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Maini holds off di Mauro to clinch third win of the year

Sunday, August 31 2014

Lanan Racing's Arjun Maini claimed his third win of the season with a fine drive under pressure from a quartet of cars behind him in race three at Brands Hatch - his third podium of the weekend.

Petroball's Gaetano di Mauro applied constant pressure throughout, the pair never separated by more than 0.8s, while Struan Moore in third was also very close behind.

Keeping them in their sights were Sennan Fielding and championship leader George Russell, who extended his championship lead with fifth place.

Rodrigo Fonseca claimed a strong sixth after an up-and-down weekend, ahead of SWR - Caterham F1's Jordan Albert, who completed his best F4 weekend with seventh.

Douglas Motorsport's Charlie Eastwood claimed eighth after a last lap incident wiped out Will Palmer and Gustavo Lima. Race two winner Chris Middlehurst and Chris Dittmann Racing's Tom Jackson completed the top-10.

Maini made a good start from pole position while di Mauro slotted into second and Moore keeping third. Fourth-placed starter Russell slipped behind a quick starting Fielding, with the five cars rarely separated by more than two seconds throughout the race.

With the lead fluctuating between 0.4 and 0.8s, Maini was forced to keep watching his mirrors as di Mauro applied constant pressure, but was able to keep his cool to take his third win of the year, and adding a victory to his third and second place finishes this weekend.

Maini's result, coupled with a 12th place finish for Raoul Hyman means the Indian driver leaps up to second place in the championship standings, and now only nine points behind team mate George Russell.

The top three drivers on the podium received their trophies from single seater and GT racer Alexander Sims.

Maini commented: "It's been a great weekend for us with third, second and now a win, and I'm really happy to get the win after the mistake in race two.

"It was quite an intense race as Gaetano applied a lot of pressure, and I couldn't back off at all. I made a couple of small mistakes but managed to get my head down and take the win.

"I managed to get a small gap. Every time Gaetano got close to me I was able to slightly stretch the lead and the gap stayed at quite a constant level.

"I've made a big jump in the championship this weekend and hopefully we can keep this form up at the final two rounds."

BRDC F4 Championship, Brands Hatch Race Three result:

1. Arjun Maini, Lanan Racing, 14 laps
2. Gaetano di Mauro, Petroball Racing, +0.720s
3. Struan Moore, Lanan Racing, +1.520s
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +2.179s
5. George Russell, Lanan Racing, +2.456s
6. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, +11.660s
7. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +12.077s
8. Charlie Eastwood, Douglas Motorsport, +14.286s
9. Chris Middlehurst, Mark Godwin Racing, +14.553s
10. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +15.702s
11. Rahul Mayer, Hillspeed, +16.251s
12. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +16.418s
13. Diego Menchaca, Douglas Motorsport, +18.745s
14. Diego Borrelli, SWR - Caterham F1, +19.435s
15. Tom Bale, Chris Dittmann Racing, +19.627s
16. Alfredo Zabalza, Hillspeed, +22.527s
17. Connor Jupp, Meridian Racing, +22.658s
18. Jai Nijjar, Meridian Racing, +30.691s
19. Michael Claessens, Mark Godwin Racing, +1m23.029s
DNF. Gustavo Lima, Hillspeed, 13 laps
DNF. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 13 laps