Sargeant snatches top spot at Snetterton British F4 test

  • Carlin’s Logan Sargeant tops official pre-season testing for second time in 2017.
  • Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports shine at Snetterton.
  • TRS Arden and Alex Quinn fastest in morning session.

15 MARCH, 2017 – Logan Sargeant became the first driver to top more than one official pre-season test, ahead of the inaugural round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

A host of drivers, including Sargeant, recorded their best times around the three-mile Snetterton 300 circuit at the very end of the day; turning the final 20 minutes of track action into a qualifying style shootout.

Sargeant was the pacesetter in 2017’s first official pre-season test at Oulton Park last month and having been second fastest in the morning at Snetterton, recorded a time of 1m 51.437s on his final flying lap to snatch top spot from Oliver York.

York’s best time of 1m 51.469s was just 0.032s adrift of Sargeant, and further underlined the optimism from the Fortec Motorsports camp regarding the international kart champion’s prospects this season.

TRS Arden and Alex Quinn maintained their testing form from Brands Hatch last week where they set the pace. Quickest in the first session and just 0.154s off of Sargeant’s best.

Jamie Caroline married speed with consistency for Carlin on his way to fourth fastest. Such was his consistency that he set identical personal bests in both sessions with a 1m 51.762s lap time.

He was followed by the TRS Arden trio of Ayrton Simmons, Oscar Piastri and Olli Caldwell in 5th, 6th and 7th respectively.

Meanwhile, Carlin’s Patrik Pasma and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb both improved in the second session and remained comfortably amongst the top 10 quickest drivers.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu improved most with regard to outright lap time with a 1m 54.140s in the afternoon; almost two seconds quicker than his best before the lunchbreak.

Lucas Alecco Roy was another big improver, his best time putting him just under half a second clear of Liu and earning him 10th on the timesheets.

Elsewhere, Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport found themselves amongst the top 10 in the first session, ending up 12th as the chequered flag fell on the day’s running.

The final official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway next week on Tuesday 21 March, as excitement levels reach fever pitch ahead of the first race weekend of the season at Brands Hatch on 1-2 April.

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Testing times Snetterton 15 March, 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:51.654 / 1:51.437
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:51.905 / 1:51.469
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:51.591 / 1:51.437
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:51.762 / 1:51.762
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:51.820 / 1:51.891
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:52.861 / 1:52.777
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:52.785 / 1:53.005
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:53.450 / 1:53.103
9 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:53.715 / 1:53.429
10 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:54.997 / 1:53.669
11 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:55.918 / 1:54.140
12 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:54.523 / 1:55.031

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TRS Arden and Alex Quinn set the pace in British F4 test

  • Quinn makes the most of opportunity to test with TRS Arden by going fastest at Brands Hatch.
  • Double R Racing continues to impress with Massaad and Lundqvist.

8 MARCH, 2017 – 2016 British F4 Rookie Class Champion Alex Quinn set the pace with TRS Arden on the fourth day of official pre-season testing for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Brands Hatch Indy.

His best time of 46.753s coming late in the afternoon when conditions were at their best following a morning full of wet weather running.

Said TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “It’s great to see that a good driver can get behind the wheel of one of our cars and go so well from the outset. It’s a huge a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the team.”

Quinn was the only driver to break into the 46s bracket, three tenths clear of Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad who put in his best performance of pre-season testing.

The Lebanese kart champion’s strong showing for the Woking outfit was backed up by team-mate Linus Lundqvist, who was quickest in the rain hit first session and ended the test third overall with a time of 47.146s.

Patrik Pasma proved to be quickest of the Carlin runners, recording a time of 47.149s which was good enough for fourth. Donington Park test pacesetter Jamie Caroline wound up sixth fastest having shone in the wet earlier in the day and Lucas Alecco Roy ended up 14th.

TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri was less than half a second adrift of Quinn’s time, with Ayrton Simmons only fractionally slower than Piastri.

Johnathan Hoggard’s best time earned him eighth for Fortec Motorsports and the team’s first confirmed British F4 driver for 2017, Oliver York, ended the test 13th.

Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) achieved their best placings of pre-season testing so far, showcasing excellent pace in the dry.

Daniel Cao (Double R Racing) was less than one and half seconds off the frontrunners, while Ford F4 Challenge Cup entrants Olli Caldwell (TRS Arden) and Manuel Sulaimán (JHR Developments) recorded times good enough for 12th and 15th respectively.

The penultimate official pre-season test is set to take place at Snetterton on 15 March, as drivers and teams continue their efforts to extract the best performance from their Ford EcoBoost-powered racers ahead of the inaugural rounds of the season at Brands Hatch on 1/2 April.

