TEAM NEWS: Finland’s Tonteri stars at Snetterton with maiden British F4 victory

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•    British F4 success for first year racer Paavo Tonteri in round 17.
•    Finnish ace seals maiden outright win and sixth Rookie victory.
•    Kiern Jewiss maintains series lead despite luckless weekend.
•    Season-best P6 for Sebastian Alvarez in Snetterton opener.

30 JULY, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri raced to a controlled, and long-awaited, maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race victory at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend, 28th/29th July, to add yet another name to Double R Racing’s extensive list of single-seater race winners.

Finnish 18-year-old Tonteri, who is in his first season of car racing after a stellar karting career, converted a front-row start in round 17 at the Norfolk track on Saturday afternoon into a faultless outright win and his sixth victory of the year in the Rookie Cup class.

Team-mate Kiern Jewiss, who held a comfortable championship lead of 57 points going into the weekend, encountered a great deal of frustration with contact in round 16 and a damaged front wing in round 18 resulting in uncharacteristic 12th place finishes. Fourth in round 17, though, helped limit the damage in the title battle – his lead now reduced to 29 points.

Mexican youngster Sebastian Alvarez continued his progression with a season-best top six result in the first of the weekend’s three races on Saturday. Finishing in the top 10 again in round 17 with ninth place, he just missed the points in round 18 on Sunday with 11th position.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend for Paavo, he really deserves his first overall win – it was a great drive and a very impressive performance”, said Double R’s Anthony Hieatt, “Again, Sebastian produced some strong pace and he continues to chip away. It’s good to see him take his first top six finish.

“Obviously it wasn’t a great weekend in terms of results for Kiern, the pace was there but a couple of incidents made it hard work. Even though we dropped a few points to the competition, he’s still leading the championship and that’s the important thing going into the next round at Rockingham.”

Tonteri makes deserved British F4 breakthrough 
Jewiss headed into the weekend in typically potent form, having been quickest at the Norfolk track during both days of a two-day official test a couple of weeks prior. Indeed, in the usual pre-event test on Friday, 27th July, he again topped the times in session one, with an advantage of 0.3 seconds over his closest rivals, although Tonteri was the fastest Double R driver in session two with fourth.

In qualifying on Saturday, though, Jewiss had to settle for fourth – a mere 0.002 seconds shy of third on the race one grid – while Tonteri was seventh and Alvarez was 10th quickest. Due to a penalty for pole qualifier Patrick Pasma, though, Jewiss was elevated into third, Tonteri sixth and Alvarez ninth.

When the lights went out for the first of Saturday’s two races, Jewiss maintained third while Tonteri leapt into the top four as the cars headed to the infield and Alvarez also progressed, climbing into the top eight. On lap two, Jewiss smartly seized second and set about pressuring the race leader.

The next time around, though, Jewiss was tipped into a spin after a tangle with Dennis Hauger and although able to eventually recover he finished down in 12th position. Confirming his race winning potential, the Double R ace did post the fastest lap of the race during his recovery drive.

Tonteri profited from the lap three incident to slice past his team-mate and Hauger into second place, but his podium hopes were dashed on lap five when a moment dropped the Finn down to eighth. He did ultimately recover into the top five, though, third in the Rookie Cup.

Alvarez, enjoying a competitive run, climbed into seventh on lap four and then broke into the top six after Tonteri’s slip down the order. Following a late shake-up, when two rivals dropped back, Alvarez was leap-frogged by the recovering Tonteri and so the Mexican took the flag in sixth – fourth Rookie.

Round 17 started with Alvarez on pole position, the grid determined from the finishing order of race one but with the top six reversed, and Tonteri made it an all Double R front-row. Jewiss, of course, had to line-up 12th on the grid and with plenty to do.

Tonteri challenged Alvarez off the line and into Riches the Finn dramatically swept past around the outside to grab a lead he would never relinquish. In control by almost two seconds at the end of the opening tour, Tonteri produced a superb performance to claim his first outright win in British F4.

Although his lead was reduced to 1.2 seconds by the end of the fifth tour, Tonteri responded and into the 11th and final lap he had opened the gap to 1.5 seconds. Going on to wrap-up a superb victory, the result also marked his sixth Rookie Cup win of 2018.

“It took long enough!”, said a jovial Tonteri immediately after round 17, “It feels really good to finally win, I feel it’s been coming for a long time. We were really quick in the test before, and yesterday [Friday] we were fast too.”

Alvarez was ultimately shuffled back to seventh position on lap one and although slipping outside the top 10 on the very next tour, he battled back to finish in ninth position overall and fourth in the Rookie class – right on the tail of the two cars ahead on the drag to the line.

Unsurprisingly, Jewiss managed to undo a lot of the damage of starting down on the sixth row of the grid by carving his way through into a top four finish. Leaping into ninth on lap one, he followed championship rival Hauger as the pair both progressed through the order and on the fifth tour the Double R racer made his move to get ahead of the Norwegian – moving into the top six at that point.

Elevated into fifth the next time around, Jewiss then grabbed fourth with a great move into Riches at the start of lap seven. With over seven seconds to make up to the podium runners during the final few laps, though, there just wasn’t enough time to close the gap but fourth marked a great result.

