Season Review: Jewiss triumphant as Ford’s winning formula continues to excel

The 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost yet again underlined the strength of Ford’s winning formula with another action-packed campaign courtesy of the latest crop of rising stars.

Thirty races played out across ten events on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package to a capacity trackside audience and millions more through ITV’s live, free-to-air television coverage, with the ‘Green Arrow’ – Kiern Jewiss – seizing the opportunity to claim the title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The triumph – also Double R Racing’s first in the category – was boosted by five race victories for Jewiss in as many meetings before the summer break, and a consistent, mature approach to maintain his advantage thereafter as he amassed 445 points – a record for a single season.

It also leaves the BRDC Rising Star with 12 vital FIA Super License Points – more than the equivalent success in any domestic F3 series – as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Lando Norris and use British F4 as the start of a journey to Formula 1.

Though chief title rival Ayrton Simmons would strike first blood with a brace of wins at the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser, Jewiss’ first victory in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned F4 series – a superlative drive through the field – followed soon after at Donington Park and ignited a fierce, season-long battle between the pair and another returnee, Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard.

Two wins at Thruxton and further visits to the top step of the rostrum at Oulton Park and Croft paved the way for Jewiss’ success, but a late-season charge from Hoggard – in which he won 6 of the final 12 races – rewarded him with third overall behind Simmons and Jewiss.

Hoggard’s speed was also underlined with five pole positions – the most for any driver – but ultimately a mid-season run of 13 races without silverware proved crucial in the battle for the honours.

Sixth position in the opening race at the Brands Hatch GP finale proved enough for Jewiss, who would record a sixth win of the season later that weekend to round out a fantastic campaign in style.

All in all, eight drivers enjoyed a trip to the Winner’s Circle across the campaign, including Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, two Arden-run Red Bull Junior Team racers who provided a thrilling scrap for the coveted Rookie Cup title.

Just a single point split the pair in the overall standings at the end of the season, and a mere 15 divided them in the Rookie class, sharing 20 of the 30 victories between themselves.

They largely dominated the top step of the rostrum in the middle of the campaign, with Doohan’s breakthrough success in the finale at Thruxton setting the trend before victories for Hauger at Oulton Park and Croft, then both shared the spotlight at Snetterton.

Several podium finishes eventually gave way to victories for “Flying Finns” Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri, whilst Sebastian Priaulx bookended a positive start to life in single-seaters with a win apiece on each Brands Hatch circuit layout, and claimed six podium finishes besides.

JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaimán was an ever-present in the top ten across the campaign but couldn’t build on his breakthrough podium in 2017, whilst new team mate Josh Skelton laid the foundations for future success, including a Rookie Cup triumph at Rockingham, and rounded out the top ten in the points.

A mere 25 points – equivalent to a single race win – split the drivers occupying 11th to 14th overall, with Hampus Ericsson eventually emerging ahead of promising rookie Sebastian Alvarez, the ever-improving Jamie Sharp and Lucca Allen.

2019 already promises to be an equally-successful 52nd year at the forefront of junior single seater racing for Ford, with returning entries Carlin and Richardson Racing set to return alongside the usual suspects to produce another captivating season of wheel-to-wheel action.

Maiden win for flying Finn Tonteri

  • Brave move into turn one tees up Tonteri for fantastic first single-seater win.
  • Priaulx and Simmons double up with podium finishes on the day.

28 JULY, 2018 – At the 17th time of asking Infinity Sports Management-backed rising star Paavo Tonteri claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Starting from the front row, Tonteri’s daring overtake around the outside of poleman and Double R Racing team-mate Sebastian Alvarez into turn one proved decisive.

Out in front the Finn withstood pressure from Sebastian Priaulx and Ayrton Simmons, the trio matching each other for pace throughout.

“It feels really good to finally win,” said a beaming Tonteri. “It has been a long time coming.

“I had a number of different scenarios in my mind regarding how the run down to turn one would go.

“I got away quite well and managed to pull off the move around the outside which is not something that happens too often at this track.

“I built a good gap at the start and just tried to maintain it from there. I felt comfortable in the lead and was just counting the laps down.

“At the top part of the standings coming into the weekend I was the only driver without a win so now it feels so good to have that win to my name.”

