British F4 champions crowned at BRSCC Awards as Monger wins Henry Ford Trophy

  • Billy Monger wins coveted Henry Ford Trophy for extraordinary human endeavour.
  • FIA British Formula 4 champion Jamie Caroline and vice-champion Oscar Piastri receive awards.

5 FEBRUARY, 2018 – Stars of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost were out in force on Saturday 3 February for the BRSCC Awards at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon. It was a night to remember for Billy Monger. His determination to recover from his life-changing accident and get back behind the wheel of a race car saw him presented with the prestigious Henry Ford Trophy for human endeavour in the field of motorsports by Ford Performance Europe senior manager Gerard Quinn.

Introduced in 2015 and previously awarded to FIA British Formula 4 champions Lando Norris and Max Fewtrell, the trophy was commissioned by Ford Motor Company to recognise the person who Ford believes has shown extraordinary endeavour throughout the year.

“It’s really special to win a trophy as prestigious as this. I’ve had so much support and encouragement from people to help me get back behind the wheel. I want to take this opportunity to thank all those people because I wouldn’t have won this award if it wasn’t for them.

“I’ve got a lot more to give in the world of motorsport as a driver so let’s see what I can achieve in the next few years. Hopefully I can make everyone proud.

“I’m still looking for a few more sponsors for 2018, but we’re nearly there and I’m really looking forward to announcing my plans for this year.

“I had an amazing time in British F4 even though it came to an end much sooner than I wanted it to. I learnt so much racing in the championship. I know I can take all that knowledge and experience with me to the other forms of motorsport I will compete in and showcase just what British F4 graduates are capable of.”

“Henry Ford founded his company on the back of his racing exploits and we are proud that his legacy means that Ford can maintain its enablement of grass roots entry level motorsports,” explained Quinn.

“The recipient of the Henry Ford trophy for 2017 is a young man who epitomises the famous quote that Henry himself said in 1923 and which is inscribed on the trophy: ‘If people really set their minds on anything it is impossible to prevent their getting what they want.’

“In 2017 Billy overcame life-changing injuries following his horrific accident at the F4 meeting at Donington Park. His strength of character, determination and professional attitude as a sports person has set him apart as an inspiration to everyone.

“He is determined to race as an able-bodied athlete and has ensured that our sport has benefitted positively out of his adversity. He is an extraordinary person who has won the hearts of so many and has become a positive influence for the next generation of racers.”

Monger was joined by fellow British F4 graduates Jamie Caroline and Oscar Piastri who received their respective FIA British Formula 4 champion and vice-champion trophies from BRSCC chairman Peter Daly.

Caroline dominated the headlines throughout 2017 for his record-breaking exploits. He achieved the highest number of wins in a season, most consecutive victories and became first driver to win all three races in a single race weekend.

Meanwhile, Piastri shone with his excellent qualifying record and relentless consistency. The Arden driver qualified on pole seven times – more than any other driver – and stood on the podium in half of all races, including the top step on six occasions.

Carlin British F4 team manager Martin Knapman and mechanic Calum Wooldridge took to the stage to accept the Teams Cup. 2017 was the third successive year in which Carlin scooped the award after a season which saw it record more wins than any other team with a tally of 12.

“It’s fantastic to celebrate my record-breaking 2017 season with all of the team that have supported me and made my success possible,” said Caroline.

“The F4 British Championship is run by mega people, who I very much consider part of my racing family. It’s the best and most popular FIA Formula 4 championship in the world, with extremely competitive grids and a huge number of fans. It’s excellent value for money and a brilliant series for sponsors to be part of with fantastic publicity and media exposure.

“The future is bright for British F4. I’ve written my chapter in its history and I’ll be watching closely to see if anyone can beat my records.”

Images by Gary Hawkins Photography.

British F4 2017 season review: Sweet Caroline

8 DECEMBER, 2017 – The 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost had an abundance of young stars and talented protagonists, but in many ways it was dominated by two young men: Jamie Caroline and Billy Monger.

Caroline sent records tumbling on his crusade to the title. The 18-year-old blitzed the field in the first half of the season. Having joined Carlin over the winter, he got off to a winning start in the opener at Brands Hatch and would never be headed in the standings, with win number two also coming that weekend.

