Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta turned in a near-perfect qualifying performance to score his maiden pole positions in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill.
The Peruvian, also a front-runner during pre-event testing earlier in the week, clocked a fastest time of 49.353 around the 1.2-mile Fife circuit to secure top spot, the margin back to fellow front-row starter Joel Granfors (Fortec Motorsport) just 0.013s after another strong display from the Swede.
Crucially, though, Zagazeta’s consistency also ensured he would make it a double pole, his second-fastest lap time just four thousandths shy of his benchmark after a blistering series of laps on his final run.
And, with current championship leader James Hedley (Fortec) qualifying last for both Races 1 and 3, the opportunity now presents itself to the chasing pack to claw back some of the 24-point deficit over the course of the weekend.
Chief among his rivals is JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees, the Welsh racer setting the third-fastest time, one tenth further back from Granfors and ahead of Zagazeta’s Argenti team-mate Eduardo Coseteng in turn.
Aiden Neate put in his best qualifying display so far, the British ace topping the timesheets at one stage in the session before eventually settling in fifth spot. Abbi Pulling was another driver to enjoy a stint at the front, and will start the opening race at 16:10 this afternoon from sixth.
Dougie Bolger’s recent momentum continued, the Japanese racer piloting his Carlin challenger to seventh, twenty thousandths ahead of Oulton Park race-winner Joseph Loake (JHR).
Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak improved as the session wore on to ninth at the chequered flag, the ten fastest runners completed by Ollie Gray in the final Fortec machine.
Kai Askey (Carlin) completes a top eleven split by just half a second, and will have the leading Arden Motorsport challenger of Zak Taylor for company on the sixth row.
McKenzy Cresswell will be frustrated with 13th spot, giving Rees an opportunity to stretch his lead in the Rookie Cup, with Marcos Flack (Argenti) 14th.
David Morales and Hedley round out the runners, but will form the front row of the grid for the reverse grid contest on Sunday morning.
More to follow…