Hoggard secures season finale as Doohan takes Rookie Cup

  • Hoggard takes eighth win in season finale
  • Fortec driver climbs to third overall
  • Rookie Cup decided in favour of Jack Doohan

30 September 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard brought the curtain down on the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season with an eighth victory of the year that earned him a place on the end of year podium.

The Fortec driver has started the race from pole and led from start-to-finish for a win that vaulted him from fifth in the standings to third overall ahead of the two drivers who were busy dicing for the Rookie Cup title.

In the end, that battle was decided in favour of Jack Doohan ahead of Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger, with the Australian securing the crown by 15 points.

The race itself would prove to be a straightforward outing for Hoggard at the head of the field once he had got away safely off the line.

Building a slender lead over Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) following an early safety car period to recover Sebastian Alvarez’s Double R car from the gravel after an off at Hawthorns, Hoggard was able to keep his rival at bay despite Priaulx ending the race as the fastest man on track.

It means Hoggard ends the season with more wins than any other driver, with a run of six victories across the final four meetings of the year helping him to achieve his aim of a top three championship finish.

“I’m over the moon,” he said. “I came into the weekend looking to end the year with the most wins but as the races have gone on, third in the championship has become more of a goal.

“In the last race it’s great to have got the win and secured third in the standings from the two Red Bull guys. It’s the perfect end to the season and whilst it would have been nice to have these kind of results all year, it’s nice to end it on a high.”

A second podium finish of the weekend for Priaulx was enough to see him secure seventh in the overall standings ahead of Paavo Tonteri (Double R), the driver he had gone into the final meeting level on points with.

A strong weekend for the Finn saw him also take to the podium on two occasions as he finished the season finale in third overall to pick up three Rookie Cup wins out of three.

“In terms of the Rookie Cup, we got everything we could from this weekend,” he said. “There wasn’t much action in the final race from my point of view but it’s good to end it with another podium finish.”

Behind the podium finishers, championship runner-up Ayrton Simmons took fourth spot for JHR ahead of Arden’s Patrik Pasma, with the pair both moving ahead of newly crowned champion Kiern Jewiss (Double R) on the eighth lap when he had a moment at Graham Hill Bend.

Jewiss would round out the top six ahead of Red Bull Junior driver Doohan, who wrapped up the Rookie Cup with seventh overall.

Doohan had gone into the season finale with a slender lead over team-mate Hauger but when the Norwegian dropped to the back of the field after a trip through the Paddock Hill gravel following contact with Manuel Sulaiman, Doohan was able to secure the points he needed to wrap up the crown.

“We haven’t had the strongest weekend but have done what we needed to do to win the Rookie Cup,” he said. “We made progress across the weekend after a tough start to improve the car but it’s good to end up as rookie champion.

“It’s been a tough season with Dennis and Paavo at the front of the rookies as we have all been scoring good points and it was hard to make up from any DNFs. It’s great that I’ve ended up on top.”

Behind Doohan, the points were completed by Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), Sulaiman and Josh Skelton (JHR), with Hauger bringing the curtain down on his campaign just outside the points in eleventh after his earlier drama.

Aside from Alvarez, Lucca Allen retired late on having looked well set to score points in his Fortec-run car.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional Results, Round 30, 30 September 2018

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20:32.562s / 85.28mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.448
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +2.353
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.331
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +6.240
6 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +6.791
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.331
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +10.234
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.666
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.281 etc

Fastest lap
Priaulx 1:27.113 / 100.55mph

Rookie Class
1 Tonteri, 2 Doohan, 3 Skelton, 4 Hauger

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 445 points; 2 Simmons 374; 3 Hoggard 339; 4 Hauger 329; 5 Doohan 328; 6 Pasma 315; 7 Priaulx 275; 8 Tonteri 266; 9 Sulaiman 95; 10 Skelton 84 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 548 points; 2 Hauger 533; 3 Tonteri 471; 4 Skelton 352; 5 Alvarez 278; 6 Lester 20

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Champion Jewiss celebrates with race two win at Brands Hatch

  • New champion Jewiss takes lights-to-flag win
  • Podium for Hoggard brings him closer to third overall
  • Rookie Cup fight goes to the season finale

30 September 2018 – Kiern Jewiss celebrated his title success in fine style with a sixth win of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season in the second race of the Brands Hatch season finale.

Double R driver Jewiss had taken an unassailable lead in the standings with a top six finish in race one on Saturday, which earned him a place on pole for race two under the reverse grid regulations.

Lining up alongside the man he has battled all season for the title, JHR’s Ayrton Simmons, Jewiss made the perfect start when the lights went out and was untroubled out front for the entire 14 lap race; taking the flag nearly two seconds clear of the chasing pack.

