Wet weather specialist Luke Browning tops opening practice at Brands Hatch

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

Pos. Driver Team Time
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