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Russell marches to Snetterton victory to secure BRDC F4 crown

Sunday, October 26 2014

Lanan Racing's George Russell is the 2014 BRDC F4 Champion, after scorching to his fifth win of the year in the final race at Snetterton. He secures a prize of £25,000 and a GP3 test with Arden Motorsport at Abu Dhabi's Yas Marina Circuit.

Starting from pole, Russell needed to win the race with Arjun Maini fourth or lower. With Russell winning with the Indian driver finishing fifth, Russell clinched the crown by just three points.

From pole, Russell was again passed by Hyman on the run to turn one, but showed supreme determination to overtake the South African with a brave move at Hamilton on lap two and claim the lead.

From there, Russell stretched out his lead with a string of fastest laps, and was largely untroubled. Despite the overwhelming pressure on his shoulders, the 16-year-old kept his cool to hold the lead until the end.

Charlie Eastwood's great start saw him move past Maini and Fielding into third place, a position he held throughout, while Maini, now in fifth, was two positions away from being in a position to claim the championship. He shadowed Fielding for the early part of the race, but gradually fell back and ultimately had to settle for second place in the championship.

Hyman's second place, adding to his win earlier today was enough to give him third in the championship, just a point ahead of team mate Sennan Fielding. In the final standings, Russell finished with 483 points, Maini 480, Hyman 465, and Fielding 464.

Struan Moore finished sixth in the race, ahead of Petroball's Gaetano di Mauro. Piers Hickin, on his first F4 weekend was an impressive eighth for Chris Dittmann Racing, with Diego Menchaca and Rahul Mayer completing the top-10.

Russell entered the weekend 21 points behind Maini, but chipped away at the advantage with a seventh and a second place in the first two races, before his superb victory this afternoon secured the crown.

Russell commented: "I'm so happy. We came here without the championship lead for the first time, but we kept on fighting and we've got what we were after all year. 

"I knew I had to beat Arjun in all of the races, which is what I did. I was a little worried after I lost the lead to Raoul on the first lap but I managed to get back past him and open a gap and win the championship. I can't thank Lanan enough, they've done a great job to win the championship again and I couldn't ask for much more! 

"We've been very consistent this year, and that's what has won us the championship. There have been a lot of ups and downs in the last few rounds, but in the end it didn't matter and we've won it."

BRDC F4 Championship, Snetterton race three result:

1. George Russell, Lanan Racing, 10 laps
2. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +0.738s
3. Charlie Eastwood, Douglas Motorsport, +3.836s
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +4.656s
5. Arjun Maini, Lanan Racing, +5.890s
6. Struan Moore, Lanan Racing, +9.792s
7. Gaetano di Mauro, Petroball, +10.654s
8. Piers Hickin, Chris Dittmann Racing, +10.833s
9. Diego Menchaca, Douglas Motorsport, +13.967s
10. Rahul Mayer, Hillspeed, +26.023s
11. Connor Jupp, Meridian Racing, +26.105s
12. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, +26.897s
13. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +26.979s
14. Diego Borrelli, SWR - Caterham F1, +29.834s
15. Alfredo Zabalza, Hillspeed, +33.664s
16. Michael Claessens, MGR Motorsport, +35.950s
17. Tom Bale, Chris Dittmann Racing, +36.453s
18. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +48.008s