Arden 1-2-3 at the Rock as Pasma takes maiden win

  • Lights-to-flag win for Pasma.
  • Arden lockout the podium with Red Bull Juniors Doohan and Hauger finishing second and third respectively.
  • Storming opening lap enables Simmons to reduce Jewiss’ championship lead.

11 AUGUST, 2018 – Arden and Patrik Pasma took victory in round 19 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway in emphatic fashion. Pasma recorded a lights-to-flag maiden win in the series ahead of team-mates Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger. The two rookies also securing an Arden one-two in the Rookie class.

Poleman Pasma was flawless from the outset and found an excellent rhythm out front after a textbook getaway to finally score his first single-seater win and record fastest lap in the process.

It was plain sailing out front for Pasma who was chased home by Doohan and Hauger, as Arden stamped its authority all over proceedings.

“It feels so good to win my first race in single-seaters,” said an elated Pasma. “It was quite lonely out front. It was a pretty straightforward race.

“In the first few laps Jack was able to get a tow from me, but after that I managed to build a little gap and that was key.

“The car felt really good. The whole team has done an amazing job and this result is the reward.

“We’ve got two more races tomorrow. It might well be wet, but I still think we’ve got a great chance for more excellent results.”

Added Doohan: “We were missing a little bit of pace compared to Pasma, but that’s something I hope we can find overnight. I think we need to find something in sector three.

“I’m still pleased to pick up the podium and all these points for the championship. I need to have a few more consistently high-scoring races and then everything is possible with regard to the title.

“It looks like the conditions will be different tomorrow with the weather. We start slightly further back in the reverse-grid race so we need to adapt quicker than the others in those conditions to make our way to the front.”

Said Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “This is a fantastic result and I couldn’t really ask for much more.

“Everyone in the team has done a phenomenal job this weekend. We’ve got really good pace and I’m so pleased for everyone. We can go out and celebrate now and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve tomorrow. We start from pole again in race three. Race two will be a little bit trickier, but hopefully we should come away from this weekend with a very decent haul of points.

“For Patrik to get his first win is absolutely fantastic. He’s had his ups and downs and probably had more than his fair share of bad luck so he’s understandably over the moon.

“We’ve got really good momentum now in the championship. It’s so competitive in this series. It always has been and always will be.

“There are three or four drivers who still have a really good chance of winning the title this year so that bodes well and we’re already excited for what’s to come next year too.

“The level of competition is so high, especially when you look at the times here with the leading drivers separated by just thousandths of a second.”

Hauger earnt third place after getting the jump on Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) off the line. However, Jewiss refused to relinquish the podium place and made the Norwegian work hard for third. The two dicing through the opening sequence of corners and Hauger finally making the move stick through Yentwood.

“I got a really good start and then I tried to go around the outside of Jewiss into turn two,” explained Hauger. “I kept my position alongside Jewiss after that and then got down his inside at the next corner and that was pretty much my race really.

“A 1-2-3 is a really fantastic result for Arden which I’m really proud to be a part of and I’m also pleased to score all these points for the championship, outscoring Simmons and Jewiss.

“It will be wet tomorrow I think. I like those conditions so it should be a lot of fun.”

Fast-starter Ayrton Simmons pounced on Jewiss with a late dive down the inside of his championship rival at Tarzan on the opening lap. The JHR Developments ace snatching fourth place and went on to keep Jewiss at bay for the duration to reduce his gap to the championship leader to 27 points.

Jewiss then had to contend with fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Sebastian Priaulx in his mirrors. Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard reeled in Messrs Simmons, Jewiss and Priaulx in the closing stages, but was unable to make any further progress up the order having started eighth. His seventh place finish earning him reverse-grid pole for round 20.

JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman picked up a couple of places to finish eighth and in doing so broke into the top-10 in the standings, while Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) bagged the final points paying positions. The latter prevailing after an entertaining battle for 10th place with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing), Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), as well as the Fortec Motorsports pair of Lucca Allen and Hampus Ericsson.

Ford’s rising stars are back on track at Rockingham at 1045 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race. The Rockingham finale, in which Pasma will go from the pole, is set to be televised live on ITV4 at 1550.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 19 Rockingham, 11 August, 2018
15 laps / 29.1 miles
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 20m 05.030s / 86.93 mph
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +2.183s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +2.951s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +11.187s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +11.703s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.319s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.751s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +16.231s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +18.922s
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +23.811s etc.

