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Beer tops rain-soaked Friday running ahead of BRDC F4 opener

by Peter Allen
Nicolas Beer

Photo: BRDC F4

UK racing newcomer Nicolas Beer topped the timesheets on a wet pre-event test day at Silverstone ahead of the opening round of the BRDC F4 season.

The former ADAC Formel Masters racer went quickest in the first of four sessions, with weather conditions worsening later in the day.

“First practice was quite good with plenty of free laps to really push the car to the limit and see what it felt like,” said the Dane. “After that it was very tricky on track with the conditions, but it’s good to be fastest at the end of the day, it shows we have pace.

“I’ve always liked the wet, but not when it’s too wet! But I always go well when it rains and I’m hopeful that if conditions remain the same for the rest of the weekend I can take some really good results.”

The opening session’s times were the best of the day, with Gustavo Lima second ahead of Falco Wauer, Diego Menchaca and George Russell.

Tom Jackson was sixth ahead of fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Will Palmer. Raoul Hyman, Alfredo Zabalza and reigning Protyre Formula Renault champion Chris Middlehurst.

The Douglas Motorsport pairing of Menchaca and Charlie Eastwood excelled in the difficult conditions as they finished first and second in the three remaining sessions.

Overall testing times
Pos Driver Team Time Gap
1 Nicolas Beer Sean Walkinshaw Racing 2:26.151
2 Gustavo Lima Hillspeed 2:26.343 0.192
3 Falco Wauer Enigma Motorsport 2:26.467 0.316
4 Diego Menchaca Douglas Motorsport 2:27.020 0.869
5 George Russell Lanan Racing 2:27.069 0.918
6 Tom Jackson Chris Dittmann Racing 2:27.935 1.784
7 Will Palmer HHC Motorsport 2:27.968 1.817
8 Raoul Hyman HHC Motorsport 2:28.157 2.006
9 Alfredo Zabalza Hillspeed 2:28.273 2.122
10 Chris Middlehurst Mark Godwin Racing 2:28.275 2.124
11 Jordan Albert Sean Walkinshaw Racing 2:28.764 2.613
12 David Wagner Mark Godwin Racing 2:28.795 2.644
13 Rahul Mayer Hillspeed 2:28.826 2.675
14 Arjun Maini Lanan Racing 2:28.844 2.693
15 Gaetano Di Mauro PetroBall 2:28.851 2.700
16 Charlie Eastwood Douglas Motorsport 2:28.999 2.848
17 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport 2:29.716 3.565
18 Diego Borelli Sean Walkinshaw Racing 2:30.814 4.663
19 Struan Moore Lanan Racing 2:31.480 5.329
20 Rodrigo Fonseca Douglas Motorsport 2:33.042 6.891
21 Michael Claessens Mark Godwin Racing 2:35.525 9.374
22 Dan Roeper PetroBall 2:38.471 12.320