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Jake Cooks up a dream win at Snetterton on debut F4 weekend

Sunday, November 10 2013

Hillspeed's Jake Cook converted pole position to victory in the third race of the BRDC F4 Winter Championship, despite a slow start. Falco Wauer claimed second for Enigma Motorsport ahead of series newcomer Matteo Ferrer in his Mark Godwin Racing machine after a strong drive from seventh on the grid. 

Cook struggled to get away from the line, the third time this weekend the pole sitter has been hit by a poor get away. Sennan Fielding got a better start, but yesterday's double winner Matty Graham was even quicker and shot through past the two of them to lead heading to Riches.

But contact between Fielding and Graham at Agostini on lap one sent Graham spinning down the order, handing the lead to Fielding. Cook though was fighting back, and passed the HHC car at Murrays at the end of lap one, and then proceeded to surge into the distance.

Wauer passed Fielding on the second lap, but Cook already had a 1.2 second advantage. A mistake from Wauer on lap three handed the position back to Fielding, although the Norwegian was able to catch and pass him once more on lap five.

Ferrer had a strong opening lap to move up to fourth, which became third on lap six when he passed Fielding on lap six at the Montreal hairpin. Fielding then came under heavy pressure from Pietro Fittipaldi and also from Will Palmer, the trio lapping closely together for several laps. Fielding held off the challenge of Fittipaldi though to secure fourth, with Fittipaldi fifth.

Graham resumed in seventh after his opening lap altercation, but was unable to improve his position until the final lap when he took sixth from Will Palmer, who claimed seventh for HHC.

Dimitris Papanastasiou took eighth for Hillspeed, ahead of Chris Ditttmann Racing's Fredrik Johansen in ninth.

As well as winning the race by 7.4s, Cook also set fastest lap, meaning he will start race four from pole position from Wauer and Palmer.

Graham's lead in the championship standings has been reduced to nine points from Wauer, with Fielding third, two points ahead of Jake Cook who surged up the order following his race three victory.

"Starts have never been my strong point!" Cook joked afterwards. "My grid slot was still pretty wet so I had to be careful and three drivers passed me on the way to turn one. I closed on them really quickly and had a good opening lap. When the first two (Fielding & Graham) collided, that got me past Graham and then I passed Sennan around the outside of Coram. The car was great from lap one, the tyres didn't go off much and it was really good all the way through.

"Coram was really difficult because it's dry but then suddenly it's not even damp, it's totally wet and it was really hard. But the rest of the circuit has dried out a lot. The team have done a great job and I'm really happy."

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

1. Jake Cook, Hillspeed, 10 laps
2. Falco Wauer,Enigma Motorsport, +7.478s
3. Matteo Ferrer, Mark Godwin Racing, +11.696s
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +15.899s
5. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +16.114s
6. Matty Graham, Douglas Motorsport, +18.763s
7. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +24.523s
8. Dimitris Papanastasiou, Hillspeed, +35.455s
9. Fredrik Johansen, Chris Dittmann Racing, +40.097s