Piastri Storms to Knockhill Pole as Caroline Falls Short


Alex Quinn (#7) narrowly missed out on pole, with teammate Piastri leading the grid (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

TRS Arden star Oscar Piastri took his third and fourth pole positions of the year, continuing his success from the last round at Snetterton. The Australian stayed in the pit lane a few moments longer to get clear track around the Knockhill circuit and claim pole by 0.042 seconds.

A damp Scottish track would greet the F4 British Championship drivers, for what looks to be the series biggest grid of the year. With the round being a requirement for all the Ford F4 Challenge Cup competitors and the prospect of four rounds, due to a postponed race from Oulton Park, many new faces greeted the track on Saturday morning.

Rain had left many drivers in the pits, waiting for the right opportunity to head out before attempting a lap time. As a dry line started emerging, many made the gamble to go onto dry tyres, though this soon ended in a red flag as Lucca Allen needed to be recovered.

Alex Quinn had been on top at the time and was one of the first back onto the Fife circuit with just seven minutes remaining. Space proved to be a vital commodity and Piastri did enough to put in a banker lap to go fastest. Quinn would challenge him, but settled for second as another red flag was waved for Karl Massaad.

This would end the session early with Piastri and Quinn locking out the front row. A strong session for Arden had also seen Ayrton Simmons in fourth, narrowly behind the Carlin of Logan Sargeant, who appears to be finding his feet in the second half.

Behind them was Jamie Caroline. The championship leader has struggled to match his early season pace and being out-qualified by Sargeant will leave many to question where the pace has gone. He joins Johnathan Hoggard on the third row, in what is only the Fortec Motorsport drivers second weekend. Rounding out the top eight would be Linus Lundqvist and Oliver York.