DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing seek to maintain advantage at Donington Park

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12 APRIL, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will seek to maintain his early advantage in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings when the series heads for Donington Park this weekend for the second meeting of the year.

Caroline heads for the East Midlands circuit as the man to beat in the highly competitive single-seater series on the back of a fine start to his campaign at Brands Hatch earlier this month.

Two victories from three races, after qualifying on pole position, mean Caroline lies 19 points clear of his closest rival as he prepares to return to the scene of one of his most memorable on-track outings last year.

Then, in challenging wet conditions, Caroline produced an astonishing opening lap in the first race of the weekend to come from 15th on the grid to sixth; a drive that was reminiscent of Ayrton Senna’s 1993 European GP performance.

Having shown his pace in the wet at Donington Park last season, Caroline has already shown himself to be just as quick in the dry having topped official testing at the circuit back in March.

It means that, with confidence on a high following his Brands Hatch results, the 18-year-old Surrey racer goes into the weekend hoping to create more headlines on his second meeting with the Carlin team that has taken the British F4 title for the past two seasons.

“Brands Hatch was a great way to start my season, and it means I head to Donington Park feeling confident and relaxed about my chances,” he said. “We had a good test there last month and with the pace we showed in the opening weekend, I’m confident that we’ll be right in the mix.

“Obviously Donington is a circuit that produced a memorable weekend for me last year but I’d be quite happy if things were a bit less dramatic this time around.

“If we can do what we did at Brands and qualify towards the front of the grid then we’ll be in a great position for race day, and there is no doubt that more race wins are the aim to maintain our championship lead.”

After qualifying on Saturday 15 April at 10.30, the first of three British F4 races will be at 14.40 later that day, with race two  following at 17.35. Race three then takes place on Sunday at 12.20

That third race will be broadcast on ITV4, with live timing and results from the weekend being available at www.tsl-timing.com

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist determined to strike back at Donington Park

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11 APRIL, 2017 – As the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign resumes at Donington Park this weekend, young Swede Linus Lundqvist is determinated to fight back following a debut weekend to forget – and with a brand new engine to power his Double R Racing-prepared machine.

Lundqvist’s first taste of F4 competition went from promise to frustration a fortnight ago, with the 18-year-old rookie topping Friday free practice but then retiring from all three of the weekend’s races due to recurring technical problems. Heading into the Easter meeting at Donington Park, however, it’s all about positive thinking and new opportunities for the current Formula STCC Nordic champion.

“This is where my season starts,” said Lundqvist. “I’ve put Brands Hatch behind me and am only focusing on the future – and I think it’s a very bright one. The aim this weekend will be to fight for wins and podiums. We have the pace to perform at that level and I hope we can prove it throughout the rest of the year.”

With Double R Racing having worked relentlessly over the last ten days to analyse the events of the season-opener, the decision has been made to install a brand new 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine in Lundqvist’s car ahead of this weekend’s races. Lundqvist shook down the new powerplant at Pembrey on Monday and is now confident the issues are put firmly to rest.

“I’m glad we got a new engine,” Lundqvist concludes. “It’s the best way to ensure a fresh start, and it ran without trouble at Pembrey. We should be running reliably from now on and have things back under control, so I’m really looking forward to getting out there and push for a strong result this weekend!”

Caroline comes to the fore in British F4 testing

  • Late flyer to claim top spot rounds off excellent testing performance from Jamie Caroline.
  • Lundqvist, Piastri, Sargeant and Simmons continue impressive testing form.
  • Monger and JHR immediately on the pace, as they take part in their first official pre-season test of 2017.

6 MARCH, 2017 – A sun-kissed Donington Park was the scene for the latest act in the battle for pre-season testing honours in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. All signs suggest another remarkably competitive season and on this occasion it was Jamie Caroline’s turn to star at the top of the timesheet; courtesy of a late flyer which put him just under two tenths of a second clear of Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist.

Caroline’s time of 1m 8.106s would have earned him a front row grid slot in qualifying at Donington Park last season, just 0.094s off pole. The Warlingham racer has been testing with reigning champions Carlin during pre-season and he once again underlined his credentials.

Swedish single-seater champion Lundqvist continued his fine testing form and the same can be said of fellow newcomers Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin). The latter fastest in the morning session.

