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Graham wins again to stretch Winter Championship advantage

Saturday, November 09 2013

Matty Graham recovered from another slow start to claim a second dominant win of the day at a soaking Snetterton in F4 race two.

Sennan Fielding claimed another podium for HHC in second, with Pietro Fittipaldi securing his first podium of the weekend in third for MGR. Will Palmer secured fourth for HHC ahead of Falco Wauer who endured a topsy turvy race. Jake Cook completed the top six for Hillspeed.

The pole sitter struggled to get away once more, with front row starter Will Palmer gaining an initial advantage on the rush down to turn one. But it was Falco Wauer who emerged as the leader at the end of the lap as the treacherous conditions shuffled the pack.

Wauer led by 3.3s at the end of the first lap from Fielding and Graham, but that was as good as it got for the Norwegian, who then went off track at the Montreal hairpin on lap two, and fell back into the pack and handing the lead to Fielding.

Fielding held the lead until lap four when he was passed by a charging Graham. Graham then pulled away at a considerable margin, eventually taking the win by 11 seconds. Fielding was untroubled throughout the rest of the race in second while Fittipaldi successfully fended off a challenge from Cook in the early stages. Cook then went off and was forced to settle for sixth.

Palmer's fourth place was his second such result of the day, and fought back well after running wide on the first lap. He ran in seventh at the end of the first tour but made successful overtaking moves on Dimitris Papanastasiou and Fredrik Johansen, and took advantage of various mishaps for Wauer for another fourth place.

Wauer was rapid but erratic, setting the fastest lap of the race but enduring several off track excursions, while Cook also had an off track moment while in Fittipaldi's wake, which left him to settle for sixth. Papanastasiou put his earlier retirement behind him to claim seventh for Hillspeed ahead of Fredrik Johansen's Chris Dittmann Racing machine. Matteo Ferrer was forced to retire from the race on lap one, having fought his way up to second in the first few corners.

Graham now leads the championship by 15 points from Fielding, with Wauer third and Palmer fourth.

Speaking after the race, Graham enthused: "It was really difficult to get off the line again with so much rubber down from previous races. I don't know where I was by the third or fourth corner and it was incredibly hard to see behind the other cars. But again I pulled off a few overtakes and got myself back to the front. It was fabulous at the front, it was so clear! This track hasn't always been my favourite but so far this weekend it couldn't be any better!"

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Race Two result, Snetterton 300

1. Matty Graham
2. Sennan Fielding
3. Pietro Fittipaldi
4. Will Palmer
5. Falco Wauer
6. Jake Cook
7. Dimitris Papanastasiou
8. Fredrik Johansen
DNF. Matteo Ferrer