Round 18 on Sunday began with Jewiss second on the grid but, in-keeping with his frustrating weekend, he sustained front wing damage early on and after gradually slipping further down the order he pitted for a new nose cone on lap seven. Eventually, Jewiss came home in 12th place.

From seventh on the grid, Tonteri climbed into the top five on lap one and then moved up into fourth place on the sixth tour. Edged back to fifth soon after, the Finn regained fourth on lap nine and after pressuring Johnathan Hoggard for third Tonteri made the breakthrough on the last lap to seal his second outright podium of the weekend, and third in the Rookie class, as well as fastest lap.

Alvarez began the third race of the weekend from ninth position and although bundled down to 13th place on lap one, he mounted a spirited recovery to work his way into the top 10 by lap three. Edged back down to 13th position by the fifth tour, Alvarez climbed back into 11th place – fourth Rookie.

Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the next instalment of British F4 action just two weeks from now on 11th/12th August.

TEAM NEWS: Win number five for Jewiss and Double R at Croft

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•    F4 British Championship leader Kiern Jewiss takes fifth win of 2018.
•    Superb one-two in round 14 for Double R with Jewiss and Tonteri.

25 JUNE, 2018 – Championship leading British F4 racer Kiern Jewiss increased his advantage at the top of the driver standings for Double R Racing to an extremely impressive 57 points at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend 23/24 June, as the 2018 season reached the midway point.

Finishing round 13 on Saturday afternoon in second position, in the first of Sunday’s two F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost races, Jewiss charged through to claim a magnificent win from fifth on the grid. In round 15, he added another second place finish for the Woking team.

Team-mate Paavo Tonteri took a highlight second place overall in round 14, a terrific one-two for Double R with Jewiss and also the Finnish youngster’s fifth Rookie Cup victory of the year, with the addition of top four results in the other two contests.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez missed out on the points-paying top 10 in rounds 13 and 14, but the first year F4 driver raced impressively to a season-best seventh position overall on track in round 15 – his fifth outright score of the season.

“We know we have a great setup for Croft and Kiern and Paavo made the most of that in race two, taking another Double R one-two is fantastic”, said team principal Anthony Hieatt, “We wanted to make sure we kept the lead of the championship to end the first half of the season, but to have increased the points gap with Kiern is really good and sets us up well into the summer break.

“Paavo had another strong weekend with an outright podium and another Rookie win, and he’s closed on the top four in the main championship. Sebastian’s weekend certainly ended positively, we can’t ask for much more than a best result of the season – he raced well and did a great job.”

Jewiss and Tonteri double-up for Double R
Qualifying on Saturday was impossibly close, the tiniest of fractions determining the top three places on the grid for round 13. Jewiss had to settle for second fastest, missing pole position by a mere 0.038 seconds, and Tonteri was just 0.019 seconds further adrift in third – second in the Rookie class. Alvarez was just a tenth of a second outside the top 10 with the 11th best lap, fourth Rookie.

Jewiss challenged pole position qualifier Dennis Hauger very hard indeed throughout the 15-lap duration of Saturday afternoon’s encounter, the Double R racer never more than a few tenths of a second adrift as the pair pulled well clear of the chasing pack. Swarming all over the back of his rival, Jewiss ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot less than half a second shy.

Tonteri was edged back to fourth early on and then spent the remainder of the race just outside the top three, claiming second in the Rookie Cup. Alvarez also lost ground on lap one, slipping to 12th place, and was then shuffled down to 13th on the second tour. Bottled up behind the car of Lucca Allen, Alvarez pressured hard and took the flag only 0.1 seconds behind – fourth in the Rookie class.

For the ‘partially reversed’ race two grid, Tonteri lined-up in third with Jewiss directly behind in fifth and Alvarez started in 13th spot. When the lights went out, Tonteri held third into the first corner as Jewiss squeezed into fourth just behind his team-mate on the inside and then, on the run to Tower, they moved into second and third respectively when Ayrton Simmons slowed.

Further back, Alvarez had to take to the grass out of the chicane to avoid being caught-up in a multi-car tangle and after a wild ride across the infield he was able to recover to the track in 12th position before then heading to the pits at the end of lap two. After rejoining a lap down following a check-over of his car from the team, the Mexican went on to end the race in 12th position.

Up at the front, Jewiss piled on the pressure to team-mate Tonteri as the duo closed on race leader Matthew Hoggard and on lap four at Tower points leader Jewiss produced an incredible late pass on the brakes to move ahead of Tonteri into second.

By the start of lap six Jewiss was right with Hoggard and at Tower he again produced a sensational move, remarkably this time around the outside, to take the lead. Even with the intervention of the Safety Car on lap nine, Jewiss was untroubled and he went on to take his fifth victory of the season by 3.5 seconds.

Tonteri, under huge pressure after the Safety Car period from Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, didn’t put a wheel wrong as he defended his position and as his rivals waged their own battle late on the Finn pulled clear to wrap-up a tremendous one-two for Double R, as well as the Rookie win.

