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O’Sullivan tops practice ahead of Oulton British F4 weekend

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

British Formula 4 championship leader Zak O’Sullivan set the pace during practice ahead of the third round of the season.

O’Sullivan was one of four drivers to set a laptime below 1m24s around the Oulton Park island circuit, ending the day with a 1m23.703s time.

Times during the morning session were hampered by heavy rain at Oulton, making for the first wet running of the season.

Alex Connor set the pace during the morning, managing a 1m36s.033s lap in the closing stages of the session. O’Sullivan was second quickest ahead of Roman Bilinski and Roberto Faria.

The session was red-flagged just before the halfway point after Nathanael Hodgkiss ran off track. The JHR Developments driver could only manage six laps during the session, compared to the 19 completed by Connor and Abbi Pulling.

He was able to get back out for the second session, which began in wet conditions but a drying racing line allowed laptimes to tumble.

Luke Browning was one of the first drivers on track and topped the order after the opening 10 minuets but fell backwards as others improved.

James Hedley and Connor both briefly topped the times before Stevenson jumped to the top with a 1m23.720s lap in the closing stages of the session.

A flurry of quick times in the final laps shook up the order again, putting O’Sullivan back on top.

Stevenson was second quickest, falling just 0.017s short of O’Sullivan’s time. Connor had to settle for third overall ahead of Browning.

James Hedley took fifth quickest ahead of Roberto Faria and Abbi Pulling.

Roman Bilinski was eighth quickest but completed the most laps over the course of the day, ending the FP2 with 45 laps total. Connor, Pulling, and ninth placed Frederick Lubin also completed more than 40 laps each.

After the early end to FP1, Hodgkiss ended FP2 10th quickest.


Free practice results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Zak O’Sullivan Carlin 1m23.703s 31
2 Casper Stevenson Argenti Motorsport 1m23.720s +0.017s 31
3 Alex Connor Arden 1m23.892s +0.189s 41
4 Luke Browning Fortec Motorsports 1m23.909s +0.206s 36
5 James Hedley JHR Developments 1m24.050s +0.347s 35
6 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports 1m24.085s +0.382s 39
7 Abbi Pulling JHR Developments 1m24.230s +0.527s 42
8 Roman Bilinski Arden 1m24.296s +0.593s 45
9 Frederik Lubin Arden 1m24.976s +1.273s 43
10 Nathanel Hodgkiss JHR Developments 1m25.061s +1.358s 28
11 Matias Zagazeta Carlin 1m25.738s +2.035s 35
12 Nico Pino Argenti Motorsport 1m25.841s +2.138s 35
13 Christian Mansell Carlin 1m26.053s +2.350s 34
14 Reema Juffali Argenti Motorsport 1m26.515s +1.812s 25