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Fonseca doubles up to ensure a three-way F4 title showdown

Sunday, November 23 2014

Douglas Motorsport's Rodrigo Fonseca converted pole into a dominant victory in the third race of the weekend, to ensure a three way title fight in the final race at Brands Hatch.

Will Palmer finished second to extend his championship lead, with Gaetano di Mauro third for PetroBall Racing. Paul Sieljes claimed his best result of the weekend so far with fourth place for Chris Dittmann Racing, witth Fernando Urrutia fifth. Enzo Bortoleto finished sixth ahead of Zubair Hoque, with Jordan Albert the final finisher.

Connor Jupp spun into retirement a handful of laps before the end of the race when closing down the gap to di Mauro.

Fonseca made a good start from pole position to lead the field to Paddock Hill, while Palmer climbed into second from third, despite a river of water flowing directly in front of his grid slot.

Front row starter Enzo Bortoleto suffered a difficult opening lap, slipping down the order and then making contact with Jupp at Graham Hill Bend and falling to the tail of the field.

Fonseca relished the conditions, and pulled away very quickly, at one point being almost six seconds clear. But Palmer then fought back, setting fastest lap to finish under five seconds behind and put one hand on the Winter Championship trophy.

Di Mauro had a rather lonely race, fending off Jordan Albert in the opening stages. Albert though was suffering from gear selection problems, forcing him off the road on a couple of occasions and sending him to the tail of the field. Di Mauro's podium ensures he remains in the title race heading into the final race.

That allowed Sieljes, who kept his nose clean, to rise from seventh on the grid to secure a strong fourth.

In the championship, Palmer holds a 23 point lead, meaning he simply needs to finish the last race in eighth place to claim the title, while Fonseca and di Mauro remain in contention.

Fonseca commented: "I'm really happy and the team has done a great job, the car has been amazing and we were able to take our second win. 

"We started on pole and the good start was key. It really helped with having no spray to deal with. I hope to make it three in a row in the last race."

The final race of the BRDC F4 Winter Championship takes place at 15.05. 

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Brands Hatch race three result:

1. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, 21 laps
2. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +4.785s
3. Gaetano di Mauro, PetroBall Racing, +17.156s
4. Paul Sieljes, Chris Dittmann Racing, +29.568s
5. Fernando Urrutia, SWR - Caterham F1, +38.941s
6. Enzo Bortoleto, PetroBall Racing, +42.261s
7. Zubair Hoque, HHC Motorsport, +44.335s
8. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +55.577s
DNF. Connor Jupp, Mectech Motorsport, +6 laps