Race three, round 15, started with Tonteri on the front row of the grid – having shaded Jewiss to the second fastest ‘second best’ time in qualifying – and again there was nothing between them, just 0.012 seconds. Alvarez started in 11th position as he did in race one.

Another great launch enabled Jewiss to challenge team-mate Tonteri into Clervaux and, with a bold pass, he moved into second brilliantly. Ending lap one 0.9 seconds shy of pole qualifier Hauger, Jewiss remained in touch and after a mid-race Safety Car period he did get as close as half a second behind Hauger. Ultimately, though, the Double R racer had to settle for second and another podium.

Tonteri ran in third place for almost the entire duration, only losing out on an outright rostrum finish at the final corner when Doohan made a late move for third on the inside – which also pushed the Finn back to third in the Rookie class battle.

Behind his two team-mates, Alvarez put together one of his best performances of the year on his way to a season-best seventh on the road.* From the head of row six, the Mexican was edged back to 13th place on lap one but he soon began his fightback and by lap four he had moved into the overall top 10.

Following a spin for Josh Skelton at the end of lap four, which triggered the mid-race Safety Car, Alvarez took ninth and before racing resumed a pit-stop for Patrik Pasma elevated the Double R machine into eighth. Swarming all over Manuel Sulaiman when racing resumed, Alvarez applied a lot of pressure and grabbed seventh brilliantly on lap 10 – also finishing fourth in the Rookie battle.

Following a lengthy five-week summer break, Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the sixth event of the British F4 season on 28/29 July.

* After round 15 Alvarez was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage, demoting him to ninth in the final classification.

TEAM NEWS: Jewiss stars again at Oulton to earn British F4 points lead

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  • Jewiss wins in British F4 at Oulton and takes points lead.

11 JUNE, 2018 – In Cheshire at Oulton Park, Double R celebrated yet more success with F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost racer Kiern Jewiss moving to the top of the driver standings with a hat-trick of podiums, including his fourth victory of the season in round 12.

Finnish team-mate Paavo Tonteri also departed the North East track with another clutch of silverware, having taken one outright podium and three Rookie podiums, including a class win in the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday evening.

“What an amazing weekend!”, said ecstatic Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “It’s obviously fantastic to be leading the championship and it shows what an incredible job everyone is doing this season with our set-up, reliability and overall performance.

“Kiern was in outstanding form again in F4 at Oulton – three podiums, another win and the championship lead is tremendous – and Paavo was really strong again too with another Rookie win. What a fantastic job by everyone.”

Double R aced the pre-event British F4 test day at Oulton Park on Friday, Jewiss topping the times in both sessions with team-mate Tonteri second in each run, and the former went on to secure pole position in qualifying on Saturday by 0.3 seconds.

Although slipping to third at the start of round 10, Jewiss hit back quickly and after taking second on the run down to Cascades on lap two he closed down leader Dennis Hauger by reeling off a series of fastest laps. Making a move for the lead on the penultimate tour at Island Bend, and taking the win on the road, post-race officials penalised Jewiss and dropped him to second in the amended results.

Tonteri was edged back from fourth to fifth off the start but after retaking the place on lap two, he spent the remainder of the contest pressuring for third – ending up just 0.5 seconds shy as the second highest placed Rookie. Alvarez too lost out at the start, dropping from 11th to 13th place, and stayed there race-long, fifth in the Rookie class.

For round 11 on Sunday, Tonteri started from third on the grid with Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place and all three Double R drivers got away from the line well. Keen to make progress, Jewiss produced a great pass into Lodge to take fourth and after pressuring Tonteri he then delivered another superb move to take third into Old Hall on lap four.

With nothing between the lead quartet, Jewiss and Tonteri ran nose-to-tail behind Ayrton Simmons and Jack Doohan but try as they might, particularly Jewiss in his bid to unsettle Doohan, no clear-cut passing opportunities were presented. Despite applying immense pressure, Jewiss had to settle for third at the flag with Tonteri just behind – the Finn securing second in the Rookie class too.

Alvarez was edged to 14th on the opening lap but then moved back into 13th place after an excursion for Hampus Ericsson. Piling huge pressure on Jamie Sharp ahead, Alvarez swarmed all over his rival before finally making the breakthrough on lap 10 to take 12th and fifth in the Rookie class.

Jewiss lined-up on pole position for round 12 and, after making a terrific start, he never looked back as he went on to utterly dominate. Reeling off fastest laps and never putting a wheel wrong, he claimed his fourth victory – and the series lead – with a phenomenal winning margin of 7.7 seconds.

Tonteri, from third at the start, held the podium placing throughout and applied huge pressure to Patrik Pasma race-long. Driving impeccably, he secured his fourth outright podium and another Rookie class win. After an opening lap drama, Alvarez battled back superbly from a deficit of 14 seconds to the pack to finish inside the top 10 and lap within just 0.3 seconds of Jewiss’ pace.

Double R Racing’s British F4 team will be back in action a fortnight from now on 23/24 June at Croft in North Yorkshire.

