Fewtrell Tops Mixed Conditions Practice as Silverstone Gears Up


Credit: F4 British Championship

After a sodden morning practice, Max Fewtrell ended his day on top at Silverstone. The F4 British Championship leader will hope to pick up from where he left off as the Carlin‘s continue to perform.

It was a damp start to proceedings as the Ford 1.6L EcoBoost engined cars revved up at Silverstone. While the racing line became more apparent as the session went on, it was clear that first practice was going to be a wash out.

With a lap in the dying minutes, Rafa Martins topped the first session. His time, a 1:05.665 was a mere five-thousandths of a second quicker than James Pull who had been on course to remain on top for much of the second half.

While Richardson Racing is not a new face to the paddock, a surprise appearance from Andy Richardson saw him finish sixteenth in the wet, though dropped to the back in the drier second practice.

Conditions weren’t perfect but they were significantly improved in the afternoon. On his first flying lap, Billy Monger dropped below the one minute mark, remaining competitive throughout.

Australian Zane Goddard lead for the early part of the test as Luis Leeds, then Fewtrell asserted their dominance over the pack. Fewtrell had briefly set an identical time to Leeds, proving how close the laps were going to be around the 1.64 mile circuit.

Despite some late pressure from Goddard, Fewtrell found himself back on top as he tries to maintain his momentum from Rockingham. Fewtrell’s final time of 56.808 saw a one second gap between himself and the top fifteen.

Leeds would be demoted to third in the overall order as rain master Martins proved he was also competitive in the dry with yet another late lap. Rounding out the top six was Petru Florescu and Pull as they look to close up the ever-increasing gap in the championship.