DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx makes top six return with battling Croft display

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25 JUNE, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx has brought the first half of his maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign to a close with a return to the top six, as a strong race three performance provided a positive end to an otherwise challenging weekend at Croft (23/24 June).

The 1st Central Insurance driver would find himself with an uphill struggle following a difficult qualifying session on Saturday, but he responded well with some battling displays in the races to secure a hat-trick of top ten finishes.

Priaulx would produce some strong pace during an official two-day test at the circuit at the start of the month, and he further hinted at a competitive weekend ahead as he stormed to third fastest overall during the second free practice session on Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately a change in the car’s balance for qualifying the next day would stop Priaulx from maximising his potential in the session, as he came away with eighth and seventh on the grid for races one and three of the weekend, the first of which followed that afternoon.

Priaulx got a great launch off the line in his Arden Motorsport machine to rise to seventh, although it was sadly short-lived as he got run out wide across the gravel at the first corner, with the subsequent loss of momentum leaving him powerless to prevent himself dropping to tenth.

Settling into a rhythm from there, Priaulx closed onto the tail of the driver ahead and gave it everything he had to try and get the place, however despite his best efforts he would have to settle for tenth position at the chequered flag.

Some changes to the car overnight left the Guernseyman confident there would be an upturn in performance during races two and three on Sunday, both of which would take place live on ITV4 and in front of a huge trackside crowd.

Priaulx would make some strong progress in the opening race of the day as he climbed three places over the first half of the race, however following a short safety car period, he was unable to gain further ground and brought the Ravenscroft machine home in seventh.

The seventeen year old would start the final race from the same position and a brilliant start saw him move up to fifth place on the opening lap. Immediately pulling clear of the pack behind, his attention turned to challenging title contender Ayrton Simmons for fourth.

Unfortunately the introduction of the safety car slashed his near four second gap to those behind, and at the restart he soon found himself in the difficult position of trying to defend and attack at the same time as he fought with Simmons and team-mate Jack Doohan.

After losing out to Doohan, Priaulx would maintain the pressure on Simmons throughout the remainder of the race, however a clear overtaking opportunity would not present itself and he took the finish in sixth.

With an eighth top six finish of the season so far under his belt, Priaulx now heads into the championship’s mid-season summer break focused on ensuring he’s back fighting at the front of the field in the next rounds at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 28/29.

Sebastian Priaulx: “After showing so much promise in free practice on Friday it is obviously very disappointing that we couldn’t be battling at the front this weekend, but we pushed hard throughout and I’m pleased we could end on a positive note with a top six finish.

“Unfortunately the car felt different on Saturday and I couldn’t quite get to grips with it across qualifying and the first race, however the team worked hard to find a solution and it feels like we made some great progress with the car in the final race.

“The summer break has come at an ideal time for us. We want to be back fighting for podium finishes, so we’ve got five weeks until Snetterton to work with the team to ensure we have the best package possible to take into the second half of the season.”

TEAM NEWS: Win number five for Jewiss and Double R at Croft

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•    F4 British Championship leader Kiern Jewiss takes fifth win of 2018.
•    Superb one-two in round 14 for Double R with Jewiss and Tonteri.

25 JUNE, 2018 – Championship leading British F4 racer Kiern Jewiss increased his advantage at the top of the driver standings for Double R Racing to an extremely impressive 57 points at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend 23/24 June, as the 2018 season reached the midway point.

Finishing round 13 on Saturday afternoon in second position, in the first of Sunday’s two F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost races, Jewiss charged through to claim a magnificent win from fifth on the grid. In round 15, he added another second place finish for the Woking team.

Team-mate Paavo Tonteri took a highlight second place overall in round 14, a terrific one-two for Double R with Jewiss and also the Finnish youngster’s fifth Rookie Cup victory of the year, with the addition of top four results in the other two contests.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez missed out on the points-paying top 10 in rounds 13 and 14, but the first year F4 driver raced impressively to a season-best seventh position overall on track in round 15 – his fifth outright score of the season.

“We know we have a great setup for Croft and Kiern and Paavo made the most of that in race two, taking another Double R one-two is fantastic”, said team principal Anthony Hieatt, “We wanted to make sure we kept the lead of the championship to end the first half of the season, but to have increased the points gap with Kiern is really good and sets us up well into the summer break.

