Tom Jackson Tops Silverstone Practice


The afternoon sessions for the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in Silverstone ended with Tom Jackson being the fastest of the day after the weather cleared by the evening.

By the afternoon the weather seemed to be clearing as Jackson was first out of the garage, the sun starting to come out. Only a few drivers stayed in the pits as the cars slowly fed onto the track.

Jackson’s first lap time was a 2 minute 28 seconds, but this was soon beaten by Riki Christodoulou, who set a 2:26.795. As the track cleared, many of the drivers started to look for free air, with Will Palmer, who had exited the pits late, managing to put in a lap 1.3 seconds quicker than any other competitor.

Drivers such as Akhil Rabrindra and Ciaren Haggerty made the most of the clean air to go second and third as the red flag came out with 30 minutes to go. Behind the top three was Christodoulou, who may be vital to watch during the race considering he cannot score points as a guest driver.

After Hernan Fallas‘ car had been removed, the session was restarted, but it never got the chance to get going. By now the rain was back and was affecting the conditions. The rain and poor traction meant that the session was stopped and restarted a further two times.

The organisers cut the session short after the third red flag meaning that Harri Newey, Michael O’Brien and Sisa Ngebulana joined Fallas in not being able to set a time, as Palmer ended the session on top.

By the time the fourth session started the weather starting to calm down. All the cars went out soon after the light went green. Jack Bartholomew was the first to set a time, but it was soon beaten by Jackson.

Christodoulou and Ameya Vaidyanathan did not set times at the start of the session deciding to sacrifice their laps for free space. The time at the top was beaten by a few drivers before, Newey claimed first as the red flag came out. By this point Palmer was second infront of Rodrigo Fonseca.

As the session restarted many came back out onto the track. Christodoulou went top on his first lap as the top time was repeatedly beaten by many drivers. Despite this it soon became a three way battle for the fastest time between, Jackson, Newey and Jordan Albert, with Newey the first driver of the day to drop below the 2 minute 24 second mark.

With 9 minutes to go the red flag came out again, as Jackson found himself on top. But no-one could beat him as the session drew to a close. He ended the day on top ahead of Albert, Newey, Rabrindra and Fonseca.