Hauger and Arden lead the way on Rockingham test day

  • Hauger and Hoggard share testing spoils.
  • Ginetta Junior graduates Jewiss and Priaulx continue to impress.

14 MARCH, 2018 – Dennis Hauger set the quickest time in yesterday’s official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

14-year-old Hauger completed a superb testing performance around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire circuit for Arden, climbing to the top of the times with a 1m 18.547s lap with less than an hour of the test remaining.

It put the Red Bull Junior Team driver 0.044s clear of morning pacesetter Johnathan Hoggard, who pumped in a time of 1m 18.591s just before the lunch break.

“Today has been a really good,” said Hauger. “I really enjoy driving around this circuit and I’m looking forward to coming back here to race in August.

“To set the fastest lap was fantastic, especially now there is not long until the first race. We only have one more test before the start of the season so it’s great to see that the pace is there.

“We have worked very hard to find a setup that enables us to produce consistently quick lap times, while looking after the tyres. I think we have found it and that’s going to prove so important for the races.

“This is only my first year racing in cars so to have test days like today when there are a mix of track conditions really helps with the learning process. The track started off quite wet and then dried out. That gives you the chance to improve your understanding of how the car behaves in different conditions.”

Said morning pacesetter Hoggard: “It’s been a really positive test for us with P1 in the morning and top three in afternoon.

“Compared to last year I’ve had a lot more time to prepare and really focus on what I’m doing. Everything feels more natural. There is still room for improvement, but I’ve come a long way since last season and I’m feeling much stronger.

“There’s some more work we need to do back at base and on the simulator to be completely ready, but we’ll get there in time for the start of the season.

“The winter break was a great opportunity to recharge the batteries, but it’s brilliant to be back behind the wheel on days like today to showcase the excellent pace we have.”

It was another impressive showing from Kiern Jewiss who arrived having set the pace in the first official pre-season test at Brands Hatch last month. The Double R driver finished second quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions. His best lap of 1m 18.758s came in the afternoon and was just over two tenths shy of Hauger.

Behind Jewiss on the timesheet could be found fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) who completed the leading quartet of drivers capable of breaking the 1m 19s barrier.

2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion Hampus Ericsson looked assured out on track, completing a comprehensive programme for Fortec Motorsports and improved upon his morning’s best time by over half a second in the afternoon.

The experienced Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) came to the fore when conditions were at their most difficult during the initial morning’s running. It saw the field having to contend with a very damp circuit and called for the use of Hankook’s wet tyres. A solid day’s work followed for the British F4 race winner on the way to sixth in the combined classification.

Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan ensured that all four Arden-prepared cars were inside the top 10. The latter completing a mammoth 133 laps – more than any other driver.

The Double R duo of Paavo Tonteri and Sebastian Alvarez sandwiched 10th place man Lucca Allen on the combined classification. Allen finding plenty of room for improvement between the two sessions, much like team-mate Ericsson.

Manuel Sulaiman and Jamie Sharp completed less laps than they would have liked. Their running was limited due to an off and a technical gremlin respectively, while Sulaiman’s JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wound up 14th.

Ford’s young stars are back in action in just seven days, with the next official pre-season test taking place at Snetterton on Wednesday 21 March. All roads then lead to the season opener at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Testing times Rockingham, 13 March, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:18.976 / 1:18.547
2 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:18.591 / 1:18.776
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:18.862 / 1:18.758
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:19.063 / 1:18.953
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.694 / 1:19.089
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.217 / 1:19.098
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.337 / 1:19.239
8 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:19.267 / 1:19.269
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:19.330 / 1:19.310
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 1:20.137 / 1:19.383 etc.

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Jewiss and Double R set the pace in opening test

  • Jewiss records quickest time of first pre-season test.
  • Hauger and Arden top afternoon session.

13 FEBRUARY, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost took to the track for the first time in 2018, with official pre-season testing kicking off at Brands Hatch. During a day plagued by inclement weather which meant the entire field conducted all its running on Hankook wet tyres, it was Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing who set the pace.

A time of 52.976s from Jewiss put him 1.871s clear of Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx in the morning and would not be beaten. The two Ginetta Junior graduates showcased plenty of pace and made use of their experience, having run alongside British F4 on the support package for the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship.

