F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost points leader Zak O’Sullivan (Carlin) topped the timesheets in final practice after a series of late improvements on a drying track at Oulton Park.
O’Sullivan, who arrives at the 2.26-mile Cheshire circuit with an 18-point buffer over local racer Luke Browning (Fortec), switched to slick tyres with the rest of the field after his install laps and gradually set about scaling the timesheets.
His benchmark time – a 1:23.703 – was set with less than 90 seconds of the 45-minute session remaining, and proved enough to beat erstwhile leader Argenti Motorsport’s Casper Stevenson by 0.017 seconds.
The remainder of the top five – Arden’s Alex Connor, Fortec’s Luke Browning and JHR’s James Hedley – also took turns at the head of the field earlier in the session, and with all five separated by 0.3 seconds, and from five different teams, the odds on a blockbuster qualifying session tomorrow morning look strong.
Roberto Faria (Fortec) was sixth, 0.035s behind the leading quintet in the sister Fortec car and just under two tenths clear of Abbi Pulling (JHR) and Roman Bilinski (Arden) in seventh and eighth respectively.
Frederick Lubin made it all three of Arden’s ‘Red Arrows’ in the top ten with ninth, with Nat Hodgkiss tenth after recovering well from a small off at the Island Hairpin in the morning session.
The remaining two entries apiece for Carlin and Argenti finished the session staggered from eleventh onwards, the order Matias Zagazeta, Nico Pino, Christian Mansell and Reema Juffali.
Competitive action begins in Cheshire with qualifying tomorrow at 09:05 (BST).
Classification – Free Practice 2
|2||Casper STEVENSON||Argenti Motorsport||+0.017s||17|
|3||Alex CONNOR||Arden Motorsport||+0.189s||22|
|4||Luke BROWNING||Fortec Motorsport||+0.206s||24|
|5||James HEDLEY||JHR Developments||+0.347s||18|
|6||Roberto FARIA||Fortec Motorsport||+0.382s||23|
|7||Abbi PULLING||JHR Developments||+0.527s||23|
|8||Roman BILINSKI||Arden Motorsport||+0.593s||26|
|9||Frederick LUBIN||Arden Motorsport||+1.273s||25|
|10||Nathanael HODGKISS||JHR Developments||+1.358s||22|
|12||Nico PINO||Argenti Motorsport||+2.138s||22|
|14||Reema JUFFALI||Argenti Motorsport||+2.812||17|