Quinn claims win following Florescu exclusion

14 AUGUST, 2016 – Following investigations into on-track incidents in Round 20 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, the result from Round 19 of the Championship has been amended.

Officials chose to exclude Petru Florescu from the Knockhill meeting due a trackside altercation during Round 20 and record six penalty points on his licence. Devlin DeFrancesco and Jamie Caroline have both been handed ten place grid penalties to be taken when possible to do so and three penalty points on their respective licences.

Florescu’s exclusion means that Fortec Motorsports’ and Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn becomes the winner of Round 19 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford and sees Double R’s Zane Goddard promoted to the final podium place.

Amended provisional results Knockhill 13 August 2016
20 laps / 25.3 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 20m 45.077s / 73.25mph
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +0.461s
3 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +0.850s
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +3.102s
5 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +4.678s
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +5.552s
7 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +5.766s
8 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +8.823s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS +10.198s
10 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +11.239s etc.

Fastest lap Max Fewtrell / Carlin 50.226s / 90.81mph

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

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Red Bull Junior Leeds charges to British F4 victory as fireworks fly

  • Luis Leeds shines on his way to third British F4 win.
  • Championship leaders Florescu and DeFrancesco crash out.
  • Enthralling 13 car battle for the final podium place.

KNOCKHILL 14 AUGUST, 2016 – Luis Leeds stood on the top step of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford podium for the third time this season after a perfect drive from pole.

The Red Bull Junior star made a clean getaway off the line and had enough pace in hand to keep Double R’s fast starting Zane Goddard at bay. Goddard having leapt past Jamie Caroline who stuttered off the line due to making a false start fractions of a second beforehand.

The two Aussies sped away from the field unaware of the drama that was to unfold behind them. Leeds recording fastest lap in the process and bringing home a victory which puts him right in the thick of the championship battle.

Said a beaming Leeds: “We’ve had a tough run of things lately, but we’ve worked so hard as a team. The car feels pretty perfect this weekend. We’re really on it and really starting to get things together now so we can be a real contender for this championship.

“I was pushing hard every lap out there. I was pretty chilled out at the start. I knew what I had to do. I then just kept my head down and pushed lap after lap.

“Everyone has had their share of bad luck this season. Hopefully we’ve had all of ours and we can get this championship.

“Big thanks to Dr Marko, the Red Bull team and Arden who are behind me. Things are going really well and we just need to keep this form going now.”

Commented Goddard: “I got a good start again. Not quite as good as yesterday, but fortunately Jamie didn’t get a good start so I got past him straight away and then I was behind Luis. I was quicker than him in some parts of the track and he was quicker in others. Second is great with really good points.

I think the team and I have done a fantastic job to be fighting at the front against the bigger teams so all credit to Double R. This result is well deserved. Hopefully we can get another good start in the final race and be on the podium again.”

Caroline received a 10 second time penalty for his false start but in typical Caroline fashion fought tooth and nail with a plethora of cars behind. It quickly became a 13 car battle for the final podium place as a train of Ford EcoBoost-powered cars raced nose to tail around the 1.27-mile Knockhill circuit.

Carlin’s DeFrancesco and Petru Florescu were in the pound seats swarming all over the back the back of Caroline. DeFrancesco ducking and diving in his attempts to get past the Fortec racer. It was to no avail however and as the race drew ever closer to its conclusion it ended in tears for the Carlin pairing.

Caroline’s robust defence unsettling DeFrancesco at Taylor’s hairpin, allowing Florescu to move alongside his team-mate down the main straight. The title rivals made contact, sliding into the tyre barriers and blowing the title race wide open.

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.

Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn found himself surrounded by the Carlin quartet for much of the race. Petru Florescu sneaking past early on, but then found James Pull and Max Fewtrell all over him. Fewtrell eventually found a way past and the fireworks between his team-mates provided him with a valuable third place.

Said Fewtrell: “Starting eighth I knew it would hectic around a track like this. It was kind of like karting all over again. I did a few good moves to get myself up the order and then I knew it would kick off so I was just waiting, ready to pounce.

“I think I did well and I’m happy with the podium after a difficult day yesterday. You’ve always got to keep an open mind and try to place yourself in the right position to be in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully today it did.”

Despite just missing out on the podium, Quinn found consolation in claiming his 11th Rookie class win of the year. Ayrton Simmons joined him on the podium for the second time of the weekend taking sixth overall, whilst Kjaergaard made a welcome return to the rookie celebrations with third in class.

Explained Quinn: “It was a harder race compared to yesterday because we weren’t on new tyres and others were. The car has improved though, but I would like a little bit more for the race this afternoon.

“I’m starting from pole so I think we have a good opportunity to take the win, but it’s going to be all about getting a good start and building a gap which I think we can do.

“All the Carlin cars have been so strong this season so it was tough against them. I struggled with a bit of understeer in turn six which had an impact down the back straight where there is a good opportunity to overtake so I had to defend really hard, but I did my best and still got fourth.”

JHR’s duo of Sennan Fielding and Billy Monger showed flashes front running pace, fighting up the order, but found themselves bottled up behind Simmons and Martins ahead. In a full blown TRS Arden vs JHR Developments duel, it was the resplendent red TRS Arden cars which came out on top.

