Ericsson clinches Ford F4 Challenge Cup title as Quinn signs off with win in season finale

  • Ericsson seals Ford F4 Challenge Cup with ninth win in Class and storming drive to take third place in the race.
  • Quinn finishes campaign on a high by taking his fourth victory of 2017.
  • Lundqvist stars on podium for 11th time this season.

1 OCTOBER, 2017 – TRS Arden and Alex Quinn seized the opportunity from pole to wrap up the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost on a high at Brands Hatch with victory in the season finale. Fortec Motorsports and Hampus Ericsson had plenty to celebrate too, after an inspired drive from the Swede to clinch the Ford F4 Challenge Cup and with it free entry to the 2018 F4 British Championship (worth £15,000).

Quinn was made to work hard for victory by fellow front row starter Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist. The pair were side by side into turn one, with Quinn doing enough to boldly hold on to the lead.

Lundqvist appeared the faster of the two in the early stages, his tyres coming up to temperature quicker and the Swede put Quinn under considerable pressure.

Quinn weathered the storm, finding a rhythm as the race progressed, enabling him to pull out a gap to Lundqvist. A gap that would stand at 2.380s at the chequer and see Quinn overtake Lundvist for fourth in the standings by just half a point.

“Win number four the season feels so good,” said Quinn. “The second half of the race was really enjoyable when I was pulling away out front from Lundqvist.

“He was on tyres that were more used than mine and that meant he was able to get them up to temperature quicker than me, which made for a tricky opening few laps. Once my tyres were up to temperature I got into a good groove and was able to pull away.

“This was a really important race for me because I wanted to end the season on a high. After the disappointment of yesterday, other than qualifying on pole for this race, it’s great to bounce back like this.

“My time in British F4 has helped me improve as a driver massively and it’s been crucial in my career. I raced in British F3 last weekend and the step is huge.

“I would not recommend any driver go from karting to F3, but I would strongly recommend any young driver to make their first step into single-seaters with British F4. It prepares you perfectly for the categories further up the motorsport ladder.

“The F4 British Championship is an ideal way to transition into racing cars and a brilliant stepping stone for any aspiring professional racer.”

“I nearly got another win,” said Lundqvist. “Coming second today and winning a race yesterday makes for a pretty good weekend overall. Losing fourth place to Quinn in the standings by half a point is a bit frustrating though.

“With us starting alongside each other on the front row, the stage was set for a battle. We were side by side into turn one and it was a case of whoever came out in front would likely take the victory and fourth in the championship.

“I have no doubt that this year in British F4 has provided me with the perfect foundation to progress up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“I’ve shown really strong pace all year. Although the standings might not show it due to the bad luck we’ve encountered, we have been one the front-runners in this championship.

“Five wins is still a great tally for the season. Nine fastest laps, more than any other driver, is also an achievement I’m very proud of.

“It’s great to see fellow Swede Hampus Ericsson get the Ford F4 Challenge Cup title. Many congratulations to him. Hopefully it will provide the springboard for him to fight for the British F4 title in 2018. I think both of us have represented Sweden well this year in the most competitive junior single-seater series.”

There was drama at the start with contact between Lucca Allen and Harry Webb ending the races of both drivers, as well as effectively ending Webb’s Ford F4 Challenge Cup bid.

It was a frustrating end to the campaign for the Richardson Racing driver who came into the final race of the season with every chance of taking the Ford F4 Challenge Cup title after building a nine point lead over Saturday’s two races.

Although the job may have been made much easier for Ericsson, the Swede was far from content with just carefully bringing his car home.

Determined to take the title in style he put on a supreme display of wheel-to-wheel driving with some excellent overtakes to equal his best result of the year; a third place finish having started seventh.

Ericsson was promoted to the podium spot in the latter stages following Logan Sargeant’s uncharacteristic error which sent the American out of the race and with it his chances of becoming vice champion.

Third place saw Ericsson beat Olli Caldwell to the top step of the rostrum and ensure his ninth Class win of the campaign; more than any other driver.

“It was a really good race and I’m so happy with my performance,” said an ecstatic Ericsson. “To secure the Ford F4 Challenge Cup with a win in the Class is special.

“I didn’t know Webb had retired. I just focused on doing my own race and working my way up the order to get on the podium.

“My brother Marcus phoned me from Malaysia before the Grand Prix. He said to just focus on my race and not worry about anything else or overthink things. That’s exactly what I did and now I’m standing here as Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion!

“My first race of the season at Donington Park in April was the hardest one and since then I have just got better and better. To end the season with a third place overall is fantastic too.

“Now I can say I won the Challenge Cup in British F4 in my rookie season and that’s something I’m so proud of. I can build on this success to reach greater heights in my career. I want to come back next year and fight for the British F4 title.”

The accolade of vice champion went to fifth-place finisher Oscar Piastri following a superb season which saw him take to the podium 15 times, including six victories. The TRS Arden Aussie has thrilled fans in 2017, marrying speed with consistency, and firmly signalled to the single-seater fraternity that he is a star of the future.

Piastri found himself sandwiched on the final race classification between the Carlin duo of Patrik Pasma and 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Jamie Caroline. The former making up four places during proceedings, meanwhile Caroline slowed dramatically as he crossed the finish line costing him a fourth place finish.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 30 Brands Hatch GP 1 October 2017
13 laps / 31.63 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 20m 50.157s / 91.09mph
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +2.380s
3 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +10.764s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +20.208s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +20.612s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +20.944s
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +21.455s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +21.864s
9 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +24.665s
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +24.891s etc.

