Event Preview: Croft

With twelve races to run and a whole host of rising stars in with a realistic shout of lifting the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost crown, Croft this weekend marks the start of the title run-in.

It’s still JHR’s Matthew Rees who leads at the championship summit, but after only a second-ever weekend in single seaters without a podium finish at Thruxton, his margin has been cut to just four points over Matias Zagazeta (Argenti).

The Peruvian leap-frogged James Hedley, now at Carlin and adapting fast to his new challenger, in Hampshire with a brace of second-place finishes, but the trio remain blanketed by just eight markers in total.

Both Rees and Hedley were given a boost in mid-week with the announcement of their nominations for the prestigious Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award, news that is sure to give both contenders a spring in their step this weekend.

Fortec’s Joel Granfors and Ollie Gray arrive with some serious momentum after both scored maiden victories last time out to boost their own hopes of making a late season bid for the honours, the pair now split by McKenzy Cresswell (JHR) in fourth, fifth and sixth respectively in the points.

JHR’s final challenger, Joseph Loake, remains on the fringes of the title fight but will need to start chaining together some big results, and quickly, if he is to put himself back into the reckoning.

Nine different drivers have won a race this season, and a whole host of Ford-powered rising stars could yet be a thorn in the side of those vying for the championship.

Arden’s Zak Taylor will be aiming to banish memories of his Thruxton roll with a return to his race-winning antics earlier in the campaign, the Brit joined by new arrival Georgi Dimitrov and the ever-improving David Morales.

Ditto the rest of Carlin’s line-up; Dougie Bolger has been knocking on the door of a maiden podium for some time now, whilst Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Kai Askey will be aiming to add to their silverware haul in Yorkshire.

Aiden Neate’s performances of late have attracted plenty of praise, and an equal season-best fourth at Thruxton has put the wind in the sails of team-mate Eduardo Coseteng.

The last of Argenti’s prospects, Marcos Flack, has endured a character-building set of results but will look to start the fightback this time out.

Georgi Dimitrov returns to the fray this weekend, having completed a switch from Richardson Racing to Arden Motorsport, meaning the Red Arrows return to a three-car line-up from this weekend.

FP2: Rees tops times in red-flag interrupted final session

Points leader Matthew Rees lay down a marker for his rivals with the fastest time in the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost practice session of the weekend at Croft.

Despite a third of the session taking place under red flags, Rees – recently nominated for the prestigious Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Award – was able to set a benchmark time of 1:19.858 to eclipse his JHR Developments team-mate McKenzy Cresswell by 0.3 seconds.

Inthraphuvasak, one of four drivers to enjoy a stint atop the timesheets, ultimately ended the running in third for Carlin, the top five behind him completed by FP1 pace-setter Aiden Neate (Phinsys by Argenti) and Zak Taylor’s Arden Motorsport challenger.

Joseph Loake rounded out another strong session for Steven Hunter’s trio with the sixth-fastest time, with 0.011s blanketing Rees’ chief title rival Matias Zagazeta (Argenti), Carlin’s Dougie Bolger and Marcos Flack (also Argenti) in seventh, eighth and ninth respectively.

Joel Granfors rounded out the ten quickest runners for Fortec Motorsport, just ahead of Kai Askey (Carlin) and David Morales (Arden Motorsport), the latter still riding the crest of a wave after his maiden podium finish at Thruxton last time out.

James Hedley enjoyed a slightly improved run to the 13th-fastest time for Carlin, the BRDC Rising Star also receiving a nominee for Autosport’s prestigious award alongside Rees earlier this week, just ahead of Ollie Gray (Fortec Motorsport).

Arden’s newest recruit Georgi Dimitrov was next, with Eduardo Coseteng rounding out the 16-car field for Phinsys by Argenti.

