F4’s championship contender six becomes three as Fielding (JHR), Fewtrell (Carlin) and Leeds (Arden) are the only drivers left in title contention.
BRANDS HATCH 1 OCTOBER, 2016 – Carlin’s James Pull was inch perfect in slippery conditions at Brands Hatch to claim his second win of the season in Round 28 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.
As team-mate and poleman Max Fewtrell squirmed off the line struggling for traction, front row starter James Pull took control of the race by getting the better of Fewtrell into Druids on the back of a better start.
Fewtrell did well to remain in second place, but there was a swarm of TRS Arden cars all eager to pass him. Luis Leeds, Rafael Martins and Ayrton Simmons in hot pursuit.
However, Leeds’ chances of the podium were dashed when his car slowed dramatically just seconds before the safety car restart.
Leeds fought his way back up to 10th, but it will come as little consolation as the Red Bull Junior now sits 36 points adrift of championship leader Fielding with just 50 up for grabs tomorrow.
Said a resolute Leeds: “I’ve had so many things happen this year, but I will be giving it my all to take the fight to Fielding and Fewtrell. I’ve got nothing to lose and I’m coming for them.”
Fielding was spectacular, bouncing back brilliantly from a qualifying where his car was not dialled into the wet track conditions. Starting from eighth he picked his way past the Fortec’s Quinn and Bird, as well as the Arden’s Martins and Simmons.
Fielding had more up his sleeve, his piece de resistance coming on the final lap with a daring late move down the inside of title rival Max Fewtrell at Paddock Hill Bend. An overtake which could prove crucial when the curtain falls on the season tomorrow, as it enabled Fielding to extend his lead over Fewtrell in the standings by three points.
“I put everything into that race after a tough qualifying. I didn’t let my head go down. I know that anything can happen in this exciting British F4 series.
“It was about finding the grip out there. I had a mega start and a bit of rubbing with a few people which put me on the grass so I lost a few positions, but then as soon as I got a clear space I got my head down and found where the grip was. It was a mega race.
“There are not many points between Max and I in the standings. Given all the work that both I and JHR Developments have put in all year I know I have got to do everything I can this weekend.
“That move on Max was so close. I started locking both fronts and I managed to get the car stopped, release the brakes and thankfully the car turned in. I thought either it would pay off or we would both end up in the gravel!”
“I’m going to go out there tomorrow and show that we truly deserve this title. The team has done a phenomenal job for the budget we have.
“This title is going to go down to the wire.”