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Matt Bell wins pulsating second race at Brands Hatch

Sunday, May 19 2013

Privateer Matt Bell claimed his second win of the season in today's (Sunday) second BRDC F4 race of the weekend, despite seeing a large lead wiped out by a mid race safety car period. Newcomer James Fletcher was second for Team KBS with Charlie Robertson fighting to third from seventh on the grid - his second podium of the weekend.

Lanan Racing's Jake Hughes secured fourth, while race one winner Jake Dalton rose from eighth on the grid to finish fifth, retaining his championship lead. Falco Wauer completed the top six for Team KBS.

Bell, Fletcher and Robertson were presented with their trophies on the podium by BTCC star and BRDC member Steve Soper.

Having set the fastest race lap of the weekend so far, Robertson will start todays third race of the weekend from pole position.

Bell made a great start to lead into Paddock Hill Bend, with the first lap completing without incident as the full grid of 24 cars filtered through safely. Bell led by 1.3 seconds at the end of the first lap, from Fletcher and Sennan Fielding, who jumped past Jake Hughes on the opening tour.

Bell's lead was up to almost two seconds when the safety car was deployed for the first time this season, after Hillspeed's Seb Morris crashed out on the Brabham straight following contact with Jack Barlow at the end of lap four. Struan Moore was also forced to take avoiding action, taking to the grass in the process. 

Robertson had already begun his charge and was up to fifth, having passed Sean Walkinshaw Racing's Matthew Graham just before the safty car came out.

After several laps behind the pace car while Morris' car was recovered, racing resumed on lap 13 and Bell proceeded to stretch out an immediate lead of 0.7 seconds. Robertson quickly found his way past Jake Hughes to move into fourth and then claimed third with a great move on Fielding at Paddock Hill Bend on lap 14.

As Fielding further defended his position from Graham exiting Graham Hill Bend the two made contact with Fielding tipped into a spin at Surtees, promoting Jake Dalton into fifth.

Further down, Jack Barlow, nursing front wing damage, was driving admirably in eighth place but after being passed by Diego Menchaca, had a brief excursion into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend, dropping him to 12th.

Douglas Motorsport's Gosia Rdest had a very strong race, moving up from 20th on the grid to finish 14th, and showed superb defensive driving to keep a string of four cars behind her until the chequered flag, while Raoul Hyman and Daniel Headlam fought back well after early race incidents.

The win for Bell moves the Hampshire resident up to second in the drivers' championship, seven points behind Dalton. Robertson is now third ahead of Seb Morris and Jack Barlow.

BRDC F4 Championship, Brands Hatch Indy, race two result

1. Matt Bell, MattRBell Racing Team E-Lites, 23 laps
2. James Fletcher, Team KBS, +0.637s
3. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, +1.174s
4. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +1.893s
5. Jake Dalton, Mark Godwin Racing, +2.389s
6. Falco Wauer, Team KBS, +3.974s
7. Matthew Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +2.787s
8. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing, +9.263s
9. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +10.494s
10. Ross Gunn, Motionsport, +11.003s

To view the full race results click here. The next BRDC F4 race takes place at 16.40pm.