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Zane Maloney sets British F4 record with double Croft pole

by Bethonie Waring

Photo: Jakob Ebery Photography

Zane Maloney set a new track record on his way to pole for the first British Formula 4 race of the weekend at Croft.

After setting the pace in yesterday?s wet free practice session, Maloney immediately jumped to the top of the times at the start of the dry qualifying session.

Lap times tumbled on Croft’s new track surface, and Maloney?s early 1m20.030s benchmark was lowered to 1m19.547s by the chequered flag.

Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez took second, 0.369 seconds slower than Maloney, with championship leading team-mate Louis Foster a further 0.017s back.

Bart Horsten was the top Arden driver, lining up fourth on the grid with a time just 0.002s slower than Foster. His team-mates Tommy Foster and Alex Connor lock out the third row of the grid.

After running at the sharp end of the field early, the second Carlin car of Joe Turney ended the session seventh, ahead of JHR Developments’ Josh Skelton, Richardson Racing’s Luke Browning and Carter Williams (JHR).

The grid for the third race of the weekend is almost like for like, with the Double R duo swapping places in second and third, and Fortec Motorsports’ Roberto Faria taking 10th place from Williams.

Qualifying round-up
Race 1 grid
1 Zane Maloney Carlin 1m19.547s
2 Sebastian Alvarez Double R Racing +0.369s
3 Louis Foster Double R Racing +0.386s
4 Bart Horsten Arden +0.388s
5 Tommy Foster Arden +0.452s
6 Alex Connor Arden +0.626s
7 Joe Turney Carlin +0.641s
8 Josh Skelton JHR Developments +0.651s
9 Luke Browning Richardson Racing +0.878s
10 Carter Williams JHR Developments +0.922s

Race 3 grid
1 Maloney 1m19.613s
2 L Foster +0.354s
3 Alvarez +0.372s
4 Horsten +0.454s
5 T Foster +0.574s
6 Connor +0.599s
7 Turney +0.658s
8 Skelton +0.680s
9 Browning +0.836s
10 Roberto Faria Fortec Motorsports +0.928s