- Returning triple champions set the pace in second free practice session with Zane Maloney.
- Less than a tenth of a second splits remarkably close field ahead of qualifying.
- Bets are off as Ford’s winning formula returns to competitive action at Brands Hatch tomorrow [6th April].
Carlin marked their return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in fine style, setting the pace in the second practice session courtesy of rookie Zane Maloney.
The strength in competition of Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series was exhibited once again, with the entire top five remarkably split by less than a tenth of a second.
Lap times continued to fall in the warmer conditions, with Sebastian Alvarez’s benchmark from the morning lasting scarcely five minutes before Carlin hit the front with a 1-2, as first Maloney and then fellow newcomer Joe Turney took a spell atop the timesheets.
The benchmark time eventually settled at 46.061s after several incremental improvements on each driver’s final stint around the 1.20-mile Kent circuit, Maloney a mere 0.043s clear of Alvarez.
“Today has been a really positive start and we’ve got a few things now we want to try for tomorrow,” explained Maloney.
“The track was definitely better in the warmer conditions this afternoon, but of course that also means the tyres wear off a lot quicker.
“Both myself and Joe [Turney] have done well today; we’re working together as a team and when you do that, you’ll be fighting at the front. Obviously I want to be in front, but if we keep working together it’s going to be close.”
Turney will take spirit from his strong start to life in Ford’s winning formula and was just 0.010s further back in third.
Alex Connor ended a second successive session as the leading Arden Motorsport machine, with the second Double R Racing machine of Louis Foster rounding out an ultra-close top five.
Tommy Foster was only a tenth of a second further adrift in sixth ahead of JHR racer and series returnee Josh Skelton, with Bart Horsten, Fortec’s Roberto Faria and Carter Williams rounding out the top ten.
Mariano Martinez and Reema Juffali made solid ground against their rivals versus the morning’s running and will look to break into that top ten when the weekend’s action resumes in qualifying at 10:00 tomorrow.
|1||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||46.061s|
|2||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+0.043s|
|3||Joe TURNEY (R)||Carlin||+0.053s|
|4||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+0.070s|
|5||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+0.085s|
|6||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+0.155s|
|7||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+0.189s|
|8||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+0.220s|
|9||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+0.446s|
|10||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+0.650s|
|11||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+0.783s|
|12||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+1.248s|