“Paavo had another strong weekend with an outright podium and another Rookie win, and he’s closed on the top four in the main championship. Sebastian’s weekend certainly ended positively, we can’t ask for much more than a best result of the season – he raced well and did a great job.”

Jewiss and Tonteri double-up for Double R
Qualifying on Saturday was impossibly close, the tiniest of fractions determining the top three places on the grid for round 13. Jewiss had to settle for second fastest, missing pole position by a mere 0.038 seconds, and Tonteri was just 0.019 seconds further adrift in third – second in the Rookie class. Alvarez was just a tenth of a second outside the top 10 with the 11th best lap, fourth Rookie.

Jewiss challenged pole position qualifier Dennis Hauger very hard indeed throughout the 15-lap duration of Saturday afternoon’s encounter, the Double R racer never more than a few tenths of a second adrift as the pair pulled well clear of the chasing pack. Swarming all over the back of his rival, Jewiss ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot less than half a second shy.

Tonteri was edged back to fourth early on and then spent the remainder of the race just outside the top three, claiming second in the Rookie Cup. Alvarez also lost ground on lap one, slipping to 12th place, and was then shuffled down to 13th on the second tour. Bottled up behind the car of Lucca Allen, Alvarez pressured hard and took the flag only 0.1 seconds behind – fourth in the Rookie class.

For the ‘partially reversed’ race two grid, Tonteri lined-up in third with Jewiss directly behind in fifth and Alvarez started in 13th spot. When the lights went out, Tonteri held third into the first corner as Jewiss squeezed into fourth just behind his team-mate on the inside and then, on the run to Tower, they moved into second and third respectively when Ayrton Simmons slowed.

Further back, Alvarez had to take to the grass out of the chicane to avoid being caught-up in a multi-car tangle and after a wild ride across the infield he was able to recover to the track in 12th position before then heading to the pits at the end of lap two. After rejoining a lap down following a check-over of his car from the team, the Mexican went on to end the race in 12th position.

Up at the front, Jewiss piled on the pressure to team-mate Tonteri as the duo closed on race leader Matthew Hoggard and on lap four at Tower points leader Jewiss produced an incredible late pass on the brakes to move ahead of Tonteri into second.

By the start of lap six Jewiss was right with Hoggard and at Tower he again produced a sensational move, remarkably this time around the outside, to take the lead. Even with the intervention of the Safety Car on lap nine, Jewiss was untroubled and he went on to take his fifth victory of the season by 3.5 seconds.

Tonteri, under huge pressure after the Safety Car period from Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, didn’t put a wheel wrong as he defended his position and as his rivals waged their own battle late on the Finn pulled clear to wrap-up a tremendous one-two for Double R, as well as the Rookie win.

Race three, round 15, started with Tonteri on the front row of the grid – having shaded Jewiss to the second fastest ‘second best’ time in qualifying – and again there was nothing between them, just 0.012 seconds. Alvarez started in 11th position as he did in race one.

Another great launch enabled Jewiss to challenge team-mate Tonteri into Clervaux and, with a bold pass, he moved into second brilliantly. Ending lap one 0.9 seconds shy of pole qualifier Hauger, Jewiss remained in touch and after a mid-race Safety Car period he did get as close as half a second behind Hauger. Ultimately, though, the Double R racer had to settle for second and another podium.

Tonteri ran in third place for almost the entire duration, only losing out on an outright rostrum finish at the final corner when Doohan made a late move for third on the inside – which also pushed the Finn back to third in the Rookie class battle.

Behind his two team-mates, Alvarez put together one of his best performances of the year on his way to a season-best seventh on the road.* From the head of row six, the Mexican was edged back to 13th place on lap one but he soon began his fightback and by lap four he had moved into the overall top 10.

Following a spin for Josh Skelton at the end of lap four, which triggered the mid-race Safety Car, Alvarez took ninth and before racing resumed a pit-stop for Patrik Pasma elevated the Double R machine into eighth. Swarming all over Manuel Sulaiman when racing resumed, Alvarez applied a lot of pressure and grabbed seventh brilliantly on lap 10 – also finishing fourth in the Rookie battle.

Following a lengthy five-week summer break, Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the sixth event of the British F4 season on 28/29 July.

* After round 15 Alvarez was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage, demoting him to ninth in the final classification.

Hauger converts pole into victory at Croft

  • Hauger and Arden win again at Croft.
  • Jewiss extends championship lead with sixth consecutive podium.
  • Doohan puts in inspired performance to clinch final podium spot with belting last corner lunge, having started from back row of the grid.