Eight more victories followed in 2017, including another brace at the subsequent meeting and a historic hat-trick at Thruxton; becoming the first driver in series history to win all three races in a single weekend. This just a fortnight after an accident at Donington Park in which friend Billy Monger suffered life-changing injuries.

The top step of the podium beckoned for Caroline at Oulton Park, Snetterton and Knockhill, after which a more conservative approach saw him carefully manage his way to being crowned FIA British Formula 4 champion with two races to spare. His tally of 10 victories the most recorded in a British F4 season, as well as his points total which surpassed the record set by 2015 champion Lando Norris.

2017 will live long in the memory due to the events at Donington, but more so for what transpired afterwards: The motorsport community rallying in a touching display of solidarity and Monger’s determination which demonstrated his strength of character, resolve and professional attitude as a sportsperson. The 18-year-old set himself apart as an inspiration to everyone, winning hearts and becoming a positive influence for the next generation of racers.

Although Oscar Piastri had to settle for vice-champion, a stellar season saw the TRS Arden ace qualify on pole seven times – more than any other driver – and stand on the podium in half of all races, including the top step on six occasions. The Aussie took the title fight to the final meeting and while his efforts proved in vain, the 16-year-old established himself as one to watch in the coming years; deemed to have shown the most promise and improvement during the season to win the Joe Tandy Memorial Award and scooped the Drivers’ Choice Award, as voted by his peers.

Logan Sargeant played a pivotal role in Carlin winning its third successive Teams Cup. His form was particularly impressive after the summer break, outscoring Messrs Caroline and Piastri in second half of 2017. He followed up victory at Rockingham with another win at Silverstone, where he pulled off one of the best overtakes of the season by running around the outside of Caroline to snatch the lead.

2016 Rookie champion Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) had to wait until Croft to taste victory and hit his stride in the latter stages of the campaign with a win at each of the final three meetings. The Cornishman’s triumphs at Rockingham and the Brands Hatch finale the pick of the bunch. The latter a faultless drive from a talented teenager who has progressed leaps and bounds in his two years with the series.

Team-mate Ayrton Simmons got off to a flying start, winning the second race of the season, but had to wait until after the summer break for further podium visits. Patrik Pasma’s efforts merited a win. It proved elusive in a year that saw him consistently finish in the top 10, where fellow Carlin racer Lucas Alecco Roy joined him on several occasions.

A disastrous opening weekend for Linus Lundqvist saw him fail to score a point, but his prodigious pace was undeniable. His climb from the back of the field to fifth at Silverstone was particularly special. The 18-year-old doubled up with wins at Croft, another came at Rockingham and he signed off in style with his fourth win at Brands Hatch to banish the demons from six months earlier. Double R team-mate Karl Massaad also brought home plenty of points, with podiums at Thruxton and Knockhill.

Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) ended the season as top rookie. Growing in confidence, a switch from the Ford F4 Challenge Cup to contest every race came as no surprise. He set his sights on a maiden win and he didn’t have to wait long, taking the chequered flag at Knockhill. A further three podiums over the Rockingham and Silverstone weekends added to his tally of five, while win number two came at Brands Hatch.

York looked a likely candidate to clinch the Ford F4 Challenge Cup, but team-mate Hampus Ericsson and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb had other ideas. With York ineligible to score Challenge Cup points from the halfway stage of the season and Ericsson contesting the final six meetings, the young Swede came to the fore and overhauled Webb who had climbed to the top of the standings at Knockhill.

Ericsson announced his arrival on the single-seater scene with some deft overtaking on his debut at Donington Park, scoring points in his first two races. More followed as the season progressed, with an overall podium at Knockhill. He saved his best until last with the Challenge Cup going down to the wire between himself and Webb; stamping his authority when it mattered with a record ninth Challenge Cup win, as well as an overall podium.

For Webb it was a case of what might have been during a year in which he recorded more Challenge Cup podiums than any other driver with a tally of 20 from 21 races. A start-line tangle robbed him of the chance to fight Ericsson in the finale, having outscored him in the first two races of the weekend.

Olli Caldwell (Arden) became the youngest FIA F4 driver in history when he contested his first race at Croft on his 15th birthday. At Snetterton he claimed two Challenge Cup victories in quick succession and had further visits to the top step of the podium at Silverstone and Brands Hatch.

