Will Palmer continues his qualifying form to take his fourth qualifying pole at Snetterton of the season and continue HHC Motorsport’s domination as the only team to have secured pole all year.
A damaged barrier, caused in the previous British GT practice, would delay the BRDC Formula 4 qualifying session, with a 20 minute delay before the F4 cars were released from the pits.
Palmer drove another faultless session to take pole by 0.705 seconds. He and the rest of his HHC Motorsport team mates were released late from the pits as to give them free space on track. It worked, with Palmer managing to set a time over a second quicker than the previous benchmark early in the session.
After a few laps off the pace, he would again beat his provisional pole time to ensure he couldn’t be caught by the competitors behind. He would pit before the end having completed less laps than anyone. Again proving his dominance in qualifying over the other drivers.
Omar Ismail continues his excellent qualifying form by lining up second ahead of the other HHC Motorsport driver Harri Newey. The two drivers were the only people able to get close to Palmer’s time as they jostled throughout the session. It would be Ismail who would line up on the front row with both unable to improve at the end.
The battle for fourth continued throughout the session, with James Reveler eventually collecting his best start position of the season. Having not finished higher than tenth, a fourth place start would have helped him in the championship fight. Unfortunately, he would have his quickest time removed, meaning he starts at the back.
This meant that fourth was Tom Jackson and Ciaran Haggerty who, despite not challenging Palmer at the front remained competitive throughout the session. They have proven their race pace throughout the year and as a result will still be likely podium contenders.
While the slightly mixed up grid continues with Faisal Al Zubair and Ameya Vaidyanathan rounding out the top seven for the Hillspeed team, having not featured in the top ten until the end of the session.
However; the shock story continues to be the lack of pace shown from Rodrigo Fonseca. After a poor qualifying he lines up sixteenth on the grid. While this continues to be good news for Palmer at the head of the championship. Fonseca knows that he’ll need to find his form again soon with drivers such as Jackson, Haggerty and Newey catching him in the championship.