24 JUNE, 2018 – Arden and Dennis Hauger were back on the top step of the podium after a textbook win from pole position in round 15 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.

Just as he had done in the first race of the weekend, Hauger performed yet more lights-to-flag perfection to take his second win of the Croft meeting and third of the season.

The Arden racer was able to keep Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) at bay for the duration, after Jewiss had got the better of team-mate Tonteri into turn one at the start to take second.

“Our pace was really good in that race,” said a beaming Hauger. “Before the Safety Car came out I had built a gap to second, but that got wiped out so I had to do it all again.

“After the first lap I felt I had the pace to win relatively comfortably. I just focused on my driving, stayed in the zone and ended the weekend on a high.

“It’s been almost a perfect weekend with two wins and a third place. It means our championship chances are starting to look a lot better now.”

Jewiss’ second place was enough to see him extend his championship lead by a further eighth points to a tally of 57 over Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). Simmons finishing fifth after a race-long battle with Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making a welcome return towards the sharp end of the grid after a frustrating time of late.

“For me it was always going to be a tricky race to win because Dennis had two new tyres for this race,” explained Jewiss.

“As much as I would have like to have taken the win I just don’t think it was really on the cards.

“I got a good start to maximise my chances of taking a place into turn one, which I did by going down the inside of Paavo.

“I pushed as hard as I could today. We got the win earlier and I’m happy with all the points we’ve scored this weekend.

“Two second place finishes and a win is a really strong weekend. It contributes to the excellent foundation we’ve created to fight for the championship from in the second half of the season.

“It’s definitely been a pretty good first half of the season. I’ve performed well and now we can look forward to the second half of the year having pulled away in the lead of the chase for the title.”

Behind Jewiss finished Jack Doohan. The rookie secured Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team a one-three finish and a one-two in the Rookie class after an inspired drive from the final row of the grid.

Having picked up four places on the opening lap, Doohan upped the ante as he ascended through the field, particular highlights including running bravely around the outside of Hoggard and Simmons within the space of several laps.

Doohan saved the best until the very last corner of the race. Getting a better exit out of Complex and selling Tonteri a dummy into the hairpin. He switched to the Finn’s inside and planted his car on the apex to claim the corner and power towards the finish line to take a remarkable third place.

“I really had to keep my foot planted to have a chance of getting around the outside of Hoggard into turn one. I still managed to slow the car down and emerge in front. It was a really tight overtake.

“The move on Simmons was a little bit tense. I went in pretty deep, sliding around and we were side-by-side through the Jim Clark Esses and I just managed to do enough to get ahead for Sunny In.

“I was lucky to pull off the move at the end. Tonteri defended really well. He swept out to take his normal line for the final corner and I went for the gap on the inside to get third.

“It was a tough move because I had understeer through Sunny Out which I thought cost me my chance, but then I got a good exit out of Complex to set up the move.

“We definitely showed our pace today. If we had started higher up the grid this weekend, it would have been a very different story.”

Sebastian Alvarez had plenty to be pleased about at the chequer. The Double R racer recorded his best result of the season so far in seventh, ahead of the Fortec Motorsports pair of Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen who sandwiched Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) in the final classification.

However, after the race Alvarez was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage. It demoted him to ninth, promoting Hoggard and Sulaiman up to seventh and eighth respectively.

The quartet bagged points and denied Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) a top 10 finish. It was a case of what might have been for Hoggard, whose attempt to go around the outside of Simmons on the opening lap at Tower Bend saw him shuffled down the order.

A tangle between Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) at the hairpin proved the undoing of their respective races and triggered a brief Safety Car period halfway through the race, while Hampus Ericsson was also forced to retire.

Following the race Pasma was handed a 10 place grid penalty for driving in a manner not compatible with general safety. He will take the full 10 place grid drop at the next available opportunity to do so.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost now goes on its annual summer break, with action resuming in five weeks at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 15 Croft, 24 June, 2018
14 laps / 29.75 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 55.330s / 85.24 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +1.688s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.516s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +5.854s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +8.318s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +8.530s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +13.921s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +14.920s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ* / MEX / Double R +15.264s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +16.102s etc.
* Five-second time penalty

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 22.289s / 92.96 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 267 points; 2 Simmons 210; 3 Hauger 182; 4 Doohan 164; 5 Tonteri 149; 6 Priaulx 118; 7 Hoggard 112; 8 Pasma 111; 9 Skelton 55; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 269 points; 2 Doohan 264; 3 Tonteri 254; 4 Skelton 194; 5 Alvarez 125

Full results

Fantastic five for Jewiss as Double R Racing score one-two at Croft

  • Jewiss wins from fifth on the grid thanks to some inspired overtakes.
  • Tonteri follows Jewiss home to earn Double R its second one-two of the season.

