Last weekend’s visit to Brands Hatch by the BTCC series saw the British F4 Finale 2016, with the competitive single seater championship having its last three rounds at the Kent track. Sennan Fielding led the championship by just five points from Max Fewtrell, who in turn was fourteen points ahead of Luis Leeds.
Saturday’s qualifying session was wet, with Jamie Caroline’s pole time excluded due to technical issues, putting Max Fewtrell on pole ahead of James Pull and Luis Leeds. In the first race, Pull quickly passed Fewtrell, as Fielding made his way from eighth to second with a final lap pass, leaving Fewtrell in third place. The championship went to the final two races on Sunday between Fielding and Fewtrell.
Sunday’s weather was much more pleasant than Saturday, and the morning race saw Jamie Caroline take victory, his maiden win in British Formula Four and the tenth winner in this year’s series. For the championship contenders, Fewtrell finished third with Fielding fifth with one more race to go. That meant there were three points between the two in the championship, with Fewtrell starting on pole and Fielding in eighth.
The final race started with Fewtrell getting a good get away, and Fielding make some incredible passes to get through the field. He moved quickly from eighth to fourth, then to third behind Fewtrell and Ayrton Simmons. Fielding threw everything in to the race, but could not get by Simmons, the youngest driver in the series, and Fewtrell took the chequered flag, and with it the series.
It has been an incredibly exciting and entertaining season, with plenty of new talent shining through.