TEAM NEWS: Two wins from three for Jewiss and Double R Racing at Thruxton

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•    Superb weekend in British F4 for Kiern Jewiss with two wins.
•    Fantastic 1-2 for Double R in Rd8 with Jewiss & Paavo Tonteri.
•    Tonteri adds brace of Rookie wins to season-best P2 overall.
•    More points for Sebastian Alvarez plus season-best P8.

21 MAY, 2018 – Double R Racing celebrated yet more F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost success at ultra-fast Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend, 19/20 May, with Kiern Jewiss taking two excellent victories from three races.

Including a fabulous one-two result for the Woking squad in round eight on Sunday morning, where Jewiss headed home team-mate Paavo Tonteri for the latter’s best overall result yet in British F4, the third race meeting of the campaign produced more sparkling performances from Double R.

Jewiss departed Thruxton just five points shy of the championship lead, Tonteri has moved up into seventh in the points and third in the Rookie Cup – having taken two class wins – and Sebastian Alvarez took a season-best eighth overall in race two. The Mexican youngster was on for better still with a top five challenge in race three, until contact from a rival ended his hopes.

“Two wins out of three isn’t bad, we’ll happily take that any weekend”, said Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “Kiern had a cracking weekend and is easily the best racer out there in my book – he puts the car in the right place all the time, he’s quick and really goes for any opportunity.

“Obviously the one-two finish in race two was fantastic, it was great to see Paavo up there in P2 and taking some more Rookie wins as well, he’s really coming on strong. Sebastian was very unlucky in race three, he did a fantastic job in that race and deserved a lot more from it than he got. I’m really looking forward to the next rounds, I think our set-up will prove to be bang on it again at Oulton.”

Silverware galore for Double R at super-fast Thruxton
In Saturday’s qualifying Jewiss was the quickest of the Double R trio, lapping fourth fastest a fraction ahead of Tonteri, while Alvarez was an excellent ninth. However, due to penalties for a couple of drivers, Jewiss was promoted into third, Tonteri fourth and Alvarez seventh.

Round seven later in the day took place under glorious Hampshire skies, with track temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius, and Jewiss and Tonteri both got away from the grid cleanly to maintain their positions. Alvarez, though, wasn’t as fortunate with an early tangle leading to a pit-stop for a new front wing. Despite rejoining, he eventually retired to the pits at mid-distance.

Jewiss and Tonteri, meanwhile, ran close behind the top two and the former moved up into second at the end of lap three before grabbing the lead from Dennis Hauger into Allard at the beginning of the subsequent tour. Edged back to second at the end of lap six, Jewiss then stayed close in the wheeltracks of Hauger lap after lap and ran side-by-side on several occasions into the chicane.

With nothing to separate them, on the 16th and final lap Jewiss made his move after getting alongside again into Club Chicane and despite contact from Hauger, which resulted in the Norwegian crashing out, Jewiss emerged unscathed to grab his second win of the season.

Tonteri climbed into third on lap six before being edged back to fourth again on lap eight. Staying there throughout the second half of the race, following Hauger’s departure on the final lap Tonteri moved up into third to take his second outright podium and also his second Rookie class victory.

Round eight on Sunday afternoon began with Tonteri third on the partially reversed grid, Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place – due to his non-finish in race one – and the weather was again extremely pleasant and warm.

At the start Tonteri was edged back to fourth into Allard before Jewiss also got ahead of the Finn through the mid-point of the complex. As a result of an incident just behind in the pack, the Safety Car was then deployed in time for lap two.

Racing resumed on the fourth tour with Jewiss fourth, Tonteri fifth and Alvarez in 11th position and all three maintained their respective positions. At the complex on lap five, though, contact between Alvarez and Sebastian Priaulx dropped the Double R driver to 12th again.

Dramatically, at the chicane at the end of the lap, a tangle between the second and third placed drivers opened the door for Jewiss to move up into second place, with Tonteri following him through into third, and it also elevated Alvarez into the top 10. With Patrik Pasma’s car stranded following the aforementioned incident, the Safety Car then reappeared on lap seven.

At the re-start on lap nine, Jewiss and Tonteri both got away well and managed to pull a gap over the rest of the pack but race leader Jack Doohan looked to be too far ahead as the laps counted down. On the 14th and final tour, though, Doohan dramatically slowed and Jewiss swept past to make it back-to-back wins with Tonteri taking a best-yet second and another Rookie victory.

After his earlier dramas, Alvarez resumed his battle with Priaulx and the pair traded places during the second half of the contest. Holding 10th place into the penultimate lap, problems for Hampus Ericsson and, of course, Doohan enabled the Mexican to take eighth place, fourth best Rookie.

Tonteri again started ahead of Jewiss for the final race, lining-up third and fourth on the grid respectively, with Alvarez beginning the encounter in ninth spot. Making a great start, Jewiss was able to see off his challengers out of Allard to then move up into third.

Quickly looking for second on the outside at Noble, he was held out on the wide line and the next time around he was edged back to fourth just ahead of Tonteri. Securing third on lap two, Jewiss was then passed by Tonteri on the subsequent tour and after clipping the kerbs at Segrave, Jewiss did lose some momentum.