Fastest lap: Linus Lundqvist 1m 27.534s / 100.07mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; Caldwell

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 442 points; 2 Piastri 376.5; 3 Sargeant 356; 4 Quinn 307; 5 Lundqvist 306.5; 6 York 274.5; 7 Simmons 257.5; 8 Pasma 167.5; 9 Massaad 83; 10 Ericsson 69 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Ericsson 367.5 points; 2 Webb 351.5; 3 York 304.5; 4 Caldwell 302; 5 Allen 201; 6 Monger 100

Full results

Sargeant stamps his authority at Brands Hatch with Ford EcoBoost-powered pole

  • Sargeant and Carlin take pole at Brands Hatch.
  • Quinn and TRS Arden secure pole for final race of season.
  • Caroline fourth and Piastri sixth for opener.

30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Logan Sargeant charged his way to pole in qualifying at Brands Hatch for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, while Alex Quinn secured pole for the final race of the season.

Sargeant overcame Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist with a lap of 1m 26.587s, the Swede having topped the times for much of the early part of the session.

The Carlin racer timed his lap almost perfectly, recording it just before a red flag was thrown to recover the stricken car of Oliver York and repair the barriers.

“Well that’s exactly how I wanted to start today,” said poleman Sargeant. “First of all I want to say a big thank you to Carlin who have put together an amazing car yet again.

“I was a bit disappointed with the red flag coming out as that really compromised my ability to record a strong second fastest lap to take pole in the final race this weekend.

“Nevertheless, to get my first pole position is really special. It’s something we’ve been working towards all year.

“Now I need to capitalise on this fantastic starting position, take as many points as I can and hopefully I can become vice champion.

“I went out there, gave it my all and it paid off. It’s great to do a fantastic job for Carlin. This pole takes us a step closer towards the Teams Cup.”

“Yesterday wasn’t too bad for us and we built on that for qualifying,” added Lundqvist. “We’ve got a good car underneath us so it was just about me putting the lap together which I kind of did today.

“I think we had the potential for pole, but I didn’t quite hook up the ultimate lap. Then the red flag came, but that was the same for everyone. Congratulations to Logan for a great lap and getting pole. Hopefully we can overtake him in the races.

“With a good start we can immediately strike back. I really wanted that pole, but we’re at the front so we can fight for the top step. We’re definitely in the game this weekend.”

The red flag stoppage resulted in a five minute qualifying showdown with the field taking to the circuit, but few drivers improved as they struggled to get their tyres up to optimum temperature.

Two drivers who did were Jamie Caroline and Hampus Ericsson, the leaders of the F4 British Championship and Ford F4 Challenge Cup respectively. However, both had their fastest times removed for ignoring yellow flags.

Caroline drops from third to fourth on the grid for this afternoon’s race, when he will bid to become FIA British Formula 4 Champion; while Ericsson moves back from sixth on the grid to ninth. The Swede crucially remains the quickest Challenge Cup entrant with Caldwell in 12th and title rival Webb in 18th after being hampered by traffic.

The removal of Caroline’s fastest time sees Alex Quinn move up to a third place grid slot. The TRS Arden racer built on a solid Friday to take pole for the final race of the season courtesy of his second fastest lap time, a 1m 26.945s, which was the class of the field.

Behind Caroline on the third row will line-up the TRS Arden duo of Ayrton Simmons and Oscar Piastri. The latter will look to make a lightning getaway to take the fight to his title rival.

The action steps up a gear this afternoon at Brands Hatch with race one at 1400 and the reverse-grid race following at 1700. Tomorrow afternoon’s final round is live on ITV4 at 1502.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2017
Round 28 grid order 
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:26.587
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:26.733
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.826s 1:26.939
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:27.043
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:27.209
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:27.399
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:27.441
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:27.570
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:27.718
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:27.771 etc.

Round 30 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Quinn – Lundqvist – Sargeant – Caroline – Simmons – Piastri – Ericsson – Pasma – York – Caldwell etc.

Full times

Quinn reigns supreme at Silverstone

  • Third win of campaign for front row starter Alex Quinn.
  • York and Piastri complete podium.
  • Caroline’s championship lead reduced by just three points to 71.5.
  • Ericsson takes the Ford F4 Challenge Cup spoils for seventh time this season.

16 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – TRS Arden and Alex Quinn shone at Silverstone to take victory in Round 25 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, ahead of Oliver York and Oscar Piastri after a dramatic finish hit by torrential rain.

Silverstone has proved a happy hunting ground for Quinn. It was the scene of his British F4 Rookie title triumph in 2016, which he capped off with a fantastic win at the Northamptonshire circuit.

Starting on the front row the Cornish racer was determined to add another victory to his name at the home of British Motor Racing and he duly delivered. A lightning start saw him get the jump on team-mate and poleman Oscar Piastri.

Piastri made life difficult for Quinn in the opening stages, refusing to let him escape while bringing Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Caroline (Carlin) with him. Caroline having already made up two places on the first lap.

As the race progressed Quinn eventually managed to break free of Piastri’s clutches. The heavens opened with just two laps remaining, but Quinn remained unfazed out front. The 16-year-old danced his way around the 1.64 mile circuit on slick tyres in the pouring rain to take his third win of the campaign.

