Eduardo Coseteng soaked up race-long pressure from Michael Shin to take a maiden victory in the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA at Brands Hatch.
Starting second alongside pole-sitter Shin (Virtuosi), Hitech GP racer Coseteng made the better start and powered around the outside of Paddock Hill Bend to take the lead.
From there, the gap hovered at around a second either side of a safety car interruption, before Shin renewed his efforts to wrest the lead back in the closing minutes.
He got within six tenths of the Filipino racer, but could do nothing to prevent Coseteng from taking a maiden victory in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series.
After an overnight re-build, Louis Sharp repaid the efforts of his Carlin mechanics with the final spot on the podium in third. The Kiwi was another to demonstrate lightning-fast reflexes off the line, and powered by Georgi Dimitrov (JHR) on the run to Paddock to annex the position.
With a comfortable gap ahead and behind, Sharp settled into a rhythm and duly brought home an 11th podium finish of the campaign.
Dimitrov finished fourth, a second adrift of Sharp and a second ahead in turn of Ugo Ugochukwu (Carlin). The McLaren junior took another Rookie win in fifth overall, extending his lead-in-class over Daniel Guinchard (Argenti) to 22 points, with 25 left on offer in the season finale at 15:10 on ITV4 later today.
Argenti’s Aiden Neate was sixth, with race one winner Joseph Loake close behind in seventh. The aforementioned Guinchard was eighth after winning out in a thrilling inter-team battle with Adam Fitzgerald, who had to settle for ninth.
Virtuosi Racing’s Edward Pearson rounded out the top ten, with Noah Lisle (JHR) triumphing over Oliver Stewart (Hitech) by three tenths of a second for 11th and 12th spots.
James Higgins (Fortec) enjoyed a titanic scrap around the 2.4-mile Grand Prix layout with Chris Dittmann Racing’s Jack Sherwood. The position switched hands several times, but eventually it was Higgins who got the move done, taking 13th.
Daniel Mavlyutov (Hitech) was next, the finishers completed by Isaac Barashi (Argenti) and Jaden Pariat (CDR), both a lap down after causing the opening lap safety car. Marcos Flack (Fortec) pitted at the end of the opening lap, and he and Ollie Gray (Carlin) were the two retirees.
Results remain provisional, click here to view. More to follow.