- Win number two for Arden’s Dennis Hauger after race-long duel with Double R ace Kiern Jewiss.
- Hauger makes two trips to top step of podium with fourth Rookie class win of season.
- Patrik Pasma ensures two Arden drivers on the rostrum with third place finish.
23 JUNE, 2018 – Dennis Hauger put in an inch-perfect performance in his Arden-prepared racer to take his second win of the season in round 13 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.
Poleman Hauger withstood race long pressure from Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The pair were in a league of their own. Although less than half a second separated them as they crossed the line, there was a further 10 seconds back to the rest of the field.
“It was a hard race, but I only made one mistake in turn five and that gave Jewiss a chance to get closer,” said Hauger.
“I held my nerve and managed to keep him behind for the entire race which was great and it was fantastic to get the win.
“I got an excellent start and I hope for two more tomorrow to make my life easier in the races.
“If we can win from pole in the final race tomorrow then we can go into the summer break feeling pretty happy.
“It’s not easy to overtake here so the second race will be tricky, but well try our best.
“We were able to manage the tyres well which is encouraging and I think we can look after them well throughout the rest of the weekend.”
Added Jewiss: “I was thinking about the championship in that race. There was no point in pushing for something when perhaps the pace wasn’t quite good enough to pull off a straightforward overtake.
“We looked after the tyres well which should help us tomorrow. We’ve got to keep our nose clean and try to pick up as many points as we can.
“I was hoping we would be able to push on and create a gap back to the field. It made things easier for me as I didn’t have to worry about guys attacking from behind.”
Patrik Pasma (Arden) got the better of Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) at the start to steal third, which he held for the duration as Tonteri chased him home in fourth and picked up second in the Rookie class.
“We’re making a bit of habit of getting podiums now,” said Pasma. “I cannot be too happy with third because I want to win, but it’s still good points for the championship.
“There are two more races to go this weekend and we need to get as many points as we can and hopefully a win.
“I got past Tonteri off of the line and couldn’t quite bridge the gap to the front two.
“We need to look through the data to see where we can improve for tomorrow’s races.”
Ayrton Simmons came home in fifth which meant Jewiss extended his championship lead over the JHR Developments driver to 24 points. However, Simmons will have the chance to strike back in the second race of the weekend from which he will start on the front row, while Jewiss will set off from fifth.
Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) brought home sixth, which crucially earns him pole for the partially reversed grid race tomorrow, as he bids to add to his tally of two victories this season.
Elsewhere, seventh and eighth place finishes for Josh Skelton and Manuel Sulaiman respectively ensured that all JHR Developments runners finished inside the top 10.
Sebastian Priaulx got shuffled a couple of places down the order in the opening exchanges. It left him in the middle of an entertaining three-way scrap for ninth which also involved Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).
Ericsson and Priaulx bagged the points leaving Sharp just missing out, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing).
Jack Doohan’s (Arden) nightmare Saturday continued. Having had his chances of pole thwarted due to technical problems, further issues reared their head from the outset, forcing him to limp into the pits at the end of the opening lap.
Round 14 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at 1245 tomorrow, with the final race of the weekend kicking off at 1600. Both will be screened live on ITV4.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional results Round 13 Croft, 23 June, 2018
15 laps / 31.87 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 33.175s / 93.05 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.489s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +10.315s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +14.248s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +15.223s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.505s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +19.735s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +20.278s
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +22.473s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +22.601s etc.
Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 21.566s / 93.79 mph
Rookie class: 1 Hauger, 2 Tonteri, 3 Skelton, 4 Alvarez
Grid for Round 14: Hoggard – Simmons – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Hauger – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson – Priaulx etc.
Round 15 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hauger – Tonteri – Jewiss – Pasma – Simmons – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson etc.
Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 224 points; 2 Simmons 200; 3 Hauger 142; 4 Doohan 137; 5 Pasma 120; 6 Tonteri 119; =7 Hoggard 104; =7 Priaulx 104; 9 Skelton 45; 10 Ericsson 44 etc.
Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 231 points; 2 Hauger 226; 3 Tonteri 214; 4 Skelton 182; 5 Alvarez 103