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2 AUGUST, 2017 – Young gun Jamie Caroline secured his place in series history with a ninth win of the year as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season resumed at Snetterton.
Caroline went into the weekend looking to consolidate his lead at the head of the championship standings having enjoyed a fine campaign to date at the wheel of his Carlin-run car.
Qualifying saw Caroline post the ninth quickest time, with the team then working to make a series of changes to his car ahead of the opening race of the weekend.
Going quicker in race one than he had in qualifying, Caroline crossed the line in eighth place to secure a front row start for race two thanks to the reverse grid draw.
Moving into the lead at the start, Jamie was able to control that second race from the front despite the deployment of the Safety Car mid-way through backing up the field behind, with the teenager also picking up the fastest lap as he secured win number nine of the year.
That means Caroline moved ahead of 2015 champion Lando Norris when it comes to wins in a year, with little more than half of the season run.
Seventh place in the final race means Caroline leaves Snetterton with a 46.5 point lead in the standings ahead of the next round of the season at Knockhill, where the British F4 field will be in action no fewer than four times.
That includes the race that was postponed due to time constraints at Oulton Park earlier in the year.
“Qualifying was really tough this weekend and it left us with work to do in the races,” he said. “We made changes to the car ahead of the opening race and it was much improved, but my focus was on making sure we picked up a good position on the grid for race two.
“Having got a place on the front row, I knew I had the chance to take the victory and when I got into first spot, it was all about staying in control and just maintaining the position out front; even when the Safety Car in.
“I’d hoped to get more out of race three but we put more points on the board which is what we need to do every time we go out. We can now look forward to Knockhill and hopefully we can challenge at the front in what is going to be a busy weekend on track.”