Bart Horsten leads the way in opening Knockhill practice

  • Australian sets the benchmark time as competitive action begins at Knockhill.
  • Maloney leads title contenders in second, Foster third and Alvarez fifth for Double R.
  • Three red flags in interrupted session, FP2 begins at 13:05 (BST).

Arden Motorsport’s Bart Horsten set the pace in a truncated opening F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost practice session of the weekend at Knockhill.

The Australian continued his form from Wednesday, having topped all four unofficial test sessions, and clocked a best time of 49.419 seconds around the 1.26-mile Fife circuit this morning to edge out points leader Zane Maloney (Carlin) by a mere 0.019s.

He did, however, cause the second of three red-flag stoppages, after a spin at the Arnold Clark chicane scattered gravel on to the racing line, but Horsten continued unaffected to reclaim top spot once the session resumed.

Double R Racing’s Louis Foster was third quickest at the start of a crucial weekend for his title aspirations, with JHR’s Josh Skelton fourth in a leading quartet split by a mere tenth of a second.

Foster’s team-mate Sebastian Alvarez was fifth fastest, just clear of Alex Connor (Arden) and Thruxton double race-winner Carter Williams (JHR), though the American was responsible for the final stoppage after slowing on the approach to Clark’s.

Roberto Faria led Fortec Motorsport’s charge in eighth ahead of Tommy Foster and Abbie Munro (Arden), the latter rounding out the top ten on her first competitive outing in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series.

Reema Juffali (Double R) was eleventh, with Mariano Martinez (Fortec) rounding out the twelve runners after Luke Browning (Richardson Racing) was forced to skip the opening session with a mechanical problem.

The second practice session in Scotland gets underway at 13:05 (BST).

Session Result – Free Practice 1

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport 49.419s
2 Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin +0.019s
3 Louis FOSTER Double R Racing +0.025s
4 Josh SKELTON JHR Developments +0.100s
5 Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing +0.310s
6 Alex CONNOR (R) Arden Motorsport +0.411s
7 Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments +0.438s
8 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +0.670s
9 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport +0.785s
10 Abbie MUNRO Arden Motorsport +1.246s
11 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +1.334s
12 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +1.591s
DNS Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing No time.