Session Result – Free Practice 2:

Pos. Name Team Lap Time
1 Matthew REES JHR Developments 1:19.858s
2 McKenzy CRESSWELL JHR Developments +0.325s
3 Tasanapol INTHRAPHUVASAK Carlin +0.331s
4 Aiden NEATE Phinsys by Argenti +0.569s
5 Zak TAYLOR Arden Motorsport +0.582s
6 Joseph LOAKE JHR Developments +0.650s
7 Matias ZAGAZETA Phinsys by Argenti +0.730s
8 Dougie BOLGER Carlin +0.740s
9 Marcos FLACK Phinsys by Argenti +0.751s
10 Joel GRANFORS Fortec Motorsport +0.824s
11 Kai ASKEY Carlin +0.870s
12 David MORALES Arden Motorsport +1.066s
13 James HEDLEY Carlin +1.078s
14 Ollie GRAY Fortec Motorsport +1.130s
15 Georgi DIMITROV Arden Motorsport +1.545s
16 Eduardo COSETENG Phinsys by Argenti +1.555s

FP1: Neate leads JHR duo in opening Croft practice

Phinsys by Argenti’s Aiden Neate set the benchmark time in the opening F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost practice session of the weekend at Croft.

The 15-year-old set a fastest time of 1:19.661 on his final run around the 2.12-mile Yorkshire circuit, enough to annex top spot by just over a tenth of a second from JHR Developments duo McKenzy Cresswell and Matthew Rees, both erstwhile pace-setters in this session.

The entire field posted improved times after a late-session red flag to retrieve debris from the circuit, with Fortec Motorsport’s Ollie Gray rising to fourth on the timesheets ahead of Arden Motorsport’s Zak Taylor to complete the top five.

Still on a high after his maiden victory in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series last time out at Thruxton, Joel Granfors was sixth fastest on this occasion, the Swede a mere 0.005s behind Taylor at the chequered flag.

Joseph Loake made it all three JHR cars in the top ten with seventh, the squad down a challenger after Abbi Pulling’s withdrawal, with Matias Zagazeta – Rees’ closest challenger in the championship battle – eighth for Phinsys by Argenti.

He led team-mate Marcos Flack and Dougie Bolger to round out the ten quickest cars, Bolger in turn leading his fellow Carlin entries Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Kai Askey.

Eduardo Coseteng was next in the final Argenti challenger, with James Hedley (Carlin) sandwiched by David Morales and Georgi Dimitrov’s Red Arrows to complete the 17-car field.

Session Result – Free Practice 1

Pos. Name Team Lap Time
1 Aiden NEATE Phinsys by Argenti 1:19.661s
2 McKenzy CRESSWELL JHR Developments +0.112s
3 Matthew REES JHR Developments +0.192s
4 Ollie GRAY Fortec Motorsport +0.326s
5 Zak TAYLOR Arden Motorsport +0.417s
6 Joel GRANFORS Fortec Motorsport +0.422s
7 Joseph LOAKE JHR Developments +0.457s
8 Matias ZAGAZETA Phinsys by Argenti +0.468s
9 Marcos FLACK Phinsys by Argenti +0.536s
10 Dougie BOLGER Carlin +0.734s
11 Tasanapol INTHRAPHUVASAK Carlin +0.773s
12 Kai ASKEY Carlin +0.964s
13 Eduardo COSETENG Phinsys by Argenti +1.025s
14 David MORALES Arden Motorsport +1.027s
15 James HEDLEY Carlin +1.029s
16 Georgi DIMITROV Arden Motorsport +1.181s

Georgi Dimitrov joins Arden for remainder of 2021 campaign

Arden Motorsport have announced that Georgi Dimitrov will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with the team for the remainder of the 2021 season, starting at Croft Circuit this weekend (18-19 September).

After being forced to sit out the Thruxton season opener due to illness, Dimitrov joined the fray in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series at Snetterton with Richardson Racing, before marking his debut with a maiden victory and a further points finish in Norfolk.

That proved to be the high point of a rollercoaster start to life in single seaters for the British-Bulgarian racer, who has since been hit with four non-finishes and struggled to break back into the points, as well as missing Knockhill due to injury after a crash in testing.

The switch to Banbury-based Arden Motorsport should inject a new lease of life into the 15-year-old’s campaign, as he links up with new team-mates David Morales and Zak Taylor at the Red Arrows for the final four meetings at Croft, Silverstone, Donington Park and Brands GP.

And the 2.12-mile Croft Circuit should prove a happy hunting ground for Dimitrov to begin his push back towards the front, on a track where Arden have scored five victories and several headline results in seasons past.

“I am extremely excited to be joining Arden Motorsport for the remainder of the British F4 season,” said Dimitrov.

