BRDC F4 News: Ice-cool Will Palmer clinches BRDC F4 Winter Championship

BRDC F4 LogoHHC Motorsport’s Will Palmer kept his cool in treacherous conditions at Brands Hatch to win the BRDC F4 Winter Championship, securing the title in style with victory in the final race.

Gaetano di Mauro clinched second in the championship for PetroBall Racing with Rodrigo Fonseca third for Douglas Motorsport.

All three went into the final race with a chance of taking the title, but the reality was that it was Palmer’s to lose, simply needing to finish eighth in the race to be guaranteed the crown.

It was far from simple for Palmer though who started from pole position for the final race, but had a slow start and then had to take avoiding action at Paddock Hill Bend when di Mauro and Fonseca touched, with Fonseca forced out of the race and the title battle.

Palmer fell to fourth, but was able to overtake Jordan Albert and di Mauro to move into second, and then claimed the lead when race leader Connor Jupp spun out at Graham Hill Bend on lap 13. The safety car was deployed and pitted at the end of lap 16. Palmer then marched into the distance, taking the win by 6.2 seconds from Jordan Albert, who capitalised on a last corner mistake from di Mauro, who finished third.

Palmer’s title success means he joins older brother Jolyon as a single seater champion this year, and secures free-of-charge entry to all rounds of the 2015 BRDC F4 Championship. Di Mauro claims 50% off his entry fees for next year, while Fonseca receives a 25% discount.

Palmer commented: “It feels great to secure the Winter Championship. It’s been a very tricky weekend, especially at the start but the team have done really well to come back and help me secure the title.

“There was a lot of pressure heading into the weekend because even though I’d won the first three races at Snetterton, Gaetano had finished second each time and then won the last race. He also looked strong in the wet and I knew that would play a factor at Brands Hatch. Yesterday was difficult, but we came back from it well, so a big thanks to the team because they’ve done an excellent job.

“It’s been a fantastic battle and it feels like in half the races I’ve been going wheel-to-wheel with Gaetano and the racing has been very fair. We go into next year looking very strong.”

Palmer secured the title having won four races and three additional podium places from the eight races.

Earlier in the day, Rodrigo Fonseca clinched his second successive win with a dominant performance in the third race of the weekend. He finished well clear of Palmer and di Mauro, setting up the three-way title battle for the final race of the weekend.

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, round seven result:

1. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, 21 laps
2. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +4.785s
3. Gaetano di Mauro, PetroBall Racing, +17.156s
4. Paul Sieljes, Chris Dittmann Racing, +29.568s
5. Fernando Urrutia, SWR – Caterham F1, +38.941s
6. Enzo Bortoleto, PetroBall Racing, +42.261s
7. Zubair Hoque, HHC Motorsport, +44.335s
8. Jordan Albert, SWR – Caterham F1, +55.577s
DNF. Connor Jupp, Mectech Motorsport

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, round eight result:

1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 20 laps
2. Jordan Albert, SWR – Caterham F1, +6.296s
3. Gaetano di Mauro, PetroBall Racing, +7.172s
4. Enzo Bortoleto, PetroBall Racing, +7.923s
5. Fernando Urrutia, SWR – Caterham F1, +9.140s
6. Zubair Hoque, HHC Motorsport, +13.793s
DNF. Connor Jupp, Mectech Motorsport
DNF. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport
DNF. Paul Sieljes, Chris Dittmann Racing

2014 BRDC F4 Winter Championship, final standings:
1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 239pts
2. Gaetano di Mauro, PetroBall, 205pts
3. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, 175pts
4. Jordan Albert, SWR – Caterham F1, 160pts
5. Zubair Hoque, HHC Motorsport, 127pts
6. Fernando Urrutia, SWR – Caterham F1, 113pts
7. Connor Jupp, Mectech Motorsport, 109pts
8. Enzo Bortoleto, PetroBall Racing, 95pts
9. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, 76pts
10. Paul Sieljes, Chris Dittmann Racing, 52pts

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