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Commanding victory for Palmer in BRDC F4 race three at Silverstone

Sunday, May 31 2015

Will Palmer took his second commanding lights-to-flag victory of the weekend at Silverstone as he claimed the win in race three in Northamptonshire by 8.292s. He took to the top step of the podium ahead of his HHC Motorsport team-mate Harri Newey, who finished second having started fourth on the grid. Race two winner Rodrigo Fonseca took third for Lanan Racing with Jordan Albert and guest driver Riki Christodoulou completing the top-five. 

Palmer lined up on the front-row with Sean Walkinshaw Racing's Jordan Albert and comfortably led the field into Copse corner as the lights went out to start the race. Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Ciaran Haggerty made a strong start and began pressuring Palmer and Albert as he maintained third place.

Immediately, 18-year-old Palmer began opening up a gap over second-place Albert and was 1.923s clear of his rival after the first lap. Haggerty had pressure from Rodrigo Fonseca for third and that allowed Harri Newey and Riki Christodoulou, deputising for the injured Faisal Al Zubair, to close up. That battled raged on and Newey overtook Fonseca at Brooklands to claim fourth before he disposed of Haggerty to move into third.

Newey, son of legendary Formula One designer Adrian, closed on Jordan Albert in second but couldn't find a way past initially. He finally took the position with a great move around the outside of Albert, who lives in nearby Silverstone village, at Brooklands but by that stage, his team-mate Palmer was over five seconds ahead up the road.

Riki Christodoulou overtook young Scottish racer Haggerty midway through the race and joined the scrap ahead. Newey, despite having moved into second, could not shake off the attentions of Albert and Fonseca, until the Mexican driver put a move on the Sean Walkinshaw Racing man to claim third, affording Newey some breathing space. Albert then dropped into the clutches of Christodoulou and lost out for fifth as the guest racer pulled off an almost carbon copy of Newey's move earlier in the race at Brooklands. However, Albert would regain the position on the last lap and take fourth as the chequered flag flew.

Further back, Chris Mealin drove a strong race to move up to seventh having started 17th and Akhil Rabindra finishing eighth for Douglas Motorsport, despite lining up at the very back of the grid.

Will Palmer, untroubled throughout the race, came across the line in first 8.292s ahead of team-mate Newey with Fonseca completing the podium. All three drivers were presented with their trophies by Lotus F1 Team Third and Reserve Driver Jolyon Palmer.

Championship leader Palmer extends his advantage in the standings to 12 points over Rodrigo Fonseca with Chris Mealin in third ahead of Tom Jackson and Jordan Albert.

Silverstone - Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship - Race three result 

1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 10 Laps
2. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, +8.292s
3. Rodrigo Fonseca, Lanan Racing, +9.883s
4. Jordan Albert, SWR, +11.824s
5-G. Riki Christodoulou, Hillspeed, +12.268s
6. Ciaran Haggerty, Ecurie Ecosse/GBR, +12.818s
7. Chris Mealin, Lanan Racing, +25.845s
8. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, +26.894s
9. Sebastian Lanzetti, Hillspeed, +27.528s
10. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +29.984s
11. Fernando Urrutia, Douglas Motorsport, +30.830s
12. Zubair Hoque, SWR, +31.085s
13. Michael O'Brien, Mark Godwin Racing, +35.822s
14. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Hillspeed, +37.608s
15. Jack Bartholomew, Lanan Racing, +37.732s
16. Jack Lang, Lang Sport/Gorse Motors, +38.624s
17. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, +40.663s
18. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +46.934s
19. Hernan Fallas, Mark Godwin Racing, +51.488s
20. James Reveler, 23 Racing, +1m02.920s