Double R Racing hail ‘great start to the year’ after Donington success

Double R Racing’s trio have underlined their happiness at a ‘great start to the year’ after extending their lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings at Donington Park.

Louis Foster made the headlines at the 1.98-mile Leicestershire circuit, recovering from a difficult start to take victory and become the first repeat winner of the campaign in the opener, before surviving late contact with Carlin’s Joe Turney and Redgate to win the ITV4-televised finale.

He also added to his podium tally in the reverse-grid contest in the interim, profiting from Carter Williams’ late misfortune at Coppice to round out the podium finishers in third, with the net result of all three races sending Foster 17 points clear of team-mate Sebastian Alvarez in the standings.

“Donington couldn’t have gone much better really; double pole, two wins and we walked away leading the championship,” summarised Foster.

“It’s important at this stage in the season to keep the points rolling in, its a long year and consistency is key so it was great in race two to bank a solid points haul. Double R and I are working really hard together, I couldn’t ask for a better team this year.

“I’d like to thank Copart and Vans Direct for their continued support, it’s been a great start to the year and I can’t wait to build on what we’ve started at Thruxton.”

The highlight for erstwhile championship leader Alvarez in the East Midlands proved to be second in the final race. Contact in the opener with the other Carlin car of Zane Maloney at Redgate dropped the Mexican back, though he would recover to ninth, whilst a hard-fought second race yielded fifth.

He remains second overall, though he will need to take the fight to Foster when the championship resumes at Thruxton – the UK’s fastest circuit – over the weekend of 18th-19th May.

“There were definitely positives to take from Donington, but I am just looking forwards now and focusing on achieving a strong round at Thruxton in a couple of weeks time. I know we have the pace to get the points, so it’s just going to be about me performing at the weekend,” commented Alvarez.

It also proved to be another positive step forward for Reema Juffali at Donington, who battled well to register three solid finishes – including her second points finish of the campaign with tenth in race two – to continue making strides towards the rest of the pack.

“I struggled to find the pace over the weekend, but I’m feeling more comfortable in the car. It’s a step in the right direction. Looking forward to Thruxton!” added Juffali.

The efforts of all three also means Double R extend their advantage in the Teams Cup, with an 81-point lead over Carlin as the Ford EcoBoost-powered series heads to Hampshire.

Luke Browning impressed after first runs in British F4 car

  • Multiple Ginetta Junior race-winner left impressed after first runs in Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 machinery.
  • Richardson Racing gets pre-season programme underway in mixed conditions with the 16-year old at Donington Park.
  • More announcements set to follow as grid for another action-packed, thirty-race calendar starts to form.

Luke Browning was left impressed after his maiden run in an F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost car with Richardson Racing last week.

The 16-year old kicked off preparations for his maiden campaign in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned F4 series at Donington Park, getting a flavour for his new 1.6 litre, Ford EcoBoost-powered machine in both wet and dry conditions over the course of the day.

Browning, who took eight victories and a further ten podium finishes en route to third overall in the Ginetta Junior Championship – again with Richardson – this past season, also believes the team have made a head start on their pre-season testing programme.

“It’s been brilliant and was totally different to anything I’ve driven before,” explained Browning.

“The team has done a great job to help me acclimatise to the car and I can’t thank them enough for that.

“The first half of the day in the dry, I was able to get into the groove and then I think we showed some good pace in the afternoon when it was wet.

“I’ve certainly ticked something off my bucket list today and I think we achieved more than we were aiming to for my first day in the car. The focus was to simply get some track time but we were able to go beyond that, and it’s a really positive start to pre-season for us.”

Fellow Ginetta race-winner Fin Green is the other driver currently confirmed for 2019 in the first returning Carlin entry, as both look to emulate three of the four existing British F4 Champions – Lando Norris, Jamie Caroline and Kiern Jewiss – in stepping across into Ford’s winning formula and kickstarting their single-seater careers.

Several more announcements are set to take place in the coming weeks as the grid for another ten-event, thirty-race season promising plenty of thrills and wheel-to-wheel action starts to form.

The 2019 campaign will get things underway at Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit over the weekend of 6th-7th April.

DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx shines at Donington Park with British F4 podium

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30 APRIL, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx has continued his superb start to his maiden F4 British Championship campaign with a brilliant podium finish during the second meeting of the season at Donington Park this past weekend (28/29 April).

The 1st Central Insurance supported driver headed into the weekend with confidence high following a sensational race-winning debut at Brands Hatch three weeks ago, and that certainly showed as he fought at the front of the field throughout at the Leicestershire circuit.

Priaulx showed great pace in the lead up to the event during official testing, finishing in the top five on the timesheets on both Monday and Thursday, however he would encounter different weather conditions come Saturday as the rain fell heading into qualifying.

Competing with the backing of Ravenscroft, Priaulx would get quicker as the session progressed as he acclimatised to the grip levels on circuit, eventually securing a great fourth on the grid for races one and three, the first of which followed that evening.

The decisive moment in race one would come at the start, as a fantastic launch off the line allowed Priaulx to immediately challenge the drivers ahead, before a sensationally creative move saw him storm around the outside of two cars to grab second place.

From there, Priaulx settled into a rhythm of consistently quick lap times as he pulled over two seconds clear of his closest pursuer, however that would be unfortunately slashed when the action was briefly halted by the safety car just after mid-distance.

A great restart from the Guernseyman though saw him immediately pull away from his battling rivals behind again, allowing him to comfortably bring the car home to the chequered flag to make it two podium finishes in his first four British F4 races.

In drier conditions the next morning, Priaulx lined up fourth on the reverse grid in his Arden Motorsport machine for the sixtieth start of his car-racing career so far, however it would unfortunately become a difficult encounter.

Initially rising to third position off the line, it would prove to be a bruising opening couple of laps from there as he slipped back to seventh. A strong fightback got him back to fifth at one stage, before he eventually took the finish in sixth position.

The seventeen year old bounced back well from that frustration to put in a strong display in the final race of the weekend in front of the live ITV4 television cameras, as he found himself in the middle of a close fought four-way battle for the final podium spot.

Changing positions throughout the race, Priaulx came away with a strong fifth place finish to continue his record of finishing every race so far this season in the top six, which has helped him to come away from the weekend third in the championship standings.

Sebastian Priaulx: “Donington Park has always been a tough circuit for me, so it was a case of damage limitation heading into the weekend. Therefore to come away with a trio of top six finishes, a great points haul and another podium finish is fantastic for me.

“We certainly had the pace over the course of the weekend and while I didn’t always get the chance to show it, I’m pleased with the performance we produced. Every time I get in the car I’m learning loads and my confidence is growing all the time

“We’ve been a consistent presence at the front of the field throughout the season so far and we’re going to be working hard between now and Thruxton to ensure we can be challenging for silverware once again around one of the most unique, challenging circuits on the calendar.”

Thruxton, the fastest circuit in the United Kingdom, will host rounds seven, eight and nine of the 2018 F4 British Championship season over the weekend of the 19/20 May.

Dominant win for Hoggard in dramatic British F4 race at Donington Park

  • Fast-starting Hoggard faultless out front on the way to victory.
  • Pasma and Jewiss take podium spots after dramatic race.
  • Doohan takes third Rookie win to lead chase for Rookie Cup.

29 APRIL, 2018 – Less than 24 hours after taking his first single-seater victory, Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard was back on the top step of the podium after another flawless drive in Round 6 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park.

Starting from second on the grid, Hoggard made a better getaway than poleman Patrik Pasma (Arden) and flew around the outside of the Finn into turn one to lead the way on the opening lap.

There was plenty of drama behind with championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) tripping over each other at Craner Curves. All four drivers took to the grass, but all were able to re-join the race safely.

More action followed moments later as Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman’s (JHR Developments) race came to an end after coming together at the Roberts chicane. Meanwhile Lucca Allen’s race was halted at the same corner.

The Safety Car was deployed to enable the stricken cars to be removed, with the racing getting underway again on lap seven.

Hoggard did well to keep Pasma at bay at the restart and as the race progressed was in a league of his own as he pulled away from the chasing pack, crossing the finish line with a winning margin of 11.575s.

“Getting the lead off the line and building that gap as soon as possible was key,” explained Hoggard.

“I didn’t get the best of restarts after the Safety Car, but still managed to defend well and then set about building a gap.

