Goddard Takes Maiden Pole Ahead of Croft Weekend

Credit: Joe Hudson

Another excellent show of pace, saw Zane Goddard take his maiden F4 British Championship pole position around the Croft circuit. He’d been fairly quiet during the first half of qualifying but set a 1min 20.708 to beat his rivals by just over a tenth of a second.

James Pull was the first out of the pits, as 16 drivers fed onto the track. With the air temperature under 14°C and clouds in the sky, it took a few laps for the tyres to warm up, as the drivers found clear space on the 2.1 mile Croft circuit.

A number of the competitors chose to delay their first lap as they headed back into the pits, but with the track warming up it was Max Fewtrell who jumped to the top of the standings.

Unsurprisingly, it was the Carlin‘s who soon took the initiative, with Devlin DeFrancesco soon topping the time sheets before Rafa Martins joined the battle.

DeFrancesco was the first driver to drop under 1min 21 seconds as the field closed the gap. With 5 minutes to go, Goddard took top spot beating his personal best from Friday that topped the morning practice session.

The times steadied themselves with two minutes to go, allowing Goddard to take his first pole position of the season with DeFrancesco joining him on the front row. Behind them, Fewtrell lead rookie Alex Quinn, who’d remained competitive throughout qualifying.

Luis Leeds was the last car across the line but chose to abandon his final flying lap as he was unable to improve his time during the middle sector. As a result the TRS Arden driver lines up fifth ahead of teammates Jack Martin and Martins. Despite a strong start to the session, Pull eventually fell to eighth in the final standings.