Harrison Scott led from lights-to-flag in the fourth and final BRDC F4 of the weekend at Snetterton, and in the process opened up a commanding lead in the Autumn Trophy standings. Fortec Motorsport’s Ben Barnicoat came home in second with Faisal Al Zubair taking third.
The Autumn Trophy field lined up on the grid without one driver, as Hillspeed’s Struan Moore sat out the final encounter following his race three crash earlier in the day. Moore aggravated a previous injury that he had suffered and the Jersey racer was taken to hospital for precautionary checks.
As the lights went out, Scott made a good getaway to lead into Riches whilst behind, Sennan Field made a superb start and moved ahead of Ben Barnicoat for second. Sisa Ngebulana bogged down and he dropped to the back as Faisal Al Zubair and Ameya Vaidyanathan moved ahead of the South African.
Completing the opening lap, Fielding made a mistake coming out of the final corner which let Barnicoat retake second position. Further back, Ngebulana and Vaidyanathan came to grief which saw the HHC man suffer damage and eventually forced him into retirement. It also gave Al Zubair clear room in fourth as the pair at the front stretched away from the rest of the pack.
At the halfway stage, Scott held a lead of over three seconds but there was more drama to unfold as Sennan Fielding was shown a black and orange flag, highlighting a mechanical issue on his car. The problem turned out to be a loose engine cover and the HHC man was forced to pit to repair the issue, thus promoting Al Zubair to third.
With two laps left, Barnicoat closed the gap to 2.376s but Scott responded and re-imposed his three second advantage to take the chequered flag and his second win of the weekend. Barnicoat came home second with Al Zubair stepping on to the podium for the first time this weekend. Following the first four races of the Autumn Trophy, Harrison Scott leads the standings on 128 points, with Sennan Fielding 33 points behind in second as Barnicoat is a further 12 points adrift in third.
The 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy concludes with four more races on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit next weekend (November 14/15) in Kent.
Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy – Snetterton – Race Four
1. Harrison Scott, Douglas Motorsport, 10 Laps
2. Ben Barnicoat, Fortec Motorsports, +2.342s
3. Faisal Al Zubair, Fortec Motorsports, +41.549s
4. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, +50.928s
5. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Hillspeed, +1m05.807s
DNF. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, 0 Laps
DNE. Struan Moore, Hillspeed, Did Not Enter