“After yesterday, I sat on the grid with a smile on my face and no pressure on my shoulders for the first time,” he said. “It was an enjoyable race and it might be the final time that the ‘Green Arrow’ crosses the line first as I think we’ll struggle in the dirty air in race three. However, I’ll do my best to end the season with another strong result.”

In what would prove to be a quiet affair at the sharp end of the grid, the podium positions would ultimately be decided at the start.

A slow getaway for Simmons saw him lose out off the line with Patrik Pasma (Arden) jumping up into second spot and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec) into third.

Unable to keep pace with Jewiss out front, Pasma was able to defend the position from Hoggard throughout to cement his place in the top six in the championship standings.

A ninth podium of the season for Hoggard meanwhile brings him within 15 points of the top three in the championship going into the season final at 16:00.

“I hope we can get into the top three,” he said. “I’ll be starting race three from pole with the other two guys further down the order so I have a chance of taking it. I didn’t take any real risks in that race and was focused on the points when it became clear I couldn’t get ahead of Patrik.”

Having finished on the podium in race one, Paavo Tonteri (Double R) took fourth spot having battled ahead of Simmons heading onto the Grand Prix for the first time, with the Finn securing his second Rookie Cup victory of the weekend and eighth of the season.

Simmons would ultimately end the race in fifth spot, just ahead of race one winner Sebastian Priaulx who was unable to make his way through the field from his starting position.

The two Rookie Cup contenders, Arden pair Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, would again end the race together on the results sheets although it was a race of mixed fortunes for the pair.

Hauger would run ahead of Doohan throughout and kept Priaulx honest in the fight for a top six finish before eventually crossing the line in seventh, with Doohan forced to fight back from a brief trip off track to take eighth.

Doohan now takes a nine point lead into the season finale, although it is Hauger who is seven points clear in the fight for third overall.

“I had a mis-shift on lap two into turn seven and ran wide so I lost ground to Dennis,” Doohan said. “The race was over from there really in terms of the result but we found something overnight and the balance in the car was a bit better than yesterday. We have to work for race three if we want to get third in the standings and I’ll do my best to beat Dennis for the Rookie Cup.”

“I’m going to be pushing as hard as I can in the final race,” Hauger added. “That’s all I can do and I just have to hope it’s enough.”

Outside the top eighth, Lucca Allen had run strongly throughout the race for Fortec but a late penalty for exceeding track limits meant he dropped behind Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) in the end results to complete the points finishes, with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) holding off race long pressure from Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) for eleventh.

Josh Skelton (JHR) was the only driver not to make the finish, retiring after an early race pit stop.

Race three of the weekend will start at 16:00 and is live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional Results, Round 29, 30 September 2018

1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20:42.209 / 98.72mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +1.993
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +2.473
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.958
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.396
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +4.990
7 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +5.490
8 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +8.043
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +14.733
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +16.994 etc

Fastest lap
Doohan 1:27.483 / 100.13mph

Rookie Class
1 Tonteri, 2 Hauger, 3 Doohan, 4 Alvarez

Round 30 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hoggard – Priaulx – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Sulaiman – Hauger – Doohan – Allen etc

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 437 points; 2 Simmons 362; 3 Hauger 329; 4 Doohan 322; 5 Hoggard 314; 6 Pasma 305; 7 Priaulx 257; 8 Tonteri 251; 9 Sulaiman 93; 10 Skelton 83 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 530 points; 2 Hauger 521; 3 Tonteri 446; 4 Skelton 337; 5 Alvarez 278; 6 Lester 20

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BRANDS HATCH PREVIEW: Down to the wire

27 September 2018 – With nine meetings and 27 races now complete, the fight for the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title will draw to a close this weekend when the series heads to Brands Hatch for the final meeting of the campaign.

On the back of a dramatic weekend of racing at Silverstone, just two drivers remain in contention for the overall title, with Kiern Jewiss (Double R) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR) set to go head-to-head to determine who will become the latest rising star to lift the championship crown.

A hugely impressive campaign from Jewiss has put him very much in the box seat heading into the final weekend, with three podium finishes at Silverstone taking him to 17 for the season.

Although he was unable to add to the five victories he has enjoyed over the course of his first season in single-seater competition, a hat-trick of top three finishes allowed Jewiss to take a huge step towards the title.

Whilst it would have been easy to sit back and simply pick up the points, the 16-year-old elected to go on the attack and the end result was a championship lead that was exactly double what it had been going into the penultimate weekend of racing.

