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Charging Robertson claims Donington F4 race two victory

Sunday, September 29 2013

A charging drive from HHC Motorsport's Charlie Robertson was rewarded with victory in race two at Donington Park this morning.

Robertson started from fifth on the grid, but was supreme at the Melbourne hairpin in particular, where he pulled off several overtaking manoeuvres, including one on long time race leader Struan Moore with two laps remaining.

Pole sitter Moore was forced to settle for second while Robertson's team mate Gustavo Lima claimed his first ever BRDC F4 podium with third place.

James Greenway was involved in several battles for position and was right on Lima's tail as they crossed the line and claimed fourth. Jake Dalton showed his overtaking prowess to rise from ninth to claim fifth for Lanan Racing, while champion Jake Hughes took sixth. Raoul Hyman completed a good race for HHC with seventh place. Seb Morris, having run as high as fourth, faded in the latter stages, and finished eighth. Matt Mason claimed a hard fought ninth from 18th on the grid, while Matty Graham rounded out the top 10.

Robertson made a slow start but fought back brilliantly from sixth place, passing Morris for fifth on lap three. On a roll, he made up two places on the next lap, including a move on Greenway at the Melbourne hairpin for third place. Robertson then passed team mate Lima on lap five and set his sights on Moore at the front. After lap five, Robertson was 1.5 seconds behind, but a string of fastest laps ensured the gap was down to 0.4 seconds on lap nine. Robertson then made a move stick at McLeans on lap 10, and was able to stretch a gap of almost 0.8 seconds to claim his second win of the season, and provisionally rises to third in the championship.

Moore's podium is his third in the last five races, with the Hillspeed driver clearly on a good run of form. Lima has also showed great progress this year, and his maiden podium is just reward for his efforts, having started second on the grid.

Greenway's fourth place is his second best place of the year, while Dalton's fifth was courtesy of a brilliant overtaking move around the outside of Morris at McLeans with a handful of laps remaining. Team mate and 2013 champion Hughes took sixth, having dropped as low as ninth at one point. The result also leaves the championship in no doubt as he further extended his lead over Seb Morris, who fell to eighth.

Speaking afterwards, a delighted Robertson enthused: "We didn't get a fantastic start and dropped down to sixth. I knew I had the pace from yesterday to fight my way through and that's what we did. I picked off Seb after a couple of laps and got my head down and managed to make a few moves and get up to second place. I saw Struan had a bit of a gap in front of me and I set about catching him and set fastest laps and managed to get up to him with about three laps remaining. I managed to pass him coming up to McLeans and managed to take the win which is fantastic.

"It's the last race of the season next up and I'll be going all out for the win. The fastest lap in that race proves our pace this weekend, so hopefully I can push forward and win again."

BRDC F4 Donington Park race two result:

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