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Palmer dominates to take maiden main season F4 victory

Saturday, June 21 2014

HHC Motorsport's Will Palmer dominated the first BRDC F4 race of the weekend on the Snetterton 300 circuit, taking the lead on lap three before constantly stretching his advantage.

Raoul Hyman claimed second while pole sitter George Russell finished third, pressuring Hyman for the majority of the second half of the race. Sennan Fielding made it a great race for HHC Motorsport to take fourth place ahead of SWR's Nicolas Beer who scored his first points since Silverstone.

Gustavo Lima claimed sixth for Hillspeed ahead of Douglas Motorsport's Diego Menchaca, who beat Lanan's Arjun Maini across the line by just one tenth of a second. Maini's team mate Struan Moore took ninth ahead of MGR's Chris Middlehurst.

An exciting first lap saw Palmer and Russell go wheel to wheel, with Palmer making marginally the better start but Russell just doing enough to hold him off on the run to turn one. But it was Hyman who led at the end of lap one, benefiting from the Russell/Palmer squabble. Palmer made the move into second on lap two, and then hit the front on lap three, passing Hyman at the Montreal hairpin and stretching out an immediate lead of 1.8 seconds.

Palmer then didn't look back, setting a string of fastest laps, including an F4 lap record to take the win by over three seconds from Hyman and Russell, who were almost tied together for the duration of the race. Palmer's victory is his second F4 triumph, having won in the Winter Championship at Brands Hatch last November.

Speaking after the race, Palmer commented: "The start was tricky, I tried really hard to take the lead off the start and tried to go around the outside of George at Riches on the first lap but couldn't quite do it. I tried again at the hairpin and fell to third. I picked off George on lap two then Raoul on lap three and from then on I was just putting in quick laps, not focusing on my mirrors and keeping my head down.

"I was watching how many laps were left and the time I needed for fastest lap of the race. It looks like we're going to have a great weekend, I'll see what I can do from eighth tomorrow. Having set fastest lap in this race, hopefully no-one will improve their times tomorrow and I'll have pole for race three and we can hopefully target another win."

The top three drivers on the podium received their trophies from BTCC and British GT star Anthony Reid.

At the top of the standings, Russell's lead has been trimmed to 16 points over Hyman, while Palmer leaps up into third ahead of Arjun Maini and Sennan Fielding.

The second BRDC F4 race of the weekend takes place at 10.55 tomorrow (Sunday).

BRDC F4 Race one result, Snetterton 300:

1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 10 laps
2. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +3.050s
3. George Russell, Lanan Racing, +3.299s
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +5.027s
5. Nicolas Beer, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +9.296s
6. Gustavo Lima, Hillspeed, +9.806s
7. Diego Menchaca, Douglas Motorsport, +12.361s
8. Arjun Maini, Lanan Racing, +12.446s
9. Struan Moore, Lanan Racing, +13.023s
10. Chris Middlehurst, Mark Godwin Racing, +13.905s