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 19.619s / 87.71 mph

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

Grid for Round 20: Hoggard – Priaulx – Jewiss – Simmons – Hauger – Doohan – Pasma – Sulaiman – Tonteri – Skelton etc.

Round 21 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Doohan – Hauger – Sulaiman – Priaulx – Simmons – Tonteri – Hoggard – Alvarez etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 289 points; 2 Simmons 262; 3 Hauger 248; 4 Doohan 219; 5 Tonteri 201; 6 Priaulx 168; 7 Pasma 151; 8 Hoggard 138; 9 Skelton 64; 10 Sulaiman 51 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 348 points; 2 Doohan 342; 3 Tonteri 324; 4 Skelton 241; 5 Alvarez 171

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Patrik Pasma completes Arden Motorsport’s British F4 line-up

28 MARCH, 2018 – Arden Motorsport has completed its 2018 line-up for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost by confirming Patrik Pasma as its fourth driver.

Pasma made his British F4 debut last season. The Finn claimed four podium finishes with Carlin on his way to eighth in the standings and came tantalisingly close to victory at Rockingham Motor Speedway, having led for almost the entire duration of a thrilling race. Pasma now joins Arden in a bid to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

2018 marks Pasma’s third season of single-seater racing in the UK. He made his debut in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship – taking third in the coveted Triple Crown Event, before making the step up to British F4 in 2017.

Pasma joins Red Bull Juniors Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger, as well as Sebastian Priaulx – son of triple World Touring Car Champion and Ford GT driver Andy Priaulx, to complete a squad boasting plenty of talent.

“I’m very excited to start the new season with a new team,” said Pasma. “This will be my second season in British F4 and I am determined to challenge for the title. I can’t wait to get my racing helmet on!”

Added Arden F4 team manager Ben Bloomfield: “We are delighted that Patrik completes Arden’s British F4 team for 2018 and so far, he’s shown impressive pace right from the first test.

“We have always been in it to win it and with Patrik we believe we can. However it will be no easy task against our competitors which have shown very strongly in pre-season testing.

“Patrik is very focused and is great to work with. He is in good shape having worked on his fitness throughout the winter and has the championship title firmly in his sights.”

The opening rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost take place on 7/8 April at Brands Hatch.

Arden come charging out the blocks with Red Bull Juniors Doohan and Hauger confirmed for 2018 British F4 campaign

18 OCTOBER, 2017 – Arden has announced two of its drivers for next year’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, with Red Bull Junior Team members Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger to race with the squad.

Having come close to taking the FIA British Formula 4 crown for three consecutive years, Arden has already begun to lay the foundations for its 2018 title bid.

Doohan and Hauger, two of the Red Bull Junior Team’s newest recruits, will make the step up from karting and begin their single-seater careers in the F4 British Championship. A series in which Garry Horner’s team have an enviable record of success.

Most recently, the Banbury outfit took Oscar Piastri to within touching distance of the crown in the 2017 season finale; on the back of a campaign which saw it record eight pole positions and 30 podiums – more than any other team. The team achieved 11 race wins, as well as a dominant 1-2-3 finish at Knockhill. A feat achieved by no other squad in 2017.

Doohan, son of five-time 500cc world champion and motorcycle legend Mick Doohan, has excelled on four wheels in his rise up the karting ranks.

The 14-year-old recently finished third in the CIK-FIA European Championship after becoming the first Australian in a quarter of a century to win a round in series; taking OK Junior class victory in the final round of the season.

More silverware was added to the Doohan family trophy cabinet in 2015 and 2016, when Jack won the Australian Kart Championship in the KA Junior and KA2 classes respectively.

Said Doohan: “I’m really looking forward to being part of the Arden team as a Red Bull Junior Driver in the 2018 F4 British Championship. To drive for a team as well-respected and successful as Arden in 2018 is something I could have only dreamt of at the start of 2017 when I arrived in Europe to compete in karts. My experience gained in karts from the age of eight has provided me with a solid foundation, but it’s now time to take my motorsport career to the next level.”