Billy Monger wasted no time getting reacquainted with his JHR-prepared Ford EcoBoost-powered racer in his first official pre-season test of 2017. Third fastest and a spell at the top of the times suggests that the Barnardo’s children’s charity ambassador has lost none of his speed during the winter break.

Another British F4 returnee, TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons, also impressed. Third quickest in the morning. The 15-year-old ended the test sixth overall.

Meanwhile, 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn was on hand in the afternoon to conduct evaluation work for TRS Arden, recording the seventh quickest time.

The Fortec Motorsports pre-season testing double-act of Oliver York and Johnathan Hoggard wound up eighth and ninth fastest respectively, whilst Harry Webb also finished inside the top 10. The 19-year-old demonstrated his speed in both wet and dry conditions testing with Richardson Racing.

The progress of 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup contender Olli Caldwell shows no sign of relenting after another strong showing, with Carlin’s Patrik Pasma just over a tenth behind him in 12th.

The latest driver to officially join the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, Manuel Sulaimán, put in a solid day’s work for JHR, just under a second and half off of the quickest time.

Elsewhere Double R’s Daniel Cao racked up an impressive 136 laps, equalling team-mate Lundqvist’s tally for the day, with stablemate Karl Massaad just 0.025s slower than Cao.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu made consistent progress throughout the day’s running and recorded his best time on his very last lap, putting him just over a tenth adrift of Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy.

Jamie Sharp was a big improver. The Sharp Motorsport driver’s best time came in the afternoon and put him over a tenth clear of Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen as both gathered valuable mileage and data for their teams.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford teams and drivers have a quick turnaround following the excitement of Donington Park, with the next official pre-season test taking place tomorrow at Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Donington Park 6 March 2017 (AM/PM)
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:09.251s / 1:08.106
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:09.552 / 1:08.298
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:08.853 / 1:08.407
4 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:09.740 / 1:08.409
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:09.200 / 1:08.423
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:09.2016 / 1:08.636
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden No time set / 1:08.674
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:09.856 / 1:08.758
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:10.752 / 1:08.931
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:10.446 / 1:08.962
11 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:10.451 / 1:09.012
12 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:10.365 / 1:09.146
13 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:11.026 / 1:09.526
14 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 1:12.249 / 1:09.810
15 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:09.825 / No time set
16 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:11.615 / 1:10.392
17 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:14.787 / 1:10.444
18 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:15.678 / 1:10.600
19 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:11.698 / 1:10.757

Full times

British F4 racer James Pull to make step up to F3

22 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull is to make the step up to F3 in it’s final round of the season at Donington Park with Carlin and will replace last season’s FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain Lando Norris who cannot attend the event. The 16-year-old’s move to the next stage up the single-seater ladder another shining example of how the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is the ideal starting point in single-seaters; testament to British F4’s ability to prepare and propel drivers up the motorsport ladder.

In 2016 Pull has been one to watch with Carlin in the F4 British Championship and currently sits joint fourth overall in the standings with nine races still to come this season. His speed and consistency has been further underlined by an impressive tally of six podium finishes and two fastest laps over the course of what has been a competitive year in the F4 British Championship. He lies just 22 points adrift of top spot and is firmly in contention to become the FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

Said Pull ahead of his first taste of Formula 3 machinery: “It’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready for it. I have done some testing in an F3 car and my times have been good so I’m excited to be getting this opportunity. The race is at Donington which is my favourite track so that’s an added bonus for me. If I can get a couple of good results I’ll show my potential for next season.”

Said Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are delighted to welcome James [Pull] to the British Formula Three team in place of Lando [Norris] who cannot be with us. We’ve watched James develop and drive well over the course of the season in the British Formula 4 car and we’re pleased to give him the opportunity to race with us at Donington in the British Formula 3 car.”

Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports added: “It’s a great opportunity for James to sample F3, as it’s certainly one of his options for next year. He’s had a brilliant season, finishing consistently on the podiums and he is in with a real shout of the title. We think he’s ready for the step-up and confident he will hit the ground running.”

TEAM NEWS: Jamun Racing impress on difficult weekend in Ford British F4

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TEAM NEWS 18 APRIL, 2016 – Jamun Racing impressed with some thrilling comebacks in difficult conditions in Ford British F4 at Donington this weekend (16-17 April).