With a lead of 62 points and only 75 still available from the final three races this weekend, Jewiss is now the hot favourite to take the title but don’t expect Simmons to give up without a fight.

A DNF in the final race of the weekend at Silverstone came at the worst possible time for the driver who has scored more British F4 points than any other, with Simmons now taking the approach of pushing to the maximum and what will be, will be.

Simmons will hope to add to the twelve podium finishes he has enjoyed so far this season to end his year on a high, whilst three strong results will also ensure he maintains his championship position ahead of what is proving to be a titanic battle for third place.

That position is currently held by Dennis Hauger, who leads fellow Red Bull Junior racer Jack Doohan by just three points.

For the second meeting in succession at Silverstone, Hauger saw his Arden team-mate cut his advantage in the points, with Doohan picking up three podium finishes – including a third win of the year.

By contrast, Hauger has now gone eight races without a trip to the podium and has also slipped behind Doohan in the battle to secure the Rookie Cup crown. A perfect score for the Australian at Silverstone, making him the first driver this season to achieve the feat, means he takes an advantage of 15 points into this weekend’s finale.

Whilst it’s understandable that the two rookies will be focused on each other this weekend, they’d do well to also keep an eye on Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec), who maintained his astonishing run of form during the second half of the season during the Silverstone weekend.

For the second meeting in a row, Hoggard won both race one and race three and has taken five victories in the past nine races – and a season-high seven in total.

More wins are very much the target for Hoggard, who insists he will continue with the same approach that has served him so well in recent events.

Just behind Hoggard in the standings is Patrik Pasma, the only driver who has scored more points than him since racing resumed after the summer break.

The Finn picked up his tenth podium of the season last time out at Silverstone and still retains a chance of a top three championship finish to conclude his second season in the series.

Fellow Arden racer Seb Priaulx has an impressive record of finishing on the podium at Brands Hatch and will hope to add to his tally to secure seventh place in the standings having moved ahead of Paavo Tonteri (Double R) over the course of the Silverstone weekend.

Truth be told, the penultimate meeting of the campaign was one to forget for both drivers, with Priaulx picking up just ten points and Tonteri managing just five after a DNF in race two.

It leave the pair, who have a combined 13 podium finishes over the course of the year, level pegging on points with Priaulx ahead thanks to a superior finishing record.

By contrast to the two drivers ahead, Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) enjoyed his highest scoring weekend of the season at Silverstone to move ahead of team-mate Josh Skelton into ninth in the standings – with eight points between the pair.

Outside the top ten, Sebastian Alvarez (Double R), Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Lucca Allen (Fortec) round out the grid for the final weekend of the year and are split by just eleven points in their private battle for twelfth in the standings.

With battles up and down the field, it’s sure to be an action-packed way to bring the curtain down on the 2018 campaign.

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

Supplied by team’s PR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx stuns on Formula 4 debut with superb Brands Hatch victory

Supplied by driver’s PR.

9 APRIL, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx enjoyed a dream start to his maiden F4 British Championship campaign with a sensational victory in only his second race in the series during the opening rounds of the season at Brands Hatch this past weekend (7/8 April).

The win would be the standout result of a hugely impressive debut outing in single-seater competition for the 1st Central supported driver, who took two more top four finishes to end the meeting second in the championship standings.

After showing superb pace throughout pre-season testing in his Arden Motorsport machine, Priaulx would carry that speed into the official two free practice sessions on Friday, with a best effort of 46.274 seconds around the 1.2 mile circuit seeing him finish fourth fastest for the day.

The Ravenscroft backed racer would encounter a different challenge come qualifying the follow morning though, with a sprinkling of rain just before the session got underway meaning that the field would be greeted by a damp circuit.

Priaulx would acclimatise to the tricky conditions in typically strong fashion though, with his two fastest times during the twenty minute session placing him fifth on the grid for race one of the weekend, and sixth for race three.

The seventeen year old would start his debut race in the championship in style as a fantastic launch off the line saw him immediately move into fourth place, before he quickly closed on the top three as he lapped as the fastest driver on the circuit.

Once he latched onto the rear of the drivers ahead, Priaulx would unfortunately not see a clear opportunity to make further progress present itself, with a mature drive from there ensuring he took the chequered flag in fourth..

That result meant the Guernseyman would start the second race of the day from the same position on the reverse grid, with another brilliant getaway seeing him sweep into third position heading around Paddock Hill Bend for the first time – a move that would prove to be crucial.

The two drivers ahead of him would quickly be issued with ten second time penalties for jumping the start, meaning that Priaulx would assume the position of race leader as he ran third on the road, in close proximity to the cars ahead.

