DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx makes top six return with battling Croft display

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25 JUNE, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx has brought the first half of his maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign to a close with a return to the top six, as a strong race three performance provided a positive end to an otherwise challenging weekend at Croft (23/24 June).

The 1st Central Insurance driver would find himself with an uphill struggle following a difficult qualifying session on Saturday, but he responded well with some battling displays in the races to secure a hat-trick of top ten finishes.

Priaulx would produce some strong pace during an official two-day test at the circuit at the start of the month, and he further hinted at a competitive weekend ahead as he stormed to third fastest overall during the second free practice session on Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately a change in the car’s balance for qualifying the next day would stop Priaulx from maximising his potential in the session, as he came away with eighth and seventh on the grid for races one and three of the weekend, the first of which followed that afternoon.

Priaulx got a great launch off the line in his Arden Motorsport machine to rise to seventh, although it was sadly short-lived as he got run out wide across the gravel at the first corner, with the subsequent loss of momentum leaving him powerless to prevent himself dropping to tenth.

Settling into a rhythm from there, Priaulx closed onto the tail of the driver ahead and gave it everything he had to try and get the place, however despite his best efforts he would have to settle for tenth position at the chequered flag.

Some changes to the car overnight left the Guernseyman confident there would be an upturn in performance during races two and three on Sunday, both of which would take place live on ITV4 and in front of a huge trackside crowd.

Priaulx would make some strong progress in the opening race of the day as he climbed three places over the first half of the race, however following a short safety car period, he was unable to gain further ground and brought the Ravenscroft machine home in seventh.

The seventeen year old would start the final race from the same position and a brilliant start saw him move up to fifth place on the opening lap. Immediately pulling clear of the pack behind, his attention turned to challenging title contender Ayrton Simmons for fourth.

Unfortunately the introduction of the safety car slashed his near four second gap to those behind, and at the restart he soon found himself in the difficult position of trying to defend and attack at the same time as he fought with Simmons and team-mate Jack Doohan.

After losing out to Doohan, Priaulx would maintain the pressure on Simmons throughout the remainder of the race, however a clear overtaking opportunity would not present itself and he took the finish in sixth.

With an eighth top six finish of the season so far under his belt, Priaulx now heads into the championship’s mid-season summer break focused on ensuring he’s back fighting at the front of the field in the next rounds at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 28/29.

Sebastian Priaulx: “After showing so much promise in free practice on Friday it is obviously very disappointing that we couldn’t be battling at the front this weekend, but we pushed hard throughout and I’m pleased we could end on a positive note with a top six finish.

“Unfortunately the car felt different on Saturday and I couldn’t quite get to grips with it across qualifying and the first race, however the team worked hard to find a solution and it feels like we made some great progress with the car in the final race.

“The summer break has come at an ideal time for us. We want to be back fighting for podium finishes, so we’ve got five weeks until Snetterton to work with the team to ensure we have the best package possible to take into the second half of the season.”

Hauger converts pole into victory at Croft

  • Hauger and Arden win again at Croft.
  • Jewiss extends championship lead with sixth consecutive podium.
  • Doohan puts in inspired performance to clinch final podium spot with belting last corner lunge, having started from back row of the grid.

24 JUNE, 2018 – Arden and Dennis Hauger were back on the top step of the podium after a textbook win from pole position in round 15 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.

Just as he had done in the first race of the weekend, Hauger performed yet more lights-to-flag perfection to take his second win of the Croft meeting and third of the season.

The Arden racer was able to keep Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) at bay for the duration, after Jewiss had got the better of team-mate Tonteri into turn one at the start to take second.

“Our pace was really good in that race,” said a beaming Hauger. “Before the Safety Car came out I had built a gap to second, but that got wiped out so I had to do it all again.

“After the first lap I felt I had the pace to win relatively comfortably. I just focused on my driving, stayed in the zone and ended the weekend on a high.

“It’s been almost a perfect weekend with two wins and a third place. It means our championship chances are starting to look a lot better now.”

Jewiss’ second place was enough to see him extend his championship lead by a further eighth points to a tally of 57 over Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). Simmons finishing fifth after a race-long battle with Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making a welcome return towards the sharp end of the grid after a frustrating time of late.

“For me it was always going to be a tricky race to win because Dennis had two new tyres for this race,” explained Jewiss.

“As much as I would have like to have taken the win I just don’t think it was really on the cards.

“I got a good start to maximise my chances of taking a place into turn one, which I did by going down the inside of Paavo.

