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Graham fights back to win Winter Championship opener

by Peter Allen
Matty Graham

Photo: BRDC F4

Matty Graham recovered from a poor start to claim victory in the opening race of the BRDC F4 Winter Championship at Snetterton.

Graham had qualified on pole position, two seconds clear of the field in a wet but drying session. With the track still damp come the race, Graham struggled to get off the line and slipped to third as Falco Wauer took the lead ahead of Sennan Fielding.

Driving for Douglas Motorsport, Graham quickly found a way back past HHC Motorsport man Fielding and set about closing the near-two-second gap to Wauer up front.

By the start of lap four Graham had pulled alongside Wauer, and moved past into Riches corner. He took the chequered flag after ten laps with a 2.9 second advantage.

“I picked up a lot of wheelspin off the line but I managed to claw my way back and ended up with the win, so the job was a good one,” said Graham. “I was expecting it to dry quicker than it did, but it’s so cold, and track conditions were the same as in qualifying really. We have pole for race two now, so hopefully we can get another win later on.”

Wauer finished in second in the first BRDC F4 race for the Enigma Motorsport team. Having been out of action since June, Fielding claimed third on his return.

Will Palmer, younger brother of GP2 race winner Jolyon, enjoyed an impressive single-seater debut, finishing just 0.7 seconds behind his team-mate Fielding.

Protyre Formula Renault convert Jake Cook finished fifth for Hillspeed, taking the place after a lap four clash between MGR team-mates Matteo Ferrer and Pietro Fittipaldi in front of him. Fittipaldi finished sixth with Ferrer seventh while Norwegian karting graduate Fredrik Johansen was the last finisher in eighth.

Race results
Pos Driver? Team Time/Gap
1 Matty Graham Douglas Motorsport 10 laps in 21:52.558
2 Falco Wauer Enigma Motorsport +2.986
3 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport +4.814
4 William Palmer HHC Motorsport +5.546
5 Jake Cook Hillspeed +17.191
6 Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport +22.258
7 Matteo Ferrer MGR Motorsport +1:00.096
8 Fredrik Johansen Chris Dittmann Racing +1:14.345
Not classified
Dimitris Papanastasiou Hillspeed 7 laps