- Caroline doubles up with another lights to flag win.
- TRS Arden make it five podiums for the weekend.
- Monger makes it a clean sweep of Ford F4 Challenge Cup class victories.
2 APRIL, 2017 – Jamie Caroline and Carlin doubled their victory tally in the opening weekend of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford with another sublime win from pole position.
Caroline mastered the start and just as he did on his way to victory 24 hours earlier, pulled away from the field setting fastest lap after fastest lap.
However, as had been the case in race one the chasing TRS Arden pair of Oscar Piastri and Alex Quinn began to turn the tables, lapping faster than anyone else in the latter half of the race; Quinn recording fastest lap in the process.
It wasn’t quite enough to bridge the gap to Caroline who was flying out front; his second victory earning him another 25 points and ensuring he leaves Brands Hatch with a 19 point lead in the championship standings. A dream start to the season for the talented teenager from Warlingham, Surrey.
“It’s a great way to start to the season,” said an ecstatic Caroline. “It’s been a near-perfect weekend. Carlin have been successful at this track for the past two years so they knew what setup was needed to perform well.
“We made some changes today to help reduce tyre degradation and that made a real difference.
“I’m looking forward to Donington in two weeks. We topped the times in pre-season testing there so we should go well.
“Last year was very frustrating at times, having to wait until the penultimate race for my first British F4 win so to get two in the first weekend is fantastic.”
“I’m happy to walk away with second place and more points for the championship,” commented Piastri. “I found it a little easier to keep Alex behind me in the third race because I learnt a few things having had to defend from him throughout race two.
“It’s been a great start to the season. I think this weekend showed that our pre-season pace was true and at Donington Park in two weeks hopefully we can go one step higher.”
“We had really good pace,” added Quinn. “I think if I had overtaken Oscar I could have challenged Jamie for the win. TRS Arden have done a great job.
“I know we’ll be really strong at Donington and I’m looking forward to it. I’m feeling really confident and to bring home all these points is so important for the championship because as we have seen in previous seasons consistency is key.”
Caroline’s team-mate Patrik Pasma continued to impress on his way to fourth, while race two winner Ayrton Simmons climbed two places, ultimately being sandwiched between Carlin’s Pasma and Logan Sargeant.
Behind Sargeant came Billy Monger in seventh who made it a hat-trick of Ford F4 Challenge Cup class wins, but he was pushed hard by Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) who finished less than two tenths behind the JHR Developments driver.
Monger’s team-mate Manuel Sulaiman achieved a third top-10 finish, taking ninth and rounding out a hugely encouraging start to his British F4 campaign.
Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) was the final points scorer, adding another point to his tally following his 10th place finish earlier in the day. Webb found himself in the thick of a six-car battle for much of the race which stretched from Sargeant in sixth all the way to Karl Massaad (Double R) in 11th.
Said Webb: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my first weekend in British F4. I’m still a little bit nervous with the car, but the more I drive the better the feeling I have. After a few more rounds, I’m sure we’ll be race ready for wins.
“It’s great for Richardson Racing to be in the points and I cannot thank them enough, but I want to win and we won’t stop trying.”
Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) recorded his best finish with an aggressive drive which saw him race wheel-to-wheel with with Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport). At one point Sharp was dancing through the gravel as he tried to find a way around Liu on the outside of Paddock Hill Bend. Sharp persevered and found a way through, passing Baltas late on who was unlucky not finish in the points due to being hampered by contact late on.
Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy finished inside the top 15 with Double R’s Daniel Cao 16th and Lundqvist having to retire from the race.
The Ford EcoBoost-powered action resumes in two weeks’ time at Donington Park which is sure to provide plenty more thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing from some of motorsport’s brightest young stars.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford
Provisional results Round 3 Brands Hatch Indy 2 April 2017
23 laps / 28.78 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 18m 08.691s / 91.86mph
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +1.691s
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +2.064s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +9.504s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +10.481s
6 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +14.596s
7 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +15.029s
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +15.215s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +17.486s
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +18.116s etc.
Fastest lap: Quinn 46.690s / 93.13mph
Challenge Cup: 1 Monger; 2 York; 3 Webb
Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 60 points; =2 Simmons 41; =2 Piastri 41; 4 Pasma 40; 5 Quinn 39; 6 Sargeant 32; 7 Monger 29; 8 York 10; 9 Sulaiman 8; 10 Webb 2 etc.
Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Monger 75 points; 2 York 54; 3 Webb 45