Dropping to fifth, he got back ahead of Tonteri on the fourth tour when the Finn lost out while trying to mount a bid for second and they circulated fourth and fifth until lap six when Tonteri’s race took a knock after a part spin when clipping the kerbs at Cobb. He eventually fought back to finish ninth.

Jewiss continued to try and break back into the podium placings and on lap seven he produced some fantastic driving to grab third and then second in quick succession through Allard and into the complex. Unfortunately though, after running wide out of Segrave, he dropped to fourth and two laps later was back to sixth behind the impressive Alvarez who had risen superbly though the order.

Alvarez, looking quick and committed, was on for a season best but huge drama mid-lap on the ninth tour undid those hopes – contact in a tight pack of cars pitching him wildly across the grass on the inside. Fortunately able to recover to the pits, he eventually ended the race a lap down in 14 position. Jewiss, meanwhile, concluded the race in fifth just 1.5 seconds shy of another podium.

Rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the British F4 season will take place at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire on 9/10 June.

TEAM NEWS: Electrifying Donington drive from Jewiss secures phenomenal first British F4 win

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  • Remarkable first British F4 win for Kiern Jewiss at Donington.
  • Single-seater rookie stars with stunning drive from back-of-grid.
  • Maiden F4 rookie podium and first points for Sebastian Alvarez.

30 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss was starred for Double R Racing with a truly outstanding maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The Briton charging through the field in round five from the last row on the grid at Donington Park.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez scored his first outright points in rounds four and five with ninth place overall in each encounter, and he also secured his first Rookie class podium in race one on Saturday. Finland’s Paavo Tonteri, meanwhile, added more silverware to his season’s tally with third in class in rounds five and six and a best overall finish of seventh place.

“What an outstanding weekend for Double R”, said elated team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.

“It was obviously a very big weekend for the team at Donington and Kiern was in a league of his own in race two. To come from the back of the grid to win, and in the manner he did too, was sensational. We knew from testing the pace was there, qualifying didn’t work out but in the races it was a different story. It’s also great to see Sebastian get his first Rookie podium too.”

During two separate test outings ahead of the British F4 event at Donington, 15-year-old Jewiss set his stall out emphatically with the second fastest time on day one and then the quickest time of all, inside the qualifying lap record, on day two. Team-mate Tonteri, meanwhile, was fastest on day one.

Unfortunately, wet weather qualifying on Saturday didn’t go to plan for the Double R drivers with Jewiss seventh, Tonteri ninth and Alvarez 13th on the grid for round four. More frustratingly, Tonteri’s race ended midway around the opening lap in the gravel at McLeans and Jewiss too was pitched into retirement on lap seven at the same corner while dicing with Ayrton Simmons.

Alvarez had a much better outcome to race one of the weekend. Running as high as sixth until a late Safety Car period, the Mexican was then bundled down to 11th but he went on to end the contest in ninth position which also secured his maiden Rookie class podium.

Jewiss, absolutely determined to hit back from his race one dramas, made a blistering start to round five on Sunday from the last row on the grid, gaining three positions straight away, and over the course of the first lap he stormed through the order, sensationally slicing into the top six.

Into fifth on lap two, he took fourth on lap six and then closed the gap to the cars ahead before grabbing third on lap 10 with a stunning move around the outside at Coppice. Reeling off a series of fastest laps, he took second on the outside at Redgate on lap 16 and this then became the lead – and ultimately the win – on corrected times when Dennis Hauger received a time penalty.

Alvarez began the contest from ninth on the grid and although edged back to 11th on the first lap, he battled back into the top 10 mid-race. Passed by team-mate Tonteri, who had risen from 14th on the grid, the Finn went on to finish seventh overall with Alvarez breaking into ninth before the finish.

In round six, Jewiss again produced a superb drive and from 10th on the grid he carved his way through to the podium once more with a fantastic top three finish. On lap one alone he sliced his way into the top five and the Double R racer was unfortunate not to take second place late on.

For Alvarez, the weekend ended disappointingly with a lap one retirement after a luckless tangle at McLeans. Tonteri, meanwhile, moved up from ninth to sixth before a lap two Safety Car period and despite being edged back to seventh he fought through into sixth until being shuffled back to ninth on the final lap. The position was still good enough to secure third in the Rookie class though.

Double R Racing will be back in action on 19/20 May at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire for the third race meeting of the British F4 season.

Tonteri on top in British F4 test at Donington Park

  • Tonteri quickest at Donington Park.
  • Jewiss tops morning session.
  • Double R duo lock-out top two spots on the timesheets as the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard proves closest challenger.

23 APRIL, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri and Double R Racing got off to a flying start at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend, by setting the pace in official testing on Monday 23 April.

It was a hugely encouraging day for Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad which had a stranglehold on the top of the timesheets thanks to Tonteri and Kiern Jewiss.

Jewiss got the better of Tonteri early on and went into the lunch break having recorded the quickest time of the morning. The pair separated by a mere 0.014s.

There was more to come from the Double R duo in the afternoon, as they were the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier. Tonteri turning the tables on Jewiss to come out on top by a margin of 0.238s with a lap of 1m 7.681s.

