Records move into view as Dunne secures double pole at Thruxton
Championship leader Alex Dunne (Hitech GP) set a blistering pace during qualifying at Thruxton to notch up another two Omologato pole positions in the ROKiT F4 British Championship certified by FIA.
Dunne, who was only ever briefly de-posed as the pace-setter at the top of the timesheets, clocked a fastest lap of 1:10.448 around the 2.4-mile Hampshire circuit to put a 0.321 second gap between himself and second-placed Ugo Ugochukwu.
Crucially for the Irish teenager, his chief title rival Ollie Gray struggled to 14th for all three races. With a 66-point lead heading into the weekend, and clear track ahead in races one and three, Dunne now has a golden opportunity to break clear, perhaps once and for all.
He also sits just two victories shy of eclipsing the outright record for most wins in a single season. Dunne has nine so far in 2022, with the existing record ten, shared by Zane Maloney and Jamie Caroline.
Ugochukwu’s Carlin team-mate Louis Sharp was third, with Virtuosi Racing’s Edward Pearson a career-best fourth. Phinsys by Argenti’s Aiden Neate was one driver to briefly threaten Dunne’s supremacy but slipped back to fifth admist a series of late improvements.
Such is the level of competition this season in Britain’s FIA Formula 4 series, just 0.021 seconds split Neate from Ugochukwu in second. Neate was followed by his Argenti team-mate Daniel Guinchard, and Hitech GP’s Eduardo Coseteng in eighth.
Oliver Stewart (Hitech) will start from reverse grid pole after qualifying tenth behind Argenti’s Adam Fitzgerald, both drivers still pushing hard for their first outright silverware in single seaters.
It’s an all-JHR Developments sixth row, with Georgi Dimitrov ahead of Noah Lisle. Then follows Michael Shin and Gray, with the Chris Dittmann Racing duo of Jack Sherwood and Divy Nandan, plus Hitech’s Daniel Mavlyutov, completing the 17-strong field.
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