Manuel Sulaimán scored his maiden podium on Finals Day, having a racked up a host of point scoring finishes for JHR Developments while dovetailing commitments in the sister Mexican F4 series. Sulaimán was joined on the grid by fellow Mexican Alexandra Mohnhaupt (Fortec Motorsports) at Snetterton, who returned to the series after making her debut in 2016.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) contested a handful of meetings with the aim of a full assault on the championship in 2018. He wasted no time in showcasing his talent, most notably on the way to a podium at Silverstone.

Sharp Motorsport’s Jamie Sharp laid the foundation for a stronger 2018, while Sam Smelt put GW Motorsport in the points paying positions, building on Jacky Liu’s breakthrough top 10 finish at Oulton Park. Daniel Cao (Double R) finished just two places higher than his Chinese compatriot in the standings courtesy of point scores at Donington Park, Thruxton and Oulton Park.

Yves Baltas’ campaign was curtailed for budgetary reasons, while Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) and Harry Dyson (JHR Developments) gained valuable experience with a view to fighting for major honours in 2018.

Championship positions and prize winners
FIA British Formula 4 champion: Jamie Caroline
Runner-up: Oscar Piastri
Third overall: Logan Sargeant
Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion: Hampus Ericsson
Teams Cup: Carlin

Harry Dyson makes switch to British F4 with JHR Developments and BMR Academy

12 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Harry Dyson will make the step up to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for the remainder of 2017 and contest the 2018 season, after agreeing a deal with BMR Racing to join its BMR Academy in association with JHR Developments.

Dyson, who turns 15 today, has been no stranger to success with JHR Developments this year. He took his maiden win in cars at the opening round of the 2017 Ginetta Junior Championship at Brands Hatch and followed it up with an array of top five finishes, having previously spent several years cutting his teeth in karting.

“I am looking forward to switching to the F4 British Championship for the last two meetings of the season,” said Dyson. “It’s been a challenging year, but I feel very lucky to be joining the BMR Academy as the next step in my development.

“Being part of the BMR Academy and continuing with JHR Developments means I embark upon this next chapter with the best support which will give me the chance to race at the front.“

“I am delighted to have Harry on board,” commented BMR Racing team principal Warren Scott. “He has demonstrated what he is capable of this year and I am very pleased that with the partnership of JHR Developments we can make his step up to the F4 British Championship a reality.

“I am confident that the BMR Academy will give him the ideal platform to learn and we all look forward to supporting him in his future development.”

The BMR Academy is a driver development programme created by BMR Racing to assist drivers in progressing to the British Touring Car Championship. Drivers who have benefitted from this support include BMR Racing’s very own BTCC driver Ash Sutton.

Dyson will follow in the single-seater footsteps of Sutton, who took the 2014 Formula Ford Rookie title and a host of victories in the series which evolved into the F4 British Championship.

The pair have already struck up a close working relationship with Sutton providing extensive driver coaching to Dyson. Further support will come from fellow British F4 graduate Billy Monger who will be heavily involved in telemetry and data analysis.

“Harry proved himself in the Ginetta Junior Championship earlier this year and we recently gave him the opportunity to test the British F4 car alongside Manuel Sulaimán,” explained JHR Developments team manager Jules Phillips.

“It’s fair to say he outperformed all our expectations. Harry has made the decision to switch to the F4 British Championship for the rest of the season and it’s a great chance for him to get up to speed ahead of a championship challenge next year.”

“Harry is an exciting prospect and a fantastic addition to the F4 British Championship,” added championship manager David Lowe. “His impressive performances in karting and cars suggest he has all the attributes to succeed in the series.

“He underlined his potential in an official test at Silverstone last week when he lapped within a second of the quickest time, despite being up against drivers with far more experience.

“Not only has Harry demonstrated pace behind the wheel, he takes his training and responsibilities out of the car very seriously and at JHR Developments he finds himself part of a team which has a proven track record in British F4.”

Dyson’s competitive debut in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series will be at Silverstone this weekend (16/17 September, 2017).

British F4 to show support for Billy Monger at Thruxton

3 MAY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost returns to the track on 6-7 May at Thruxton Circuit and thoughts remain with Billy Monger following his saddening accident at Donington Park.

In the weeks that have followed, the motorsport community has rallied in a touching display of solidarity in support of the 17-year-old. A myriad of fundraising activities have taken place and the F4 British Championship would like to wish the best of luck to all those who are raising funds for Billy this weekend and beyond.

