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Matias Zagazeta sets the pace at Brands Hatch in British F4 test

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Argenti Motorsport’s Matiaz Zagazeta topped both sessions of the first official British Formula 4 test of the year on Brands Hatch’s Indy layout.

Throughout the day it was primarily Zagazeta and JHR Developments’ Abbi Pulling who were setting the pace, although in the morning session their ownership of the top two positions was broken when in the final 10 minutes Argenti’s Marcos Flack went on a run that culminated in a lap good enough for second place behind Zagazeta,

Pulling was third, just 0.083 seconds back, with her team-mate McKenzy Cresswell and Argenti’s Eduardo Coseteng completing the top five.

Coseteng, a Filipino karter who has spent the past two years primarily racing X30 Senior karts in Britain, was one of three drivers to set their best laptime in the morning. The other two were reigning Formula Nordic champion Joel Granfors (Fortec Motorsports) and Thomas Ikin (Arden).

James Hedley, who won four races in British F4 as a JHR driver last year and has tested BRDC British Formula 3 and Regional F3 cars during the off-season, joined Fortec for the one-day test and he set the early pace in the afternoon session.

Cresswell took over top spot 18 minutes into the three hour session, and held onto it for over 20 minutes before Pulling displaced him.

She knocked four tenths off her best lap to stay in first place at the one hour mark, at which point her other team-mate Matthew Rees had made it to second place.

Zagazeta soon got up to speed though, pushing Rees down to third and then snatching top spot from Pulling with a 45.734s time a few laps later.

That ended up standing as the best lap of the day, although drivers saw Zagazeta’s pace at the time and headed back out on track with a flurry of personal bests being set.

Pulling maintained second place with two improvements in the final 90 minutes, while Flack rose up to third and Cresswell – who set a day-topping 207 laps – built up his pace late on to go fourth fastest.

Thailand’s Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak, who made his car racing debut in F4 United Arab Emirates earlier this year, joined up with Carlin for the test and ended the day in fifth place but half a second off Zagazeta.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matias Zagazeta Argenti Motorsport 45.734s 174
2 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments 45.963s +0.229s 188
3 Marcos Flack Argenti Motorsport 46.084s +0.350s 137
4 McKenzy Cresswell JHR Developments 46.236s +0.502s 207
5 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin 46.238s +0.504s 169
6 Roman Bilinski Carlin 46.250s +0.516s 165
7 Eduardo Coseteng Argenti Motorsport 46.279s +0.545s 177
8 Joel Granfors Fortec Motorsports 46.365s +0.631s 189
9 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 46.391s +0.657s 186
10 James Hedley Fortec Motorsports 46.397s +0.663s 171
11 Dougie Bolger Carlin 46.482s +0.748s 182
12 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 46.553s +0.819s 91
13 Oliver Gray Fortec Motorsports 46.574s +0.840s 163
14 Georgi Dimitrov Richardson Racing 46.608s +0.874s 189
16 Kai Askey Carlin 46.614s +0.880s 186
15 Thomas Ikin Arden 46.615s +0.881s 207
17 Zak Taylor Arden 46.675s +0.941s 174