While tough qualifying sessions and collisions meant results were not as the Kent-based team had hoped for, drivers Harry Hayek and Jamie Caroline could not be faulted for effort or determination.

Australian Harry got among the points once more in the final race, while Warlingham racer Jamie finished just outside the podiums in the second race and was unlucky after some particularly outstanding overtaking in another.

Team manager James Mundy was disappointed with the final outcome but delighted at how both drivers reacted to the setbacks along the way.

He said: “It was a difficult weekend, but both drivers were solid, drove really well and staged good comebacks.

“There were a lot of collisions across the whole grid which, added to the bad weather, made it hard to get any momentum.

“Harry did a great job in testing, but was unlucky with some of the incidents in the races.

“Jamie didn’t have the best testing session, but raced really well.

“We didn’t get it right in qualifying which unfortunately set the tone for the weekend.

“But there were plenty of positives and now we have to work hard to put things right for Thruxton.”

Harry, 18, was fast in testing, finishing in the Top 6 in the dry. However, qualifying didn’t go to plan, with 12th and 11th place finishes.

Hail and bad weather affected the first race and although he got off to a good start, a collision on the first lap saw him drop back. He made an excellent recovery to finish strongly in 11th.

Another good start in the second race had Harry running in eighth until the introduction of the safety car. A knock with another driver soon after the restart lost him several positions and after pulling himself back into the race, he was involved in another, this time leaving him spinning and undeservedly in 12th place at the end.

Harry finished the weekend in the points, despite another collision halting his good start in the final race. He came back strongly again to finish tenth for his second point of the Championship.

Jamie, 17, got off to a stuttering start at Donington. With the tyres taking some time to get to the right temperature, the best times were being posted near the end of the qualifying session. Unfortunately, after spinning in some mud, Jamie’s tyres were still cold at the end of the session leaving him qualifying in 15th.

But the determined racer then amazed spectators with some brilliant overtaking in the first race, getting to sixth place within the first lap.

But just when a most unlikely podium was on the cards, he lost some ground through braking late. Nevertheless, he could be delighted with an eighth place finish at the end.

Last season’s Ginetta Junior champion started eighth in the second race, driving well to finish 5th, despite a collision after the restart following the intervention of the safety car.

He put in another strong, pacey performance in the final race to come home in seventh, despite starting again in 15th.

James added: “It didn’t go our way this weekend, but I thought the lads did a great job in difficult circumstances. It was always going to be tough after qualifying.

“We now need to go away and work hard and find the pace again for Thruxton.

“Hopefully, we can get back to where we want to be in the next rounds.”

Jamun Racing will contest the next rounds at Thruxton on 7-8th of May.

 

TEAM NEWS: Goddard blighted by misfortune at Donington

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At Donington Park National Circuit, young British F4 driver Zane Goddard encountered more than his share of misfortune in the latest instalment of the junior single-seater series.

Round four on Saturday took place in tricky wet conditions and, from 13th place on the grid, Goddard made a superb start. After a fantastically committed opening lap he climbed into the top eight but an excursion on lap two resulted in a drop down the order and eventual retirement.

On Sunday morning the weather was a big improvement and, despite being very cold, bright sunshine bathed the 1.98-mile National Circuit. Goddard faced a tough challenge in round five from 17th on the grid, a result of his race one non-finish, but did gain two places on the first lap.

Moving into 14th on lap two, the Australian then profited from a two car tangle ahead to leap into the top 12 – an incident which triggered the deployment of the Safety Car. Racing resumed on lap nine and Goddard gained a couple of places to break into the top 10 before running three abreast over the line into lap 10, taking ninth.

Maintaining ninth, Goddard closed on the top eight and set the fastest first sector in the process but on lap 14 the Double R driver’s excellent run came to an untimely end when his car was launched over the Mygale of Nicolai Kjaergaard, as the pair ran in close company, at the Old Hairpin.

After two very frustrating contests, Goddard aimed to end the weekend with a positive conclusion in round six but again faced a big test from 16th on the grid. Incredibly, his terrible Donington Park misfortune struck again when his Ford-powered Mygale ground to a halt on the formation lap.

