull.

Race two was all about Jamie Caro­line. The Fortec racer had qual­i­fied on pole for races one and three but a tech­ni­cal in­fringe­ment de­moted him to the back. He re­cov­ered to sev­enth in race one which handed him re­verse grid pole for the sec­ond en­counter. He was un­trou­bled through­out and won by al­most five sec­onds.

“It’s like Christ­mas has come early,” Caro­line beamed. “I’ve been wait­ing all sea­son for this.”

Bri­tish F4

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