The F4 British Championship will show its support for Billy with prominent #ForzaBilly signage set to adorn all British F4 cars at Hampshire’s Thruxton Circuit. Ford Motor Company has agreed that the message of support will take over its branding on the rear wing of each British F4 car.

The British F4 Virtual Reality Experience has proved a real hit at the opening rounds of the season. At Thruxton fans will once again get the chance to experience life as a British F4 driver in the Ford Race Centre in the Support Paddock. This time it’s all in aid of Billy, with everyone who enters into the Ford EcoBoost-powered virtual world encouraged to kindly make a donation which will go towards his recovery.

A crowdfunding site has been set up to raise funds for Billy and his family, to contribute towards the specialist treatments that will be needed for his recovery. To donate to this fund please visit: http://bit.ly/2pggxoJ.

STATEMENT: Update on the condition of Billy Monger

19 APRIL, 2017 – The incident that happened during the British F4 race at Donington Park on 16 April, 2017, is deeply saddening for all those involved.

Billy Monger is in a critical, but stable condition at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where he is receiving the best medical attention possible. The medical team there are pleased that all Billy’s vital signs are showing progress and going in the right direction.

Due to the injuries sustained and despite every effort, Billy has sadly had both lower legs amputated. He has been kept in an induced coma while undergoing surgery, from which he is expected to be woken in the next few days.

Billy’s family would like to express their gratitude for the first-class medical attention given by Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham and take this opportunity to thank the medical teams, marshals, extrication crews and air ambulance staff for their skilled response and hard work.

Furthermore, they would like to thank Billy’s colleagues, friends, fans and everyone who has demonstrated their affection for him over the past few days. These messages help give the great strength needed for the recovery process that lies ahead.

A crowdfunding site has been set up to raise funds for Billy and his family, to contribute towards the specialist treatments that will be needed for his recovery. To donate to this fund please visit: http://bit.ly/2pggxoJ.

The F4 community and wider motorsport world will no doubt be saddened by this news, but are asked to respect the family’s wish for privacy during this difficult time.

Caroline comes to the fore in British F4 testing

  • Late flyer to claim top spot rounds off excellent testing performance from Jamie Caroline.
  • Lundqvist, Piastri, Sargeant and Simmons continue impressive testing form.
  • Monger and JHR immediately on the pace, as they take part in their first official pre-season test of 2017.

6 MARCH, 2017 – A sun-kissed Donington Park was the scene for the latest act in the battle for pre-season testing honours in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. All signs suggest another remarkably competitive season and on this occasion it was Jamie Caroline’s turn to star at the top of the timesheet; courtesy of a late flyer which put him just under two tenths of a second clear of Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist.

Caroline’s time of 1m 8.106s would have earned him a front row grid slot in qualifying at Donington Park last season, just 0.094s off pole. The Warlingham racer has been testing with reigning champions Carlin during pre-season and he once again underlined his credentials.

Swedish single-seater champion Lundqvist continued his fine testing form and the same can be said of fellow newcomers Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin). The latter fastest in the morning session.

Billy Monger wasted no time getting reacquainted with his JHR-prepared Ford EcoBoost-powered racer in his first official pre-season test of 2017. Third fastest and a spell at the top of the times suggests that the Barnardo’s children’s charity ambassador has lost none of his speed during the winter break.

Another British F4 returnee, TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons, also impressed. Third quickest in the morning. The 15-year-old ended the test sixth overall.

Meanwhile, 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn was on hand in the afternoon to conduct evaluation work for TRS Arden, recording the seventh quickest time.

The Fortec Motorsports pre-season testing double-act of Oliver York and Johnathan Hoggard wound up eighth and ninth fastest respectively, whilst Harry Webb also finished inside the top 10. The 19-year-old demonstrated his speed in both wet and dry conditions testing with Richardson Racing.

The progress of 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup contender Olli Caldwell shows no sign of relenting after another strong showing, with Carlin’s Patrik Pasma just over a tenth behind him in 12th.

The latest driver to officially join the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, Manuel Sulaimán, put in a solid day’s work for JHR, just under a second and half off of the quickest time.

Elsewhere Double R’s Daniel Cao racked up an impressive 136 laps, equalling team-mate Lundqvist’s tally for the day, with stablemate Karl Massaad just 0.025s slower than Cao.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu made consistent progress throughout the day’s running and recorded his best time on his very last lap, putting him just over a tenth adrift of Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy.

