James Pull Takes Maiden Pole in Rockingham Rain

Despite having all three team-mates also fighting him for the title, Pull insists he's in a better position than Fielding or Leeds.

In a session affected by rain, James Pull took pole at Rockingham. The Singaporean born driver was one of the last over the line as the Deene Hairpin became soaked. A number of F4 British Championship drivers are now out-of-place heading into race one.

Light rain welcomed the British F4 field as the green light went on at Rockingham Motor Speedway. The cars initially skated round the track on their dry tyres with some choosing to come into the pits a lap later.

Max Fewtrell was the first to set a benchmark, going over a second quicker than his rivals. Though contact between Devlin DeFrancesco and Alexandra Marinescu put an end to the Romanians lap. Despite the contact, DeFrancesco went fastest only a lap later.

With the track drying, the lap times continued to drop, though an off for Luis Leeds didn’t help his cause. Pull went top with five minutes to go as the rain made a timely return up at the Deene hairpin.

Two minutes later and the field were failing to improve their times and the grid looked set. The sun briefly came back in the final 30 seconds, but it was too late for everyone as Pull celebrated his maiden pole.

The wind and rain had upset the usual grid order though DeFrancesco still found a way onto the front row. Alex Quinn, the top rookie was third overall while Rafa Martins repeated his impressive practice pace by going fourth.

Sennan Fielding had been one of the drivers to temporarily top the timing screens, but the rain prevented him from improving, ensuring he’ll line up fifth. Meanwhile, championship leader Fewtrell could only achieve sixth.

In the end, under one hundredth of a second separated first to fifth, while Petru Florescu and Leeds were eighth and twelfth respectively.