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Cook doubles up to take F4 Race Four victory

Sunday, November 10 2013

Jake Cook claimed his second win of the day for Hillspeed with another strong drive at Snetterton. Falco Wauer took his third podium of the weekend for Enigma Motorsport with Will Palmer taking a maiden single seater podium after a fighting drive.

For the first time this weekend, the cars ran dry tyres, and Cook made a good start from pole position to lead down to turn one, with Falco Wauer settling into second. Matty Graham once more made a blinding start and shot into third place from fifth on the grid. Mid way round the first lap, race three podium finisher Matteo Ferrer spun out of the race, bringing out the safety car.

The safety car pitted at the end of lap three, and Cook made a strong restart to take a one second lead as they crossed the line for the first time at racing speed. From there he was largely untroubled and took his second win of the day to move to second in the championship standings.

Wauer kept Cook within sight but didn't quite get close enough to launch an overtaking attempt. Matty Graham held third place for the majority of the race, but was under constant pressure from Palmer throughout. The pressure showed and the slightest of mistakes on the final lap from Graham allowed Palmer through to claim his first single seater podium on his first weekend.

Graham then had to fend off a charging Sennan Fielding across the line, with the pair separated by just one tenth of a second at the end of the race. Fielding had spent the majority of the contest tucked right under the rear wing of Pietro Fittipaldi. Fielding tried to pass for several laps, before grabbing the perfect slipstream down the Senna Straight starting the last lap to slingshot past into Riches to take fifth. Fittipaldi claimed sixth for Mark Godwin Racing while karting graduate Fredrik Johansen claimed another strong finish for Chris Dittmann Racing ahead of Hillspeed's Dimitris Papanastasiou.

Speaking afterwards Cook enthused: "I got a decent start for the first time in quite a while! I managed to hold it in the first corner before the safety car came out and my restart after the safety car is probably the best I've ever got, and I think I made a second on Falco right there. I then made a big mistake at the hairpin on cold tyres, I locked up and almost went off and was lucky to keep the lead. After that I just had to be consistent and putting the laps in. To win again is great and I can't complain at all! Yesterday was a bit of a shocker but today's been great and we've picked ourselves up well. I can't see why we can't do it again at Brands!"

Graham now holds a slender two point lead at the top of the BRDC F4 Winter Championship standings. Cook and Wauer are tied on points but Cook is ahead due to his two race wins. Fielding lies fourth ahead of team mate Palmer with Fittipaldi completing the top six.

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Snetterton 300, Race Four result:

1. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, 10 laps
2. Falco Wauer, Enigma Motorsport, +0.919s
3. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +6.463s
4. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, +11.500s
5. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +11.645s
6. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +11.880s
7. Fredrik Johansen, Chris Dittmann Racing, +21.768s
8. Dimitris Papanastasiou, Hillspeed, +1m14.892s
DNF. Matteo Ferrer, Mark Godwin Racing, 0 laps