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Hyman surges to emphatic F4 race two victory at Donington

Sunday, September 21 2014

HHC Motorsport's Raoul Hyman dominated the second BRDC F4 race of the weekend at Donington Park, to take his third win of the year and injecting further drama into an intriguing title battle. Team mate Will Palmer finished second ahead of Douglas Motorsport's Diego Menchaca.

Arjun Maini finished fourth ahead of Lanan Racing team mates Struan Moore and George Russell, with race one winner Sennan Fielding claiming seventh ahead of Douglas Motorsport's Rodrigo Fonseca. Petroball's Gaetano di Mauro was ninth, while pole sitter Charlie Eastwood was left to complete the top-10 after spinning at the Old Hairpin while running in the lead.

Eastwood had plenty of wheelspin off the line, allowing Hyman, starting alongside him on the front row, to draw alongside on the run to Redgate. Eastwood though just held firm to keep the lead, while his team mate Menchaca was able to pass Hyman and take second.

The Douglas duo crossed the line at the end of the first lap side-by-side, with Eastwood just holding the lead from Menchaca, with Hyman third. Hyman re-passed Menchaca on lap two, though Eastwood was starting to pull away, holding a 0.8s advantage at the end of lap two, while Arjun Maini moved into third ahead of Menchaca.

But on lap three, Eastwood spun at the Old Hairpin, falling to tenth, allowing Hyman to take the lead, while Palmer climbed from fifth to second on the same lap. 

Hyman then proceeded to pull out a big gap, extending his advantage consistently to take the win by just under five seconds.

Palmer ran in clear air to secure his first second place finish of the year and his seventh podium of the year, while Menchaca's visit to the rostrum was his first since Snetterton in June, and his fourth of the year. Hyman, Palmer and Menchaca received their trophies from GP3 racer Dino Zamparelli.

Arjun Maini in fourth drove well to hold off a pack of cars behind him, including his two team mates Struan Moore and championship leader George Russell. Russell though had to fend off the attentions of race one winner Sennan Fielding, with the HHC driver drawing alongside the Lanan car on the run to Redgate starting lap 10, eventually settling for seventh place.

In the championship, Russell still leads but by a reduced margin of 14 points from team mate Maini, with Hyman climbing back above Fielding into third place, 17 points behind Russell.

Hyman commented: "I made a good start and had a run on Charlie down to Redgate, but he was able to keep ahead and put me on the grass at the exit. That allowed Diego to come past me and I was down to third. I got back past Diego on lap two and then unfortunately for Charlie, he spun at the Old Hairpin and handed me the lead. From there I carried on looking forward and tried to put in a good lap to get me a good position for the last race. I'll be starting from third for the last race and the pace was really good."

BRDC F4 Championship, Donington Park race two result:

1. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, 12 laps
2. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +4.970s
3. Diego Menchaca, Douglas Motorsport, +8.355s
4. Arjun Maini, Lanan Racing, +9.704s
5. Struan Moore, Lanan Racing, +10.072s
6. George Russell, Lanan Racing, +11.530s
7. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +11.867s
8. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, +18.311s
9. Gaetano di Mauro, Petroball Racing, +18.543s
10. Charlie Eastwood, Douglas Motorsport, +18.974s
11. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +19.636s
12. Rahul Mayer, Hillspeed, +20.517s
13. Connor Jupp, Meridian Racing, +24.832s
14. Alfredo Zabalza, Hillspeed, +25.120s
15. Michael Claessens, Mark Godwin Racing, +34.988s
16. Jai Nijjar, Meridian Racing, +39.756s
17. Tom Bale, Chris Dittmann Racing, +44.449s
18. Diego Borrelli, SWR - Caterham F1, +1m06.800s