Matthew Rees and JHR Developments claimed another double pole position in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Snetterton.
The 15-year-old clocked a best time of 1:51.752 around the 2.97-mile Norfolk circuit to extend his perfect record – four pole positions from a possible four – by a margin of 0.3 seconds over Fortec Motorsport’s Oliver Gray, a career-best second as he looks to kickstart his title bid.
Rookie Cup points leader McKenzy Cresswell (JHR) put in another strong showing with third, whilst Phinsys by Argenti’s Marcos Flack stormed to fourth to ensure first-year entires would lock out the front two rows of the grid.
And, with chief title protagonists James Hedley and Joel Granfors (both Fortec) down in ninth and tenth after a session hit by numerous track limit penalties, the scene is set for a blockbuster opening race later this afternoon.
Joseph Loake and Abbi Pulling completed another qualifying masterclass for Steven Hunter’s JHR outfit in fifth and seventh respectively, the pair split by the leading Carlin challenger of Roman Bilinski.
Matias Zagazeta will look for a repeat of his Thruxton podium from eighth in the second Argenti-run challenger, the top ten completed by Hedley and Granfors, who start the day separated by 21 points at the championship summit.
Zak Taylor heads up Arden Motorsport’s challenge from eleventh, just under a tenth clear of Dougie Bolger (Carlin) behind. Bolger in turn lead team-mates Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and Kai Askey, with the final Argenti car of Eduardo Coseteng taking 15th spot.
Thomas Ikin and David Morales (both Arden) were next, whilst Richardson Racing’s Georgi Dimitrov showed front-running pace, but fell foul of track limits and was classified 18th. He will, however, have reverse-grid pole position for Race 2 this afternoon (17:20) and a golden opportunity to mark his debut weekend with a strong result. Round 4, meanwhile, gets underway at 13:25.
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