Jamie Sharp was a big improver. The Sharp Motorsport driver’s best time came in the afternoon and put him over a tenth clear of Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen as both gathered valuable mileage and data for their teams.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford teams and drivers have a quick turnaround following the excitement of Donington Park, with the next official pre-season test taking place tomorrow at Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Donington Park 6 March 2017 (AM/PM)
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:09.251s / 1:08.106
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:09.552 / 1:08.298
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:08.853 / 1:08.407
4 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:09.740 / 1:08.409
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:09.200 / 1:08.423
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:09.2016 / 1:08.636
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden No time set / 1:08.674
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:09.856 / 1:08.758
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:10.752 / 1:08.931
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:10.446 / 1:08.962
11 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:10.451 / 1:09.012
12 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:10.365 / 1:09.146
13 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:11.026 / 1:09.526
14 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 1:12.249 / 1:09.810
15 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:09.825 / No time set
16 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:11.615 / 1:10.392
17 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:14.787 / 1:10.444
18 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:15.678 / 1:10.600
19 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:11.698 / 1:10.757

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Monger recommits to JHR Developments for 2017 British F4 title tilt

  • Derbyshire-based outfit confirms first 2017 British F4 signing.
  • Teenage star Monger bidding to build on burgeoning momentum.
  • Team targets single-seater spoils in UK’s toughest junior series.

Supplied by team’s PR.

2 NOVEMBER, 2016 – Front-running British motorsport outfit JHR Developments has announced the first of its drivers for the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, with impressive rookie Billy Monger returning to the UK’s premier junior single-seater series for an all-out title push.

Having stepped up to British F4 with JHR from the Ginetta Junior Championship this year, Monger proved to be a quick learner during his maiden campaign – so much so, that he claimed an eye-catching podium double only third time out at Thruxton, the fastest and most fearsome circuit in the country.

The 17-year-old added to his tally with another rostrum at Rockingham, although in truth, that result was a victory snatched from his grasp by late-race misfortune in the form of a temporary technical glitch on the very last lap after leading consummately throughout.

Monger additionally claimed a pole position and fastest lap, with a total of ten points-scoring finishes from 27 starts securing him 12th in the final standings, despite missing the mid-season outing at Croft due to budgetary shortfall.

Moving forward, JHR Team Principal Steven Hunter clearly has high hopes for his promising protégé as the Derbyshire-based operation looks to expand from three cars to four in 2017 in the fiercely-disputed, ITV4-televised BTCC support series, with a significant degree of interest from other prospective drivers in its remaining seats.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have Billy on-board again for another year,” enthused the man whose squad has no fewer than nine titles to its credit in the lower echelons of UK motor racing. “We knew he had immense potential from his stint with us in Ginetta Juniors, and he confirmed that time and again over the course of what was an exceptionally encouraging rookie campaign in British F4.

“Notwithstanding limited testing and his comparative lack of seat time in open-wheel machinery, Billy routinely took the fight to older and more experienced rivals and refused to be intimidated by anybody. He was tremendously unlucky not to win at Rockingham – one of a number of races in which he was denied the result he deserved – but more importantly, he proved he has the pace to run right at the front and be a regular contender for podium finishes if not more.

“It’s great news that we’ve been able to reach an agreement so soon after the end of the season, which means we can really crack on with our preparations for 2017 and lay the foundations for a concerted title bid.”

Monger explained that having forged such a strong relationship with JHR Developments over the past two years, it was an easy decision to remain with the Dronfield squad for a third consecutive campaign.

“For me, it was a no-brainer to stay with JHR,” revealed the Surrey-based teenager. “They’re a great bunch of guys and I feel very much at home inside the team, and that kind of environment really inspires confidence. I learned so much in 2016 as I got to grips with single-seaters, and I think my driving style is naturally quite well-suited to the discipline, which helped to speed things up a bit.

“We proved as the season advanced how much progress we have made and there’s plenty of potential to build upon, so now we need to carry that momentum into the winter and really knuckle down to ensure we come out-of-the-blocks firing on all cylinders next March. The target for 2017 has to be race wins, and if we can achieve that on a consistent basis, then there’s no reason why we can’t challenge for the championship.”

Monger muscles his way to the top in testing

  • JHR Developments’ Billy Monger tops frenetic testing.
  • Championship leader Sennan Fielding quickest of the title contenders.
  • 13 drivers covered by less than a second.

