Arden Motorsport’s Georgi Dimitrov made a strong start and managed the gap – plus two safety car restarts – to score his third victory of the 2021 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season in the reverse grid race at Donington Park.
The British-Bulgarian racer made a good getaway from the front row to apply early pressure to team-mate and pole-sitter Cameron McLeod, before completing a move around the outside of Redgate to annex the race lead on the second tour.
From there, his buffer at the front fluctuated with the help of two safety car interruptions, but on both occasions he was able to get the jump on the chasing pack and retain the advantage.
The first of those safety car stoppages came after contact between Carlin’s Kai Askey and McLeod at the Old Hairpin whilst disputing the runner-up spot left the #50 Arden challenger, on the outside, spinning and in the gravel, although he was able to resume shortly after.
That put Askey into second and on Dimitrov’s tail; despite hounding the race leader for the remainder of the race, an opportunity to pass never presented itself, with Askey ultimately taking the chequered flag a mere 0.220 seconds adrift.
Zak Taylor (Arden) made a mistake in the opening laps and allowed both Carlin’s James Hedley and Marcos Flack (Argenti) to capitalise, but rallied as the race wore on and gradually clawed his way back up the order to round out the podium in third.
The move came at McLeans, with the Gloucestershire teen pouncing on an ill-fated attempt by Hedley to wrestle second from team-mate Askey to take the inside line and round out the rostrum.
Hedley took fourth ahead of Flack, whilst behind Matthew Rees (JHR) kept a cool head through the chaos to go from a pit lane start to finish seventh behind chief title rival Matias Zagazeta (Argenti).
Despite finishing behind, the added bonus points for overtaking mean that Rees will head into the ITV4-televised finale later this afternoon with 4-point margin at the top of the standings.
Joel Granfors (Fortec) secured the last regular points-paying spot in eighth, the top ten completed on this occasion by Aiden Neate (Argenti) and David Morales (Arden).
Dougie Bolger (Carlin) led home McKenzy Cresswell (JHR) in 11th and 12th after an off-track excursion for the latter at McLeans; team-mate Joseph Loake would also be in the wars in the final JHR challenger after a coming together with Eduardo Coseteng (Argenti) left both on the sidelines at the same corner.
McLeod completed the finishers after recovering from his moment at the Old Hairpin via the pit lane, with Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak the other non-finisher after contact with Neate put the Thai racer off at Redgate.
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