Added Priaulx: “It’s always good to be on the podium twice in one day. It would have been nice to get the win in that one, but our pace was so similar. Both Paavo and Ayrton did a great job.

“At the start I got down the inside, which set me up well for turn two to pick up some places and that provided the foundation for my race.

“I would love to have a clean sweep of podiums for the weekend, but we’ll take tomorrow as it comes and try to maximise the opportunities in the race.”

Commented Simmons: “It’s another great haul of points for the championship. I got a good start and managed to get past Alvarez into the second corner.

“It was quite a relaxed race from there. I tried to push as much as I could to catch Priaulx, but the top three were evenly matched in terms of pace.

“It feels good to close the gap in the championship. The team have done an exceptional job to bounce back from the difficulties on Friday. I’m really happy with how today has gone and let’s see what we can achieve tomorrow.”

Priaulx made plenty of headway in the opening exchanges to climb up to second place from fifth, while Simmons followed him past Doohan. The latter in thick of the action for much of the race, but ultimately relegated down the order due to having to pit as a result of front wing damage. A similar fate befell JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman.

Championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had plenty to do from the penultimate row of the grid and rose to the challenge by carving his way up to fourth place. The pick of his overtakes a dive around the outside of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) on lap seven at Riches.

Sharp’s opening lap was pure brilliance, as the Rochdale racer flew up the order from ninth to fourth and found himself locked in battle with the likes of Jewiss and Doohan for much of the race. However, a wide moment and spin at Wilson in the closing stages saw him miss out on what would have been his best result of the season.

Patrik Pasma got the better of Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger to take fifth. The latter bouncing back from a five-place grid penalty which left him starting the race from 11th, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) wound up seventh and eighth respectively.

Alvarez’s race was thwarted by an off on the opening lap. The Mexican doing well to salvage ninth ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) who claimed his ninth top-10 finish of the season.

The final race of the weekend is set to get underway at 1430 tomorrow and will be screened live on ITV4. Poleman Pasma will want to emulate fellow flying Finn Tonteri by scoring his first win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 17 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 20m 56.062s / 93.60 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.780s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.634s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.230s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.240s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.137s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +18.728s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.279s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.527s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 23.011s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 52.773s / 94.77 mph

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

Round 18 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Hoggard – Doohan – Hauger – Tonteri – Priaulx – Alvarez – Skelton etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 240; 3 Hauger 215; 4 Tonteri 184; 5 Doohan 176; 6 Priaulx 154; 7 Hoggard 120; 8 Pasma 118; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 312 points; 2 Tonteri 294; 3 Doohan 292; 4 Skelton 219; 5 Alvarez 149

Full results

Hauger leads Arden one-two finish at Snetterton

  • Hauger makes it four wins for the season.
  • Priaulx back on the podium for first time since April.
  • Simmons scores third place to close gap to championship leader Jewiss who finishes outside the points.

28 JULY, 2018 – Dennis Hauger took an excellent fourth win of the season in round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost and led home an Arden one-two with Sebastian Priaulx finishing second.

Having started from the front row of the grid, Hauger was embroiled in the skirmish for victory from the outset, battling it out with poleman Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), as well as the Double R pair of Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri, plus Arden team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Jack Doohan.

Jewiss’ bid for the win came undone on lap three when hunting down Simmons for first place, having got the better of Hauger after the latter attempted to pass Simmons on lap two.

As Jewiss sized up Simmons, there was contact with Hauger behind which sent Jewiss into a spin and down the order. It left the championship leader coming home in 12th with fastest lap his only consolation.

Simmons looked his usual calm and collected self despite pressure from Hauger behind, but dust kicked up by a car running wide hindered his vision and Red Bull Junior Hauger boldly passed Simmons for the lead. Priaulx also snuck through to take second, having expertly worked his way up through the order from seventh.

“It’s great to be back on the top step of the podium immediately after the Croft meeting when we won twice,” said Hauger.

“I think it was a good race with a lot of things happening out on track. I just had to try to stay calm.

“Simmons was slower through turn one at one point so I managed to squeeze past to take the lead.

“It’s always tough to pass Ayrton so I was pleased to take advantage when I could and take maximum points with the championship leader finishing outside the top-10.”

