FORMULA 4 AUTUMN TROPHY: AL FAISAL MISSES OVERALL PODIUM BY CLOSE MARGIN

Al Faisal al Zubair, driving for Fortec Motorsport, missed a place on the podium by a close margin as the eight-race 2015 Duo BRDC Formula 4 Autumn Trophy concluded at the Brands Hatch circuit in Fawkham, UK on Sunday.

The 17 year old, who claimed a podium in the first-leg four-round series earlier this month, had to be content with an overall fourth-place finish with a total of 157 points, losing out on the third place to South African Sisa Ngebulana of HHC Motorsports by mere five points.

Al Faisal’s teammate Ben Barnicoat claimed the Autumn Trophy title with a victory in the final race at Brands Hatch.

Barnicoat held off Lando Norris, as he did in race three earlier in the day, to take the chequered flag first and secure the crown from his Douglas Motorsport rival Harrison Scott.

Earlier, Al Faisal qualified for the final race with a fifth place and also finished the race at the same spot. In the third race, Barnicoat survived a late attack from Norris to take a dramatic victory in the penultimate race. Scott was third, while Al Faisal came fifth, edged by Ngebulana.

Al Faisal could manage a fifth place in the qualifying round for the third race at the Indy circuit as he completed only a handful of laps. In windy but dry conditions, Al Faisal was

outpaced by the other four with Ngebulana, Norris, Scott and Barnicoat all taking it in turns to head the timesheets.

On Saturday, Norris completed a double with a dominant race-two victory. Barnicoat took second and Scott completed the podium in third. Ngebulana was fourth and Al Faisal came fifth after 25 laps.

Al Faisal’s best result was in the first race at Brands Hatch when he finished fourth as Scott crashed out amid a downpour.

Norris came home a remarkable 13.550s ahead of Barnicoat, with Ngebulana a further 8.057s adrift in third. Al Faisal was the final classified finisher in fourth, just 1.770s behind Ngebulana.

In the qualifying session, Al Faisal was fifth.

Overall results: 1 Ben Barnicoat (221 points), 2 Harrison Scott (197), 3 Sisa Ngebulana (162), Al Faisal al Zubair (157), 5 Lando Norris (128).

SOURCE: MUSCAT DAILY