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Testing times Brands Hatch Indy 8 March 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 54.359s / 46.735s
2 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 54.607s / 47.069s
3 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 53.964s / 47.146s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 54.872s / 47.149s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 54.425s / 47.186s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 54.131s / 47.200s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 54.169s / 47.298s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 54.552s / 47.338s
9 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 56.280s / 47.909s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 55.636s / 47.982s
11 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 54.410s / 48.148s
12 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 54.384s / 48.307s
13 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 54.569s / 48.342s
14 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 55.145s / 48.711s
15 Manuel SULAIMÁN / MEX / JHR 56.329 / 49.133s

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FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell wins Henry Ford Trophy at BRSCC Awards

  • FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell wins prestigious Henry Ford Trophy for extraordinary human endeavour.
  • Rookie class champion Alex Quinn and vice-champion Ayrton Simmons receive awards.

6 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Stars of the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season were out in force on Saturday for the BRSCC Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a night to remember for champion Max Fewtrell whose phenomenal performance in 2016 saw him presented with the prestigious Henry Ford Trophy by Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe, for human endeavour in the field of motorsports.

Introduced in 2015 and previously awarded to FIA British Formula 4 Champion Lando Norris, the trophy was commissioned by Ford Motor Company and recognises the person who Ford believes has shown extraordinary endeavour throughout the year.

Explained Fewtrell: “It’s a huge honour to receive the Henry Ford Trophy, especially with Lando’s name engraved on it alongside mine. To be following in his footsteps with what I achieved in British F4 hopefully means I’m going in the right direction.

“It’s been a fantastic evening. Being involved in British F4 and with Ford is amazing. To have my name even mentioned in the same sentence as Henry Ford’s really is a huge honour. It’s awesome.

“Racing in British F4 in 2016 was the perfect first year in single-seaters. The championship gives you everything you need to help you learn and progress. It’s the complete package and the best way to start racing cars. I don’t think I would be in the position I’m in now without the F4 British Championship.”

2016’s leading British F4 rookie drivers Alex Quinn and Ayrton Simmons also took to the stage to receive their awards for the season which were presented by BRSCC vice chairman Peter Daly.

Said Rookie Champion Quinn: “2016 was a great year for me. Celebrating with all the British F4 family on a night like this is a lot of fun. Collecting my award with Max and Ayrton receiving theirs too, along with all the other BRSCC championships is brilliant. It’s a truly great club to be a part of.

“There are so many people here tonight who are doing excellent things in motorsport and then you have the likes of Jenson Button, who is a Formula Ford Champion, winning the BRSCC John Nicol Trophy which is really cool.

“To think that Max, Ayrton and I are in the same position in British F4 as Jenson was a number of years ago is really special.

“The F4 British Championship is a fantastic platform, especially as a rookie. My plans still aren’t confirmed for 2017, but I’m sure that winning the Rookie Cup in British F4 will be the perfect foundation for whatever I choose to do.”

Images by Gary Hawkins Photography.

British F4 2016 season review: Ford-powered Fewtrell pushed to the max

22 DECEMBER, 2016 – Take a look at the final standings for the 2016 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford and you could be forgiven for thinking that the campaign was almost identical to the 2015 MSA Formula season. Carlin Teams Cup victors and car no. 31, which had been driven to championship glory by F1 star in the making Lando Norris, tasted title success once more in the hands of Max Fewtrell.

However, delve beyond the headlines and 2016 will be remembered as one of the most entertaining and competitive in the history of the series. 10 different race winners, the championship leader changing after every race weekend bar one and six drivers from four teams still in title contention heading into the season finale.

No driver was able to steal a march on a super-talented field and as unpredictability became the norm it was fitting that this year’s “Mr Consistent”, Max Fewtrell, was crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. The Carlin ace was consistency personified whilst his competitors’ form fluctuated. A remarkable total of 16 podium finishes, more than any other driver, the foundation of his title triumph.

Three of those podiums saw him stand on the top step. His first victory coming at the second meeting of the year at Donington. His last the most special. Winning the season finale and with it the title, after being chased home by the formidable and more experienced Sennan Fielding.

Having played a starring role in the series in 2015, Fielding gave his all to claim the title with JHR Developments and recorded five wins in the process. A setup breakthrough saw him battle out the final meetings of 2016 in style; epitomised by his charge through the field in the last race when he bravely put everything on the line.

Petru Florescu also notched up five victories. The Romanian’s first half of the year was magnificent, the latter half torrid. His season came undone along with Carlin team-mate Devlin DeFrancesco’s following their coming together at Knockhill and infamous trackside altercation. DeFrancesco will be remembered for pulling off some of the finest overtakes thanks to his aggressive yet controlled driving style, which paid dividends with thrilling race victories at three consecutive meetings: Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft.

Ahead of the Carlin pair in the standings finished Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds and James Pull. Third place man Leeds excelled behind the wheel having graduated from Australian F4, recording three wins for TRS Arden. Pull was frequently at the top of the times during Friday practice, but he had to wait until round 22 for victory; mastering tricky conditions from pole at a soaking Rockingham.