“It would have been nice to win all three races this weekend, but I’ll take two wins after what happened at Brands Hatch.

“I’m over the moon with the result. I cannot thank the team enough. They’ve done a great job all weekend. Wet or dry we’ve had the pace.

“We’ve definitely shown how good we can be. Hopefully there are many more weekends like this to come.

“I’m looking forward to Thruxton in a few weeks. Preparation will be crucial so we can qualify well and get more good results.”

Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) stayed out of trouble on the adrenaline-fuelled opening lap to make his way up to fifth behind Arden’s Dennis Hauger and Sebastian Priaulx.

As Hauger attempted to overtake Pasma on lap seven, Priaulx saw an opportunity to pounce, but in doing so left the door open to Jewiss.

The next target for Jewiss was Hauger who put up a resolute defence, but ultimately succumbed to Jewiss’ attack on lap nine. The Double R racer pulling off a forceful move through the Roberts chicane which saw Hauger skip through the gravel and relegated to 10th.

Jewiss found himself surrounded by Arden runners, with Pasma defending second place robustly and Priaulx and Doohan snapping at his heels.

“That wasn’t the result that we wanted, but I’m pleased to have scored all these points,” said Pasma.

“Although we couldn’t get the win, it’s another podium which means plenty of points at this early stage in the championship.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, especially in terms of qualifying. We’re getting quicker and quicker and that bodes well for the rest of the season.”

Commented Jewiss: “I got another good start and made up a lot of places, although it wasn’t quite as many as the last race.

“I got through the field well, but when I got to Patrik he defended so hard and at times I was on the grass.

“I was in a bit of an Arden sandwich and it was tough, because I was trying to attack and defend at the same time. It was a hard battle, but I held my nerve.

“It’s been another really good weekend with regard to scoring points. The first race didn’t go so well, but the second and third races were brilliant and I put that down to everyone at Double R Racing and Ford for putting together an excellent car and championship.”

Doohan bounced back brilliantly from his opening lap off track excursion to finish fourth after getting the better of Priaulx in the closing stages and almost Jewiss. The Aussie also recorded his third Rookie class win of the season to leave Donington Park leading the chase for the Rookie Cup.

Although Hoggard was clear out front, Pasma’s defence created a grandstand finish as the entire field from second to 10th was covered by just several seconds.

Championship leader Simmons profited most, recovering from the back of the field after his opening lap travails to finish second and salvage valuable points for his championship hopes.

Sharp was another who recovered well to finish in the points, ahead of Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing), with Ericsson’s race ending two laps from the finish at McLeans.

Following the race Pasma was awarded a five place grid penalty for unsafe manoeuvres and Simmons was awarded a 10 place grid penalty for contact. Both are to be taken at the next available opportunity.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 6 Donington Park, 29 April, 2018
15 laps / 29.68 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 54.573s / 85.07
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.575s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +11.799s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +12.262s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.395s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +13.475s
7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +13.916s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.072s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +14.127s
10 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +15.425s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 08.781s / 103.58 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 102 points; 2 Jewiss 88; 3 Priaulx 85; 4 Hoggard 78; 5 Doohan 62; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 40; 8 Tonteri 33; 9 Ericsson 19; =10 Skelton 15; =10 Sharp 15 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 123 points; 2 Hauger 110; 3 Skelton 83; 4 Tonteri 73; 5 Alvarez 39

Full results

Jewiss wins from back of the grid in Ford EcoBoost-powered thriller

  • Jewiss and Double R Racing take spectacular win at Donington Park.
  • Simmons secures second place after thrilling battle with Jewiss for the win.
  • Hauger forced to settle for third due to time penalty, despite finishing first on the road.

29 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss took victory at Donington Park in round five of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost after pulling off what will be remembered as one of the finest drives in the history of the series.

Starting from the last row of the grid the Double R racer stormed his way up to sixth by the end of the opening lap.

Jewiss had plenty more in store for spectators, lapping quicker than any other driver and by lap six was up to fourth and in the hunt for the lead which was occupied by Dennis Hauger. The Arden driver having boldly run around the outside of poleman Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) at turn one to take charge of the race.