Added Priaulx: “Everything seemed to fall into place in that race.

“We didn’t make use of our new tyres because of where we were starting from, but I still had great race pace.

“I’m happy to be back on the podium. It’s been a while so it’s great to be fighting at the front again.

“I’ve got new tyres for the next race so I’m looking forward to what’s ahead this weekend. We can achieve more great results.”

“I was a bit unlucky once out in the lead,” explained Simmons. “Someone ran wide in turn one and kicked up a load of dust. I was the first driver to go through it and before I knew it Dennis was alongside me.

“I lost my left mirror which made things pretty interesting, but still managed to bring home good points.

“It would have been better to get the 25 points which I think we deserved, but it’s good to take 15 points out of Jewiss’ championship lead.”

Just missing out on a podium spot was Doohan, who had pulled off a brilliant move earlier in the race. The Aussie squeezing past Priaulx at Murrays. He chased down Simmons until the chequer, the pair seemingly inseparable and Simmons doing well to keep Doohan at bay.

Paavo Tonteri came home fifth and was the highest placed Double R runner, while team-mate Sebastian Alvarez followed him home in sixth to record his best result of the season ahead of Patrik Pasma who picked up several spots on his way to seventh.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) had to settle for eighth, having been shuffled down the order, with Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) in ninth and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) making a welcome return to the top-10 for the first time since the Thruxton meeting in May.

After the race Hauger was handed a five-place grid penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, meaning an 11th place grid slot for round 17.

Manuel Sulaiman was also handed a five-place grid penalty for the same infringement and it will be taken at the next available opportunity in which the full penalty can be applied.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 16 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 53.819s / 93.76 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.413s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +5.245s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.573s
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +7.391s
6 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +9.290s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.956s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +11.078s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +13.023s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +16.343s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 52.053s / 95.38 mph

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

Full results

Simmons on pole after Pasma penalty

  • Pasma quickest in qualifying, but penalty sees Simmons take pole for round 16.
  • Pasma on pole for round 18 courtesy of quickest second-fastest lap.

28 JULY, 2018 – Arden’s Patrik Pasma was quickest in qualifying at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, but Ayrton Simmons will start from pole in round 16 due to Pasma taking a 10 place grid penalty handed to him at Croft.

Pasma just got the better of JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons on the timesheet, both drivers putting in excellent qualifying performances. The latter looked likely to take his fourth pole of the season, but Pasma’s flyer in the closing stages just bettered his time. A lap of 1m 51.266s left the pair separated by only 0.009s at the end of proceedings.

“It wasn’t a perfect lap, but it was still good enough for P1,” said Pasma. “We now need to concentrate on the races. It’s going to be a busy day. We need to keep our heads down and work hard.

“I was second-last with about 10 minutes left on the clock, but I stayed calm. We didn’t have many laps, but the laps we did get were excellent.

“Our race pace is looking strong so I go into the races with plenty of confidence this weekend.”

“I went off on my last lap after working out where I could improve on the previous lap,” added Simmons. “I tried to go flat in turn one, but it didn’t quite work out.

“It’s an amazing result to have qualified on the front row considering where we were yesterday. We were very much on the back foot due to technical problems. The team have done fantastic work.

“Starting at the front is good, but obviously we want to win so there’s still work to be done in the race.

“There’s a little bit of a gap to Jewiss at the top of the standings, but qualifying ahead of him is a good start and now we need to make sure we outscore him in the race.”

Dennis Hauger (Arden) was quickest rookie and will start on the front row following Pasma’s penalty. Meanwhile, championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had to settle for a second row grid slot, citing the windy conditions as having hampered his performance.

Jack Doohan (Arden) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) set identical lap times and completed the quintet all within four tenths of Pasma’s pole lap.

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) netted sixth on the grid ahead of Friday afternoon pacesetter Sebastian Priaulx (Arden), as well as Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments), Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) who completed the top-10.

The first race of the weekend follows at 1400 with race two at 1625.

Provisional qualifying times Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
1 Patrik PASMA* / FIN / Arden 1:51.266
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:51.275
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:51.567
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:51.569
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden 1:51.594
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:51.594
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:51.840
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.024
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.250
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:52.272 etc.
*10-place grid penalty

Round 18 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Hoggard – Doohan – Hauger – Tonteri – Priaulx – Alvarez – Skelton etc.