DRIVER NEWS: Three top tens for Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Donington Park

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DRIVER NEWS 18 APRIL, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline added three more points finish to his Ford British F4 resume when the series headed to Donington Park for the latest rounds of the season.

The reigning Ginetta Junior champion made the journey to the East Midlands circuit keen to build on a debut podium in the season opener at Brands Hatch and although he was unable to repeat that feat, the 17-year-old further showcased his talents as he added three top ten results to his championship tally.

A challenging qualifying session saw Jamie line up in 15th place for the opening race of the weekend, which would be held in difficult conditions on Saturday afternoon after rain arrived at the East Midlands circuit.

An astonishing start when the lights went out saw Jamie rocket off the line and he then set about making up places throughout the opening lap to climb to sixth spot; a performance evoking memories of Ayrton Senna’s stunning showing in the 1993 European Grand Prix.

A small error whilst seeking to move further up the order on lap two saw Jamie slip back down to 13th spot, but he continued to show his pace in the remainder of the race to fight his way back up to eighth place.

Race two on Sunday morning would again prove to be full of drama, with Jamie forced wide across the gravel at Redgate on the opening lap. Slipping down to twelfth place as he recovered onto the circuit, the teenager showed his prowess on track to come through the field to fifth spot; lapping quickly and consistently throughout.

Starting 14th on the grid for race three, Jamie made another storming start in his Jamun Racing-run car to end the opening lap in ninth place. An impressive move into Redgate on lap three saw him make up two further positions and he would remain in seventh through to the finish, having been forced to defend to keep the quicker car of Rafael Martins at bay.

The triple score for Jamie means he heads away from the weekend sitting seventh in the championship standings.

“I think we’ve shown some improvements this weekend and it’s good to come away from the weekend with three points finishes,” he said. “However, the fact I had an off in qualifying meant I wasn’t able to score more this weekend, and left me on the back foot a bit.

“The opening race was loads of fun as I’ve always preferred racing in the rain. To be honest, I didn’t think the conditions were that difficult to drive in, although there was a lot of standing water around. Getting up to sixth from 15th on the first lap was mega, but then I locked up on lap two and dropped back down the order.

“To recover to eighth showed how well I can race, and it looked like I could challenge in race two when I got off the line well. Going into turn one, I got forced wide and dropped back from something like third to twelfth, but again managed to fight back into fifth.

“We had a really good car all weekend but when the circuit was rubbered in for race three, it wasn’t quite at its best. I scored more points though and having shown my race pace, I’m hoping we can go well next time out at Thruxton.”

Fewtrell pushes to the max for maiden Ford MSA Formula victory

  • Fewtrell caps off brilliant weekend with maiden single-seater victory.
  • Win sees Fewtrell snatch the championship lead from Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu.
  • Formula Kart Stars champion Ross Martin takes first Rookie Class win.

DONINGTON PARK 17 APRIL, 2016 – They say things go in threes and for the third time in succession Donington Park played host to a Ford EcoBoost-powered lights to flag victory. In round six the spoils went to Carlin’s Max Fewtrell ahead of TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and Fortec rookie Ross Martin.

It was a straightforward race for Fewtrell who like the weekend’s earlier pole sitters made a perfect getaway when the lights went out.

The same could not be said of Alex Quinn who struggled off the line in his Fortec Motorsports racer and dropped to sixth. Fastest lap proved to be his consolation prize in a race where he had hoped to record another win for the Racing Steps Foundation.

As Quinn fell back, Luis Leeds (TRS Arden) and Ross Martin (Fortec) were the immediate beneficiaries, moving up to second and third respectively and they proved to be Fewtrell’s closest challengers. However, the 16-year-old kart star had enough in hand to maintain a sufficient gap throughout, preventing his pursuers from mounting an attack.

James Pull (Carlin) in fourth and Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) in fifth completed a breakaway group which spanned from Fewtrell down to Quinn; with this collection of six drivers capable of consistently lapping in the low 1m 08s bracket.

An ecstatic Fewtrell commented: “I needed to get a good start and be consistent because I knew I had the pace to keep the gap. As soon as I got that gap it stayed the same. Breaking the tow was key.