24 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss led a Double R Racing one-two finish with Paavo Tonteri finishing second in round 14 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.

Trackside spectators and the millions of people watching live at home on ITV4 were treated to a vintage Jewiss performance. The driver pulled off some sublime moves to win from fifth on the grid and secure his fifth win of the season.

A technical problem for championship rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) saw Jewiss swiftly promoted to third having already dispatched Patrik Pasma in the opening exchanges.

On lap four the 15-year-old made a late lunge down the inside of Tonteri to scythe past his team-mate at Tower Bend and take second.

Poleman Johnathan Hoggard was immediately in Jewiss’ sights and Tower Bend proved to be the scene of the race winning move as Jewiss boldly ran around the outside of the Fortec Motorsports racer to take the lead.

Once in front it was plain sailing for Jewiss. Even a Safety Car to recover Patrik Pasma’s Arden-prepared car after a tangle with Hoggard at the hairpin couldn’t thwart him. Jewiss mastering the restart and winning by a margin of 3.554s from Tonteri.

“I just got my head down and cracked on with the task I had in front of me,” said a composed Jewiss.

“I tried to get past Paavo at Sunny In but couldn’t quite pull it off. Then I had a go at him into Tower Bend from about five lengths back. It just took a bit of determination to pull off the move.

“Once I caught Johnathan I noticed he was lifting quite early into the corner so I went around the outside of him. I locked up a little, but got in front.

“When I was in the lead I felt very comfortable. Then the Safety Car came out so that mixed things up again.

“I nailed the restart and built up the gap I needed while managing the tyres really well on the way to my fifth win of the season.

“It feels great and to extend my championship lead feels even better.”

Tonteri did well to fend off the hard charging Red Bull Junior Team pair of Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, as well as Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), to finish second and claim the Rookie class win.

“This second place and one-two for Double R Racing is definitely a great result,” said Tonteri.

“I don’t think any other team has scored a one-two finish this year.

“I was pleased with how I performed towards the end when battling with all the other drivers to get the podium and score all these points for the championship.

“It was a really eventful race and this is what spectators want to see although it wasn’t so enjoyable for me as I was the one defending.

“It hasn’t been an ideal start to the season for me, but race after race we are improving and that shows in the results.”

Arden team-mates Hauger and Doohan provided plenty of fireworks on track. The latter climbing up from last on the grid to eighth on the opening lap and then making his way up to the rear of his team-mate in rapid fashion. Hauger held on to third and Doohan had to settle for fourth.

Said Hauger: “We had a really good fight with Jack and I’m really pleased to get this podium having started from sixth.

“I just tried to stay calm and not make any mistakes.

“Hopefully we can get a great start in race three like we did yesterday and go on to win.

“We have saved two new tyres for the final race to help give us a bit of an advantage.

“I think we can find a bit more pace too so it should be an exciting race for us.”

His team-mate Pasma was penalised following proceedings for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety. The Finn receiving a five place grid penalty for round 15.

Skelton finished fifth in the final classification and with it equalled his best result of the season after an excellent drive. Meanwhile, Sulaiman’s sixth place underlined a strong race for the JHR Developments duo.

Sebastian Priaulx was next on the road, ahead of the Fortec Motorsports trio of Hampus Ericsson, Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen who completed the top 10. Hoggard doing particularly well to bring his car home in the points following the coming together with Pasma.

Jamie Sharp’s race unravelled on lap 12. The Sharp Motorsport racer did brilliantly to make his way into the points paying positions. He ran as high as eighth, but ultimately a technical problem put paid to his chances.

Round 15 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1600 and will be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 14 Croft, 24 June, 2018
14 laps / 29.75 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 11.952s / 88.37 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.554s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +4.955s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.336s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +5.618s
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +7.577s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / Arden +8.734s
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.499s
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.602s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +15.723s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 22.347s / 92.90 mph

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

Full results

Hauger brings home second win of the season

  • Win number two for Arden’s Dennis Hauger after race-long duel with Double R ace Kiern Jewiss.
  • Hauger makes two trips to top step of podium with fourth Rookie class win of season.
  • Patrik Pasma ensures two Arden drivers on the rostrum with third place finish.