“I pushed as hard as I could today. We got the win earlier and I’m happy with all the points we’ve scored this weekend.

“Two second place finishes and a win is a really strong weekend. It contributes to the excellent foundation we’ve created to fight for the championship from in the second half of the season.

“It’s definitely been a pretty good first half of the season. I’ve performed well and now we can look forward to the second half of the year having pulled away in the lead of the chase for the title.”

Behind Jewiss finished Jack Doohan. The rookie secured Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team a one-three finish and a one-two in the Rookie class after an inspired drive from the final row of the grid.

Having picked up four places on the opening lap, Doohan upped the ante as he ascended through the field, particular highlights including running bravely around the outside of Hoggard and Simmons within the space of several laps.

Doohan saved the best until the very last corner of the race. Getting a better exit out of Complex and selling Tonteri a dummy into the hairpin. He switched to the Finn’s inside and planted his car on the apex to claim the corner and power towards the finish line to take a remarkable third place.

“I really had to keep my foot planted to have a chance of getting around the outside of Hoggard into turn one. I still managed to slow the car down and emerge in front. It was a really tight overtake.

“The move on Simmons was a little bit tense. I went in pretty deep, sliding around and we were side-by-side through the Jim Clark Esses and I just managed to do enough to get ahead for Sunny In.

“I was lucky to pull off the move at the end. Tonteri defended really well. He swept out to take his normal line for the final corner and I went for the gap on the inside to get third.

“It was a tough move because I had understeer through Sunny Out which I thought cost me my chance, but then I got a good exit out of Complex to set up the move.

“We definitely showed our pace today. If we had started higher up the grid this weekend, it would have been a very different story.”

Sebastian Alvarez had plenty to be pleased about at the chequer. The Double R racer recorded his best result of the season so far in seventh, ahead of the Fortec Motorsports pair of Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen who sandwiched Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) in the final classification.

However, after the race Alvarez was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage. It demoted him to ninth, promoting Hoggard and Sulaiman up to seventh and eighth respectively.

The quartet bagged points and denied Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) a top 10 finish. It was a case of what might have been for Hoggard, whose attempt to go around the outside of Simmons on the opening lap at Tower Bend saw him shuffled down the order.

A tangle between Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) at the hairpin proved the undoing of their respective races and triggered a brief Safety Car period halfway through the race, while Hampus Ericsson was also forced to retire.

Following the race Pasma was handed a 10 place grid penalty for driving in a manner not compatible with general safety. He will take the full 10 place grid drop at the next available opportunity to do so.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost now goes on its annual summer break, with action resuming in five weeks at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

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Provisional results Round 15 Croft, 24 June, 2018
14 laps / 29.75 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 55.330s / 85.24 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +1.688s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.516s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +5.854s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +8.318s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +8.530s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +13.921s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +14.920s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ* / MEX / Double R +15.264s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +16.102s etc.
* Five-second time penalty

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 22.289s / 92.96 mph

Rookie class: 1 Hauger, 2 Doohan, 3 Tonteri, 4 Alvarez

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 267 points; 2 Simmons 210; 3 Hauger 182; 4 Doohan 164; 5 Tonteri 149; 6 Priaulx 118; 7 Hoggard 112; 8 Pasma 111; 9 Skelton 55; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 269 points; 2 Doohan 264; 3 Tonteri 254; 4 Skelton 194; 5 Alvarez 125

Full results

Hauger brings home second win of the season

  • Win number two for Arden’s Dennis Hauger after race-long duel with Double R ace Kiern Jewiss.
  • Hauger makes two trips to top step of podium with fourth Rookie class win of season.
  • Patrik Pasma ensures two Arden drivers on the rostrum with third place finish.

23 JUNE, 2018 – Dennis Hauger put in an inch-perfect performance in his Arden-prepared racer to take his second win of the season in round 13 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.

Poleman Hauger withstood race long pressure from Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The pair were in a league of their own. Although less than half a second separated them as they crossed the line, there was a further 10 seconds back to the rest of the field.

“It was a hard race, but I only made one mistake in turn five and that gave Jewiss a chance to get closer,” said Hauger.

“I held my nerve and managed to keep him behind for the entire race which was great and it was fantastic to get the win.

“I got an excellent start and I hope for two more tomorrow to make my life easier in the races.

“If we can win from pole in the final race tomorrow then we can go into the summer break feeling pretty happy.

