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Russell Dominates At Oulton
Posted by: newsla on Jul 20, 2014 - 05:40 AM
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Russell Dominates At Oulton

British motorsport rising star George Russell took a dominant fourth win of his rookie BRDC Formula 4 Championship campaign at Oulton Park to retain his series lead.


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The 16-year-old from Wisbech bounced back from a recent bout of chicken pox to set no fewer than four laps good enough for pole position in qualifying, firmly planting his Lanan Racing car at the front of the field by 0.411 seconds at what is regarded as one of Britain’s most challenging circuits.

Russell then rocketed away from the field, building up a huge nine-second advantage to comfortably win the first race of the weekend.

“It was fantastic,” he said. “I’ve always been confident around Oulton, even though I had only done two days of testing there since my career in cars began. I really like the circuit and Lanan have a great set-up there.

“Oulton is a difficult track to overtake on, so I knew that if I converted my pole into the lead and kept ahead for the first three quarters of a lap that I’d win, as long as I made no mistakes, and that’s exactly what happened.

“Just as we were in qualifying, we were so quick and consistent in the race. I knew that if I got the start right we’d be tough to beat.”

The hot conditions of Friday turned to rain for Saturday’s two races. Russell’s win put him eighth on the reversed grid for race two, and he made headway to sixth place. But he could not get past the defensive driver in front and instead settled for points.

George was second on the grid for the final race, and held that position on the first lap. With the track drying slightly, most of the front-runners had started on slick tyres. On the second lap, Russell’s title rival Raoul Hyman got a run on him out of Old Hall bend and then ran into him at the left-handed Cascades, putting them both out of the race. Officials punished Hyman with a 10-place grid penalty for the next race.

“The Saturday races were a little bit disappointing considering the speed we had on Friday,” said George. “I was looking forward to my first start in the wet in race two, and was planning where I’d make my moves, but they started it behind the safety car. It was difficult because while I was ill the others had tested in the rain, but I passed two cars, so that was good.

“We were the first team to make the call for slicks for the final race and everybody followed suit. Old Hall was a bit wet and Hyman got on my tail. I went as far as possible to the inside into Cascades, but he lunged me from nowhere, out of control, and went into the side of me. We interlocked wheels and that put us out of the race. Still, I know we’ve found a few things that we’ve improved in the car and I know we’ll be strong from now on – it’s looking good.”

Russell’s next outing is back on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit – where he took his first two wins earlier this year – on 16th/17th August.

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