Season Review: Jewiss triumphant as Ford’s winning formula continues to excel

The 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost yet again underlined the strength of Ford’s winning formula with another action-packed campaign courtesy of the latest crop of rising stars.

Thirty races played out across ten events on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package to a capacity trackside audience and millions more through ITV’s live, free-to-air television coverage, with the ‘Green Arrow’ – Kiern Jewiss – seizing the opportunity to claim the title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The triumph – also Double R Racing’s first in the category – was boosted by five race victories for Jewiss in as many meetings before the summer break, and a consistent, mature approach to maintain his advantage thereafter as he amassed 445 points – a record for a single season.

It also leaves the BRDC Rising Star with 12 vital FIA Super License Points – more than the equivalent success in any domestic F3 series – as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Lando Norris and use British F4 as the start of a journey to Formula 1.

Though chief title rival Ayrton Simmons would strike first blood with a brace of wins at the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser, Jewiss’ first victory in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned F4 series – a superlative drive through the field – followed soon after at Donington Park and ignited a fierce, season-long battle between the pair and another returnee, Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard.

Two wins at Thruxton and further visits to the top step of the rostrum at Oulton Park and Croft paved the way for Jewiss’ success, but a late-season charge from Hoggard – in which he won 6 of the final 12 races – rewarded him with third overall behind Simmons and Jewiss.

Hoggard’s speed was also underlined with five pole positions – the most for any driver – but ultimately a mid-season run of 13 races without silverware proved crucial in the battle for the honours.

Sixth position in the opening race at the Brands Hatch GP finale proved enough for Jewiss, who would record a sixth win of the season later that weekend to round out a fantastic campaign in style.

All in all, eight drivers enjoyed a trip to the Winner’s Circle across the campaign, including Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, two Arden-run Red Bull Junior Team racers who provided a thrilling scrap for the coveted Rookie Cup title.

Just a single point split the pair in the overall standings at the end of the season, and a mere 15 divided them in the Rookie class, sharing 20 of the 30 victories between themselves.

They largely dominated the top step of the rostrum in the middle of the campaign, with Doohan’s breakthrough success in the finale at Thruxton setting the trend before victories for Hauger at Oulton Park and Croft, then both shared the spotlight at Snetterton.

Several podium finishes eventually gave way to victories for “Flying Finns” Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri, whilst Sebastian Priaulx bookended a positive start to life in single-seaters with a win apiece on each Brands Hatch circuit layout, and claimed six podium finishes besides.

JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaimán was an ever-present in the top ten across the campaign but couldn’t build on his breakthrough podium in 2017, whilst new team mate Josh Skelton laid the foundations for future success, including a Rookie Cup triumph at Rockingham, and rounded out the top ten in the points.

A mere 25 points – equivalent to a single race win – split the drivers occupying 11th to 14th overall, with Hampus Ericsson eventually emerging ahead of promising rookie Sebastian Alvarez, the ever-improving Jamie Sharp and Lucca Allen.

2019 already promises to be an equally-successful 52nd year at the forefront of junior single seater racing for Ford, with returning entries Carlin and Richardson Racing set to return alongside the usual suspects to produce another captivating season of wheel-to-wheel action.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 19.619s / 87.71 mph

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

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

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

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

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

Full results

Hauger heads super-close Rockingham test

  • Arden’s Dennis Hauger beats team-mate Patrik Pasma to top spot by three-hundredths of a second.
  • Top 10 covered by less than a second at the Speedway.

2 AUGUST, 2018 – Just days after taking his fourth win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, Dennis Hauger found himself on top once again in testing at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Arden’s fine run of form showed no sign of letting up on the back of two wins and a one-two finish at the weekend, with Hauger recording the quickest time of the test in the morning – a lap of 1m 19.515s. Team-mate Patrik Pasma followed up by setting the pace in the afternoon with a time just 0.030s adrift of Hauger.

The battle for supremacy on the timesheet was a closely fought affair among the leading protagonists, with Kiern Jewiss and Jack Doohan (Arden) completing the top four and both within less than two tenths of a second of Hauger’s time.

Jewiss’ Double R Racing team-mate and the newest member of the British F4 winners’ club Paavo Tonteri completed the top five, edging out Manuel Sulaiman and Johnathan Hoggard. The latter pair the quickest runners for their respective teams, JHR Developments and Fortec Motorsports.