Their closest challenger was Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard who wound up third fastest in both sessions, underling the 16-year-old’s excellent pace and consistency.

Sebastian Priaulx was quickest of the Arden runners in fourth. Like the majority of the field, his best time of 1m 8.167s came in the afternoon.

Priaulx and team-mate Dennis Hauger sandwiched Manuel Sulaiman on the timesheet, after the latter pumped in a 1m 8.274s lap, with just 15 minutes of the test remaining.

Meanwhile championship leader Ayrton Simmons had to settle for seventh, just 0.023s off of his JHR Developments team-mate.

Patrik Pasma’s best lap in the morning, a 1m 8.345, proved to be the Finn’s quickest of the test to earn him eighth on the combined timesheet, while Josh Skelton was the biggest improver. The JHR Developments driver bettered his morning’s quickest lap by almost half a second in the afternoon, with Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) completing the top 10 just 0.029s further back.

Ford’s rising young stars won’t have long to wait until they are back on track, with free practice taking place on Thursday this week at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the season on 28/29 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Donington Park, 23 April, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:08.032 / 1:07.681
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:08.018 / 1:07.919
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:08.131 / 1:08.097
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:08.388 / 1:08.167
5 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:08.702 / 1:08.274
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:08.284 / 1:08.307
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:08.474 / 1:08.297
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:08.345 / 1:08.383
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:08.818 / 1:08.370
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:08.399 / 1:08.578 etc.

Full times

TEAM NEWS: Big haul of silverware for Double R Racing on first weekend of new British F4 season

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•    British F4 debutant Kiern Jewiss takes pair of P2 results at Brands.
•    Car racing newcomer Paavo Tonteri seals Rookie Class win in Round 3.
•    Successful start to 2018 British F4 season for Double R.

9 APRIL, 2018 – Talented single-seater newcomers Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri both made a highly successful start to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season at Brands Hatch over the weekend, 7th/8th April, by securing a significant haul of silverware for Double R Racing.

British 15-year-old Jewiss, who did lead the third race at one stage, ended his maiden weekend in the series with a brace of second place results – in rounds one and three – while Finnish 18-year-old Tonteri starred in the finale with third overall and the Rookie Cup class win.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez, meanwhile, concluded his first event in British F4 with a best result of fourth in the Rookie class and 11th position overall in round one. In terms of the championship title race, Jewiss departed Brands Hatch third in the standings with Tonteri fourth for the Woking squad.

“It’s been a very promising start to the British F4 season for Double R”, said team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Obviously we’re a bit disappointed not to have won a race, as we had the pace, but Kiern, Paavo and Sebastian all did a fantastic job. Two podiums for Kiern and a podium and a Rookie win for Paavo are a great way to start things off, we’re pleased to have been so competitive.

“I’m also delighted with the work of Neil Brown Engineering, the new engine support provider for British F4 for this year. There’s been a massive effort from them and everything seems to be very fair and equal. It’s fantastic for the championship to have them and something Double R applauds.”

Double podium for Jewiss and excellent Rookie win for Tonteri
During officially timed testing at the Kent track on Friday, 6th April, Jewiss got his maiden F4 event off to the perfect start with the quickest time in session one, before ending the day second on combined times – a mere 0.035 seconds shy of the fastest of all.

Tonteri also impressed as the fastest of the Rookie Cup contenders, fifth overall for the day and just 0.1 seconds shy of the outright pace, with Alvarez 12th quickest and within half a second of the top of the timesheets.

Heading into qualifying on Saturday morning confident of mounting a challenge for pole position, Jewiss almost managed to deliver the top spot on the grid for race one with a time of 46.525 seconds (93.46mph) meaning he just missed out on pole by a mere 0.031 seconds. Tonteri was an excellent fourth overall, just a further 0.034 shy of his team-mate, with Alvarez 13th quickest.

From second on the grid, Jewiss got away well at the start and then spent the entire 26-lap race glued to the back of eventual race winner Ayrton Simmons’ car. With never more than a few tenths of a second between them, the Double R racer took the flag just 0.3 seconds shy of victory.

Finland’s Tonteri was edged back to fifth place on the opening lap and, like team-mate Jewiss, then spent the entirety of the season-opening contest on the short Indy Circuit in situ to secure second place in the Rookie Class on his car racing debut.

Alvarez slipped to the tail of the field off the start but mounted a strong fightback and after moving up into 13th place on lap three, he climbed back into the top 12 on the fifth tour. Pressuring Josh Skelton for several laps, the Mexican made the breakthrough at the halfway point of the race to take 11th position and ultimately finished just outside the top 10 – fourth in the Rookie class.

For race two, Tonteri lined-up third on the partially reversed grid with Jewiss sixth and Alvarez in 11th place. Tonteri concluded lap one in fourth place, with Jewiss shuffled back to seventh, while Alvarez dropped a couple of places to 13th spot.

On lap two, Tonteri slipped two more places to sixth just ahead of Jewiss and at the end of lap five the Safety Car was required when Alvarez’s race ended in the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend while running in 12th place. Racing resumed at the start of lap nine and two laps later Jewiss was up into sixth as Tonteri dropped down to ninth.