Full times

Lights-to-flag win for Ford EcoBoost-powered Simmons at Oulton Park

  • Simmons back on the top step of the podium for the first time since season opening weekend.
  • Doohan, Jewiss and Tonteri chase Simmons home in four-way fight for the lead.
  • Doohan takes fifth Rookie class win of the year.

10 JUNE, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons regained the lead of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost by winning round 11 of the season at Oulton Park.

The JHR Developments racer pulled off an inch-perfect lights-to-flag victory. It was his third win of 2018 and the first since his emphatic double in the season opener at Brands Hatch.

Simmons was made to work hard for victory. Jack Doohan started alongside him on the front row and looked to steal the lead on the run down to turn one. Simmons kept the Aussie at bay. He then had to contend with the Arden racer in his mirrors for the duration of the race, with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri also in tow, making it a four-way fight for the lead.

“It’s nice to be back on top,” said Simmons. “I was under a lot of pressure from Doohan and Jewiss and was striggling with the rear of the car, but I managed to bring it home.

“It’s so hot today so you’re always mindful of looking after the car when you can and that was an additional factor in the race.

“Hopefully we’ve made a step forward with the car in terms of pace since qualifying and we can perform well in the final race of the weekend.”

Jewiss wasted no time in making progress up the order from fifth on the grid. A perfectly judged move down the inside of Pasma on the opening lap at Lodge Corner saw him move up to fourth and third soon followed with a lunge down the inside of team-mate Tonteri into Old Hall.

Doohan’s second place finish secured him the Rookie class win. His fifth of the season. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Paavo Tonteri scored second in class and came out on top in the battle of the flying Finn’s with Patrik Pasma. Reversing the result of round 10 yesterday.

“It was a really tough race, but a lot of fun,” said Doohan. “At the start of the race I got a bollard stuck in my nosecone and lost a bit of ground around turn seven, but fortunately the bollard fell off my car on the next lap.

“I was able to start putting in some good lap times and keep Kiern Jewiss at bay. I didn’t quite have the pace to overtake Simmons and you need to have quite a sizeable pace advantage around here to pull off a move because it’s so hard to pass.

“I knew that it if it was tough for me to overtake then it would be tough for Kiern to overtake so I just focused on driving as best I could and making the least amount of mistakes possible.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but I’m pleased with this second place. The aim was to try to get the lead at the start because I knew if I got into the lead it would be very difficult to pass, just as Ayrton showed in that race.

“We were struggling a bit in the free practice sessions. Ending Friday 1.1 seconds off wasn’t the best feeling going into qualifying and then we ended up seventh.

“We changed a couple of things on the car and finished fifth in race one. Then we worked hard overnight, taking into consideration the data of my team-mate Dennis Hauger who won the race yesterday. That definitely helped us improve for today,

“If I keep on getting these kind of results and staying consistent, hopefully the championship will take care of itself both in the overall and Rookie class standings.”

Added Jewiss: “I’m pleased to get third. This race was about damage limitation and we did that well.

“I pulled off a couple of good moves on the way to the podium. I didn’t know if the move on Pasma would work out and thought there was a chance there could be contact, but we both got through the corner.

“Then I pulled off a good move down the inside of my team-mate into turn one for third.

“I was quick again in that race, but it’s hard to pass around here and once you are behind a car like I was with Doohan you lose downforce. It makes things even trickier.

“I’m looking forward to the final race of the weekend. Hopefully we can get a good start from pole and take maximum points, as well as the lead in the championship.”

Pasma had plenty to contend with in the race thanks to Arden team-mate and round 11 race winner Dennis Hauger. The Norwegian was glued to Pasma’s gearbox and refused to let the Finn escape while trying to fashion an overtake. Pasma held on however, to come home in fifth.

Their squabble saw the battling duo of Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) turn the fight for fifth into a quartet. Both Hoggard and Sulaiman having done well at the start to each pick up a place.

Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) salvaged ninth despite a damaged front wing, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) finished on the road in 10th, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

After the race, Skelton received a 10 second time penalty for an out of position start which promoted Allen to 10th and a hard earned points paying position.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) emerged triumphant after an entertaining duel with home hero Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport). Sharp gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about with a fantastic defensive drive, but ultimately Alvarez’s pressure took its toll and saw Sharp overtaken.

Contact also resulted in Sharp losing his front wing, but he persevered to take the chequered flag, behind Hampus Ericsson. The latter’s race ruined due to an off-track excursion, but the Swede showed great pace in clear air.

Round 12 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1745.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 11 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 21m 21.178s / 93.82 mph
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +0.382s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.873s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.737s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +8.133s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +8.340s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +9.714s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.079s
9 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +11.834s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / JHR +14.569s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 24.515s / 94.81 mph

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

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 Simmons 186 points; 2 Jewiss 181; 3 Doohan 129; 4 Hauger 107; 5 Priaulx 103; 6 Hoggard 96; 7 Tonteri 92; 8 Pasma 87; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 30 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 216 points; 2 Hauger 183; 3 Tonteri 171; 4 Skelton 155; 5 Alvarez 81­­­

OULTON PARK PREVIEW: Simmons still on top with Jewiss in hot pursuit

7 JUNE, 2018 – Three podiums three weeks ago ensured that Ayrton Simmons would lead the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heading to Oulton Park this weekend (9/10 June). The JHR Developments driver has made seven out of a possible nine trips to the rostrum this season and continues to lead the chase for the most coveted title in UK junior single-seater racing.

It is a lead that has diminished however, with the advancing Kiern Jewiss looking increasingly at home behind the wheel of his Double R-prepared racer. Three wins in the last five races and outscoring Simmons in all but one of them means the 15-year-old has clawed his way to within touching distance of Simmons. The pair separated by just five points.

Jack Doohan turned heartbreak into jubilation at Thruxton. Victory slipped through his fingers on the final lap of round eight due to a technical glitch, but he bounced back emphatically to win the final race of the weekend and with it the £5,000 Ford Super Rookie Award. The Aussie also extended his lead at the top of the Rookie class standings over fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger, who signed off from the meeting with an overall podium.

Hauger deserved much more, especially with victory looking likely until the last lap of round seven. Arden team-mate Sebastian Priaulx had a similarly luckless weekend, salvaging three top-10 finishes, while Patrik Pasma bagged plenty of points.

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard, Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen also endured an unfortunate outing and will want to recapture the form which saw the team score two victories at Donington Park thanks to some superb driving from Hoggard.

Mexico’s Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Sebastian Alvarez achieved their highest-placed finishes of the season so far at Thruxton and are on the up. Meanwhile, Alvarez’s Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri looks to be going from strength to strength on the back of two more podiums at Thruxton.

Rochdale’s Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport will be aiming for a consistent run of top-10 finishes this weekend at their home round of the season. It is something which Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) is becoming particularly accustomed to now that he is on a run of five consecutive points scores.

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.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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.

Full times

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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Jewiss leads Double R Racing one-two at Thruxton

  • Second win of weekend for Jewiss sees him take championship lead and set sights on winning the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award.
  • Double R Racing score first one-two finish of season.
  • Heartbreak for Doohan who sees victory slip away on final lap due to technical gremlin.

20 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss led home a one-two finish for Double R Racing ahead of Paavo Tonteri in round eight of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss was in the right place at the right time following last lap heartbreak for long-time leader Jack Doohan. The Arden racer suffering a technical gremlin which saw him plummet down the order to ninth.

Having taken the lead on lap four with a perfectly judged move to get by team-mate Patrik Pasma on the inside at Church, Doohan was faultless out front. The Red Bull Junior Team driver recording fastest lap of the race just as he had done in the first race of the weekend.

Such was the Aussie’s pace that he was able to break the tow from Jewiss who had expertly stayed out of trouble to make his way up to second place ahead of Paavo Tonteri and Ayrton Simmons.

The latter having an eventful race involving contact with poleman Patrik Pasma at Club which saw the Finn go out of the race. Simmons did well to continue, but Tonteri needed no invitation to take advantage.

In something of a landmark race for Double R Racing, Jewiss’ win and Tonteri’s second place secured the team the first one-two finish of the season and saw Jewiss propelled into the championship lead.

