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.

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.

TEAM NEWS: Finland’s Tonteri stars at Snetterton with maiden British F4 victory

Supplied by team’s PR.

•    British F4 success for first year racer Paavo Tonteri in round 17.
•    Finnish ace seals maiden outright win and sixth Rookie victory.
•    Kiern Jewiss maintains series lead despite luckless weekend.
•    Season-best P6 for Sebastian Alvarez in Snetterton opener.

30 JULY, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri raced to a controlled, and long-awaited, maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race victory at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend, 28th/29th July, to add yet another name to Double R Racing’s extensive list of single-seater race winners.

Finnish 18-year-old Tonteri, who is in his first season of car racing after a stellar karting career, converted a front-row start in round 17 at the Norfolk track on Saturday afternoon into a faultless outright win and his sixth victory of the year in the Rookie Cup class.

Team-mate Kiern Jewiss, who held a comfortable championship lead of 57 points going into the weekend, encountered a great deal of frustration with contact in round 16 and a damaged front wing in round 18 resulting in uncharacteristic 12th place finishes. Fourth in round 17, though, helped limit the damage in the title battle – his lead now reduced to 29 points.

Mexican youngster Sebastian Alvarez continued his progression with a season-best top six result in the first of the weekend’s three races on Saturday. Finishing in the top 10 again in round 17 with ninth place, he just missed the points in round 18 on Sunday with 11th position.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend for Paavo, he really deserves his first overall win – it was a great drive and a very impressive performance”, said Double R’s Anthony Hieatt, “Again, Sebastian produced some strong pace and he continues to chip away. It’s good to see him take his first top six finish.

“Obviously it wasn’t a great weekend in terms of results for Kiern, the pace was there but a couple of incidents made it hard work. Even though we dropped a few points to the competition, he’s still leading the championship and that’s the important thing going into the next round at Rockingham.”

Tonteri makes deserved British F4 breakthrough 
Jewiss headed into the weekend in typically potent form, having been quickest at the Norfolk track during both days of a two-day official test a couple of weeks prior. Indeed, in the usual pre-event test on Friday, 27th July, he again topped the times in session one, with an advantage of 0.3 seconds over his closest rivals, although Tonteri was the fastest Double R driver in session two with fourth.

In qualifying on Saturday, though, Jewiss had to settle for fourth – a mere 0.002 seconds shy of third on the race one grid – while Tonteri was seventh and Alvarez was 10th quickest. Due to a penalty for pole qualifier Patrick Pasma, though, Jewiss was elevated into third, Tonteri sixth and Alvarez ninth.

When the lights went out for the first of Saturday’s two races, Jewiss maintained third while Tonteri leapt into the top four as the cars headed to the infield and Alvarez also progressed, climbing into the top eight. On lap two, Jewiss smartly seized second and set about pressuring the race leader.

The next time around, though, Jewiss was tipped into a spin after a tangle with Dennis Hauger and although able to eventually recover he finished down in 12th position. Confirming his race winning potential, the Double R ace did post the fastest lap of the race during his recovery drive.

Tonteri profited from the lap three incident to slice past his team-mate and Hauger into second place, but his podium hopes were dashed on lap five when a moment dropped the Finn down to eighth. He did ultimately recover into the top five, though, third in the Rookie Cup.

Alvarez, enjoying a competitive run, climbed into seventh on lap four and then broke into the top six after Tonteri’s slip down the order. Following a late shake-up, when two rivals dropped back, Alvarez was leap-frogged by the recovering Tonteri and so the Mexican took the flag in sixth – fourth Rookie.

Round 17 started with Alvarez on pole position, the grid determined from the finishing order of race one but with the top six reversed, and Tonteri made it an all Double R front-row. Jewiss, of course, had to line-up 12th on the grid and with plenty to do.

Tonteri challenged Alvarez off the line and into Riches the Finn dramatically swept past around the outside to grab a lead he would never relinquish. In control by almost two seconds at the end of the opening tour, Tonteri produced a superb performance to claim his first outright win in British F4.

Although his lead was reduced to 1.2 seconds by the end of the fifth tour, Tonteri responded and into the 11th and final lap he had opened the gap to 1.5 seconds. Going on to wrap-up a superb victory, the result also marked his sixth Rookie Cup win of 2018.

“It took long enough!”, said a jovial Tonteri immediately after round 17, “It feels really good to finally win, I feel it’s been coming for a long time. We were really quick in the test before, and yesterday [Friday] we were fast too.”

Alvarez was ultimately shuffled back to seventh position on lap one and although slipping outside the top 10 on the very next tour, he battled back to finish in ninth position overall and fourth in the Rookie class – right on the tail of the two cars ahead on the drag to the line.

Unsurprisingly, Jewiss managed to undo a lot of the damage of starting down on the sixth row of the grid by carving his way through into a top four finish. Leaping into ninth on lap one, he followed championship rival Hauger as the pair both progressed through the order and on the fifth tour the Double R racer made his move to get ahead of the Norwegian – moving into the top six at that point.