The Finn moved back into the top eight on lap 19 but, two laps later, his race was run with an unfortunate retirement. Jewiss, therefore, was the sole remaining Double R entry and he took the flag in sixth but was credited with fourth after the race as a result of time penalties for two rivals.

Rain arrived at Brands Hatch ahead of round three on Sunday, where Jewiss lined-up third on the grid, Tonteri was alongside in fourth and Alvarez was on the sixth row in 12th position. Off the start, Jewiss made his intentions clear as he pressured pole-starter Simmons and Dennis Hauger and the Double R rookie went on to move to the head of the field on the run to Graham Hill Bend.

Leading by almost a second into lap two, Jewiss started to press home his advantage but things then went slightly awry when a moment at McLaren dropped him back to third. Staying there until lap 18, Jewiss then gladly moved into second when Hauger ran through the gravel at Paddock Hill.

Determined to, at the very least, end the weekend back on the podium Jewiss maintained second behind race leader Simmons and did apply some serious pressure but had to settle for the runner-up placing at the chequered flag on lap 24.

Tonteri enjoyed his strongest race of the weekend in the final contest, holding fourth place until Hauger’s excursion which enabled the Finnish teenager to take third place. As well as securing his first outright podium, the result also delivered the Rookie class victory for the Double R racer.

Unfortunately for Alvarez, a possible challenge for a weekend-best top 10 went awry at the halfway point while running in 11th position. Battling hard with Lucca Allen, the pair managed to become entangled at Graham Hill Bend which triggered the Safety Car to enable both to be recovered.

Next on the British F4 calendar is a visit to Donington Park National Circuit on 28th/29th April for rounds four, five and six of the season.

Ginetta Junior Rookie champion Kiern Jewiss chooses Ford EcoBoost power and completes Double R’s 2018 British F4 line-up

  • Highly-rated teen Kiern Jewiss completes Double R’s 2018 F4 entry.
  • Ginetta Junior Rookie champion makes single-seater switch.
  • Rapid 15-year-old ‘one to watch’ after topping British F4 pre-season testing.

7 MARCH, 2018 – 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie champion Kiern Jewiss has been confirmed as Double R Racing’s third signing for the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost, which gets underway in just one month’s time.

15-year-old Jewiss impressed during his first season in cars last year on his way to the Rookie crown and a top four overall finish in the Ginetta Junior Championship. The talented teenager from Maidstone, Kent followed up by finishing runner-up in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series.

With an enviable record in karting, which features no fewer than 11 titles and includes success in the high profile Kartmasters British Grand Prix, the Super 1 National Rotax Mini Max Championship and the WSK Champions Cup, he is undoubtedly one of the UK’s top young talents.

Winning his first championship in 2010 in Honda Cadet, Jewiss won titles in every subsequent year of his karting career and maintained the trend in his debut season in cars by winning the Ginetta Junior Rookie crown with an unprecedented 17 class victories.

Managed by former Formula 1 driver and Formula Ford alumni Mark Blundell’s sports agency MB Partners, Jewiss has already laid down a marker in British F4 with a headline-grabbing performance in the first official pre-season test at Brands Hatch Indy circuit last month.

On a day plagued by inclement weather which meant the entire field conducted all its running on Hankook wet tyres, Jewiss produced a time of 52.976 seconds to put him almost two seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Looking ahead to his maiden season in single-seaters, Jewiss said: “I’m very excited. It’s a big step, but it’s a step in the right direction for my development.

“The F4 British Championship is a fantastic series and I can’t wait to be part of it. It’s hugely competitive and some great drivers have made their name here. I hope to do the same in my debut season.

“Double R have proved themselves as a top team, not just in F4 but across several championships. They were a front running team last year and the way testing has started this year it seems we’ll still be performing at the highest level. Anthony [Hieatt] and the team have made me feel really welcome so we’re all looking forward to the year ahead.”

He added: “Obviously I’m here to win so that’s the main goal, but to do that I need to develop and learn every time I get into the car. I don’t expect to walk into the championship and instantly be at my best, but I’m a quick learner and therefore aiming to perform at my optimum as quickly as I can.”

Jewiss joins Finland’s Paavo Tonteri and Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez at Double R for the 2018 British F4 season. It is a line-up which team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt is confident will deliver strong performances throughout the season.

“Kiern got his F4 career off to an incredible start during the official test at Brands Hatch last month,” explained Hieatt. “He was very impressive in difficult conditions and showed the speed we all know is there from his time in Ginetta Junior and karting.”

“I’ve no doubt he’ll be battling at the sharp end all season. He’s a fast and committed driver. We’re certain he’s going to be one to watch throughout the year and delighted to have signed Kiern to join Paavo and Sebastian. All three drivers are new to F4 and single-seaters, but it’s a line-up we believe has massive potential.”

Brands Hatch, the ‘home’ track for Double R Racing and Jewiss, will be the venue for the season opening British F4 race meeting on 7/8 April. The Ford EcoBoost-powered series will tour the UK, visiting its premier race circuits such as Donington Park and Silverstone, before returning to Brands Hatch for the season finale on 29/30 September.