Falcon Motorsports’ Alexandra Mohnhaupt drove brilliantly, equalling her best finish of her fledgling British F4 career.

Provisional results Round 20 Knockhill 14 August 2016
17 laps / 21.53 miles
1 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 16m 15.334s / 79.49 mph
2 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +0.467s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +2.257s
4 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +3.026s
5 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +3.448s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +4.018s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +5.343s
8 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +6.188s
9 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +6.568s
10 Frank BIRD / GBR / Fortec +7.534s etc.

Fastest lap Luis Leeds 49.814s / 91.56 mph

Rookie class 1 Quinn, 2 Simmons, 3 Kjaergaard

Round 21 grid Quinn – Leeds – Goddard – Fielding – Monger – Fewtrell – Martins – Pull – Kjaergaard – DeFrancesco etc.

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Florescu extends F4 British Championship lead with Knockhill victory

  • Lights to flag victory for Carlin’s Petru Florescu at Knockhill.
  • No shortage of entertainment as Messrs DeFrancesco, Goddard, Caroline, Leeds, Pull and Fewtrell all fought their way up the order.

KNOCKHILL 13 AUGUST, 2016 – Petru Florescu put in a textbook performance at Knockhill to claim his sixth victory of the season and extend his championship lead in round 19 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Not for the first time this year the Carlin driver put in a flawless drive from pole. He controlled the race, looking after his tyres and expertly dealt with the pressure of two safety car restarts; slowing the pack right down at the apex of the final corner and flooring the throttle to get the jump on his pursuers.

Said race winner Florescu: “I was able to handle the safety car restarts well and I planned how I would attack them in my mind. I’m also happy for my team-mate Devlin [DeFrancesco] who came third.

“The race was a normal flag to flag race for me. It was pretty straightforward. It feels really good to extend the championship lead and I hope to do well for the rest of the weekend.”

Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn chased the Romanian home, making a welcome return to the podium and ending Nicolai Kjaergaard’s run of consecutive Rookie class wins. His team-mate finding himself under attack for much of the race as title contenders DeFrancesco, Leeds, Pull and Fewtrell fought their way through the field having been caught out by the drying conditions in qualifying.

DeFrancesco was particularly impressive, overtaking both Goddard and Kjaergaard in one corner after the first safety car restart. He then set about hounding Quinn for second place in the latter stages.

However, Quinn was inch perfect in his defence to keep the Canadian at bay in an extremely tense final few laps for the Racing Steps Foundation backed youngster.

Explained Quinn: “It was really difficult to defend and attack at the same time, but I managed to pull it off. I worked out where Devlin was quick and that made me more relaxed because I knew where on the circuit I had to really push.

“Starting on pole tomorrow [in race three] means we have a good chance to win and hopefully we can do that. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve shown today that we are really quick.”

Added DeFrancesco: “It was a very hectic race. I made a mistake at the start which is unusual for me so we need to analyse that, but we had great pace. The car was fantastic.

“We were really pressuring Quinn, but he did a great job to keep me behind. I think we had the pace for second, but it was great to come through from sixth after making the mistake at the start.

“I’m now second in the championship. It was a great job by the team and all my engineers.”

Luis Leeds managed to fend off a ferocious pair of drivers in the form of title rivals Pull and Fewtrell for sixth who were all over the back of the Red Bull liveried race car towards the end. The latter posting the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap.

The sixth place for Leeds was made all the sweeter by the fact that it earns him the reverse grid pole for race two tomorrow, giving the TRS Arden racer the chance to make further inroads towards the title he craves.

Ahead of Leeds finished Double R’s Zane Goddard and Fortec Motorsports’ Jamie Caroline. Both put on spirited drives to climb several places.

Goddard’s jump up the order was particularly eye catching. The Australian making a lightning start off the line. He shot past DeFrancesco and then boldly hung around the outside of Frank Bird into turn one to take fourth behind Kjaergaard after Rafael Martins was forced to start from the pit lane due to technical gremlins.

Commented Goddard: “It was a mega start. It sort of felt like it bogged down a bit, but I think the others got a bit of wheel spin. I jumped Devlin and got around the outside of Bird which was tight, but I pulled it off.

“Devlin passed me later on, but I got Kjaergaard at the same time. I’m happy with fourth. Good points. It was a hard race, but very enjoyable. I love this track. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Martins wasn’t the only driver to suffer misfortune early on. Sennan Fielding’s race unfortunately brought to a premature end at Taylor’s Hairpin as a result of a mid-pack opening lap skirmish, ultimately bringing out the first safety car.

TRS Arden’s rookies Jack Martin and Ayrton Simmons rounded out the top ten, taking valuable points and another rookie class podium for their respective campaigns.

Meanwhile Falcon Motorsport’s Alexandra Mohnhaupt finished just outside the top ten after another solid and confidence boosting performance.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford action continues tomorrow with two races – the reverse-grid race at 1100 and then the feature race, to be screened live on ITV4 at 1625, with Quinn starting from top spot.