Sebastian Priaulx and Sebastian Alvarez ensured that all Arden and Double R Racing prepared cars wound up in the top-10. The two drivers sandwiching Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson on the timesheet.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will be back in action at Rockingham Motor Speedway in just over a week on 11/12 August for the upcoming rounds of the season.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Rockingham, 2 August, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:19.515 / 1:19.902
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.572 / 1:19.545
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:19.595 / 1:19.732
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:19.662 / 1:19.891
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:19.943 / 1:20.264
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:20.059 / 1:20.157
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:20.463 / 1:20.072
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:20.118 / 1:20.156
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:20.765 / 1:20.244
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:20.443 / 1:20.344 etc.

Full times

Doohan wins as rookies rule at Snetterton

  • Doohan and Hauger capitalise in tricky conditions to take one-two finish.
  • Tonteri leaves it late to snatch third, ensuring series’ first all-rookie overall podium.

29 JULY, 2018 – History was made at Snetterton in round 18 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as three rookies locked out the overall podium spots for the first time in the series. Jack Doohan led an Arden and Red Bull Junior Team one-two with Dennis Hauger second, while Double R Racing’s Paavo Tonteri picked up third on the last lap.

A damp Snetterton circuit set the scene for an eventful finale to the meeting as the field elected to race on slick tyres. Ford’s rising stars acquitted themselves well around the three-mile Norfolk circuit, however the tricky conditions played a pivotal role in proceedings.

Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) were forced to relinquish their leads at different stages of the race as a result of running on the damp part of the circuit. Pasma on lap three and Hoggard on lap six.

Hoggard and Doohan both picked up a pair of places on the opening lap from fourth and fifth respectively, as poleman Pasma fended off Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). Jewiss ultimately shuffled down several places and Simmons losing one position.

The race-winning move took place on lap six as a wider line through Riches on the damp part of the track opened the door for Doohan to pass Hoggard on the inside, and moments later at the same corner, Hauger squeezed past Simmons in a similar fashion.

Tonteri wasted no time in dispatching Simmons on the following lap at Nelson. Elsewhere Hauger pulled off an identical move to his team-mate to pass Hoggard at Riches, while Tonteri left it late to scythe up the inside of Hoggard on the final lap to take the final podium spot, leaving Hoggard in fourth ahead of Ayrton Simmons.

“I tried to get the best start possible, but I knew that starting on the outside meant it wouldn’t be as good other drivers,” explained race winner Doohan.

“I was watching everyone go off the track when they were in front. Patrik and Johnathan got caught out at turn one which cost them during the race and I didn’t want to make the same mistake.

“I just focused on staying cool, sticking to my marks and not letting the nerves get to me, as I made my way up the order.

“I’m not thinking about the championship at the moment. I’m just taking each race as it comes and hopefully everything else will take care of itself.”

Added Hauger: “Overall it’s been a pretty good weekend. We won race one, which was a great race in which we brought home plenty of points.

“For race two we started towards the back, but did well to get up to sixth. Then to end the weekend by starting sixth and finishing second in this race was good, especially considering the difficult track conditions.”

Commented Tonteri: “It sounds obvious, but the key to that race was to go as fast as possible without going off track and I think I did that very well.

“In the early stages quite a few moves were made when drivers were forced wide onto wet parts of the track. I worked that out and used it to my advantage.”

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the mix for the podium for much of the race, but contact with Simmons and a later off saw the Swede retire from the race.

Although he finished eighth on the road, Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was demoted to ninth because of a 10-second time penalty for an out of position start. It promoted Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen up to eighth, equalling his best result of the season as he finished behind the Arden pair of Pasma and Sebastian Priaulx. The latter doing well to remain in the running after contact with Sulaiman. Meanwhile, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) was back in the points, 24 hours after bagging a top-10 finish in round 16.

Despite starting on the front row and getting away well, damage to his front wing in the opening exchanges left Jewiss gradually falling through the order as he put up a spirited rear-guard action in his Double R-prepared racer. He was forced to pit for a new nosecone in the closing stages, ultimately scuppering his chances of salvaging some hard-earned points and seeing his championship lead reduced to 29 points.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost resumes in two weeks at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 11/12 August.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 18 Snetterton, 29 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 21m 23.270s / 91.61 mph
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +0.869s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +5.184s
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +6.082s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +9.331s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.585s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +17.905s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +23.143s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +28.121s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +28.177s etc.

Fastest lap: Tonteri 1m 54.392s / 93.43 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 250; 3 Hauger 233; 4 Doohan 201; 5 Tonteri 199; 6 Priaulx 160; 7 Hoggard 132; 8 Pasma 126; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 330 points; 2 Doohan 317; 3 Tonteri 309; 4 Skelton 229; 5 Alvarez 161

Full results

Hauger leads Arden one-two finish at Snetterton

  • Hauger makes it four wins for the season.
  • Priaulx back on the podium for first time since April.
  • Simmons scores third place to close gap to championship leader Jewiss who finishes outside the points.

