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Robertson doubles up to take second in championship

Sunday, September 29 2013

Charlie Robertson took his second win of the Donington weekend with a commanding drive in the final race of the season this afternoon (Sunday 29 September).

From pole position he was able to quickly establish a comfortable gap and was unchallenged throughout the race, while behind him, Jake Dalton and Matt Mason were engaged in a race long battle for second, with Dalton just emerging on top.

Robertson's win gives him second place in the drivers standings, while a fine recovery drive from Seb Morris clinched third. Robertson's win also makes him the first driver in F4 to take two wins in the same weekend.

Morris had been spun around in the early stages of the race and fell to the tail of the field, but put in an excellent recovery drive to claim 10th place, which proved enough to claim third overall in the standings.

Champion Jake Hughes was fourth for Lanan Racing after starting 11th, with Raoul Hyman fifth for HHC Motorsport having started 12th. James Greenway took sixth ahead of Matty Graham and Matt Bell, whikle the Hillspeed duo of Struan Moore and Seb Morris rounded out the top 10, with Morris securing third in the championship as a result.

Robertson led away at the start, while Mason made a very good start to jump into second ahead of Dalton. Mason remained firmly under the rear wing of the Lanan machine, and made a move stick at the Goddards hairpin on the penultimate lap to briefly take second. But a fired up Dalton was having none of it, and repassed his rival to take the spot on the final lap.

On the first lap there was drama, as Morris was pitched into a spin at the Melbourne hairpin by championship rival Jack Barlow. Both continued initially, but Morris was at the tail of the field while Barlow had heavy damage to his front nose section, and was forced into retirement on the second lap - his first DNF of the season.

Behind them, the order was constantly changing, with Max Cornelius initially running an impressive fifth before sliding slowly down the order. Hyman though was on a charge, and followed Hughes through the field, both putting in impressive drives.

Speaking afterwards, Robertson enthused: "It was crucial to make a good start and I had a second and a half gap after the first lap. I could see Jake [Dalton] and Matt [Mason] battling behind me and I knew if I just kept my pace the same and kept putting in good lap times I’d be looking good for the win, and that’s what happened.  I’m really pleased with my weekend and the championship so I’d like to say a big thanks to HHC Motorsport and my parents who have helped me make this happen this weekend.

"I knew my pace would be good at Donington and to get fastest lap was good as well and it’s a nice bonus to the weekend. Finishing second in the championship also means I get an awesome watch, I really like it and I’ll probably be wearing it every day of the week now!"

Robertson's second place in the championship is provisional, pending Morris' appeal from his Snetterton disqualification.

BRDC F4 Championship, Donington Park Race three

1. Charlie Robertson
2. Jake Dalton
3. Matt Mason
4. Jake Hughes
5. Raoul Hyman
6. James Greenway
7. Matty Graham
8. Matt Bell
9. Struan Moore
10. Seb Morris