TEAM NEWS – Double R ace Goddard wraps up maiden British F4 season with eighth in standings & four wins

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  • Two points results help Goddard conclude rookie UK season P8 .
  • Double R departs ‘home’ circuit Brands Hatch satisfied with season.
  • Woking team ends F4 British Championship with tally of four wins.

3 OCTOBER, 2016 – Zane Goddard concluded his first season of racing on UK soil eighth in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford driver standings at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 2 October, after securing two more points results – with a best finish of sixth place – for the Double R Racing team.

The rapid teenager, from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast of Australia, headed into the final event of the 2016 season at the Woking squad’s ‘home’ track in confident mood after a double victory at Silverstone a fortnight ago. While he did, unfortunately, miss out on adding another podium to his tally at Brands Hatch, Goddard concludes the year with four wins and four other rostrum finishes.

“It’s been a strong first year in the UK for Zane, he’s a very quick young driver with a lot of potential and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “If qualifying had gone our way then I’m sure Zane would have been capable of challenging for the podium again this weekend as his race pace was right up there and a match for anyone.”

The final qualifying session of the season on Saturday, 1 October, took place in wet conditions and Goddard ended the run with the 11th fastest time. He was, though, elevated onto the fifth row of the grid for race one when Jamie Caroline had all of his times deleted.

With rain showers coming and going throughout Saturday, the first F4 race of the weekend was also affected by the weather but Goddard put together an impressive first lap on the tricky damp circuit to slice his way through into seventh position before the Safety Car was called into action.

Racing resumed on lap five with the Double R driver holding an improved sixth place, as a result of compatriot Luis Leeds dropping down the order, but Goddard’s hopes of challenging for even more went awry after an excursion in the final sector of the lap.

Rejoining the track in 15th position, having lost 10 seconds in the process, the multiple category race winner managed to battle his way back through into 13th place when the chequered flag fell at the end of lap 11.

From the seventh row in round 29 on Sunday morning, Goddard made a very good start and again put together a terrific opening lap to slice his way into the top 10. Pressuring Nicolai Kjaergaard, the Double R racer tried everything to find a way past but he spent the rest of the 14 lap contest sandwiched between the Danish driver and Luis Leeds – just a few tenths of a second splitting them.

For the last race of the season, Goddard lined-up eighth on the grid and made swift progress into the top six before then becoming stuck behind Leeds. Circulating nose-to-tail throughout the 14 lapper, a mere 0.4 seconds separated the compatriots at the chequered flag as they pulled well clear of the pack behind.

Proving what might have been possible from a higher starting slot, Goddard’s fastest lap at the wheel of his No.93 Ford-powered Mygale was quicker than that managed by race winner, and eventual champion, Max Fewtrell and less than three hundredths of a second shy of the best of all.

Carrie Schreiner, who wasn’t in action this weekend but did contest four events with Double R Racing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford this year, ended the campaign 17th in the driver standings with a best result of fourth position from the Thruxton race meeting in May.

TEAM NEWS: Schreiner scores points for Double R on her British F4 return

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29 AUGUST, 2016 – German starlet Carrie Schreiner marked her welcome return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford with a richly deserved second points finish of the season for Double R Racing at Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit over the weekend, 27th/28th August.

The 17-year-old, who is only contesting a part campaign on UK soil this year as she concentrates on her full-season challenge in the ADAC Formula 4 category in her native Germany, produced a terrific drive in a rain affected opening race on Saturday afternoon to finish inside the coveted top 10 in only her seventh race on British shores – and first in the wet.

Double R team-mate Zane Goddard finished just ahead of Schreiner in round 22, taking ninth place, before adding a second top 10 score in round 23 on Sunday morning and then finishing in 12th spot during the final race of the weekend, round 24, three places ahead of the German.

“Rockingham was definitely a bit of a mixed weekend overall but it was fantastic to see Carrie climb into the points in race one, especially in those conditions, on her first time back in the championship since Thruxton”, commented the Woking team’s boss, Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.

“After the recent podium success we’ve had with Zane at Croft and Knockhill, this weekend wasn’t quite what we’d hoped but we’ll be aiming to be back fighting at the sharp end when we head to Silverstone next month.”

Although lapping seventh fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, 26th August, Goddard had to settle for 13th on the grid for race one in a rain affected qualifying session while Schreiner, on her first outing in the F4 British Championship since May, qualified just three places further behind.

In a fully wet opening contest for the F4 drivers both Goddard and Schreiner made up good ground on the first tour, moving up into 11th place and 13th position respectively.