Although Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn fell short of the main prize, he wrapped up the Rookie class title emphatically at Silverstone with his third overall win. The first of which came in only his fourth car race, following a fantastic pole lap at Donington. The Racing Steps Foundation backed 15-year-old put in virtuoso performances and stamped his authority all over the Rookie standings with 16 class wins and a total of 26 class podiums.

Zane Goddard’s start to the year was beset by misfortune, but after the summer break the Double R ace was superb. The Aussie found a sweet spot with his car, ending 2016 with four victories to his name. His team-mate Carrie Schreiner dovetailed her British F4 exploits with commitments in the counterpart German series. The starlet shone at Thruxton, coming tantalisingly close to a podium.

Jamie Caroline endured a rollercoaster season. Early podiums became a distant memory after a switch from Jamun to Fortec. The Ginetta Junior Champion persevered and in the penultimate race took a popular win. A just reward for a driver who provided fans with endless entertainment thanks to lighting starts and wet weather heroics; most notably a Senna-esque performance at Donington where he overtook nine cars in one lap.

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins was another winner, coming to the fore at Oulton Park with a masterful display of defensive driving to fend off a hard-charging Pull. Team-mate Ayrton Simmons finished a year in which he progressed at a rapid rate by keeping Fielding at bay for second at Brands Hatch. With it came his sixth Rookie class win which secured him second in class. A feat made all the more impressive given that he missed the first two meetings waiting to turn 15.

JHR’s Billy Monger had the pace to feature on the top step following two podiums at Thruxton. Everything fell into place at Rockingham, only for a problem on the last lap to rob him of victory.

Budgetary issues curtailed a promising campaign for the Allan McNish mentored Ross Martin, while Fortec team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard returned from the summer break revitalised to score a hat-trick of class wins at Snetterton.

A handful of points went to Jack Martin (Arden), Patrik Matthiesen (JTR), Frank Bird (Fortec), Harry Hayek (Jamun) and Jack Butel (JHR). The latter had hoped for more after an encouraging 2015 campaign. Pole position at Thruxton was converted into a brilliant lead, but a collision later in the race meant it was a case of what might have been.

Richardson Racing returned to the fold; Alexandra Marinescu and Andrew Richardson bringing home Teams Cup points. Meanwhile Alexandra Mohnhaupt joined the fray with Falcon Motorsport to become the first Mexican driver to compete in the series.

2016 underlined the sheer competitiveness of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, as well as the calibre of the drivers and teams that compete in it. The Ford EcoBoost-powered series, as it did in 2015, proved to be the complete antithesis to the claim that ‘single-seater racing is boring’.

With 2016’s graduates set to follow in the footsteps of the class of 2015, making waves at higher levels of the sport; the stage is set for the 2017 cohort to thrill us once more in what will be Ford’s 50th consecutive year of supporting young drivers. In that time Ford has played a pivotal role in the careers of so many of motorsport’s greatest stars. 2017 will undoubtedly see the birth of several more.

Championship positions and prize winners
FIA British Formula 4 champion: Max Fewtrell
Runner-up: Sennan Fielding
Third overall: Luis Leeds
Rookie champion: Alex Quinn
Teams Cup: Carlin

Relive the thrilling British F4 season by clicking on the image below to view the 2016 highlights video.

Jamie Caroline (GBR) Jamun Racing-MBM MSA Formula

Alex Quinn: British F4 Rookie Champion in profile

28 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – With all eyes on the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season finale at Brands Hatch this weekend and the six drivers still in contention for the title, one contender arrives with 2016 champion status already to his name. Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn wrapped up the Rookie class in style last time out at Silverstone with his third overall victory of the season. The first of which came in only his fourth ever car race on the back of a fantastic pole position at Donington Park.

Quinn has been nothing short of exceptional in the Rookie class. 2016 has seen the 15-year-old from Camelford, Cornwall put in some virtuoso performances and thoroughly stamp his authority all over the Rookie standings. 16 class wins and a total of 23 class podiums putting him well clear of the chasing rookie pack.

Said the Rookie class champion: “I cannot express my feelings. I’m so happy. I need to say a huge thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation and Fortec because without them I wouldn’t be here, let alone at the front.”

“I’m really happy with the car and my performance. I pushed as hard as I could to get the win at Silverstone and showed that I can race through the field, as well as lead from the front.”

“It’s a relief to finally become Rookie champion. We’ve been dominant in the class for quite a few races. It wasn’t clear-cut when we were going to win it. We had a good chance and it’s good to get it done so we can focus on just winning races now.”

Quinn landed a fully funded drive with Fortec Motorsports thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation after impressing in a three day, 10-driver assessment staged by the not-for-profit Foundation last October. He has not looked back since.

Explained RSF co-ordinator Derek Walters: “Alex’s attitude and feedback, as well as the way he conducts himself has always been impressive. The great thing about Alex is that you can tell him things. He learns and then understands it, be that on the mental or physical side. He’s hungry to learn and we have seen him mature during the course of the season.