Hauger is bidding to climb up the FIA single-seater pyramid to become Formula 1’s first Norwegian driver. He wasted no time making his mark in the world of karting, which began with his first win aged just eight-years-old.

The talented teenager became the youngest driver to compete in the CIK-FIA European Championship’s Senior OK category in 2017; following a record-breaking 2016 campaign in which he was crowned the youngest ever DKM OKJ German Champion and finished second in the WSK Super Masters.

Commented Hauger: “I really appreciate the opportunity that I have been given with Red Bull and Arden. This is the perfect combination that will give me the best setting to learn and grow as a driver, and to hopefully win races in my first season in single-seaters.

“I have followed Arden in British F4 and they are a very professional and strong team. I also had the pleasure of visiting the team to do some simulator driving. I was made to feel very welcome and they took excellent care of me in a very professional manner during those days. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and opportunity that is coming up.”

Said Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “It’s great to be part of the Red Bull Junior programme again, but also a privilege to be fielding two of the brightest and best from European Karting. Both Hauger and Doohan have been impressive in the CIK-FIA European Championship and CIK-FIA European Junior Championship respectively so they will push each other hard next year.”

Caldwell ready to become youngest driver to race in British F4

6 JUNE, 2017 – As far as birthday presents go, competing in the UK’s leading junior single-seater series is probably one of the best. It’s exactly what’s in store for TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell along with cakes and balloons. He celebrates his 15th birthday on Sunday 11 June and therefore becomes eligible to race in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft Circuit. In doing so he will make history by becoming the youngest driver to compete in British F4.

Following an international karting career, which brought great success both in the UK and Europe, Caldwell competed in the second half of the Ginetta Junior Championship last year. While waiting patiently on the sidelines so far this season, Caldwell has been hard at work preparing for the challenge of racing against some of motorsport’s most talented junior drivers.

“I’ve been training hard physically, getting ready for my first race,” said Caldwell. “I’m part of the Young Racing Driver Academy and I’ve been working really well with them. I’ve also got a personal trainer who does three sessions with me every week.

“I attended some of the British F4 meetings earlier in the season to develop my understanding and to ensure I know what to expect. I feel prepared for what lies ahead.

“With my birthday on Sunday I’ll miss qualifying and race one on Saturday so I know I’m going start at the back of the grid which takes the pressure off a bit, but I’ll be able to test on Friday which is good.

“So many of the British F4 races this season have been action-packed and it has just made me even more eager to race. I’m really looking forward to this weekend.

“I chose to race in British F4 as opposed to any of the other F4 championships simply because it’s the best. It’s incredibly competitive and it brings the best out of drivers.”

Caldwell’s desire and determination to get behind the wheel has been clear for all to see, including TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “Olli has been desperate to get in the car. He’s seen all his team-mates racing on track and it’s been really hard to keep him away. He’s always in the workshop and his father is always phoning us up to check on progress. Olli is so excited. He’s keen and he’s ready.

“We’ve been doing a lot of simulator work with him as part of his preparation so he can hit the ground running. He certainly knows how to race. We saw that when he raced in the Ginetta Junior Championship.

“He’s been working with Arden and the YRDA for a long time. We helped him throughout karting and he’s gone from strength to strength. He’s a fast learner.”

Caldwell’s rate of progression in the Ford EcoBoost-powered racer has been impressive. Despite having less seat time than many of his rivals, the youngster from Stockbridge, Hampshire was frequently found in the top 10 on the timesheets during the recent official organised test days at Croft and Snetterton.

Caldwell is entered into the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. It sees drivers contest a maximum of seven meetings for a share of a £10,000 prize fund courtesy of Ford Motor Company and free entry to the overall championship in 2018 worth £15,000.

“Olli’s arrival is certainly going to make the Ford F4 Challenge Cup even more interesting,” said Bloomfield. “It’s going to be tough to win it because he can only contest six meetings due to the timing of his birthday. It means he’s already lost one seventh of his point scoring opportunities in comparison to his rivals, but I’m hopeful he can still come out on top.

“Although experience isn’t necessarily on his side, coming into the championship at pretty much the halfway point, we’re going to give him every chance to be successful. We’ve got a strong team, a good car and a lot of talented people around him.”