Jewiss’ second win of the weekend meant he had the Ford Triple Crown Award firmly in his sights. If the MB Partners backed rising star were to win the final race of the weekend he would bag a lucrative £10,000 prize for becoming the first driver to win all three races in one meeting this season, emulating 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Jamie Caroline, who also achieved the feat at Thruxton.

“To get this win is something of a bonus for us,” said Jewiss. “If we can get three wins then we win the Ford Triple Crown so we’ll be pushing incredibly hard in the final race.

“This was a a brilliant race. I stayed calm and collected throughout. There was a bit of contact between Simmons and Pasma, but I just managed to get away unscathed.”

Added team-mate Tonteri: “This is another good result which I’m really happy with and I’m pleased about scoring so many points.

“Despite the end result, the race wasn’t actually that good for me because I had a bad start and I gained positions through other people crashing. I didn’t quite have the pace of Kiern, but I’ll work hard to turn things around.

“It’s a big thing for everyone at Double R Racing to be the first team to get a one-two finish this season so I’m really pleased for them.”

Commented Simmons: “I got up to second on lap one, but Doohan got past so I had to settle for third.

“It was unfortunate the contact with Pasma and there was nothing else I could have done. It left me with damaged steering so to come home with P3 and a good points haul is great.

“JHR Developments have been doing an amazing job this season and I’m confident that we can achieve many more great results in 2018.”

Manuel Sulaiman did brilliantly to pick his way up the order from last on the grid to finish fourth – his best result of the season – and just reward following the pace he showed in Friday free practice.

His JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wasn’t far behind in fifth, the pair separated by only 0.609s when they crossed the finish line. Skelton equalling his best finish of the year to cap a strong performance from the JHR Developments squad.

Hauger made swift progress from 12th on the grid, climbing three places on the opening lap and by the end of lap nine was running in fourth. However, he came off worse in a skirmish with Ericsson which relegated him several places to eighth, that would become seventh as Ericsson lost places following his dice with Skelton.

Sebastian Priaulx’s luckless weekend continued. Contact with Sebastian Alvarez scuppered his chances of a strong result. The Arden racer did well fight on and stay in contention, picking up a handful of points in sixth.

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the thick of the action climbing from 11th to fifth, but an off track excursion as a result of battling with Skelton meant a point was his only reward in 10th. The Swede finished ahead of Lucca Allen who refused to throw in the towel after contact at Club left his race in tatters.

Jamie Sharp and Johnathan Hoggard were opening lap casualties. Sharp collecting Hoggard and forcing both to retire from the race.

Round nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1625 and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 8 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
14 laps / 32.98 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 54.825s / 94.62 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.842s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.580s
4 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.278s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +9.887s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.009s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +10.512s
8 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.219s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +19.118s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +41.68s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 14.098s / 114.46 mph

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

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 138 points; 2 Simmons 135; 3 Priaulx 92; 4 Hoggard 86; 5 Doohan 76; 6 Tonteri 66; 7 Hauger 5; 8 Pasma 50; 9 Skelton 31; 10 Ericsson 20 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 151 points; 2 Hauger 125; 3 Tonteri 123; 4 Skelton 115; 5 Alvarez 51

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Jewiss leaves it late to take victory

  • Jewiss and Double R Racing emerge victorious after enthralling battle with Arden’s Hauger.
  • Simmons stays at the top of standings after brilliant damage limitation drive.
  • Tonteri scoops final podium spot and Rookie class win.

19 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss took his second win of the season in round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton, following a patient and tactical drive from third on the grid.

Jewiss found himself locked in a battle for victory with poleman Dennis Hauger (Arden), after the duo had got back ahead of the fast-starting Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) who had made his way up to the lead in the space of four corners on the opening lap from fifth on the grid.

Hauger defended valiantly, but Jewiss looked to be playing a tactical game. Having got the better of Hauger on lap four, Hauger hit back on lap eight to regain the lead.

Jewiss refused to let Hauger escape his clutches and positioned himself perfectly to benefit from a powerful slipstream down Brooklands straight.