23 JUNE, 2018 – Dennis Hauger put in an inch-perfect performance in his Arden-prepared racer to take his second win of the season in round 13 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.

Poleman Hauger withstood race long pressure from Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The pair were in a league of their own. Although less than half a second separated them as they crossed the line, there was a further 10 seconds back to the rest of the field.

“It was a hard race, but I only made one mistake in turn five and that gave Jewiss a chance to get closer,” said Hauger.

“I held my nerve and managed to keep him behind for the entire race which was great and it was fantastic to get the win.

“I got an excellent start and I hope for two more tomorrow to make my life easier in the races.

“If we can win from pole in the final race tomorrow then we can go into the summer break feeling pretty happy.

“It’s not easy to overtake here so the second race will be tricky, but well try our best.

“We were able to manage the tyres well which is encouraging and I think we can look after them well throughout the rest of the weekend.”

Added Jewiss: “I was thinking about the championship in that race. There was no point in pushing for something when perhaps the pace wasn’t quite good enough to pull off a straightforward overtake.

“We looked after the tyres well which should help us tomorrow. We’ve got to keep our nose clean and try to pick up as many points as we can.

“I was hoping we would be able to push on and create a gap back to the field. It made things easier for me as I didn’t have to worry about guys attacking from behind.”

Patrik Pasma (Arden) got the better of Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) at the start to steal third, which he held for the duration as Tonteri chased him home in fourth and picked up second in the Rookie class.

“We’re making a bit of habit of getting podiums now,” said Pasma. “I cannot be too happy with third because I want to win, but it’s still good points for the championship.

“There are two more races to go this weekend and we need to get as many points as we can and hopefully a win.

“I got past Tonteri off of the line and couldn’t quite bridge the gap to the front two.

“We need to look through the data to see where we can improve for tomorrow’s races.”

Ayrton Simmons came home in fifth which meant Jewiss extended his championship lead over the JHR Developments driver to 24 points. However, Simmons will have the chance to strike back in the second race of the weekend from which he will start on the front row, while Jewiss will set off from fifth.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) brought home sixth, which crucially earns him pole for the partially reversed grid race tomorrow, as he bids to add to his tally of two victories this season.

Elsewhere, seventh and eighth place finishes for Josh Skelton and Manuel Sulaiman respectively ensured that all JHR Developments runners finished inside the top 10.

Sebastian Priaulx got shuffled a couple of places down the order in the opening exchanges. It left him in the middle of an entertaining three-way scrap for ninth which also involved Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Ericsson and Priaulx bagged the points leaving Sharp just missing out, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing).

Jack Doohan’s (Arden) nightmare Saturday continued. Having had his chances of pole thwarted due to technical problems, further issues reared their head from the outset, forcing him to limp into the pits at the end of the opening lap.

Round 14 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at 1245 tomorrow, with the final race of the weekend kicking off at 1600. Both will be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 13 Croft, 23 June, 2018
15 laps / 31.87 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 33.175s / 93.05 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.489s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +10.315s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +14.248s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +15.223s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.505s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +19.735s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +20.278s
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +22.473s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +22.601s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 21.566s / 93.79 mph

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

Grid for Round 14: Hoggard – Simmons – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Hauger – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson – Priaulx etc.

Round 15 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hauger – Tonteri – Jewiss – Pasma – Simmons – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 224 points; 2 Simmons 200; 3 Hauger 142; 4 Doohan 137; 5 Pasma 120; 6 Tonteri 119; =7 Hoggard 104; =7 Priaulx 104; 9 Skelton 45; 10 Ericsson 44 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 231 points; 2 Hauger 226; 3 Tonteri 214; 4 Skelton 182; 5 Alvarez 103

Full results

Hauger and Arden double up in Croft British F4 qualifying

  • Hauger takes double pole for second time this season.
  • Double R Racing’s Jewiss and Tonteri within touching distance of Hauger’s pole time.

23 JUNE, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger took a superb double pole position in qualifying at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, after an incredibly close shootout with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Hauger carried plenty of momentum into the session on the back of his timesheet topping performance in free practice two yesterday and excelled around the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire circuit. He claimed pole by 0.038s from Jewiss, with Tonteri only 0.019s further adrift.

