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Bolger switches to JHR for British F4 finale, Rees tops Brands Hatch test

by Ida Wood

JHR Developments’ Matthew Rees was fastest in the pre-event test for the British Formula 4 season finale at Brands Hatch, where Dougie Bolger will be a new team-mate.

Bolger has spent the first nine rounds of the season with Carlin, and currently sits 15th in the standings with one win during his rookie campaign.

He was fifth fastest test day, split into a morning and an afternoon session on the circuit’s Indy layout, and was one of five JHR-run cars as South Korean Michael Shin was also in action with the team.

“I’m looking forward to joining JHR this weekend,” said Bolger.

“Carlin have been very supportive this season and I’m grateful for their guidance in my first F4 season.

“As I consider my options for 2022, competing in the final event this year with JHR offers a new challenge and an opportunity to showcase my potential.”

While Rees was on top for a lot of the morning session, there were no truly representative laptimes set in the first two hours of running as Rees led the way with a 54.346s, ultimately six seconds slower than what the day’s fastest would be.

Approaching the halfway point of the four-hour session there was an improvement in pace, but only by a second as Carlin’s James Hedley went fastest with a 53.487s and the 54s barrier was also broken by Argenti Motorsport’s Aiden Neate and Bolger.

Kai Askey then set a 52.750s before heading straight to the pits, but in the next hour the drivers who did go out on track went considerably faster and JHR’s McKenzy Cresswell sat on top with a 47.067s with an hour to go.

But then the action died down again and there were no improvements, meaning Cresswell was the fastest driver of the morning ahead of team-mates Loake, Rees and Bolger.

Rees improved on Cresswell’s benchmark by almost three quarters of a second in the afternoon, although he too improved and 0.125s seperated them at the end of the day. Less than a tenth of a second split Cresswell from Loake and Arden’s Georgi Dimitrov in third and fourth, and Bolger was just over a quarter of a second back in fifth.

There was an additional car run by Argenti for factory Parolin karter Valerio Rinicella who is part of the Top Gun by Pro Racing project launched by Giancarlo Fisichella and has also tested in Spanish F4.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 46.333s 123
2 McKenzy Cresswell JHR Developments 46.458s +0.125s 124
3 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 46.475s +0.142s 141
4 Georgi Dimitrov Arden 46.552s +0.219s 143
5 Dougie Bolger JHR Developments 46.591s +0.258s 137
6 Matias Zagazeta Argenti Motorsport 46.595s +0.262s 133
7 Kai Askey Carlin 46.617s +0.284s 168
8 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport 46.642s +0.309s 124
9 Michael Shin JHR Developments 46.709s +0.376s 147
10 James Hedley Carlin 46.761s +0.428s 174
11 Cameron McLeod Arden 46.785s +0.452s 186
12 Eduardo Coseteng Argenti Motorsport 46.795s +0.462s 128
13 Zak Taylor Arden 46.861s +0.528s 151
14 Marcos Flack Argenti Motorsport 46.901s +0.568s 128
15 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin 46.950s +0.617s 135
16 David Morales Arden 46.967s +0.634s 148
17 Valerio Rinicella Argenti Motorsport 47.094s +0.761s 151