“It’s not easy to overtake here so the second race will be tricky, but well try our best.

“We were able to manage the tyres well which is encouraging and I think we can look after them well throughout the rest of the weekend.”

Added Jewiss: “I was thinking about the championship in that race. There was no point in pushing for something when perhaps the pace wasn’t quite good enough to pull off a straightforward overtake.

“We looked after the tyres well which should help us tomorrow. We’ve got to keep our nose clean and try to pick up as many points as we can.

“I was hoping we would be able to push on and create a gap back to the field. It made things easier for me as I didn’t have to worry about guys attacking from behind.”

Patrik Pasma (Arden) got the better of Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) at the start to steal third, which he held for the duration as Tonteri chased him home in fourth and picked up second in the Rookie class.

“We’re making a bit of habit of getting podiums now,” said Pasma. “I cannot be too happy with third because I want to win, but it’s still good points for the championship.

“There are two more races to go this weekend and we need to get as many points as we can and hopefully a win.

“I got past Tonteri off of the line and couldn’t quite bridge the gap to the front two.

“We need to look through the data to see where we can improve for tomorrow’s races.”

Ayrton Simmons came home in fifth which meant Jewiss extended his championship lead over the JHR Developments driver to 24 points. However, Simmons will have the chance to strike back in the second race of the weekend from which he will start on the front row, while Jewiss will set off from fifth.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) brought home sixth, which crucially earns him pole for the partially reversed grid race tomorrow, as he bids to add to his tally of two victories this season.

Elsewhere, seventh and eighth place finishes for Josh Skelton and Manuel Sulaiman respectively ensured that all JHR Developments runners finished inside the top 10.

Sebastian Priaulx got shuffled a couple of places down the order in the opening exchanges. It left him in the middle of an entertaining three-way scrap for ninth which also involved Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Ericsson and Priaulx bagged the points leaving Sharp just missing out, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing).

Jack Doohan’s (Arden) nightmare Saturday continued. Having had his chances of pole thwarted due to technical problems, further issues reared their head from the outset, forcing him to limp into the pits at the end of the opening lap.

Round 14 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at 1245 tomorrow, with the final race of the weekend kicking off at 1600. Both will be screened live on ITV4.

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Provisional results Round 13 Croft, 23 June, 2018
15 laps / 31.87 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 33.175s / 93.05 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.489s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +10.315s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +14.248s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +15.223s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.505s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +19.735s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +20.278s
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +22.473s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +22.601s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 21.566s / 93.79 mph

Rookie class: 1 Hauger, 2 Tonteri, 3 Skelton, 4 Alvarez

Grid for Round 14: Hoggard – Simmons – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Hauger – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson – Priaulx etc.

Round 15 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hauger – Tonteri – Jewiss – Pasma – Simmons – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 224 points; 2 Simmons 200; 3 Hauger 142; 4 Doohan 137; 5 Pasma 120; 6 Tonteri 119; =7 Hoggard 104; =7 Priaulx 104; 9 Skelton 45; 10 Ericsson 44 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 231 points; 2 Hauger 226; 3 Tonteri 214; 4 Skelton 182; 5 Alvarez 103

Full results

Hauger and Arden double up in Croft British F4 qualifying

  • Hauger takes double pole for second time this season.
  • Double R Racing’s Jewiss and Tonteri within touching distance of Hauger’s pole time.

23 JUNE, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger took a superb double pole position in qualifying at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, after an incredibly close shootout with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Hauger carried plenty of momentum into the session on the back of his timesheet topping performance in free practice two yesterday and excelled around the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire circuit. He claimed pole by 0.038s from Jewiss, with Tonteri only 0.019s further adrift.

Hauger married speed with consistency out on track, his second-fastest time of the session just 0.006s slower than his best. It underlined the Norwegian’s excellent pace and ensured he will start from pole in round 15.

“It’s great that we will start from pole for two races this weekend,” said Hauger. “My lap times were really consistent throughout the session so that’s a really good sign for the races. The car feels really good.

“We’ve got the momentum and we’ve got to keep pushing. It was great to get my first win two weeks ago, but now we want more.

“I’ve had pretty good starts throughout the season so hopefully we can get more good starts this weekend and pull away at the front.”

Tonteri looked set for second, but for a late flyer from Jewiss earned the championship leader a front row grid slot for round 13. However, Tonteri was the quickest of the pair based on second-fastest times and will start alongside poleman Hauger in the final race of the weekend.