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Provisional results Round 19 Knockhill 13 August 2016
20 laps / 25.3 miles
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 20m 44.367s / 73.30mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +0.710s
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +1.171s
4 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +1.560s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +3.812s
6 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +5.388s
7 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +6.292s
8 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +6.467s
9 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +9.533s
10 Ayrton SIMMONS +10.908s etc.

Fastest lap Max Fewtrell / Carlin 50.226s / 90.81mph

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

Grid for Round 20 Leeds – Caroline – Goddard – DeFrancesco – Quinn – Florescu – Pull – Fewtrell – Martin – Simmons etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 230, 2 DeFrancesco 212, 3 Fewtrell 205, 4 Fielding 194, 5 Pull 192, 6 Leeds 182, 7 Quinn 140, 8 Goddard 132, 9 Caroline 125, 10 Martins 114 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 349, 2 J. Martin 273, 3 Kjaergaard 250, 4 Simmons 205, 5 R. Martin 130

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Florescu leaves it late for British F4 pole at Knockhill

  • Carlin’s Petru Florescu claims thrilling last gasp pole.
  • All four of Fortec Motorsports’ drivers star after team’s inspired decision to switch to slicks.

KNOCKHILL 13 AUGUST, 2016 – Championship leader Petru Florescu was in the right place at the right time at Knockhill thanks to an expertly judged last gasp switch to slicks to claim his sixth pole of the season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

With a dry line beginning to emerge after a sudden downpour at the start of qualifying Carlin’s Florescu and Fortec Motorsports’ quartet of runners boldly elected to come into the pits to fit slick tyres with just minutes remaining. The battle for pole rapidly becoming all about who could get their slick tyres up to temperature and cross the line last before the chequered flag fell.

Florescu used every ounce of his experience and guile to time his run to perfection. Having crossed the line with one second to spare, he proceeded to light up the timing screens to steal pole from Fortec’s Alex Quinn with a 51.447s lap.

Said the poleman: “I managed to get two flying laps on the slicks and I almost went off on the second lap because I was pushing so hard. It was a good qualifying and now we’ll see what we can do in the race.

“I made the call to change the tyres. I saw a dry line forming, but I didn’t know how dry it was in the first sector. I thought it was still going to be wet, but I saw it was dry and just pushed.”

The Fortec Motorsports runners were the first to make the inspired switch which paid huge dividends. Racing Steps Foundation-backed star Alex Quinn going second quickest and netting pole for the final race of the weekend courtesy of his second fastest lap time.

Commented Quinn: “I’m so excited. It’s really good to be back at the front after Snetterton and I’m looking forward to the next races. To be on the front row for race one and pole for race three is what we wanted, although it would have been nice to have pole for race one but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“The track was drying and I was always wondering when it would be possible to go to slicks. It was quite difficult on the slicks in the first sector because it was so wet and it was hard to judge how much I could push because the track was drying so quickly. I think we did really well to get on top of that.”

Jamie Caroline looked like a real contender in the dying minutes, twice posting times good enough for provisional pole, only to have them removed for track limits. A clean lap finally arriving on his last attempt, but leaving Caroline ruing a case of what might have been compounded by a five place grid penalty carried over from Snetterton a fortnight ago.

Said Caroline: “It could have been even better. I didn’t have enough time to warm the tyres up properly and I feel that if I hadn’t been so close to Petru on my final lap I would have been able to get a really good time in.

“It was such a fine line between the dry line and the wet line out there. I understeered onto a wet patch on my final lap and thankfully I didn’t spin, but that moment cost me pole. I was loving it out there though on a damp track with slicks.”

Added Fortec Motorsports team manager Dan Mitchell: “We tested here last year in November and Alex had 20 minutes in the sort of conditions we had today so we knew the crossover time. As soon as we hit that time we brought the cars in for slicks.

“The mechanics did an awesome job changing the tyres. To change tyres on all four cars so quickly to get them out there and qualify so well is brilliant.”

Rafael Martins was quickest of the TRS Arden drivers ahead of Fortec’s Nicolai Kjaergaard and Frank Bird; the latter having by far his best qualifying of the season.

Explained Bird: “It feels really good and it’s a great result for the Fortec team. Hopefully we can carry this through into the race.

“I didn’t know how well I was doing out there because the lap times weren’t showing on my dashboard. When I pitted for slicks I wasn’t sure if it was the right decision, but then there was a dry line on the last few laps and it paid off.”

Championship protagonists Leeds, Fielding, Fewtrell and Pull remained on wet tyres and this proved to be their undoing as the track conditions went away from them. They will line up 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively, but are sure to provide an entertaining spectacle as they try to fight through the field.

Fellow title contender Devlin DeFrancesco fared better in qualifying. He will start from the third row of the grid and look to take further points away from his rivals.

Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard’s ended up seventh fastest having been on provisional pole at various stages throughout the session. The slippery 1.27-mile track playing into the hands of Aussie who excelled in similar conditions during testing yesterday. Billy Monger also shone, at times also finding himself in P1. He will line up ninth in this afternoon’s race which gets underway at 1635.