“Three podiums is brilliant, especially with one of them coming in the reverse grid race and to finish the weekend off with a win is great. Fighting with a lot of second year drivers is obviously a challenge, but I’m learning every race and getting more confident with the car and its Ford EcoBoost technology”.

Added second place man Leeds: “It was an alright weekend. Second in every race session apart from race two this weekend. I hope to get my first win pretty soon, but consistency is key and I’ve said that all along because my goal is to win the championship. I cannot wait for Thruxton. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself for three weeks until then!”

It was a landmark race for Ross Martin whose third place netted him his first Rookie class win of the campaign, and demonstrated that the Formula Kart Stars (FKS) champion is taking full advantage of his fully funded prize drive in the UK’s official FIA F4 series.

“I didn’t have a great start to the weekend but what an end”, enthused Martin. “The car felt amazing throughout and I dealt with the pressure well at the start. FKS have been rooting for me to get on the top step of the podium so to get my first Rookie win this early on is fantastic and hopefully my mentor Allan McNish managed to watch the race on television.”

There was drama early on as the field was forced to complete an additional formation lap when Zane Goddard’s Double R racer ground to a halt on the way to the grid.

Carlin’s DeFrancesco added to the excitement when the racing got underway as he rejoined the track following an off at the exit of Craner Curves, only to force several cars to take evasive action when he reappeared on the asphalt at Old Hairpin.

Jamun’s Jamie Caroline scythed through the midfield once again to make his way from 14th to seventh. The highlight of his race a robust overtaking manoeuvre on TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins who would follow the Pirtek Racing sponsored driver home in eighth.

Another stellar pass came from JHR’s Billy Monger who perfectly judged his move on Dane Nicolai Kjaergaard into Redgate on lap four and would later squeeze by Jerseyman Jack Butel on the final lap to finish on the fringes of the points in 11th.

Redgate is also where Martins showcased his race craft; brilliantly turning defence (brought about by team-mate Jack Martin glued to his gearbox) into attack as he tore past Hayek who had leapt in front of the Brazilian earlier on in proceedings. Martin would subsequently follow in Martins’ wheel tracks to also get ahead of the Aussie F4 graduate who clung on to the last points paying position.

It was a frustrating race for Carlin’s Petru Florescu who had to settle for 13th having hoped to make more progress through the field from the back of the grid after fighting at the front in race two earlier in the day.

It’s a result that sees Florescu relinquish his championship lead after Fewtrell’s superb performance this weekend. Attention now turns to rounds seven, eight and nine of season at Thruxton on 7-8 May. All eyes will be on Fewtrell to see if he can maintain this phenomenal run of form and whether Leeds can finally join the roster of maiden Ford EcoBoost-powered winners having now collected a trio of second place finishes.

Provisional results Round 6, Donington Park 17 April, 2016
15 laps / 29.69 miles
1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 17m 18.620s / 102.78 mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +1.063s
3 Ross MARTIN / GBR / Fortec +1.469s
4 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +2.618s
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +2.931s
6 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +3.481s
7 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun +9.939s
8 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +10.798s
9 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +12.594s
10 Harry HAYEK / AUS / Jamun +13.942 etc

Fastest lap Quinn 1:08.338 / 104.25 mph

Rookie Class 1 R Martin; 2 Quinn; 3 J Martin; 4 Kjaergaard

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 89; =2 Florescu 76; =2 Fielding 76; 4 Pull 69; 5 Leeds 68; 6 Quinn 55; 7 Caroline 46; 8 Martins 45; 9 Goddard 18 etc
Rookie Class 1 Quinn 136; 2 J Martin 97; 3 R Martin 76; 4 Kjaergaard 72 etc

Fielding flies to second Ford MSA Formula victory of 2016

  • Sennan Fielding storms his way to second success of season.
  • Incident packed race with a number of high profile non-finishers.

DONINGTON PARK 17 APRIL, 2016 – Sennan Fielding drove a textbook race from the front of the grid to record his second Ford EcoBoost-powered victory of the season and a very popular home win ahead of Petru Florescu and Max Fewtrell.

An incident filled raced saw several key protagonists fail to finish including Carlin’s Pull and DeFrancesco, as well as TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds.