Maintaining a consistent gap to his closest rivals behind, Priaulx would hold his position to the chequered flag for what he believed was a third place finish, before he entered parc ferme to the welcome surprise that he had in fact secured a superb first victory.

With the win naturally filling him with confidence, Priaulx headed into the final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon hoping to produce another standout performance in front of the live ITV4 television cameras.

In tricky wet conditions, the reigning Ginetta Junior vice-champion would produce another great launch off the line to storm into fifth position heading into Paddock Hill Bend, a place he would go on to hold for the first half of the race.

Following a short safety car period, Priaulx would capitalise on a mistake from a driver ahead at the restart to slip into fourth place. While he went on to put pressure on the podium contenders in the closing laps, he would have to settle for fourth at the flag.

That result capped off a fantastic maiden F4 British Championship meeting for Priaulx, who sits nineteen points off the top of the standings heading into the next three rounds of the championship at Donington Park in three weeks’ time (28/29 April).

Sebastian Priaulx: “I really couldn’t have asked for much more from my first weekend in single-seater racing. The F4 British Championship is a really hard series to win in, so I’m immensely proud to have done so in only my second race!

“I honestly had no idea that I’d won until I pulled into parc ferme and they directed me to the P1 board. To find out I’d taken my first victory was amazing – it’s something I really didn’t think would happen so soon in the season and hopefully it’s just the start.

“That was the highlight of what was a really positive weekend all round. While the changeable conditions in qualifying put us lower on the grid that hoped, I was able to fight through to fourth in both those races which I’m really pleased about.

“This weekend was a huge learning curve and to come away from it with the results we did, having kept our nose clean and made no mistakes, is really positive and I’m looking forward to taking this momentum into Donington Park.”

Simmons strikes again with Ford EcoBoost-powered win at Brands Hatch

  • Simmons makes it two wins from three in final race of weekend.
  • Jewiss stars on the podium once again.
  • Tonteri claims maiden podium and Rookie class win.

8 APRIL, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments made it two wins from three at Brands Hatch in the opening weekend of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having already bagged a win and a second place finish, Simmons was out to convert pole into victory in the ITV4 live-televised race. The Epping racer duly delivered, but victory looked far from certain in the opening exchanges.

Wheelspin on a damp track at the start for Simmons left him under attack from Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing). There was nothing to separate them through turn one and into Druids, but it was Jewiss who got the best exit on the run down to Graham Hill Bend to take the lead.

It was short-lived however. Jewiss got out of shape at McLaren on lap two, promoting Simmons back into the lead and Hauger up to second.

Back in the lead Simmons once again proved impassable out front, just as he had done in race one.

An attack from Hauger into Paddock Hill Bend came after a Safety Car restart, but it was Hauger who came off worse. The Norwegian locked a wheel and ran through the gravel, resulting in him plummeting down the order.

“It was tricky out there,” said Simmons. “There were plenty of damp patches out on track.

“I got on the wet kerb on the exit of turn two and that lit the rear tyres up which gave the guys behind the opportunity to attempt to pass.

“I said yesterday was the best day I had ever had in motorsport and now I would have to say it’s been the best weekend.

“This is a great springboard for the rest of the season. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”

Added a jubilant JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter: “It’s been an exceptional start to the season for the team.

“Ayrton performed faultlessly and he’s certainly showing he’s got the potential to be a future champion.

“Ayrton has been in a very positive frame of mind throughout the weekend and decisions made by the engineering staff have been spot on. They’ve done a fabulous job with the car.

“We also showed our strength with Josh Skelton who was one of the quickest drivers out on track despite the fact he has very little experience.

“This is the only championship we haven’t won on the TOCA package so hopefully it will go our way this year!”

Commented runner-up Jewiss: “Unfortunately a little mistake cost me today, but you live and learn. It’s only my first weekend in British F4 and it’s certainly not been a bad one!

“Two second places and a fourth place means a great haul of championship points, with a long way to go this season.

“Ayrton probably had the legs on everyone this weekend. I gave it my all, but I didn’t have enough life left in the tyres today.

“Overall it’s been a brilliant weekend. I’ve really enjoyed my single-seater debut so huge thanks to the F4 British Championship organisers and to Ford. I cannot wait for the next race!”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) capitalised on rookie rival Dennis Hauger’s misfortune to take the final podium spot, as well as his first Rookie class win of the season in only his third single-seater race.

“I’m really happy to be on the podium today and I’m looking forward to scoring plenty more points in the next rounds,” said Tonteri.

“It’s been a long winter and we’ve done some really good testing, getting me up to speed. I feel really good in the car and ready to do well.

“Getting the tyres up to temperature as quickly as possible and finding the limit without going over the limit was key today.

