Alex Quinn leaves Friday’s F4 British Championship testing as the man to beat, after topping both the morning and afternoon practice sessions with a personal best of 1min 23.068 in the latter. The TRS Arden racer approaches his final pre-determined weekend with the team as he looks for options for the second half of the year.
The 2016 rookie champion has had an up-and-down season, with three podiums and a pole position to his name coming into Oulton Park. He’s mostly been outpaced by teammate Oscar Piastri, who joined the series at the start of this season though will take solace from his strong performance today.
Piastri himself would take second overall in the time sheets as a last-minute lap put him above Championship leader Jamie Caroline. The Pirtek sponsored driver has now amassed more points than he did in the entirety of last year and sits double the points in front of every driver except Piastri.
Behind them, Logan Sargeant was fourth fastest from Swedish star Linus Lundqvist who, until this weekend has proven to be the only driver to match Caroline in raw speed during a race.
The drivers from first to fifth had remained the same for both sessions, as did those from sixth to tenth, demonstrating a potentially three class system going into the weekend.
In the end, Double R Racing‘s Karl Massaad was best of the rest in sixth ahead of podium finishers Ayrton Simmons and Patrik Pasma, who will be hoping to join the front-runners after a mediocre Friday.
Completing this group of five and the top ten overall was Ford F4 Challenge Cup racers Oliver York and Harry Webb. York enters the weekend third in the overall standings and may debate a switch to the overall championship, should results continue. In total, fourteen drivers were present.