JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees set the benchmark time in the opening F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost practice session at Knockhill.
It was Fortec Motorsport’s Joel Granfors that led the field into the closing stages of the session, but two red flags – one for Marcos Flack, the other for Granfors’ team-mate Ollie Gray – after off-track excursions at the chicane halted the running.
When it resumed, both Rees and Abbi Pulling (JHR) were able to get the jump, the former clocking a 49.334 around the 1.2-mile Fife circuit to claim top spot, the gap between them 0.088 seconds.
Granfors therefore slipped to third in the final order, with Gray a further tenth back in fourth despite his off. Carlin’s Dougie Bolger rounded out the top five as the leading member of the Farnham team’s trio.
McKenzy Cresswell was sixth fastest, just two thousandths further back from Bolger and ahead of Arden Motorsport’s Zak Taylor in turn. Championship leader James Hedley (Fortec) was eighth, the top ten completed by Kai Askey (Carlin) and the final JHR challenger of Oulton Park race winner Joseph Loake.
Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta ran up at the sharp end of the timesheets early on but was eventually classified 11th, the Peruvian just ahead of Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak (Carlin).
Aiden Neate was 13th quickest, his team-mates Eduardo Coseteng and Flack ending the session behind the other Red Arrow of David Morales (Arden).
The second and final practice session of the day gets underway at 16:20 BST.
To view the full result, click here: https://www.tsl-timing.com/file/?f=TOCA/2021/213241bf4.pdf