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Albert takes victory in dramatic race two at Brands Hatch

Sunday, August 02 2015

Jordan Albert took victory in the second race of the weekend at Brands Hatch ahead of HHC Motorsport’s Harri Newey and Maidstone racer Tom Jackson. Pole-sitter Chris Mealin was adjuged to have jumped the start and, even though he crossed the line first on track, he was demoted to eighth in the results.

In glorious weather conditions at the Kent track, the 19 drivers in the Duo BRDC Formula 4 field formed up on the grid ahead of the first of two races to be held across the day on the Grand Prix track. By virtue of his eighth place finish in race one yesterday (Saturday), Lanan Racing’s Chris Mealin started on pole but the Manxman was too eager to get away and he jumped the start, gaining a 10-second time penalty.

Heading into Paddock Hill Bend, Jack Lang was tapped into a spin and the Lang Sport/Gorse Motors car went off into the gravel and into retirement. The safety car was deployed to enable the marshals to recover the distinctive orange machine and the field was neutralised.

With Mealin’s penalty, Jordan Albert became the effective leader despite Mealin being ahead on track. Behind the Sean Walkinshaw Racing man as the safety car peeled in and racing resumed was Chris Dittmann Racing’s Omar Ismail, HHC Motorsport’s Harri Newey and local racer Tom Jackson, with Rodrigo Fonseca rounding out the top-five.

Championship leader Will Palmer lost a place at the start and found himself down in ninth, before starting to move back through the field as he passed team-mate Sisa Ngebulana and Ecurie Ecosse driver Ciaran Haggerty; the South African and the Scot displaying a number of war scars on their cars.

Further ahead, a great scrap was developing between Ismail, Newey and Jackson for second, third and fourth, with barely one second covering the trio at the halfway stage of the race. With Mealin’s penalty applied, Palmer was up to sixth and he soon closed on title rival Fonseca in fifth with a number of fastest laps. He attempted to overtake the Mexican into Surtees but the Lanan Racing man shut the door firmly. On the next lap however, Palmer got a good run on the red-and-white car out of Paddock and slid up the inside at Druids to take the position.

Albert calmly controlled his good pace at the front to maintain his advantage over 16-year-old Ismail as the race moved into its closing stages. Ismail meanwhile was coming under huge pressure from Harri Newey and he ran wide out of Westfield, allowing Newey to move alongside down Dingle Dell. Ismail attempted to hang on around the outside through the fast Sheene Curve but ran out of road and pirouetted across the track, eventually rejoining in seventh.

That left Albert leading the way from Newey and Jackson, with Will Palmer promoted to fourth and Rodrigo Fonseca to fifth respectively. Heading onto the final circuit, Newey was gaining time on 18-year-old Albert to set up a nervy finish for the Silverstone racer. Further back, Sisa Ngebulana and Akhil Rabindra came to grief into Paddock and their races ended in the gravel, a lap short of seeing the chequered flag.

Albert led the field around Clearways on the thirteenth and final lap of the race and he did enough to hold off Newey, crossing the line 0.313s ahead to take his second win of the year. Tom Jackson claimed third, stepping on to the podium for the second time this weekend, with Palmer and Fonseca completing the top-five.

The drivers were presented with their trophies on the podium by Pirelli competition winner Jesse Charlebois. With victory, Jordan Albert moves ahead of Chris Mealin in the championship standings to sixth, with the top-five positions remaining unchanged.

Duo BRDC Formula 4 - Brands Hatch GP - Race Two

1. Jordan Albert, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, 13 Laps
2. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, +0.313s
3. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.531s
4. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +1.299s
5. Rodrigo Fonseca, Lanan Racing, +5.183s
6. Ciaran Haggerty, Ecurie Ecosse/GBR, +5.447s
7. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, +6.281s
8. Chris Mealin, Lanan Racing, +9.199s
9. Faisal Al Zubair, Hillspeed, +14.679s
10. Fernando Urrutia, Douglas Motorsport, +18.103s
11. Jack Bartholomew, Lanan Racing, +18.238s
12. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Hillspeed, +18.442s
13. Zubair Hoque, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +20.114s
14. James Reveler, 23 Racing, +34.430s
15. Joe Stables, JR Racing, +55.305s
DNF. Michael O'Brien, Chris Dittmann Racing, 12 Laps
DNF. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, 12 Laps
DNF. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, 12 Laps
DNF. Jack Lang, Lang Sport/Gorse Motors, 0 Laps

The third and final race of the weekend begins at 16:20pm and you can follow all the action through live timing and text updates on the official Formula 4 website, with the race being broadcast exclusively live on Motors TV. Will Palmer will start on pole position with Omar Ismail joining him on the front-row.