Piastri and TRS Arden Take First Blood in Snetterton Qualifying


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The result saw TRS Arden lock out the front row for the first time in the F4 British Championship‘s history. It would be title contender Oscar Piastri who took his first pole position having been the man to beat on Friday.

The shock though would come from championship leader Jamie Caroline who could only manage ninth, 1.360 seconds behind the pole sitter.

Caroline had been quick in the early parts of qualifying, with Logan Sargeant soon joining him at the front. Sargeant though would soon become the only Carlin driver to maintain his pace, with the Arden’s soon bumping everyone down.

As per usual, Linus Lundqvist would join the battle at the top, but even the Swede, who had taken pole last time out, was unable to challenge Simmons. Piastri though would set a late benchmark and claimed a double pole in the Norfolk countryside.

Simmons would join Piastri on the front row, with Sargeant and Lundqvist splitting the pack on the second row. To the surprise of many Alex Quinn failed to out-qualify Olli Caldwell in fifth, as Hampus Ericsson and Oliver York completed an all Fortec Motorsport fourth row.

“The key was very much about bringing in the tyres properly. Getting them up to optimum temperature in the right manner.” said Piastri.

“This double pole is a great way to return from the summer break. We’ve got to back it up in the races, but hopefully we can get a good start and lead from the front.”