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Di Mauro surges to victory in final Snetterton F4 race

Sunday, November 09 2014

PetroBall's Gaetano di Mauro claimed his first victory of the BRDC F4 Winter Championship, with a commanding drive in the final race of the Snetterton weekend.

Pole sitter and weekend dominator Will Palmer was second this time around, with Jordan Albert claiming his second podium of the weekend in third.

Connor Jupp was fourth for Mectech Motorsport ahead of Rodrigo Fonseca and Harri Newey.

Fernando Urrutia and Enzo Bortoleto engaged in a thrilling battle for seventh place, with Urrutia emerging on top, with Zubair Hoque completing the order in ninth.

With the track conditions improved from this morning's race, all drivers opted for slick tyres, and it was pole sitter Palmer who made the best start from the front row to hold the lead down to Riches. Di Mauro was forced to defend from Rodrigo Fonseca, while Jordan Albert stormed from seventh on the grid to take fourth on the run to turn one.

Palmer's lead was short lived though, after an error at the Brundle/Nelson complex allowed di Mauro to take the lead.

Di Mauro held an advantage of 1.9 seconds at the end of lap one, though Palmer halved the gap on the second tour. From there though, di Mauro regularly extended his lead, eventually taking the flag by almost six seconds.

Behind them, Jordan Albert applied huge pressure on Fonseca, with Albert moving past to take third on lap three, with Jupp also moving past the Mexican to take fourth.

Jupp then closed the gap down on Albert, which at the mid race point was less than two tenths, although Albert was able to eke the gap out to seven seconds after Jupp made an error towards the end of the race.

Further back, Bortoleto and Urrutia regularly exchanged places with Urrutia passing Bortoleto on three occasions at Riches, with Bortoleto fighting back immediately afterwards at Montreal. The battle was decided in Urrutia's favour when Bortoleto spun on lap nine.

Race winner di Mauro commented: "It was a really good race in very difficult conditions. I started second but I was always aiming for the win, victories are always my target.

"I'm really pleased to take the win, and with a big gap because Palmer has been quick all weekend."

In the championship standings, Palmer leads with 134 points, 12 clear of di Mauro, with Rodrigo Fonseca third, four points clear of Jupp, who in turn is four points ahead of Harri Newey.

BRDC F4 Winter Championship, Snetterton race four result:

1. Gaetano di Mauro, PetroBall Racing, 10 laps
2. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +5.923s
3. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +25.729s
4. Connor Jupp, Mectech Motorsport, +32.806s
5. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, +41.644s
6. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, +58.040s
7. Fernando Urrutia, SWR - Caterham F1, +1m24.263s
8. Enzo Bortoleto, PetroBall Racing, +1m30.401s
9. Zubair Hoque, HHC Motorsport, +1m51.232s