Zagazeta takes victory in red-flagged opening Knockhill contest

Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta claimed a second victory of the season after winning a red-flagged opening F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race at Knockhill.

The Peruvian made a lightning start to lead Joel Granfors (Fortec) and Matthew Rees (JHR) on the run through Duffus Dip for the first time, before extending his advantage.

The Argenti racer had to manage a restart at half-distance for team-mate Marcos Flack’s stranded challenger in the gravel at Clarks corner, but made no mistake to annex the lead once more and leave Granfors and Rees embroiled in a battle for the runner-up spot, which eventually went the way of the Swede.

Zagazeta’s eventual winning margin was a little under a second, the race curtailed in the closing minutes with Aiden Neate (Argenti) in the barriers at MacIntyre and Zak Taylor (Arden) beached in the gravel at the Hairpin. Zagazeta also scored the Motul Fastest Lap with a 49.619, earning him a bonus point as he rises to third in the standings.

Third position for Rees could prove significant in the championship fight, with current points leader James Hedley only able to recover as far as tenth from the back of the grid, netting him a solitary point. His lead over the Welsh racer drops from 24 markers to just 10 as a result.

Eduardo Coseteng equalled his best result of the campaign in fourth, just over a second clear of Joseph Loake (JHR). Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (Carlin) finished sixth but was involved in the tangle on the apex at MacIntyre that sent Neate across the gravel and into the barriers.

His Carlin team-mate Kai Askey moved forward to seventh, finishing half a second clear of McKenzy Cresswell (JHR) in eighth, the latter now 33 points behind Rees in the Rookie Cup stakes.

Oliver Gray was able to make a move stick on Hedley (both Fortec) to take ninth, the BRDC Rising Star completing the points finishers in tenth. Dougie Bolger was next, the Carlin racer unlucky to be muscled wide and skate through the gravel on the run through MacIntyre on the opening tour.

David Morales was a career-best 12th despite having to run through the gravel in avoidance of a collision between his Arden team-mate Taylor and Pulling on the apex of the Hairpin.

The latter was forced to pit as a result for a new front wing and, although she was able to rejoin at the rear of the field behind the safety car, Pulling could only round out the finishers in 13th, having made progress early on.

The weekend continues with the reverse grid contest at 10:15 on Sunday (15 August).

Provisional Result – Round 13

Pos. Name Team Laps
1 Matias ZAGAZETA Phinsys by Argenti 15 laps
2 Joel GRANFORS Fortec Motorsport +0.925s
3 Matthew REES JHR Developments +1.329s
4 Eduardo COSETENG Phinsys by Argenti +2.342s
5 Joseph LOAKE JHR Developments +3.643s
6 Tasanapol INTHRAPHUVASAK Carlin +5.147s
7 Kai ASKEY Carlin +5.983s
8 McKenzy CRESSWELL JHR Developments +6.525s
9 Oliver GRAY Fortec Motorsport +7.126s
10 James HEDLEY Fortec Motorsport +7.381s
11 Dougie BOLGER Carlin +7.563s
12 David MORALES Arden Motorsport +8.165s
13 Abbi PULLING JHR Developments +10.266s
DNF Zak TAYLOR Arden Motorsport +12.845s
DNF Aiden NEATE Phinsys by Argenti +2 laps
DNF Marcos FLACK Phinsys by Argenti +12 laps