Russell furious after he is taken out while leading which has cost him the BRDC Championship lead

George Russell.

George Russell. - Credit: Archant

Tydd St Giles racer George Russell suffered a major setback in his quest to win the BRDC Formula 4 Championship title when he was taken out by his main rival.

Lanan Racing competitor Russell was leading the final race of the Donington Park weekend when, on lap three, he was hit from behind by Raoul Hyman.

The incident took the gloss off what had been a solid weekend’s racing for Russell. He finished second in the first race and sixth in the second.

With one race weekend left, at Snetterton on October 25-26, the 16 year old finds himself trailing Arjun Maini by 21 points. A furious Russell said: “He (Hyman) got my slipstream down the Craner Curves, and into the Old Hairpin I went defensive.

“I left three-quarters of a car width on the inside and Raoul obviously thought that was enough to fit a whole car into.

“His front-left smashed into my right-rear and destroyed my race. It’s ridiculous and I’m absolutely devastated.”

Russell contests his final Formula Renault ALPS round of the season at Jerez in Spain on October 4-5.