When asked about his ambitions for this season Caldwell is focused on two things, the Ford F4 Challenge Cup and his family who have been with him every step of the way.

“Everyone in my family is really excited about my debut,” he said. “They’ve supported me throughout my career, all the way through karting. In many ways this is more than just my journey. It’s a family journey which makes it even more special. I want to make them proud.

“I hope we can take the fight to the other drivers in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. Oliver York currently tops the standings and he’s been driving so well. It will be tough, but I’ll give it my best shot.”

Rookie Champion Alex Quinn joins forces with TRS Arden in British F4 return

29 MARCH, 2017 – British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn has signed with TRS Arden in a deal which will see him return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford and contest the first four meetings of the season. The campaign will kick off at Brands Hatch this weekend on 1-2 April.

TRS Arden announced their 2017 line-up for the UK’s most competitive single-seater series last month, with it featuring Ayrton Simmons, Oscar Piastri, Yves Baltas and Olli Caldwell. However, with Caldwell having to wait until 11 June to turn 15 years of age and become eligible to compete, TRS Arden found themselves with a vacant seat for the first part of the season.

What better way to fill it than with a British F4 Rookie Champion? At just 15-years-old Alex Quinn was a leading light in 2016. He dominated the Rookie class, recording a remarkable 16 wins and a total of 26 podiums, including three overall race victories. The first of which in only his fourth car race on the back of a fantastic pole position at Donington Park.

The talented teenager from Camelford, Cornwall came within touching distance of doing the double and being crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion, having still been in title contention at the season finale weekend.

“I’m so happy to race for TRS Arden and I want to say a huge thank you to them for this fantastic opportunity,” said Quinn.

“The aim is to make the best start I can at Brands Hatch to show people what I can do straight away in qualifying and the opening races.

“I’ve been quick at all the tracks we’ve tested at. We are in a very good place. The potential in the team is huge, especially with great drivers like Ayrton, Oscar, Yves and Olli. We’re all working together so well. I think it will be an excellent year.

“I want to race in British F4 for the whole season, so I need to perform in the first four meetings to attract sponsors and prove that I can fight at the front for the championship.”

Quinn has immediately gelled with Garry Horner’s Banbury-based outfit, showing front-running pace in a number of test sessions. The 16-year-old was quickest on only his first full day of official pre-season testing at Brands Hatch, by a margin of over three tenths of a second. A feat made all the more impressive given that much of the field already had plenty of 2017 mileage under their belts from preceding tests.

“TRS Arden is such a good team and it’s extremely well run,” commented Quinn. “They knew I had the speed before I jumped in the car at testing. We’ve been on the same page from the outset and I’ve been working really well with my engineer Clément Dumont whose work is exceptional.

“It was a brilliant feeling to be quickest at Brands Hatch and then quickest in the morning session at Snetterton; especially given the limited time I’ve had with the team and car in 2017 compared to a lot of other drivers.”

“It was great to see that someone like Alex can get behind the wheel of one of our cars and go so well from the outset,” added TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield. “It’s a huge a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone.

“The team have worked really hard all winter. The drivers have been putting in the effort in training and we have shown that we can be consistently on top.

“I know we have the best team and a strong driver line-up for the 2017 season.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

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

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TRS Arden confirms driver line-up for four-car F4 British Championship title challenge

8 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Having come tantalisingly close to the FIA British Formula 4 crown for the past two years, Garry Horner’s TRS Arden team have announced another strong squad of international drivers for 2017.

Ayrton Simmons, Oscar Piastri and Yves Baltas will all compete with TRS Arden in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford and the youngest of the four, Olli Caldwell, who doesn’t turn 15 until June, will race in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. All of the team’s drivers are products of the acclaimed Young Racing Driving Academy.

Simmons, who is himself still only 15-years-old, returns to the fold after a strong maiden campaign in which he ended 2016 as British F4’s Rookie class vice-champion having recorded six class wins, despite having missed the first two rounds due to his age. In the season finale at Brands Hatch Simmons held off Championship runner-up Sennan Fielding for second place and almost sneaked past champion and eventual race winner Max Fewtrell. Although still only 15-years-old, Simmons unquestionably has both youth and experience on his side as he embarks on his first full season in single-seater racing.

