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Jake Hughes fastest at official Snetterton BRDC F4 test

Tuesday, April 23 2013

Lanan Racing's Jake Hughes went fastest in today's official BRDC Formula 4 test session on the Snetterton 300 circuit, setting his best time during the final 15 minutes of the afternoon. The Warwickshire driver set a time of 1:51.009s, finishing ahead of morning pace-setter Jake Dalton, driving for Mark Godwin Racing, and privateer Matt Bell.

Mexican Diego Menchaca, running with Mark Godwin Racing, showed consistent pace to set the fourth fastest time of the day ahead of HHC's Charlie Robertson and Douglas Motorsport's Sennan Fielding.

Gustavo Lima was seventh in his HHC Motorsport car, showing a considerable three second improvement on his earlier morning session time. Pietro Fittipaldi, grandson of F1 legend Emerson was classified eighth fastest in his MGR machine ahead of SWR's Matthew Graham. American Falco Wauer rounded out the top ten for Team KBS.

Jake Hughes commented: "After today I think I can definitely challenge for wins. Points are ultimately the main objective but I'm going to be trying to get the most points coming away from the first round.

"It was good to have a first chance to see where everyone is in terms of time, and I think we progressed well throughout the day, switching from used to new tyres to try different set ups, and towards the end of the day I think we found a set up which suits me well. The lap wasn't perfect though and there's still more time to come - I think I could have gone even quicker!

"I'm really impressed with the way the championship is run and Jonathan Palmer, Derek Warwick, the BRDC and MSV have done an absolutely fantastic job. I've been looking around at the paddock and it's just miles above anything else would be at this level so I'm really pleased with the choice I've made in coming to the BRDC F4 Championship."

A total of 19 cars participated in today's test, with the Hillspeed team unable to attend due to a road traffic accident yesterday affecting their transporter truck, which fortunately left all parties unhurt. Hillspeed driver Rahul Raj Mayer was able to take to the circuit though, performing shakedown runs for Chris Dittmann Racing.

BRDC Formula 4 Championship official test, Snetterton 300 - Combined times

1 .Jake Hughes, Lanan Racing, 1m51.009s
2. Jake Dalton, Mark Godwin Racing, +0.119s
3. Matt Bell, MattRBellRacing Team E-Lites, +0.474s
4. Diego Menchaca, Mark Godwin Racing, +0.543s
5. Charlie Robertson, HHC Motorsport, +0.731s
6. Sennan Fielding, Douglas Motorsport, +1.056s
7. Gustavo Lima, HHC Motorsport, +1.083s
8. Pietro Fittipaldi, Mark Godwin Racing, +1.158s
9. Matthew Graham, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +1.186s
10. Falco Wauer, Team KBS, +1.566s
11. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +1.682s
12. Ross Gunn, Motionsport, +2.891s
13. Simon Rudd, Motionsport, +2.991s
14. Daniel Headlam, Lanan Racing, +3.207s
15. James Greenway, Frank T Greenway Racing, +4.016s
16. Matt Dittmann, Chris Dittmann Racing, +4.285s
17. Zou Sirui, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +5.584s
18. Malgosia Rdest, Douglas Motorsport, +6.891s

The first rounds of the BRDC Formula 4 Championship take place on the Silverstone GP circuit this weekend (27/28 April). For more information on the teams and drivers taking part in the championship this year click here.