Stevenson sets the early pace in Brands Hatch first practice

Argenti Motorsport’s Casper Stevenson set the pace in opening practice for this weekend’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost triple header at Brands Hatch GP.

Stevenson set his benchmark time, a 1:28.293, in the final ten minutes of the session to demote Arden’s Alex Connor into second, just a tenth adrift around the 2.4-mile Kent circuit.

Another erstwhile pace-setter, Carlin’s Christian Mansell, rounds out the top three, a further 0.033s back, with Fortec’s Roberto Faria and current championship leader Zak O’Sullivan completing the top five.

JHR Developments team mates Abbi Pulling and James Hedley were next in sixth and seventh respectively, just ahead of Argenti’s Nico Pino in eighth.

Matias Zagazeta made it three Carlin machines in the top ten with ninth, the gap to Roman Bilinski (Arden) behind just 0.026s.

Rookie Cup standings leader Rafael Villagomez was eleventh, Frederick Lubin twelfth and Luke Browning – currently the driver closest to O’Sullivan in the standings – was thirteenth.

The field is completed by Reema Juffali (Argenti) and Nat Hodgkiss (JHR), with the entire field covered by just over 1.6-seconds after a drama-free 45 minute session.

Free Practice 2 continues the build-up to the weekend at 14:40 (BST).

Classification – Free Practice 1

Pos. Name Team Time Laps
1 Casper STEVENSON Argenti Motorsport 1:28.293 22
2 Alex CONNOR Arden Motorsport +0.120s 25
3 Christian MANSELL Carlin +0.153s 19
4 Roberto FARIA Fortec Motorsport +0.243s 27
5 Zak O’SULLIVAN Carlin +0.342s 23
6 Abbi PULLING JHR Developments +0.460s 24
7 James HEDLEY JHR Developments +0.607s 22
8 Nico PINO Argenti Motorsport +0.644s 23
9 Matias ZAGAZETA Carlin +0.854s 24
10 Roman BILINSKI Arden Motorsport +0.870s 26
11 Rafael VILLAGOMEZ Fortec Motorsport +1.316s 26
12 Frederick LUBIN Arden Motorsport +1.457s 26
13 Luke BROWNING Fortec Motorsport +1.646s 9
14 Reema JUFFALI Argenti Motorsport +1.648s 19
15 Nathanael HODGKISS JHR Developments +1.698s 8