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Provisional qualifying times Knockhill 13 August 2016
Grid order for Round 19
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 51.447s
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 51.871s
3 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 52.664s
4 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec 52.722s
5 Frank BIRD / GBR / Fortec 53.048s
6 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 53.223s
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 53.561s
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec 52.415s (5 Place Grid Penalty)
9 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 53.627s
10 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 56.638s etc.

Round 21 grid order (based on second-fastest times): Quinn – Caroline – Leeds – Goddard – Fielding – Monger – Florescu – Fewtrell – Martins – Pull  etc.

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Quinn quickest in British F4 testing at Knockhill

  • Racing Steps Foundation backed Quinn beats Fielding to testing honours by 0.038s.
  • Fielding and DeFrancesco’s fine form continues.
  • Three tenths of a second covers the top 10 runners in British F4.

KNOCKHILL 12 AUGUST, 2016 – Fortec Motorsports rookie Alex Quinn wasted no time in acclimatising to the 1.27-mile Knockhill circuit and shone when conditions were at their best to round off an impressive testing performance with the day’s quickest time.

However, with the top ten runners separated by just three tenths of a second there is sure to be no shortage of challengers for top honours this weekend. Sennan Fielding and Devlin DeFrancesco looking like strong candidates to feature on the podium throughout the weekend, much like they did at Snetterton a fortnight ago.

The first blow of the weekend was struck by Fielding who went quickest in the morning session. The JHR Developments driver bided his time before venturing out on the damp circuit, but worked his way to the top of the timesheets just before a red flag was thrown due to an off track excursion for Quinn.

Carlin’s Max Fewtrell and Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard spent much of the first part of the session leading the field. Along with Fielding, Quinn, Pull and DeFrancesco they were the only drivers to break into the 54 second bracket; separated by less than three tenths. Whilst Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird had a late flurry of quick laps to go faster than Monger.

Fielding picked up where he left off in the dry second session, but Quinn and DeFrancesco had other ideas, both drivers leapfrogging the Amigos backed star with about 15 minutes remaining. Quinn’s time of 50.086s would prove to be the quickest of the day, but only by 0.038s as Fielding responded late on to end up P2, demoting DeFrancesco to third.

Championship leader Petru Florescu and Pull joined DeFrancesco in the top five for much of the session until TRS Arden’s Rafael Martin’s and Ayrton Simmons got in on the act to go fourth and fifth respectively. Meanwhile Aussies Luis Leeds and Goddard left it late to climb up to sixth and seventh.

The rain returned for the final test session of the day and it was frequent Friday flyer Pull who came to the fore ahead of Fewtrell and Goddard. The latter revelling in the slippery conditions, just as he had in the morning. Fortec Motorsports’ Jamie Caroline also made steady progress up the timesheets during the session, finishing just three-hundredths off of Florescu.

Official qualifying is set for 1105 tomorrow ahead of a 1635 start for the championship’s 19th round. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1625.

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Leading testing times Knockhill 12 August 2016 (sessions 1/2/3)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 54.886 / 50.086 / 55.047
2 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 54.718 / 50.124 / 54.658
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 54.967 / 50.194 / 54.637
4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 55.403 / 50.258 / 55.586
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 55.444 / 50.279 / 55.426
6 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 55.257 / 50.291 / 55.099
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double 54.742 / 50.328 / 54.570
8 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 54.862 / 50.331 / 54.460
9 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 55.259 / 50.349 / 54.977
10 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 54.739 / 50.404 / 54.564 etc.

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TEAM NEWS: Hat Trick of Class wins for Nicolai Kjaergaard in British F4 at Snetterton

Supplied by team’s PR.

2 AUGUST, 2016 – Fortec Motorsports Danish driver Nicolai Kjaergaard not only celebrated his 17th birthday, but also a hat trick of trophies from his sensational Scholarship Class wins in each of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford rounds at Snetterton circuit last weekend, where the series returned for the second half of the 2016 season after a six-week summer break.

Kjaergaard immediately displayed his ever improving race craft when the series took to the Norfolk track for the first time on Friday. He narrowly missed out on a top ten position in the second free practice session and continued to show his mettle on a damp and greasy circuit on Saturday morning when he posted the eighth quickest lap time as the fastest rookie and Fortec driver. The Dane kept his head during an incident filed race one in the afternoon to not only set the fastest lap in class, but take the chequered flag in P6 to collect the top Scholarship Class accolade.

Round 17 of the F4 British Championship was actioned pack from lights-out, with plenty of overtaking in a rapidly evolving race. Kjaergaard’s excellent weekend continued with a fourth place finish, his best single-seater performance to date, and another Rookie class win for his Fortec Motorsports team. Starting from P9 on the grid for race three (with positions determined by the second fastest lap times taken from the qualifying session), Kjaergaard once again drove an impeccable race; he made up three positions and achieved his third class-winning trophy to conclude a stand-out weekend for the birthday boy!

Team-mate Alex Quinn was the quickest Fortec driver and top rookie in FP2 on Friday, however, the tricky track conditions the following morning caught out the usually consistent Quinn in qualifying along with a few of his rivals. From the back of the grid for the start of race one Quinn put in a valiant drive to cross the finish line ten places higher in P9. He mustered another assured performance to take the chequered flag in sixth place at the end of race two and came home in P15 from the back of the grid in the weekend finale whilst setting the fastest rookie lap of the race.

