Caroline Snatches Last Minute Pole for Carlin Front Row


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Jamie Caroline secured his fourth and fifth pole of the season during a thrilling final five minutes at Oulton Park, in qualifying for the F4 British Championship. The Carlin driver was the only man under the 83 second barrier with a time of 1min 22.999.

In the early part of the session, Caroline had been one of the runners setting the pace, as the rest of the field found their feet. He was quickly on provisional pole before Friday pace setter Alex Quinn joined him at the front.

The pair would swap times as the clock counted towards the halfway mark. Quinn though could not maintain his challenge in the latter stages, with Linus Lundqvist also mounting a weak challenge.

It would be Logan Sargeant who would become Caroline’s greatest threat, going second before taking the mantle off the Pirtek-sponsored driver in the final three minutes. Caroline fought back though, eventually beating Sargeant by a mere 0.083 seconds.

Quinn would eventually finish just over a tenth behind the polesitter, as he was joined by the Championship leader’s closest challenger and Quinn’s TRS Arden teammate, Oscar Piastri, on the second row.

Lundqvist was forced to settle for fifth, as the top five and middle five from both practice sessions, were once again within the same bands in qualifying. The Swede will be joined by his Double R Racing teammate Karl Massaad in sixth, ensuring the grid line’s up two-by-two for the first three rows.

After a strong early season in which the latter won a race, Patrik Pasma and Ayrton Simmons continue to struggle, locking out the fourth row as Harry Webb gets one over on his Ford F4 Challenge Cup rival Oliver York in ninth. Webb is yet to win a Challenge Cup race and with only two Cup runners this weekend, will be determined to take the initiative over his rival.