Zane Maloney continues to lead the way in Croft testing

Zane Maloney continued his one hundred percent record at the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost’s two-day test at Croft Circuit, topping the time sheets for the third consecutive session.

The early running around the 2.1-mile Yorkshire circuit was interrupted by two red flag stoppages in quick succession, with Reema Juffali and Roberto Faria going off at Tower and Sunny In respectively. The former would make it back out on circuit late in the session, but Faria’s Fortec Motorsport-run machine remained in pit lane thereafter.

Initially it was Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez that led the way, but an improvement in the second half of the session from Thruxton double race-winner Maloney lowered the benchmark for the test overall to 1:19.158 – yet another unofficial lap record for Croft.

Alvarez would eventually finish the session third overall after late improvements from Arden duo Tommy Foster and Alex Connor put them second and fourth respectively.

Carlin’s Joe Turney and new-for-2019 Motorsport UK Academy driver Josh Skelton (JHR) rounded out a top six split by just half a second, though even more notably positions second through seventh were split by just a single tenth of a second, highlighting yet again the level of competition in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 category.

It was the final of the Red Arrows, Bart Horsten, that took seventh, edging out the sole Richardson Racing car of Luke Browning by 0.2s. Carter Williams was classified ninth on his first outing of the two-day test, with Mariano Martinez (Fortec) rounding out the top ten.

Juffali was able to get back out on circuit and registered the eleventh fastest time, whilst Faria was twelfth after only completing those four initial laps at the start of the morning.

Championship leader Louis Foster is absent from testing today due to exams.

The second session of the day – and the final of the test overall – is scheduled to start at 14:00 BST.

Session Result – AM (Wednesday)

Pos. Driver Team Time
1 Zane MALONEY (R) Carlin 1m19.158s
2 Tommy FOSTER Arden Motorsport +0.438s
3 Sebastian ALVAREZ Double R Racing +0.444s
4 Alex CONNOR (R) Arden Motorsport +0.465s
5 Joe TURNEY (R) Carlin +0.486s
6 Josh SKELTON JHR Developments +0.508s
7 Bart HORSTEN Arden Motorsport +0.530s
8 Luke BROWNING Richardson Racing +0.747s
9 Carter WILLIAMS JHR Developments +1.153s
10 Mariano MARTINEZ Fortec Motorsport +1.158s
11 Reema JUFFALI Double R Racing +2.804s
12 Roberto FARIA (R) Fortec Motorsport +5.438s