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Palmer on pole for BRDC F4 race one at Brands Hatch finale

Saturday, September 26 2015

Will Palmer claimed pole position for race one of the weekend at Brands Hatch as the battle for second took another dramatic twist with Harri Newey and Tom Jackson languishing in 10th and 15th respectively. Douglas Motorsport's Fernando Urrutia enjoyed a great session to take second ahead of Rodrigo Fonseca, Ciaran Haggerty and Sisa Ngebulana.

In an extremely close session, just nine-tenths of a second cover the entire Duo BRDC Formula 4 field with track position vital in order to get a clean lap around the 1.2-mile Indy Circuit in Kent. The 20 minute session got underway in glorious conditions and the order at the top changed quickly as all drivers got their Pirelli tyres up to temperature.

Lanan Racing's Chris Mealin briefly appeared on top before Rodrigo Fonseca and Sisa Ngebulana took turns to top the timing screens. A 45.361s though soon put 2015 BRDC F4 champion Will Palmer on provisional pole position with the third Lanan Racing car of Jack Bartholomew slotting into second behind him.

The order changed once more behind Palmer with his HHC Motorsport team-mate Sisa Ngebulana grabbing the second spot on the front-row with Friday's pacesetter Ciaran Haggerty, who still has a good chance of taking second in the championship, moving into third. Ngebulana closed the gap between himself and his team-mate to 0.201s before Palmer improved his time and posted a 45.105s, which would prove to be the best lap in the session.

Douglas Motorsport's Fernando Urrutia then made his move up the order with a 45.325s putting him into second provisionally as Bartholomew also improved to go third. South African Ngebulana was pushing hard and demoted the Lewes racer to fourth before skipping off into the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend to bring out the red flags, and an end to his session.

The clock was halted with 6 minutes and 38 seconds left as the white-and-blue HHC Motorsport car was recovered by the marshals. Harri Newey and Tom Jackson, second and third respectively in the championship standings, had plenty of work to do as they sat in 10th and 16th as the session resumed.

The top two times of Palmer and Urrutia remained unchallenged throughout the rest of qualifying but Rodrigo Fonseca jumped up to third with a 45.392s. Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Ciaran Haggerty also improved his time to go fourth-fastest, and claim a place on the second row of the grid alongside Fonseca. That relegated Ngebulana to fifth, who managed to hold on to the position as the chequered flag came out.

Lanan Racing's Jack Bartholomew claimed sixth ahead of Sean Walkinshaw Racing's Jordan Albert. Jack Lang finished the session in eighth ahead of Hillspeed's Faisal Al Zubair. In the battle for second in the championship, Harri Newey had to settle for 10th with Tom Jackson enduring a difficult qualifying as he ended down in 15th.

Race one of the weekend gets underway at 15:55 and you can follow all the action via the official Formula 4 website and social media channels.

Duo BRDC Formula 4 - Brands Hatch Indy - Qualifying

1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 45.105
2. Fernando Urrutia, Douglas Motorsport, +0.220s
3. Rodrigo Fonseca, Lanan Racing, +0.287s
4. Ciaran Haggerty, Ecurie Ecosse/GBR, +0.298s
5. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +0.309s
6. Jack Bartholomew, Lanan Racing, +0.314s
7. Jordan Albert, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +0.341s
8. Jack Lang, Lang Sport/Gorse Motors, +0.367s
9. Faisal Al Zubair, Hillspeed, +0.382s
10. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, +0.414s
11. Chris Mealin, Lanan Racing, +0.420s
12. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, +0.436s
13. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Hillspeed, +0.454s
14. Hernan Fallas, Hillspeed, +0.522s
15. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.543s
16. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.578s
17. Zubair Hoque, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +0.680s
18. James Reveler, 23 Racing, +0.875s
19. Joe Stables, JR Racing, +0.900s