JHR Development’s Sennan Fielding drove outstandingly during the qualifying session for the British F4 championship to claim pole position at Silverstone. The previous race winner was running behind Arden’s Luis Leeds for the majority of the session but an outstanding lap with just five minutes of the session remaining, Fielding leapt to the front to claim his pole position during the mixed conditions. Leeds topped the times early in the session and was the driver to beat as they approached the half way point. The rain started falling heavier, this allowed drivers to drop down to below to one-minute lap times. The Australian drivers ran first and second after Double R’s Zane Goddard put in an impressive lap time. With just nine minutes of the session remaining Luis Leeds dropped below the 1:05 lap time but pitted soon after.
Despite the light rain the times were still falling Carlin’s James Pull and Petru Florescu found themselves at the back of the field struggling, they began recovering during the session but it was not enough. Leeds looked to be certain to take pole position until Fielding posted a surprisingly quick lap, this knocking Leeds down. Fielding’s JHR Developments teammate Billy Monger managed to go third with a few minutes of the session remaining.
As the chequered flag was shown Fielding had secured pole position. Leeds qualified in second, just 0.01 seconds behind. Monger and Goddard qualified in third and fourth. Fifth place was Carlin’s Max Fewtrell with teammate Devlin Defrancesco qualifying in sixth. Seventh on the timing screens was the Ginetta Junior reigning champion Jamie Caroline for Fortec. Alongside Caroline for race one will be Carlin’s Petru Florescu. James Pull qualified in ninth for Carlin with Arden’s Rafael Martins rounding out the top ten. Eleventh on the timing screens was Frank Bird followed by Arden’s Ayrton Simmons in twelfth and JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen in thirteenth. Fourteenth on the grid for race one will be Double R’s Carrie Schreiner with Fortec’s Nicolai Kjaergaard in fifteenth. Sixteenth on the grid will be JHR Development’s Jack Butel with Arden’s Jack Martin alongside in seventeenth. Eighteenth on the grid will be Richardson Racing’s Andrew Richardson with Fortec’s Alex Quinn alongside in nineteenth.
©Fay Tilley 17th September 2016.