Ayrton Simmons: “I’m extremely excited to sign for Arden for a second year running in British Formula 4, and I’m very grateful for their confidence in my performance. Having been part of their Young Racing Driver Academy for a few years now, I know I’m in the right team to attempt the championship title and I am working very hard pre-season to achieve it”

Australian karting ace Oscar Piastri lit up the timing screens on countless occasions during the first official pre-season test at Oulton Park last week.

The 15-year-old already has F4 experience having competed in the sister UAE series and has no shortage of accolades to his name. Piastri finished sixth out of a field of over 90 drivers in the 2016 CIK-FIA World OK-Junior Championship, third in the 2015 KF3 Australian Kart Championship, second in the 2014 Australian National Sprint Kart Championship and third in the X30 Junior IAME International Final that same year.

Oscar Piastri: “I am really happy to join TRS Arden for the F4 British Championship. Testing has gone really well and I’m excited to see what we can achieve in one of the most competitive single-seater series in the world. I’ve raced in countries around the globe, but having the chance to race at the UK’s premier circuits, including the home of the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, and having it broadcast live on television to millions of people is something very special.”

Like Piastri, American hotshot Yves Baltas has shown pace and maturity during testing. As part of the YRDA programme, Baltas tested with TRS Arden throughout 2016, and underwent plenty of simulator training, which has given him the perfect preparation for the challenge ahead. The New York City teenager started karting aged four and went on to claim numerous podiums across the United States in the Rotax Mini Max and Junior Max classes. Baltas turns 15-years-old later this month and he’s ready to prove he has what it takes to succeed in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series.

Yves Baltas: “Arden is a great team, the engineers are fantastic. They are helping me to learn everything and how to set the car up to ensure it’s as fast as it can possibly be. As testing has progressed I have felt increasingly comfortable in the car. It’s so much fun to drive, especially through the high speed corners. I think it should be a good year for us. I’m really proud to be an American driver with an American engine thanks to the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine that is used in British F4.”

Olli Caldwell completes TRS Arden’s four-car assault and is aiming to win the inaugural Ford F4 Challenge Cup in his rookie season in British F4. Challenge Cup drivers will race in seven meetings during the season for a share of a £10,000 prize fund courtesy of Ford Motor Company and free entry to the overall championship in 2018 worth £15,000.

Following an international karting career, which brought great success both in the UK and Europe, Caldwell competed in the second half of Ginetta Junior Championship last year. The young racer from Stockbridge, Hampshire will be the youngest ever driver to join the F4 grid on 11 June at Croft, as he turns 15 on the very same day as his first British F4 race!

Olli Caldwell: “I’m really excited to be joining Arden for this season’s F4 British Championship.  It’s something I have worked hard for over the last few years, having been through the Young Racing Driver Academy since I was 11 years old – I have received the best support throughout my career so far, I’m ready to take on the F4 Challenge Cup to claim the title.”
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Ben Bloomfield, TRS Arden Team Manager: “I’m delighted to welcome the drivers on board for the 2017 season. It is great working with the YRDA once again, and to have a full four-car line up. The championship focuses on the young talent, and within the team we have four of the most talented young drivers on the scene. We have been working closely with the drivers over the winter period – last week at Oulton Park for the first official test we proved we have incredible pace this year. I’m looking forward to the first race at Brands Hatch.”

Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds heads the TRS Arden charge to British F4 victory

  • Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds soaks up pressure from Zane Goddard to take masterful win for TRS Arden.
  • Chaotic first lap as front row starters Caroline and DeFrancesco crash out.

CROFT 19 JUNE, 2016 – Luis Leeds was calm and composed out front to take a brilliant win for TRS Arden in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. His second of the season and a huge shot in the arm for the Red Bull Junior driver’s title hopes. He took the chequered flag from this weekend’s form man Zane Goddard. Max Fewtrell crossed the line third, putting in yet another assured performance for Carlin to retake the lead in the standings.

There were fireworks on the opening lap. In a rare occurrence this season, customary fast starter Jamie Caroline struggled off the line from pole, whilst Devlin DeFrancesco flew from second.

