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Gray quickest in tight British F4 Brands Hatch practice

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Ollie Gray topped free practice for round two of the British Formula 4 season on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout.

The Carlin driver was quickest in both sessions, managing a 44.858s lap in FP1 before a red flag ended the session five minutes early. That benchmark was lowered to 44.565s in the afternoon session.

Championship leader Alex Dunne was second quickest for Hitech GP, just 0.004 seconds behind Gray in FP2.

Dunne set the pace early on in FP1, with Ugo Ugochuku, Georgi Dimitrov, and Gray joining him at the top of the order.

Louis Sharp, who makes his debut this weekend with Carlin now he meets the minimum age of 15, also briefly topped the times late in the session before being knocked down to second by Gray.

Dimitrov ended the session third ahead of Aiden Neate and Ugochukwu.

Joseph Loake, who would fair better in FP2, took sixth, ahead of Daniel Guinchard, Edward Pearson and Noah Lisle. Early pacesetter Dunne wouldn’t keep up with the rate of improvement late on and ended the session P10.

The session came to an end with just under five minutes on the clock when the red flag was brought out. Michael Shin and Joel Pearson were both unable to make it back to the pits.

FP2 was also briefly haulted by a red flag early on as Pearson again appeared to encounter issues. This time action resumed with just under 30 minutes remaining, and at that point Dunne was quickest with Ugochukwu and Guinchard close behind.

Loake was able to improve late in FP2 to briefly go quickest with a 44.641s, only for Gray to again jump to the head of the order.

A late improvement from Dunne put him second as he gears up for a full campaign, with Loake third and Dimitrov fourth.

Ugochukwu managed the exact same laptime as Dimitrov, but set his 44.672s later than Dimitrov so placed fifth. Aiden Neate was just 0.005s back in sixth.

Free practice results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Ollie Gray Carlin 44.565s 66
2 Alex Dunne Hitech GP 44.569s +0.004s 60
3 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 44.641s +0.076s 66
4 Goergi Dimitrov JHR Developments 44.672s +0.107s 68
5 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin 44.672s +0.107s 67
6 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport 44.677s +0.112s 71
7 Daniel Guinchard Argenti Motorsport 44.749s +0.184s 67
8 Eduardo Coseteng Hitech GP 44.845s +0.280s 60
9 Louis Sharp Carlin 44.869s +0.304s 67
10 Noah Lisle JHR Developments 44.924s +0.359s 70
11 Michael Shin Virtuosi 44.928s +0.363s 64
12 Edward Pearson Virtuosi 44.958s +0.393s 78
13 Adam Fitzgerald Argenti Motorsport 45.010s +0.445s 62
14 Oliver Stewart Hitech GP 45.088s +0.523s 71
15 Joel Pearson Chris Dittmann Racing 45.243s +0.678s 74
16 Daniel Mavlyutov Hitech GP 46.149s +1.584s 37