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Macintyre tops super close British F4 practice at Knockhill

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Hitech GP’s William Macintyre was fastest in British Formula 4 free practice at Knockhill today by just 0.019 seconds.

Both sessions were hotly contested, with 0.787s covering the whole field at the end of the day.

It was initially an all-Hitech battle to be quickest in FP1, with James Piszyck leading team-mates Gabriel Stilp and Kanato Le by 0.084s and 0.104s respectively.

JHR Developments’ Deagen Fairclough was best of the rest, 0.112s off the pace, before Rodin Carlin’s Dion Gowda jumped from seventh to first with 17 minutes left of the session by setting a 48.352s lap.

That put him 0.006s ahead of Piszyck, and his team-mate Louis Sharp went fourth fastest, 0.101s off the benchmark.

Chris Dittmann Racing’s Gustav Jonsson then topped the times, having previously been sat in 14th, by setting a 48.277s. That was just 0.002s faster than Gowda, who improved his pace.

It was all change at the top again in the final six minutes, as Sharp moved 0.185s clear with a 48.083s laptime. Macintyre went second fastest, with the previous pacesetters shuffled down to third and fourth.

FP1 ended with Sharp breaking into sub-48s territory, and Gowda improving to get back past Jonsson into third. Everyone lapped sub-49s, with 0.829s covering the 19-car field.

Several hours later the drivers were back on track for FP2, and Chris Dittmann Racing’s Jack Sherwood was the early benchmark driver as he set a 48.307s. That kept him on top for over 10 minutes until Sharp set a 48.125s, and five minutes later the session was red flagged.

It restarted with 18 minutes left on the clock, but six minutes later the session had been stopped again as Jonsson appeared to strike trouble after going second fastest.

The next restart left drivers with six minutes, and Macintyre made the most of it. He and Stilp moved into second and third once they were setting flying laps, then both gained a place each with 90s to go as they broke into 47s territory.

Nobody else could improve their pace after, and the Hitech pair finished the session split by 0.021s at the top and with Sharp 0.163s behind in third.

Sharp’s FP1 time was enough to put him second overall though, with Gowda also not bettering his pace from earlier in the day and so ending up seventh overall. They were among eight drivers whose personal bests came in FP1.

Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 William Macintyre Hitech GP 47.962s 58
2 Louis Sharp Carlin 47.981s +0.019s 77
3 Gabriel Stilp Hitech GP 47.983s +0.021s 52
4 James Piszcyk Hitech GP 48.162s +0.200s 62
5 Kanato Le Hitech GP 48.190s +0.228s 53
6 Gustav Jonsson Chris Dittmann Racing 48.271s +0.309s 59
7 Dion Gowda Carlin 48.272s +0.310s 75
8 Deagen Fairclough JHR Developments 48.283s +0.321s 72
9 James Higgins Fortec Motorsports 48.297s +0.335s 80
10 Jack Sherwood Chris Dittmann Racing 48.307s +0.345s 67
11 Patrick Heuzenroeder Argenti Motorsport 48.416s +0.454s 73
12 Noah Lisle Carlin 48.445s +0.483s 79
13 Mika Abrahams Fortec Motorsports 48.488s +0.526s 75
14 Aqil Alibhai Virtuosi Racing 48.492s +0.530s 76
15 Douwe Dedecker Virtuosi Racing 48.529s +0.567s 73
16 Josh Irfan Carlin 48.611s +0.649s 64
17 Kai Daryanani Virtuosi Racing 48.634s +0.672s 75
18 Griffin Peebles Argenti Motorsport 48.645s +0.683s 77
19 Isaac Barashi Argenti Motorsport 48.749s +0.787s 64