“Together, I believe that we can achieve incredible results, and I just can’t wait to get started at Croft this weekend. Given the team’s results in previous years, I know they will do everything possible to reach the end goal, which has definitely given me a confidence boost.

“My main goal is to have fun, and end what has been a rather disappointing season so far on a high note with this fantastic team.”

Arden Motorsport’s Team Principal, Garry Horner, welcomed Dimitrov to the squad’s three-car line-up and believes the team’s noted track record of driver development will help his latest rising star end the campaign on a positive note.

“Everybody at Arden Motorsport is pleased to formally welcome Georgi to the team,” said Horner.

“His season to-date has shown plenty of promise, but there’s been some inconsistency in results, which has been frustrating for him. With our noted driver development programme, I’m sure we’ll be able to help him reach his full potential going forward.

“Croft has been a good hunting ground for the team in the past, so I look forward to monitoring his and the rest of the team’s progress this weekend.”

Event Review: Gray and Granfors triumph as title plot thickens at Thruxton

  • Gray and Granfors complete emphatic Fortec hat-trick in Hampshire.
  • Zagazeta’s podium double propels Peruvian to within striking range of Rees.
  • Title fight widens to effective six-car group on topsy-turvy weekend for contenders.
  • Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series resumes at Croft, Yorkshire on 18-19 September.

Oliver Gray and Joel Granfors sealed maiden victories in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton last weekend [28-29 August] as another dramatic weekend on track raised the stakes in the title fight.

Both Fortec Motorsport drivers made the trip to the high-speed, 2.35-mile Hampshire venue still searching for their first trip to the winner’s circle, both in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series and their fledgling single seater careers.

Gray, a consistent front-runner and visitor to the Rookie Cup rostrum, but still seeking his first outright podium finish prior to the weekend, made the headlines on Saturday morning with a maiden brace of pole positions, breaking the qualifying lap record in the process.

In fact, each of the four fastest times in qualifying, set by Gray, Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta, championship leader Matthew Rees and his JHR team-mate Abbi Pulling respectively, would have been good enough to set a new benchmark, highlighting the strength in depth of competition between Ford’s rising stars this season.

The first two races proved to be typically hard-fought affairs, the first of which ended up in the stewards’ room after a boisterous battle up front between Gray and Zagazeta.

The pair were able to break the tow to the chasing pack behind, giving them license to dispute the race lead on two occasions heading into the Club chicane. In the first instance, a move to the inside by Gray left Zagazeta over the kerbs in avoidance of a collision, with the Brit able to get the advantage at Allard a few laps later.

Zagazeta kept the pressure on and send a move around the outside of Club on the final lap; again, the Peruvian took to the kerbs but, crucially, kept the throttle in and took the chequered flag a half-second clear of Gray, with Pulling third.

After post-race judicials, Zagazeta was found to have gained an unfair advantage and the positions between the leading pair were reversed, which stood after an appeal.

That marked Gray’s maiden win in the series and an eighth different victor of the season, a feat he would repeat on Sunday after soaking up race-long pressure from Zagazeta, then Pulling and finally team-mate Granfors to propel himself back into title contention.

Gray’s triumphs book-ended a maiden victory of his own for team-mate Granfors, the Swede taking a breakthrough result at the same circuit that yielded a brace of podium finishes on debut back in May.

Granfors’ victory proved to be another contentious moment on an action-packed weekend, after contact at Club with race leader Pulling pitched the latter into the air and to the back of the field.

It was adjudged to be a racing incident after the fact, meaning that Granfors’ triumph, secured by 0.9 seconds over a jubilant David Morales (Arden) in second, stood.

That completed an emphatic hat-trick for Fortec Motorsport on a week that saw their previous chief title contender, James Hedley, switch teams to Carlin, and it was far from a quiet weekend in the title fight.

Rees remains the ‘one to beat’ heading to Croft and Silverstone next month, but the JHR racer could only manage the lower reaches of the top ten on all three outings, allowing Zagazeta to move to within two points of the Welsh teenager.

Hedley now sits third, the BRDC Rising Star able to take a solitary podium away from a weekend he chalked down as a learning exercise, the Poole-based racer adapting to the setup on his new Carlin-run challenger.