It was a weekend that team-mate Jamie Caroline will want to forget, however, with two DNFs in rounds 16 and 18. Nevertheless a strong outing in race two on Saturday afternoon saw him climb through the field from P19 to take the chequered flag in a respectable seventh.

Ginetta Junior’s graduate and single-seater rookie Frank Bird once again produced a solid weekend in the #5 Fortec Motorsports Mygale-Ford. His trio of races produced two thirteenth placed finishes and a P10 in race two, rounding off all four Fortec challengers finishing inside the points to conclude a strong round for the Daventry based team.

Dan Mitchell, team manager, Fortec Motorsports British F4 Team:
“It was a mixed event for the team, but great for Nicolai who drove consistently well all weekend. It was unfortunate for Alex and Jamie, but we’ll keep pushing ahead as we turn our attentions to Knockhill later this month.”

Nicolai Kjaergaard, #63 Fortec Motorsports
“I think going away over the summer has helped me. I have new found confidence in the car to lean on the tyres in the corners and I can just go for it now. I’m really happy; I tried to get a good start off the line for all three races and I gained three positions in the final round, so it was a good race. I have had consistency in my races without many mistakes and I hope to carry on this good form at Knockhill and get an overall podium soon.”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Knockhill circuit, Fife, Scotland for rounds 19, 20 and 21 on 13-14 August 2016.

Flawless Fielding scores superb British F4 win at Snetterton

  • Fielding claims commanding third win of the season for JHR Developments.
  • Carlin achieves its 800th podium thanks to DeFrancesco and Pull.

SNETTERTON 3O JULY, 2016 – Sennan Fielding’s fine form at Snetterton this weekend continued in round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford; the JHR Developments star converting pole position to victory in style.

The race was far from short of drama. Caroline trying to make a move and unfortunately hitting the pit wall.

The safety car was called upon whilst Caroline’s stricken Pirtek Racing liveried Fortec was removed from the pit straight. Fielding wasted no time at the restart. The experienced driver left the field trailing in his wake as the safety car peeled into the pits.

However, Fielding’s breakaway was shortlived as the safety car almost immediately made another appearance following Fewtrell going off.

By the time the safety car returned to the pits once more there were only several laps remaining. Fielding was calm and composed out front however, keeping his Carlin pursuers Devlin DeFrancesco and James Pull at bay until the chequered flag.

Said the race winner: “It was a great restart. The second one was a little bit more difficult because the guys behind knew what I would likely do so I tried to mix it up a little bit. It was a fun race. It was good to get the first win of the weekend and we need to carry this on.

“I felt very comfortable out there. Credit to the team, they’ve made the car amazing so huge thanks to them. I think in the second half of the season we are really going to show what we can do and get our championship back on track.”

DeFrancesco and Pull’s podiums had added significance for Carlin as they secured its 800th podium since the team’s inception. A phenemonal achievement for a team that has been pivotal to careers of so many of motorsport’s leading lights, a number of whom having driven in British F4.

Commented DeFrancesco: “Sennan has been really quick all weekend. He’s really found his rhythm around here. We really struggled in FP1 and FP2 yesterday so we’ve made a great comeback as a team. We were cathching Sennan at some points of the race. There are some things we need to analyse for race two and three.

“It’s amazing to get 800 podiums for Carlin. They are such a great team and a major name in motorsport which makes me very proud to race from them.”

Added Pull: “It was a shame there were so many safety cars. I was just trying to pick up as many points as I could so third place is good. I cannot complain. 800 podiums for Carlin now so that’s a great milestone to achieve and hopefully we can do even better in the next races.”

Zane Goddard was a standout performer at the start, seizing the initiaitive jumping from tenth to sixth on the opening lap, and later working his way up to fourth for Double R Racing.

Nicolai Kjaergaard put in his best performance of the season to finish sixth for Fortec. The Dane has returned from the summer break reinvigorated and after a strong showing in qualifying took no prisioners on his way to a Rookie Class win.

Said Kjaergaard: “I think going away over the summer and coming back has helped me. I have confidence in the car to lean on the tyres in the corners and I can just go for it now. It will be difficult to catch Alex [Quinn] in the Rookie Class. He’s a really good driver, but I will do my best.”

Team-mate Alex Quinn had it all to do starting last after a frustrating qualifying and he put in a determined drive to finish ninth. The highlight of his race coming in the final two laps. He opportunistically snuck past Simmons as the TRS Arden racer tried to pass Matthiesen, and then proceeded to bravely pass Matthiesen on the outside of Riches who held off Simmons for tenth.

Stated Quinn: “It was a fun race. It was really good battling, but obviously I would prefer to be doing that at the front. I think it’s shown that we have really good place coming from 19th to ninth so I’m happy with this. Hopefully we can move up a bit more in the next race starting from a bit higher up. We will try to take as many opportunites as we can.”