Although edged back to 14th place on lap two, Schreiner profited from a couple of incidents – one involving her team-mate – to leap into 11th place on the third tour and she climbed as high as ninth position a couple of laps later.

Goddard dropped back to 14th on lap three, and lost significant time, after the aforementioned tangle involving Devlin DeFrancesco but he mounted a great recovery to battle his way through into an eventual finish of ninth, passing Schreiner at Deene on lap 10 en-route. Post-race, though, he was handed a five place grid penalty for race two for his part in the incident with DeFrancesco.

Schreiner ultimately ended her first British race in four months, and first track session at Rockingham in fully wet conditions, just outside the top 10 in 11th place when the chequered flag fell on lap 13 after a strong drive. As a result of a time penalty for Patrik Matthiesen, though, the German starlet was elevated into the points-paying top 10 after the race.

For round 23 on Sunday morning, Schreiner made a good start from ninth on the grid but a first lap skirmish resulted in the Double R driver running wide off the track on entry to Steel Straight and after a minor rotation on the grass she recovered, albeit down in 18th place. Goddard, meanwhile, started the contest in 14th spot and ended the opening lap in 13th before the Safety Car appeared.

Racing resumed on lap three but the Safety Car was required again just two laps later, so the second re-start came on lap six with Goddard holding 11th place and Schreiner 16th position as the close action continued.

Although edged back to 12th on lap nine, Goddard moved back into 11th place on the next tour and ended the race just outside the top 10 – post race, however, winner James Pull was excluded so the Double R car was elevated into 10th place. Schreiner, meanwhile, unfortunately retired on lap nine.

Both Double R drivers faced a big challenge in round 24 with Goddard starting 15th on the grid and Schreiner in 17th place. Making a great start, Goddard put together an excellent first lap to climb into 13th position and after breaking into the top 12 on lap two he stayed there for several laps.

Running tight in the wheeltracks of compatriot Luis Leeds, and latterly Matthiesen after Leeds got ahead of the Danish driver, Goddard tried absolutely everything to make the pass for 11th place but he had to ultimately settle for 12th spot. Schreiner moved into 16th position on the opening tour and spent the bulk of the race there, before moving into the top 15 on the final lap.

Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the penultimate event of the F4 British Championship season three weeks from now on 17th/18th September.

TEAM NEWS: Schreiner & Goddard shine at Thruxton for Double R in British F4

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  • Schreiner and Goddard shine under glorious Thruxton skies
  • Sensational return to British F4 for Schreiner with season-best fourth
  • Goddard mounts stunning round eight drive into top five from back of grid

9 MAY, 2016 – Double R Racing’s Carrie Schreiner made an impressive return to action in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at ultra-fast Thruxton over the weekend, 7th/8th May, with a sensational top four finish in round eight of the season – her best result yet and first points score on UK soil.

The 17-year-old German starlet, who is only contesting selected rounds of the British series this year due to existing commitments in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship in her homeland, faced a huge challenge visiting Thruxton for the first time but absolutely starred in race two of the weekend.

Beginning the contest from 13th on the grid, as a result of her race one finishing position, Schreiner produced a remarkable drive and only missed out on a maiden podium result by 0.2 seconds after a stunning performance.

Schreiner was shadowed home by team-mate Zane Goddard, the Australian also recording his best finish of the weekend with fifth position to put the bitter misfortune of the non-scoring Donington Park event last month firmly behind him. Notably, the 16-year-old achieved the outstanding result after a supreme drive from the back of the grid – having been knocked into retirement in race one.

“Race two definitely showed what Carrie and Zane are capable of, absolutely fantastic racing from the pair of them to finish fourth and fifth”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “It wasn’t an easy start to the weekend for Zane after he was shunted out of race one, to bounce back like he did from the back of the grid was outstanding.

“Thruxton isn’t a track for the faint hearted and Carrie was so impressive in the second race, to come back into the championship after missing the previous round and do so well at such a challenging and high-speed track is fantastic.”

In a very closely matched qualifying session on Saturday morning, Goddard ended the run with the eighth fastest time – just 0.3 seconds shy of the second row of the grid. Team-mate Schreiner, meanwhile, lined-up 20th on the grid for the first race at the uniquely demanding Hampshire venue.

Exasperatingly for Goddard, the unbelievable misfortune which blighted his whole Donington Park weekend last time out continued in round seven. Although making a decent start, the Australian was edged back down to 11th place on lap one but he looked well set to climb back up the order.