Granfors and Gray’s silverware-laden triple headers have elevated them to fourth and sixth respectively, sandwiching McKenzy Cresswell (JHR Developments), who endured another weekend of ‘what might have been’ in Hampshire.

The two-time race winner enjoyed a solid run to fourth in the opening race but contact from behind by Aiden Neate (Argenti) into Club in the reverse grid contest spun him round and backwards into the tyre barrier, damaging the car beyond repair in time to compete any further.

He remains fourth but will need to find some momentum once again if he is to continue his starring role in this season’s title fight any further.

Whilst Morales revelled in a well-deserved maiden podium, team-mate Zak Taylor walked away from a heart-stopping moment at the Complex in the final race, the Gloucestershire teenager rolling before coming to rest ‘the right way up’ after being tagged by Pulling.

Taylor escaped the incident unharmed, but any chance of adding to a solid eighth-place finish the previous day was gone. The recent Motorsport UK Academy graduate remains in the top ten outright but will be looking to Croft to re-gain ground.

Kai Askey (Carlin), Eduardo Coseteng (Argenti) and Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (Carlin) are now blanketed by just eight points for the final spot inside the top ten, the latter pair securing an equal career-best results and a hat-trick of points finishes respectively to close in on two-time podium finisher Askey.

Dougie Bolger (Carlin) enjoyed another strong weekend fighting up front, although the Japanese racer had to serve a 5-second penalty for spinning Joseph Loake (JHR) into Hedley in the opener, an incident from which he was the only car to continue.

Neate’s run of top-six finishes continues, including a career-best fourth in the final race of the weekend as the 15-year-old knocks on the door of a first trip to the rostrum. Neate also took a first Rookie victory in the process as he starts to climb the class order.

Marcos Flack (Argenti) will be frustrated to just miss out on adding to his points haul, but the Australian will now look to re-group and make up for lost time when the championship resumes at Croft, Yorkshire on 18-19 September.

Ollie Gray soaks up race-long pressure to win Thruxton finale

Fortec Motorsport’s Oliver Gray soaked up race-long pressure at the front to win the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Thruxton.

The victory, his second in successive days, came after expertly managing the race start from pole position, and thereafter he fended off the best attempts of Matias Zagazeta (Phinsys by Argenti), Abbi Pulling (JHR Developments) and then finally team-mate Joel Granfors in turn to take his first victory ‘on the road’ by 0.962 seconds.

The result, which propels the world karting champion back into the thick of the title fight and cements Fortec’s position atop the Teams Cup standings, marks a hat-trick for the Daventry-based team around the high-speed, 2.35-mile Hampshire venue this weekend.

Granfors made a last-corner attempt at Club chicane to wrest the lead away, but the Swede clattered across the kerbs and skated over the grass on the inside, handing Zagazeta with a golden opportunity to pass for the runner-up spot in sight of the flag, which the Peruvian duly seized.

Zagazeta now sits just four markers shy of Matthew Rees (JHR) at the championship summit after another strong weekend, leapfrogging Carlin’s James Hedley, who rose from 11th on the grid to finish eighth.

Rees briefly joined the lead battle during the opening exchanges, but slipped back as the contest wore on and eventually finished fifth behind Phinsys by Argenti’s Aiden Neate, who scored a career-best fourth from ninth on the grid after a strong rise through the order.

That result also netted him the honours in the Rookie Cup stakes, the 15-year-old just 0.2 seconds shy of a maiden outright podium at the finish.

Behind Rees in sixth was Joseph Loake, who emerged unscathed from a heart-stopping moment at the Complex; battling side-by-side with JHR team-mate Pulling, the latter tagged the rear-right of Arden Motorsport’s Zak Taylor, who rolled over before coming to rest the right way up.

Taylor was unharmed, but with his car too badly damaged to continue under its own steam, the Ford Fiesta safety car was called for, bunching the pack up.

As Gray saw off a succession of challengers up front, that interruption also helped cultivate a thrilling battle for the final points-paying positions, eventually led home by Carlin trio Dougie Bolger, Hedley and Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, the top ten completed by a recovering Pulling with damage to the front wing.

Marcos Flack (Argenti), Kai Askey (Carlin) and David Morales (Arden) all narrowly missed out on points and crossed the line blanketed by under two seconds, with Eduardo Coseteng (Argenti) and Taylor the retirees.