Ahead of Quinn finsihed Petru Florescu and Rafael Martins in seventh and eighth respectively. The latter earning the reverse grid pole in the process and the former taking valubale points out of Fewtrell’s championship lead.

Newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motorsport) rounded out the finishing classification, both drivers putting on an entertaining battle and seperated by just 4 tenths of a second as they crossed the line.

Lights go out on round 17 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at 1715 this afternoon. TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins will be hoping take full advantage of pole to claim his second win of the season.

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Provisional results Round 16 Snetterton 30 July 2016
9 laps / 26.72 miles
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 21m 4.243s
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +0.532s
3 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +1.707s
4 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +2.778s
5 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +3.116s
6 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +4.382s
7 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +4.836s
8 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +5.432s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +9.808s
10 Patrik MATTHIESEN / DEN / JTR +10.428s etc.

Fastest lap James Pull / Carlin 1m 52.668s / 94.86 mph

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

Grid for round 17 Martins – Florescu – Kjaergaard – Leeds – Goddard – Pull – DeFrancesco – Fielding – Quinn – Matthiesen

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Fielding off to a flyer at Snetterton in British F4

  • JHR’s Fielding leads the way in super-close testing at Snetterton, with the majority of the field covered by less than a second.

SNETTERTON 29 JULY, 2016 – Sennan Fielding and JHR Developments got their weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford off to a flying start by topping the times in testing. A time of 1m 52.254s from Fielding in the morning session proved to be enough to see him reign supreme at the end of the day’s proceedings by over two tenths of a second.

It represents a welcome return to form for a driver whose quest for the title is in need of a shot in the arm after a frustrating outing at Croft before the summer break. The Chesterfield racer looked at ease around the Snetterton 300 circuit and on the basis of today’s performance is sure to be in the thick of the fight for top honours.

Said Fielding: “The [Ford EcoBoost] engine feels very good and the car felt extremely good which gives me a lot of confidence. I think the pace we have had today being P1 in the first session and P2 in the second session shows how consistent we are which is nice. We are quick on old and new tyres which gives us a lot of confidence for the weekend.”

Fellow championship protagonist TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds also looked very at home around the three mile circuit finishing second in the timesheets. A buoyant Leeds commented: “I haven’t been in the car for a while so it’s good to be back with Arden boys and I think we can have a good weekend.

“I like Snetterton a lot because it’s a long track and it’s really technical so it makes it more about the driver. I think this weekend is a big turning point in the season because it’s the start of the second half.”

Frequent Friday star James Pull stood out once more with the quickest time in the afternoon session ending up third fastest overall. He was just three one thousandths away from Leeds, with Jack Martin proving to be quickest of the Rookie Class drivers a mere 0.025s back.

A cautiously optimistic Pull stated: “The wind was a bit strong so that made it a bit harder to get the confidence through the high speed corners, but the car felt really good. I just need to forget about today now and try to get a good time tomorrow. Whenever we have had a good Friday we have always struggled a little bit on the Saturday. It’s going to be all about getting the optimum qualifying session because half a tenth could be worth one or two places. It’s so close.”

Both Max Fewtrell and Nicolai Kjaergaard celebrated their 17th birthdays this today and both caught the eye; Fewtrell finishing fifth and Kjaergaard narrowly missing out on a top 10 time.

Explained Kjaergaard: “The first session went alright, but on used tyres in the second session we were very close to where we want to be. We were struggling a little bit on new tyres in the second session, so we need to work on that for qualifying tomorrow. To come back strong like this after the break gives me confidence that I can score good points in all three races.”

Carlin’s Petru Florescu and Devlin DeFrancesco wound up sixth and tenth; the former just under three tenths off of Fielding’s pace and clearly in good shape for the rest of the weekend.

Ayrton Simmons and Alex Quinn both found themselves inside the top ten when the chequered flag fell; Quinn showing strong pace behind the wheel of his Racing Steps Foundation backed racer in the afternoon.

“I felt really confident in the car right from the green flag this morning,” said Quinn. “It’s been a really positive start to the second half of the season and I’m looking forward to the rest of this weekend. We had really good pace in the afternoon. Qualifying is going to be really important. I think we have shown we can do well in that tomorrow and that will make the races easier.”

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins and JHR Developments’ Billy Monger shone on old tyre runs, both running as high as fourth in the latter half of the afternoon session.

Meanwhile Croft race winner Zane Goddard, Fortec Motorsport’s Jamie Caroline and JHR’s Jack Butel had a relatively quiet day on track. However, they are sure to strike back with a vengeance when the action hots up tomorrow.

The majority of drivers posted their quickest time of the day in the morning session with only Patrik Matthiesen (JTR), Frank Bird (Fortec Motorsports) and newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motrosport) finding time in the afternoon. British F4’s newest recruits improving a by a massive 1.4s and 2s respectively.

Said Matthiesen: “We’re still struggling a little bit with the lap time, but it was definitely better in the afternoon. Top ten this weekend is a realistic target. It would be nice to get some good points. I’m enjoying driving this circuit more and more. We’re working a lot on sector three. That’s the part of the track I need to improve in.”

