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.

Torque Speed – Driver reaction from Donington Park Ford MSA Formula test

  • Fewtrell revelling in Ford British F4 experience and eager for first race of the season.
  • Goddard ecstatic with level of consistency.
  • Quinn enjoys highly productive day behind the wheel.

22 March, 2016 – After another enthralling collective pre-season test for the Ford EcoBoost-powered series, here are the thoughts of the drivers who topped the times.

The man who grabbed the Donington Park test headlines and top spot was Carlin’s Max Fewtrell:

“In the morning session I was just trying to find my feet because I hadn’t driven around the track for about five months.

“After lunch we looked at some data, made use of some new tyres and were straight on the pace right away which was really encouraging.

“It was very important to build up the temperature in the Hankook tyres properly to get the best lap time and not grain them straight away.

“I’m loving the car. I’m loving all the testing we are doing and I cannot wait for the first race.

“I feel really close to everyone in team and I’m enjoying working with everyone at Carlin. It really is a brilliant team.

“Hopefully we can maintain this momentum into the Rockingham test and beyond.”

A buoyant Zane Goddard finished the test second quickest. He was keen to underline the positives that both he and his Double R Racing team could take from away from Donington:

“We wanted to complete as many laps as possible and then see what we were capable of in the latter part of the test. The point of the day was to make sure everything with the car is in perfect order and that I fully understand the track.

“The car felt good and the team has done well. It’s now all about the little details which will no doubt make the difference with the field so close.

“P2 is a good result, although I would obviously like to go forward one more position, but we’ll hopefully do that when it really matters.

“Our consistency has been fantastic. It’s been really strong and that’s a major positive for us to take away from the Donington as we head to Rockingham. I’m really looking forward to seeing how we get on at that circuit.”

Third fastest man was Fortec Motorsports’ Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn who put into words what was a very enjoyable day behind the wheel of his Ford British F4 racer:

“The test went really well. I really enjoyed the Donington Park circuit. The first sector especially with the downhill element and Craner Curves.

“It took a little while to get the tyres in the zone, but we worked hard to prepare them properly.

“We did a lot of work with Sodemo in the morning, running the engine at 75 per cent to test some new sensors, but the Ford EcoBoost engine proved as reliable as ever.

“Then in the afternoon we really pushed the car which was a lot of fun.

“I’m really looking forward to the next test at Rockingham. It’s where the Racing Steps Foundation shootout took place so it brings back a lot of happy memories for me.”

You can find out how Alex Quinn and his Ford British F4 comrades will fare at Rockingham both today and tomorrow as the final collective test sessions of pre-season get underway.

Fewtrell fires warning shot in Ford MSA Formula test

  • 16 year-old Carlin driver Max Fewtrell quickest at Donington Park circuit.
  • Top 10 drivers covered by less than a second.

16 March, 2016 – The second collective Ford British F4 test of the season at Donington Park was a thrilling tale of two halves. Jamie Caroline lit up the timing screens throughout the morning; whilst Messrs Quinn, Goddard and Fewtrell stole the plaudits in the afternoon. The latter storming his way to the quickest time of the test.

Jamun Racing’s Jamie Caroline was the unquestionable star of the morning session, going fastest with a time of 1:07.866. He was the only driver to break into the 1:07s; clearly putting his previous experience at the circuit from Ginetta Juniors to good use. However, the Pirtek Racing and Keltbray backed driver’s morning time was only good enough for fourth when the chequered flag fell at the end of the day.

Max Fewtrell dominated much of the afternoon session. In the final 10 minutes he used a set of new tyres to stamp his authority all over proceedings with a 1:07.391. A time that was quicker than the 2015 Donington Park MSA Formula pole lap and a clear signal that both he and reigning champions Carlin will be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.

Fewtrell was also one of the test’s biggest improvers following a quiet morning which saw him lie seventh at the lunch break. Yet the driver who progressed the most in terms of sheer lap time was Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird who improved upon his best morning time by over a second and a half.