McKenzy Cresswell (JHR) withdrew from the race earlier in the day after damage sustained to the rear of his car during Round 17.

The F4 British Championship heads next to Croft, Yorkshire over the weekend of 18-19 September.

Zagazeta appeal dismissed, Gray declared winner of Round 16

Matias Zagazeta’s appeal against a 1-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage during Round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost has been dismissed, meaning Oliver Gray takes the victory.

The pair – racing for Phinsys by Argenti and Fortec Motorsport respectively – played out a thrilling race-long battle for the spoils around the high-speed, 2.35-mile Hampshire venue on Saturday afternoon, culminating in a contentious last-lap move by Zagazeta at the Club chicane, from which the Peruvian emerged in the race lead.

They took the chequered flag half a second apart, but the positions have been reversed as a result of Zagazeta’s time penalty. Gray therefore inherits his first victory, both in the championship and in single seaters.

Further decisions based on incidents that occurred during Round 17 will follow in due course today.

Joel Granfors takes maiden win in action-packed reverse grid race

Fortec Motorsport’s Joel Granfors claimed a maiden victory in an action-packed reverse grid race to end the opening day of F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost action at Thruxton.

Starting on the fifth row, the Swede made solid progress in the early laps to run fourth behind a three-car battle for the race lead, with pole-sitter David Morales (Arden Motorsport) bravely fending off Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (Carlin) and a rapid Abbi Pulling (JHR Developments).

A move by Inthraphuvasak to the inside of Morales at Club chicane on the sixth lap elevated him to the race lead, and with Pulling delayed as a result, Granfors seized the opportunity to make it four cars in a line vying for the honours.

Pulling made her way past Morales on the inside line at Allard shortly thereafter, and contact whilst disputing the race lead with Inthraphuvasak at the Complex gave Granfors a golden opportunity to capitalise, one the 15-year-old took full advantage of to move into the lead on the outside of Village.

Pulling did manage – briefly – to lead, before the pair came together through the middle of the Club chicane, pitching the #49 challenger partially into the air and back across the circuit. Pulling was able to resume, albeit down at the back of the field as Granfors continued out front.

That incident is set to be reviewed by race officials on Sunday morning, but for now Granfors takes a first victory in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, secured by a margin of 0.9 seconds from Morales, who re-grouped after falling back to claim second spot, and his first podium in the category.

James Hedley (Carlin) enjoyed a solid run through the chaos to round out the rostrum, the home hero able to celebrate with silverware and reduce the championship arrears to chief rival Matthew Rees (JHR) to a mere two points, the latter taking the chequered flag in seventh.

Eduardo Coseteng enjoyed an improved run to fourth after disappointment in the earlier race, the Phinsys by Argenti racer also taking a second Rookie Cup victory of the campaign on the site of his first back in May.

Team-mate Aiden Neate joined him on the rostrum after surviving an incident at the Club chicane that left JHR’s McKenzy Cresswell backwards into the tyre barriers, and out of contention from then-fifth on the road.

The pair were split by Oliver Gray, who still waits to find out if he will be awarded a maiden race victory from earlier in the day after Matias Zagazeta appealed against his 1-second time penalty, and on this occasion rose through from the very back on the grid to take sixth.

Rees was seventh to conserve his championship lead, with Arden Motorsport’s Zak Taylor a further four tenths of a second back to round out the regular points-paying positions in eighth.

Joseph Loake (JHR) and Dougie Bolger (Carlin) rounded out the top ten, the pair avoiding a repeat of their race one collision this time around, the gap at the chequered flag a remarkable 0.004s.

Pulling eventually took the chequered flag a distant 11th, the other two finishers both hitting strife; Matias Zagazeta was forced to pit with a tyre issue, Kai Askey had to pit for a puncture in the same incident that took Marcos Flack (Argenti) out of the race, and both Cresswell and Inthraphuvasak’s races were ended prematurely by their respective incidents.

The weekend concludes with Sunday’s ITV4-televised finale at 14:55 (BST).

Penalties issued following Round 16 at Thruxton

Two penalties have been awarded following Round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton this afternoon (Sat 28 Aug).

Matias Zagazeta has been issued with a 1-second time penalty after he was adjudged to have contravened Motorsport UK regulation C2.3, namely gaining an unfair advantage whilst attempting to pass Oliver Gray for the race lead.

