- Sennan Fielding storms his way to second success of season.
- Incident packed race with a number of high profile non-finishers.
DONINGTON PARK 17 APRIL, 2016 – Sennan Fielding drove a textbook race from the front of the grid to record his second Ford EcoBoost-powered victory of the season and a very popular home win ahead of Petru Florescu and Max Fewtrell.
An incident filled raced saw several key protagonists fail to finish including Carlin’s Pull and DeFrancesco, as well as TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds.
Starting from pole, Fielding made a perfect getaway to immediately break away from the clutches of Carlin’s quartet of drivers behind. With clear air ahead he proceeded to pull away from the pack, but the race and his lead was neutralised when the safety car joined the track several laps in as a result of a collision between Fortec’s Ross Martin and Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco.
By the time the stricken cars were cleared, only seven minutes of the race remained. Fielding kept as cool as ever, mastering the restart and putting sufficient daylight between himself and Petru Florescu.
At the restart Florescu was passed by James Pull who pulled off a perfectly judged move into Redgate, but promoted back to second a lap later when his team-mate was forced to retire with damage to his front wing.
Said Fielding: “I got the perfect traction off the line with no wheel spin which meant I was well ahead into the first corner and then I knew had to get my head down and put in some quick laps. I built a good gap, but then the safety car came out.”
“The marshals did a great job to recover all the cars that went off during the race and then when the safety car went in I knew I had to push again to rebuild the gap. I think it was a fantastic race for Ford British F4.”
“With it being my home circuit it gives the weekend added meaning. All my friends and family are here this weekend. I cannot thank enough all my sponsors, Amigos Beer, CBS, Bluebell Wood and obviously the JHR team. Without them I wouldn’t be here. It just shows that you can race in this championship on a tight budget and be the best. “
Florescu hit back in the latter stages recording fastest lap as he closed in on Fielding but it was too late in the race.
Said Florescu: “It was a good race and a great way for me to recover from my difficult qualifying. It’s brilliant to follow up my strong performance in race one yesterday with this podium and fastest lap. This gives me confidence to fight up through the field in race three.”
Team-mate Max Fewtrell brought home yet another podium and big points haul for his championship bid: “It was quite tough at the beginning and tricky to overtake. The safety car didn’t come out at an ideal time for me.
“I had built up a good gap to the cars behind and with the race settling down I was planning to make my attack on the cars in front. The pace wasn’t too bad, but I locked up my front tyre earlier in the race and I just kept on hitting that flat spot in the braking zone.”
JHR’s Jack Butel put in his best performance so far this season, making his way from last on the grid to seventh to score the first points of his campaign. While in eighth place TRS Arden’s Jack Martin was the best of the rookies to bring home his first Rookie Class win of the year.
Said Martin: “It feels great to get this first Rookie win on the board. I’m here to take the fight to the Fortec Motorsports’ rookies and today’s result is a clear demonstration of that. I’m starting eighth in the race this afternoon so hopefully I can move forward and do the same again.”
Another who scored his first points of the year was JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen who pulled off some resolute defensive driving to keep race one winner Alex Quinn behind him for much of the race after Quinn dropped down the order due to a trip through the gravel.
Frank Bird and Harry Hayek were the last of the finishers, but unlucky not to score points having kept their cool in such an eventful race.
There was a thrilling battle for ninth which saw Double R’s Zane Goddard under attack from Nicolai Kjaergaard, but it ended in tears with a spectacular collision between the two; the former catapulting over the Danish rookie’s car as a result of the contact at Old Hairpin. The same corner claiming a victim early on in the form of yesterday’s podium finisher Luis Leeds.
Rafael Martins steered clear of the drama to progress from tenth to fourth for TRS Arden and he was followed home by Jamun’s Jamie Caroline and Billy Monger, the latter picking up a couple of places from his starting position.
Just as he did in race one, Caroline once again put in a spirited drive to climb back up the order having fallen to 13th early on.
Provisional results Round 5, Donington Park 17 April, 2016
15 laps / 29.69 miles
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 20m 26.414s / 87.02 mph
2 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +1.486s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +2.606S
4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +3.042s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun +7.355s
6 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +8.009s
7 Jack BUTEL / GBR / JHR +10.862s
8 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +14.938s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +18.728s
10 Patrik Matthiesen / DEN / JTR +18.977s etc
Fastest lap Florescu 1:08.755 / 103.62 mph
Rookie Class 1 J Martin 2 Quinn
Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 56; 2 Fielding 66; 3 Fewtrell 64; 4 Pull 57; 5 Leeds 50; 6 Quinn 47; 7 Martins 41; 8 Caroline 40; 9 Goddard 18; 10 DeFrancesco 17 etc
Rookie Class 1 Quinn 118; J Martin 82; Kjaergaard 60; R Martin 51