“I got Oscar off the line which is what I was aiming to do because to go head to head in the race would have been more tricky considering the way things are in the championship battle. We have to keep maximising the points.

“I knew the start was my best and safest opportunity to get the job done so I’m really happy to have pulled it off.

“It wasn’t easy after the start though because Oscar was very quick at the beginning, but I eventually managed to pull out a bit of a gap.

“Then I saw a massive black cloud overhead and knew the rain was coming. I stayed calm, didn’t push too hard and it paid off.

“I was trying to pay attention to how much rain was on my visor and how much water there was on the track. The last lap was like driving into the unknown, but I’ve always liked these conditions throughout my career.”

Behind Quinn the situation was far less straightforward. After Caroline got the better of York with a bold move to take third just before the rain began to fall, the championship leader moved to double his fun as he attempted to pass and pull away from chief title rival Piastri on the final lap.

It resulted in a spin for Caroline, forcing Piastri to take evasive action. The Aussie took a wide line and hit the brakes. York promptly capitalised to take second, diving up the inside of both drivers.

“Overall it was a good race for us,” commented York. “We had the pace throughout. Even when the rain came down we were something like a second quicker than anyone else on the last lap when we took second place.

“Jamie went for a late move and I had to back out really otherwise it could have ended very differently. Then it started to rain and he was sideways through Brooklands after a half spin. It forced Oscar out wide and it gave me the opportunity to scythe up the inside the pair of them.

“I think I was a little held back by Oscar which meant I couldn’t attack Quinn for the win. I’m still happy to get second which means plenty more points in the championship so we can continue to target a top five finish in the championship at the end of the season.

“This is my third podium in four races so it’s great to have this kind of consistency and is a sign of our strength.”

“The start was not good at all,” said Piastri. “I didn’t have enough heat in the tyres which meant I couldn’t get the traction I wanted off the line.

“I felt I was faster than Alex in the opening laps, but as the race progressed I didn’t have the life in the tyres that he did which meant I couldn’t quite keep up with him.

“The heavens opened on the final two laps and I was probably a bit too cautious. On the last lap Jamie went for a bold move and spun in front of me. I had nowhere to go other than slam on the brakes and that let York through.

“I’m not happy with the result, but it could have been a lot worse. We finished on the podium and in front of Jamie so that’s still positive.”

A below-par qualifying for Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist and TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons meant the stage was set for them to come storming through the field from 15th and 11th respectively. Both took no prisoners as they flew up the order, each making up four places on just the opening lap. The duo put on a display of overtaking that was a feast for the eyes, with Simmons finishing fifth and Lundqvist sixth. Simmons recording fastest lap of the race in the process.

Behind them finished Carlin’s Logan Sargeant, while eighth place for Hoggard earnt the Fortec Motorsports racer points and pole position for tomorrow’s partially reversed grid race.

Team-mate Hampus Ericsson had to settle for ninth despite a spell in sixth, but with Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen and TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell in 14th and 17th respectively, Ericsson secured his seventh Ford F4 Challenge Cup win. It leaves him tied with Oliver York for most wins in the Class this season.

“The Challenge Cup is the main thing to win and that’s what I have got my sights set on,” explained Ericsson. “To get another win in the Class again today was so important.

“At one point in the race I was sixth, but I went off the track and had to settle for ninth.

“I don’t like the rain much, but I enjoyed it on the slicks. It was a lot of fun!

“The overtake I made on Sargeant into Brooklands was so cool. I got in the slipstream and went around the outside of him. It was a really special move that I’m very proud of.

“Whenever I’m battling with the title contenders like that it’s really exciting and proves that I’m able to fight at the front.”

Carlin’s Patrik Pasma completed the top 10 ahead of Double R’s Karl Massaad. Meanwhile JHR Developments driver Harry Dyson put on a fine display on his competitive single-seater debut, picking his way expertly through the field from last on the grid to finish 12th.

The Ford EcoBoost action continues tomorrow with Round 26 at 1115 when Hoggard will be gunning for his maiden win in the series from pole. The final race of the weekend will be broadcast live on ITV4 and is scheduled for 1630. Piastri will be the poleman once again, with the aim of converting it into his sixth win of the season in a bid to take the title battle to the final meeting of the season.

However, Jamie Caroline will have other ideas and can take the title tomorrow if he has increased his championship lead from 71.5 to at least 75 points once the chequered flag falls on the final race.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 25 Silverstone, 16 September, 2017
21 laps / 34.44 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 20m 29.835s / 100.84mph
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +1.122s
3 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +1.748s
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +3.164s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +8.912s
6 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +9.027s
7 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +10.021s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +10.880s
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +12.001s
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +14.135s etc.

Fastest lap: Ayrton Simmons 57.165s / 103.30mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Allen; 3 Caldwell

Grid for Round 26: Hoggard – Sargeant – Lundqvist – Simmons – Caroline – Piastri – York – Quinn – Ericsson – Pasma etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 376 points; 2 Piastri 304.5; 3 Sargeant 289; 4 Quinn 280; 5 Lundqvist 247.5; 6 York 233.5; 7 Simmons 216.5; 8 Pasma 143.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 66 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 275.5; 4 Caldwell 194; 5 Allen 138; 6 Monger 100

Full results

Piastri puts it on pole, as TRS Arden secures front row lock out at Silverstone

  • Piastri takes double pole.
  • Third front row lock out for TRS Arden.
  • Championship leader Caroline sixth fastest.
  • Entire field covered by just over a second.