Starting from pole, Fielding made a perfect getaway to immediately break away from the clutches of Carlin’s quartet of drivers behind. With clear air ahead he proceeded to pull away from the pack, but the race and his lead was neutralised when the safety car joined the track several laps in as a result of a collision between Fortec’s Ross Martin and Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco.

By the time the stricken cars were cleared, only seven minutes of the race remained. Fielding kept as cool as ever, mastering the restart and putting sufficient daylight between himself and Petru Florescu.

At the restart Florescu was passed by James Pull who pulled off a perfectly judged move into Redgate, but promoted back to second a lap later when his team-mate was forced to retire with damage to his front wing.

Said Fielding: “I got the perfect traction off the line with no wheel spin which meant I was well ahead into the first corner and then I knew had to get my head down and put in some quick laps. I built a good gap, but then the safety car came out.”

“The marshals did a great job to recover all the cars that went off during the race and then when the safety car went in I knew I had to push again to rebuild the gap. I think it was a fantastic race for Ford British F4.”

“With it being my home circuit it gives the weekend added meaning. All my friends and family are here this weekend. I cannot thank enough all my sponsors, Amigos Beer, CBS, Bluebell Wood and obviously the JHR team. Without them I wouldn’t be here. It just shows that you can race in this championship on a tight budget and be the best. “

Florescu hit back in the latter stages recording fastest lap as he closed in on Fielding but it was too late in the race.

Said Florescu: “It was a good race and a great way for me to recover from my difficult qualifying. It’s brilliant to follow up my strong performance in race one yesterday with this podium and fastest lap. This gives me confidence to fight up through the field in race three.”

Team-mate Max Fewtrell brought home yet another podium and big points haul for his championship bid: “It was quite tough at the beginning and tricky to overtake. The safety car didn’t come out at an ideal time for me.

“I had built up a good gap to the cars behind and with the race settling down I was planning to make my attack on the cars in front. The pace wasn’t too bad, but I locked up my front tyre earlier in the race and I just kept on hitting that flat spot in the braking zone.”

JHR’s Jack Butel put in his best performance so far this season, making his way from last on the grid to seventh to score the first points of his campaign. While in eighth place TRS Arden’s Jack Martin was the best of the rookies to bring home his first Rookie Class win of the year.

Said Martin: “It feels great to get this first Rookie win on the board. I’m here to take the fight to the Fortec Motorsports’ rookies and today’s result is a clear demonstration of that. I’m starting eighth in the race this afternoon so hopefully I can move forward and do the same again.”

Another who scored his first points of the year was JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen who pulled off some resolute defensive driving to keep race one winner Alex Quinn behind him for much of the race after Quinn dropped down the order due to a trip through the gravel.

Frank Bird and Harry Hayek were the last of the finishers, but unlucky not to score points having kept their cool in such an eventful race.

There was a thrilling battle for ninth which saw Double R’s Zane Goddard under attack from Nicolai Kjaergaard, but it ended in tears with a spectacular collision between the two; the former catapulting over the Danish rookie’s car as a result of the contact at Old Hairpin. The same corner claiming a victim early on in the form of yesterday’s podium finisher Luis Leeds.

Rafael Martins steered clear of the drama to progress from tenth to fourth for TRS Arden and he was followed home by Jamun’s Jamie Caroline and Billy Monger, the latter picking up a couple of places from his starting position.

Just as he did in race one, Caroline once again put in a spirited drive to climb back up the order having fallen to 13th early on.

Provisional results Round 5, Donington Park 17 April, 2016
15 laps / 29.69 miles
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 20m 26.414s / 87.02 mph
2 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +1.486s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +2.606S
4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +3.042s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun +7.355s
6 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +8.009s
7 Jack BUTEL / GBR / JHR +10.862s
8 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +14.938s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +18.728s
10 Patrik Matthiesen / DEN / JTR +18.977s etc

Fastest lap Florescu 1:08.755 / 103.62 mph

Rookie Class 1 J Martin 2 Quinn

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 56; 2 Fielding 66; 3 Fewtrell 64; 4 Pull 57; 5 Leeds 50; 6 Quinn 47; 7 Martins 41; 8 Caroline 40; 9 Goddard 18; 10 DeFrancesco 17 etc

Rookie Class 1 Quinn 118; J Martin 82; Kjaergaard 60; R Martin 51

 

Quinn for the win in Ford MSA Formula at Donington

  • Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn converts pole to maiden victory.
  • Win sees Quinn take his championship challenge up a gear and pull further clear in Rookie Cup.
  • Petru Florescu performs brilliant comeback drive to hold onto championship lead.

