Cooper Webster converted pole position into victory, to take his and the Evans GP team’s maiden GB4 victory in the first race of the weekend at Snetterton.
Webster got the jump on the field at the start, and then gradually pulled away from championship leader Tom Mills to take the flag three seconds clear of KMR Sport’s championship leader, with Fortec’s Colin Queen third.
Graham Brunton Racing’s Harry Burgoyne earned his best result of the season in fourth, crossing the line just two tenths of a second clear of Fox Motorsport’s Liam McNeilly in fifth.
Fortec’s Ruhaan Alva was sixth ahead of Jeremy Fairbairn, who completed his first race for Graham Brunton Racing in seventh.
KMR Sport’s Jack Clifford was eighth after an enthralling battle with Fox Motorsport’s Sid Smith, with Fortec’s Aditya Kulkarni completing the top-10.
ESports champion Lucas Blakeley started fourth but dropped to the tail of the field after a spin on lap two, but fought back to finish 11th ahead of Dylan Hotchin and Thomas Lee.
Webster made a dream getaway from pole position, and built a lead approaching a second on the first lap. With a close Anglo-Australian cricketing battle currently taking place in the Ashes at Edgbaston, there was a similar battle ongoing in GB4, as Australian Webster and Englishman Mills proceeded to lap with almost identical times in the early stages of the race, with the Webster unable to break away initially.
But in the second half of the race, Webster was able to find a few extra tenths per lap to gradually stretch his margin to three seconds after 18 minutes of racing and earn his first GB4 triumph.
The second GB4 race of the weekend is due to commence at 12.40 tomorrow.
GB4 Championship, partnered by the BRDC, Snetterton race one provisional result:
1. Cooper Webster, Evans GP, 10 laps
2. Tom Mills, KMR Sport, +3.040
3. Colin Queen, Fortec Motorsport, +3.349
4. Harry Burgoyne, Graham Brunton Racing, +11.777
5. Liam McNeilly, Fox Motorsport, +11.987
6. Ruhaan Alva, Fortec Motorsport, +18.140
7. Jeremy Fairbairn, Graham Brunton Racing, +20.979
8. Jack Clifford, KMR Sport, +22.972
9. Sid Smith, Fox Motorsport, +24.719
10. Aditya Kulkarni, Fortec Motorsport, +24.980
Note: The original article can be found on the Official GB4 website: https://www.gb-4.net/news/2023/jun/17/snetterton-race-one-report