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Palmer takes final victory of the weekend at Brands

Sunday, August 02 2015

Will Palmer controlled race three on the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch to claim his second victory of the weekend in Kent. He led from lights-to-flag to take the chequered flag ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing’s Omar Ismail, with the 16-year-old crossing the line 6.563s behind. Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Ciaran Haggerty stepped on to the podium for the second time across the weekend as he finished third.

Championship leader Palmer started on pole position by virtue of his fastest lap in race two and he made it into Paddock Hill Bend first as the lights went out. He was followed into the turn by fellow front-row starter Omar Ismail, with Ciaran Haggerty jumping Jack Bartholomew as the pack filtered up to Druids to move into third.

Palmer opened up a gap of over a second after the first circuit, with Haggerty then beginning to close on Ismail for second. Further back, Chris Mealin retook Sisa Ngebulana for eighth, a position he had surrendered on the first lap.

Michael O’Brien came to a halt at Graham Hill Bend, which brought an end to his race, whilst Jack Lang had a spin exiting Clark Curve that relegated him to the back of the field. At the front, Haggerty was harrying Ismail for second but couldn’t quite get close enough to attempt an overtake as the race moved into its middle stages.

On the eighth lap, HHC Motorsport’s Harri Newey tried to pass Rodrigo Fonseca for fifth at Druids but he clipped the Lanan Racing car and skated off into the gravel. As a result of the incident, Newey dropped to 10th with Tom Jackson taking advantage to move ahead of Fonseca into fifth.

Up front, Palmer looked comfortable but there was still time for a scare as he ran wide at the exit of Paddock Hill, kicking up a plume of dust as he headed up to Druids. As the race entered its 14th and final lap, the 18-year-old led by 5.666s from Ismail, who was still being put under huge pressure from Haggerty.

Palmer completed the last circuit untroubled but Ismail was forced to fend off Haggerty into the final corner, with the young Scot almost out-dragging the Chris Dittmann Racing man down the pit straight. Palmer took the chequered flag 6.563s ahead with Ismail clinging on to the runner-up spot by just 0.126s. Jack Bartholomew took fourth for Lanan Racing with Maidstone racer Tom Jackson taking fifth.

The top-three drivers were presented with their trophies on the podium by Alex Moss, Managing Director of championship title sponsor Duo.

Palmer’s sixth victory of the year extends his advantage to 69 points in the standings over Rodrigo Fonseca, with Tom Jackson a further 13 points adrift in third. The next Duo BRDC Formula 4 action takes place at Snetterton on August 22/23, with rounds 16, 17 and 18.

Duo BRDC Formula 4 - Brands Hatch GP - Race three result

1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 14 Laps
2. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, +6.563s
3. Ciaran Haggerty, Ecurie Ecosse/GBR, +6.689s
4. Jack Bartholomew, Lanan Racing, +8.809s
5. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +9.823s
6. Rodrigo Fonseca, Lanan Racing, +10.275s
7. Chris Mealin, Lanan Racing, +13.310s
8. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +15.221s
9. Jordan Albert, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +16.258s
10. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, +31.087s
11. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, +31.968s
12. Faisal Al Zubair, Hillspeed, +32.569s
13. Fernando Urrutia, Douglas Motorsport, +33.297s
14. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Hillspeed, +36.844s
15. Zubair Hoque, Sean Walkinshaw Racing,+36.844s
16. James Reveler, 23 Racing, +46.587s
17. Joe Stables, JR Racing, +47.194s
18. Jack Lang, Lang Sport/Gorse Motors, +1m04.949s
DNF. Michael O'Brien, Chris Dittmann Racing, 4 Laps