- Jewiss wins from fifth on the grid thanks to some inspired overtakes.
- Tonteri follows Jewiss home to earn Double R its second one-two of the season.
24 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss led a Double R Racing one-two finish with Paavo Tonteri finishing second in round 14 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.
Trackside spectators and the millions of people watching live at home on ITV4 were treated to a vintage Jewiss performance. The driver pulled off some sublime moves to win from fifth on the grid and secure his fifth win of the season.
A technical problem for championship rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) saw Jewiss swiftly promoted to third having already dispatched Patrik Pasma in the opening exchanges.
On lap four the 15-year-old made a late lunge down the inside of Tonteri to scythe past his team-mate at Tower Bend and take second.
Poleman Johnathan Hoggard was immediately in Jewiss’ sights and Tower Bend proved to be the scene of the race winning move as Jewiss boldly ran around the outside of the Fortec Motorsports racer to take the lead.
Once in front it was plain sailing for Jewiss. Even a Safety Car to recover Patrik Pasma’s Arden-prepared car after a tangle with Hoggard at the hairpin couldn’t thwart him. Jewiss mastering the restart and winning by a margin of 3.554s from Tonteri.
“I just got my head down and cracked on with the task I had in front of me,” said a composed Jewiss.
“I tried to get past Paavo at Sunny In but couldn’t quite pull it off. Then I had a go at him into Tower Bend from about five lengths back. It just took a bit of determination to pull off the move.
“Once I caught Johnathan I noticed he was lifting quite early into the corner so I went around the outside of him. I locked up a little, but got in front.
“When I was in the lead I felt very comfortable. Then the Safety Car came out so that mixed things up again.
“I nailed the restart and built up the gap I needed while managing the tyres really well on the way to my fifth win of the season.
“It feels great and to extend my championship lead feels even better.”
Tonteri did well to fend off the hard charging Red Bull Junior Team pair of Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, as well as Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), to finish second and claim the Rookie class win.
“This second place and one-two for Double R Racing is definitely a great result,” said Tonteri.
“I don’t think any other team has scored a one-two finish this year.
“I was pleased with how I performed towards the end when battling with all the other drivers to get the podium and score all these points for the championship.
“It was a really eventful race and this is what spectators want to see although it wasn’t so enjoyable for me as I was the one defending.
“It hasn’t been an ideal start to the season for me, but race after race we are improving and that shows in the results.”
Arden team-mates Hauger and Doohan provided plenty of fireworks on track. The latter climbing up from last on the grid to eighth on the opening lap and then making his way up to the rear of his team-mate in rapid fashion. Hauger held on to third and Doohan had to settle for fourth.
Said Hauger: “We had a really good fight with Jack and I’m really pleased to get this podium having started from sixth.
“I just tried to stay calm and not make any mistakes.
“Hopefully we can get a great start in race three like we did yesterday and go on to win.
“We have saved two new tyres for the final race to help give us a bit of an advantage.
“I think we can find a bit more pace too so it should be an exciting race for us.”
His team-mate Pasma was penalised following proceedings for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety. The Finn receiving a five place grid penalty for round 15.
Skelton finished fifth in the final classification and with it equalled his best result of the season after an excellent drive. Meanwhile, Sulaiman’s sixth place underlined a strong race for the JHR Developments duo.
Sebastian Priaulx was next on the road, ahead of the Fortec Motorsports trio of Hampus Ericsson, Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen who completed the top 10. Hoggard doing particularly well to bring his car home in the points following the coming together with Pasma.
Jamie Sharp’s race unravelled on lap 12. The Sharp Motorsport racer did brilliantly to make his way into the points paying positions. He ran as high as eighth, but ultimately a technical problem put paid to his chances.
Round 15 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1600 and will be screened live on ITV4.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional results Round 14 Croft, 24 June, 2018
14 laps / 29.75 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 11.952s / 88.37 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.554s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +4.955s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.336s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +5.618s
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +7.577s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / Arden +8.734s
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.499s
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.602s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +15.723s etc.
Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 22.347s / 92.90 mph
Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Hauger, 3 Doohan, 4 Skelton, 5 Alvarez