“I’m really proud to fly the flag for Finland, especially in front of the huge crowds that come to watch the British F4 races.”

Race two winner Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) came home fourth to add another valuable points haul to his tally to retain second position in the standings.

Behind Priaulx, Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) achieved the best result of his fledgling car racing career in fifth. The 17-year-old showcased excellent pace and also took to the podium courtesy of second in the Rookie class.

It was a welcome return to the top-10 for 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion Hampus Ericsson. The Fortec Motorsports driver scored just a single point yesterday; sixth place acting as some consolation following a difficult weekend.

His team-mate Lucca Allen looked set for a point score too, but a coming together with Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez midway through proceedings saw the race come to a halt for both drivers and the Safety Car deployed.

Jewiss wasn’t the only driver to get caught out by the tricky conditions due to rain failing ahead of the race. The opening lap saw Patrik Pasma, Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Jack Doohan make off-track excursions.

Doohan and Pasma did well to battle back into points paying positions, finishing seventh and eighth respectively ahead of Arden team-mate Hauger, as well as Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Johnathan Hoogard (Fortec Motorsports).

Sharp and Hoggard had been involved in an entertaining battle in the latter stages of the race, the pair running as high as seventh and eighth. However, both went off the track and re-joined in quick succession at Clearways, ultimately costing them several places.

Simmons leaves Brands Hatch with a 19 point lead in the standings over race two winner Priaulx, with Jewiss just one point further back in third. The Ford EcoBoost-powered field is now set to battle it out on track at Donington Park on 28/29 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 3 Brands Hatch Indy, 8 April, 2018
23 laps / 27.78 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 20m 45.329s / 80.31 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.922s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.454s
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +2.163s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +5.329s
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +7.323s
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +8.482s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.122s
9 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +9.371s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +14.955s etc.

Fastest lap: Simmons 46.872s / 92.77 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 68 points; 2 Priaulx 49; 3 Jewiss 48; 4 Tonteri 25; =5 Hauger 23; =5 Doohan 23; =7 Hoggard 18; =7 Pasma 18; 9 Skelton 10; 10 Ericsson 9 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
=1 Hauger 55 points; =1 Doohan 55; =3 Tonteri 43; =3 Skelton 43; 5 Alvarez 12

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Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx powers to maiden British F4 win

  • Priaulx takes maiden single-seater win in only his second British F4 race.
  • Simmons takes second place to remain at top of standings.
  • Doohan completes podium and scores first Rookie class win of campaign.
  • Front-runners Hoggard and Pasma miss out on top spots due to time penalties.

7 APRIL, 2018 – Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx took victory in the second race of the 2018 F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch and followed in the footsteps of Ford GT driver and father Andy Priaulx by winning with Ford EcoBoost power.

Although Priaulx finished third on track, he was promoted to first due to 10 second time penalties for front-row starters Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) for false starts. Nevertheless, Priaulx put in a flawless drive on the way to his maiden single-seater win in only his second British F4 race.

Having finished less than a second behind race one winner Ayrton Simmons just hours earlier, it was Priaulx’s chance to turn the tables. The 1st CENTRAL Insurance backed rising star seized the opportunity as he kept a hard-charging Simmons at bay. The JHR Developments ace having wasted no time in making his way up the order from seventh on the grid. The pick of his moves a daring lunge down the inside of Tonteri on lap two.

“I didn’t even realise I was leading the race,” said Priaulx. “I kept thinking I was in P3 so it was a big surprise to find out I had actually won the race when I came into parc ferme. I’m pretty shocked and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I feel like I’m bedding in nicely with the car and the team. It feels great to get this first win in British F4. It’s a really hard championship to win in so I’m over the moon.

“It’s so cool wearing a Ford Performance race suit with the blue Ford oval on it. It’s just like my Dad wears for the GT team and it’s such a good feeling to have won with a Ford EcoBoost engine like he has done in the FIA World Endurance Championship.”

Commented early championship leader Simmons: “It’s been one of the best days I’ve had in motorsport. To achieve a double pole, a race win and a second place at the very beginning of the season is fantastic.

“I knew the guys ahead of me on the grid would be running new tyres to try to capitalise on their starting position and that it would take a little longer for them to get their tyres up to optimum temperature so I really pushed to make up places in the opening laps.

“I’m also surprised and pleased with the fact that our pace was similar to everyone else in the closing stages despite our tyres being older.

“I’ve experience a lot of ups and downs over the last couple of years, but it feels like everything is finally coming together now and that’s incredibly exciting for the year ahead.”

