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Fletcher takes stylish Snetterton F4 race three win

Sunday, September 08 2013

Team KBS' James Fletcher has secured his second victory of the season with a crushing display in race three at Snetterton. He led from pole and never looked back, to take the win by over 10 seconds.

Seb Morris put his earlier frustrations behind him to take second place, fending off a race long challenge from Hillspeed team mate Struan Moore, who claimed his second podium of the weekend.

Jake Dalton took fourth for Lanan Racing, but had to fight off the attentions of HHC's Charlie Robertson who followed in his slipstream for much of the race. Matty Graham took sixth for Sean Walkinshaw Racing, with Douglas Team E-Lites' Matt Bell seventh and championship leader Jake Hughes eighth.

Fletcher led off the line as the field rushed to Riches on lap one, while Moore got a blinding start from third to pass Jake Dalton. Morris also passed Dalton on the first lap, as did team mate Jake Hughes.

Morris moved past Moore on lap two, and set his attentions on race leader Fletcher. But the KBS driver by now already had a lead of over a second, and then set a string of fastest laps to lead by over 4.5 seconds at the mid race point. Fletcher further extended the gap to take the win by 10.690s, the largest winning margin of the season.

Morris was forced to settle for second, but had Moore for close company throughout the race. Moore seemed to be in his slipstream at several points, but was unable to force his way through. Dalton settled for fourth, passing team mate and championship leader Hughes for the position on lap eight. Indeed Hughes appeared to lose pace and slipped to eighth at the end of the race.

Robertson followed Dalton throughout the race, although in the final laps, the Lanan driver was able to stretch his advantage. Graham gained two positions in the race to claim sixth for SWR while Matt Bell salvaged seventh from a difficult weekend for Douglas Team E-Lites, ahead of Hughes. Gustavo Lima took ninth, his third top-10 race result of the weekend, while Mark Godwin Racing's Diego Menchaca completed the first 10 finishers.

The top three of Fletcher, Morris and Moore received their trophies on the podium from Jack Sears, the winner of the inaugural British Saloon (Touring) Car Championship.

Speaking afterwards, Fletcher enthused: "We've come from the back at the start of the weekend and we've won it! To be honest it was the only thing I wanted, I didn't mind about the other races, I just needed a win this weekend so I'm really happy. The team have done an absolutely fantastic job this weekend and I couldn't be happier. I had a big gap to the other guys, and after a few laps I stopped seeing them in my mirrors and I relaxed and settled down for the rest of the race. I'm looking forward to Donington, we've found a good set-up on the car this weekend so hopefully with a bit of testing we can definitely look for some more podiums and some wins."

BRDC F4 Championship, Snetterton 300, race three result:

1. James Fletcher, Team KBS, 10 laps
2. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, +10.690s
3. Struan Moore, Hillspeed, +11.089s
4. Jake Dalton, Lanan Racing, +11.761s
5. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, +13.235s
6. Matty Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +16.865s
7. Matt Bell, Douglas Team E-Lites, +17.878s
8. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +22.413s
9. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +22.929s
10. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing, +24.773s