Matthew Rees and JHR Developments set the benchmark time across two practice sessions ahead of this weekends F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost triple header at Donington Park.
The Welsh teenager arrives at the 1.95-mile East Midlands venue aiming to close a 17-point gap to Phinsys by Argenti’s Matias Zagazeta at the championship summit with six races remaining, and his 1:08.093 was a almost three tenths quicker than the Peruvian.
Splitting the pair was McKenzy Cresswell – third in the points – in the second of JHR’s challengers, the 15-year-old just 0.045s shy of his team-mate. Aiden Neate was Rees’ closest challenger in the morning session, and fourth overall as he continues his recent run of form.
Eduardo Coseteng and Joseph Loake rounded out a top-six lock-out for Argenti and JHR respectively, the duo split by less than a tenth. Carlin’s Kai Askey, Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak and James Hedley largely completed the top ten, Joel Granfors’ Fortec machine being the exception in ninth.
Zak Taylor was the best-placed of Arden Motorsport’s quartet in 11th, leading nearest rivals Dougie Bolger (Carlin) and Marcos Flack (Argenti). Silverstone race winner Georgi Dimitrov led David Morales and Cameron McLeod to complete the runners.
With a rest day tomorrow due to noise restrictions at Donington Park, Ford’s rising stars will reconvene for qualifying on Saturday at 11:40 (BST).