Georgi Dimitrov marks debut with reverse grid race victory

Richardson Racing’s Georgi Dimitrov marked his first outing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in fine style, charging through from the second row to victory in the reverse grid race at Snetterton.

Starting third, the British-Bulgarian racer made a strong start but was fended off by Arden Motorsport’s Thomas Ikin and polesitter David Morales on the run down to Riches on the opening lap.

Ikin then made a move stick on the inside at Agostini to pass team-mate Morales for the race lead. Dimitrov was able to follow him through, but fell behind Carlin’s Kai Askey as the top three ran nose-to-tail at the front of the field for much of the opening exchanges.

Dimitrov’s first attempt to wrest second away came at Riches, but his move to the outside line was well defended by Askey. Askey in turn then applied to pressure to race leader Ikin, with the crucial moment coming at half distance.

A better run out of the Wilson Hairpin gave Dimitrov an opportunity and he duly seized it, moving past the pair into the race lead around the outside of Palmer, before he then set about extending to a comfortable 5.3 seconds as the battle raged on behind.

Morales, settled in fourth after the opening laps, put in a superb defensive display to keep a six-car train behind for much of the race, but a black-and-orange flag for damage to his front wing curtailed his charge.

Once released, a charging Zak Taylor and Joel Granfors were able to zero in on the battle for second spot, making it a four-way tussle for the final two spots on the rostrum heading into the closing laps.

Taylor was able to make a decisive move stick on Askey on the inside of Riches with a mere two minutes left on the clock, and he duly took third behind Ikin – a winner once again in the Rookie Cup stakes – to complete a double podium for Arden Motorsport.

Askey took a career-best fourth ahead of Granfors, who cut the deficit to non-scoring championship leader James Hedley to 28 points heading into Sunday’s ITV4-televised finale.

Dougie Bolger enjoyed a strong run to sixth on the road in the second Carlin challenger, fending off a charging Marcos Flack (Phinsys by Argenti), who put in arguably the drive of the race to go from plumb last to seventh at the flag, making up 11 places in the process.

Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak took the last point in eighth after fending off JHR’s Abbi Pulling, the top ten completed by Oliver Gray after a late move on team-mate Hedley, who was 11th.

Race one winner Matthew Rees was 12th ahead of Matias Zagazeta (Argenti), with McKenzy Cresswell completing the finishers in 14th. Joseph Loake, Morales, Roman Bilinski and Eduardo Coseteng all retired with damage.

The final race of the weekend gets underway at 12:15 tomorrow (13 June).

To view the full race result, click here.