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Fonseca takes maiden F4 win in dramatic race two

Saturday, November 22 2014

Douglas Motorsport's Rodrigo Fonseca claimed his first F4 win with a dominant performance in the second race at Brands Hatch.

Jordan Albert claimed second for SWR - Caterham F1 with Will Palmer regaining the championship lead with third. Previous title leader Gaetano di Mauro was eliminated after a collision at Paddock Hill with Connor Jupp, leaving both stranded in the gravel.

Fernando Urrutia claimed his best result of the Winter Championship in fourth ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing's Paul Sieljes, with Enzo Bortoleto and Zubair Hoque completing the finishers.

Fonseca made a strong start from pole position, and then set about building a comfortable lead before easing off slightly towards the end of the race. Albert also made a strong start to keep second, but it was Palmer who made the best getaway, climbing from fifth on the grid to third at Paddock Hill Bend. Di Mauro held fourth while Jupp dropped from third to fifth.

Jupp was able to pass di Mauro starting lap two and then passed Palmer for third with Di Mauro following through, the scrap between the trio allowing the lead pair of Fonseca and Albert to pull away.

Palmer re-passed di Mauro at Clearways on lap four, holding his lead around the outside of Paddock Hill on lap five. As the race then settled down, Fonseca had built a lead of over three seconds with Jupp, Palmer and di Mauro closing on Albert in second.

Palmer then set about closing down on Jupp, and challenged at Surtees on lap 13. With his first move unsuccessful, he tried again at the same corner on lap 16 and was able to move through, with di Mauro following.

Jupp, having fallen from third to fifth in one corner, set about immediate revenge, and from a long way back, challenged di Mauro at Paddock Hill. The pair made contact and spun to a halt, beached in the gravel, a moment which could massively influence the championship battle.

Palmer was now clear in third but too far behind Fonseca and Albert to make any further inroads, with the incident promoting Urrutia and Sieljes into the top-five.

In the championship, Palmer has regained the lead, holding an 18 point margin over di Mauro.

Fonseca commented: "I'm very happy, the team did a great job. It feels amazing to take my first win here. We had a good start and the guys behind were fighting so I managed to build a gap and it wasn't too difficult a race. But I still had to absorb any pressure without making mistakes. I hope this is the first of many!"

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Brands Hatch race two result:

1. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, 22 laps
2. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +3.340s
3. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +4.001s
4. Fernando Urrutia, SWR - Caterham F1, +16.729s
5. Paul Sieljes, Chris Dittmann Racing, +23.348s
6. Enzo Bortoleto, PetroBall Racing, +1 lap
7. Zubair Hoque, HHC Motorsport, +1 lap
DNF. Gaetano di Mauro, PetroBall Racing, +6 laps
DNF. Connor Jupp, Mectech Motorsport, + 6 laps