Double R Racing sign Finnish karter Tonteri for 2018 British F4 season

  • Finland’s Paavo Tonteri joins Double R for 2018 British F4 campaign.
  • Multiple karting champion is team’s second F4 signing for 2018.
  • Tonteri set for debut season in cars with race winners Double R.

6 MARCH, 2018 – Multiple karting champion Paavo Tonteri has been announced as the second driver signing of 2018 for Double R Racing’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost squad.

Finnish karting ace Tonteri will make his car racing debut with Woking’s Double R on the back of a very strong karting career, which delivered several championship titles and a brace of top four finishes in the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship.

Similarly to recently announced Double R team-mate Sebastian Alvarez, Tonteri is represented by Infinity Sports Management. The 18-year-old won his first title in the Finnish Cup in 2012 before claiming the North European KF3 Karting Championship in 2013.

Taking his third title in as many years in the KF Junior class of the Finnish Championship in 2014, Tonteri achieved a top three placing at the prestigious South Garda Winter Cup in 2015, as well as third in the KF class of the Finnish Championship.

Tonteri went on to win the highly competitive German Karting Championship in 2016 to make it four karting crowns in just five years. He was also crowned vice-champion of the Finnish OK Karting Championship that year and secured third place in the German Championship last year.

“I’m really happy to join Double R as they are certainly one of the best teams in the UK,” said Tonteri. “Racing with Double R will take me further as a driver and hopefully I can take them further as a team as well. Double R has a great philosophy of racing, and with great people around me I’m very excited for the new season.”

A leading team on the single-seater scene, Double R Racing has a host of achievements to its name, including multiple race wins in British F4, two British Formula 3 titles and a win in the globally renowned Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix in 2006.

Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “Paavo really is a great young talent. His record from karting speaks for itself. We’re confident he’s going to adapt to British Formula 4 very quickly and be a competitive driver.

“It’s a tough championship for any youngster, especially in their first season, but from what we’ve seen so far Paavo looks set for a strong year. With Paavo joining Sebastian [Alvarez] we’ve already got a great young line-up with one driver still to confirm!”

Kent’s Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Double R Racing’s ‘home’ track, will host the season curtain-raiser for the 2018 F4 British Championship on 7/8 April. The Ford EcoBoost-powered single-seater stars of the future will visit the UK’s premier race circuits during the campaign which include Donington Park, Oulton Park and Silverstone, prior to the season finale at Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 29/30 September.

Mexican karting graduate Alvarez first confirmed driver for Double R Racing’s 2018 British F4 squad

  • Sebastian Alvarez to make car racing debut with Double R.
  • Former kart racer makes step up to British F4 for 2018 season.
  • Alvarez first confirmed driver for Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad.

5 MARCH, 2018 – Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez will make his car racing debut in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost this year, having been announced as the first confirmed driver for multiple race-winning team Double R Racing.

The 15-year-old, who resides in Mexico City, arrives in British F4 with a strong karting background in America, Mexico and on the world stage.

Winning the 2011 Super Karts Cadet Cup in Mexico, Alvarez progressed through Cadet Karting and Mini Max in the USA over the next few years, taking his second title in the 2015 Florida Winter Tour Rotax Mini Max Championship.

Stepping up to the CIK-FIA World Junior Championship the following season, Alvarez moved into the WSK Champions Cup and WSK Super Masters Series in 2017 and also contested the CIK-FIA World Championship and CIK-FIA European Championship.

Part of the Infinity Sports Management stable, Alvarez is relishing his first season in cars and looking forward to working with Double R Racing, as well as getting the chance to compete at the UK’s premier race tracks in the live-televised F4 British Championship.

“I’m really excited to join Double R and looking forward to the start of the season,” said the Mexican teenager.

“The car is great to drive, the guys at the team are really professional and fantastic to work with. I’m sure we’re going to have a good season. It’s great to be racing in British F4 this year.”

Double R Racing enters the new British F4 season aiming for another strong year after a successful 2017, which saw the squad win five races with Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist who has stepped-up to the squad’s British Formula 3 team for 2018.

Commenting on Alvarez’s signing, Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “We’re very much looking forward to working with Sebastian, he’s a talented young driver and brings good experience from karting where he’s a championship winner already.

“British F4 is the logical first step for any driver coming out of karting and I’m sure Sebastian is going to make very strong progress throughout the season. We’re delighted to announce him as our first British F4 driver this year and looking forward to a competitive season together.”

Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent will host the opening three races of the British F4 season over the weekend 7/8 April, before visiting Donington Park in Leicestershire, Thruxton in Hampshire, Oulton Park in Cheshire and Croft in North Yorkshire.

Following a mid-summer break, the F4 British Championship resumes at Snetterton in Norfolk at the end of July before heading to Rockingham in Northamptonshire, Knockhill in Scotland and Silverstone in Northamptonshire. The series concludes at Brands Hatch, on the longer Grand Prix circuit, over the weekend 29/30 September.