“The Foundation was put together way back in 2007 and its philosophy is to get people like Alex to develop into professional drivers. It has proved very successful.

“The F4 British Championship is a good place to be, especially with the MSA involved. We’re very happy. There are a great bunch of people running the series and we love being involved with Ford at the sharp end of racing. It’s a natural place for us to gravitate to as young drivers come out of karting.”

Commented Fortec Motorsports team owner Richard Dutton: “Alex has done a great job this season, especially for someone as young as he is. He’s been seriously impressive. His success has been great for Fortec Motorsports and the Racing Steps Foundation in the F4 British Championship. We’re very good at developing young drivers. It’s what we aim to do and it’s working.”

Quinn has been a shining example of the progression the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford enables drivers to make. From a quiet Cornish racer to a formidable competitor who doesn’t need to be asked twice to go for a gap when he sees it; Quinn’s rapid rate of development has been a highlight in a season blessed with many.

Although mathematically Quinn’s overall title chances are slim, one thing is certain, the on-track exploits of a 15-year-old with a very bright motorsport career ahead of him are sure to be savoured by many this weekend.

Quinn riding high after textbook Silverstone British F4 win

  • Lights to flag victory for Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn.
  • Max Fewtrell battles through field in bid to cling on to championship lead.

SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Alex Quinn celebrated being crowned Rookie class champion by winning Round 26 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in textbook fashion.

A flawless start from pole saw him stay ahead of fellow front row starter Luis Leeds, with the Racing Steps Foundation ace then proceeding to break away from the field. His progress was halted just under halfway into the race when the safety car was deployed to recover team-mate Kjaergaard’s stricken car. Quinn wasn’t fazed however, mastering the restart and pulling out a gap to Rafael Martins.

Said a jubilant Quinn: “I cannot express my feelings. I’m so happy. I need to say a huge thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation and Fortec because without them I wouldn’t be here, let alone at the front.”

“I’m really happy with the car and the performance of myself. I pushed as hard as I could to get the win. I’ve shown this weekend that I can race through the field and lead from the front which is great.”

Martins had looked strong all weekend and after an excellent sixth place finish yesterday was full of fight today, leaping past TRS Arden team-mate Ayrton Simmons off the line and then scything past Luis Leeds on the following lap at Becketts.

“I think it was quite a good race on the first few laps for me,” said Martins. “I couldn’t catch Alex. He did a great job. I thought after the safety car I could have a chance, but he did a great job at the restart.

“I think in the beginning I was quicker than Luis and then towards the end he was a bit quicker, but I had it under control. Since Friday we have been quick. Qualifying we struggled a little with the mixed weather, but we are doing a great job this weekend.”

Leeds was understandably cautious in the early stages; not completely sure of the car underneath him following his puncture and damage sustained in the first race of the weekend, as well as being mindful of preserving tyres. However, as the race progressed his confidence behind the wheel came back in full force as he hounded Martins for second until the end.

Explained Leeds: “I got good points in the championship and scored more points than any of the other contenders although it wasn’t my greatest of races.

“With the puncture I had yesterday we didn’t have the best of tyres for this race. Two tyres were scrapped so we had to use some new tyres, but I had to preserve them for the race this afternoon when we start from pole.”

JHR’s Sennan Fielding made impressive progress up the order throughout the race, from eighth up to fourth. One of his victims was Ayrton Simmons who was under attack for much of the race, but put on a credible defensive display suggesting the youngest driver on the grid can mix it with the best. A spirited battle with Carlin’s Max Fewtrell a particular highlight.

Said Simmons: “It was pretty exciting. The first five laps especially. I had quite a lot of cars behind me. I managed to keep with the fast guys. I had a good battle with Fewtrell. It was a great experience racing up the front. Hopefully next time we start at the front we can do an even better job.”

There was no stopping Fewtrell however. The championship leader going into the race had it all to do starting from the penultimate row of the grid and he picked his way through the field expertly. His move around the outside of Simmons at Brooklands thrilling spectators. It set up an entertaining battle between himself and team-mates DeFrancesco and Pull, as well as Fielding and Goddard.

Pull was awarded a five second penalty for exceeding track limits costing him a points finish, but team-mate DeFrancesco fared better. A move down the inside of Goddard as they headed towards Becketts earning him fifth and the chance to take the fight to Fielding.

Fielding wasn’t prepared to relinquish fourth to his title rival, holding off the Canadian to bring home enough points to become joint leader of the championship with Fewtrell heading into Round 27.

Double R’s Carrie Schreiner put in another great performance to break into the top 10 and add another championship point to her tally for the season, whilst Jack Martin made a welcome return to the Rookie podium.

Billy Monger suffered a spin early on having been one of the fastest cars on track, but struck back to get up to 11th place at the fall of the chequered flag, tantalisingly close to the points.

Petru Florescu’s race was thwarted before it even began with a technical gremlin rearing its head on the formation lap and resulting in the Romanian losing ground in the standings.