Arden’s Jack Doohan claimed a hard-fought podium, pulling off some superb overtakes and getting the better of Kiern Jewiss and team-mate Dennis Hauger in one fell-swoop with a perfectly-judged move around the outside of them at Druids on lap 12.

“We’ve got off to a really good start today. To be honest I thought the podium would have been more likely in race one when I started seventh as opposed to race two when I started ninth, but it was a good race.

“I thought they had made a mistake when I pulled up in parc ferme and they told me I finished third. I thought I was fifth!

“After the experience of race one, I felt more confident with having other cars around me. I had a much better understanding of how much space to give going into this race and that meant I could really push.

“I overtook Jewiss and Hauger in the same move around the outside. I saw them battling in front of me and felt Jewiss had more pace so I thought if I could get past both of them quickly it would mean I could try to break away while they fought each other.”

It was a case of what might have been for front-row starters Hoggard and Pasma. Despite finishing first and second on the track, as well as their front-running pace, they had to settle for fifth and sixth respectively. Their task of pulling away from the chasing pack made only harder due to a Safety Car on lap five to recover Sebastian Alvarez’s (Double R Racing) stricken car on the exit of Paddock Hill Bend.

Hoggard got the better of polesitter Pasma off the line and along with his 10 points for fifth ended the race with fastest lap as added consolation.

The time penalties for Hoggard and Pasma saw Jewiss and Hauger split on the final classification, the former finishing fourth and the latter seventh.

Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) was back in the points following his maiden point score in race one and was locked in an entertaining midfield scrap with Tonteri. Tonteri struck in the closing stages, passing Allen as they crossed the start/finish line and into Paddock Hill Bend, only for the Finn to come unstuck minutes later in the gravel at Druids.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was another on course for a points haul, but for a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits which promoted Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Josh Skelton to 10th and 11th. The pair finishing behind Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) who was able to deliver on the point scoring promise he showed in race one.

Despite missing out on points, JHR Developments driver Skelton bagged third in the Rookie class and with it his first trip to the podium of the season.

Simmons will start from pole for the ITV4 live-televised feature race at 15.05 tomorrow, as he attempts to extend his championship lead. Hauger will line up alongside him and bid for his maiden victory in the series, as well as the Ford Super Rookie Award which would see him take home £5,000.

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Provisional results Round 2 Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
24 laps / 28.98 miles
1 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 20m 16.015s / 85.82 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +0.852s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +4.127s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +4.986s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +8.589s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.648s
7 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.871s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +13.260s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +13.380s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +15.726s etc.

Fastest lap: Hoggard 46.395s / 93.73 mph

Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Skelton

Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Simmons – Hauger – Jewiss – Tonteri – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Pasma – Sulaiman – Doohan etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 43 points; 2 Priaulx 37; 3 Jewiss 30; 4 Hauger 21; 5 Hoggard 18; 6 Doohan 17; 7 Pasma 14; 8 Tonteri 10; 9 Allen 5; 10 Sulaiman 4 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 43 points; 2 Doohan 40; 3 Skelton 25; 4 Tonteri 18; 5 Alvarez 12

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Simmons takes the spoils in British F4 opener at Brands Hatch

  • Lights-to-flag win for JHR’s Ayrton Simmons.
  • Jewiss and Hauger complete the podium.
  • Hauger takes Rookie class win on car racing debut.

7 APRIL, 2018 – JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons converted pole position into victory in the opening round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Brands Hatch.

The Epping-based racer withstood immense pressure around the 1.2-mile Indy circuit from fellow front-row starter Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), as well as Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making an excellent getaway to snatch fourth place from Paavo Tonteri at the start.

Simmons remained calm and collected out front in a similar fashion to his maiden victory in the series which came at Brands Hatch almost exactly one year ago.

However, his lead seemed most at threat on the second lap when he ran wide through the exit of Paddock Hill Bend. Jewiss was quick to pounce, carrying more momentum into Druids in an attempt to run around the outside of the leader. Simmons held firm, keeping his composure and went on to record the fastest lap of the race on lap 12 on the way to the chequered flag.

“It’s been a great start to the season, taking double pole and the race win,” said an elated Simmons.

“I couldn’t have asked for more, especially on a weekend where the field is so close. The top four were separated by less than tenth in qualifying and under a second in the race.

“It means you have to get everything spot on and we did that. I’m really proud of the JHR Developments team.

“Rain or shine we’ve had really strong pace. The team is working incredibly well.”

Jewiss had plenty to contend with in his rear view mirrors with Hauger swarming all over his gearbox and Priaulx also in close company. The leading quartet were covered by just 0.934s as they crossed the finish line.

“I pushed Ayrton really hard, but as soon as you get within a car length you just run out of grip,” explained Jewiss.