“It was a really close fight in qualifying and it will be in the races,” said Jewiss. “It’s so close between the top three.

“We made a bit of a step in sector three thanks to our work overnight, but there is still a little more to find.

“We need to get a really good start and manage the cold tyres better than the others to take advantage at the beginning.

“If I cannot get by Hauger at the start it’s going to be a close race with me sat behind him, trying to fashion an overtake as the race progresses.”

Added Tonteri: “I’m happy with the performance in qualifying, but obviously would have liked to get pole.

“I had traffic on my best lap which didn’t help, but that’s the way it goes sometimes and I’m now really looking forward to the races.

“I think it will be a good fight between all of us at the front. The car feels really good and we are quick here.

“My starts have been getting better during the season so hopefully we can have good ones here.

“I like this circuit. It’s a difficult track but at the same time it’s really fun to drive.”

Patrik Pasma (Arden) netted the final spot on the second row and with it every chance to fight for top honours this weekend, having recorded a time just a couple of tenths off of team-mate Hauger.

Ayrton Simmons bounced back from a quiet Friday free practice after a bold setup change ahead of qualifying. His and the team’s brave decision paid off, Simmons catapulting up the order in the closing stages to secure fifth on the grid.

Johnathan Hoggard wound up sandwiched between JHR Developments duo Simmons and Josh Skelton on the timesheet in sixth, while Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) landed eighth and ninth place grid slots for round 13.

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) will line up 10th, but felt he was capable of more if he had been able to get the tyres at their peak.

Free practice pacesetter Jack Doohan (Arden) endured a nightmare qualifying session. The Aussie was left beleaguered in the pits due to a technical problem for over half of proceedings and unable to fight for pole.

“After free practice we thought it was going to be a very strong weekend for us, but unfortunately qualifying has changed the complexion of the weekend a bit,” said Doohan.

“We’ll keep pushing though and try to turn things around.

“Race two will be key for us. If we can get the reverse grid pole that would be great and what we’ll be aiming for so we can really fight for the win.”

The first race of the weekend follows at 1445.

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Provisional qualifying times Croft, 23 June, 2018

Round 13 grid order
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.001
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.039
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.058
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.238
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:21.304
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:21.501
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:21.521
8 Sebastian PRIUALX / GBR / Arden 1:21.531
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.614
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.711 etc.

Round 15 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hauger – Tonteri – Jewiss – Pasma – Simmons – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson etc.

Full times

Clean sweep for Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team as Doohan and Hauger top Croft free practice

  • Doohan quickest in free practice one and overall, as Hauger tops second session.
  • Jewiss not far behind with the top three covered by just over a tenth of a second and the leading six drivers separated by only three tenths.

22 JUNE, 2018 – Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team made it a clean sweep in free practice at Croft ahead of this weekend’s rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, as Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger topped free practice one and two respectively.

At the end the day it was 15-year-old Doohan fastest overall. The Aussie’s best lap around the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track came in the morning and was a tenth of a second quicker than Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The latter splitting the Arden pair courtesy of his best effort in free practice one, with Hauger only 0.044s further back on the combined classification.

Doohan shone in testing at Croft earlier this the month and picked up where he left off, looking comfortable behind the wheel as he pushed the limits out on track.

Hauger appeared equally impressive, bouncing back well from a technical gremlin which hindered him in the morning session to set the pace in the afternoon.

“This morning I was able to go quickest on the new tyre,” said Doohan. “There was still a little bit of work to do on older tyres so we were trying some things to find some race pace in the afternoon, but that meant we didn’t show the same kind of pace on the new tyre.

“All in all, it’s been a good day because when you look at the whole picture we’ve now found good pace on both new and old tyres.

“We know where we can improve ahead of qualifying so we should be on for a good result.

“We’re not as quick as we were in testing at the beginning of June because we were first out this morning and had to clear all the dust off the circuit and then as the day progressed the temperature got much hotter.

“It’s great to have both Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team cars at the top, although obviously I always want to be the quickest out of the two of us! We want to get a fantastic team result this weekend and that all starts with performing well in qualifying.

“The Croft track is one of the most abrasive surfaces on the calendar and that kind of surface suits my driving so it’s definitely a circuit I like. It’s very technical and difficult. There’s little room for error and it’s a track I have clicked with.”

Added Hauger: “In free practice one we lacked a little bit of speed because of a technical problem, but thankfully we had another session to play with and show that we have really good pace which we can hopefully carry into qualifying.

