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Fonseca charges to victory in race two at Silverstone

Sunday, May 31 2015

Rodrigo Fonseca took a stunning victory in the damp at Silverstone having started the race from 15th. The Mexican racer cut his way through the field and passed Sisa Ngebulana with just a few laps remaining to see the chequered flag first.

Racing was frantic throughout but South African Ngebulana held on to take second, and his maiden Duo BRDC F4 podium, with Tom Jackson finishing third. Race one winner Will Palmer had to settle for fourth with Sean Walkinshaw Racing’s Jordan Albert in fifth.

Overnight and early morning rain had made the 3.660-mile Grand Prix circuit slick as the 20 drivers in the BRDC F4 field headed out on to the grid for race two of the weekend in Northamptonshire. Argentine racer Hernan Fallas was on pole position by virtue of his eighth-place finish in race one, with debutant Omar Ismail alongside him on the front row.

As the lights went out, Fallas made a strong start to lead into Copse with a hesitant getaway from Ismail in second leaving him vulnerable to attack. South African Sisa Ngebulana, having started fourth, had passed Lanan Racing’s Jack Bartholomew for third and then made a move on Ismail for second at Stowe. That put Ismail back in the clutches of Tom Jackson and Jordan Albert who had been promoted up the order by Bartholomew’s poor start.

The trio of Ismail, Jackson and Albert all traded positions in a see-saw battle with each driver demonstrating great racing ability. Race one winner Will Palmer, having come from eighth on the grid, then made his way into the fight having disposed of Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Ciaran Haggerty. 18-year-old Palmer put a move on Tom Jackson for fifth while Haggerty was forced to battle it out with the Lanan Racing pair of Chris Mealin and eventual winner Fonseca, who had made his way into the top-eight.

Jordan Albert in third was attacking Hernan Fallas but was too late on the brakes as he looked to overtake the Mark Godwin Racing machine and skated off the circuit, dropping him out of the battle up front and down the field. That promoted Palmer to third but in hot pursuit was Fonseca who had taken advantage of others misfortunes to move into fourth.

The Mexican wasted no time in passing the HHC Motorsport man and then disposed of Hernan Fallas to move into second. Further back, Ciaran Haggerty suffered a spin which pushed him back down the time-sheets and Tom Jackson overtook Palmer to take fourth. Palmer attempted to fight back, as the two went side-by-side through a number of corners, but the Maidstone-based racer held on to the position.

Fonseca then hit the front with a strong move on Ngebulana into Club and he sprinted away from the HHC car. Tom Jackson took Fallas for third before the Argentine dropped back into the clutches of a gaggle of cars behind including Palmer, Albert and Christodoulou. Heading onto the final lap, Fonseca had opened up a healthy gap and was untroubled for the rest of the final circuit to take victory. Further back, Fallas spun after contact and in the ensuing melee, Palmer took fourth with Jordan Albert slotting into fifth.

The three podium finishers, Rodrigo Fonseca, Sisa Ngebulana and Tom Jackson stepped out of their cars and were presented with their trophies by British GT racer Oliver Bryant.

Will Palmer now takes the championship lead, by only one point over Rodrigo Fonseca. Palmer will start from pole position in race three due to his fastest lap in race one with Jordan Albert alongside him.

Following the race, Manxman Chris Mealin was excluded from the results for causing a collision.

The final BRDC F4 race of the weekend begins at 16:20pm and will be broadcast exclusively live on Motors TV.

Silverstone - Duo BRDC Formula 4 Championship - Race two result 

1. Rodrigo Fonseca, Lanan Racing, 8 Laps
2. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +3.560s
3. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +3.692s
4. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +5.117s
5. Jordan Albert, SWR, +6.412s
6. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, +8.197s
7. Fernando Urrutia, Douglas Motorsport, +9.896s
8. Jack Bartholomew, Lanan Racing, +11.211s
9-G. Riki Christodoulou, Hillspeed, +11.873s
10. Michael O'Brien, Mark Godwin Racing, +13.549s
11. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, +15.446s
12. Zubair Hoque, SWR, +17.520s
13. Sebastian Lanzetti, Hillspeed, +18.398s
14. Ciaran Haggerty, Ecurie Ecosse/GBR, +19.267s
15. Jack Lang, Lang Sport/Gorse Motors, +24.521s
16. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Hillspeed, +30.200s
17. James Reveler, 23 Racing, +46.420s
DNF. Hernan Fallas, Mark Godwin Racing, 7 Laps
DNF. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, 7 Laps
DQ. Chris Mealin, Lanan Racing, Excluded