Lights go out for the Silverstone finale at 1515 which will be screened live on ITV4.

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Provisional results Round 26 Silverstone 18 September 2016
20 laps / 32.8 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 20m 41.423s / 95.14mph
2 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +1.215s
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +1.876s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.639s
5 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +4.858s
6 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +5.163s
7 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +5.655s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.333s
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +9.362s
10 Carrie SCHREINER / GER / Double R +9.751s etc.

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.221 / 103.20mph

Rookie class: 1 Quinn; 2 Simmons; 3 Martin

Provisional championship standings: =1 Fewtrell 293; =1 Fielding 293; 3 Leeds 271; 4 DeFrancesco 247; 5 Pull 240; 5 DeFrancesco 237; 6 Quinn 239; 7 Florescu 230; 8 Goddard 205; 9 Martins 174; 10 Caroline 148 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 517; 2 Kjaergaard 343; 3 J Martin 342; 4 Simmons 330; 5 R Martin 130

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TEAM NEWS: Quinn and Kjaergaard forge ahead with Fortec in British F4 Rookie class

Supplied by team’s PR.

29 AUGUST, 2016 – Alex Quinn cemented his lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Rookie Class competition with a hat trick of class victories at Rockingham Motor Speedway, taking his 2016 tally to 15 wins. Fortec Motorsports team mate Nicolai Kjaergaard stormed to second place in the 2016 Rookie class standings after an impressive event, with Jamie Caroline producing some of the most outstanding overtaking of the weekend.

The Fortec Motorsports squad commenced its British F4 Rockingham attack with Quinn rounding out the top ten in the combined classification for Friday’s practice sessions. Jamie Caroline, in the #38 Fortec Motorsport Mygale-Ford, set the twelfth fastest time, with team-mates rookie Nicolai Kjaergaard and Frank Bird in fourteenth and fifteenth respectively.

Saturday brought changeable conditions and a drying track for qualifying, but the Fortec squad pulled it together once again to make the best of the tyres and track time. Quinn was the fastest rookie and Fortec driver ending the session in P3, however, with second fastest driver Devlin DeFrancesco carried a 10 place grid penalty from the Knockhill event, therefore Quinn was promoted to the front row of the grid for the start of race one (round 22). Kjaergaard was ninth, followed by Bird in P10 and Caroline in a surprisingly disappointing eighteenth.

The afternoon brought a thrilling round 22 for the spectators at Rockingham and as the rain fell Quinn flew off the line ensuring that he was side by side with pole sitter James Pull going into the first corner. Pull emerged from Deene hairpin in the lead, but 15 year-old Quinn continued to match the pace of the Carlin racer up until the half way stage when only then did Pull edge a gap to take the victory in the increasingly slippery conditions. Quinn took the chequered flag not only achieving a further second placed championship podium and fastest Rookie lap, but also his 13th Rookie class win of 2016.

After a below par qualifying, British F4 appointed rainmaster, Jamie Caroline, ended the day as the standout driver by a country mile.  A storming start from the back of the grid saw him fly through the field in the drag around the banking on the run down to Deene hairpin, boldly hanging on around the outside to pass several cars to conclude his opening lap an astonishing ten places higher. The Pirtek Racing star continued to shine when he passed another four cars on his way to fourth position, pulling off the move of the race going cleanly around the outside of Sennan Fielding (JHR) at Tarzan.

Nicolai Kjaergaard came home in eighth place overall, and as the second Rookie, earning him points to boost him in to the runner up position of the 2016 Rookie class cup and awarding him pole position for the start of round 23. Frank Bird drove a solid race to cross the finish line in P14.

With a reverse grid for the start of round 23 it was Kjaergaard who lined up in pole position for #TeamFortec, with Caroline on the third row in P5, Quinn directly behind him in P7 and Bird in P13.

When the lights went out the leading four drivers all dived into the first corner, with Rafael Martins (Arden) and Kjaergaard making contact. Luckily both stayed pointing in the right direction as the Ford EcoBoost stampede sped around the Rockingham Motor Speedway banking. Kjaergaard bravely held on to own to take the chequered flag as third rookie in P11 overall.

Caroline profited from the drama at the start to finding himself soon running up in third, only to lose out on position at a safety car restart after the recovery of Matthiesen’s JTR car at Yentwood corner. He then found himself under attack from team-mate Quinn, but as the race progressed was able to gradually break clear and complete the contest in P4.

In the closing laps Quinn fell into the clutches of James Pull who pulled off a late braking move on the Racing Steps Foundation backed rookie to claim fifth. However, Pull was later excluded from the race for overtaking under safety car boards and flags, leaving Quinn to claim P5 in addition to his 14th Rookie Class win. An electrical issue caused Bird’s premature retirement from the race on lap eight.