“There are lots of different corner types here which makes the circuit very interesting and it also really punishes you even if you make just a tiny error.

“We were up there in testing when we came here earlier this month so hopefully we can get a strong team result.

“There are small details we can work on tonight so that we can find even more pace.”

Meanwhile, championship leader Jewiss looks set to be a major player once again despite not feeling completely at one with the circuit at this early stage in weekend.

“It was a pretty tough day for us,” explained Jewiss. “We’re just missing a little bit in sector three. We need to work hard on it overnight. I cannot quite get my head around it at the moment, but we’ll analyse all the data we’ve got and see what happens tomorrow.

“We’ve made a step forward with the car and my driving since the test here earlier in the month so that’s all positive. If we can get on top of sector three then we might end up with a tenth on the rest of the field.

“It feels good coming into the weekend leading the championship, but I want to leave here still leading it and finish the season on top too!”

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard made a strong start to proceedings. Third fastest in free practice one and fourth overall, setting the double race winner up for what should be a fruitful weekend.

Flying Finn’s Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) continue to be on front-running pace and wound up fifth and sixth on the timesheet, only two tenths adrift of top spot.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Priaulx looks like he’s going to be back in the mix for top honours this weekend after a solid day’s running, just three tenths off of team-mate Doohan’s best.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) pipped compatriot Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) to eighth by a mere 0.032s, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top 10 ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and second-place man in the standings Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).

Official qualifying is scheduled for 1050 on Saturday. The first of the Croft weekend’s three races is set to follow at 1445. Rounds 14 and 15 of the season will take place as 1245 and 1600 respectively, with both to be screened live on ITV4.

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Free practice times Croft, 22 June, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:21.124 / 1:21.652
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.241 / 1:21.425
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.484 / 1:21.285
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:21.329 / 1:21.744
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.333 / 1:22.090
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.337 / 1:21.839
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:21.426 / 1:21.469
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.719 / 1:22.759
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:21.893 / 1:22.287
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:22.217 / 1:21.881 etc.

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Hauger takes maiden British F4 win following Jewiss penalty

  • Hauger scores his first single-seater win after enthralling battle with Jewiss.
  • Jewiss finishes first on road, but demoted to second after being handed three second time penalty.
  • Jewiss takes championship lead despite penalty.

9 JUNE, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger took his maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in round 10 of the season, after an enthralling race-long battle with Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing). The latter finished first on the road, but was demoted to second following a three second time penalty.

A slow getaway for poleman Jewiss saw him jumped off the line by Hauger and Patrik Pasma.

Jewiss responded immediately by getting back past Pasma and then set about hustling Hauger for the lead.

Hauger did brilliantly to keep the faster Jewiss behind. The Norwegian positioning his Red Bull liveried, Ford EcoBoost-powered racer expertly around the Cheshire circuit.

However, on the penultimate lap of the race the pair made contact at Island Bend. Both managed to continue on their way to the chequered flag largely unscathed, Jewiss leading Hauger home.

Following the race, Jewiss was handed a three second time penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety as a result of the incident. The penalty promoted Dennis Hauger to race winner, with Jewiss dropping back to second.

“It feels really good to finally get this win,” said Hauger. “We’ve been waiting for this win for such a long time.

“It’s a little bit of shame that we got it this way, but I cannot deny how happy I am with the result in the end. Now we’ve got to take this momentum into tomorrow.

“In qualifying this season we’ve been in the top three almost every session so the speed has always been there.

“Then it has been about building up the experience in the races. This win just reinforces the fact that we are up there and that we will only get better as the year progresses.

“Finally getting this win is such a good feeling after winning on track at Donington Park and getting a penalty, and then at Thruxton leading until the last corner. The luck has not been with us so far this season, but it is hopefully with us now.”

Despite the penalty Jewiss’ second place finish was still enough to see him take the championship lead, outscoring Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) by 10 points and overturning a five point deficit coming into the weekend.

Further consolation for Jewiss came in the form of fastest lap, with a time of 1m 22.939s which was 0.041s quicker than his pole time.

“At the end of the day it’s only a few points we dropped because of the penalty,” said Jewiss. “We’ve still taken the lead in the championship.

“Simmons starts on pole for tomorrow’s first race so I’m expecting to probably lose the championship lead, but then I start the last race from pole when I intend to get it back.

“Overall it was a good race and the car was brilliant. I think me being in this Double R-prepared car is the quickest combination on the grid at the moment.

