F4 British Championship

JHR rookie Matthew Rees grabs pole position at Snetterton to continue 2021 hot streak

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Matthew Rees and JHR Developments scored yet another pole position at Snetterton to take a clean sweep of pole positions to begin the rookie’s and team’s 2021 in fine style, sweeping all four pole positions so far.

A time of 1:51.752 was clocked by the 15-year old, with a strong gap of over three tenths back to fellow rookie Oliver Gray, who’s impressive weekend so far has been rewarded with the Fortec Motorsport new boy’s first front row of the season.

Two more rookies filled the second row, with current Rookie Cup leader Mckenzy Cresswell taking an impressive third ahead of Australia’s Marcos Flackin fourth, who will be looking to turn things around after a difficult debut weekend at Thruxton for the Phinsys by Argenti newcomer.

Championship protagonists James Hedley and Joel Granfors qualified down in ninth and tenth respectively, almost guaranteeing an interesting race one this afternoon that could further add a twist and turn in the title fight.

Joseph Loake in fifth and Abbi Pulling in seventh made it all four JHR cars in the top seven, further solidifying the pace of Steven Hunter’s outfit after what could easily be seen as the fastest team on the grid right now. Carlin’s Roman Bilinski slotted in between the pair in sixth place in what has been a tricky weekend so far for the Surrey based squad.

Peruvian Matias Zagazeta will be looking to continue his solid start to the season in eighth for Phinsys by Argenti, with Hedley and Granfors behind rounding out the top ten. Arden Motorsport’s assault starts from back in eleventh, with Zak Taylor lining up alongside promising Japanese rookie Dougie Bolger on the sixth row.

Carlin will also annex the seventh row, with Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Kai Askey keeping close company ahead of the last remaining Phinsys by Argenti car of Eduardo Coseteng down in fifteenth, the Filipino driver looking to continue the impressive race pace shown in Thruxton after setting the most fastest laps of the weekend last time out.

Thomas Ikin and David Morales held sixteenth and seventeenth respectively, with Richardson Racing’s Georgi Dimitrov down in eighteenth and starting at the back for race one, but having a golden opportunity of taking the reverse grid pole position for race two later this evening.

Round 4 gets underway at 13:25pm this afternoon, with the reverse grid round 5 race this evening at 17:20pm.

Qualifying Classification

1Matthew Rees (R)JHR Developments 1:51.752
2Oliver Gray (R)Fortec Motorsport+ 0.358
3Mckenzy Cresswell (R)JHR Developments+ 0.377
4Marcos Flack (R)Phinsys by Argenti+ 0.426
5Joseph LoakeJHR Developments+ 0.578
6Roman BilinskiCarlin+ 0.614
7Abbi PullingJHR Developments+ 0.620
8Matias ZagazetaPhinsys by Argenti+ 0.624
9James HedleyFortec Motorsport+ 0.632
10Joel GranforsFortec Motorsport+ 0.846
11Zak TaylorArden Motorsport+ 0.983
12Dougie Bolger (R)Carlin+ 1.055
13Tasanapol InthraphuvasakCarlin+ 1.193
14Kai Askey (R)Carlin+ 1.306
15Eduardo Coseteng (R)Phinsys by Argenti+ 1.452
16Thomas Ikin (R)Arden Motorsport+ 1.848
17David Morales Arden Motorsport+ 2.104
18Georgi DimitrovRichardson Racing+ 2.226
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