BRDC Formula 4

Haggerty Top in Practice as Fonseca Impresses Behind

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At the end of the final practice session of the day, Ciaran Haggerty remained the fastest driver with a time of 45.241, which he achieved in the second of the four practices. However; he’ll have close competition from Rodrigo Fonseca, also in the fight for second in the championship.

With the title already won by Will Palmer, the battle this weekend comes down to the battle for second place, with it looking to be setting itself up nicely. Four drivers are realistically in with a shout of second, with practice showing the outside challengers to be the most competitive.

Haggerty’s time in second practice proved to be the benchmark for the day, 0.036 seconds quicker than that of Fonseca in the same session. The two will likely remain odds on favourites to take pole. Which will be useful in closing the 32 and 44 point gap they have respectively to second.

Palmer topped the final session to put himself only 0.147 seconds off the overall best time. While the British champion doesn’t need to prove himself this weekend, he could easily be a factor in the fight for second, if HHC Motorsport ask him to help out with Harri Newey‘s bid to finish runner up.

Newey was off the pace in practice only managing to finish sixth in the overall times. However; with his closest rival, Tom Jackson finishing seventh. It could make for an interesting fight come Sunday if Haggerty and Fonseca can close the gap.

Fernando Urrutia had been off the pace for most of the day, but surprised the paddock when he finished second in the final session, beating Haggerty. The Douglas Motorsport driver was fourth overall in front of Jack Bartholomew.

On top of the battle for second is also the battle for tenth in the championship. Urrutia will know a good result could benefit him with only 40 points separating tenth to seventeenth in the championship.

While Omar Ismail has to settle for eighth, after a poor Friday by his own form in recent races where he’s consistently been one of the fastest.

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