“At the start I probably had the clutch a bit too high which meant the car was close to rolling forward. I was wary of getting a false start so I dropped the clutch down, as well as the throttle and that left me slow off the line.

“The reverse grid race will be about damage limitation and then the last race of the weekend I need to get a better start and maximise the opportunity to win.”

Fast-starting Pasma came home in third. His second podium of the season. He was made to work had for it though after a dice with Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) in what was an entertaining battle of the Finns.

“I tried to get into first place at the start, but there wasn’t enough room so I had to back off and settle for second,” explained Pasma. “Jewiss then overtook me and after that I couldn’t quite keep up with the pace of the front two.

“My pace improved as the race went on though and I was able to close the gap to the front which was encouraging.

“I think we will have two better races tomorrow. It was also nice to win the battle in the “Finnish championship” in the race today with Tonteri. It’s always good fun racing with him.”

Jack Doohan (Arden) and Simmons did well to pick up a couple of places from their grid positions to finish fifth and sixth respectively. The sixth place proving particularly crucial for Simmons because it earns him pole for the partially-reversed grid race tomorrow.

Behind Simmons came the Fortec Motorsports’ duo of Hampus Ericsson and Johnathan Hoggard, while Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) completed the top 10.

It was a luckless opening race of the weekend for home hero Jamie Sharp. The Sharp Motorsport racer ended up in the barrier at Cascades on lap seven.

Round 11 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at 1300 tomorrow and will be broadcast live on ITV4, with the final race of the weekend kicking off at 1745.

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Provisional results Round 10 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 21m 04.707s / 95.04 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS* / GBR / Double R +0.791s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.399s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +4.926s
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.514s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +8.153s
7 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +8.699s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +9.267s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.939s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.039s etc.
*Three second time penalty

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 22.939s / 96.62 mph

Rookie class: 1 Hauger, 2 Tonteri, 3 Doohan, 4 Skelton, 5 Alvarez

Grid for Round 11: Simmons – Doohan – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Hauger – Ericsson – Hoggard – Sulaiman – Priaulx etc.

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 166 points; 2 Simmons 161; 3 Doohan 111; 4 Priaulx 101; 5 Hauger 99; 6 Hoggard 90; 7 Tonteri 80; 8 Pasma 77; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 30 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 191 points; 2 Hauger 168; 3 Tonteri 153; 4 Skelton 143; 5 Alvarez 71

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Doohan and Arden top the times on day two at Croft

  • Doohan gets the better of afternoon pacesetter Hauger by just 0.003s.
  • Top six drivers covered by only 0.220s over two days of testing.

5 JUNE, 2018 – Jack Doohan and Arden set the pace on day two of official testing at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having missed out on topping day one of the test by 0.006s, Doohan went one better on the final day at the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track.

Just as he had done on day one, he recorded the quickest time of anybody in the morning session with a lap of 1m 20.801s. On this occasion however it proved unbeaten for the remainder of the day’s running, albeit by a very small margin as Dennis Hauger lapped within 0.003s of his Arden team-mate in the afternoon.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) recorded the fourth fastest time to split the Double R pair of Paavo Tonteri and Kiern Jewiss in the combined classification for Tuesday.

Tonteri and Jewiss’ Tuesday efforts, as well as Hauger’s, ensured that the trio joined Ayrton Simmons, Doohan and Hoggard in the 1m 20s bracket. The six drivers separated by little more than a couple of tenths over two days.

No driver was able to better the time recorded by Simmons on day one – a lap of 1m 20.727s. The championship leader was not in attendance for the second day of testing, along with JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton, as well as Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Christian Lester (Rosso Verde Racing).

Behind Jewiss on the Tuesday timesheets could be found Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx and Patrik Pasma. Priaulx the only driver to hit a century of laps.

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) wound up eighth and ninth. Meanwhile, JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman spent a significant chunk of the afternoon session at the top of the times and denied Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen a spot in the top 10.

Attention now turns to this weekend (9/10 June), when the next rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at Oulton Park.

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Testing times Croft, 5 June, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.801 / 1:20.808
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:20.880 / 1:20.804
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:20.868 / 1:21.302
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:20.937 / 1:21.820
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.061 / 1:20.947
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:21.157 / 1:21.014
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.079 / 1:21.069
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.349 / 1:21.776
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:21.375 / 1:21.885
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.524 / 1:21.466 etc.

