- Hoggard doubles up to take seventh win of the season
- Jewiss battles to hard-earned second place
- Simmons fails to finish to lose ground in the title race
16 September, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard maintained his record of winning every race where he has finished on the podium with victory in the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Silverstone.
Having emerged victorious from the opening race at the Northamptonshire circuit, Hoggard once again led from start-to-finish to take another win for Fortec, although it was a victory that was far from straightforward thanks to the pressure of the chasing pack behind.
Hoggard had started the race from pole position and headed the field into Copse for the first time, emerging from the opening lap with a handy advantage after championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R) lost ground following a touch from team-mate Paavo Tonteri.
That allowed Rookie Cup leader Jack Doohan (Arden) through into second spot and he set about chasing down Hoggard for the victory.
Whilst he would close to within a tenth of a second at one stage, Hoggard was able to hold on at the front and was then forced to defend from Jewiss in the closing stages when he managed to battle his way back into second place.
Jewiss would try hard but couldn’t make a move stick, allowing Hoggard to take a win that moves him up to fifth in the standings.
“That was one of the toughest races of the season,” he said. “There was a lot of pressure from Jack at the start and then from Kiern at the end and I can take a lot of satisfaction from that one.
“To have seven wins this season is something that I’m very proud of and I’m really happy with how the second half of the year has gone. It’s a shame for me that the season didn’t start in the summer!”
Second place for Jewiss came at the end of a dramatic race for the points leader, who slipped down to fourth after the moment on the opening lap.
Running behind title rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR) on track, Jewiss managed to find a way through on the seventh lap when the pair touched at Luffield before setting off to chase down Doohan.
Quickly dispatching the Arden man, Jewiss closed in on Hoggard but there was no way through and he had to settle for second.
“It wasn’t an easy race,” he said. “I had a little help from behind at the start which cost me places but it’s not a problem as we got back to where we should have been by the finish. I have to say thanks to Double R as we’ve come away from the race with an extended lead in the standings.
“I’ve got a good lead going to Brands Hatch but my approach going there isn’t going to change and we’ll have to see what happens.”
Doohan made it three podium finishes from the weekend – and a hat-trick of Rookie Cup wins – having fended off the challenge of fellow Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger on the final lap.
Hauger had battled his way through from seventh on the grid to challenge Doohan into Brooklands, with the pair touching wheels as Doohan then defended the position into Luffield; holding on for a result that extends his Rookie Cup lead and brings him to within three points of Hauger in the battle for third overall.
“It’s been a good weekend and our pace has progressed through the three races,” he said. “I think I could possibly have pushed for the win in that one but there was never really a clear chance to go for the lead and I was thinking about the points for the championship.
“When Dennis came up behind me, I wasn’t going to let him get that position and it means we’ve got a little bit of a lead in the Rookie Cup and have closed up in the fight for P3 so I’ll head for Brands Hatch feeling better than ever.”
Hauger had to settle for fourth place with Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) capping a solid weekend on track with fifth spot that gives him his best weekend score of the season.
Patrik Pasma (Arden) saw his chances of fighting at the front ended by a poor opening lap where he dropped down the order, with the Finn taking sixth spot ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Seb Priaulx (Arden); the latter losing time early on with a spin after contract from Tonteri and then being forced to take avoiding action to avoid Josh Skelton (JHR) when he suffered a spin late in the race.
Lucca Allen (Fortec) had crossed the line in seventh on the road but a ten second penalty for a false start meant he was classified in ninth, with the points scorers completed by Tonteri after his action-packed race.
Skelton and Christian Lester (Rosso Verde/Scorpio) rounded out the twelve finishers.
Whilst Jamie Sharp (Sharp) was an early retirement, the big loser from the race was Simmons, who saw his title challenge take a major hit when he also failed to finish.
Having lost position to Jewiss in the battle for third, Simmons then came under attack from Hauger on the eighth lap and would plummet down the order when he found himself out of position and vulnerable to the pack behind.
A spin at Copse whilst running side-by-side with Alvarez dropped him outside the points before he came in to retire five laps from the end, meaning he has now slipped to 62 points behind Jewiss with 75 still to play for.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional Results, Round 27, 16 September, 2018
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 20.032s / 101.65mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.388
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.098
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +1.227
5 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +6.166
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +6.436
7 Sebastian ALVAREX / MEX / Double R +8.922
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.465
9 Lucca ALLEN / GBR / Fortec +17.049
10 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +17.295 etc
Jewiss 57.407s / 102.87mph
1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Alvarez, 4 Tonteri. 5 Skelton, 6 Lester
Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 404 points; 2 Simmons 342; 3 Hauger 317; 4 Doohan 314; 5 Hoggard 281; 6 Pasma 275; 7 Priaulx 224; 8 Tonteri 224; 9 Sulaiman 91; 10 Skelton 83; etc.
Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 500 points; 2 Hauger 485; 3 Tonteri 396; 4 Skelton 327; 5 Alvarez 254; 6 Lester 20