Matias Zagazeta puts in controlled drive to score maiden victory

Matias Zagazeta made it six different race winners from the opening nine rounds of the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season with a controlled drive from the front row to his maiden victory at Brands Hatch.

Starting alongside pole-sitter McKenzy Cresswell (JHR Developments), the Peruvian made a marginally better start on the higher line and swept around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend to annex the lead of the race.

From there, he managed the gap faultlessly over the 20-minute duration and stretched out a 2.2-second advantage to the chequered flag to spark the celebrations down in the Phinsys by Argenti pit box, Zagazeta’s win also a first trip to the top step of the podium in 2021 for Michael Meadows’ outfit.

Cresswell looked under threat from fast-starting team-mate Matthew Rees in the opening laps, but a hard-fought battle for the final spot on the podium in the closing laps drew the fire away from his second place.

Having been passed by Rees at the start, Carlin’s Kai Askey set about re-claiming third from Rees, gradually hunting the championship contender down before a late move around the outside of Druids gave the former the inside line for Graham Hill Bend, and he duly retook third.

The pair also had battling Fortec team-mates James Hedley and Joel Granfors to contend with, the four running virtually nose-to-tail at one stage. Hedley was almost able to get up alongside chief title rival Rees, but couldn’t create an opportunity to pass and the two finished fourth and fifth on the road ahead of Granfors.

Joseph Loake was seventh and took the Motul Fastest Lap after surviving late pressure from team-mate Abbi Pulling, who made it all four JHR machines in the points to round out a solid weekend, points-wise, in eighth.

Aiden Neate passed fellow Argenti racer Eduardo Coseteng with a daring move on the inside of Paddock Hill Bend for ninth to score the second points finish of his debut weekend in the series, with Oliver Gray a few seconds further back in 11th.

Roman Bilinski made more forward progress to 12th in the second Carlin challenger, with team-mate Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak 14th behind Arden’s Zak Taylor, who put up a valiant defence to secure 13th.

Dougie Bolger and Marcos Flack were 14th and 15th respectively at the chequered flag, the finishers completed by Thomas Ikin and David Morales (both Arden). Georgi Dimitrov unfortunately was forced to retire, making it a hat-trick of non-finishes for the British-Bulgarian racer in Kent this time out.

The net result of the triple header gives Hedley a 20-point advantage over Rees in the standings, the Welsh racer also second to Cresswell by four markers in the Rookie Cup. Fortec’s lead in the Teams Cup is preserved, albeit diminished as JHR move to within 18 points of the Daventry team.

After a short break, the F4 British Championship will head next to Oulton Park, Cheshire on 31 July – 01 August.

Provisional Result – Round 9:

Pos. Name Team Laps
1 Matias ZAGAZETA Phinsys by Argenti 25 laps
2 McKenzy CRESSWELL JHR Developments +2.244s
3 Kai ASKEY Carlin +4.921s
4 Matthew REES JHR Developments +5.973s
5 James HEDLEY Fortec Motorsport +6.177s
6 Joel GRANFORS Fortec Motorsport +6.392s
7 Joseph LOAKE JHR Developments +6.892s
8 Abbi PULLING JHR Developments +7.071s
9 Aiden NEATE Phinsys by Argenti +8.935s
10 Eduardo COSETENG Phinsys by Argenti +11.210s
11 Oliver GRAY Fortec Motorsport +11.829s
12 Roman BILINSKI Carlin +15.286s
13 Zak TAYLOR Arden Motorsport +15.929s
14 Tasanapol INTHRAPHUVASAK Carlin +16.172s
15 Dougie BOLGER Carlin +16.545s
16 Marcos FLACK Phinsys by Argenti +16.972s
17 Thomas IKIN Arden Motorsport +19.099s
18 David MORALES Arden Motorsport +23.887s
DNF Georgi DIMITROV Richardson Racing +13 laps