16 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Oscar Piastri carried his front-running Friday form into qualifying on Saturday at Silverstone for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with a sublime double pole position. Team-mate Alex Quinn left it late to qualify second and in doing so ensured TRS Arden secured its third front row lock out of the campaign.

Piastri could be found at the top of the timesheet for much of the 20 minute session. However, he was pushed hard, not only by team-mate Quinn, but Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York. The Andy Priaulx Sports Management backed rising star enjoyed a spell on provisional pole, briefly breaking Piastri’s stranglehold on the session with a 57.873s lap with just under five minutes remaining.

Piastri promptly responded with a 57.743s lap and then proceeded to better it on his following flying laps. A 57.610s would prove to be his best and his string of fast laps earnt him pole for the final race of the weekend based on second-fastest times.

“I went out there and did exactly what I needed to do,” said poleman Piastri. “It’s going to be tough to get the championship now with the gap to Jamie Caroline. All I can do is get pole positions and wins and we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve been fast every time I’ve been here and we were fastest for pretty much the whole session. I’m really pleased with my performance and as a team we’re performing so well.

“I knew my pace was pretty strong because I was able to close up to Jamie pretty comfortably when I was behind him on track earlier in the session.

“We were P2 in the dry yesterday and P1 in the wet, and this morning I have put it on pole so I think we’re in a very good place whatever the conditions will be during the rest of the weekend.”

Quinn crashed the front row party in the dying seconds of the session on his final run with a lap of 57.826s, demoting York to third alongside team-mate Hampus Ericsson. The latter putting in his best qualifying performance of the season to earn a front row grid slot in the final race of the weekend.

“It was very difficult out there, the track was improving every lap and I managed to pull a lap out of the bag on my final flyer,” explained Quinn. “It’s great that Oscar got pole and we have another front row lock out for the team.”

“It’s going to be a close race, particularly the battle between myself at Oscar and especially at the start. Hopefully we can bring home big points for the team.

“I was a bit worried when the red flag came out because I wasn’t sure I could get the temperature in the tyres in time, but I stayed calm, brought the tyres in and just got the temperatures right on my final lap to hook things up.”

Behind the all-Fortec second row, can be found an all-Carlin third row with Logan Sargeant beating championship leader Jamie Caroline to fifth on the grid by just 0.009s.

“I’m feeling pretty relaxed,” said Caroline. “We can afford to start sixth given where we are in the championship. I’ll be sending it around the outside in the race to climb up the order!

“Our tyres went off towards the end and I struggled for front end grip whereas others got quicker.

“I know my race pace is strong and our best is yet to come this weekend. We’ll be up there fighting for the top spots.”

Karl Massaad was Double R’s highest qualifier in seventh, with Friday pacesetter Linus Lundqvist only capable of 15th after making contact with the wall in the pit lane.

Johnathan Hoggard ensured all Fortec Motorsports-prepared cars qualified inside the top 10 ahead of Patrik Pasma and Olli Caldwell.

The first F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the Silverstone weekend follows at 1600.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Silverstone 16 September 2017
Round 25 grid order 
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 57.610s
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.826s
3 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 57.873s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 58.028s
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 58.084s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 58.093s
7 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 58.141s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 58.158s
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 58.290s
10 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 58.321s etc.

Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Piastri – Ericsson – Quinn – Caroline – Sargeant – York – Hoggard – Simmons – Pasma – Massaad etc.

Full times

Quinn for the win at Rockingham

  • Quinn leaves it late to snatch victory from poleman Pasma.
  • Title contenders Caroline, Piastri and Lundqvist suffer misfortune.

27 AUGUST, 2017 – TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn scored his second win of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season, after a patient drive from second on the grid and a bold move on long-time leader Patrik Pamsa to take to the top step at Rockingham.

Quinn was the better off line of the front-row starters, but Carlin’s Pasma positioned his car perfectly to remain in first. The Finn then endured immense pressure from Quinn, covering off every move that the 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion could throw at him.

Quinn continued to stalk his prey, biding his time and making the decisive move on lap 13. The Cornish racer getting a better run out of Deene hairpin and boldly running around the outside of Pasma through Yentwood.

Unleashed, Quinn immediately recorded his fastest laps of the race and was able to comfortably take the chequer.

“It’s good to be back on the top step,” said Quinn. “I had to work hard for it. I had a lot of attempts to overtake, but Patrik defended so well and that made it difficult to get past.

“Eventually I got the run on him coming out of turn two and got around the outside at turn three. It was a really tricky move and a little bit scary, but I’m happy I pulled it off.

“I was then immediately able to build a gap and the race got easier from that point.

“I knew I was a lot quicker than Patrik so I was careful not to rush things, overdo it or make a stupid move. I waited patiently and it played out right for me in the end.

“It’s good to get a win here. I’ve never had great results here in the past, so it’s nice to change that and this helps us in the championship.”

“The race was really tough,” added Pasma. “It wasn’t the result we wanted, but we just have to keep working hard and improve to get that win.

“I led the majority of the race and unfortunately I made a slight mistake towards the end which gave Alex the opportunity to make a move which was a shame. I’m proud of how well I defended under immense pressure for so many laps.”

As Quinn and Pasma duked it out in front it brought Simmons, Sargeant and York into play. At one point the leading quintet were covered by less than two seconds in a fight for top honours.

