Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning set the pace in a drizzly opening F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost practice session of the weekend at Brands Hatch (GP).
Browning – a race-winner in the inclement conditions at the Kent circuit back in April – clocked a best time of 1:43.566s around the 2.4-mile GP configuration to edge out Arden Motorsport’s Alex Connor by 0.353 seconds.
That late improvement demoted Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez – the highest-placed among the championship contenders – with the Mexican rounding out a top three split by just over half a second.
Erstwhile session leader Bart Horsten (Arden) was fourth ahead of joint points leader Zane Maloney (Carlin), then came the Fosters – Tommy ahead of Louis – in sixth and seventh.
Josh Skelton led JHR Developments’ two-car effort in seventh with team mate Carter Williams just behind; the top ten is rounded out by Fortec Motorsport’s Mariano Martinez.
Roberto Faria, fresh from announcing a new deal to remain in the Ford EcoBoost-powered category with Fortec for 2020, was eleventh quickest, the field completed by Reema Juffali (Double R) and Abbie Munro (Arden).
The second practice session of the title-deciding weekend gets underway at 14:35 BST.
Provisional Result – Free Practice 1
|1||Luke BROWNING||Richardson Racing||1m43.566s|
|2||Alex CONNOR (R)||Arden Motorsport||+0.353s|
|3||Sebastian ALVAREZ||Double R Racing||+0.544s|
|4||Bart HORSTEN||Arden Motorsport||+0.718s|
|5||Zane MALONEY (R)||Carlin||+1.015s|
|6||Tommy FOSTER||Arden Motorsport||+1.166s|
|7||Louis FOSTER||Double R Racing||+1.202s|
|8||Josh SKELTON||JHR Developments||+1.420s|
|9||Carter WILLIAMS||JHR Developments||+2.364s|
|10||Mariano MARTINEZ||Fortec Motorsport||+2.387s|
|11||Roberto FARIA (R)||Fortec Motorsport||+2.860s|
|12||Reema JUFFALI||Double R Racing||+3.682s|
|13||Abbie MUNRO||Arden Motorsport||+10.546s|