28 JULY, 2018 – Dennis Hauger took an excellent fourth win of the season in round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost and led home an Arden one-two with Sebastian Priaulx finishing second.

Having started from the front row of the grid, Hauger was embroiled in the skirmish for victory from the outset, battling it out with poleman Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), as well as the Double R pair of Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri, plus Arden team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Jack Doohan.

Jewiss’ bid for the win came undone on lap three when hunting down Simmons for first place, having got the better of Hauger after the latter attempted to pass Simmons on lap two.

As Jewiss sized up Simmons, there was contact with Hauger behind which sent Jewiss into a spin and down the order. It left the championship leader coming home in 12th with fastest lap his only consolation.

Simmons looked his usual calm and collected self despite pressure from Hauger behind, but dust kicked up by a car running wide hindered his vision and Red Bull Junior Hauger boldly passed Simmons for the lead. Priaulx also snuck through to take second, having expertly worked his way up through the order from seventh.

“It’s great to be back on the top step of the podium immediately after the Croft meeting when we won twice,” said Hauger.

“I think it was a good race with a lot of things happening out on track. I just had to try to stay calm.

“Simmons was slower through turn one at one point so I managed to squeeze past to take the lead.

“It’s always tough to pass Ayrton so I was pleased to take advantage when I could and take maximum points with the championship leader finishing outside the top-10.”

Added Priaulx: “Everything seemed to fall into place in that race.

“We didn’t make use of our new tyres because of where we were starting from, but I still had great race pace.

“I’m happy to be back on the podium. It’s been a while so it’s great to be fighting at the front again.

“I’ve got new tyres for the next race so I’m looking forward to what’s ahead this weekend. We can achieve more great results.”

“I was a bit unlucky once out in the lead,” explained Simmons. “Someone ran wide in turn one and kicked up a load of dust. I was the first driver to go through it and before I knew it Dennis was alongside me.

“I lost my left mirror which made things pretty interesting, but still managed to bring home good points.

“It would have been better to get the 25 points which I think we deserved, but it’s good to take 15 points out of Jewiss’ championship lead.”

Just missing out on a podium spot was Doohan, who had pulled off a brilliant move earlier in the race. The Aussie squeezing past Priaulx at Murrays. He chased down Simmons until the chequer, the pair seemingly inseparable and Simmons doing well to keep Doohan at bay.

Paavo Tonteri came home fifth and was the highest placed Double R runner, while team-mate Sebastian Alvarez followed him home in sixth to record his best result of the season ahead of Patrik Pasma who picked up several spots on his way to seventh.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) had to settle for eighth, having been shuffled down the order, with Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) in ninth and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) making a welcome return to the top-10 for the first time since the Thruxton meeting in May.

After the race Hauger was handed a five-place grid penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, meaning an 11th place grid slot for round 17.

Manuel Sulaiman was also handed a five-place grid penalty for the same infringement and it will be taken at the next available opportunity in which the full penalty can be applied.

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Provisional results Round 16 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 53.819s / 93.76 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.413s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +5.245s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.573s
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +7.391s
6 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +9.290s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.956s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +11.078s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +13.023s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +16.343s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 52.053s / 95.38 mph

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

Full results

Jewiss sets the pace in Snetterton testing

  • Kiern Jewiss quickest on day one of testing in Norfolk.
  • Dennis Hauger and Arden run him closest.

17 JULY, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost got back into gear with testing at Snetterton following the summer break and it was Kiern Jewiss who set the pace.

Championship leader Jewiss showed his hand late in the afternoon to rattle off a succession of rapid laps in the 1m 51s bracket. The Double R ace the first man to break the 1m 52s barrier. His best time of 1m 51.625s put him 0.247s clear of closest challenger Dennis Hauger.

It was yet another strong showing from Hauger who wound up second fastest in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Arden team-mate Sebastian Priaulx’s morning pacesetting time of 1m 52.230s was enough to secure him third on the combined classification, edging out Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) by a mere 0.026s.

The Arden pair of Jack Doohan and Patrik Pasma wound up next on the combined classification in fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).

Late flurries from Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports), Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) ensured top 10 spots on the timing sheet for the trio, ahead of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) in 11th who improved upon his morning’s best time by over two seconds in the afternoon.

Testing continues tomorrow ahead of the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Snetterton, 17 July, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:52.618 / 1:51.625
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.594 / 1:51.872
3 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.230 / 1:52.403
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:53.302 / 1:52.256
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.692 / 1:52.335
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.791 / 1:52.404
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:52.681 / 1:52.499
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.951 / 1:52.775
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:53.566 / 1:52.803
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:53.330 / 1:53.166 etc.

Full times

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.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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.

Full times