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Will Palmer claims pole in second single-seater weekend

by Peter Allen
Will Palmer

Photo: BRDC F4

Will Palmer has claimed pole position in the BRDC F4 Winter Championship at Brands Hatch in just his second qualifying session in a single-seater.

The younger brother of GP2 race winner Jolyon came out on top of a frantic battle, where top spot changed hands between a number of drivers. Palmer finished 0.069 seconds ahead of series leader Matty Graham.

“At Snetterton we were really quick, more so in the races, but the results didn’t quite reflect the pace we had,” said Palmer, who finished his debut weekend with a podium. “We were really on it in testing yesterday and have converted that into qualifying today with pole position.

“It was quite tricky at the start with damp patches in some areas of the circuit but it got better and better as the session went on and my times were falling the whole way through. It was a case of keeping your head down and pushing each lap. A win is definitely the target now, and that would be pretty special.”

Pietro Fittipaldi took third place ahead of double Snetterton winner Jake Cook. Sennan Fielding was fifth with Falco Wauer in sixth while series newcomer Kieran Vernon was seventh.

Gosia Rdest and Matteo Ferrer brought an early end to the session after separate incidents at Paddock Hill bend, finishing up eighth and ninth respectively.?Fredrik Johansen took P10.

Qualifying results
Pos Driver? Team? Time? Gap? Laps?
1 Will Palmer HHC Motorsport 45.652 17
2 Matty Graham Douglas Motorsport 45.721 0.069 18
3 Pietro Fittipaldi MGR Motorsport 45.787 0.135 18
4 Jake Cook Hillspeed 45.827 0.175 16
5 Sennan Fielding HHC Motorsport 45.934 0.282 17
6 Falco Wauer Enigma Motorsport 46.113 0.461 18
7 Kieran Vernon Hillspeed 46.234 0.582 16
8 Gosia Rdest Douglas Motorsport 46.239 0.587 17
9 Matteo Ferrer MGR Motorsport 46.305 0.653 12
10 Fredrik Johansen Chris Dittmann Racing 47.036 1.384 14
11 Dimitris Papanastasiou Hillspeed 47.442 1.790 17