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Simmons edges out Doohan on day one of Croft test

  • Little to separate pacesetters on day one of Croft test, as championship leader Ayrton Simmons gets the better of Jack Doohan by a mere 0.006s.

4 JUNE, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments edged out Jack Doohan and Arden on day one of a two day test at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The pair were consistently quick throughout the day’s running, Simmons once again showcasing the front-running pace which sees him currently leading the championship.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Junior Team driver Doohan picked up where he left off just over two weeks ago when he claimed his maiden single-seater win at Thruxton.

Doohan got the better of Simmons in the morning session, beating him to the top of the times by just 0.013s. He looked set to finish the afternoon quickest too, only for Simmons to pump in a 1m 20.727s lap with little more than five minutes on the clock to go 0.006s clear of the Aussie.

Johnathan Hoggard wasn’t far behind, finding plenty of pace in the afternoon to lap just a tenth adrift and become one of only three drivers to break the 1m 21s barrier.

The Fortec Motorsports driver ended up ahead of Thruxton double race winner Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), with Dennis Hauger just 0.009s shy of Jewiss.

Hauger’s team-mate Patrik Pasma wound up seventh, while Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) split the Arden duo.

Behind Pasma on the timesheet could be found fellow flying Finn Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing), with Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) completing the top 10.

Of note was the official testing debut of Christian Lester and Rosso Verde Racing, as part of an acclimatisation process with a view to entering the F4 British Championship in future.

Testing at Croft resumes tomorrow, before the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heads to Oulton Park for the upcoming rounds of the season on 9/10 June.

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Testing times Croft, 4 June, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:20.955 / 1:20.727
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.942 / 1:20.733
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:22.163 / 1:20.831
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.421 / 1:21.001
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.049 / 1:21.010
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.627 / 1:21.114
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.356 / 1:21.157
8 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.550 / 1:21.222
9 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:22.255 / 1:21.274
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.588 / 1:21.280 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Damage limitation for Sebastian Priaulx during bruising Thruxton weekend

Supplied by driver’s PR.

21 MAY, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx salvaged some crucial championship points from the latest rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton this past weekend (19/20 May) after seeing contact derail his challenge in both of the opening two races.

The 1st Central Insurance supported driver secured a best finish of sixth position over the course of rounds seven, eight and nine in Hampshire, with two more top ten finishes ensuring he ended the weekend only one point shy of the championship top three.

The annual visit to the fastest circuit in the UK provides some unique challenges for drivers and teams, with a single free practice session on Friday afternoon allowing Priaulx to get reacquainted with the 2.36 mile circuit in his Arden Motorsport machine.

Unfortunately some brake problems in that session would put the Guernseyman firmly on the backfoot heading into the weekend, which would show in qualifying as a frustrating session saw him end up eleventh on the grid for races one and three.

The opening race of the weekend that afternoon would start in nightmare fashion for the Ravenscroft backed racer. A brilliant launch off the line propelled him into a gap between the two drivers in front, however there was contact.

Priaulx was left with a broken front wing and therefore had to pit for a replacement, which left him in a distant eleventh position when he returned to the action. With no-one to battle with on track, it was a lonely drive to an eventual finish of tenth place.

The seventeen year old headed into Sunday determined to bounce back strongly in races two and three, both of which were televised live on ITV4, and a strong start to the second race saw him rise from tenth to seventh on the opening lap alone.

Following a short safety car period, Priaulx’s challenge for the front would sadly unravel when a move from another driver heading through the complex sent him spinning down to the rear of the field in eleventh place.

Fortunately the reappearance of the safety car shortly after allowed him to close onto the back of the pack, and from there a strong fightback saw him rise to seventh position at the chequered flag – a confidence boosting result heading into race three.

Priaulx would produce his best performance of the weekend in the final encounter, with a mature, calculated drive seeing him overcome some continued issues with the car to climb from eleventh on the grid to a seventh top six finish of the season so far.

The weekend’s results have maintained Priaulx’s position in the top four of the championship standings heading into the fourth meeting of the season at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire in three weeks’ time (09/10 June).

Sebastian Priaulx: “It’s been a really tough weekend and it quickly became apparent that it was a case of damage limitation and trying to come away with as many championship points as possible, so I was satisfied to get three top ten finishes in the end.

“We just didn’t have the performance in the car over the weekend that we expected, which meant I never really got the chance to attack in the races, but I gave it my all and I feel sixth place in race three was a solid way to end the weekend.