“It’s so hard to pass around this track. You need to make a good start, which I did, but I had a bit of a slide at Graham Hill Bend on the cold tyres.

“I couldn’t quite capitalise on Ayrton’s mistake on the second lap. I might have been able to pull it off if there had been a bit more temperature in the tyres.

“Now we’ve got the partially reversed grid race. It’s going to be interesting because we start further down the order and we’ve seen how hard it is to pass.”

Hauger’s car racing debut was particularly impressive. The Red Bull Junior Team driver made two trips to the podium, courtesy of his third place overall and Rookie class victory.

“It’s been a good start to the season, especially considering it was my first race in cars,” said Hauger.

“I think I had the speed to win the race, but this track is so tricky to overtake on. That was the most difficult aspect of the race.

“The drivers I was racing against up the front have more experience than me so I’m really proud of how I performed and to be the highest placed Rookie is fantastic.”

Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Jack Doohan (Arden) joined Hauger on the Rookie class podium, the pair both netting solid top-10 finishes in their first car race with fifth and ninth respectively.

It was a milestone race for Fortec Motorsport’s Lucca Allen. The Irish racer made an excellent start to the season with his first point score in the series by finishing 10th, having climbed up from 12th in the opening exchanges.

Team-mate Johnathan Hoggard also finished comfortably inside the points in sixth, ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments). Sulaiman climbed several spots at the start to break into the top-10, while Pasma’s seventh earned the Finn reverse grid pole for race two.

Jamie Sharp made a flying start, picking up several places to take 11th and showcased top-10 pace. His hard work was undone by running wide through Clark Curve at the end of lap five, allowing Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing), Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) through.

Attention now turns the second Ford EcoBoost-powered race of the season which kicks off at 17.40.

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Provisional results Round 1 Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
26 laps / 31.40 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 20m 27.311s / 92.12 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.362s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +0.530s
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.934s
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +2.119s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +2.416s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.641s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +5.040s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.673s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +12.483s etc.

Fastest lap: Simmons 46.583s / 93.35 mph

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

Grid for Round 2: Pasma – Hoggard – Tonteri – Priaulx – Hauger – Jewiss – Simmons – Sulaiman – Doohan – Allen etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 25 points; 2 Jewiss 18; 3 Hauger 15; 4 Priaulx 12; 5 Tonteri 10; 6 Hoggard 8; 7 Pasma 6; 8 Sulaiman 4; 9 Doohan 2; 10 Allen 1

Provisional Rookie class standings
1 Hauger 25 points; 2 Tonteri 18; 3 Doohan 15; 4 Alvarez 12; 5 Skelton 10

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Simmons triumphs in titanic tussle for pole at Brands Hatch

  • Double pole for Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments.
  • Top four drivers Simmons, Jewiss, Hauger and Tonteri covered by just 0.065s

7 APRIL, 2018 – The first qualifying session of 2018 set the tone for what is sure to be one of the most competitive and thrilling seasons in the history of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. It saw the top four drivers covered by just 0.065s at Brands Hatch and JHR Developments’ Ayrton Simmons take an emphatic double pole position, more than 30 years after 1982 British Formula Ford champion and namesake Ayrton Senna scored pole at the circuit for the 1985 European Grand Prix.

A gentle sprinkling of rain prior to the session left the circuit damp and drivers working hard to build up temperature in their Hankook slick tyres while battling for pole.

As the clock ticked down the times tumbled with Simmons, Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) embroiled in a captivating tussle for pole position.

Simmons saved his very best until last, his penultimate flying lap of 46.494s earning him pole by a margin of 0.031s from Jewiss.

The Epping racer then followed up on his final flyer to double his fun by taking pole for race three, recording the best second-fastest lap of anybody, a 46.550. It was a mere 0.009s quicker than Hauger who will line-up alongside him on the front row for the ITV4 live-televised feature race at 15.05 tomorrow.

“This is my first pole in a single-seater and it feels amazing,” said Simmons. “It was tricky on circuit too with the mixed conditions so that makes it extra special. I had to be spot on at every single corner and I was!

“Jewiss was in front of me so I had a good reference, but I saw him squeeze in another lap at the very end so I was worried he might go faster.

“The team got the strategy spot on; keeping us in the pits a little longer and then sending us out on the slicks.

“The team have done an amazing job. I’ve clicked so well with everyone at JHR Developments and hopefully we can convert these pole positions into wins. I won here last year so let’s see if we can do it again!”

Last man across the line Jewiss looked on course to snatch pole from Simmons, recording the quickest first sector of anybody on his final lap, but was ultimately unable to improve his lap time.

