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Hedley and Browning on British F4 poles at Oulton Park

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

James Hedley and Luke Browning will start the first and third British Formula 4 races at Oulton Park from pole.

JHR Developments driver Hedley bounced back from a difficult Brands Hatch weekend to top qualifying with a 1m23.556s lap around the circuit’s Island layout.

Light rain began shortly before the session and early lap times were hindered by the weather, but the wet weather didn’t last and the track soon began to dry.

Times tumbled throughout the session as Hedley swapped fastest laps with Arden’s Alex Connor, Fortec Motorsports’ Browning, and Carlin’s Zak O’Sullivan.

Hedley’s time, set on his penultimate lap of the session, put him just 0.041s clear of Brownng, the first driver to lap quicker than 1m24s. Browning’s second fastest lap was enough to put him on pole for race three, ahead of Hedley.

O’Sullivan and Connor also improved on their final laps of the session to go sub-1m24s and will line up third and fourth on the grid for races one and three.

Fortec’s Roberto Faria, top Argenti Motorsport driver Casper Stevenson and Arden’s Roman Bilinski all spent time at the sharp end of the field, with Stevenson briefly on provisional pole mid-way through the session, and ended the session fifth, sixth, and seventh.

Qualifying round-up
Race 1 grid
1 James Hedley JHR Developments 1m23.556
2 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports +0.041s
3 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin +0.127s
4 Alex Connor Arden +0.437s
5 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +0.555s
6 Casper Stevenson Argenti Motorsport +0.614s
7 Roman Bilinski Arden +0.702s
8 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments +1.023s
9 Nico Pino Argenti Motorsport +1.689s
10 Frederick Lubin Arden +1.741s

Race 3 grid
1 Browning 1m23.612s
2 Hedley +0.190s
3 O’Sullivan +0.452s
4 Connor +0.464s
5 Faria +0.591s
6 Stevenson +0.688s
7 Pulling +1.110s
8 Bilinski +1.225s
9 Lubin +1.746s
10 Nathanel Hodgkiss JHR Developments +2.111s