Ericsson soon had to settle for third behind another fast-starter in the form of Ayrton Simmons who had wasted no time in making his way from sixth on the grid to fight for the win. The JHR Developments ace dived down the inside of Ericsson into Redgate with a perfectly judged late braking manoeuvre on lap six.

Three laps later it was Jewiss’ turn to try to pass Ericsson and he did so in spectacular fashion with a move that’s an early contender for overtake of the season. It saw him run around the outside of Ericsson through the long right hander at Coppice, Jewiss bravely hanging on at the limit of adhesion. The race would later become even more frustrating for Ericsson, with an off at Roberts just two laps from the end.

Jewiss’ third place soon turned into second after on-track leader Hauger received a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits. Hauger was unable to build a gap over the hard charging Simmons and Jewiss behind and the stage was set for a thrilling finale. It didn’t disappoint, as the pair jostled for position. Simmons defending brilliantly.

MB Partners and FM Conway backed Jewiss was relentless however. On lap 14 he got a better exit out of Roberts onto Wheatcroft Straight to power past Simmons on the run down to Redgate. From then on he kept Hauger in his sights and Simmons at bay to secure a memorable maiden British F4 win.

“This win feels amazing,” said an ecstatic Jewiss. “I couldn’t have done any of this without Double R Racing. Big thanks to them, MB Partners, FM Conway and HCL.

“We’re really good at getting the tyres up to temperature so we can perform really well from the outset.

“I got as much heat in my tyres as I could for the opening lap and pushed as hard as possible. I threw caution to the wind and went all the way around the outside at the start to make up places.

“I realised Ericsson wasn’t carrying as much speed as me through Coppice so kept my foot in and went on the outside. I just had enough momentum to get by him before the chicane at the end of the straight.

“I didn’t know who was in the lead. My pitboard was showing P2, but I didn’t know whether it was Ayrton or Dennis who had the penalty. Then once I overtook Ayrton the board showed P1 so there was plenty of emotion going on in the cockpit.

“I tried to get Simmons at the Craner Curves, but waited patiently, got a better drive out of the last chicane and took my opportunity to pass him.

“For the next race everyone is going to be on scrubbed tyres so it’s going to be about getting the moves done early and then looking after tyres at the end. It will be easy to make mistakes and it will be all about avoiding them.”

Added Simmons: “It was a pretty hectic race starting from sixth and it’s great to get a podium.

“At the start of the weekend we weren’t sure about our pace. Qualifying P10 wasn’t ideal, but we’ve improved during the weekend and we’ve now shown that in the dry we’ve got excellent pace.

“We were four or five tenths off Jewiss in free practice and now we’re able to match him so that just shows how far we have come.

“It’s really nice to get this podium on my birthday. I went from sixth to third on the first lap and to be honest I wanted to get past Ericsson as well because I had thoughts of Senna’s amazing opening lap at Donington, even though that was in the wet. I wanted to emulate his heroics.”

Commented Hauger: “It’s really sad to lose out on a win in this way, but I’m proud of the fact that I finished first on track. Hopefully we can get the win in race three.

“The start was really good. I discussed it with the team beforehand and we had a plan going into the race. It was great to pull it off.

“I pushed on track while not taking any risks out front. Fifteen points from this race is good for the championship, but I’m disappointed because it could have been more.”

Behind the leading trio finished Jack Doohan (Arden) and yesterday’s race winner Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports). The latter stealing fifth from Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) with a move at Redgate on the final lap.

Meanwhile, Double R Racing had another driver fly up the order with Paavo Tonteri performing brilliantly from last on the grid to finish seventh and ahead of fellow Finn Patrik Pasma by just 0.001s. Although Pasma finished sixth on the road, he dropped back to eighth as a result of a five second penalty for exceeding track limits.

Sebastian Alvarez’s ninth place meant that all Double R Racing-prepared cars finished in the points, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top 10 having emerged triumphant from an entertaining scrap with Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports), Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments).

