Joe Turney takes sensational debut pole for Carlin at Brands Hatch

  • Rookie Joe Turney edges out Carlin team-mate Maloney to secure pole position for the season-opener on his first attempt.
  • Strength of competition in Ford’s winning formula evident, with the top ten split by a mere 0.3 seconds.
  • Opening race of the season at Brands Hatch begins at 15:50 UK time.

Joe Turney will start his F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost debut from pole position after a sensational season-opening qualifying session at Brands Hatch.

The 17-year old, who only announced his deal to race with Carlin in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series at the last minute on Thursday evening, edged out team-mate Zane Maloney by a mere hundredth of a second to secure top spot.

He set his best time – a 46:346s around the 1.20-mile Indy circuit – midway through a frenetic session on an ever-drying track surface, with no fewer than six drivers enjoying a stint at the top of the timesheets.

“I wasn’t expecting that at all, to be honest,” said Turney.

“In practice yesterday we managed to get a top three, which was really good, so we were hoping to repeat that again. To be on pole position for the first race of the season – I’m really happy with that.

“I think everybody at Carlin has brought me into the championship really well, I haven’t done so many days in the car, but even so they’ve made me feel at home straight away, so I can’t ask for any more from them.

“The team always comes first so we [Turney and Maloney] will do the best job we can and see where we come out at the end.”

The result means Carlin, back in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series after a one-year sabbatical, will lock out the front row for the season-opener as they chase a century of podiums in the category.

Turney and Maloney will both also have the Ford Rookie Award in the back of their minds, with either eligible to win a £5,000 prize as the first Rookie Cup entrants to win a race outright in 2019, should they be victorious this afternoon.

Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez was third and also picked up pole position for the final race on Sunday courtesy of securing the quickest second-best lap time during the session, with JHR’s Carter Williams, a late improver after pitting for fresh rubber, alongside on the second row in fourth.

Row three sees Arden Motorsport’s Tommy Foster edge out namesake Louis at Double R, with Bart Horsten seventh and series returnee Josh Skelton eighth after losing his best lap times for exceeding track limits.

Fortec’s Roberto Faria and the sole Richardson Racing car of Luke Browning round out an ultra-competitive top-ten, with the group split by just 0.365 seconds.

Double R’s Reema Juffali and the second Fortec car of Mariano Martinez share the sixth row in eleventh and twelfth.

The opening race of the weekend at Brands Hatch is scheduled to get underway at 15:50 (UK time).

Session Result

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Joe TURNEY (R) Carlin 46.346s
2 Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin +0.010s
3 Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing +0.031s
4 Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments +0.108s
5 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport +0.154s
6 Louis FOSTER Double R Racing +0.170s
7 Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport +0.222s
8 Josh SKELTON JHR Developments +0.235s
9 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +0.344s
10 Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing +0.385s
11 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +1.038s
12 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +1.114s