Tonteri on top in British F4 test at Donington Park

  • Tonteri quickest at Donington Park.
  • Jewiss tops morning session.
  • Double R duo lock-out top two spots on the timesheets as the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard proves closest challenger.

23 APRIL, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri and Double R Racing got off to a flying start at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend, by setting the pace in official testing on Monday 23 April.

It was a hugely encouraging day for Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad which had a stranglehold on the top of the timesheets thanks to Tonteri and Kiern Jewiss.

Jewiss got the better of Tonteri early on and went into the lunch break having recorded the quickest time of the morning. The pair separated by a mere 0.014s.

There was more to come from the Double R duo in the afternoon, as they were the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier. Tonteri turning the tables on Jewiss to come out on top by a margin of 0.238s with a lap of 1m 7.681s.

Their closest challenger was Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard who wound up third fastest in both sessions, underling the 16-year-old’s excellent pace and consistency.

Sebastian Priaulx was quickest of the Arden runners in fourth. Like the majority of the field, his best time of 1m 8.167s came in the afternoon.

Priaulx and team-mate Dennis Hauger sandwiched Manuel Sulaiman on the timesheet, after the latter pumped in a 1m 8.274s lap, with just 15 minutes of the test remaining.

Meanwhile championship leader Ayrton Simmons had to settle for seventh, just 0.023s off of his JHR Developments team-mate.

Patrik Pasma’s best lap in the morning, a 1m 8.345, proved to be the Finn’s quickest of the test to earn him eighth on the combined timesheet, while Josh Skelton was the biggest improver. The JHR Developments driver bettered his morning’s quickest lap by almost half a second in the afternoon, with Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) completing the top 10 just 0.029s further back.

Ford’s rising young stars won’t have long to wait until they are back on track, with free practice taking place on Thursday this week at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the season on 28/29 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Donington Park, 23 April, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:08.032 / 1:07.681
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:08.018 / 1:07.919
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:08.131 / 1:08.097
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:08.388 / 1:08.167
5 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:08.702 / 1:08.274
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:08.284 / 1:08.307
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:08.474 / 1:08.297
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:08.345 / 1:08.383
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:08.818 / 1:08.370
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:08.399 / 1:08.578 etc.

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