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Dunne leads Guinchard as British F4 testing moves on to Snetterton

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

UAE Formula 4 race-winner Alex Dunne topped the times for Hitech GP in British Formula 4’s second pre-season test of the week.

A total of 15 drivers took to the Snetterton 300 circuit, including a number of drivers yet to confirm their 2022 plans. Among them was Dunne, once again testing with Hitech.

It was a productive day, with no stoppages on track, though rain late in the afternoon limited running for some drivers.

Australian Noah Lisle, running with JHR Developments for the test, topped the times early in the opening session before being supplanted by Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Daniel Guinchard.

Guinchard gradually reduced his own fastest lap, eventually leaving the benchmark at 1m48.937s. The time was untouched for most of the session as most of the field worked on longer runs, before a late flying lap from Dunne who put in a 1m48.783s time to top the order in the final hour.

Nobody would lap sub-1m49s in the afternoon session. McLaren F1 junior Ugo Ugochukwu, who was third quickest in the morning session, set the pace with a 1m49.013s lap in the first 20 minutes, a time which would not be improved upon.

Carlin’s Oliver Gray spent the session second-quickest ahead of Aiden Neate and Robert de Haan.

Despite rain in the final hour of the session, most of the drivers were able to match their lap counts from the morning session, with the exceptions of Edward Pearson (Virtuosi) and Joseph Loake (JHR), who each managed less than 20 laps.

Neate set the most laps throughout the session. The Argenti driver was fourth quickest overall and managed a total of 97 laps.

De Haan joined testing with Chris Dittman Racing alongside Georgi Dimitrov and did 96 laps, as did Carlin’s Louis Sharp as he continued to use a first-generation F4 car in his adaptation to slicks-and-wings machinery.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 1m48.783s 67
2 Daniel Guinchard Argenti Motorsport 1m48.937s +0.154s 95
3 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin 1m48.951s +0.168s 87
4 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport 1m49.049s +0.266s 97
5 Oliver Gray Carlin 1m49.187s +0.404s 85
6 Robert De Haan Chris Dittmann Racing 1m49.527s +0.744s 96
7 Noah Lisle JHR Developments 1m49.699s +0.916s 78
8 Georgi Dimitrov Chris Dittmann Racing 1m49.786s +1.003s 82
9 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 1m49.841s +1.058s 71
10 Edward Pearson Virtuosi 1m49.847s +1.064s 74
11 Eduardo Coseteng Hitech GP 1m49.898s +1.115s 61
12 Adam Fitzgerald Argenti Motorsport 1m49.903s +1.120s 77
13 Michael Shin Virtuosi 1m50.310s +1.527s 92
14 Louis Sharp Carlin 1m50.717s +1.934s 96
15 Oliver Stewart Hitech GP 1m50.970s +2.187s 71