Added Bird: “Points are definitely the aim this weekend. The summer break came at a bad time for me really because we were just starting to hit form, but hopefully we can carry it on this weekend. Snetterton is a track I like. I was struggling a bit today, but I’m sure I will get on top of it.”

With the top 13 drivers covered by less than a second all eyes are going to be on the F4 British Championship’s bumper Saturday at Snetterton. It kicks off with qualifying at 0900 ahead of rounds 16 and 17 of the championship at 1355 and 1715 respectively. The stage will be then set for a thrilling finale which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1450 on Sunday.

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Leading testing times Snetterton 29 July 2016 (am/pm)
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:52.254 / 1:52.777
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:52.477 / 1:53.310
3 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:52.480 / 1:52.592
4 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:52.505 / 1.53.333
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:52.524 / 1:53.323
6 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:52.530 / 1:53.214
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:52.531 / 1:53.587
8 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:52.614 / 1:52.841
9 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:52.835 / 1:53.504
10 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:52.895 / 1:53.133 etc.

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Fearless DeFrancesco dominates in the rain at Croft

  • Carlin’s DeFrancesco superb in difficult conditions.
  • Zane Goddard rounds off excellent weekend for Double R Racing.
  • Max Fewtrell extends his lead in the championship.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn returns to top step of Rookie class podium.

Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco stormed his way to the third F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford victory of his career courtesy of a jaw-dropping move around the outside of Zane Goddard at Sunny on the opening lap. With a clear track ahead of him DeFrancesco pulled away from the field. The Canadian never put a foot wrong with an inch-perfect drive to the chequered flag; despite the inclement weather which had set in over the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire circuit.

Said the three-time race winner DeFrancesco: “In race two we were incredibly unlucky, but we came back strong in race three. I thought the start was going to be the key to everything and Zane made a really good start.

“I felt I had a lot of grip under me and a lot of confidence in the car. I braked a little later than I normally would into the corner and Zane braked a little earlier so happy days.

“Then I just kept focusing on myself and my inputs every lap, getting the gears right and going quicker and quicker.”

Although he lost the lead on the first lap, Double R’s Zane Goddard was still ecstatic after the race. Another second place to his name and yet another fastest lap. Goddard leaves Croft having scored more points than any other driver this weekend; the Australian clearly building upon his prodigious testing form at the circuit.

Commented Goddard: “I’m happy with second. The race was really good fun. I loved it out there. It was awesome being able to slide around a bit. I got a good start, but I didn’t really know where the grip was and I didn’t want to risk too much.

“Devlin did really well out front, but I thought I would push for fastest lap even if I couldn’t get the win. It’s been a great weekend with a first and two seconds so no complaints from me.

“For the first time this season I went into the races aiming for a podium and even the top step instead of top five. We achieved that so it’s a definite confidence boost. The team and I have made a step forward this weekend. The team have done a great job. I cannot fault the car.”

Max Fewtrell once again found himself on the podium and with it extended his newfound lead in the championship to 20 points from Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu. Fewtrell executed a race devoid of mistakes, his consistency and speed making him a formidable competitor on the track and in the standings.

Fourth place man and Rookie class winner Alex Quinn was all smiles, finally having a race where he was able to avoid mid-pack skirmishes. The Racing Steps Foundation driver made a great start in his Fortec Motorsports prepared racer and looked rock solid in the tricky wet conditions.

Explained Quinn: “This weekend has been really mixed. Two of the races didn’t go to plan and were taken out of our hands. I went into this race knowing I had to come out of strongly and I did that.

“It was difficult to get close to the car in front because it was so hard to see anything with all the spray. We’re definitely in a more positive place than we were after the second race.

“We showed that we can push the guys currently leading the championship. I’m looking forward to hitting back at Snetterton and having a good second half of the season.”

Jamie Caroline made what appeared to be yet another storming start from 14th on the grid, but all was not quite as it seemed. The Pirtek Racing backed star cutting the chicane on the opening lap. It earned him a 10.5s time penalty in the process which saw him fall back in the classification from fifth to eighth.

Behind him in the top 10 came championship contenders Petru Florescu and Round 14 winner Luis Leeds. Both were unable to make major inroads towards the front of the field in the rain.

Fellow championship protagonists Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) and James Pull (Carlin) fared much better, showcasing their talent in the wet. The former gaining three places at the start and the latter climbing five places, expertly scything his way through the field.

Nicolai Kjaergaard once again caught the eye for Fortec Motorsports, brilliantly finding a way past TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons and Jack Martin during the race.

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Provisional results Round 15 Croft 19 June 2016
13 laps / 21.25 miles
1 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 15m 54.569s / 80.14mph
2 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +3.496s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +7.158s
4 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +8.390s
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +14.893s
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +15.337s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +19.287s
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +19.785s
9 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +20.130s
10 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +23.223s

Fastest lap Zane Goddard 1m 30.435s / 84.59mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 184, 2 Florescu 164, 3 Pull 153, 4 Leeds 152, 5 DeFrancesco 146, 6 Fielding 134, 7 Quinn 112, 8 Martins 110, 9 Caroline 109, 10 Goddard 102 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 276, 2 J. Martin 228, 3 Kjaergaard 163, 4 Simmons 143, 5 R. Martin 130

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Martins’ masterclass in defensive driving sees him take maiden British F4 victory

  • Rafael Martins triumphs in 10 car battle for the lead, following immense pressure from James Pull.
  • TRS Arden break Carlin’s run of domination.
  • Heartbreak for Double R’s Zane Goddard who crashes out from the lead.