At the end of lap two into the chicane, though, his car was rammed from behind which ripped the rear wing away. With zero downforce at the back of the car, Goddard had no option but to pit at the end of the subsequent tour and his car was clearly far too damaged to rejoin the race.

German racer Schreiner gained two places on the first lap to move into 18th position and as a result of the incident ahead at the chicane, which ultimately eliminated the sister Double R car, Schreiner was able to pick her way through into the top 15.

Moving up into 14th place on lap six, Schreiner then profited from a rival making a mistake at the chicane at the end of lap eight and then climbed further up the order into the top 12 following a dramatic clash ahead. With just over three laps to run, the Double R racer was pitched into a spin on the run into the chicane but she recovered to finish in 13th place.

For round eight on Sunday afternoon, Schreiner lined-up in 13th place with Goddard on the back row of the grid as a result of his enforced retirement from race one. Both Double R drivers made excellent starts and put together a superb opening lap, with the German starlet rising into the top 10 and Goddard carving his way through the order supremely into 13th position – a gain of six places.

As a result of two cars making contact at the complex on lap two, Goddard was able to climb into 11th position as Schreiner held her top 10 placing just ahead. Then, on lap three, a further incident triggered the deployment of the Safety Car in time for the start of lap four with Schreiner holding an elevated seventh and Goddard ninth.

The action got back underway on lap seven but at the chicane two cars tangled which enabled Schreiner to leap into fifth and Goddard into seventh. Soon after, an issue for Petru Florescu then elevated the Double R cars into fourth and sixth prior to the re-emergence of the Safety Car.

Racing resumed again on lap 11 with just enough time for a couple of laps with Schreiner glued to the back of third placed Billy Monger. Into the final lap, she was only 0.3 seconds shy of the top two battle and took the chequered flag in a superb career best fourth only 0.2 seconds adrift. Goddard, meanwhile, took fifth on the penultimate tour to cap an absolutely remarkable drive from the back.

In the final encounter of the weekend, Goddard started in ninth place and ran for the first quarter of the race glued to the back of Alex Quinn’s car before making his move on lap six to take eighth, a result of a good run out of the chicane at the end of the previous tour.

Due to a rival ahead spinning at mid-distance, the Australian then climbed into the top seven and swiftly broke into sixth place at the expense of Luis Leeds. Although under major pressure out of the chicane on the 12th and final lap, the Double R driver just held on to sixth on the drag to the line.

Schreiner, from the back row of the grid, put together another stunning first lap to scythe her way through into 14th position – a gain of five places. Unfortunately bundled back to 17th place on lap four, and then 18th several laps later, the German battled back into 16th position before the finish.

There is now a four week break in the F4 British Championship calendar with rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the season set to take place at Cheshire’s Oulton Park over the weekend 4th/5th June. One week earlier, Double R’s BRDC British Formula 3 squad will be back in action for the fourth race meeting of its season – also at Oulton Park – over Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 28th/29th/30th May.

Red Bull Junior driver Leeds given wings as he flies to maiden British F4 victory

  • TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds takes historic first victory for himself and the Red Bull Junior driver programme in British F4.
  • Caroline, Monger and Schreiner also starred with phenomenal drives through the pack.
  • Aryton Simmons records first Rookie class win on debut race weekend.

THRUXTON 8 MAY, 2016 – Luis Leeds finally broke his victory duck in scintillating fashion in round eight of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. It was TRS Arden’s first victory of the season and the first for the esteemed Red Bull Junior driver programme in the series. In a dramatic race, Jamie Caroline came home second, followed closely by Billy Monger and Carrie Schreiner – all three drivers putting in inspired performances to battle through the field.

Leeds took no prisoners from third on the grid during the opening lap, pulling off a daring move around the outside of pole man Jack Butel, having quickly dispatched James Pull.

With a handful of second place finishes to his name already this season, Leeds was determined not to be the bridesmaid again and never looked like relinquishing the lead. He was able to build an advantage out in front at both times of asking following two safety car restarts as the drama unfolded behind him.

JHR’s Billy Monger astounded spectators, climbing from 18th to fifth in the opening laps and then benefitted from DeFrancesco and Butel’s collision to move up to third and claim his first British F4 podium. He chased home Jamie Caroline who himself scythed his way from tenth on the grid to second, avoiding the chaos and expertly defended from Monger and Carrie Schreiner in the closing stages.

