- Kiern Jewiss beats Patrik Pasma to top spot by three-thousandths of a second.
- Top 5 covered by less than a tenth of a second at the Speedway and top 9 drivers by half a second.
10 AUGUST, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing came out on top in a closely fought battle for supremacy in free practice at Rockingham Motor Speedway for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
The championship leader recorded the fastest lap of the day with just moments to spare in free practice two. A time of 1m 18.655s denied Arden’s Patrik Pasma a clean sweep by a mere three-thousandths of a second. The Finn having set the pace in the damp first session.
“It’s been a pretty positive day and we’re pretty happy,” said Jewiss. “We were a bit unfortunate in practice one with a little technical niggle, but the rest of the day was good.
“I’m looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens in qualifying. I think we’re in a good place with the car. There are a few areas I can find a little more time. It’s looking very close and I expect it to be that way for the rest of the weekend.
“We probably went a bit early in free practice one. We did some running at the beginning when the track was still pretty wet and that’s partly why we didn’t figure quite as high in the first session.
“Snetterton was disappointing for us, but we’re looking to bounce back and I think we can here.
“The weather conditions look like they will be pretty mixed as well so we’ve got to try to maximise every opportunity when we can.
“It’s great to come into the weekend as a British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star. I’m hoping to celebrate my induction with a win and to represent the Club in the best way possible.”
Added Pasma: “It’s been a good day. It could have been better in FP2. I made a few mistakes which cost me a few tenths. I got caught in traffic as well which didn’t help.
“I think we have got the car in the right place for tomorrow. We’ll get a good rest tonight and use our pace to fight for top honours.
“We’ll be aiming to get a double pole like we did a fortnight ago at Snetterton. I like the profile of Rockingham, particularly its fast corners and long straight.”
It wasn’t solely the top two on the combined timesheet who shone out on the Northamptonshire track. As the chequer fell on proceedings, Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team drivers Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger were within in a tenth of Jewiss’ time, along with Jewiss’ Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri.
“It was difficult out there due to the track being wet and then drying out,” explained Doohan. “When the track was dry I was able to push more to find more time, but it wasn’t quite enough compared to my team-mate so we ended up just a small margin off him.
“Our race pace is looking really good and that was our main goal today to ensure that we have a strong pace for the races.
“Rockingham is an interesting circuit because it has a very abrasive surface, but is also pretty low on grip. The banking is really cool. Coming onto the main straight and making sure you carry enough speed through the final chicane is a fun challenge. It’s all about how much you can be on the limit without hitting the wall!”
Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx, as well as the JHR Developments trio of Ayrton Simmons, Manuel Sulaiman and Josh Skelton were all in touch of the pacesetting time to ensure that the top nine drivers were covered by just half a second. Simmons very much at the fore in free practice one, just 0.061s slower than pacesetter Pasma.
Johnathan Hoggard fractionally got the better of Fortec Motorsports team-mate Lucca Allen by 0.039s to break into the top-10.
Official qualifying is set for 1020 tomorrow ahead of a 1415 start for the championship’s 19th round. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1550.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Free practice times Rockingham, 10 August, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:20.399 / 1:18.655
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.731 / 1:18.658
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.147 / 1:18.684
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:20.156 / 1:18.725
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:19.902 / 1:18.749
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:20.119 / 1:18.873
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.972 / 1:18.962
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:20.398 / 1:19.028
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:21.487 / 1:19.181
10 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:30.331 / 1:19.601 etc.