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F4 teams delighted with extensive running at Snetterton

Wednesday, April 10 2013

Six BRDC Formula 4 teams today (Wednesday, 10 April) concluded their two day semi-exclusive test on the Snetterton 300 circuit, and were delighted with the amount of running they were able to undertake.

Ten cars from Hillspeed, HHC, Lanan Racing, Chris Dittmann Racing, Sean Walkinshaw Racing and the privately entered car of Matt Bell completed over 800 laps of the Norfolk circuit today, bringing the total running this week to in excess of 1300 laps.

Hillspeed, who ran their car for the first time today, were able to push the 100 lap barrier with Seb Morris at the wheel. "We've had a very good first day with the car" commented Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw. "The car works very well out of the box as we expected it would, and we got in somewhere approaching 100 laps, so on that kind of basis we've got some good work completed."

Chris Dittmann Racing tried out Fredrik Johansen and Gustavo Lima in the cockpit over the two days and were also able to gain significant mileage. "It's been faultless," enthused Team Principal Chris Dittmann. "The car has performed really well and we've made some good steps forward with the set up and the drivers."

Lanan Racing Team Principal Graham Johnson said: "It's been fantastic, superb weather, good clean running with Daniel (Headlam) and Jake (Hughes), no red flags, and lots of running - just what we needed!"

Sean Walkinshaw Racing ran cars for Matty Graham and F4-hopeful Jack Barlow. Team Principal Ken Page noted: "Things are going well, it's been a good two days with the weather being good and we've got plenty of laps in. We can't ask for more, and we're in the ballpark on lap time as well. I think we've done enough laps now to know the car is reliable, we now need laps for the drivers as they're fresh into cars and there's nothing like seat time."

HHC's Jody Hemmings was also pleased with his team's running, with drivers Charlie Robertson and Raoul Hyman achieving around 80 laps each. "It's been really good," he commented. "We've got through everything we needed to get through with set up and worked two good development programmes with both cars."

Matt Bell also gained useful mileage in his privately run car, commenting: "We've had good running on both days and I've been getting settled in the car. The car seems to respond well to the changes we've been making, and judging by testing this week I think we're there or thereabouts."

To view a gallery of images from F4 testing at Snetterton click here.