- TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn beats Carlin’s Logan Sargeant to top spot by 0.078s.
- Top 11 covered by less than a second at the Speedway.
25 AUGUST, 2017 – With less than a second covering the top 11 drivers in F4 British Championship testing at Rockingham, the scene is set for a thrillingly competitive weekend of Ford EcoBoost-powered action at the Northamptonshire Speedway.
TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn edged out free practice one pacesetter Logan Sargeant in an entertaining final 15 minutes of free practice two which saw much of the field take to the track for qualifying simulations.
Quinn’s best lap of 1m 18.711s came with nine minutes remaining. The 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion followed up a strong showing in the opening session during which he was pacesetter for the majority.
“It’s been a very positive day,” said Quinn of his Friday running. “The car felt really good, especially on our final run and I’ve improved throughout the day.
“Nevertheless, I’m sure we can find more time. Today’s performance has left me in a good place mentally for tomorrow.
“We tried to simulate qualifying on our final run. We made a change to the car and that helped us set the fastest lap time.
“It bodes well for qualifying and our long runs were good in the first session. Hopefully we can find the right balance between the two.”
Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist looked to be Quinn’s closest challenger as the clock ticked down with a 1m 18.880s lap.
However, Sargeant was the last of the front-runners to blink and chipped away at Quinn’s benchmark, ultimately recording a time that was just 0.078s shy.
Said Sargeant: “P1 in FP1 and P2 in FP2 hopefully means we’re looking good going into tomorrow.
“We still need to find that extra tenth to Alex, but I’m sure we will and we can fight for pole in qualifying.
“I expect myself to be at the top of the times everywhere, but I like this track a lot and I think we can target some excellent results weekend.”
Sargeant’s best time of the day came in the first session, a 1m 18.789s putting him a mere 0.063s clear of team-mate and championship leader Jamie Caroline. The latter’s time proving his fastest of the day and earning him third on the combined timesheets.
Title rival Oscar Piastri, bounced back from a quiet free practice one to record the fifth quickest tour of the Speedway late in the afternoon and finish two tenths adrift of Quinn.
Knockhill race winner Oliver York wound up sixth fastest having finished free practice one in fourth, with team-mate Hampus Ericsson just over a tenth of a second further back in ninth. The Fortec Motorsports duo sandwiching Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Carlin) on the timesheets.
Manuel Sulaiman completed the top 10 for JHR Developments after a solid day’s running which saw them carefully work through their Friday programme.
TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell missed out on the top 10 by 0.135s, but is confident of finding time around the 1.94-mile circuit, particularly in sector three. Meanwhile Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) recorded the 12th fastest time despite struggling to find the right balance with his car.
Official qualifying is set for 1020 tomorrow ahead of a 1415 start for the 22nd round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1512.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Leading testing times Rockingham 25 August 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.010 / 1:18.711
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.789 / 1:18.847
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:18.852 / 1:19.088
4 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:19.075 / 1:18.880
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:19.222 / 1:18.943
6 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:19.042 / 1:19.177
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:19.049 / 1:19.071
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:19.094 / 1:19.445
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.169 / 1:19.508
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:19.733 / 1:19.467 etc.