After a long and gruelling four month wait due COVID-19, the 2020 British F4 Championship finally roared into life for the opening round at Donington Park.
There was the small matter of qualifying to take care of first for the 16 drivers. With more overcast and cooler conditions compared to yesterday’s practice running, the 15 drivers would have to quickly adapt to the temperature changes and be on the limit immediately during this 20 minute qualifying session.
It was the JHR Development trio of James Hedley, Abbi Pulling and Nathanael Hodgkiss that quickly set the early pace straight put of the box on their opening flying laps. The Carlin drivers of Matias Zagazeta, Christian Mansell and Zak O’Sullivan all ran installation laps and returned to the pit lane, appearing to check the conditions after the big change in climate from yesterday.
One of the championship favourites, Luke Browning, was promptly up to the top of the leaderboard with a 1:08.772, usurping the previous benchmark set by Ginetta Junior champion James Hedley. The Fortec Motorsport man will be looking to title glory this season after a strong campaign for Richardson Racing in 2019, amassing two wins and finishing fifth in the driver’s standings.
Scholarship winner, Casper Stevenson was also stating his intent for Argenti Motorsport with a quick time that left him less than three tenths behind Browning to leave him in third place just behind Arden Motorsport‘s Alex Connor, who returns to British F4 in 2020 with the intention of using his experience to have a run at the championship.
But with just five minutes to go, it was Fortec’s Roberto Faria that was setting the times alight with a 1:08.269 that placed the Brazilian at the top of the leaderboard.
But with two minutes to go, it was James Hedley that bolted to the top of the times with stunning lap of 1:08.184 to take his maiden pole position in British F4, starting the season off in the perfect way. Roberto Faria held on to second place, closely followed by Luke Browning in third, Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan in fourth and Alex Connor in fifth for Arden.
Race one will take place 14:45 BST later this afternoon.
|1||James Hedley||JHR Developments||1:08.184|
|2||Roberto Faria||Fortec Motorsport||1:08.269|
|3||Luke Browning||Fortec Motorsport||1:08.282|
|5||Alex Connor||Arden Motorsport||1:08.394|
|6||Abbi Pulling||JHR Developments||1:08.554|
|7||Casper Stevenson||Argenti Motorsport||1:06.655|
|8||Roman Bilinski||Arden Motorsport||1:08.776|
|11||Rafael Villagomez||Fortec Motorsport||1:09.041|
|12||Frederick Lubin||Arden Motorsport||1:09.041|
|13||Nathanael Hodgkiss||JHR Developments||1:09.159|
|14||Nico Pino||Argenti Motorsport||1:09.291|
|15||Reema Juffali||Argenti Motorsport||1:09.481|