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Joseph Loake leads JHR 1-2 on British F4 media day at Silverstone

by Jordan Edwards

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

JHR Developments’ sophomore Joseph Loake set the pace around Silverstone’s National layout in British Formula 4’s pre-season media day test.

Loake was fastest in the morning and afternoon, ending the day on top with a 54.066s lap in the latter session.

His team-mate Georgi Dimitov was second fastest, followed by Carlin’s Ugo Ugochukwu who was just 0.008 seconds slower.

The drivers present benefitted from two sessions of running with no red flags or interrutions, and teams had taken part in an untimed shakedown prior to the moring session getting underway.

Loake was quick to get up to speed, but then it was Ugochukwu who set the pace early on with a benchmark time of 54.462s.

Argenti Motorsport’s Daniel Guinchard was only 0.071s behind Ugochukwu, then Dimitrov came within 0.002s of the McLaren junior as the morning session approached the last hour of running. After that, Guinchard took top spot with a lap that included the fastest first sector as the clock counted down with 25 minutes to go.

Carlin put Ugochukwu and Oliver Gray on longer running, and Gray eventually ended up outpacing his team-mate.

In the final minutes of the morning it was Loake who returned to first place, setting a 54.214s to put himself 0.041s clear of Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 junior Guinchard who set the most laps.

Argenti was the first team out the track in the morning, with each of its drivers putting in 27 laps before returning to the pits, while British F4 newcomer Virtuosi Racing was last of the six teams to venture out. Fortec Motorsports was not present at the test, as it is yet to sign any drivers for 2022.

Guinchard, Gray and Carlin’s third driver Louis Sharp were the only drivers not to improve in the afternoon, which, once all drivers had set installation laps, was topped by Dimitrov with a 54.170s lap that made him the fastest driver of the day.

Ugochuwku was 0.008s behind, Loake was 0.016s slower and Argenti’s Aiden Neate was also within a tenth of Dimitrov. Eventually Loake found more pace, and moved to the top by 0.138s with a 54.032s lap.

Joel Pearson, who will debut in British F4 this year with Chris Dittmann Racing as he recovers from bone cancer, just broke into the 54s in the afternoon session and ended up just 0.794s off the pace.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 54.032s 93
2 Georgi Dimitrov JHR Developments 54.170s +0.138s 105
3 Ugo Ugochukwu Carlin 54.178s +0.146s 104
4 Aiden Neate Argenti Motorsport 54.238s +0.206s 116
6 Daniel Guinchard Argenti Motorsport 54.255s +0.223s 123
5 Oliver Gray Carlin 54.270s +0.238s 101
7 Eduardo Coseteng Hitech GP 54.462s +0.430s 90
8 Louis Sharp Carlin 54.514s +0.482s 113
9 Michael Shin Virtuosi 54.558s +0.526s 92
10 Noah Lisle JHR Developments 54.564s +0.532s 78
11 Oliver Stewart Hitech GP 54.695s +0.663s 96
12 Adam Fitzgerald Argenti Motorsport 54.748s +0.716s 131
13 Edward Pearson Virtuosi 54.815s +0.783s 103
14 Joel Pearson Chris Dittmann Racing 54.826s +0.794s 98
15 Daniel Mavlyutov Hitech GP 55.888s +1.856s 117