As the three of them duked it out, it afforded Leeds more breathing room out front on his way to the chequered flag and a win that could prove pivotal to his championship challenge.

Said an emotional Leeds: “I knew it was going to be close at the start and I knew if I was able to brake later into the first corner I could go around the outside to take the lead and that’s what happened really. I then focused on putting in good laps to try to build a gap. It was a little frustrating as the safety car kept on wiping out my gap to the cars behind, but I was still able to control the race.

“I’ve been working so hard and full credit to Arden for setting up the car and turning things around after a difficult qualifying. I hope this is the first win of many. My goal is the championship this year and a win like this helps a lot.

“Dr Marko has given me this incredible opportunity to compete in this series and be part of the Red Bull Junior driver programme. I’m doing my best every day to repay his faith and try to win races. I’ve dedicated my whole year to this. I’ve left all my friends and family in Australia to pursue what I want I’ve wanted to do all my life. It’s Mother’s day in Australia so I think this is the best present for my Mum back home.”

Commented Jamun Racing’s Caroline: “I’ve always been at good at starts and on cold tyres. I learnt that in karting, so I’ve always had the upper hand on people in this aspect. I have so much confidence in myself and the car. I’m always pushing the limits and although there’s times when it might not come off that’s just me and I’ll keep trying. I managed to fend of Billy towards the end. It was a lot of fun with the two of us battling just like we used to in karting. I’ve had two second places this season so the win is definitely the aim now.”

Added Monger: “At the second restart Jamie made a slight mistake which allowed me to really challenge him. From then onwards it was all about the battle for second and third. This is a fantastic result though from 18th. It was a chaotic race. There was so much action. I made up a few places at the start and then stayed out of trouble as others made mistakes around me. I made a few really bold overtakes on the outside through Goodwood. I had to try to attack Jamie and defend from Carrie at the same time towards the end. It was difficult, but I’m ecstatic with the end result.”

The first appearance of the safety car occurred just four laps in to enable the recovery of Nicolai Kjaergaard’s beached car on the exit of Church corner. Prior to which Quinn out-braked himself trying to defend from Jamie Caroline, sending him into the back of James Pull. Both lived to fight another day, but they came together merely a lap later. An incident which saw Quinn receive a five place grid penalty for round nine.

With the safety car back in the pits at the end of lap six the drama resumed instantly. Whilst Leeds once again wasted no time in breaking away from the field, Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco collided with JHR’s Jack Butel in almost a carbon copy of the incident that saw Max Fewtrell roll spectacularly out of round seven.

By lap seven Florescu had made his way up to third place, but a technical problem saw him fall through the field. It forced him to relinquish his championship lead as he nursed his Carlin home.

On the penultimate lap Zane Goddard found a way past fellow Aussie Harry Hayek to claim fifth behind Double R team-mate Carrie Schreiner, by far the best result of the season for the Double R team. It was an exceptional performance from both drivers, with Zane climbing up from the last row of the grid and Schreiner from 13th.

Said Schreiner: “I was a bit lucky with other cars crashing out. It was a fun race and whenever I saw the chance to overtake someone I took it. In the last two laps third was a possibility, but I didn’t want to risk the fourth place finish. I’m really proud of this result.”

Having been overtaken by Goddard, Hayek was immediately in the firing line. Max Fewtrell was seeking redemption after yesterday’s DNF and fellow championship contender Sennan Fielding was also in maximum attack mode on the final lap. However, the trio came to grief at the Club chicane, Fielding miraculously maintaining momentum to finish sixth and Hayek in 12th.

It was a landmark race for Ayrton Simmons. In only his second competitive British F4 outing he finished inside the points and took a fantastic Rookie class win following team-mate Jack Martin’s exclusion from the results for an incident during the safety car period.

Provisional results Round 8, Thruxton 8 May, 2016
12 laps / 28.27 miles
1 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 20m 06.547s / 84.35mph
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun +2.683s
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +3.073s
4 Carrie SCHREINER / GER / Double R +3.325s
5 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +4.722s
6 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +9.784s
7 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +9.261s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +9.920s
9 Ross MARTIN / GBR / Fortec +9.940s
10 Patrik MATTHIESEN / DEN / JTR +23.130s etc

Fastest lap Fielding 1m 15.304s / 112.63mph

Rookie class 1 Simmons ; 2 R Martin; 3 Quinn

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Leeds 103 points; 2 Florescu 101; 3 Fielding 99; 4 Fewtrell 89; 5 Pull 83; 6 Quinn 67; 7 Caroline 65; 8 Martins 45; 9 DeFrancesco 35; 10 Monger 29 etc

