Matthew Rees doubles up in entertaining Snetterton finale

JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees became the second repeat winner of the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season after controlling an eventful final race at Snetterton from the front.

The Welsh racer made a level start and won the race down to Riches on the opening lap versus team-mate McKenzy Cresswell, with Phinsys by Argenti’s Marcos Flack and current points leader James Hedley (Fortec Motorsport) leading the chase behind.

After seeing off Cresswell’s challenge twice – one at the start and again after a safety car interruption at half distance as Roman Bilinski (Carlin) and Joel Granfors (Fortec) tangled on the exit of the Wilson Hairpin – Rees duly extended his advantage, the eventual winning margin some 3.7 seconds.

In doing so, he joins Hedley on the list of repeat winners in 2021 and moves up into second in the standings, 25 points behind the BRDC Rising Star.

After dropping back from Rees’ tail, Cresswell’s attention turned to keeping a charging Flack at bay, the Aussie rising star looking to build on a career-best fifth place on Saturday with a maiden podium in single seaters.

His opportunity came on the inside at Palmer in the closing stages; Cresswell stuck it out around the outside and, with Hedley buying into the battle, the trio went three-wide on the brakes for Agostini.

Remarkably, contact was avoided and Flack was able to take the inside to finally annex second, and from there he was never bested en route to the runner-up spot.

Cresswell made it three podiums in four races with third spot and still retains the Rookie Cup lead by three markers over Rees, with Hedley fourth to preserve his own advantage atop the championship summit.

He finished a half-second clear of a thrilling scrap between JHR’s Abbi Pulling and Matias Zagazeta (Phinsys by Argenti). On several occasions, the Peruvian looked to have the upper hand, but a composed defensive drive from Pulling netted her a joint-best result of the season so far.

The two crossed the line a tenth of a second apart, with Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (Carlin) ending the weekend in seventh spot.

Zak Taylor survived a wide moment at Riches to take eighth in the leading Arden Motorsport challenger, the points finishers rounded out by Joseph Loake and Georgi Dimitrov after respective drives from the rear of the field.

Oliver Gray recovered to take the chequered flag 11th after stalling off the line, the Fortec Motorsport racer no doubt already looking ahead to Brands Hatch in a fortnight to get his championship bid back on track.

Roman Bilinski was 12th after that contact with Granfors, the Swede an unfortunate retirement from the race, but the ensuing safety car gave the Polish racer the opportunity to rejoin the train.

He then duly set about making a series of moves through the field, with team-mate Kai Askey just behind in 13th.

Eduardo Coseteng and the Arden pairing of Thomas Ikin and David Morales round out the field on this occasion, with the focus now shifting to Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on 26-27 June.

For the full race result, click here.