James Pull fires opening salvo in Ford MSA Formula

  • Carlin lockout at the top of the time sheets, with entire field covered by just a second.
  • Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard leads the chasing pack.
  • Quinn bounces back from difficult morning.

01 April, 2016 – Carlin dominated proceedings during today’s official Ford British F4 testing at Brands Hatch with Max Fewtrell and James Pull topping the morning and afternoon sessions respectively. It was the latter’s time which caught the eye as the fastest of the day.

A 45.954s lap from Pull was enough to ensure he grabbed the headlines, but only just as team-mates Fewtrell and Devlin DeFrancesco finished the test less than five hundredths of a second away.

Said Pull: “I’m really pleased with how today went; it was all about getting a good lap hooked up. Qualifying is going to be so close. It will be the most important session of the weekend because the track isn’t the easiest to overtake on, especially with all the drivers so evenly matched.”

DeFrancesco added: “There are so many positives that we can take from my day, James’ day and Max’s day. We can combine all the positives and everything we have learned to put together perfect qualifying runs tomorrow.”

Meanwhile a buoyant Max Fewtrell commented: “It’s great to be able to carry this momentum throughout the sessions today after such a strong pre-season. I’ve had a look at the data and there’s definitely a few things I can do to go even faster.”

Zane Goddard ended the collective test a month ago at the Kent circuit in second place, but had to settle for fourth today. Nevertheless, it was a strong showing from the Australian who led the charge from the rest of the field.

Fortec Motrosports’ Alex Quinn flew the flag for the Racing Steps Foundation, bouncing back from a morning session with limited mileage to end the day in fifth.

Said Quinn: “The afternoon session went really well. We knew as a team we had to work hard and we did a great job. We’ve got loads of good data now and we go into the rest of the weekend with plenty of confidence.”

TRS Arden’s star performer of the day was undoubtedly Rafael Martins, who leapt up the order having improved by almost a second in the afternoon compared to his morning’s efforts. His team-mate, Red Bull Junior Team driver Luis Leeds, had a solid test in eighth.

TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield said: “The field is arguably even more competitive than last year. You can quite easily make a case for at least seven or eight drivers being real title contenders and that includes our drivers who we intend to get off to a flying start this weekend.”

With the field covered by just a second the scene is set for a scintillating weekend of Ford EcoBoost powered racing.

The action at Brands Hatch starts at 9.00am tomorrow with qualifying followed by two races. The final race of the weekend will be broadcast live on ITV4 at 14.55 on Sunday.

Leading testing times Brands Hatch Indy 1 April 2016 (am/pm)
1 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 46.300 / 45.954
2 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 46.176 / 45.982
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 46.376 / 45.994
4 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 46.394 / 46.015
5 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 48.429 / 46.054
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / TRS Arden 46.910 / 46.056
7 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 46.933 / 46.073
8 Luis LEEDS / AUS / TRS Arden 46.643 / 46.118
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / TRS Arden 46.365 / 46.131
10 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 46.241 / 46.137 etc

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