Browning leads the charge in red flag-interrupted qualifying

Luke Browning took a comfortable double pole position at Knockhill to give himself the best chance of extending his points lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The Fortec Motorsport was the first driver to break the 50-second barrier in the first half of the session, and after a red flag for Roman Bilinski’s stricken Arden at Clark’s, his benchmark time of 49.330 went unchallenged in a three-minute shootout at the end of the session.

His second-quickest time – a 49.416 – would also have been good enough for pole position, and as a result Browning will start both Races 1 and 3 from the front of the field.

Arden’s Alex Connor and Argenti’s Casper Stevenson rounded out the top three, 0.182 and 0.244 seconds respectively behind Browning. Their positions will be switched around on second-best times for Race 3.

Browning’s closest championship challenger Zak O’Sullivan (Carlin) could only manage fourth, with another tenth of a second covering fifth-placed James Hedley (JHR) and Fortec’s Roberto Faria in a hard-fought session at the front.

Abbi Pulling (JHR) put in another solid showing to take seventh, with leading Rookie Cup entry Rafael Villagomez (Fortec) making it three cars in the top eight for the Daventry-based squad.

Bilinski will take ninth despite hitting the barriers at Clark, 0.069 seconds clear of Argenti’s Nico Pino, who rounds out the ten fastest runners.

Carlin’s Christian Mansell is 11th; Frederick Lubin has a 5-place grid penalty carried over from Oulton Park, but will not be able to take it after setting the 12th fastest time. It therefore carries over until the next race in which the full 5 places can be deducted.

Nat Hodgkiss (JHR), Matias Zagazeta (Carlin) and Reema Juffali (Argenti) are covered by just 0.2 seconds for 13th, 14th and 15th, with the entire grid notably covered by just 1.2 seconds.

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