The final race of the weekend kicks off at 1520 and will be televised live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 5 Donington Park, 29 April, 2018
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 21m 07.080s / 101.10 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +0.826s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +3.694s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +3.808s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +10.982s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +20.914s
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +21.492s
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +21.493s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +30.161s
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +30.905s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 08.682s / 103.73 mph

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

Round 6 grid order (based on second-fastest times from qualifying)
Pasma – Hoggard – Hauger – Priaulx – Doohan – Skelton – Ericsson – Simmons – Tonteri – Jewiss etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 94 points; 2 Priaulx 75; 3 Jewiss 73; 4 Hoggard 53; =5 Hauger 50; =5 Doohan 50; 7 Tonteri 31; 8 Pasma 22; 9 Ericsson 19; 10 Skelton 11 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 98 points; 2 Doohan 98; 3 Skelton 65; 4 Tonteri 58; 5 Alvarez 39

Full results

Hoggard flying high following maiden British F4 win at Donington Park

  • Lights-to-flag win for Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard.
  • Sebastian Priaulx makes superb start to secure second.
  • Jack Doohan comes out on top in thrilling battle with Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger for final podium spot and Rookie class win.

28 APRIL, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard was flawless from start to finish to convert pole into a maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park.

Having taken his first pole position in the series just hours earlier, Hoggard followed up with a sublime lights-to-flag win around the wet Leicestershire circuit.

A clean getaway saw him escape the clutches of the chasing pack into turn one and he quickly set about building a margin over second place man Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making an excellent move at the first corner to swoop past team-mates Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger.

A Safety Car to enable the recovery of Kiern Jewiss’ stricken racer following contact further down the field on lap seven saw Hoggard’s two second lead wiped out. However, he continued to not put a foot wrong, mastering the restart to put daylight between himself and Priaulx and take the chequered flag several laps later.

“It feels great to get pole and the win in the same day,” said Hoggard. “I’m over the moon with the result.

“Brands Hatch was a bit of a heartbreak really, finishing first on the road, but losing out on the win due to a time penalty for a false start.

“It was tricky out there today. I had to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes, but push at the same time to try to build a gap.

“The Safety Car restart made things harder, bringing everyone closer to me, but I managed to pull a little bit of a gap again and hold it.

“Getting this first win is definitely a weight off my shoulders and hopefully there will be a lot more wins to come.”

Added Fortec Motorsports team owner Richard Dutton: “Brands Hatch was disappointing because Johnathan went off the track in qualifying which meant he was down the order and on the back foot; even though he won a race on the road, but lost out due to a penalty.

“It was very frustrating so it’s nice that Johnathan has been able to win the first race this weekend and I’m sure there will be many more.

“He has progressed a lot over the winter. He has come on leaps and bounds and he has been quick everywhere he’s been.

“As long as he can qualify like he did this morning, then the race weekends should be a lot easier for him.”

“I had a good start,” commented Priaulx. “I went around the outside and I wanted to try to keep the others tight on the inside. I stuck to the outside, had grip and just powered around them to take P2.

“It all comes down to feeling in situations like that. I didn’t want to run anybody onto the grass and I was fair with the room I gave. I’m really happy with the move and my race.

“Hoggard and I were pretty close in terms of pace so it was hard to pass and I didn’t want to risk making a move that would take us both out.

“It’s all about finishing and scoring strong points. It’s not always about winning every race. To win the championship you need to be consistent and constantly up there. The wins will come.”

It was an unfortunate end for Jewiss (Double R Racing) who had lit up the timing screens throughout in his efforts to climb up the order from ninth, having dropped a couple of places from seventh on the grid. The MB Partners-backed rising star recording the fastest lap of the race, a 1m 20.988s, on lap six.

Front row starter Patrik Pasma had been running in third for much of the race, but lost out in the skirmish that ensued after the Safety Car restart. The Finn was forced to retire, cruelly taking away his chance of what would have been a hard-earned podium.

It left Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team duo of Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger to battle it out for the final podium spot and the Rookie class win. The pair swarming all over each other and swapping positions repeatedly in the closing stages. Doohan ultimately got the better of Hauger on the penultimate lap and fended him off to take the spoils.

“At the start of the race I had to contend with Ericsson who was defending really well and made it hard to get past,” explained Doohan.

“After I got past him and the Safety Car came out I knew it was my time to shine and that I had to take advantage of it.

“I got a run around the outside of Hauger into turn four at the restart and got pretty close to Pasma in turn eight, but he ended up pushing the entry a bit and dropping a wheel on the dirt which gave me the upper hand.

