Caroline Claims Maiden Pole for First Race of the Season


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Jamie Caroline will start the season in style having claimed the maiden pole position of the 2017 F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch Indy. The Pirtek sponsored driver has been quick all weekend, having also topped the first free practice on Friday.

This marks the first time that Caroline has taken pole position in a F4 car, despite claiming three podiums and a further win last year. His time of 45.781 was 0.096 seconds ahead of Oscar Piastri who’ll line up alongside him on the grid.

The Carlin driver will also start on pole for race three, where his second quickest time was still fast enough to have claimed pole in the first race, proving the consistency of the 18-year-old.

In fact, the top four for both race one and three will be the same, demonstrating the pace of the front-runners. Behind Piastri, the second row will be filled by Alex Quinn and Linus Lundqvist. The latter may be disappointed by fourth, having finished Friday testing fastest.

Logan Sargeant will line up in fifth for opening race of the year, 0.271 seconds behind his team-mate on pole. The third Carlin of Patrik Pasma follows him with the experienced Ayrton Simmons heading the fourth row.

The top ten is rounded out by Manuel Sulaiman, the highest placed Ford F4 Challenge Cup competitor, as well as his JHR Developments partner Billy Monger, and Yves Baltas who had his fastest lap disallowed for exceeding track limits.