The Double R ace left it until the last lap to pounce, getting the run on Hauger down Brooklands and into the final chicane. Hauger immediately tried to retaliate, but the two drivers made contact. It left the Arden racer careering into the tyre barriers while Jewiss maintained momentum through the chicane to take the chequered flag.

“I knew as long as he didn’t pull away from me all I had to do was stay calm,” said Jewiss. “I had a big enough gap behind me which meant that I didn’t have to worry too much about defending and I could focus on how I was going to get into the lead.

“It was a long race and I had a long time to think about how I would pull off an overtake and manage my race.

“I could see that Hauger was sliding around and using up his tyres. That was perfect for me because I felt I was able to manage my tyres better. I drove smoothly while keeping him under pressure.

“I gave the overtake a go on the penultimate lap and lost a bit of momentum so I gave it my all on the last lap to give myself a chance to get by at the very end. Hauger got on the grass, hit the brakes and made contact with the rear of my car.

“Big thanks to Double R Racing, FM Conway, HCL and MB Partners for making this possible. We’re trying to score as many points as we can and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

Ayrton Simmons performed an excellent exercise in damage limitation, having started 12th due to a 10-place grid penalty for causing contact at the Donington Park meeting three weeks ago.

The JHR Developments driver picked his way through the field expertly at the circuit in which he made his debut two years ago to stay at the top of the standings.

“I got a brilliant start,” said Simmons. “I tried to stay away from all the incidents and keep my head cool.

“I was hoping to get a top four finish in the race in an attempt to minimise the damage. I went from 12th to sixth on the first lap and that certainly helped make my life easier.

“It was all about planning my moves in what was a tricky race. It was really hot too so I had to focus on looking after the tyres as well.

“It was a very strategic race, but our strategy ended up paying off so I’m very pleased.

“I was a bit fortunate with what happened to Hauger, but I was in the right place at the right time and that’s what matters.”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was back on the podium having been involved in frenetic battles with the likes of Simmons, Patrik Pasma and Johnathan Hoggard. The Finn beating the hard-charging Jack Doohan by just 0.194s to take third, as well as the Rookie class win.

“It was a pretty eventful race,” explained Tonteri. “I got a decent start. I made up some places to run as high as P3, but then Ayrton passed me.

“I was waiting for an opportunity to make a move and then on the last lap we saw some action up ahead with the leaders and that promoted me back up to third.

“The pace was really good, but we just weren’t quite in the right places at the right time to fight for the win.

“I lost some ground in the championship and the Rookie class standings at Donington Park with results not going my way, so it’s great to come back stronger here. It feels good to be back on the podium.”

Doohan was rapid and despite falling as far back as 10th, fought back to fourth. The Red Bull Junior Team driver set fastest lap of the race in the process, with a time of 1m 13.854s, which was just 0.102s off of the lap record.

The Aussie finished ahead of Arden team-mate Pasma who recovered well from a five-place grid penalty to end up fifth, having started 13th. His fifth place also earning him pole for tomorrow’s reverse-grid race.

Hoggard had to settle for sixth despite his opening lap heroics, ahead of third place rookie Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Sebastian Priaulx was a victim of his own success at the start. He flew off the grid from ninth, but found himself squeezed between Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments). It resulted in all three taking to the pits, with Sulaiman and Alvarez eventually forced to retire. Priaulx persevered to score a point, ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) who just missed out on a top 10 finish.

Racing resumes at Thruxton tomorrow, with the reverse-grid race at 1250 and the final race of the weekend at 1625. Both will be shown live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 7 Thruxton, 19 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.96 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 04.348s / 112.67 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.049s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.405s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.599s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.342s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +5.688s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +16.813s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +20.928s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +25.648s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +50.264s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 13.854s / 114.84 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Doohan, 3 Skelton

Grid for Round 8: Pasma – Doohan – Tonteri – Simmons – Jewiss – Hoggard – Skelton – Allen – Sharp – Priaulx etc.

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 120 points; 2 Jewiss 113; =3 Hoggard 86; =3 Priaulx 86; 5 Doohan 74; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 50; 8 Tonteri 48; 9 Skelton 21; 10 Ericsson 19 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 141 points; 2 Hauger 110; =3 Tonteri 98; =3 Skelton 98; 5 Alvarez 39

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