The 20 minutes long weekend finale on Sunday saw Quinn complete a hat trick of Rookie class victories by achieving a fifth placed finish overall. Caroline, who started round 24 in P18 after his disappointing qualifying session, took the chequered flag in P14 with his Danish team mate Kjaergaard finishing in P18 whilst achieving a third place trophy in the Rookie class. Bird, who had started the race from the sixth row of the grid in P11 crossed the finish line to conclude the Rockingham weekend in P17.

Dan Mitchell, team manager, Fortec Motorsports British F4 Team:
“The weekend was frustrating. After a disappointing Friday we really left ourselves with a lot of hard work to do over night. The work paid off and we saw a very different Saturday. Qualifying was much better; Frank was P11 in the end but the session saw him fighting for pole at one stage! Nicolai did a great job to find his Snetterton form and be in the top eight. Quinn on the front row was a brilliant job.
“We would have liked better results from Sunday’s races; we didn’t quite race hard enough to enable more podiums, but the boys are still learning. Silverstone is next and after a good couple of tests we are really looking forward to this one.”

Alex Quinn, #7 Fortec Motorsports
“Overall it was a pretty good weekend with constantly good points thanks to my 2nd, 5th and 5th. I know where I need to improve for Silverstone and our pace should be good!”

Jamie Caroline, #38 Fortec Motorsports
“It was a decent weekend made hard by the poor qualifying session we had. I did the best I could given the positions I had to start all the races from and had a great time in race two! It was unfortunate that race three was ruined by my having to avoid an incident, but we’re looking ahead to Silverstone now and what we can do there.”

Ford’s young stars ready to rock

  • Eight drivers still in with a realistic chance of the title as Max Fewtrell leads the way going into Rockingham meeting.

25 AUGUST, 2016 – Just nine races remain to decide the outcome of this year’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. The title fight is wide open with no less than eight drivers still having a realistic shot at top honours.

Championship leader Max Fewtrell arrives at Rockingham Motor Speedway battling to defend his slender points lead after keeping cool amid the fireworks out on track at Knockhill and adding yet another valuable podium to his tally.

Fewtrell is part of the formidable Carlin quartet which includes Devlin DeFrancesco, James Pull and Petru Florescu. The squad were dominant in pre-season testing at Rockingham. Don’t be surprised to see more of the same.

During a dramatic weekend of Ford EcoBoost-powered junior single-seater racing just a fortnight ago, it was Australians Luis Leeds (TRS Arden) and Zane Goddard (Double R Racing) who came out on top with a win apiece. As others around them faltered, the Aussies were in the ascendancy and in doing so put themselves into thick of title fight; Red Bull Junior Leeds now sitting just five points adrift of Fewtrell.

Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn also made strides in the standings, finally having a weekend where he could showcase his true pace; claiming a race victory and romping further clear in the Rookie Class.

JHR’s Sennan Fielding is another serious contender for the title and despite a Knockhill weekend that didn’t quite come together, he showed flashes of speed which if unleashed consistently could prove devastating. Team-mates Billy Monger and Jack Butel have no shortage of talent behind the wheel either so are also likely to be in the mix.

Elsewhere, TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins, as well as star rookies Jack Martin and Ayrton Simmons all have the potential to compete towards the sharp end.

Jamie Caroline and Frank Bird are hungry for more strong point scoring success, with Nicolai Kjaergaard wanting to rediscover the form he showed at Snetterton last month.

Compatriot Patrik Matthiesen (JTR) returns after missing out on Knockhill and Richardson Racing’s Alexandra Marinescu re-joins the cohort of Ford EcoBoost-powered young talent.

Carrie Schreiner also returns for Double R; the highlight of her last British F4 outing a fantastic fourth place at Thruxton.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered action gets underway with two test sessions tomorrow ahead of official qualifying at 1020 and Round 22 of the Championship at 1415 on Saturday. The action then ramps up even more on Sunday with the second race of the weekend at 1050 and the final race starting at 1552 which will be screened live on ITV4.

Rockingham timetable
Friday 26 August
1205-1305 & 1655-1755 Testing

Saturday 27 August
1020 Qualifying; 1415 Race 1

Sunday 28 August
1050 Race 2; 1552 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1552
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.

TEAM NEWS: Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn extends lead in F4 British Championship Rookie Class

16 AUGUST, 2016 – Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn extended his lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Rookie Class competition with a hat trick of class victories and two overall race wins at Knockhill circuit, Fife. Fortec Motorsports team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard also secured two rookie class podiums to close the gap to second place in the 2016 class standings during what proved to be a dramatic weekend for the series.

Quinn wasted no time in acclimatising to the 1.27-mile Scottish circuit and shone when conditions were at their best to set the day’s quickest practice time on Friday. Fortec Motorsports drivers Jamie Caroline (supported by Pirtek Racing), Danish rookie Nicolai Kjaergaard and Ginetta Junior’s graduate Frank Bird set the 12th, 14th and 15th fastest combined practice times respectively.