DONINGTON PARK 16 APRIL, 2016 – Alex Quinn pulled off a fantastic lights to flag victory in wet conditions following a hail storm at Donington Park. The Rookie driver made a perfect getaway off the line, making amends for a series of difficult starts at Brands Hatch a fortnight ago, and kept TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and Carlin’s Max Fewtrell at bay for the duration.

Said the Racing Steps Foundation backed winner: “It feels amazing to get my first win. I couldn’t have asked for a better start to the weekend. It was quite tricky with the changeable weather, but I knew I could go quickly in the wet just like I did in the dry earlier in qualifying.

“I built a good gap to start with, but then I relaxed perhaps a little too much. I just didn’t want to make any mistakes and didn’t push too hard. This meant it got quite close at the end and I had to defend, but it was a really good race and I couldn’t be happier.”

The race was brought to a premature end with under four minutes remaining when a red flag was thrown because of Patrick Matthiesen’s stranded JTR at Coppice, denying spectators a thrilling three way fight for win. However, take nothing away from Quinn. This was a top drawer performance from a Rookie who has underlined his Ford British F4 title credentials.

Second place man Leeds commented: “It was hard to pass in the wet. The track was so slippery, but it was a fun race and I’m happy. Arden have done a great job to get a really good wet setup sorted.

“I was sizing up Quinn towards the end, but then the red flag came. That’s the way it goes sometimes and he deserved to win. It’s great to bring these points home and my aim is to maintain this consistency.”

Said Fewtrell of his third place: “It’s a really good result. The pace was so strong. I was able to match the guys in front, it’s just really hard to overtake in those sorts of conditions. If you’re on the wrong line it’s like driving on ice and when you are behind someone the spray makes it difficult to see.

“I’m happy to get another podium and this great haul of points. I’ll start on pole tomorrow in race three and I’m excited to see what I can do from there.”

Behind Fewtrell were team-mates James Pull and Devlin DeFrancesco, whilst Petru Florescu bounced back from last on the grid to sixth after a qualifying beleaguered by technical problems. His comeback drive enough to retain his championship lead by a single point over Pull.

Home favourite Sennan Fielding had a relatively quiet race in seventh, but will start on pole in race two tomorrow and look to add to his victory tally.

Finishing just behind the Chesterfield racer was Jamie Caroline who provided his customary instalment of on-track entertainment. An opening lap charge saw him climb from 15th to sixth, but he came undone at Redgate on the following lap as he took a trip through the gravel.

Fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Billy Monger was unable to follow-up his superb fourth in qualifying, but he’s sure to hit back later in the weekend, especially in drier conditions.

JHR’s Jack Butel came unstuck on lap three, having to retire due to a technical problem; whilst Zane Goddard was another non-finisher following a skirmish early on with TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins.

Round five of the season gets underway at 1005 tomorrow with home hero Sennan Fielding on pole, and Carlin’s quartet of drivers behind him on the grid hungry for more success. At 1510 the lights will go out on round six which will be shown live on ITV4, when Alex Quinn will aim to make another lightening start from the front row.

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Provisional results Round 4, Donington Park 16 April, 2016
11 laps / 27.77 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 15m 14.253s / 85.57 mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +0.599s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +0.790s
4 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +3.040s
5 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +13.997s
6 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +17.239s
7 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +17.849
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun +21.106s
9 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +25.536s
10 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +26.320s etc
Fastest lap Pull 1:20.947 / 88.01 mph
Rookie Class 1 Quinn; 2 R Martin; 3 J Martin; 4 Kjaergaard

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 58; 2 Pull 57; 3 Leeds 50; 4 Fewtrell 49; 5 Quinn 45; 6 Fielding 41; 7 Caroline 30; 8 Martins 29; 9 Goddard 18; 10 DeFrancesco 17 etc
Rookie Class 1 Quinn 100; Kjaergaard 60; J Martin 57; R Martin 51