“Then I had Hauger coming back alongside me down the main straight so it was really close and we battled it out until the end which was exciting.

“It was a really good battle with lots of fair racing and it feels great to get another podium.”

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) scored his best result of the season so far with fifth at the circuit at which he made his car racing debut a year ago, and in doing so achieved pole position for the partially reversed grid race on Sunday.

Championship leader Ayrton Simmons was able to bring his JHR Developments-prepared racer home in sixth to score valuable points in his quest for the title, recovering well from 10th on the grid.

As had been the case at Brands Hatch, Jamie Sharp had it all to do after a difficult qualifying. The Sharp Motorsport racer once again rose to the challenge. He picked his way through the order to take seventh despite starting from the back of the grid and going off the track at the first corner with Josh Skelton. Meanwhile Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was a first lap casualty after being forced to take to the gravel at McLeans.

Lucca Allen ensured all Fortec Motorsports runners achieved top 10 finishes by crossing the line in eighth, while the sole remaining Double R Racing driver Sebastian Alvarez finished ninth ahead of the JHR Developments pair of Manuel Sulaiman and Josh Skelton.

Round five of the season gets underway at 0925 tomorrow. At 1520 the lights will go out for round six which will be shown live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 4 Donington Park, 28 April, 2018
12 laps / 23.74 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 17m 12.680s / 82.65 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.215s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.061s
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.331s
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.965s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +10.216s
7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +10.595s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +11.830s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.128s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +12.442s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 20.988s / 87.97 mph

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

Grid for Round 5: Ericsson – Hauger – Doohan – Priaulx – Hoggard – Simmons – Sharp – Allen – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 76 points; 2 Priaulx 67; 3 Jewiss 48; 4 Hoggard 43; 5 Doohan 38; 6 Hauger 35; 7 Tonteri 25; 8 Ericsson 19; 9 Pasma 18; 10 Skelton 10 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 80; 2 Hauger 73; 3 Skelton 55; 4 Tonteri 43; 5 Alvarez 27

Full results

Hoggard on pole at Donington Park

  • Hoggard claims maiden pole at wet Donington Park.
  • Pasma completes front row and will start from pole in final race of weekend.
  • Championship leader Ayrton Simmons qualifies 10th.

28 APRIL, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard and Fortec Motorsports came out on top in a rain hit qualifying session at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

As drivers gained confidence in the tricky conditions and tyres reached optimum temperature, times tumbled during the session. Hoggard’s best lap of 1m 24.357s came with less than two minutes left on the clock. The Fortec Motorsports ace laying down the gauntlet to field.

Arden’s Patrik Pasma, Dennis Hauger and Sebastian Priaulx responded by mounting their challenges for pole. The three drivers recording personal best laps on their final flyers, but the trio were unable to steal pole from Hoggard. Pasma came tantalisingly close, just 0.054s adrift, with Hauger and Priaulx locking out the second row.

“Well that’s certainly a better start to the weekend than we had at Brands Hatch,” said Hoggard. “Things didn’t go to plan there, but we’ve started making up for it here in the best way possible.

“I was struggling a little bit for pace on Thursday in free practice in the dry, but we got thrown into wet conditions today for qualifying and came out on top.

“The first part of the session was very much about waiting for the tyres to come up to temperature and then you get a feel for what the car is doing and how it’s behaving. Then when it came to the end of the session it was time to really push and that’s why the times tumbled.

“It feels great to get my first pole in British F4 and now I want to get my first win!”

Pasma claimed pole for the ITV4 live-televised race which takes place at 1520 on Sunday, courtesy of recording the quickest second fastest lap of any driver. Hoggard will be the man alongside him.

“It was a good qualifying session for us,” said Pasma. “I’m not particuarly happy with the lap as I could have gone quicker. We had the potential to be P1.

“The front row start today and pole in the final race tomorrow mean we have a great chance of victory.

“It was really quite slippery out on track and I think my experience in the championship really helped me.

“We’re quick in the wet and the dry so that gives us plenty of confidence heading into the races regardless of what the weather conditions are.”

