Barnicoat on Pole as he chases Autumn Trophy at Brands


With the rain gone from Brands Hatch, strong winds would play havoc to the light monocoques of the BRDC Formula 4 cars for Sunday qualifying. Ben Barnicoat would hang on during an intense qualifying to claim pole by 0.026 seconds.

HHC Motorsport were the only team seen on track in the opening five minutes of the session, this left the track relatively baron as the clock continued to tick down.

With 14 minutes left, Al Faisal Al Zubair headed out of the pits, quickly followed by the rest of the pack. Al Zubair, like the HHC cars before him would return to the pits without setting a time, as to have the car checked over.

Once again it was Harrison Scott who stood out as the pace setter for the start of the session, quickly dropping into the 40 second range around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. But with the championship at stake, Barnicoat stepped up his game to soon take the lead.

By the half way point, the top four were split by under a second, but improvements from Scott and Lando Norris saw the top three within a tenth of each other.

Norris was the first driver under the 44 second barrier, but was having a hard time staying there as Barnicoat once again lowered the benchmark. Having dropped off temporarily, Sisa Ngebulana soon found his rhythm as he moved up to second, proving he was still in the fight.

With two minutes to go, Barnicoat lead the way as Al Zubair came back out onto the track. This would bunch the field up slightly as Ngebulana struggled for pace in the closing minutes. With Norris only two seconds behind, the race winner was unable to close the gap and settled for second.

This allowed Barnicoat to keep pole position from Norris, Scott and Ngebulana. Al Zubair will line up fifth having only completed two timed laps.