Caroline kept DeFrancesco on his outside into turn one, but the Canadian bravely hung on to emerge out of Clervaux in the lead. It all ended in tears though as Caroline dived down the inside of DeFrancesco at Sunny – the two drivers colliding.

There was more contact further down the order as Alex Quinn and Frank Bird came together. It brought an unfortunate end to both of their races.

The safety car was swiftly deployed following the opening lap incidents and it was Luis Leeds who found himself at the front of the pack.

After several laps behind the safety car the Ford EcoBoost stars were unleased and as the race progressed Leeds came under pressure for compatriot Goddard, who pumped in a series of fastest laps on the hunt for his second win. Leeds was having none of it though. He responded brilliantly as Goddard upped the ante, able to match his pace and control the remainder of the race.

Said a jubilant Leeds: “It was a really interesting race with what happened at the start. I had to avoid the contact and tried to maintain my gap to Zane. I tried to pull out a gap in the first two laps and knew from there I could control the pace and save the tyres a bit for the last race.

“I thought I had a really big gap to Zane, but I didn’t. Zane is really quick around this track and you cannot underestimate that. He’s a fast driver.

“Full credit to Arden though. We had a tough time at Oulton Park so to turn it around is really positive. I’m finally back up there in the championship standings and now the plan is to keep this up.”

Added Double R’s Goddard: “I’m happy to be on the podium again with second. I got a really good launch to get past Fewtrell. It was unfortunate what happened to Devlin and Jamie. Luis was quick, but I tried to close the gap. I think we did the best we could with the car. I’m looking forward to the final race of the weekend where I hope to get the win from pole.”

Max Fewtrell was another driver who was all smiles after the race despite losing out to Goddard at the start. His second podium of the weekend enabling him to regain the lead in the championship. Fewtrell once again exhibiting the kind of metronomic consistency that will no doubt pay dividends in the title race.

Commented Fewtrell: “With it being a reverse grid race I knew there would be some chaos and I just made sure I was able to capitalise on that. The pace was really good in the middle of the race and towards the end I just relaxed a bit to bring home third.

“I’ll be looking to keep increasing my lead in the championship from here on out to ease the pressure. To be in the lead now is really good.”

It was a strong race for TRS Arden who have shown strong pace throughout the weekend. Rafael Martins followed up team-mate Leeds’s victory with an excellent fourth place and at times was inches away from working his magic to find a way past Fewtrell.

Young Racing Driver Academy members Jack Martin and Ayrton Simmons capped off TRS Arden’s top performance, locking out the top two places on the Rookie class podium; whilst Nicolai Kjaergaard provided consolation for Fortec Motorsports with third in the Rookie class.

“It’s good to get another Rookie class win this weekend”, said Martin. “I made a mistake which let Fielding through and that cost me sixth, but it was still a good race and I got decent championship points in seventh so I’m pretty happy.

“This circuit is very technical and that’s where I seem to be stronger than a lot of other drivers. I can get consistent lap times around a circuit like this and that allows me to battle at the front.”

Said TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “We’ll take that result. That’s more points in the bag and another win under Luis’ belt. He’s back in the fight so watch this space.

“Jack is still very inexperienced and you can sometimes see that when he races against more experienced drivers, but he’s learning all the time and he’s got pace. It won’t be long until he’s really making his own mark. I’m pleased with his performance and I’m pleased with Ayrton too.”

TRS Arden team principal Garry Horner echoed Bloomfield’s sentiments: “I’m delighted to see Luis get another win. We’ve got good pace and the guys in the team have done a great job.”

Key title contenders Sennan Fielding and Petru Florescu proved their mettle by battling back through the field from 14th and 15th on the grid. Fielding sneaking past Martin for sixth down the main straight with three laps remaining.

Meanwhile Florescu’s drive through the field proved that the Romanian was not going to let the championship lead slip from his grasp easily. He will no doubt look to hit back in the final race of the day at 1746.

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Provisional results Round 14 Croft 19 June 2016
13 laps / 27.625 miles
1 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 20m 28.615s / 80.94mph
2 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +0.547s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +2.072s
4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +2.955s
5 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +5.262s
6 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +6.789s
7 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:21.131 +7.266s
8 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +9.128s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +10.827s
10 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec + 13.402s etc.

