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Matias Zagazeta tops British F4 group test at Knockhill

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

British Formula 4 teams organised a test at Knockhill over Wednesday and Thursday, with Argenti Motorsport’s Matias Zagazeta setting the pace.

JHR Developments’ Abbi Pulling was the first driver of the test to set a representative lap, and was on top for the first 19 minutes of the three-hour Wednesday morning session.

Zak Taylor (Arden) and Matthew Rees (JHR) briefly then became the pacesetters before Carlin’s Roman Bilinski set a 50.163s to make it into first place for the first time. The second-year driver ended up remaining there by improving on his best lap eight times to end the session on a 49.362s after two red flag stoppages.

There was a 0.150-second gap between Bilinski and Zagazeta in second place, but just 0.047s covered Zagazeta, Rees, Pulling, Taylor and Carlin’s Dougie Bolger.

It took longer for Bilinski to rise to the top in the afternoon session, with JHR’s McKenzy Cresswell and Pulling leading the way through the first hour. Zazageta also spent time at the top in the middle of the session, but three improvements from Bilinski brought him back into first place and kept him there to the end of the day.

This time Zagazeta was a tiny 0.007s slower than Bilinski, who set a 49.233s, with Pulling completing the top three 0.188s behind.

Taylor was one of several drivers to hit the top of the times at the start of Thursday, before Bilinski settled into first place once more.

Zagazeta had the pace to surpass him though, and became the first driver to lap sub-49s with a 48.875s lap in the first hour.

The Peruvian was quickest again in the afternoon session, with Pulling in second place and one of only a few drivers to better their morning pace as the session was stopped four times and interrupted schedule run plans. Argenti’s Marcos Flack didn’t even get on track during that time.

Fortec Motorsports had cars out for Aiden Neate, who ended his first weekend in car racing earlier this month as leader of the French F4 Junior standings, and Anglo-Malaysian karter Nikolas Taylor who has tested with the team several times and is evaluating a move into British F4.

Test results

Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Matias Zagazeta Argenti Motorsport 48.875s 262
2 Roman Bilinski Carlin 49.136s +0.261s 297
3 Matthew Rees JHR Developments 49.167s +0.292s 333
4 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments 49.221s +0.346s 292
5 Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak Carlin 49.275s +0.400s 278
6 Eduardo Coseteng Argenti Motorsport 49.351s +0.476s 305
7 Zak Taylor Arden 49.418s +0.543s 284
8 Kai Askey Carlin 49.449s +0.574s 306
9 Dougie Bolger Carlin 49.462s +0.587s 289
10 Aiden Neate Fortec Motorsports 49.536s +0.661s 295
11 McKenzy Cresswell JHR Developments 49.553s +0.678s 288
12 Joseph Loake JHR Developments 49.554s +0.679s 236
13 Oliver Gray Fortec Motorsports 49.640s +0.765s 284
14 Thomas Ikin Arden 49.724s +0.849s 335
15 Marcos Flack Argenti Motorsport 49.891s +1.016s 120
16 Nikolas Taylor Fortec Motorsports 50.052s +1.177s 122