After a troubled start to the year, Dennis Hauger appears to have got his season back on track with a maiden pole position for the opening F4 British Championship race from Thruxton. The Norwegian will also start on the front row for race three.
He’ll be joined on the front row by Jack Doohan, ensuring a Red Bull Junior Team lockout of the front row in race one and three. A late lap from championship leader Ayrton Simmons would put him in second ahead of Doohan for the opening event, though a ten place penalty from Donington Park drops him to twelfth.
Simmons though had been determined to minimise the damage during qualifying, setting the pace as the clock started to tick down. Hauger was having none of it though, going to the top before smashing the lap record set by Sandy Mitchell, during his unstoppable weekend in 2015, with a 1min 13.183.
With Hauger and Doohan locking out the front row, all eyes will be on the Double R pairing of Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri who occupy the second row. Jewiss will start ahead for race one, with the Finn setting a quicker lap fro race three’s order.
The Noah’s Ark of cars continued with Fortec Motorsport seeing Johnathan Hoggard qualify ahead of Hampus Ericsson. A five place penalty for Patrik Pasma ensures that the top eight were rounded out by Sebastian Alvarez and Manuel Sulaiman as Seb Priaulx was surprisingly uncompetitive at a circuit he claimed a win and two poles at last year in Ginetta Juniors.