Fastest lap Zane Goddard 1m 21.935s / 93.36mph

Rookie class 1 Martin, 2 Simmons, 3 Kjaergaard

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 169, 2 Florescu 162, 3 Leeds 151, 4 Pull 145, 5 Fielding 124, 6 DeFrancesco 121, 7 Caroline 105, 8 Martins 104, 9 Quinn 100, 10 Goddard 84 etc.

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Pull leads the way in Ford MSA Formula pre-race test at Donington Park

  • James Pull heads incredibly evenly matched Ford EcoBoost-powered field.
  • Alex Quinn and Luis Leeds at the front of the chasing pack.

DONINGTON PARK 14 APRIL, 2016 – Carlin’s James Pull topped the times in Ford British F4’s pre-race test at Donington Park today, just as he did at the Brands Hatch opener a fortnight ago. He headed a super-close field where the top 15 drivers were covered by just a second.

Fresh from a hat-trick of podiums at the season opener, Pull was fifth fastest in the morning and let loose in the afternoon, posting the quickest time of 1:08.195 halfway through the session.

It was a time that left Pull over three tenths clear of the field, but Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn and TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds hit back in the final minutes to see them finish second and third fastest respectively, with Quinn just over a tenth off of Pull.

Said Pull: “I really enjoy driving this circuit and it’s my favourite on the calendar. We hooked up a great lap. There’s still more in the bag, but it felt really good and I’m very happy.

“It’s all about getting in the groove at Donington. Finding a rhythm, staying smooth and not overdriving. The goal is to get the win this weekend. Qualifying will be tense. I just need to stay calm and focus.”

Quinn added: “I think we are quick enough to be fastest. In the second session I was really improving towards the end and the chequered flag came just too soon. I learnt loads at Brands and now it’s time to put it into action.”

Said TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield of Leeds’ performance: “It was disappointing that Luis got held up in traffic at the end of his run, but from the sector times we know that we’ve got the pace in the car. He’s already feeling quite confident which is very impressive given that he’s never driven around this circuit before.”

An entertaining morning session saw the track move from wet to dry and it was Quinn who grabbed the attention by topping the times, but only just. JHR’s Sennan Fielding was less than three thousandths of a second away from the Racing Steps Foundation backed driver.

All drivers improved upon their morning’s best efforts thanks to far better track conditions, but Fielding was the exception to the rule due to technical problems.

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins found himself third quickest in the morning and ended the day fifth fastest overall. “We were quick this morning”, said Martins. “I think a P2 or P3 grid slot is possible. We’ll obviously aim for pole, but James Pull was very fast today. We’ll look at the data to try to find something extra for qualifying and I’m sure our race pace will be even stronger.”

Harry Hayek was another who seemed to revel in the morning’s variable conditions ending up seventh and just dropping outside of the top ten by the time the chequered flag fell on the test, with his Jamun team-mate Jamie Caroline finishing several places ahead of him.

Said Hayek: “It’s been an up and down day. The first session was wet and then it was drying. We were right up there. In the second session we struggled a bit, but we’ll look at the data and aim to break into the top ten in qualifying.”

Championship leader Petru Florescu had a relatively quiet day in tenth, but after his emphatic performance just two weeks ago, it’s hard to believe that there’s not plenty more pace up the Romanian’s sleeve.

It was a premature end to the day for Patrik Matthiesen who brought out the red flags with 20 minutes remaining after beaching his car in the gravel at Coppice. Nevertheless, the Dane was quick early on suggesting he’s capable of bringing home his first points of the season.

With the field so evenly matched, everyone is eagerly awaiting qualifying at 1100 on Saturday and for the lights go out in the first of the weekend’s three races at 1500.

Leading testing times Donington Park 14 April, 2016 (am/pm)
1 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:09.297 / 1:08.195
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:08.966 / 1:08.337
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:09.205 / 1:08.407
4 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:09.515 / 1:08.571
5 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:09.085 / 1:08.674
6 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:09.813 / 1:08.773
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:09.448 / 1:08.792
8 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:10.537 / 1:08.827
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun 1:09.982 / 1:08.891
10 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:09.625 / 1:08.926 etc.

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