Phinsys by Argenti have appealed the decision, so until such a time as a verdict is reached, the Peruvian remains the provisional winner ahead of Gray and third-placed Abbi Pulling.

Carlin’s Dougie Bolger has also been awarded a 5.0 second time penalty for causing a collision with Joseph Loake (JHR Developments), who span at the Club chicane as a result of the contact and inadvertently took out Bolger’s team-mate James Hedley.

Further information will be published when it becomes available.

Matias Zagazeta wins Thruxton opener under review

Matias Zagazeta took a provisional fourth win of the campaign after emerging on top of a thrilling battle up front with Oliver Gray in the opening F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race at Thruxton.

However, his victory remains under review by officials after two separate incidents between the pair at the Club chicane.

The Phinsys by Argenti racer made a level start with Fortec Motorsport racer Gray on the front row, and managed to use a run through Allard to tee up a move through the Campbell-Cobb-Seagrave complex to wrest the lead away on the opening lap.

From there, Zagazeta might have made his escape, but an incident further down the pack at the end of the first tour between JHR Developments’ Joseph Loake and Carlin racer James Hedley left the pair in the barriers at the Club chicane, and necessitated a safety car intervention.

The chain reaction was started by contact between Loake and Dougie Bolger at the second apex, pitching the #84 into a 180-degree spin. Hedley, stuck on the left-hand side between car and barrier, was almost able to squeeze through unscathed, but was tagged in turn by the rear of Loake’s car and damaged his front-left suspension against the tyre wall.

When the race resumed, Zagazeta was able to initially gap Gray but the latter soon set about attempting to re-claim his lead, culminating in the pair running side-by-side into Club on lap ten.

With Gray on the inside, the two nearly made contact at the second apex, causing Zagazeta to skirt over the kerbs and remain out front, albeit temporarily. Gray got a better exit from the same chicane a few laps later and out-dragged the Peruvian to Allard, sending a move to the inside to resume top spot.

Their battle ebbed and flowed over the final two laps of the race, with Zagazeta attempting a last-corner move around the outside of Club. Again, the went off line to avoid one another, with Zagazeta emerging in front to take the chequered flag 0.5 seconds clear.

His victory, however, remains under review pending an investigation post-race by the Clerk of the Course. If it stands, Zagazeta will move into the championship lead over Matthew Rees (JHR), who scored a solitary point and the non-scoring Hedley.

Abbi Pulling rose through from the third row to complete the podium, but also remains under post-race investigation for an incident at Club. After an attempted pass on the outside of JHR team-mate McKenzy Cresswell the lap prior, Pulling was eventually able to annex the position on the inside on lap eight.

From there, her pace was quicker than race leaders Zagazeta and Gray, but the 18-year-old ultimately ran out of time to close the gap and attempt a pass. It marks her third trip to the podium this season, with Cresswell a steady fourth.

Aiden Neate (Argenti) and Dougie Bolger (Carlin) kept their cool amongst a chaotic scrap for the points-paying positions to move through from the lower reaches of the top ten to assume fifth and sixth respectively.

They were helped by two incidents for Eduardo Coseteng (Argenti), who had to pit to have grass removed from his machine at risk of overheating, and Rees who fell back to seventh on the opening lap and then became entangled with Joel Granfors’ Fortec challenger at Club.

The latter did exceptionally well across the grass to prevent contact with the barrier after a controlled slide, and duly recovered to finish eighth on the road behind an impressive drive from Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (Carlin).

Rees dropped back to last at one stage following the incident, but put in a series of moves as the contest wore on to claim the final point in tenth behind Carlin’s Kai Askey, another mover from further back in the order.

David Morales was just shy of adding to his points total in 11th as the leading Arden Motorsport challenger, with team-mate Zak Taylor and Marcos Flack (Argenti) completing the finishers.

This article is a developing story and will be updated periodically as/when more information is available.

UPDATE – Dougie Bolger (#25) received a 5.0 second time penalty for causing a collision with #84 (Loake), who then in turn made contact with #67 (Hedley). Matias Zagazeta has also been awarded a 1.0 second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage when attempting to pass Oliver Gray for the race lead, reversing the positions.