“Myself and the Arden Motorsport team both want to win, so we’re going to be working hard to find and solve the problems ahead of Oulton Park, so we can get back on-form and be battling at the front of the field once again.”

Super rookie Jack Doohan scores maiden British F4 win

  • Doohan and Arden bounce back from race two heartbreak to win in style.
  • Victory sees Doohan win £5,000 Ford Super Rookie Award.
  • Simmons finishes second to regain championship lead.

20 MAY, 2018 – Jack Doohan and Arden bounced back brilliantly to win round nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton. It was a masterful performance just hours after victory in round eight slipped through Doohan’s fingers on the final lap.

Starting second on the grid, Doohan – son of five-time 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan – got the better of poleman Dennis Hauger on the exit of Club chicane at the end of lap five. Once out in front the Red Bull Junior Team driver pulled away with aplomb, looking absolutely flawless out front on the way to the chequered flag.

Doohan had even more reason to celebrate thanks to winning the Ford Super Rookie Award which sees him leave Thruxton with £5,000 in prize money as the first Rookie class driver to win a race overall this season.

“Race two was so disappointing for us,” said Doohan. “We should have won that race too, but we bounced back, did a similar job to race two and got away from the pack.

“I tried to do the best I could every lap. Just pushing to the maximum, going as fast as possible to escape down the road.

“I knew I had the pace, so I was calm about making my move for the lead and pulled it off at the right time.

“I’m really happy with this result. To have my team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger on the podium with me means it’s a great end to the weekend for us.

“This win is just the start. Anything is possible. We’ve got to keep pushing so we can try to win the title.

“It’s really special to win the Ford Super Rookie Award as well. I’m delighted to come away with such a lucrative prize which I can put towards my racing.”

Behind Doohan it was far from calm on track as a host of drivers jostled for second place. Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) came out on top in an epic battle with Arden’s Hauger and Patrik Pasma, as well as Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The quartet swapped positions on countless occasions and thrilled the bumper trackside crowd.

Simmons’ second place means he has regained the lead in the standings from the weekend’s double winner Jewiss. The pair separated by just five points heading into the Oulton Park meeting in three weeks.

“I’m happy with this result and to leave here still leading the championship,” said Simmons. “I think Jack deserved the win after what happened to him in the previous race.

“I had to settle for second because he was miles ahead. It was such an intense race and I’m exhausted.

“I feel like I deserve a holiday after that race. It was a lot of fun out there though. Every time we come here it’s always about battling everywhere, every lap. It’s so exciting.

“I thought I got to the front of the pack too early, but I didn’t want to give up the position and had a really intense 10 minutes of defensive driving.”

Added third place man Hauger: “We should have had a win in race one. We deserved it. Then in the second race this weekend the pace wasn’t quite there because we were on the back foot as a result of repairing the car from the off in race one.

“I cannot be disappointed with the final race though. It was such a huge fight to get on the podium. It was really close racing up against drivers with a lot more experience than me at a track where it’s really tough.

“I come away from here having learnt so much and I need to now take what I have learnt this weekend to Oulton Park.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky so far this season. We should have had at least two wins already, but hopefully the luck will change for us and results will start to go our away because we’ve certainly got the pace.”

Sebastian Priaulx put in an excellent recovery drive to salvage more points from what has been a frustrating weekend for the Arden driver. Having started the race 11th, he made another excellent getaway and climbed up to sixth place and ahead of Josh Skelton.

JHR Developments driver Skelton was another who caught the eye on track, making plenty of progress from 12th on the grid to finish seventh ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing).

Despite finishing fifth on the road Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was relegated to 11th as a result of a 10-second penalty for an out of position start, which meant he just missed out on the final points paying position which went to Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen.

Team-mate Johnathan Hoggard’s race was ruined as a result of damage from contact. It forced him to take to the pits and finish in 13th behind Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing).

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 9 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.69 miles
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 20m 06.458s / 112.48 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +6.733s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.696s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +7.854s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.232s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +9.768s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +10.112s
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +11.738s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +13.791s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +15.633s etc.

Fastest lap: Skelton 1m 12.055s / 117.71 mph

Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Skelton, 4 Tonteri, 5 Alvarez

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 153 points; 2 Jewiss 148; 3 Doohan 101; 4 Priaulx 100; 5 Hoggard 86; 6 Hauger 74; 7 Tonteri 68; 8 Pasma 62; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 24 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 176 points; 2 Hauger 143; 3 Tonteri 135; 4 Skelton 131; 5 Alvarez 61

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