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Fortec Motorsports’ rising star Jamie Caroline will look to bounce back from a tough weekend on track at Snetterton after the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford roared back into life with the sixth meeting of the season.
Jamie was keen to impress at the wheel of his Pirtek Racing liveried race car after a challenging weekend at Croft prior to the summer break, and further showed his speed with an impressive fourth best time in qualifying on Saturday morning.
Unfortunately, an incident at the start of race one saw Jamie forced to retire with a damaged car, and left him with work to do from the back of the grid in race two.
A demon start when the lights went out for race two saw Jamie jump up from 19th on the grid to 13th by the end of the first lap, and the teenager would continue to race well throughout the ten-lap race, fighting his way up to seventh by the finish despite a brief Safety Car period that blunted his charge.
Starting seventh on the grid for race three, Jamie was hopeful of a strong result to end the weekend but lost places at the end of the opening lap when he suffered a spin at the final corner.
Unfortunately, an issue with the brakes on his car then resulted in contact with one of his rivals at Agostini and forced him to retire on the second lap, leaving him ninth in the championship at the end of the weekend.
“It’s not been the weekend I was hoping for to start the second half of the season, but I’ll put it behind me and look to the future,” he said. “Qualifying went well to start from P4 but then the accident at the start put me on the back foot.
“The team did a great job to repair the car in time for race two but the set-up wasn’t quite right and it didn’t feel as good as it had done, so to finish P7 was a decent result.
“In the third race, I got a good start again but then coming through the final corner, the car bottomed out on the kerb and I had a spin. Then as I tried to fight back, I was coming into the hairpin and the rear brakes locked and I ended up colliding with someone, which put me out.
“Obviously I’m disappointed with the way it’s gone but I’m going to look forward and focus on the races to come.”