Elevated into fifth the next time around, Jewiss then grabbed fourth with a great move into Riches at the start of lap seven. With over seven seconds to make up to the podium runners during the final few laps, though, there just wasn’t enough time to close the gap but fourth marked a great result.

Round 18 on Sunday began with Jewiss second on the grid but, in-keeping with his frustrating weekend, he sustained front wing damage early on and after gradually slipping further down the order he pitted for a new nose cone on lap seven. Eventually, Jewiss came home in 12th place.

From seventh on the grid, Tonteri climbed into the top five on lap one and then moved up into fourth place on the sixth tour. Edged back to fifth soon after, the Finn regained fourth on lap nine and after pressuring Johnathan Hoggard for third Tonteri made the breakthrough on the last lap to seal his second outright podium of the weekend, and third in the Rookie class, as well as fastest lap.

Alvarez began the third race of the weekend from ninth position and although bundled down to 13th place on lap one, he mounted a spirited recovery to work his way into the top 10 by lap three. Edged back down to 13th position by the fifth tour, Alvarez climbed back into 11th place – fourth Rookie.

Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the next instalment of British F4 action just two weeks from now on 11th/12th August.

Maiden win for flying Finn Tonteri

  • Brave move into turn one tees up Tonteri for fantastic first single-seater win.
  • Priaulx and Simmons double up with podium finishes on the day.

28 JULY, 2018 – At the 17th time of asking Infinity Sports Management-backed rising star Paavo Tonteri claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Starting from the front row, Tonteri’s daring overtake around the outside of poleman and Double R Racing team-mate Sebastian Alvarez into turn one proved decisive.

Out in front the Finn withstood pressure from Sebastian Priaulx and Ayrton Simmons, the trio matching each other for pace throughout.

“It feels really good to finally win,” said a beaming Tonteri. “It has been a long time coming.

“I had a number of different scenarios in my mind regarding how the run down to turn one would go.

“I got away quite well and managed to pull off the move around the outside which is not something that happens too often at this track.

“I built a good gap at the start and just tried to maintain it from there. I felt comfortable in the lead and was just counting the laps down.

“At the top part of the standings coming into the weekend I was the only driver without a win so now it feels so good to have that win to my name.”

Added Priaulx: “It’s always good to be on the podium twice in one day. It would have been nice to get the win in that one, but our pace was so similar. Both Paavo and Ayrton did a great job.

“At the start I got down the inside, which set me up well for turn two to pick up some places and that provided the foundation for my race.

“I would love to have a clean sweep of podiums for the weekend, but we’ll take tomorrow as it comes and try to maximise the opportunities in the race.”

Commented Simmons: “It’s another great haul of points for the championship. I got a good start and managed to get past Alvarez into the second corner.

“It was quite a relaxed race from there. I tried to push as much as I could to catch Priaulx, but the top three were evenly matched in terms of pace.

“It feels good to close the gap in the championship. The team have done an exceptional job to bounce back from the difficulties on Friday. I’m really happy with how today has gone and let’s see what we can achieve tomorrow.”

Priaulx made plenty of headway in the opening exchanges to climb up to second place from fifth, while Simmons followed him past Doohan. The latter in thick of the action for much of the race, but ultimately relegated down the order due to having to pit as a result of front wing damage. A similar fate befell JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman.

Championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had plenty to do from the penultimate row of the grid and rose to the challenge by carving his way up to fourth place. The pick of his overtakes a dive around the outside of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) on lap seven at Riches.

Sharp’s opening lap was pure brilliance, as the Rochdale racer flew up the order from ninth to fourth and found himself locked in battle with the likes of Jewiss and Doohan for much of the race. However, a wide moment and spin at Wilson in the closing stages saw him miss out on what would have been his best result of the season.

Patrik Pasma got the better of Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger to take fifth. The latter bouncing back from a five-place grid penalty which left him starting the race from 11th, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) wound up seventh and eighth respectively.

Alvarez’s race was thwarted by an off on the opening lap. The Mexican doing well to salvage ninth ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) who claimed his ninth top-10 finish of the season.

The final race of the weekend is set to get underway at 1430 tomorrow and will be screened live on ITV4. Poleman Pasma will want to emulate fellow flying Finn Tonteri by scoring his first win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 17 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 20m 56.062s / 93.60 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.780s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.634s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.230s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.240s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.137s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +18.728s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.279s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.527s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 23.011s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 52.773s / 94.77 mph

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

Round 18 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Hoggard – Doohan – Hauger – Tonteri – Priaulx – Alvarez – Skelton etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 240; 3 Hauger 215; 4 Tonteri 184; 5 Doohan 176; 6 Priaulx 154; 7 Hoggard 120; 8 Pasma 118; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 312 points; 2 Tonteri 294; 3 Doohan 292; 4 Skelton 219; 5 Alvarez 149

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Jewiss and Priaulx share the free practice spoils at Snetterton

  • Kiern Jewiss tops free practice one with quickest time of the day.
  • Sebastian Priaulx fastest in the afternoon.

