Dougie Bolger defended valiantly from Carlin team-mate Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak to score his maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost and lead home a 1-2 finish for the Farnham-based team.
Starting on pole position, the Japanese racer was the only car to emerge unscathed from a three-wide battle for the lead into Clervaux on the opening tour as Arden Motorsport team-mates Georgi Dimitrov and David Morales collided at the apex, the latter sent spinning into the barrier.
That elevated Bolger’s team-mates Kai Askey and Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak into second and third respectively, and from there the trio ran nose-to-tail for the majority of the 20-minute contest in the Yorkshire evening sunshine.
The status quo between the three was broken with a few minutes left on the clock as Inthraphuvasak made arguably the move of the season so far, sending a bold dive to the inside of an unsuspecting Askey at Tower to annex second spot.
From there, his pursuit of Bolger was relentless, including an attempted repeat of the same move at Tower a lap later, but the 15-year-old held firm to score his maiden triumph in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, along with the Rookie Cup honours.
Inthraphuvasak was forced to settle for second on this occasion, with Phinsys by Argenti’s Marcos Flack able to get by Kai Askey at the Hairpin in the closing stages to make his first return to the rostrum since Snetterton in June with third spot.
Askey, who had to skirt over the grass on the exit to avoid further contact with the Aussie racer, was eventually fourth, the top five completed by James Hedley to ensure all four Carlin challengers finished in the top five.
It might have been a better result for Hedley, but the BRDC Rising Star was forced wide through the Clervaux gravel in avoidance of the opening lap skirmish between Dimitrov and Morales, losing him valuable ground in the race to catch and pass his team-mates.
Oliver Gray was next in the leading Fortec Motorsport machine, with Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta for company just three tenths of a second further back. Points leader Matthew Rees was ninth for JHR Developments, his lead over the Peruvian cut by a single marker to six points.
Dimitrov recovered to round out the top ten, with Joseph Loake (JHR) and Zak Taylor (Arden) 11th and 12th after a coming together between the pair at the Hairpin. Eduardo Coseteng had to take avoiding action onto the grass whilst battling at the front and ultimately rounded out the finishers in 14th.
Morales, Phinsys by Argenti’s Aiden Neate and JHR Developments’ McKenzy Cresswell all failed to finish, the latter out of the contest on the opening lap. He will, however, start from pole position for the final race of the weekend, live on ITV4 at 13:50 (BST) on Sunday.
Provisional Result – Round 20:
|1||Dougie BOLGER||Carlin||13 laps|
|3||Marcos FLACK||Phinsys by Argenti||+1.548s|
|6||Oliver GRAY||Fortec Motorsport||+5.568s|
|7||Matias ZAGAZETA||Phinsys by Argenti||+7.483s|
|8||Joel GRANFORS||Fortec Motorsport||+7.796s|
|9||Matthew REES||JHR Developments||+8.358s|
|10||Georgi DIMITROV||Arden Motorsport||+8.605s|
|11||Joseph LOAKE||JHR Developments||+16.517s|
|12||Zak TAYLOR||Arden Motorsport||+17.194s|
|13||Eduardo COSETENG||Phinsys by Argenti||+51.214s|
|DNF||Aiden NEATE||Phinsys by Argenti||+12 laps|
|DNF||David MORALES||Arden Motorsport||+13 laps|
|DNF||McKenzy CRESSWELL||JHR Developments||+13 laps|