Rookie Class 1 Quinn 176;  2 R Martin 112; 2 J Martin 97; 4 Kjaergaard 72; 5 Simmons 33

Round 9 grid order
Florescu – Fewtrell – Fielding – DeFrancesco – Monger – Pull – Caroline – Leeds – Goddard – Matthiesen etc

Torque Speed – Driver reaction from Brands Hatch Ford MSA Formula Test

  • Luis Leeds pays testament to the fantastic work of his Arden team.
  • Zane Goddard expects very close season.
  • Jamie Caroline pushing the limits to be in best shape for the start of the season.
4 March, 2016 – With the dust having settled on last week’s Ford British F4 test which saw the field covered by less than a second, we hear from some of the test’s key protagonists.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Luis Leeds left Brands Hatch with the fastest time and the bragging rights: “It was a really good test. We focused on consistency and trying to do the right thing in every session like using the correct tyre warming procedures and it paid dividends. Arden set the car up brilliantly and together as a team we performed really well.

“To be part of the Red Bull Junior Team driver programme and have the Red Bull logo all over my Ford British F4 car is amazing. It brings with it a little bit of pressure, but it’s a good kind of pressure. It helps you perform and motivates you to do your best.”

Zane Goddard spent much of the test at the top of the timesheets and ended up second fastest for Double R Racing: “The times are so close. It’s going to be an exciting year with very close racing. Hopefully we can stay towards the front.

“I got a lot out of the car and I think the team should be really proud of what they have done. They have worked really hard.”

Goddard’s Double R teammate Carrie Schreiner also lit up the timing screens on a number of occasions, the German clearly enjoying her time behind the wheel: “The test was a lot of fun and it went well. The Double R team is made up of such a good group of people. I’m able to learn so much in Ford British F4 and I really enjoy driving the Ford EcoBoost powered car.

Ginetta Junior champion Jamie Caroline’s lap times suggested that he’s a force to be reckoned with in 2016, setting the third fastest time overall. An achievement made all the more impressive given that his running was curtailed due to damaging his Jamun Racing prepared car on track: “I was trying to find more when there wasn’t any more to find and I just went over the limit. It’s not ideal, but you’ve got to find the limit one way or another. It’s all about learning at this stage.

“I’m loving the Ford British F4 car. When you really push the car it responds brilliantly.”

Meanwhile, Ayrton Simmons tallied an impressive 146 laps for Arden on his way to the seventh quickest time: “The car felt really good. I’m pleased with my times and mileage. I spend a lot of time in the gym and work a lot on my fitness so I feel well prepared. To have done this many laps in one day is no problem at all for me.”

The next collective Ford British F4 test will take place 16 March at Donington Park.

Zane Goddard all set for 2016 Ford MSA Formula season with Double R Racing

  • Goddard to embark on 2016 title assault with Double R Racing.
  • 16 year-old looking forward to competing with world’s most talented young drivers.
  • German Carrie Schreiner will run alongside Goddard for Double R at selected rounds.

4 March, 2016 – Australian Zane Goddard is all set to race in Ford British F4 for Double R this season. The 16 year-old already has experience of car racing, having competed in the FIA Australian Formula 4 series in 2015. He finished ninth in the standings and collected a podium finish at Phillip Island along the way.

After impressing at a test in Valencia this winter, Double R Racing snapped up the Aussie talent. He joins compatriots Luis Leeds and Harry Hayek in making the switch to Ford British F4, which uses the same Mygale chassis and Ford EcoBoost engine as Australian Formula 4.

Said Goddard: “It’s a great opportunity and certainly a big challenge to race against top quality drivers from all corners of the globe.

“I feel extremely privileged to compete overseas this year in Ford British F4 with Double R Racing.

“The Double R team has been brilliant to work with so far. They are incredibly professional. To have their support and that of my sponsors Integrated Systems Group and ARA Group is fantastic.”

Double R team boss Anthony Hieatt added: “Zane is a decent pedaller. He knows the Mygale cars and the tyres so hopefully he will be running at the front.”

Goddard’s teammate at selected rounds this season will be German driver Carrie Schreiner who will dovetail her ADAC Formel 4 commitments with Ford British F4.

The opening rounds of MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, powered by Ford EcoBoost are set for Brands Hatch in early April. The series is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and was introduced last season as a supporting series on the live-televised British Touring Car Championship package.