“I went purple (quickest) in the first part of the lap on my last flyer, but I had a bit of traffic and made a slight mistake in the final corner which cost me,” said Jewiss.

“I’m still really happy with P2, especially here where there is a bit of a dip in the track if you start on pole. I’m feeling positive and looking forward to race one.”

The second row of the grid for race one was locked out by rookies Hauger and Tonteri, the pair shining in their first single-seater qualifying session and setting up a fascinating battle for Rookie class victory this weekend.

“It’s been a good session considering it was my first time qualifying in a car,” explained Hauger. “It was getting drier and drier throughout the session and the pace continued to improve.

“Now it’s all about being focused on the race. I’m looking forward to my first race in cars. I’ve got a lot to learn, but hopefully we can fight at front and for the win.”

Friday pacesetter Johanthan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) were all strong contenders for pole, taking turns at the top of the timesheet during the session. They will line up sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, behind Sebastian Priaulx (Arden).

Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) landed a top-10 grid spot on his British F4 qualifying debut ahead of Fortec Motorsport’s Hampus Ericsson.

The first race of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost gets underway at 14.15. It will see Simmons attempting to add a second win at Brands Hatch to his name, having done so at this very circuit last season.

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Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 46.494s
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 46.525s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 46.552s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 46.559s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 46.713s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 46.721s
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 46.816s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 46.878s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 46.915s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 46.953s etc.

Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Simmons – Hauger – Jewiss – Tonteri – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Pasma – Sulaiman – Doohan etc.

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Hoggard fastest in super-competitive British F4 free practice at Brands Hatch

  • Johnathan Hoggard records quickest time in free practice.
  • Kiern Jewiss sets pace in morning session.
  • Super-competitive weekend in prospect, with top 11 drivers covered by half a second.

6 APRIL, 2018 – Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard was quickest in free practice at Brands Hatch Indy circuit, ahead of the opening rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend.

Hoggard shared pace-setting honours with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss who was quickest in the morning session. However it was Hoggard who came to the fore in the afternoon, recording his best time of the day, a lap of 46.175s, in free practice two.

“We struggled a little bit in the first session,” explained Hoggard. “We weren’t quite happy with the car, but we managed to get it sorted in the break between the two sessions.

“Now we look in really good shape for qualifying for tomorrow. The track rubbered-in quite a lot during the day and it got warmer in the afternoon so it’s not surprising to see quicker times in second practice.

“Hopefully we can carry this pace into qualifying and the races. Our race pace looks good and quite similar to everyone else. It’s maybe even a little bit faster so we’re looking good for tomorrow.”

Having improved upon his morning’s best of 46.370s by a margin of 0.160s, Jewiss wound up a mere 0.035s adrift of Hoggard.

“Fastest in the first session and second in FP2 means that overall it’s been a really good day,” said Jewiss.

“We’ve got a little bit more work to do, but we should be on for a good day tomorrow. It’s going to be very close.

“We’ll go through all the data very thoroughly tonight because everything needs to be spot on for tomorrow. If you get it even just slightly wrong you could end up qualifying fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth and then it’s going to be hard to come through the field.

“Racing in Ginetta Juniors last year hopefully means I have a bit of an advantage over the rookies in terms of racecraft and knowing the circuit, but Seb [Priaulx] has got that experience too so it should be interesting for us.”

Ayrton Simmons (JHR) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) were within touching distance of top spot too, 0.087s and 0.099s adrift of Hoggard respectively.

Paavo Tonteri (Double R) was quickest of the rookies in fifth with fellow rookie Dennis Hauger (Arden) just 0.017s further back. It suggests the battle for Rookie Cup honours is going to be just as closely fought as overall victory this weekend.

JHR’s Manuel Sulaiman and Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson wound up seventh and eighth, both putting in solid Friday performances to see them lap within three tenths of the day’s best time.

The Arden duo of Jack Doohan and Patrik Pasma completed the top 10 and were the only drivers to record their best times in the morning, with Pasma sitting out free practice two due to feeling unwell.

Although JHR driver Josh Skelton just missed out on the top 10, he was still within half a second of Hoggard’s time and ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R), Lucca Allen (Fortec) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

The action at Brands Hatch starts at 09.00 tomorrow with qualifying followed by two races. The final race of the weekend will be broadcast live on ITV4 at 15.05 on Sunday.

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Testing times Brands Hatch Indy, 6 April, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 46.541 / 46.175
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 46.370 / 46.210
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 46.532 / 46.262
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 46.555 / 46.274
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 46.678 / 46.289
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 46.478 / 46.306
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 46.833 / 46.449
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 46.997 / 46.467
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 46.507 / 46.521
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 46.605 / No time set etc.

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