35 FEWTRELL WINS BRI­TISH F4 TI­TLE

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WHEN: OCTOBER 2 WHERE: BRANDS HATCH

A knock-on ef­fect of the Bri­tish F3 name change was that Jonathan Palmer re­lin­quished the nam­ing rights of the F4 ti­tle in the UK. So fi­nally Bri­tain’s FIA F4 cham­pi­onship could have its proper name rather than the mean­ing­less MSA For­mula.

Car­lin’s Max Fewtrell be­came the first cham­pion of the lat­est in­car­na­tion of the ex-bri­tish For­mula Ford cat­e­gory, but he had to fight hard for it.

His con­sis­tent ap­proach paid div­i­dends, de­spite him only tak­ing three wins all sea­son, while many of his key ri­vals en­joyed wildly con­trast­ing for­tunes one week to the next. An ac­com­plished vic­tory in the finale se­cured Fewtrell the crown with third place not enough for JHR Devel­op­ments racer Sen­nan Field­ing to tri­umph. Luis Leeds, James Pull, Devlin De­francesco and Alex Quinn all went into the Brands Hatch finale still in math­e­mat­i­cal con­tention af­ter an in­cred­i­bly com­pet­i­tive sea­son that fea­tured 10 dif­fer­ent race win­ners. SL

WHEN: MAY 4 WHERE: A FOR­EST IN FIN­LAND

Fi­nally! The text mes­sage our world had been wait­ing for. It con­sisted of just two words: “Got them.”

Af­ter days of chas­ing, a Finn had found his prey. The last week of April had be­come the first week in May, but there it was run­ning be­fore him. Bark­ing and growl­ing its way be­tween the trees, a dis­tinc­tive black and white coat did lit­tle to disguise it in its nat­u­ral habi­tat – but it did mask the sort of body sculpting de­tail we would start to chase in days to come.

But for now, Toy­ota’s Yaris WRC had landed. Again. You might re­mem­ber a sim­i­lar ma­chine com­ing out of Cologne two years ear­lier – best not talk about that one…

The im­por­tance at­tached to the re­turn of the world’s big­gest car man­u­fac­turer to the WRC can­not be over­stated. That it comes with the di­rect bless­ing of pres­i­dent and CEO of Akio Toy­oda is even bet­ter. DE

If you’re squea­mish at the thought of pe­riod rac­ing cars tak­ing a beat­ing, you’d best look away now.

The Good­wood Mem­bers’ Meet­ing is known for be­ing a spec­ta­tor-friendly, easy-go­ing event to kick the cir­cuit’s sea­son off – but the 74th edi­tion was marred by two par­tic­u­larly hor­rific ac­ci­dents. The chaos started in Sun­day’s open­ing race, when the Lotus 18 of Stephen Bond was pitched into the air, over the safety bar­ri­ers and into a pedes­trian tun­nel on the pit straight af­ter con­tact with Richard Wil­son’s Cooper. Later in the day, Michiel Smits had to be air­lifted to hos­pi­tal af­ter go­ing off at Wood­cote Cor­ner in his Lola T70 Spy­der. Thank­fully, both driv­ers es­caped se­ri­ous long-term in­juries, and no spec­ta­tors were hurt.

For Bond, the ac­ci­dent was enough for him to call time on rac­ing sin­gle­seaters – al­though he did re­turn to the cock­pit for the first time since his ac­ci­dent in a Lister-bris­tol sportscar at Sil­ver­stone in Au­gust. JC

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