Hauger married speed with consistency out on track, his second-fastest time of the session just 0.006s slower than his best. It underlined the Norwegian’s excellent pace and ensured he will start from pole in round 15.

“It’s great that we will start from pole for two races this weekend,” said Hauger. “My lap times were really consistent throughout the session so that’s a really good sign for the races. The car feels really good.

“We’ve got the momentum and we’ve got to keep pushing. It was great to get my first win two weeks ago, but now we want more.

“I’ve had pretty good starts throughout the season so hopefully we can get more good starts this weekend and pull away at the front.”

Tonteri looked set for second, but for a late flyer from Jewiss earned the championship leader a front row grid slot for round 13. However, Tonteri was the quickest of the pair based on second-fastest times and will start alongside poleman Hauger in the final race of the weekend.

“It was a really close fight in qualifying and it will be in the races,” said Jewiss. “It’s so close between the top three.

“We made a bit of a step in sector three thanks to our work overnight, but there is still a little more to find.

“We need to get a really good start and manage the cold tyres better than the others to take advantage at the beginning.

“If I cannot get by Hauger at the start it’s going to be a close race with me sat behind him, trying to fashion an overtake as the race progresses.”

Added Tonteri: “I’m happy with the performance in qualifying, but obviously would have liked to get pole.

“I had traffic on my best lap which didn’t help, but that’s the way it goes sometimes and I’m now really looking forward to the races.

“I think it will be a good fight between all of us at the front. The car feels really good and we are quick here.

“My starts have been getting better during the season so hopefully we can have good ones here.

“I like this circuit. It’s a difficult track but at the same time it’s really fun to drive.”

Patrik Pasma (Arden) netted the final spot on the second row and with it every chance to fight for top honours this weekend, having recorded a time just a couple of tenths off of team-mate Hauger.

Ayrton Simmons bounced back from a quiet Friday free practice after a bold setup change ahead of qualifying. His and the team’s brave decision paid off, Simmons catapulting up the order in the closing stages to secure fifth on the grid.

Johnathan Hoggard wound up sandwiched between JHR Developments duo Simmons and Josh Skelton on the timesheet in sixth, while Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) landed eighth and ninth place grid slots for round 13.

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) will line up 10th, but felt he was capable of more if he had been able to get the tyres at their peak.

Free practice pacesetter Jack Doohan (Arden) endured a nightmare qualifying session. The Aussie was left beleaguered in the pits due to a technical problem for over half of proceedings and unable to fight for pole.

“After free practice we thought it was going to be a very strong weekend for us, but unfortunately qualifying has changed the complexion of the weekend a bit,” said Doohan.

“We’ll keep pushing though and try to turn things around.

“Race two will be key for us. If we can get the reverse grid pole that would be great and what we’ll be aiming for so we can really fight for the win.”

The first race of the weekend follows at 1445.

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Provisional qualifying times Croft, 23 June, 2018

Round 13 grid order
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.001
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.039
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.058
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.238
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:21.304
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:21.501
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:21.521
8 Sebastian PRIUALX / GBR / Arden 1:21.531
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.614
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.711 etc.

Round 15 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hauger – Tonteri – Jewiss – Pasma – Simmons – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson etc.

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Clean sweep for Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team as Doohan and Hauger top Croft free practice

  • Doohan quickest in free practice one and overall, as Hauger tops second session.
  • Jewiss not far behind with the top three covered by just over a tenth of a second and the leading six drivers separated by only three tenths.

22 JUNE, 2018 – Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team made it a clean sweep in free practice at Croft ahead of this weekend’s rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, as Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger topped free practice one and two respectively.

At the end the day it was 15-year-old Doohan fastest overall. The Aussie’s best lap around the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track came in the morning and was a tenth of a second quicker than Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The latter splitting the Arden pair courtesy of his best effort in free practice one, with Hauger only 0.044s further back on the combined classification.

Doohan shone in testing at Croft earlier this the month and picked up where he left off, looking comfortable behind the wheel as he pushed the limits out on track.

Hauger appeared equally impressive, bouncing back well from a technical gremlin which hindered him in the morning session to set the pace in the afternoon.

“This morning I was able to go quickest on the new tyre,” said Doohan. “There was still a little bit of work to do on older tyres so we were trying some things to find some race pace in the afternoon, but that meant we didn’t show the same kind of pace on the new tyre.

