Home Formula 4British F4 Higgins leads top three split by 0.044s in Brands Hatch’s bumper F4 test

Higgins leads top three split by 0.044s in Brands Hatch’s bumper F4 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Rodin Motorsport

James Higgins narrowly topped the times in a bumper Formula 4 test at Brands Hatch on Tuesday.

In total 28 drivers from the British F4 championship and from GB4 took to the circuit’s Grand Prix layout for four sessions.

An unrepresentative pace was set in the sole morning session, with Reza Seewooruthun leading a Hitech GP lockout of the top three positions. His 1m39.041s effort on his sixth and final lap put him 0.355 seconds ahead of Deagen Fairclough, with Mika Abrahams 1.159s off the pace. Rodin Motorsport’s Jack Sherwood was best of the rest in fourth and the only other driver within two seconds of Seewooruthun.

Eighth fastest overall and the top of the GB4 runners, who use first-generation F4 chassis, was KMR Sport’s Harry Burgoyne Jr.

Chloe Chong, Emily Cotty, Dan Hickey and Alex Ninovic all did several laps but since they were all outlaps they had no laptimes next to their names.

Rodin driver Ninovic lowered the pace to 1m36.261s in session two, although it again hard to call that representative, and he topped the times by 0.266s over Fairclough. This time 0.7s covered the top seven, and Elite Motorsport’s Alisha Palmowski was the top GB4 driver in ninth.

There were big gains in session three for every single driver, with laptimes more than 11s faster than before. Rodin’s Higgins stamped his mark on the session, setting a 1m25.173s to be quickest by 0.39s. Fairclough was second fastest, and Abrahams was 0.437s behind in third. The pace difference between the first and second-generation F4 cars was clearer to see this time, with Palmowski’s 1m27.093s lap making her the fastest GB4 driver by 0.049s over team-mate Finn Harrison but only 15th fastest overall and 1.92s off the pace.

Fairclough and Hickey missed the final session, and although Higgins was fastest again he was actually the only driver on track not to set their personal best laptime as he came just 0.017s short of matching the pace he reached in session three.

This time his advantage was trimmed to 0.012s (equating to 0.029s when compared to his earlier benchmark) and Ninovic was his closest rival. Argenti Motorsport’s Yuanpu Cui was only 0.015s further back, with 10 drivers lapping within 0.73s of Higgins. Burgoyne ended the day as the top GB4 driver in 13th overall, 0.861s off the pace but a comfortable 0.28s ahead of Palmowski.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 James Higgins Rodin Motorsport 1m25.173s 45
2 Alex Ninovic Rodin Motorsport 1m25.202s +0.029s 41
3 Yuanpu Cui Argenti Motorsport 1m25.217s +0.044s 44
4 Kai Daryanani Fortec Motorsports 1m25.481s +0.308s 46
5 Mika Abrahams Hitech GP 1m25.529s +0.356s 43
6 Deagen Fairclough Hitech GP 1m25.563s +0.390s 33
7 Rowan Campbell-Pilling Argenti Motorsport 1m25.567s +0.394s 43
8 Reza Seewooruthun Hitech GP 1m25.593s +0.420s 45
9 Zack Scoular Xcel Motorsport 1m25.761s +0.588s 47
10 Jack Sherwood Rodin Motorsport 1m25.848s +0.675s 43
11 Ella Lloyd JHR Developments 1m25.850s +0.677s 41
12 Leo Robinson JHR Developments 1m25.918s +0.745s 40
13 Harry Burgoyne Jr KMR Sport 1m26.034s +0.861s 44
14 Maxwell Dodds Virtuosi Racing 1m26.303s +1.130s 39
15 Alisha Palmowski Elite Motorsport 1m26.314s +1.141s 46
16 Bart Harrison Chris Dittmann Racing 1m26.335s +1.162s 50
17 Martin Molnar Virtuosi Racing 1m26.381s +1.208s 40
18 Finn Harrison Elite Motorsport 1m26.469s +1.296s 51
19 Nina Pothof Fortec Motorsports 1m26.629s +1.465s 43
20 Brandon Templeton Fox Motorsport 1m26.657s +1.484s 48
21 Chloe Chong JHR Developments 1m26.666s +1.493s 37
22 Leon Wilson Arden 1m27.462s +2.289s 47
23 Dan Hickey Fortec Motorsports 1m27.471s +2.298s 25
24 Chloe Grant KMR Sport 1m27.498s +2.325s 45
25 Marcus Luzio 1m27.515s +2.342s 40
26 Megan Bruce Fox Motorsport 1m28.199s +3.026s 40
27 Alexander Mizera Idola Motorsport 1m28.995s +3.822s 43
28 Emily Cotty Argenti Motorsport 1m29.741s +4.568s 36