Added team-mate Hauger: “I think qualifying wasn’t too bad. On my last lap I was quite quick in the first sector, but I had two cars in front of me which cost me time. I think if I had been able to put all the sectors together it would have been an even better result.”

Hoggard’s team-mate Hampus Ericsson will line up on the third row this afternoon, with Arden’s Jack Doohan starting from sixth.

Free practice pacesetter Kiern Jewiss had to settle for seventh fastest. The Double R racer citing a wet weather setup he’s not completely happy with as the reason why his bid for pole was hampered.

“We struggled with the car in that session, but it’s one of those things,” explained Jewiss.

“We’ll get our heads down, look through the data, see where we can improve and come back stronger.

“We’ve struggled a little bit in the wet recently so that’s something we need to work on, but other than that it’s all good and it will most probably be a case of damage limitation this weekend.”

Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri also qualified in the top 10 just two spots behind Jewiss, with JHR Developments driver Josh Skelton splitting the pair and championship leader Ayrton Simmons in 10th, ahead of team-mate Manuel Sulaiman.

Round four of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1600.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Donington Park, 28 April, 2018
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:24.357
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:24.411
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:24.896
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:25.148
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:25.359
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:25.477
7 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:25.599
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:25.717
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:26.034
10 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:26.059 etc.

Round 6 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Hoggard – Hauger – Priaulx – Doohan – Skelton – Ericsson – Simmons – Tonteri – Jewiss etc.

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Clean sweep for Jewiss in British F4 free practice at Donington Park

  • Jewiss and Double R Racing fastest in both free practice sessions.
  • Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri join Jewiss in 1m 7s bracket.

26 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing set a scintillating pace to top both free practice sessions at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The MB Partners backed driver followed up his pacesetting exploits in free practice one by smashing through the 1m 8s barrier in free practice two to record a lap of 1m 07.546s. A time that was 0.122s quicker than the British F4 qualifying record at the circuit, held by McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Dan Ticktum. The question now is whether Jewiss can go on to break the record in qualifying on Saturday?

Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad looks to have picked up from where it left off, having topped the times on Monday in official testing. Its strong pace was underlined today by Paavo Tonteri who wound up third fastest overall and the quickest rookie.

Splitting the Double R pair on timesheet was Arden’s Patrik Pasma. The Finn had a storming end to free practice two, rattling off a succession of rapid laps to take second and become the only driver other than Jewiss and Tonteri to break the 1m 8s barrier.

Johnathan Hoggard was one of the standout performers in Monday’s official test, and that was no different in free practice. Third in the morning and fourth in the afternoon highlighting the Fortec Motorsports driver as one to watch this weekend.

Behind Hoggard on the timesheet it was incredibly evenly matched, with fifth to ninth covered by just 0.054s and suggesting that the qualifying order will be decided by the smallest of margins.

Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx proved quickest of the quintet with a lap of 1m 08.180s ahead of Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments), Jack Doohan (Arden), Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).

Meanwhile, Simmons’ team-mate Josh Skelton just squeezed into the top 10, edging out Dennis Hauger (Arden) by 0.012s. The latter having recorded the second fastest time in free practice one.

Friday is a rest day at the Leicestershire circuit, ahead of Saturday morning’s official qualifying session at 1055 and the first of the weekend’s three races in the afternoon at 1600.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Donington Park, 26 April, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:08.074 / 1:07.546
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:08.565 / 1:07.842
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:08.408 / 1:07.983
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:08.327 / 1:08.113
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:08.771 / 1:08.180
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:08.880 / 1:08.198
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:08.969 / 1:08.201
8 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:08.906 / 1:08.223
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:08.951 / 1:08.234
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:08.738 / 1:08.313 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Jewiss moves on to Donington Park

Supplied by driver’s PR. 

25 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss made a solid impression at Brands Hatch on his single-seater debut with two podiums from three races and this weekend he will contest the second round of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as the series moves on to Donington Park.

Kiern marked his arrival on the British F4 scene with a thoroughly impressive debut at Brands Hatch at the beginning of the month as he converted his fine qualifying performances into two second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish in the reverse grid race.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Kiern heads to Donington Park for the second round of the season. One of Kiern’s favourite tracks to drive on, the 1.957-mile National Circuit is a fast-flowing track that puts emphasis on precise driving to carry momentum through the sweeping corners.

