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Fairclough fastest in British F4 test on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout

by Ida Wood

Photo: British F4

Hitech GP’s Deagen Fairclough was fastest in British Formula 4’s pre-season test day on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout.

It was a super competitive test, with just 0.48 seconds covering the top 17 on pace at the end of the day.

Argenti Motorsport’s Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Yuanpu Cui was on top session one, setting a 45.034s lap to lead team-mate Rowan Campbell-Pilling by 0.139s. Rodin Motorsport’s Alex Ninovic was a further 0.037s behind in third, his team-mate Jack Sherwood was 0.218s off the pace in fourth and just 0.002s ahead of Fortec Motorsports’ Kai Daryanani.

Fairclough lowered the pace to 44.714s in session two, and was fastest by 0.203s over Virtuosi Racing’s Maxwell Dodds. Just 0.057s covered second to fifth place, with Campbell-Pilling, Chris Dittmann Racing’s Brt Harrison and Cui completing the top five.

Rodin’s Abbi Pulling was 0.856s off the pace in 18th, while Argenti’s Emily Cotty struggled to lap at pace and Virtuosi’s Martin Molnar was absent. Ninovic, Pulling and Rodin’s James Higgins were the only drivers to go slower than in session one.

Fairclough found even more pace in session three, improving to 44.660s. Higgins was 0.15s behind in second, and Campbell-Pilling was 0.252s back in third. Once again less than 0.9s covered the top 18, and there were seven non-improvers including Harrison and Cui.

Half of the field improved in session four, with Fairclough making a slim 0.037s gain on his session three pace to lead Ninovic by 0.114s and Molnar by 0.162s. Dodds and Pulling were also within 0.2s of him, and the only driver more than a second off the pace was Cotty.

Higgins and Campbell-Pilling ended the test fifth and ninth fastest overall based on their session three times, with Harrison slipping down to 11th (but matching his session two pace in session four) and Cui only 13th despite topping last month’s test day at Brands Hatch and a test at Silverstone last week.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Deagen Fairclough Hitech GP 44.623s 114
2 Alex Ninovic Rodin Motorsport 44.737s +0.114s 124
3 Martin Molnar Virtuosi Racing 44.785s +0.162s 101
4 Maxwell Dodds Virtuosi Racing 44.799s +0.176s 128
5 James Higgins Rodin Motorsport 44.810s +0.187s 136
6 Abbi Pulling Rodin Motorsport 44.816s +0.193s 150
7 Mika Abrahams Hitech GP 44.870s +0.247s 110
8 Jack Sherwood Rodin Motorsport 44.899s +0.276s 123
9 Rowan Campbell-Pilling Argenti Motorsport 44.912s +0.289s 151
10 Kai Daryanani Fortec Motorsports 44.949s +0.326s 142
11 Bart Harrison Chris Dittmann Racing 44.953s +0.330s 131
12 Leo Robinson JHR Developments 44.954s +0.331s 148
13 Yuanpu Cui Argenti Motorsport 44.974s +0.351s 143
14 Nina Pothof Fortec Motorsports 44.979s +0.356s 137
15 Alex Berg Fortec Motorsports 45.029s +0.406s 143
16 Reza Seewooruthun Hitech GP 45.050s +0.427s 122
17 Ella Lloyd JHR Developments 45.103s +0.480s 99
18 Chloe Chong JHR Developments 45.195s +0.572s 98
19 Yuhao Fu Virtuosi Racing 45.338s +0.715s 125
20 Emily Cotty Argenti Motorsport 46.553s +1.930s 138