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Fielding holds off Russell to claim fourth win of the year

Saturday, September 20 2014

HHC Motorsport's Sennan Fielding held off a persistent attack from George Russell to secure his fourth win of the year in the first race of the weekend at Donington Park.

Russell's Lanan team mate Struan Moore claimed third ahead of the third car of Arjun Maini, with HHC's Will Palmer rising from ninth on the grid to claim fifth. Diego Menchaca finished sixth for Douglas Motorsport, ahead of Raoul Hyman, who ran as high as fourth early on.

Charlie Eastwood secured eighth place, and pole position for race two, with Jordan Albert and Gaetano di Mauro completing the top-10.

Despite suffering wheelspin off the line, Fielding made a good start, while the Lanan trio of Russell, Moore and Maini battled for position at Redgate, with Moore initially taking second before Russell fought back at the Old Hairpin.

Fielding built a strong lead of 1.3 seconds at the end of the first lap, but Russell then began to close him down. At one stage the lead was as little as 0.8s, but Fielding was able to keep his cool to extend the lead to just under a second at the flag, taking his fourth win of the year, matching Russell's tally.

Moore's third place was comparatively lonely, finishing three seconds adrift of Russell and 2.4s ahead of Maini.

With Fielding and Russell at the front, Hyman attempted to keep with them and launched a late attack on Struan Moore at Redgate on lap three. Moore was able to keep ahead to retain third, and Hyman was then passed on the outside of McLean's by Maini on the same lap. With Hyman delayed by the move, Palmer and then Menchaca were able to pass the South African, who was forced to settle for seventh, just behind the Mexican driver.

Gaetano di Mauro looked on course to secure reverse grid pole for race two, having run in eighth place for the first five laps before falling to 10th on lap five, promoting Eastwood and Albert up a position. Tom Bale was on course for a personal best result, running 12th for much of the race, before slipping to 15th on lap seven.

Fielding's win moves him up to third in the championship, while Russell has extended his margin at the top over Maini to 17 points, with the gap being nine points at the start of the weekend.

Fielding, Russell and Moore were presented with their trophies on the podium by BRDC member and GT racer Shaun Balfe.

Fielding commented: "It was a very close race and George was pressuring me all the way through. The gap seemed to be stuck at around a second for the last half, I had a good initial advantage and then he put in some good laps and brought the gap down.

"I thought he was going to pressure me a lot more towards the end of the race but I was able to keep my cool and take a great result. 

"I didn't have to go defensive through the race, but every time I glanced in the mirror I could see the Lanan car right behind me, and I knew I had to push all the way through."

Tomorrow's second race of the weekend starts at 11.20am.

BRDC F4, Donington Park race one result:

1. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, 12 laps
2. George Russell, Lanan Racing, +0.828s
3. Struan Moore, Lanan Racing, +3.911s
4. Arjun Maini, Lanan Racing, +6.384s
5. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +8.080s
6. Diego Menchaca, Douglas Motorsport, +12.171s
7. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +12.950s
8. Charlie Eastwood, Douglas Motorsport, +18.250s
9. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +19.774s
10. Gaetano di Mauro, Petroball Racing, +22.915s
11. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, +34.470s
12. Alfredo Zabalza, Hillspeed, +37.198s
13. Diego Borrelli, SWR - Caterham F1, +37.882s
14. Connor Jupp, Meridian Racing, +39.533s
15. Tom Bale, Chris Dittmann Racing, +42.293s
16. Michael Claessens , Mark Godwin Racing, +1m28.801s
17. Jai Nijjar, Meridian Racing, +1 lap
DNS. Rahul Mayer, Hillspeed