There was a change in pace on Saturday morning when a bold decision taken by the Daventry based squad, led by team manager Dan Mitchell, meant that all four Fortec drivers were able to impress by the end of qualifying. With a dry line beginning to emerge after a sudden downpour at the start of the session, the team elected to fit the quartet with slick tyres with just minutes on the clock remaining. With only Petru Florescu (Carlin) also on the dry weather tyre, the battle for pole rapidly became about who could get their slicks up to temperature before the chequered flag.

Florescu stole pole position in the closing seconds, but overall it was front of grid domination for Fortec Motorsports. Quinn was second quickest and netted pole for the final race of the weekend, Kjaergaard was fourth followed by Bird in a superb P5, his best qualifying finish of the season, and Caroline, who had twice posted times good enough for provisional pole only to have them removed for track limits and a five place grid penalty carried over from Snetterton a fortnight ago, on row four in P8.

Quinn drove an impeccable first race in the afternoon, chasing Florescu from lights to flag to make a welcome return to the podium and clinch the Rookie win along with the fastest class lap. Kjaergaard defended well for much of the race and kept his nose clean when the more experienced title contenders fought their way through the field. Caroline made up several positions in a solid drive to cross the line in fifth with Kjaergaard in P11.

With a reverse grid for the start of Round 20 on Sunday morning Caroline lined up in P2, Quinn in P7, Kjaergaard P11 and Bird in P13. During the 17 lap contest Caroline received a 10 second time penalty for making a false start, but maintained concentration to defend fiercely against Devlin DeFrancesco and Florescu as they set upon his #38 Fortec Motorsport Mygale-Ford. The Carlin pair’s fortunes took a downturn at Taylor’s Hairpin when they made contact together and slid into the tyre barriers. Following the incident, the officials chose to exclude Florescu from the meeting due to a trackside altercation, whilst DeFrancesco and Caroline were handed ten place grid penalties to be taken when possible to do so.

Quinn found himself in the middle of the leading pack action, but despite just missing out on a main podium at the end of the eventful race, claimed his 11th Rookie class win of the year. Bird closed out the top 10 with Kjaergaard following in P11 and taking the third place Rookie trophy.

In true British F4 fashion, the weekend finale was not short of drama either. Quinn made an impressive start from pole position for his Fortec team only to suffer a lack of straight line pace which was to endure until the chequered flag. Despite this handicap, he completed a hat trick of Rookie class victories and fastest laps by achieving a third place podium finish to conclude Sunday afternoon.

Jamie Caroline, who started Round 21 in P12 and DeFrancesco resumed their earlier battle, this time for eighth position. Caroline came up trumps at the chequered flag with his Danish team mate Kjaergaard rounding out the top ten and closing the gap to second place in the Rookie class to just five points with a second place trophy. For the majority of his race Bird was locked in close combat with Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and took the chequered flag in P14.

With the time sheet for round 19 amended by the stewards after Florescu’s exclusion from the meeting, Quinn was awarded the overall race one win, with Caroline promoted to fourth and Kjaergaard earning a point for P10.

Dan Mitchell, team manager, Fortec Motorsports:
“Firstly, I’d like to say a big thanks to all my guys; Saturday morning qualifying was a complete team effort to get all four drivers in to the top six. Alex took advantage of his high qualifying position which eventually saw us pick up our first win since Donington, which is a great feeling.

“Frank, Nic and Jamie struggled for pace in race one, which gradually got better in race three, but we’ve got to work much harder to convert these higher positions in to valuable points. Pole in race three proved difficult to convert as a failing wire loom caused Alex to lose a significant amount of straight line speed, which got progressively worse through out the race. But he drove superbly through the corners to nurse a sick car home into third place.”

Alex Quinn, #7 Fortec Motorsports
“In the last race I lost the lead to Zane on the opening lap and I think that was just down to tyre temperature which we have been struggling with all weekend, but I’m still really happy with this. A win in race one and a podium is not a bad thing to be coming out of the weekend with. I’m really happy with my performance and the team’s performance. It’s definitely been a step higher after the summer break. It’s great to be back at the top here and I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Nicolai Kjaergaard, #63 Fortec Motorsports

“It’s been a tough weekend really. We’ve struggled with the setup of the car and I haven’t managed to adapt to this track as well as I would have hoped. I still managed to keep some of the rookies’ behind me though which has given me good points for the Rookie Championship.”
Rounds 22, 23, 24 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford take place on 27-28, August at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northamptonshire.

Zane Goddard blitzes British F4 field for Knockhill win

  • Goddard in a league of his own as he flies to second British F4 win of the year.
  • Quinn makes it a hat-trick of Rookie class victories at Knockhill.
  • Leeds pulls off stunning overtake on his way to second in the race and the standings.

KNOCKHILL 14 AUGUST, 2016 – Zane Goddard claimed an emphatic win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford feature race at Knockhill. He led home compatriot Luis Leeds and Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn.

Goddard had been exceptional off the line in the preceding British F4 races this weekend and it was the same story for Round 21 of the Championship, as he flew past Leeds for second place into turn one.