Simmons did well to take the final podium spot, balancing attack with defence while managing heavily worn out tyres.

“We had old tyres on in that race which made it harder to keep up with Alex and Patrik, but we didn’t drop too far back from them which was good,” explained Simmons. “I think I was helped by the fact that they were battling with each other.

“I had to defend a lot in that race too. I had to balance attacking with defending, managing the tyres and driving smart. I’m happy with my performance.

“We’ve saved our best tyres for the final race when we will start from P2 so hopefully we can take the win.

“I’m sure Sargeant won’t make it easy starting from pole. I finished ahead of him in this race so hopefully I can come out on top again.”

Sargeant got the better of York after the latter took too much kerb, unsettling his car and leaving the door open for the American to pounce.

Behind York finished Fortec Motorsports team-mate Hampus Ericsson who climbed his way from 10th on the grid to sixth. The Swede finished ahead of fellow big mover and Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner Olli Caldwell who had made up five places from his starting position.

“It’s really good to make it two Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins for the weekend so far,” said Ericsson. “I’m really happy and so is the team. To get sixth place with York in fifth means lots of points for the team.

“The important thing was to keep my nose clean and stay out of trouble. That’s been my plan all weekend and it’s paying dividends.

“If we can get the full set of Challenge Cup wins this weekend that would be brilliant so we can close the gap to the points leader in the Class standings.”

Just a fortnight after recording both his and GW Motorsport’s first top 10 finish, Sam Smelt was at it again, this time bringing his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer home in eighth.

Lucas Alecco Roy was back in the points in ninth, recovering well from early contact with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Title contenders Jamie Caroline, Linus Lundqvist and Oscar Piastri suffered a frustrating race. Damage from early skirmishes for Caroline and Lundqvist forced them into the pits and retirement.

Meanwhile Piastri’s rapid progress through the field, which saw him overtake eight cars on the opening lap, was abruptly halted on lap two with a trip through the gravel at Tarzan after a battle with Caroline.

Piastri persevered however, recording the fastest lap of the race on his way back up to 10th place by the chequer and denying Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen a maiden points score.

The ITV4 live-televised Rockingham finale follows at 1512.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 23 Rockingham 27 August 2017
15 laps / 29.10 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 20m 20.323s / 85.84mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +1.531s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +3.261s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +4.214s
5 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +4.593s
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +5.922s
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +6.804s
8 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW +7.290s
9 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin +14.093s
10 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +14.802s etc.

Fastest lap: Oscar Piastri 1m 18.854s / 87.45mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Caldwell; 3 Allen

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 349 points; 2 Piastri 289.5; 3 Sargeant 258; 4 Quinn 249; 5 Lundqvist 229.5; 6 York 197.5; 7 Simmons 194.5; 8 Pasma 141.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 66 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 225.5; 4 Caldwell 179; 5 Allen 102; 6 Monger 100

Full results

Quinn and Sargeant star in super-close Rockingham test day

  • TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn beats Carlin’s Logan Sargeant to top spot by 0.078s.
  • Top 11 covered by less than a second at the Speedway.

25 AUGUST, 2017 – With less than a second covering the top 11 drivers in F4 British Championship testing at Rockingham, the scene is set for a thrillingly competitive weekend of Ford EcoBoost-powered action at the Northamptonshire Speedway.

TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn edged out free practice one pacesetter Logan Sargeant in an entertaining final 15 minutes of free practice two which saw much of the field take to the track for qualifying simulations.

Quinn’s best lap of 1m 18.711s came with nine minutes remaining. The 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion followed up a strong showing in the opening session during which he was pacesetter for the majority.

“It’s been a very positive day,” said Quinn of his Friday running. “The car felt really good, especially on our final run and I’ve improved throughout the day.

“Nevertheless, I’m sure we can find more time. Today’s performance has left me in a good place mentally for tomorrow.

“We tried to simulate qualifying on our final run. We made a change to the car and that helped us set the fastest lap time.

“It bodes well for qualifying and our long runs were good in the first session. Hopefully we can find the right balance between the two.”

Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist looked to be Quinn’s closest challenger as the clock ticked down with a 1m 18.880s lap.

However, Sargeant was the last of the front-runners to blink and chipped away at Quinn’s benchmark, ultimately recording a time that was just 0.078s shy.

Said Sargeant: “P1 in FP1 and P2 in FP2 hopefully means we’re looking good going into tomorrow.

“We still need to find that extra tenth to Alex, but I’m sure we will and we can fight for pole in qualifying.

“I expect myself to be at the top of the times everywhere, but I like this track a lot and I think we can target some excellent results weekend.”

Sargeant’s best time of the day came in the first session, a 1m 18.789s putting him a mere 0.063s clear of team-mate and championship leader Jamie Caroline. The latter’s time proving his fastest of the day and earning him third on the combined timesheets.

Title rival Oscar Piastri, bounced back from a quiet free practice one to record the fifth quickest tour of the Speedway late in the afternoon and finish two tenths adrift of Quinn.

Knockhill race winner Oliver York wound up sixth fastest having finished free practice one in fourth, with team-mate Hampus Ericsson just over a tenth of a second further back in ninth. The Fortec Motorsports duo sandwiching Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Carlin) on the timesheets.

Manuel Sulaiman completed the top 10 for JHR Developments after a solid day’s running which saw them carefully work through their Friday programme.

TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell missed out on the top 10 by 0.135s, but is confident of finding time around the 1.94-mile circuit, particularly in sector three. Meanwhile Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) recorded the 12th fastest time despite struggling to find the right balance with his car.

Official qualifying is set for 1020 tomorrow ahead of a 1415 start for the 22nd round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1512.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Leading testing times Rockingham 25 August 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.010 / 1:18.711
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.789 / 1:18.847
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:18.852 / 1:19.088
4 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:19.075 / 1:18.880
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:19.222 / 1:18.943
6 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:19.042 / 1:19.177
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:19.049 / 1:19.071
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:19.094 / 1:19.445
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.169 / 1:19.508
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:19.733 / 1:19.467 etc.

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Piastri leads TRS Arden 1-2-3 at Knockhill

  • TRS Arden dominant in final race of weekend.
  • Piastri takes fifth win of season to keep pressure on Caroline in championship.
  • Quinn and Simmons star on podium.
  • Harry Webb takes control of Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings with win.

13 AUGUST, 2017 – TRS Arden wrapped up the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost weekend at Knockhill in style with an emphatic 1-2-3 finish. Oscar Piastri took his fifth win of the campaign from Alex Quinn and Ayrton Simmons.

Piastri, Quinn and Simmons were untouchable out front trading fastest lap times for the duration. Their respective quickest laps of the race covered by a mere 0.022s.

It was a dominant display from the TRS Arden trio who controlled proceedings from the outset, with Piastri and Quinn getting away brilliantly off the line and Simmons jumping Jamie Caroline to move immediately into third.

From then on the only threat was from Carlin’s Logan Sargeant who Simmons kept at bay, acting as rear gunner for Piastri and Quinn ahead, particularly after a Safety Car period six laps into the race.

“I hope to keep having this winning feeling,” said a beaming Piastri. “I got a good start but Alex’s was a bit better. After that I think I had just a little bit more pace than the rest of the field.

“I saw that Jamie was in fifth and that took the pressure off a little, but also motivated me to score as many points as I could to take as much out of his lead in the standings as possible.

“It’s great to get a 1-2-3 for the team. Ayrton was fastest in testing on Wednesday, Alex was fastest on Friday in free practice and then I put it on pole on Saturday. It’s amazing really and fantastic to deliver a result like this. To get a 1-2-3 and put it all together when it really matters is something very special.”

“It’s awesome to be a part of this historic result,” added Quinn. “Oscar and I both got good starts and tried to break away.

“The tyres weren’t completely in at the beginning because we ran new ones, not scrubbed, which made it a little bit challenging. Nevertheless, the three of us managed to get away out front.

“I’ve got to say a massive thanks to Total Rail Solutions and Arden because they have been able to provide us as drivers with this incredible opportunity to succeed.

“I felt like I was a little bit quicker and closing slightly on Oscar before the Safety Car, but I’m happy with second and the points, especially on a weekend that probably wasn’t my best. It’s nice to end it on a high.”

“To get a 1-2-3 finish in British F4 is such a hard thing to achieve,” explained Simmons. “It doesn’t happen very often because the series is so competitive.

“We all had the exact same pace. Arden do an amazing job to bring in the right drivers who will click as a team and perform individually as well.

“I kept my head down in the race after jumping past Jamie at the start. I tried to catch and pass Alex, but it was really tricky to follow him through the high speed corners, plus I had to manage my race carefully because Sargeant was behind me.”

Like Simmons, Sargeant capitalised upon team-mate Caroline’s slow start to take fourth and kept the TRS Arden runners under pressure for the duration.

Caroline’s slow start stemmed from a mechanical problem which he was forced to manage for the entire race while fending off Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist who had climbed two places on the opening lap.  The duo provided an enthralling battle for spectators, as two of the F4 British Championship’s heavyweights duked it out around the 1.27-mile Fife track lap after lap for fifth place.

Patrik Pasma got in on the act too, bringing home his best result of the weekend and valuable points behind the pair in seventh.

Harry Webb triumphed in the battle for Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours and with it rose to the top of the Class standings for the first time this season. The Richardson Racing ace’s fourth win in the Class propelling him ahead of Oliver York, having trailed him by 14 points heading into the race.

Webb had to work hard for it though, fighting his way from outside the top 10 to eighth and kept Challenge Cup rival Olli Caldwell behind him in an exciting duel. Meanwhile Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson followed them home to take the final step on the Class rostrum and complete the top 10.

“It’s great to take the lead in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup, we’ve been working towards this all season,” said Webb. “I got a good start and picked up some places. Others had some problems and that helped up a bit.

“I was really pleased to be able to keep Caldwell at bay and take the Challenge Cup win. My tyres were pretty worn in that race and he got quite close for several laps, but I managed to respond and stretch out a small gap to give me some breathing space.

“Taking the lead in the Challenge Cup standings is really important and I hope I stay on top. Winning it would earn me free entry into the championship next year and hopefully if we can get the sponsorship in place I can come back for a second year and fight for the title.

“It’s an even better feeling to come out on top this weekend with my sponsors here. I know everyone says it, but I really wouldn’t be on the grid without them. So big thanks Loco Energy Drink, Walero, EACS, The Helmet Company and Rock Oil.”

Ericsson’s Fortec Motorsports team-mates, York and Johnathan Hoggard, endured frustrating races. York suffered a spin early on and later had contact with JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman which put paid to his chances of following up his maiden win with a points haul. Hoggard once again encountered front wing damage on a luckless weekend when his pace in testing and qualifying promised so much.

