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Dalton scorches to Snetterton race one win on Lanan debut

Saturday, September 07 2013

Lanan Racing's Jake Dalton marked his team debut with a fantastic race one win at Snetterton this afternoon (Saturday 7 September). Starting from second on the grid he passed team mate Jake Hughes and then surged into the lead.

Struan Moore took a fine second place for Hillspeed on the same circuit he took his maiden F4 win in June, while Hughes extended his championship lead with third. Charlie Robertson claimed fourth for HHC Motorsport and Matty Graham fifth for Sean Walkinshaw Racing. Matt Mason took an excellent sixth on his F4 debut for Mark Godwin Racing.

Gustavo Lima was on course for race two pole, running in eighth with space around him, but Seb Morris had a slow last lap and dropped to eighth, thus securing pole for race two. SWR's Jack Barlow took ninth with MGR's Diego Menchaca rounding out the top 10.

Hughes led from pole position, while Dalton fended off the advances of a quick starting Moore as the field of 19 cars fired down to Riches on lap one.  On lap two both Lanan cars of Hughes and Dalton left the track at Hamilton after being caught out by a slippery surface, and although both continued in formation, Hughes had suffered damage.

Dalton was able to slipstream his team mate down to the Montreal hairpin on lap three and took the lead. From there he didn't look back and took the flag by almost five seconds to claim his third win of the year, and his first since the DTM-supporting round at Brands Hatch in May.

Hughes was left to battle for his place on the podium, losing second to Moore on lap seven with a similar move at Montreal. That dropped Hughes to third, but he managed to fend off the attentions of Robertson until the chequered flag, allowing him to extend his championship lead over Seb Morris to 41 points.

Robertson had held off Morris for most of the race, the Hillspeed driver having made a good start to run fifth before dropping back on the last lap.

Speaking afterwards, Dalton admitted he was relieved to return to the top step of the podium: "I've come into this weekend hoping I can turn my fortunes around, as I've had some disappointing results recently, and it's nice to get back on form and take the victory again.

"I got a good start but it was pretty close with Struan off the line and I didn’t realise he was that close! But we got away with it and both continued and me and Jake [Hughes] managed to get a bit of a gap over Struan but someone had dropped some debris at Hamilton and we both shot off the road onto the grass. From there I was able to stay with Jake and he was a bit slow going through Riches on the third lap and I got a good run going into Montreal and managed to get him there."

After the race a revised result was issued. Matt Mason has been excluded from the results of the race after a stewards report declared he was 'driving in a manner not compatible with general safety.' This refers to an incident immediately prior to the finish line where he braked heavily with other cars around. The revised result is shown below.

The next F4 race at Snetterton starts at 10.40am tomorrow morning (Sunday).

BRDC F4, Snetterton 300, Race one result:

1. Jake Dalton, Lanan Racing, 10 laps
2. Struan Moore, Hillspeed, +4.831s
3. Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, +5.885s
4. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, +6.298s
5. Matty Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +9.763s
6. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +13.107s
7. Seb Morris, Hillspeed, +13.173s
8. Jack Barlow, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +14.816s
9. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing, +15.112s
10. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +28.765s