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James Higgins claims pole for British F4’s 250th race

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

James Higgins will start on pole for British Formua 4’s 250th race after topping the times in qualifying at Oulton Park. 

The Fortec Motorsports driver earned a double pole after not only setting the fastest lap but also having the fastest second-best time of any driver, putting him on pole for race one.

Higgins went to the top of the order in qualifying when he took the chequered flag, setting 1m20.208s to lead Hitech GP’s Kanato Le by 0.054 seconds.  

The pair had been swapping times at the top of the order throughout the session, gradually lowering the pace down from the 1m20.490s benchmark that Le set in the first half of qualifying. 

Aqil Alibhai briefly put himself in first place, but did not improve his pace in the closing stages and dropped to seventh. Deagen Fairclough, another driver who briefly topped the times, also struggled to improve as the session went on and will start eighth for the third and final race of the weekend. 

Dion Gowda spent most of qualifying in the midfield on the timesheet but jumped up to third late on to qualify ahead of Aiden Neate, Daniel Guinchard and Will Macintyre. 

Louis Sharp set the pace early on but could only manage to be ninth quickest in the end, ahead of Gabriel Stilp. The top 18 drivers were separated by just 1.008s. 

Qualifying round-up
Race 1 grid
1 James Higgins Fortec Motorsports 1m20.286s
2 Kanato Le Hitech GP +0.039s
3 Dion Gowda Carlin +0.094s
4 Aqil Alibhai Virtuosi Racing +0.099s
5 Aiden Neate Fortec Motorsports +0.192s
6 Louis Sharp Carlin +0.211s
7 William Macintyre Hitech GP +0.216s
8 Deagen Fairclough JHR Developments +0.272s
9 Daniel Guinchard Chris Dittmann Racing +0.296s
10 Gabriel Stilp Hitech GP +0.415s

Race 3 grid
1 Higgins 1m20.208s
2 Le +0.054s
3 Gowda +0.072s
4 Neate +0.105s
5 Guinchard +0.112s
6 Macintyre +0.161s
7 Alibhai +0.163s
8 Fairclough +0.258s
9 Sharp +0.279s
10 Stilp +0.344s