- Sargeant and Carlin take pole at Brands Hatch.
- Quinn and TRS Arden secure pole for final race of season.
- Caroline fourth and Piastri sixth for opener.
30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Logan Sargeant charged his way to pole in qualifying at Brands Hatch for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, while Alex Quinn secured pole for the final race of the season.
Sargeant overcame Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist with a lap of 1m 26.587s, the Swede having topped the times for much of the early part of the session.
The Carlin racer timed his lap almost perfectly, recording it just before a red flag was thrown to recover the stricken car of Oliver York and repair the barriers.
“Well that’s exactly how I wanted to start today,” said poleman Sargeant. “First of all I want to say a big thank you to Carlin who have put together an amazing car yet again.
“I was a bit disappointed with the red flag coming out as that really compromised my ability to record a strong second fastest lap to take pole in the final race this weekend.
“Nevertheless, to get my first pole position is really special. It’s something we’ve been working towards all year.
“Now I need to capitalise on this fantastic starting position, take as many points as I can and hopefully I can become vice champion.
“I went out there, gave it my all and it paid off. It’s great to do a fantastic job for Carlin. This pole takes us a step closer towards the Teams Cup.”
“Yesterday wasn’t too bad for us and we built on that for qualifying,” added Lundqvist. “We’ve got a good car underneath us so it was just about me putting the lap together which I kind of did today.
“I think we had the potential for pole, but I didn’t quite hook up the ultimate lap. Then the red flag came, but that was the same for everyone. Congratulations to Logan for a great lap and getting pole. Hopefully we can overtake him in the races.
“With a good start we can immediately strike back. I really wanted that pole, but we’re at the front so we can fight for the top step. We’re definitely in the game this weekend.”
The red flag stoppage resulted in a five minute qualifying showdown with the field taking to the circuit, but few drivers improved as they struggled to get their tyres up to optimum temperature.
Two drivers who did were Jamie Caroline and Hampus Ericsson, the leaders of the F4 British Championship and Ford F4 Challenge Cup respectively. However, both had their fastest times removed for ignoring yellow flags.
Caroline drops from third to fourth on the grid for this afternoon’s race, when he will bid to become FIA British Formula 4 Champion; while Ericsson moves back from sixth on the grid to ninth. The Swede crucially remains the quickest Challenge Cup entrant with Caldwell in 12th and title rival Webb in 18th after being hampered by traffic.
The removal of Caroline’s fastest time sees Alex Quinn move up to a third place grid slot. The TRS Arden racer built on a solid Friday to take pole for the final race of the season courtesy of his second fastest lap time, a 1m 26.945s, which was the class of the field.
Behind Caroline on the third row will line-up the TRS Arden duo of Ayrton Simmons and Oscar Piastri. The latter will look to make a lightning getaway to take the fight to his title rival.
The action steps up a gear this afternoon at Brands Hatch with race one at 1400 and the reverse-grid race following at 1700. Tomorrow afternoon’s final round is live on ITV4 at 1502.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2017
Round 28 grid order
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:26.587
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:26.733
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.826s 1:26.939
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:27.043
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:27.209
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:27.399
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:27.441
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:27.570
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:27.718
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:27.771 etc.
Round 30 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Quinn – Lundqvist – Sargeant – Caroline – Simmons – Piastri – Ericsson – Pasma – York – Caldwell etc.