OULTON PARK 5 JUNE, 2016 – Rafael Martins took his first single-seater win in style at Oulton Park, surviving a race-long attack from Carlin’s James Pull and a host of challengers all vying close behind for the top positions. It was yet another F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford race full of suspense and drama, particularly as race victory for Martins looked far from certain early on.

Poleman Zane Goddard executed a perfect getaway. In clean air he was able to pull away from Rafael Martins and James Pull. The Aussie looked comfortable out front and all set for a well-deserved maiden British F4 victory, clearly having the measure of his pursuers.

However, on lap four it all fell apart. The Double R racer clipped the tyre bundle on the inside of Knickerbook which sent him spearing off through the gravel trap and into the barrier. It was a heart-breaking outcome for the Australian youngster who cut a disconsolate figure at the side of the track; reminiscent of a distraught Mika Hakkinen after spinning out from the lead in the 1999 Italian Grand Prix.

Nevertheless, take nothing away from TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins who put in a top drawer performance. Soaking up pressure from James Pull throughout, as the Carlin driver jinked from left to right lap after lap in a bid to force a mistake. On several occasions both drivers ran side by side down the main straight, but Martins was steadfast in his defence, clearly putting a previous season’s experience in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series to good use to secure victory.

Said a jubilant Martins: “This is my first race win in cars. I have no words to describe my feelings right now. Huge thanks to the team and my sponsors, FISK and Fish. Last year we had a good race here and I knew that this weekend was our weekend.

“We had a lot of problems at the beginning of this year, but this weekend feels like the start of our season. We can move forward in the championship and fight for the title.

“I was quicker than James in the first part of the circuit, but he was quicker than me in the second part so that’s why we were so evenly matched.

“We came here with a difficult setup, so to bounce back like this shows how Arden can find solutions and turn things around.”

Added second place man Pull: “The start was ok. Goddard got away really well and it was a shame what happened to him. I felt I had more pace than Rafa, but it’s pretty much impossible to overtake here. I tried really hard to get past him, but he defended well. This second place is still great for my championship.

“Of course I want to win, but more people remember the F4 British Champion and that’s what I’m aiming to be. Thanks to ADD Motorsports and Pioneered Athlete Performance who have been working with me to get me ready for this weekend which we knew would be so physically demanding.”

Behind the squabbling Martins and Pull, a train of eight cars were in hot pursuit, setting up an incredible 10-way fight for the podium places. It was on the final lap when the Ford EcoBoost formation flying came to an end. Florescu saw his chance to steal third from Max Fewtrell with a late lunge and deftly timed braking manoeuvre. Both drivers ran wide though in a bid to emerge in front, with Alex Quinn scything up the inside to steal the podium spot and his eighth Rookie Class win of the season.

Commented Quinn: “Once again we showed we had the pace to be at the front. I got a better start this time and I didn’t lose any places. It’s so hard to pass on this track. It’s a lot harder than it looks.

“I’ve got even more confidence for the next race with this podium. I braked as late as I could to pull off that last lap move. I think if I had left it any later it might have been a different story, but I judged it perfectly and it was an exciting end to the race.”

Despite recording fastest lap of the race, Sennan Fielding was unable to put his pace to good use. Like so many drivers, he found the Oulton Park circuit notoriously difficult to overtake on.

Finishing in ninth the JHR Developments driver remained positive: “It was just one big train of cars, but it was good to get fastest lap. We knew the weekend was going to be hard from qualifying and we’ve been trying a few different things with the car that haven’t been working. I’m scratching my head a little bit, but I’m looking forward and hopeful that we can get them resolved.”

Fielding finished just behind Luis Leeds who had a much better showing than his 13th place finish yesterday. The Red Bull Junior brilliantly moving up five positions during the race to score valuable points, as he followed home yesterday’s race winner Devlin DeFrancesco and Billy Monger.

Jack Martin rounded out the top 10, capping off a strong race for the TRS Arden team. The Young Racing Driver Academy member was pleased with another Rookie class podium: “It’s good to get these points. It was a tough race, but the pace was good. Arden have done a brilliant job setting up the car so big thanks to them. We’ve got the pace now, so we’ll try to push on in race three.”

Jamie Caroline was an early casualty, trundling back to the pits in his wounded Pirtek Racing Jamun racer with a clutch issue on lap one and will look to strike back in the final race of the weekend which gets underway at 1740.

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Provisional results Round 11 Oulton Park 5 June 2016
14 laps / 31.164 miles
1 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 20m 04.690s / 93.12mph
2 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +0.130s
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +0.765s
4 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +1.431s
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +1.889s
6 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +2.426s
7 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +2.617s
8 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +3.044s
9 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +3.166s
10 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +3.529s

Fastest lap Sennan Fielding 1m 24.664s / 94.65mph Est Rec

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