“All in all, it’s been a good day because when you look at the whole picture we’ve now found good pace on both new and old tyres.

“We know where we can improve ahead of qualifying so we should be on for a good result.

“We’re not as quick as we were in testing at the beginning of June because we were first out this morning and had to clear all the dust off the circuit and then as the day progressed the temperature got much hotter.

“It’s great to have both Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team cars at the top, although obviously I always want to be the quickest out of the two of us! We want to get a fantastic team result this weekend and that all starts with performing well in qualifying.

“The Croft track is one of the most abrasive surfaces on the calendar and that kind of surface suits my driving so it’s definitely a circuit I like. It’s very technical and difficult. There’s little room for error and it’s a track I have clicked with.”

Added Hauger: “In free practice one we lacked a little bit of speed because of a technical problem, but thankfully we had another session to play with and show that we have really good pace which we can hopefully carry into qualifying.

“There are lots of different corner types here which makes the circuit very interesting and it also really punishes you even if you make just a tiny error.

“We were up there in testing when we came here earlier this month so hopefully we can get a strong team result.

“There are small details we can work on tonight so that we can find even more pace.”

Meanwhile, championship leader Jewiss looks set to be a major player once again despite not feeling completely at one with the circuit at this early stage in weekend.

“It was a pretty tough day for us,” explained Jewiss. “We’re just missing a little bit in sector three. We need to work hard on it overnight. I cannot quite get my head around it at the moment, but we’ll analyse all the data we’ve got and see what happens tomorrow.

“We’ve made a step forward with the car and my driving since the test here earlier in the month so that’s all positive. If we can get on top of sector three then we might end up with a tenth on the rest of the field.

“It feels good coming into the weekend leading the championship, but I want to leave here still leading it and finish the season on top too!”

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard made a strong start to proceedings. Third fastest in free practice one and fourth overall, setting the double race winner up for what should be a fruitful weekend.

Flying Finn’s Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) continue to be on front-running pace and wound up fifth and sixth on the timesheet, only two tenths adrift of top spot.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Priaulx looks like he’s going to be back in the mix for top honours this weekend after a solid day’s running, just three tenths off of team-mate Doohan’s best.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) pipped compatriot Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) to eighth by a mere 0.032s, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top 10 ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and second-place man in the standings Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).

Official qualifying is scheduled for 1050 on Saturday. The first of the Croft weekend’s three races is set to follow at 1445. Rounds 14 and 15 of the season will take place as 1245 and 1600 respectively, with both to be screened live on ITV4.

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Free practice times Croft, 22 June, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:21.124 / 1:21.652
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.241 / 1:21.425
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.484 / 1:21.285
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:21.329 / 1:21.744
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.333 / 1:22.090
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.337 / 1:21.839
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:21.426 / 1:21.469
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.719 / 1:22.759
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:21.893 / 1:22.287
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:22.217 / 1:21.881 etc.

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CROFT PREVIEW: Form man Jewiss the one to beat

21 JUNE, 2018 – It’s all change at the top of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heading to Croft this weekend (23/24 June). Kiern Jewiss is now the man leading the chase for the UK’s most coveted single-seater title, having wrestled top spot away from Ayrton Simmons at Oulton Park thanks to his fourth win of the season and two further podiums.

Jewiss arrives with the best recent form of any driver. His team, Double R Racing, also has an excellent record at Croft and holds the lap record at the North Yorkshire track.

A difficult qualifying put Simmons on the back foot a fortnight ago. However, he took his opportunities well around a circuit that’s notoriously hard to overtake on, namely winning the reverse grid race. The JHR Developments ace will be further buoyed by his pacesetting performance in a two day test at Croft several weeks ago.

The other driver to shine in that test was Jack Doohan. The Arden racer came into it full of confidence after clinching his maiden single-seater win at Thruxton and topped day two of proceedings. His team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger also arrives on the up having taken his maiden win. A just reward for a driver who had come within touching distance of victory on several prior occasions.

Flying Finns Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) are separated in the standings by just two points. There was little to choose between them throughout the Oulton Park meeting. The pair could frequently be found duelling on track. Expect more of the same as they hunt for their first wins in the series.

Johnathan Hoggard endured another frustrating weekend last time out and will want to recapture the winning feeling he had back in April at Donington Park. Meanwhile, Fortec Motorsports team-mate Hampus Ericsson showed signs that he has turned a corner this season and is returning to the front-running level he reached towards the end of 2017.

