Fortec Motorsport’s Colin Queen set the pace in testing at Oulton Park today (Wednesday), as several GB4 contenders braved icy conditions in Cheshire.
The American driver’s fastest time of 1m36.302 came in the first of four sessions, and despite very cold conditions, was less than a second away from last year’s pole position time.
Queen’s best effort was half a second clear of his closest challenger, Fox Motorsport’s Liam McNeilly, who was the fastest GB4 contender at last week’s Silverstone test.
The Ginetta Junior graduate was just over a tenth of a second quicker than teammate Sid Smith as series newcomers Fox again demonstrated they’ve quickly got up to pace as they enter single-seaters for the first time.
Elite Motorsport were in action with another Ginetta Junior graduate in the form of Harri Reynolds, who was only 0.058s away from Smith’s effort.
Young Scotsman Harry Burgoyne was next up for Graham Brunton Racing as he sampled Oulton Park for the first time as he gears up for his first season outside of karting. The 15-year-old was a couple of seconds away from the outright pace and 0.7 seconds ahead of Kevin Mills Racing’s Jeremy Fairbairn on his maiden visit to the venue in GB4 machinery.
Jack Clifford, another Oulton Park newcomer, completed the runners and only completed limited running when the track was at its quickest, and therefore didn’t set a representative time but completed 44 laps across the day.
GB4 Championship, partnered by the BRDC, Oulton Park pre-season test classification:
1. Colin Queen, Fortec Motorsport, 1m36.302s
2. Liam McNeilly, Fox Motorsport, +0.541s
3. Sid Smith, Fox Motorsport, +0.661s
4. Harri Reynolds, Elite Motorsport, +0.719s
5. Harry Burgoyne, Graham Brunton Racing, +1.912s
6. Jeremy Fairbairn, Kevin Mills Racing, +2.703s
7. Jack Clifford, Kevin Mills Racing, +14.235s