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Palmer claims BRDC F4 pole position at Snetterton

Saturday, August 22 2015

Will Palmer and Omar Ismail carried over their Friday practice form into the weekend at Snetterton, and they will line up one-two on the grid for race one following qualifying in Norfolk. Championship leader Palmer posted was the only man to break into the 1m49's, and he finished the 20-minute session with an advantage of 0.668s over Chris Dittmann Racing's Ismail. Palmer's HHC Motorsport team-mate Harri Newey, son of legendary Formula One designer Adrian, will line up third.

Qualifying got underway at a gloriously sunny Snetterton with the 19 drivers on the Duo BRDC Formula 4 grid heading out onto the 2.97-mile 300 circuit. A number of drivers, including the HHC Motorsport trio of Palmer, Newey and Sisa Ngebulana, delayed their exit from the pit-lane in order to find clear track.

Once their Pirelli tyres had been warmed up and competitive lap times started to be set, it was a familiar face on top as Will Palmer posted a 1m49.901s to move clear of the rest of the field. 16-year-old Omar Ismail, in just his fourth single-seater meeting in his career, moved into second but at the halfway stage was 0.757s shy of Palmer's best time. Harri Newey held third with Indian Akhil Rabindra in fourth and Ecurie Ecosse Young Driver Ciaran Haggerty in fifth.

Improvements became ever more gradual with Ismail and Newey trading times, with Ismail holding onto his place on the provisional front row with a 1m50.101s, which put him within two-tenths of a second of Palmer. Further back, rookies Jack Bartholomew and Ameya Vaidyanathan briefly moved into the top-five whilst Rodrigo Fonseca, sitting second in the championship standings, was enduring a difficult session and found himself down the order, eventually finishing qualifying in 16th position.

As Ismail and Newey closed on him, Will Palmer was spurred into action and secured pole position with a stunning lap, posting a time of 1m49.396s putting him comfortably clear of the rest of the field. Tom Jackson, a winner at Snetterton in July, and Ciaran Haggerty both improved to go fourth and fifth fastest as the session headed towards its conclusion.

On his final lap, Solihull racer Ismail improved slightly but could only get within 0.668s and had to settle for second, still on the front-row alongside Palmer. Newey held on to third as the chequered flag flew with Jackson and Haggerty rounding out the top-five.

An impressive qualifying session for Hillspeed's Faisal Al Zubair and Ameya Vaidyanathan will see them line up sixth and seventh for Saturday's race, with Jack Bartholomew, Akhil Rabindra and Jordan Albert rounding out the top-10.

Race one gets underway at 14:15 and you can follow all the action through live timing and updates on the official BRDC Formula 4 website here.

Duo BRDC Formula 4 - Snetterton Qualifying

1. Will Palmer, HHC Motorsport, 1m49.396s
2. Omar Ismail, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.668s
3. Harri Newey, HHC Motorsport, +0.735s
4. Tom Jackson, Chris Dittmann Racing, +1.138s
5. Ciaran Haggerty, GBR/Ecurie Ecosse, +1.336s
6. Faisal Al Zubair, Hillspeed, +1.372s
7. Ameya Vaidyanathan, Hillspeed, +1.396s
8. Jack Bartholomew, Lanan Racing, +1.461s
9. Akhil Rabindra, Douglas Motorsport, +1.487s
10. Jordan Albert, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +1.492s
11. Fernando Urrutia, Douglas Motorsport, +1.515s
12. Jack Lang, Lang Sport/Gorse Motors, +1.524s
13. Sisa Ngebulana, HHC Motorsport, +1.621s
14. Chris Mealin, Lanan Racing, +1.736s
15. Zubair Hoque, Sean Walkinshaw Racing, +2.043s
16. Rodrigo Fonseca, Lanan Racing, +2.087s
17. Hernan Fallas, Hillspeed, +2.297s
18. Joe Stables, JR Racing, +3.713s
19. James Reveler, 23 Racing, +5.334s