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Gaetano di Mauro clinches first F4 win at Brands Hatch

Saturday, August 30 2014

Gaetano di Mauro claimed an emotional first win in BRDC F4 for both himself and the Petroball team, with a lights to flag victory in the first race of the weekend on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit today (Saturday).

di Mauro started from pole position, and held off a quick starting Struan Moore to keep the lead on the first lap. From there he maintained a gap that hovered between half a second and 0.7s for the duration of the race to hold off Moore, with Maini just a further 0.7s behind.

The lead trio were significantly quicker than the next runners, with Raoul Hyman in fourth over 14 seconds further down the road. Hyman had to drive a defensive race, with SWR - Caterham F1's Jordan Albert all over the back of the HHC car in his best drive to date, finishing fifth and just 0.251s off Hyman at the flag.

Silverstone treble winner Sennan Fielding and Chris Middlehurst were close behind in sixth and seventh, while Will Palmer claimed eighth from tenth on the grid, securing reverse grid pole for tomorrow's second race of the weekend.

Gustavo Lima claimed ninth ahead of championship leader George Russell, who fought back well to 10th having started 21st on the grid after a crash in qualifying.

Russell still holds the championship lead, but the gap between himself and Hyman is now just one point, while Fielding is now only 23 points off the championship lead.

di Mauro's victory completes a remarkable run of progression for both himself and the Petroball team, who are new to F4 this year. Having secured a breakthrough top-10 performance at round three at Snetterton, he claimed his first podium last time out at Silverstone and now his first win, to move into eighth in the championship standings.

The 17-year-old Brazilian commented: "It's unbelievable, I'm so happy! Struan was so quick and I had to be very careful not to make a mistake. He was able to catch me in the first sector, but I managed to keep him behind me. 

"This is a great result for the team and myself, and now we can hopefully move on and get some more!"

The top-three drivers on the podium received their trophies from Le Mans racer and BRDC member Sam Hancock.

BRDC F4 Championship, Brands Hatch Grand Prix, Race one result:

1. Gaetano di Mauro, Petroball, 14 laps
2. Struan Moore, Lanan Racing, +0.647s
3. Arjun Maini, Lanan Racing, +1.445s
4. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +15.612s
5. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +15.863s
6. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +16.253s
7. Chris Middlehurst, Mark Godwin Racing, +17.163s
8. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +18.706s
9. Gustavo Lima, Hillspeed, +19.162s
10. George Russell, Lanan Racing, +19.561s
11. Rahul Mayer, Hillspeed, +20.630s
12. Charlie Eastwood, Douglas Motorsport, +22.117s
13. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +23.191s
14. Diego Borrelli, SWR - Caterham F1, +30.880s
15. Alferedo Zabalza, Hillspeed, +32.730s
16. Diego Menchaca, Douglas Motorsport, +32.841s
17. Connor Jupp, Meridian Racing, +40.061s
18. Tom Bale, Chris Dittmann Racing, +40.879s
19. Michael Claessens, Mark Godwin Racing, +55.250s
20. Jai Nijjar, Meridian Racing, +55.831s
DNF. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, 11 laps