Home Formula 3BRDC British F3 Omar Ismail storms to maiden BRDC F4 pole at Snetterton

Omar Ismail storms to maiden BRDC F4 pole at Snetterton

by Valentin Khorounzhiy
Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Chris Dittmann Racing’s Omar Ismail converted promising practice pace into a career-first BRDC F4 pole at Snetterton.

Ismail, who only joined the field in the last round, ended HHC’s streak of qualifying poles in 2015.

While 20-minute qualifying sessions often see drivers leave their top laps until the final minutes, Ismail began this outing with a real statement of intent – beating Friday’s practice benchmark five minutes in and then shaving off a few tenths with a subsequent attempt.

At halfway point, the 16-year-old was two tenths up on HHC drivers Will Palmer and Harri Newey – the same duo who, with Ismail, made up the top three in every practice session yesterday.

Both Ismail and Palmer improved in the later minutes, maintaining the status quo, and a late red flag brought on by James Reveler ensured the order would stay as it was.

Newey took third, ahead of Ismail’s teammate Tom Jackson, Douglas entrant Fernando Urrutia and top Lanan man Jack Bartholomew.

Ciaran Haggerty was just 0.01s behind Bartholomew in sixth and just 0.015s ahead of Rodrigo Fonseca, who himself edged HHC’s Sisa Ngebulana by seven thousandths.

Chris Mealin, erstwhile championship leader, completed the top ten.

Qualifying results

Pos. Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Omar Ismail Chris Dittmann Racing 1:49.147 8
2 Will Palmer HHC Motorsport 1:49.357 0.210 7
3 Harrison Newey HHC Motorsport 1:49.560 0.413 8
4 Tom Jackson Chris Dittmann Racing 1:50.233 1.086 8
5 Fernando Urrutia Douglas Motorsport 1:50.322 1.175 7
6 Jack Bartholomew Lanan Racing 1:50.570 1.423 8
7 Ciaran Haggerty GBR/Ecurie Ecosse 1:50.580 1.433 8
8 Rodrigo Fonseca Lanan Racing 1:50.595 1.448 8
9 Sisa Ngebulana HHC Motorsport 1:50.602 1.455 8
10 Chris Mealin Lanan Racing 1:50.649 1.502 8
11 Michael O’Brien MGR 1:50.701 1.554 8
12 Jordan Albert Sean Walkinshaw Racing 1:50.854 1.707 9
13 Zubair Hoque Sean Walkinshaw Racing 1:50.949 1.802 8
14 Jack Lang Lang Sport 1:51.190 2.043 7
15 Ameya Vaidyanathan Hillspeed 1:51.499 2.352 8
16 Akhil Rabindra Douglas Motorsport 1:51.515 2.368 8
17 Marc Gonzalez Sean Walkinshaw Racing 1:52.375 3.228 8
18 Faisal Al Zubair Hillspeed 1:52.831 3.684 8
19 James Reveler 23 Racing 1:53.237 4.090 7
20 Joe Stables JR Racing 1:55.183 6.036 8