BRANDS HATCH 30 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Billy Monger emerged at the top of the times at Brands Hatch after a frenetic battle for supremacy in testing, ahead of the final rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

The afternoon session saw blistering times come thick and fast. Following an opening 20 minutes which saw numerous drivers take turns at the top, Billy Monger took things up another a gear.

The Barnado’s Children’s Charity ambassador was the first man to break into the 1m 26s bracket and upon doing so proceeded to lap quicker and quicker. Morning pacesetter Rafael Martins was hot on his heels though and after a flurry of quick laps from Monger, the TRS Arden ace pumped in a 1m 26.515s which looked like it might not be beaten.

Monger was to have the last laugh; raising the bar again in the dying minutes with a 1m 26.265s lap, putting him over two tenths clear of the field and ensuring that he would end the day grabbing the headlines.

Form man Zane Goddard built on a solid morning’s work to lap within three tenths of Monger to end the day third for Double R Racing.

Meanwhile championship leader Sennan Fielding will head into the rest of the weekend happiest of the title contenders. Second fastest in the morning, fourth in the afternoon and over three tenths clear of his closest rivals Max Fewtrell and Luis Leeds; all appears to bode well for the JHR Developments man. The pace of his team-mate Monger surely coming as an added bonus, suggesting he could have a valuable ally to take points away from his rivals this weekend.

Whilst Leeds and Fewtrell could only manage 10th and 11th respectively, fellow title contenders Alex Quinn, as well as Carlin duo Devlin DeFrancesco and James Pull were within just 0.045s of Fielding.

Behind that trio could be found TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons who had another stellar testing showing and was frequently found towards the top of the times throughout the day.

Jamie Caroline is another who will be pleased to be in the mix for strong results this weekend after finishing inside the top ten.

Petru Florescu had to settle for 13th; his day hampered by an off-track excursion in the morning. However, the Romanian is sure to come back with a vengeance when the pressure rises tomorrow.

Ford’s EcoBoost-powered stars are back on track at 1135 on Saturday for qualifying ahead of Round 28 of the season at 1620. The championship then reaches its climax on Sunday with two further races, the last of which to be televised live on ITV4 at 1542.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Leading testing times Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2016 (am/pm)
1 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:27.777 / 1:26.265
2 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:27.052 / 1:26.515
3 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:27.501 / 1:26.525
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:27.153 / 1:26.697
5 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:27.433 / 1:26.704
6 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:27.548 / 1:26.708
7 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:27.420 / 1:26.742
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:27.411 / 1:26.880
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec 1:27.727 / 1:26.987
10 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:28.738 / 1:27.027 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Monger eyes maiden British F4 win whilst flying flag for Barnardo’s children’s charity at Silverstone

Supplied by driver’s PR.

14 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – After a weekend full of highs and lows for JHR Developments driver Billy Monger at Rockingham, he now plans to take his newfound confidence into the upcoming meeting at Silverstone in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Having led from pole, Monger controlled the final race of the Rockingham meeting in style; fending off championship leader Max Fewtrell and JHR team-mate Sennan Fielding until a technical problem cost Monger certain victory on the last lap, dropping him to third place.

“Following what happened at the last race at Rockingham initially I was devastated. I should have been happy with a podium finish, but I really wanted that win,” explained Monger.

“I worked so hard for it and was challenged by some very quick drivers. It was a tough blow to take at first, but looking back now I can only see positives from the entire experience. I cannot wait to be back behind the wheel.”

Monger has achieved multiple podiums in his maiden season in the fiercely contested F4 British Championship and is undoubtedly one to watch going into the Silverstone weekend.

Said Monger: “I am really looking forward to the challenge a demanding track like Silverstone will bring and feel like I have done enough so far this season to earn enough respect from my competitors to expect tough but clean racing this weekend. I am ready to go out and grab my maiden win in British F4!

“I have been working hard with all my sponsors Baylis and Harding, Metro Deconstruction and Reigate Environmental. I want to thank them for their support because without them I would not be able to finish the season.”

Monger has also recently become a Barnardo’s children’s charity ambassador in association with Nick Armstrong.

Commented Monger: “We have a lot of the Barnardo’s kids coming to Silverstone. I can’t wait to share my race weekend with the kids and hopefully do them proud. It will be a tough weekend and I’m sure all the drivers will want to up their game at the home of the British Grand Prix.”