The contact between York and Sulaiman saw the latter miss out on a hard earned top 10 finish. The Mexican’s car was stranded on the entry to Taylor’s Hairpin, causing the race to be red flagged and with it the chequer with just seconds of the 20 minute race remaining.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is back in action in a fortnight’s time (26/27 August) when the title battle will resume at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Provisional results Round 21 Knockhill 13 August 2017
21 laps / 26.60 miles
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 18m 21.962s / 86.92mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +1.334s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +2.216s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +3.268s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +5.224s
6 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +6.531s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +10.291s etc.
8 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +17.263s
9 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +17.617s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +19.963s etc.

Fastest lap: Oscar Piastri 50.014s / 91.19mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Webb; 2 Caldwell; 3 Ericsson; 4 Allen

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 334 points; 2 Piastri 288.5; 3 Sargeant 234; 4 Quinn 216; 5 Lundqvist 204.5; =6 York 169.5; =6 Simmons 169.5; 8 Pasma 117.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 64 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 175.5; 4 Caldwell 143; 5 Monger 100; 6 Allen 72

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Quinn quickest in the dry, while Caroline sets pace in the wet in British F4 testing at Knockhill

  • Quinn records quickest time of the day in dry final session.
  • Caroline tops rain-hit free practice two.
  • Simmons fastest in changeable conditions in first session.

11 AUGUST, 2017 – F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost drivers faced an array of weather conditions in testing at Knockhill ahead of qualifying and four races this weekend. With rain affecting the first and second sessions it relented late in the afternoon to provide valuable dry running and it was TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn who laid down a marker heading into the weekend by posting the quickest time.

The Cornish racer, who already has one British F4 victory to his name at Knockhill, toured the 1.27-mile Fife track 0.086s faster than the race lap record set by Luis Leeds last year with a time of 49.728s.

Quinn underlined his strength by rattling off multiple laps below the 50-second mark, indicating that the 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion is certainly not going to lack race pace this weekend. This followed excelling in the wet second session when finishing second only to Jamie Caroline.

“Even though we weren’t quickest in the first session, we were quite a lot quicker than most people and that was with old tyres so that was a really positive start to the day,” explained Quinn.

“More rain came for the second session and I love driving in the wet, especially around this track. It’s absolutely awesome. It’s by far my favourite track on the calendar.

“All four TRS Arden drivers have shown really good pace today and that’s excellent because we can all learn from each other to go even faster.

“In the last session the car felt really good so we’re in a strong place, but it’s not going to be easy this weekend. The times are really close. Importantly for me I was consistently in the 49-second bracket which underlines that we’ve got good race pace too.”

With times tumbling in free practice three as track conditions improved and drivers grew in confidence, championship leader Caroline was just 0.070s adrift of Quinn on his best lap. It rounded off a strong day for the Carlin driver who looked back to his exuberant self on track after a quiet weekend by his standards last time out at Snetterton.

Caroline shone in the second session when he stormed his way to the top of the times in the worst of the conditions by a margin of over three tenths of a second.

“We scrubbed our wet tyres when the track was dry so everyone got more running in the dry on slicks this morning,” said Caroline. “I set my best time in that session on slicks, but when it was raining so everyone else got the chance to get four more laps worth of heat in their tyres.

“I really enjoy driving around this circuit. I love Knockhill. Even though I was quickest in FP2 on old wet tyres, we’ve been struggling with some technical niggles so I’m not completely happy because it’s hindering our ability to be consistent.

“Handling wise things are a lot better compared to Snetterton and we worked on the balance in FP3. The car has got a great front end on it which is nice to have because you can throw it into the corner. It will oversteer a little and rotate into the corner and then as you pick the throttle up you can control it thanks to the drivability of the Ford EcoBoost engine to get a good exit. In FP3 we were right up there in the dry and I’m confident we can have a really strong weekend.

“Turn one and the chicane is where there’s a lot of time to be made. They will be a big differentiator between drivers. The last corner is interesting here as it’s a hairpin and I’m really not a fan of hairpins! It’s an important corner though because it provides the only real overtaking opportunity on the track.”

Quinn’s team-mate Ayrton Simmons was fifth fastest overall and is one to watch having featured at the sharp end of the times throughout the day; not least in free practice one when he was fastest after an excellent run on slick tyres early in the session before rain forced the field onto wets.

“The first session was really good for us to be fourth tenths quicker than everyone in tricky conditions,” said morning pacesetter Simmons. “The second session wasn’t too bad either to be third quickest on old tyres in the rain.

“I got a little confused in the dry final session with my references when it came to braking and turning points. I did get to grips with them by the end of the session, setting my best time on my final lap and that was when my tyres were past their best. The car has been really good so hopefully I can put it on pole.”

Logan Sargeant was another on front-running pace and was the only driver other than Quinn and Caroline to break the 50-second barrier, having not finished any lower than fifth in the preceding sessions.

Title contender Linus Lundqvist was quickest of the Double R Racing charges with the fourth best time both in the wet and the dry. Team-mate Karl Massaad fared better in the wet in session two ending up tenth, compared to the dry final session when he had to settle for 13th.

Title rival Oscar Piastri took time to acclimatise to the Fife track having never raced around the circuit before and grew in confidence as the day progressed. The Aussie ended up sixth overall and less than half a second off P1.