Priaulx could be consistently found at the sharp end of the times along with Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard. The latter recording more laps than any other driver and lapping quicker than Priaulx by just 0.016s in the afternoon.

Next on the combined timesheets were the familiar faces of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports). Both drivers competed in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series last season, with Ericsson’s previous visit to Brands Hatch holding plenty of fond memories as he clinched the Ford F4 Challenge Cup in the final race of 2017.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger (Arden) wound up sixth overall, courtesy of his performance following the lunch break. The 14-year-old Norwegian was the only driver to break the 56-second barrier with a time of 55.868s to top the afternoon session.

Paavo Tonteri proved to be Double R’s second-fastest runner, finishing seventh on the combined timesheet and bouncing back from a trip to the barriers in the morning.

Hauger was one of only three drivers to improve upon their morning’s best effort, with fellow Arden runners Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan finishing fourth and fifth quickest respectively in the afternoon. They ended the day inside the top 10 and sandwiched Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez, with Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) in 11th.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Brands Hatch Indy, 13 February, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 52.976 / 57.669
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 54.847 / 56.124
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 55.234 / 56.108
4 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 55.294 / 58.085
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 55.417 / 59.133
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 56.654 / 55.868
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 55.902 / 1:01.201
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 58.228 / 56.557
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 56.976 / 57.977
10 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 59.464 / 57.096 etc.

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Arden come charging out the blocks with Red Bull Juniors Doohan and Hauger confirmed for 2018 British F4 campaign

18 OCTOBER, 2017 – Arden has announced two of its drivers for next year’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, with Red Bull Junior Team members Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger to race with the squad.

Having come close to taking the FIA British Formula 4 crown for three consecutive years, Arden has already begun to lay the foundations for its 2018 title bid.

Doohan and Hauger, two of the Red Bull Junior Team’s newest recruits, will make the step up from karting and begin their single-seater careers in the F4 British Championship. A series in which Garry Horner’s team have an enviable record of success.

Most recently, the Banbury outfit took Oscar Piastri to within touching distance of the crown in the 2017 season finale; on the back of a campaign which saw it record eight pole positions and 30 podiums – more than any other team. The team achieved 11 race wins, as well as a dominant 1-2-3 finish at Knockhill. A feat achieved by no other squad in 2017.

Doohan, son of five-time 500cc world champion and motorcycle legend Mick Doohan, has excelled on four wheels in his rise up the karting ranks.

The 14-year-old recently finished third in the CIK-FIA European Championship after becoming the first Australian in a quarter of a century to win a round in series; taking OK Junior class victory in the final round of the season.

More silverware was added to the Doohan family trophy cabinet in 2015 and 2016, when Jack won the Australian Kart Championship in the KA Junior and KA2 classes respectively.

Said Doohan: “I’m really looking forward to being part of the Arden team as a Red Bull Junior Driver in the 2018 F4 British Championship. To drive for a team as well-respected and successful as Arden in 2018 is something I could have only dreamt of at the start of 2017 when I arrived in Europe to compete in karts. My experience gained in karts from the age of eight has provided me with a solid foundation, but it’s now time to take my motorsport career to the next level.”

Hauger is bidding to climb up the FIA single-seater pyramid to become Formula 1’s first Norwegian driver. He wasted no time making his mark in the world of karting, which began with his first win aged just eight-years-old.

The talented teenager became the youngest driver to compete in the CIK-FIA European Championship’s Senior OK category in 2017; following a record-breaking 2016 campaign in which he was crowned the youngest ever DKM OKJ German Champion and finished second in the WSK Super Masters.

Commented Hauger: “I really appreciate the opportunity that I have been given with Red Bull and Arden. This is the perfect combination that will give me the best setting to learn and grow as a driver, and to hopefully win races in my first season in single-seaters.

“I have followed Arden in British F4 and they are a very professional and strong team. I also had the pleasure of visiting the team to do some simulator driving. I was made to feel very welcome and they took excellent care of me in a very professional manner during those days. I’m really looking forward to the challenge and opportunity that is coming up.”

Said Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “It’s great to be part of the Red Bull Junior programme again, but also a privilege to be fielding two of the brightest and best from European Karting. Both Hauger and Doohan have been impressive in the CIK-FIA European Championship and CIK-FIA European Junior Championship respectively so they will push each other hard next year.”