Josh Skelton’s excellent run of consecutive points scores came to an end at Oulton Park, but he responded well to get back into the top 10 in the final race of the weekend and will look to build on that. Elsewhere, JHR Developments team-mate Manuel Sulaiman arguably had his best weekend of the season so far with three top 10 finishes.

Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) endured a torrid time at Oulton Park and will want to turn things around to head into the summer break on a high. Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) will also hope for more after battling well throughout the last meeting, but only coming away with a point each for their efforts.

Doohan and Arden top the times on day two at Croft

  • Doohan gets the better of afternoon pacesetter Hauger by just 0.003s.
  • Top six drivers covered by only 0.220s over two days of testing.

5 JUNE, 2018 – Jack Doohan and Arden set the pace on day two of official testing at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having missed out on topping day one of the test by 0.006s, Doohan went one better on the final day at the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track.

Just as he had done on day one, he recorded the quickest time of anybody in the morning session with a lap of 1m 20.801s. On this occasion however it proved unbeaten for the remainder of the day’s running, albeit by a very small margin as Dennis Hauger lapped within 0.003s of his Arden team-mate in the afternoon.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) recorded the fourth fastest time to split the Double R pair of Paavo Tonteri and Kiern Jewiss in the combined classification for Tuesday.

Tonteri and Jewiss’ Tuesday efforts, as well as Hauger’s, ensured that the trio joined Ayrton Simmons, Doohan and Hoggard in the 1m 20s bracket. The six drivers separated by little more than a couple of tenths over two days.

No driver was able to better the time recorded by Simmons on day one – a lap of 1m 20.727s. The championship leader was not in attendance for the second day of testing, along with JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton, as well as Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Christian Lester (Rosso Verde Racing).

Behind Jewiss on the Tuesday timesheets could be found Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx and Patrik Pasma. Priaulx the only driver to hit a century of laps.

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) wound up eighth and ninth. Meanwhile, JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman spent a significant chunk of the afternoon session at the top of the times and denied Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen a spot in the top 10.

Attention now turns to this weekend (9/10 June), when the next rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at Oulton Park.

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Testing times Croft, 5 June, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.801 / 1:20.808
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:20.880 / 1:20.804
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:20.868 / 1:21.302
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:20.937 / 1:21.820
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.061 / 1:20.947
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:21.157 / 1:21.014
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.079 / 1:21.069
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.349 / 1:21.776
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:21.375 / 1:21.885
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.524 / 1:21.466 etc.

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Simmons edges out Doohan on day one of Croft test

  • Little to separate pacesetters on day one of Croft test, as championship leader Ayrton Simmons gets the better of Jack Doohan by a mere 0.006s.

4 JUNE, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments edged out Jack Doohan and Arden on day one of a two day test at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The pair were consistently quick throughout the day’s running, Simmons once again showcasing the front-running pace which sees him currently leading the championship.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Junior Team driver Doohan picked up where he left off just over two weeks ago when he claimed his maiden single-seater win at Thruxton.

Doohan got the better of Simmons in the morning session, beating him to the top of the times by just 0.013s. He looked set to finish the afternoon quickest too, only for Simmons to pump in a 1m 20.727s lap with little more than five minutes on the clock to go 0.006s clear of the Aussie.

Johnathan Hoggard wasn’t far behind, finding plenty of pace in the afternoon to lap just a tenth adrift and become one of only three drivers to break the 1m 21s barrier.

The Fortec Motorsports driver ended up ahead of Thruxton double race winner Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), with Dennis Hauger just 0.009s shy of Jewiss.

Hauger’s team-mate Patrik Pasma wound up seventh, while Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) split the Arden duo.

Behind Pasma on the timesheet could be found fellow flying Finn Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing), with Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) completing the top 10.

Of note was the official testing debut of Christian Lester and Rosso Verde Racing, as part of an acclimatisation process with a view to entering the F4 British Championship in future.

Testing at Croft resumes tomorrow, before the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heads to Oulton Park for the upcoming rounds of the season on 9/10 June.

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Testing times Croft, 4 June, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:20.955 / 1:20.727
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.942 / 1:20.733
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:22.163 / 1:20.831
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.421 / 1:21.001
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.049 / 1:21.010
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.627 / 1:21.114
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.356 / 1:21.157
8 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.550 / 1:21.222
9 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:22.255 / 1:21.274
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.588 / 1:21.280 etc.

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