York Takes First Pole for a Challenge Cup Competitor at Thruxton

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Oliver York would take his first pole position in the F4 British Championship, the first for any driver of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup, around Thruxton. The Fortec Motorsport driver timed his lap perfectly, as tyres started to wear in the final three minutes.

After a tricky start to the season Linus Lundqvist was determined to continue the momentum from Donington Park. The Swede was eventually classified as the race winner in the tragic final race that saw Billy Monger lose his legs and Lundqvist will know that points at this early stage matter a lot.

Alex Quinn and Lundqvist had been the pace setters during the first half of the session with championship leader Jamie Caroline only managing sixth during the initial stint.

Caroline was no slouch though, going quickest with three minutes to go, before being quickly beaten by Challenge Cup competitor Oliver York. The Fortec drivers time stuck with Quinn’s effort falling just shy.

With the grid failing to improve, the pair came in to secure the front row and for York, it would be his maiden pole position in just his third qualifying session.

Caroline would stay out until the end, but could only manage third ahead of teammate Logan Sargeant. Lundqvist would fail to improve within the final three minutes, dropping to fifth and joining Oscar Piastri on the third row.

The top eight were rounded out by Patrik Pasma, returning to the grid after his Donington incident, with Karl Massaad behind. In the end, all but three cars qualified within a second of each other.