Kiern first raced at the circuit last year in only his second race weekend in the Ginetta Junior Championship and made an impression at the circuit as he reached the podium and picked up his first trophies of 2017.

The official British F4 test took part this Monday at Donington Park and it was Kiern and his Double R Racing team who set the pace with Kiern leading a Double R 1-2 in the morning session and finishing in second-place in the afternoon session. As Kiern heads to the circuit 3rd in the Drivers’ Championship, he is confident he can have a strong weekend with his eyes firmly set on notching his maiden race win in the single-seater series.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, Donington is a great circuit that is a lot of fun to drive on and one I feel suits my driving style. I had my first podium in Ginettas here last year so it’s a track I have fond memories of. This week started well with a strong test for the team on Monday so I think we’re in a good position heading into the weekend. We don’t know what the other teams were doing in the test but I think we’re in a good place and I’ll be working my hardest to reach the top step of the podium.”

Barry Mears, Head of the MBP Academy, is confident that Kiern can have another strong outing in the F4 British Championship.

“Kiern got his season off to a great start last time out and now he has a chance to keep the ball rolling and pick up some more points. To leave Brands after such a positive weekend and still feel disappointed is a measure of the high standards that he sets himself. Judging by his pace here earlier in the week, Kiern’s already feeling comfortable in the car which is great for his confidence.”

Kiern’s weekend at Donington Park starts on Saturday with qualifying for races one and three at 10:55. The first race of the weekend will see lights out on Saturday at 16:00 and races two and three taking place on Sunday at 09:25 and 15:20 respectively.

DONINGTON PARK PREVIEW: Simmons sets sights on Ford’s Triple Crown

25 APRIL, 2018 – How do you follow up your best weekend in motorsport? That’s the question facing championship leader Ayrton Simmons after a stellar start to the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The JHR Developments driver arrives at Donington Park with a 19 point lead courtesy of a brace of victories and a second place finish at Brands Hatch.

Simmons will try to go one better by winning all three races to bag the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award and given his form, who would put it past him? However, don’t expect the Epping racer to have things all his own way. There’s little to choose between Ford’s rising stars.

Sebastian Priaulx claimed his maiden single-seater win in only his second race in the series and is now gunning for more. Meanwhile, his Arden teammates Patrik Pasma, Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan will be in the hunt for wins in their quest for the title. Hauger and Doohan starred on the overall podium three weeks ago and are tied on points at the top of the Rookie standings, having each taken a Rookie class win.

Paavo Tonteri is snapping at their heels in the chase for the Rookie Cup. He signed off his debut weekend with an overall podium, as well as a win in the class. The Infinity Sports Management backed youngster looks to have carried that momentum to Donington Park, having topped official testing at the circuit on Monday. Elsewhere, team-mate Sebastian Alvarez will aim to get his first points on the board.

The Double R trio is completed by Kiern Jewiss. He lies third in the standings just a point adrift of second place man Priaulx. Jewiss’ pre-season pace promised much and he unquestionably delivered at Brands Hatch, doubling up with second place finishes and also a fourth. Fastest in the morning in the official test at Donington Park and second overall suggests he’s all set to continue to deliver this weekend.

Hampus Ericsson had an opening weekend to forget. He returns to where he made his debut in the series and burst onto the single-seater scene with some sublime overtakes. Expect plenty more bold moves with the Fortec ace having a point to prove.

Team-mate Johnathan Hoggard will be another major player. Victory would have been his in the second race of the season, but for a false start which saw him hit with a 10 second time penalty. Lucca Allen made a brilliant start to life as a Fortec driver, achieving his best finish in eighth. He’ll look to build on that.

Jamie Sharp bounced back from a difficult qualifying to bring home points for Sharp Motorsport at Brands Hatch. This weekend’s target will be to qualify higher up the grid to ensure he’s in the points-paying positions from the outset.

Josh Skelton caught the eye on his single-seater debut. A pair of Rookie class podiums and fifth place finish overall means he arrives as one to watch. Meanwhile, JHR team-mate Manuel Sulaiman’s start to the season faltered after a top 10 finish. The Mexican will want to turn things around at Donington.