In the three week break between Rockingham and Silverstone, Monger has worked with Lewis Hall’s kart team Virtus Motorsport; coaching the team’s drivers at Super One and club level in the Honda Cadet class in which Monger was British Champion.

“I really enjoy coaching the Virtus kids. It’s very rewarding watching their lap times come down,” said Monger.

“It’s a great way to promote both myself and the F4 British Championship, as well as help young aspiring racers out there. It lets me give back to the sport which has given me so much in my short career so far.

“It’s certainly going to be an entertaining weekend at Silverstone. The championship is close and so is the racing! Let the fun begin…”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford action gets underway with official testing on Friday 16 September, followed by qualifying and Round 25 of the championship at 1030 and 1510 respectively on Saturday. The weekend reaches its climax on Sunday with another race at 0940 and the Silverstone finale at 1515 televised live on ITV4. Fans will also get the chance to meet Billy Monger and the rest of the British F4 cohort during the Driver Autograph Session at 1300 on Sunday.

Ford’s young stars to take Snetterton by storm

  • Carlin’s Fewtrell heads to Snetterton as man to beat at the top of the standings.
  • Team-mate DeFrancesco arrives in formidable form.
  • Aussies Luis Leeds and Zane Goddard riding high.
  • JHR’s Billy Monger makes welcome return to the grid.
  • Richardson Racing and Falcon Motorsport will make their 2016 debut with Marinescu and Mohnhaupt respectively.

28 JULY, 2016 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is back with a bang this weekend after its six week summer break. The UK’s finest junior single-seater stars all eager to resume battle at Snetterton.

With one race win, seven podiums and a 20 point lead, Carlin’s Max Fewtrell is in pole position to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. Fewtrell, who turns 17 on Friday, has exhibited a metronomic level of consistency with his calm and considered approach.

However, team-mates Petru Florescu, James Pull and Devlin DeFrancesco all have him in their sights. The latter has looked formidable with wins at Thruxton, Oulton Park and Croft. Florescu is currently Fewtrell’s closest challenger with the most number of victories, whilst Pull’s high points scoring finishes give him plenty to build upon.

British F4’s Aussies went into the summer break with big smiles on their faces. Red Bull Junior Luis Leeds got his title quest back on track at Croft with another victory and podium and Double R’s Zane Goddard broke his victory duck. He was the form man throughout: qualifying on pole, posting fastest laps and never finishing off the podium.

TRS Arden’s season has been gaining momentum: Rafael Martins having claimed his maiden win in the series and Jack Martin adding another two Rookie Class wins to his name at Croft. He’ll be looking to replicate this performance in his quest for the Rookie Cup. The series’ youngest driver Ayrton Simmons is sure to put in some more inspired drives this weekend as he continues to make a name for himself.

JHR Developments are boosted by the welcome return of crowd pleaser Billy Monger. Jack Butel has undergone an intensive training programme in an effort to take the rest of 2016 by storm. Whilst Snetterton represents something of a happy hunting ground for Sennan Fielding, where he claimed a brace of fourth place finishes and a podium last season. Victories will undoubtedly be the aim this weekend as he bids to keep his title hopes alive.

Jamie Caroline is hoping to fare better than he did on his debut with Fortec. Team-mate Alex Quinn is aiming for a strong showing to propel him into the title fight. Frank Bird made a breakthrough with his first points score six weeks ago and Nicolai Kjaergaard is hungry for more Rookie Class success.

JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen is still looking to find his rhythm this year, although another point score at Croft suggests he’s heading in the right direction.

Richardson Racing and Falcon Motorsport join the fray. Alexandra Marinescu will race for the former after her 2015 campaign was cut short. Alexandra Mohnhaupt will line up for Falcon and become the first Mexican driver to compete in British F4.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered action gets underway with two test sessions tomorrow ahead of a blockbuster day for the series on Saturday, which will feature official qualifying at 0900 and then two races at 1355 and 1715. Lights will out for the final race of the weekend on Sunday at 1450 which will be screened live on ITV4.

Snetterton timetable
Friday 29 July
0900-0945 & 1340-1425 Testing
Saturday 30 July
0900 Qualifying; 1355 Race 1; 1715 Race 2
Sunday 31 July
1230 British F4 Driver Autograph Session at Ford Technical Centre
1450 Race 3
On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1450
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.