1 APRIL, 2017 – Carlin’s Jamie Caroline delivered on his front-running form throughout testing by storming his way to pole position for the opening round of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season at Brands Hatch Indy.
Caroline was consistently be found towards the top of the timing screen during qualifying; his best lap of 45.781s coming in the dying minutes and enough to earn him pole and the fastest lap ever recorded by a Ford EcoBoost-powered F4 car at Brands Hatch Indy.
Such was Caroline’s imperious performance in qualifying that his second fastest lap was a mere 0.014s off his best, netting him pole for the final race of the weekend which will be broadcast live on ITV4 at 1620 on Sunday.
Testing yesterday promised a titanic battle for pole and qualifying duly delivered. TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri found himself at the top of the times before Caroline’s late flyers. A 45.877s lap from the Aussie, less than a tenth off pole.
TRS Arden’s strong pace around the 1.2-mile circuit was underlined by Cornish racer Alex Quinn, who will line up third on the grid.
Yesterday’s testing pacesetter Linus Lundqvist was constantly in the mix for pole, but couldn’t quite match his best from testing, having to settle for a lap of 46.017s and a second row grid slot.
Carlin’s Logan Sargeant and Patrik Pasma wound up fifth and sixth respectively, followed by Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden).
Simmons’ team-mate Yves Baltas found himself in P10 as the chequered flag fell, ensuring that all four TRS Arden-run cars qualified inside the top 10.
Manuel Sulaiman was quickest of the JHR Developments drivers, breaking into the top 10 with the eighth fastest time, which was just 0.018s quicker than team-mate Billy Monger.
While Monger had to settle for ninth on the grid, he will find consolation in the fact that he was quickest of the Ford F4 Challenge Cup entrants.
It gives him a fantastic chance to become the first ever Challenge Cup class race winner, with rivals Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) and Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) in 13th and 14th respectively. Although the latter battled with a technical issue throughout the session, suggesting that there is more pace up his sleeve.
The first race of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford kicks off at 1510 and it promises to provide a captivating battle for the first win of the year.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford
Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch Indy, 1 April, 2017
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 45.781s
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 45.877s
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 46.004s
4 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 46.017s
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 46.052s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 46.104s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 46.115s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 46.294s
9 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 46.312s
10 Yves BALTAS / USA / Arden 46.344s etc.
Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Caroline – Piastri – Quinn – Lundqvist – Pasma – Sargeant – Simmons – Monger – Baltas – Sulaiman