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JHR’s James Hedley fastest in final British F4 pre-season test

by Bethonie Waring

JHR Developments driver James Hedley topped the times in mixed conditions in British Formula 4’s pre-season test at Thruxton.

The day was mostly spent running wet weather tyres but conditions improved enough for the field to put on slick tyres during the final session of the day.

In that session, Hedley managed a 1m13.845s lap, just four tenths of a second off last year’s pole position time.

Fortec Motorsports returnee Roberto Faria was second quickest, 0.204s back, ahead of Double R F4 with Argenti Motorsport rookie Nico Pino and Arden’s Alex Connor.

In the earlier wet conditions, Fortec driver Luke Browning was the only driver to set a time faster than 1m20s.

Browning topped the times in the first session of the day, setting a 1m19.878s lap. That wouldn’t be improved upon until the track began to dry towards the end of the day.

He ended the day sixth fastest overall, his dry weather time putting him just behind Double R’with Argenti’s Casper Stevenson on the timing sheets.

Faria was second fastest in the wet, topping the times in the second session of the day, half a second adrift of Browning’s time.

Earlier pre-season testing has also been by wet weather running, with many of the drivers not testing in the dry until the Donington Park media day. However, this didn’t appear to deter many, as the top nine were all covered by less than a second.

JHR’s Abbi Pulling was seventh ahead of top Carlin driver Zak O’Sullivan, who ran in both the #51 and #31 cars over the course of the day. Marijn Kremers, who is set to run the #31 this season, was not present at the test.

Pulling’s team-mate Nathaneal Hodgkiss, who was confirmed to race in the series earlier this week, was also not present.

Mathias Zagazeta was the second fastest in the rookie classification and ninth overall, while Rafael Villagomez completed the top 10.


Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 James Hedley JHR Developments 1m13.845s 91
2 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m14.049s +0.204 80
3 Nico Pino Double R w/ Argenti 1m14.129s +0.284 75
4 Alex Connor Arden 1m14.206s +0.361 94
5 Casper Stevenson Double R w/ Argenti 1m14.214s +0.369 87
6 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports 1m14.428s +0.583 90
7 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments 1m14.433s +0.588 93
8 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m14.687s +0.842 89
9 Mathias Zagazeta Carlin 1m14.796s +0.951 93
10 Rafael Villagomez Fortec Motorsports 1m14.975s +1.130 93
11 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m14.981s +1.136 96
12 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m15.019s +1.174 92
13 Reema Juffali Double R w/ Argenti 1m15.290s +1.445 85
14 Frederick Lubin Arden 1m15.334s +1.489 93