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JHR’s James Hedley fastest in British F4 Thruxton free practice

by Elliot Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

James Hedley used local knowledge to set the pace by over a third of a second in British Formula 4 free practice at Thruxton.

The JHR Developments driver got close to the qualifying lap record for the series in FP1, setting a 1m13.341s lap that was comfortably faster than the rest of the 12-car grid.

Argenti Motorsport’s Casper Stevenson, who along with Hedley won at Thruxton when they were racing in Ginetta Junior last year, was second fastest but 0.361s behind.

Zak O’Sullivan was next best for Carlin, 0.400s off the pace, and while he did go fastest in FP2 he did not beat his best lap from the morning.

Championship leader Luke Browning was second to O’Sullivan in the afternoon session, and that put him fourth overall in the combined classification.

Abbi Pulling (JHR) and Alex Connor (Arden) were only fractionally slower than Browning in fifth and sixth place.

The top 11 cars were within a second of Hedley, with only Carlin’s Matias Zagazeta truly off the pace. This was partly down to a mechanical issue that left him stranded on track in FP1 and reduced the time he had to set laps.

 

Free Practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 James Hedley JHR Developments 1m13.341s 50
2 Casper Stevenson Argenti Motorsport 1m13.702s +0.361s 51
3 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m13.741s +0.400s 51
4 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports 1m13.848s +0.507s 50
5 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments 1m13.875s +0.534s 50
6 Alex Connor Arden 1m13.926s +0.585s 45
7 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m14.015s +0.674s 51
8 Frederick Lubin Arden 1m14.038s +0.697s 48
9 Reema Juffali Argenti Motorsport 1m14.103s +0.762s 53
10 Rafael Villagomez Fortec Motorsports 1m14.171s +0.830s 51
11 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m14.223s +0.882s 47
12 Matias Zagazeta Carlin 1m15.030s +1.689s 40