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Stilp fastest as Boulton Ramos joins British F4 test at Snetterton

by Ida Wood

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Hitech GP’s Gabriel Stilp was fastest on British Formula 4’s pre-event test day at Snetterton on Wednesday.

The first session of the day ran for three hour-and-15 minutes, and it took almost 10 minutes before the first laptimes were set by Hitech’s drivers.

James Piszcyk was first to the top, then team-mate William Macintyre lowered the pace by two seconds before Piszcyk’s next lap was another two seconds faster than that.

Virtuosi Racing’s Aqil Alibahi set a new benchmark with his next two laps, before Piszcyk brought the pace down into the 1m51s. Four different drivers then took turns at the top and 20 minutes in the first sub-1m50s lap was delivered by Sonny Smith.

The former Sauber junior raced for Argenti Motorsport in the season opener, but switched to JHR Developments for round two and has remained with JHR for this week’s Snetterton action.

Smith went unbeaten for 21 minutes before team-mate Deagen Fairclough went faster by 0.157s, then Piszcyk went a tenth of a second faster than that.

There were only two more improvements at the top in the next hour, with Rodin Carlin’s Louis Sharp setting a 1m49.108s and Fortec Motorsports’ James Higgins later setting a 1m48.581s.

Sharp reclaimed first place 71 minutes after that, and only by 0.150s. He was then shuffled back to second place just two minutes later as team-mate Noah Lisle set a 1m48.412s. As Lisle’s primary Spanish F4 programme does not clash with British F4 this weekend, he therefore plans to race at Snetterton.

In the final half-hour two drivers lowered the pace, with Higgins setting a 1m48.315s then Hitech’s Kanato Le posting a 1m48.093s with less than seven minutes left on the clock.

Later in the day there was a second session lasting three-and-a-half hours, and Argenti’s Patrick Heuzenroeder was the early pacesetter. Carlin’s Dion Gowda was first to go sub-1m50s after 24 minutes, and the 1m49s barrier was broken 13 minutes after that.

Although the second session was faster for almost everyone, it took almost three hours of running for the session one benchmark to be beaten by Stilp. He did that on his final lap of the day, but with 35 minutes left on the clock, and later improvements put Fortec’s Aiden Neate and Le into second third.

Higgins and Sharp’s best laptimes came from session one, while Smith missed session two. At the bottom of the timesheet was Monica Boulton Ramos, who earned a prize 2023 British F4 seat by winning the ROKiT Racing Star Esports contest but has missed the first races as she is yet to sign with a team. She was testing with JHR, for the third time since her contest win, and was 4.034s off the pace.

Test results
Pos Driver Team Time Gap Laps
1 Gabriel Stilp Hitech GP 1m47.845s 77
2 Aiden Neate Fortec Motorsports 1m48.037s +0.192s 94
3 Kanato Le Hitech GP 1m48.055s +0.210s 73
4 William Macintyre Hitech GP 1m48.116s +0.271s 64
5 Noah Lisle Carlin 1m48.212s +0.367s 82
6 Daniel Guinchard Chris Dittmann Racing 1m48.249s +0.404s 81
7 James Higgins Fortec Motorsports 1m48.315s +0.470s 81
8 Dion Gowda Carlin 1m48.342s +0.497s 82
9 James Piszcyk Hitech GP 1m48.344s +0.499s 68
10 Patrick Heuzenroeder Argenti Motorsport 1m48.408s +0.563s 99
11 Louis Sharp Carlin 1m48.431s +0.586s 82
12 Deagen Fairclough JHR Developments 1m48.475s +0.630s 105
13 Josh Irfan Carlin 1m48.585s +0.740s 84
14 Gustav Jonsson Chris Dittmann Racing 1m48.615s +0.770s 87
15 Matteo De Palo Argenti Motorsport 1m48.696s +0.851s 96
16 Aqil Alibhai Virtuosi Racing 1m48.992s +1.147s 91
17 Jack Sherwood Chris Dittmann Racing 1m49.032s +1.187s 67
18 Jaden Pariat Argenti Motorsport 1m49.083s +1.238s 96
19 Ruhaan Alva Fortec Motorsports 1m49.209s +1.364s 71
20 Sonny Smith JHR Developments 1m49.278s +1.433s 31
21 Kai Daryanani Virtuosi Racing 1m49.837s +1.992s 96
22 Isaac Barashi Argenti Motorsport 1m49.843s +1.998s 96
23 Douwe Dedecker Virtuosi Racing 1m50.115s +2.270s 96
24 Monica Boulton Ramos JHR Developments 1m51.879s +4.034s 90