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F4 Winter Championship set for Brands Hatch finale

Wednesday, November 20 2013

The BRDC F4 Winter Championship is wide open heading to the final round at Brands Hatch, following an intensely competitive first weekend at Snetterton two weeks ago.

Series regular Matty Graham made an early claim for the title in Norfolk with two emphatic wins from two pole positions in wet conditions on the opening day, but it was Jake Cook who starred on the second day, matching Graham's feats to take two wins from pole position.

Douglas Motorsport's Graham leads the standings by two points from Hillspeed's Cook, while an ultra consistent weekend from Norwegian contender Falco Wauer, driving for new team Enigma Motorsport, means he's right in contention as well. In total, seven different drivers stepped onto the podium over the course of the Snetterton weekend.

Mark Godwin Racing duo Pietro Fittipaldi and series debutant Matteo Ferrer both tasted podium glory, and will be hoping to replicate those performances as they look to climb up the standings. Fittipaldi in particular will be reflecting on his previous success at the Kent venue in July, where he claimed a last gasp win on the Grand Prix circuit, his first success in single seaters.

Title contender Graham also enjoyed a race win the last time the series visited Kent, and believes his slender points lead gives him the edge heading to the finale, while his rival Jake Cook is in bullish mood, and is confident of claiming the championship.

Sennan Fielding made a successful return to F4 at Snetterton and scored two podiums while HHC Motorsport team mate Will Palmer, making his single seater debut, also had a very competitive showing, capped off with an excellent podium in race four.

Two drivers who also made their F4 debut at Snetterton were Greek competitor Dimitris Papanastasiou and Norwegian karter Fredrik Johansen. Both showed big increases in pace as the weekend went on, and are looking to make up further ground to the front runners this weekend.

Experienced single seater ace Kieran Vernon joins the series with the Hillspeed team this weekend, while Polish girl racer Gosia Rdest returns to the series having secured the 'Who Zooms Award' at the end of the main season for the most places gained in races during the season.

As at Snetterton, the weekend will see one qualifying and two races per day, with the final contest of the weekend on Sunday afternoon poised to reveal who will be crowned as the first ever BRDC F4 Winter Champion.

Tickets for the BRDC F4 Winter Championship finale at Brands Hatch are available on the gate for £13 with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information click here.