The Australian then set about Quinn who led from pole. The breakthrough came sooner than he perhaps imagined. Quinn locked up on tyres that weren’t quite up to optimal temperature into Taylor’s Hairpin and Goddard needed no encouragement to scythe his way up the inside.

His Double R-prepared race car looked like it was on rails around the 1.27 mile Fife track; the team clearly having set the car up perfectly. Goddard maximised the Ford EcoBoost-powered machinery at his disposal and was simply untouchable, unsurprisingly recording fastest lap on the way to his second British F4 victory.

Said Goddard: “I was super consistent. It felt perfect. The whole race played out perfectly. It couldn’t have been any better. I’m really happy. Huge thanks to the team and the fans. They’ve been great and cheering me on as I crossed the line.

“The car was so good it was hard to actually do anything wrong in it. The car was hooked up and fantastic.

“The starts have been so good lately. We keep nailing them and hopefully we can keep this up in the future.”

“Knockhill is a track where there isn’t too much braking which means you’re pushing the car quite hard most of the time and to the limit which is tricky to do, but it’s rewarding when it works out.

Despite losing out to Goddard at the start there was no let-up from Leeds who focused on getting past Quinn and he did so with arguably the overtake of the weekend.

The Red Bull Junior ducking to the outside of Quinn into Taylor’s Hairpin forcing him to cover and then making a split-second switch down the Fortec racer’s inside under braking without locking up. A beautiful move, showcasing extremely fair and respectful driving from both drivers who exhibited true class.

Explained Leeds: “We had a lot of pace. This weekend started off pretty average in qualifying when we were unfortunate not to be on slicks at the right time, but we didn’t lose our focus.

“We got pole for race two and turned things around from there. We’re pretty close to leading the championship now and we must keep moving forward.

“This morning I was 48 points off the lead and now I’m only five away which is the beauty of this sport.

Speaking about his epic overtaking manoeuvre: “I learnt that move from Daniel Ricciardo when he did something very similar to Vettel at Monza when they were team-mates and I really hope he gets to watch my move today.

“I saw Alex make a mistake and I was originally going to go around the outside, but I thought I would make it look cool and switch to going down the inside. It looks pretty cool on camera I think.”

Quinn was solid in third and rounded out a strong weekend with yet another Rookie class victory. His 12th of the campaign.

Said Quinn: “I lost the lead to Zane on the opening lap and I think that was just down to tyre temperature which we have been struggling with all weekend, but I’m still really happy with this. A win (following’s Florescu’s exclusion from the meeting) and a podium is not a bad thing to be coming out of the weekend with.

“I’m really happy with my performance and the team’s performance. It’s definitely been a step higher after the summer break. It’s great to be back at the top here and I’m looking forward to the next round.”

A cracking battle for fourth emerged as the race progressed as JHR’s Sennan Fielding found himself fending off Max Fewtrell, Rafael Martins and James Pull. The latter having already pulled off superb move to overtake Kjaergaard.

Commented Fielding: “We made quite a drastic change to the car before the race which didn’t seem to work so I did well to get fourth. I’ve not felt too well in myself all weekend so I think this is one of those weekends you just have to brush under the carpet.

“We could have capitalised more on what happened this weekend [to other title rivals]. We had good pace in the car, but I know we have good pace in the car for Rockingham too and we were quick there last year. We’ve made a lot of improvements since then and I know we can do a really good job.”

Meanwhile Caroline and DeFrancesco resumed battle after the day’s earlier race as they jostled for eighth in entertaining fashion.

Kjaergaard rounded out the top ten claiming a well-deserved point and closing the gap to Jack Martin for second in the Rookie class, with Martin crossing the line less than three tenths behind the Dane.

Said Kjaergaard: “It’s been a tough weekend really. We’ve struggled with the setup of the car and I haven’t managed to adapt to this track as well as I would have hoped. I still managed to keep some of the rookies’ behind me though which has given me good points for the rookie championship.”

Ayrton Simmons and Frank Bird also showcased their wheel to wheel prowess with an enthralling battle for much of the race, whilst Monger was unfortunate to spin having been as high as sixth.

Provisional results Round 21 Knockhill 14 August 2016
24 laps / 30.4 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 18.396s / 89.84 mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +5.815s
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +8.354s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +11.276s
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +11.593s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +12.092s
7 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +12.533s
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +21.287s
9 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +21.603s
10 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +26.364s etc.

Fastest lap Zane Goddard 50.232s / 90.80 mph

Rookie class 1 Quinn, 2 Kjaergaard, 3 Martin, 4 Simmons

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 232, 2 Leeds 227, 3 DeFrancesco 214, =4 Fielding 210, =4 Pull 210, 6 Florescu 202, 7 Goddard 178, 8 Quinn 174, 9 Martins 128, 10 Caroline 122 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 399, 2 J. Martin 288, 3 Kjaergaard 283, 4 Simmons 236, 5 R. Martin 130

Full results