- Jewiss and Double R Racing fastest in both free practice sessions.
- Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri join Jewiss in 1m 7s bracket.
26 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing set a scintillating pace to top both free practice sessions at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
The MB Partners backed driver followed up his pacesetting exploits in free practice one by smashing through the 1m 8s barrier in free practice two to record a lap of 1m 07.546s. A time that was 0.122s quicker than the British F4 qualifying record at the circuit, held by McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Dan Ticktum. The question now is whether Jewiss can go on to break the record in qualifying on Saturday?
Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad looks to have picked up from where it left off, having topped the times on Monday in official testing. Its strong pace was underlined today by Paavo Tonteri who wound up third fastest overall and the quickest rookie.
Splitting the Double R pair on timesheet was Arden’s Patrik Pasma. The Finn had a storming end to free practice two, rattling off a succession of rapid laps to take second and become the only driver other than Jewiss and Tonteri to break the 1m 8s barrier.
Johnathan Hoggard was one of the standout performers in Monday’s official test, and that was no different in free practice. Third in the morning and fourth in the afternoon highlighting the Fortec Motorsports driver as one to watch this weekend.
Behind Hoggard on the timesheet it was incredibly evenly matched, with fifth to ninth covered by just 0.054s and suggesting that the qualifying order will be decided by the smallest of margins.
Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx proved quickest of the quintet with a lap of 1m 08.180s ahead of Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments), Jack Doohan (Arden), Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).
Meanwhile, Simmons’ team-mate Josh Skelton just squeezed into the top 10, edging out Dennis Hauger (Arden) by 0.012s. The latter having recorded the second fastest time in free practice one.
Friday is a rest day at the Leicestershire circuit, ahead of Saturday morning’s official qualifying session at 1055 and the first of the weekend’s three races in the afternoon at 1600.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Free practice times Donington Park, 26 April, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:08.074 / 1:07.546
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:08.565 / 1:07.842
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:08.408 / 1:07.983
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:08.327 / 1:08.113
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:08.771 / 1:08.180
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:08.880 / 1:08.198
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:08.969 / 1:08.201
8 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:08.906 / 1:08.223
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:08.951 / 1:08.234
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:08.738 / 1:08.313 etc.