- Jewiss proves class of the field in qualifying to take imperious double pole position.
- Hauger and Pasma the closest challengers in battle for pole.
9 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing carried their fine Friday free practice form into qualifying at Oulton Park for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to take an imperious double pole position.
Jewiss took his maiden single-seater pole in style and by some margin. The only man to break the 1m 23s barrier with a lap of 1m 22.980s, he went almost three tenths clear of closest challenger Dennis Hauger (Arden).
Pole for the third race of the weekend came by way of second-fastest times and the gap between Jewiss’ best and the rest of the field was even greater at over half a second.
“We picked up where we left off yesterday,” said Jewiss. “The car feels mega and our race pace is also strong so I’m really happy.
“The car is set up so well. It gives you so much confidence as a driver and that’s so important.”
“We’ll see what we can do in the races. We start from the best place so we’ll try to get away well and build from there to win.
“The reverse grid race is going to be difficult because it’s so hard to pass around here. That race will be about damage limitation.
“We know we have the pace. It’s clear for everyone to see and now we need to do our best o capitalise.
“I want to say a big thank you to FM Conway, HCL Technologies and MB Partners, as well as the team. It means so much to get my first British F4 pole, especially in this way and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”
As had been the case in free practice it was Arden who were closest to Double R’s pace, Dennis Hauger and Patrik Pasma once again leading the Banbury outfit’s charge. The duo managed to split Double R Racing’s Jewiss and Tonteri. Hauger securing a front row grid slot and Pasma getting the better of Tonteri by just 0.017s, with Johnathan Hoggard only 0.008s further adrift.
“P2 is not a bad position to start from in race one,” said Hauger. “Now it’s all about focusing on the race and preparing so I can compete at the maximum level.
“It’s a really fast and technical circuit so you have to be perfect when it counts out there on track.
“I’m constantly working on my own driving and with the team to make sure we’re as strong as possible.
“The start is going to be so important here. Hopefully we can get a good one and fight for the win.”
Added team-mate Pasma: “We’re not too far away from the front so it was a good qualifying for us.
“It’s a long track with a lot of corners so there are a lot of small details that you have to get right to be quick around here.
“We’ve been working really well as a team and I think it will be a strong weekend for us.
“I’m looking forward to the races, but also looking to go forward in them. I need to make some overtakes to get the win.”
Hampus Ericsson underlined Fortec Motorsports’ pace and will line up alongside team-mate Hoggard on the third row.
Elsewhere, Jack Doohan (Arden) wound up seventh, while championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments had to settle for eighth ahead of Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) who completed the top 10.
Round 10 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1445.
Provisional qualifying times Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
Round 10 grid order
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:22.980
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:23.271
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:23.379
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:23.396
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:23.404
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:23.444
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:23.522
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:23.576
9 Sebastian PRIUALX / GBR / Arden 1:23.711
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:23.866 etc.
Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.