The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost continued to go from strength to strength in 2018, as Ford’s winning formula delivered up another captivating, action-packed title fight.
New race winners, dramatic final corner clashes, thrilling drives through the field – the Ford EcoBoost-powered category had it all this season, making it difficult to narrow thirty races down into ten memorable moments – but we gave it a go….
Near dead-heat for third at Silverstone
The second contest at Silverstone – the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ – delivered one of the stand-out moments, with eventual Champion Kiern Jewiss claiming the final spot on the rostrum ahead of chief rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR) and Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger (Arden), the trio split by just 0.090 seconds at the chequered flag.
Ahead, Arden secured a 1-2 finish courtesy of Jack Doohan’s victory ahead of Patrik Pasma.
Jewiss comes through the field at Donington
The ‘Green Arrow’ took a maiden victory in style at the 1.9-mile East Midlands circuit, moving through the field from an unlucky 13th to take the spoils against a field comprising the next generation of motorsport stars.
And the rest, as they say, is history…
Seb’s Success on maiden British F4 weekend
Sebastian Priaulx wasted no time in announcing his arrival to Britain’s FIA-sanctioned Formula 4 series, powering his Arden machine to victory in just the second round of the year.
The son of three-time World Touring Car Champion – and Ford WEC racer – Andy Priaulx MBE would repeat the feat at the finale on the extended Grand Prix Loop at Brands Hatch, underlining a strong debut campaign.
That experience will serve him well as he moves into the British GT Championship for 2019.
“British F4 is such a competitive championship, so to win only my second race in the series was a special feeling and something we really didn’t expect so early in the year,” said Priaulx.
“Pulling up to the P1 board in parc ferme and celebrating with my team and family was an amazing feeling. I really couldn’t have asked for much more from my first weekend in single-seaters.”
Hauger discovers Red Bull DOES give you wings at Thruxton
Neither Dennis Hauger or Jewiss were prepared to give an inch as the duo fast-approached the final chicane at the end of the opening race at Thruxton. The result?
The clash sent the Norwegian into the barriers, with Jewiss surviving unscathed to pick up a second win of the campaign.
Simmons’ wet-weather masterclass at Knockhill
Conditions were far from ideal at Knockhill (are they ever?) as the title fight intensified in Scotland, with Simmons putting in a masterclass in the torrentially wet conditions to take a controlled victory, though the honours would eventually fall in Jewiss’ favour.
Regardless, the driver ranks among the JHR driver’s best in three seasons of racing in the Ford EcoBoost-powered category, and definitely commanded the attention of a rain-soaked capacity crowd track side.
Hoggard’s late-season form
Technically this counts as multiple moments, but Johnathan Hoggard’s late-season surge – winning six of the final ten races – ranks among some of the most impressive runs in the championship’s history and moved the Fortec Motorsports racer up into third overall in the final reckoning.
Skelton seizes first Rookie Cup success at the Rock
British F4 bid farewell to Rockingham Motor Speedway this year, and JHR’s Josh Skelton marked the occasion by claiming his first Rookie Cup victory in Ford’s winning formula.
The Brit was an ever-present in the top ten during his first season of car racing, marking himself out as one to watch for the future.
Jamie Sharp wins the Driver’s Choice Award
One of the ‘feel-good’ moments of the season, Jamie Sharp was received the Driver’s Choice Award at Brands Hatch GP courtesy of his opposition’s votes for his efforts across 2018.
Sharp Motorsport – new to single-seaters when they arrived in British F4 – have steadily evolved into one of the best teams in the paddock and another step forward in 2019 should not be ruled out.
Paavo Tonteri visits the winner’s circle at Snetterton…
Finland’s Paavo Tonteri came back from the mid-season break in style, claiming a first victory in British F4 in the second race at the 2.99-mile Norfolk venue after soaking up the pressure from Priaulx behind, the two eventually split by seven tenths of a second.
…and Pasma also hits the front at Rockingham
At the very next meeting, Patrik Pasma also scored a maiden win in dominant fashion, Tonteri’s compatriot claiming pole position, the fastest lap and a trip to the top step of the podium.
If not for an unlucky start to the season with a few retirements, the final points table might have read differently for the Flying Finn…
Another ten-event, thirty-race calendar promising thrills, spills and wheel-to-wheel action gets underway at Brands Hatch on 6th-7th April, 2019.