Johnathan Hoggard impressed in what is only his second British F4 meeting, just 0.026s behind Piastri in free practice three having been second quickest in free practice one and fifth in the second session. Fortec Motorsports’ newest addition proved to be their top performer with Oliver York ninth and Hampus Ericsson 12th.

Patrik Pasma found himself sandwiched on the timesheet by Hoggard and York in eighth. The Finn finished inside the top 10 in every session and is clearly enjoying his Knockhill experience more than his time at Snetterton a fortnight ago.

Olli Caldwell broke into the top 10 in the final session, more at ease in the dry conditions as opposed to the wet. The TRS Arden driver ended the day as quickest Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner with rival Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) just 0.032s behind him in 11th ahead of Ericsson and Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) in 18th.

Official qualifying is set for 1130 tomorrow ahead of a 1430 start for Round 19 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The lights will go out for the second race of the weekend (the rescheduled Round 12) at 1710. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1540.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Leading testing times Knockhill 11 August 2017 (sessions 1/2/3)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 55.995s / 56.327s / 49.728s
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 54.841s / 56.018s / 49.796s
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 55.039s / 56.586s / 49.983s
4 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 55.132s / 56.519s / 50.036s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 54.212s / 56.402s / 50.055s
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 55.064s / 56.906s / 50.171s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 54.648s / 56.636s / 50.197s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 55.574s / 56.790s / 50.284s
9 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 55.380s / 56.691s / 50.332s
10 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 55.847s / 57.292s / 50.470s etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Quinn aiming for more Ford EcoBoost-powered wins at Snetterton

Supplied by driver’s PR. 

27 JULY, 2017 – 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn is looking forward to returning to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost grid this weekend at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.

Alex is very pleased to confirm the support of Total Rail Solutions allowing him to continue with TRS Arden.

Before the summer break, Alex secured his first race win of the 2017 season in the TRS Arden-prepared British F4 car. A second place in race three at Croft cemented good points to move Alex up the championship leaderboard.

“To leave Croft with a podium and a win has given me a lot of hope for the second half of the season”, he said.

“Things are looking up in the championship which is very positive.  It meant a lot to me to get the first win of the year with TRS Arden.

“There has been a lot of hard work from both myself and the team so far in 2017.  I hope the win at Croft will be the first of many and I can stand on the top step of the podium again this weekend.”

Snetterton Timetable
Friday 28 July, 2017
0900 – 0945
1340 – 1425

Saturday 29 July, 2017
1030 – 1050 Qualifying
1400 – 1420 Race 1
1715 – 1735 Race 2

Sunday 30 July, 2017
1450 – 1510 Race 3 – Live on ITV4

 

Rookie Champion Alex Quinn joins forces with TRS Arden in British F4 return

29 MARCH, 2017 – British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn has signed with TRS Arden in a deal which will see him return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford and contest the first four meetings of the season. The campaign will kick off at Brands Hatch this weekend on 1-2 April.

TRS Arden announced their 2017 line-up for the UK’s most competitive single-seater series last month, with it featuring Ayrton Simmons, Oscar Piastri, Yves Baltas and Olli Caldwell. However, with Caldwell having to wait until 11 June to turn 15 years of age and become eligible to compete, TRS Arden found themselves with a vacant seat for the first part of the season.

What better way to fill it than with a British F4 Rookie Champion? At just 15-years-old Alex Quinn was a leading light in 2016. He dominated the Rookie class, recording a remarkable 16 wins and a total of 26 podiums, including three overall race victories. The first of which in only his fourth car race on the back of a fantastic pole position at Donington Park.

The talented teenager from Camelford, Cornwall came within touching distance of doing the double and being crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion, having still been in title contention at the season finale weekend.

“I’m so happy to race for TRS Arden and I want to say a huge thank you to them for this fantastic opportunity,” said Quinn.

“The aim is to make the best start I can at Brands Hatch to show people what I can do straight away in qualifying and the opening races.

“I’ve been quick at all the tracks we’ve tested at. We are in a very good place. The potential in the team is huge, especially with great drivers like Ayrton, Oscar, Yves and Olli. We’re all working together so well. I think it will be an excellent year.

“I want to race in British F4 for the whole season, so I need to perform in the first four meetings to attract sponsors and prove that I can fight at the front for the championship.”

Quinn has immediately gelled with Garry Horner’s Banbury-based outfit, showing front-running pace in a number of test sessions. The 16-year-old was quickest on only his first full day of official pre-season testing at Brands Hatch, by a margin of over three tenths of a second. A feat made all the more impressive given that much of the field already had plenty of 2017 mileage under their belts from preceding tests.

“TRS Arden is such a good team and it’s extremely well run,” commented Quinn. “They knew I had the speed before I jumped in the car at testing. We’ve been on the same page from the outset and I’ve been working really well with my engineer Clément Dumont whose work is exceptional.

“It was a brilliant feeling to be quickest at Brands Hatch and then quickest in the morning session at Snetterton; especially given the limited time I’ve had with the team and car in 2017 compared to a lot of other drivers.”

“It was great to see that someone like Alex can get behind the wheel of one of our cars and go so well from the outset,” added TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield. “It’s a huge a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone.

“The team have worked really hard all winter. The drivers have been putting in the effort in training and we have shown that we can be consistently on top.

“I know we have the best team and a strong driver line-up for the 2017 season.”