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Fielding flies to Donington pole position in frantic qualifying

Saturday, September 20 2014

HHC Motorsport's Sennan Fielding will start from pole position for this afternoon's first BRDC F4 race of the weekend at Donington Park after an exciting qualifying session this morning (Saturday).

George Russell was second fastest for Lanan Racing, 0.180s off Fielding's time, with Struan Moore third. Arjun Maini will start fourth, ahead of Raoul Hyman, with Diego Menchaca enjoying his best qualifying since the season opener at Silverstone, with sixth on the grid.

Charlie Eastwood will start seventh, his best qualifying of the season, with Petroball's Gaetano di Mauro, HHC Motorsport's Will Palmer and SWR - Caterham F1's Jordan Albert completing the top-10.

Palmer, Moore, Menchaca and Eastwood all took turns at the top of the timings, before Moore and Fielding set about exchanging the position in the latter stages. Testing pace-setter Moore looked to have secured pole with a late effort, after pitting mid session to add more angle to his front wing.

But with just two minutes remaining, Fielding improved again to take pole by just over a tenth of a second. Less than four tenths of a second covered the top-eight runners, with 0.7s covering the top-10.

The first race of the weekend is due to start at 14.40.

Fielding commented: "The car felt absolutely phenomenal and I'm really happy to take another pole. We just need to convert this into the races now.

"I've got a lot of momentum now, I've been quick all year but at the start of the year I made a few mistakes and that's cost us a few points. I've come into the second half of the season wanting to prove what I could do and after Silverstone the championship has really opened up for me. I'm going to continue to push and keep working hard to become a better racing driver and hopefully results like this will keep coming."

BRDC F4 Donington Park, Qualifying result:

1. Sennan Fielding, HHC Motorsport, 1m31.180s
2. George Russell, Lanan Racing, +0.108s
3. Struan Moore, Lanan Racing, +0.146s
4. Arjun Maini, Lanan Racing, +0.187s
5. Raoul Hyman, HHC Motorsport, +0.332s
6. Diego Menchaca, Douglas Motorsport, +0.359s
7. Charlie Eastwood, Douglas Motorsport, +0.378s
8. Gaetano di Mauro, Petroball, +0.397s
9. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, +0.684s
10. Jordan Albert, SWR - Caterham F1, +0.716s
11. Rodrigo Fonseca, Douglas Motorsport, +1.038s
12. Rahul Mayer, Hillspeed, +1.302s
13. Tom Bale, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.340s
14. Michael Claessens, Mark Godwin Racing, +1.538s
15. Alfredo Zabalza, Hillspeed, +1.596s
16. Connor Jupp, Meridian Racing, +2.220s
17. Jai Nijjar, Meridian Racing, +3.929s
18. Diego Borrelli, SWR - Caterham F1, +3.933s

For more information on the BRDC F4 Championship, visit the official championship website www.formula4.com