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Graham beats Fielding to Sunday pole at Brands

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: BRDC F4

Photo: BRDC F4

BRDC F4 Winter Series leader Matthew Graham took pole position in the final qualifying of the two-round championship, beating rival Sennan Fielding to the top at a drying Brands Hatch.

The qualifying began in tricky weather conditions, as the drivers were faced with a difficult choice between slicks and wet tyres. Most of the early stages of the session were led by Falco Wauer, who picked the latter compound, but the scales decisively tipped in favour of dry tyres in the final ten minutes, allowing Graham and others to take the initiative.

Despite the unpredictable track, it was mostly a two-man game for pole, with Graham and Fielding one-upping each other. Eventually, the former settled into first and held on to the lead with a great last-gasp lap.

Kieran Vernon briefly slotted into second at the flag, but was almost immediately demoted to row two by Fielding. Brazilian Pietro Fittipaldi, who was among the backmarkers for most of the run, wound up securing fourth with a strong last lap.

Title contender Jake Cook settled for fifth, ahead of Matteo Ferrer, Wauer and recent maiden race-winner Will Palmer. Dimitris Papanastasiou, Malgosia Rdest and Fredrik Johansen will round out the grid.

Session results
Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matthew Graham Douglas Motorsport 46.922 23
2 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport 47.139 0.217 24
3 Kieran Vernon Hillspeed 47.256 0.334 22
4 Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport 47.294 0.372 23
5 Jake Cook Hillspeed 47.335 0.413 22
6 Matteo Ferrer MGR Motorsport 47.580 0.658 24
7 Falco Wauer Enigma Motorsport 47.618 0.696 20
8 William Palmer HHC Motorsport 47.870 0.948 20
9 Dimitris Papanastasiou Hillspeed 48.830 1.908 19
10 Malgosia Rdest Douglas Motorsport 49.153 2.231 20
11 Fredrik Johansen Chris Dittmann Racing 49.902 2.980 17