27 JULY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Sebastian Priaulx shared the spoils in free practice at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss recorded the fastest time of the day in the morning session, picking up from where he left off after his timesheet topping exploits in last week’s two day test. The Double R ace and championship leader proved to be the only driver capable of breaking the 1m 52s barrier and heads into the weekend full of confidence despite a technical problem curtailing his free practice two running.

“It was really good to pick up from where we left off in testing to set the quickest time this morning,” said Jewiss. “It’s very promising for the weekend ahead and let’s see what tomorrow brings.

“We were a bit unfortunate in the second session because we had a technical problem which meant we couldn’t show our true pace, but I’m still pleased with time we recorded on old tyres.

“To only be about two tenths off is very encouraging. It’s also better to have problems happen on a Friday than on a Saturday or Sunday when there are points up for grabs.

“I really enjoy this circuit with its combination of high and low speed corners. Seb is going to be up there this weekend so it should be an interesting battle between us like we had in our Ginetta Junior days.”

Priaulx looks to have come out the blocks for the second half of the season firing on all cylinders. The Arden driver followed up being second fastest in free practice one by setting the pace in a fiercely contested afternoon session.

“I’m happy to be back where I want to be at the top of the timesheets,” said Priaulx. “We had a really good session in the afternoon. We had a little off at turn one at the end, but overall I’m really happy with how the session went.

“We’ve been working really hard over the winter to make the car better and also myself. We’ve got to keep working to improve every day because it’s incredibly competitive in this championship.

“I’m not going to take anything for granted at this stage of the weekend. Everything could change tomorrow. Things can change so quickly in this sport. It’s all about keeping calm, working hard and continuously improving.

“Due to the hot weather, it’s a really high temperature in the car which is only going to add to how mentally tough this weekend is going to be around the longest circuit on the calendar. It’s all part of the challenge if you want to be on the top step of the podium.”

Priaulx led an Arden one-two-three in the afternoon with Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger both within two tenths of their team-mate.

However, Double R Racing’s Paavo Tonteri secured third on the combined classification courtesy of his best lap which came in the morning.

Jack Doohan (Arden) did well to finish just half a second adrift of the fastest time of the day, having been hindered by technical gremlins throughout both free practice sessions. His race pace looking particularly strong.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) edged out Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) by only 0.040s to take seventh in the combined classification, while Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top-10 ahead of JHR Developments runner Ayrton Simmons.

Fans are in for a treat tomorrow with a blockbuster day of action. Official qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 1030. The first race of the weekend follows at 1400, with round 17 of the season taking place at 1625. It’s then lights out at 1430 on Sunday for round 18 which will be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Snetterton, 27 July, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:51.723 / 1:52.274
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.049 / 1:52.020
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:52.104 / 1:52.245
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.129 / 1:52.125
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.796 / 1:52.213
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:53.348 / 1:52.261
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.394 / 1:52.335
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:52.375 / 1:53.395
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.425 / 1:52.499
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:52.651 / 1:53.309 etc.

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Jewiss stays on top in Snetterton test

  • Kiern Jewiss leaves it late to secure top spot on the timesheet.
  • Manuel Sulaiman shines on final day of test.

18 JULY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss maintained his position at the top of the timesheets by recording the fastest time on the second and final day of testing at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Just as the Double R racer did yesterday, he saved his best until the end of the afternoon session to have the last laugh. With less than 10 minutes left on the clock Jewiss pumped in a lap of 1m 51.726s and then proceeded to better it moments later with a 1m 51.698s.

It put him 0.272s clear of JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman who put in a fine testing performance as the only other driver to break the 1m 52s barrier on the second day of running.

Morning pacesetter Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) wound up third on the combined classification, with Jack Doohan (Arden) fourth fastest, ahead of Arden team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Dennis Hauger.

Ayrton Simmons’ best lap times from the morning and afternoon were within a tenth of each other, underlining the JHR Developments driver’s consistency.

Meanwhile Hampus Ericsson recorded the quickest time of any Fortec Motorsports driver during the two day test to go fifth fastest in the afternoon and eighth on the combined classification, ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) and team-mate Johnathan Hoggard.

Attention now turns to the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost which will take place at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Snetterton, 18 July, 2018 (am/pm)

1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:52.517 / 1:51.698
2 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.668 / 1:51.970
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:52.060 / 1:52.158
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.201 / 1:52.406
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.278 / 1:52.652
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.433 / 1:52.670
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:52.521 / 1:52.593
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:52.817 / 1:52.526
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.574 / 1:52.746
10 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.616 / 1:53.029 etc.

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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.

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

Supplied by team’s PR.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hauger converts pole into victory at Croft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 22.289s / 92.96 mph

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

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

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

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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

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