Bird’s teammate Alex Quinn shone throughout. The Racing Steps Foundation driver clearly revelling in the cold conditions at the circuit. The 15 year-old dropped to third with just four minutes remaining as Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard swooped in with a 1:07.719, claiming second just as he did at Brands Hatch several weeks ago.

Although Goddard once again missed out on the bragging rights, his tally of 190 laps for the day was second only to TRS Arden’s Jack Martin on 196. Both drivers demonstrating the sheer reliability of both the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine and the Mygale chassis.

Ford British F4 heads to Rockingham on Tuesday 22 March for its next collective test.

Testing times Donington Park 16/03/16 (am/pm)

1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.284 / 1:07.391

2 Zane GODDARD / AUS Double R / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.166 / 1:07.719

3 Alex QUINN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.465 / 1:07.818  

4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR Jamun / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:07.866 / 1:07.912

5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR JHR / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.171 / 1:07.896

6 James PULL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.033 / 1:07.966

7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA Arden / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.039 / 1:08.048

8 Devlin DeFRANCESCO / CAN Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.806 / 1:08.078

9 Ross MARTIN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.141 / 1:08:303

10 Billy MONGER / GBR JHR / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.464 / 1:08.160 etc.

Full TSL timesheets

 

Torque Speed – Driver reaction from Brands Hatch Ford MSA Formula Test

  • Luis Leeds pays testament to the fantastic work of his Arden team.
  • Zane Goddard expects very close season.
  • Jamie Caroline pushing the limits to be in best shape for the start of the season.
4 March, 2016 – With the dust having settled on last week’s Ford British F4 test which saw the field covered by less than a second, we hear from some of the test’s key protagonists.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Luis Leeds left Brands Hatch with the fastest time and the bragging rights: “It was a really good test. We focused on consistency and trying to do the right thing in every session like using the correct tyre warming procedures and it paid dividends. Arden set the car up brilliantly and together as a team we performed really well.

“To be part of the Red Bull Junior Team driver programme and have the Red Bull logo all over my Ford British F4 car is amazing. It brings with it a little bit of pressure, but it’s a good kind of pressure. It helps you perform and motivates you to do your best.”

Zane Goddard spent much of the test at the top of the timesheets and ended up second fastest for Double R Racing: “The times are so close. It’s going to be an exciting year with very close racing. Hopefully we can stay towards the front.

“I got a lot out of the car and I think the team should be really proud of what they have done. They have worked really hard.”

Goddard’s Double R teammate Carrie Schreiner also lit up the timing screens on a number of occasions, the German clearly enjoying her time behind the wheel: “The test was a lot of fun and it went well. The Double R team is made up of such a good group of people. I’m able to learn so much in Ford British F4 and I really enjoy driving the Ford EcoBoost powered car.

Ginetta Junior champion Jamie Caroline’s lap times suggested that he’s a force to be reckoned with in 2016, setting the third fastest time overall. An achievement made all the more impressive given that his running was curtailed due to damaging his Jamun Racing prepared car on track: “I was trying to find more when there wasn’t any more to find and I just went over the limit. It’s not ideal, but you’ve got to find the limit one way or another. It’s all about learning at this stage.

“I’m loving the Ford British F4 car. When you really push the car it responds brilliantly.”

Meanwhile, Ayrton Simmons tallied an impressive 146 laps for Arden on his way to the seventh quickest time: “The car felt really good. I’m pleased with my times and mileage. I spend a lot of time in the gym and work a lot on my fitness so I feel well prepared. To have done this many laps in one day is no problem at all for me.”

The next collective Ford British F4 test will take place 16 March at Donington Park.

Zane Goddard all set for 2016 Ford MSA Formula season with Double R Racing

  • Goddard to embark on 2016 title assault with Double R Racing.
  • 16 year-old looking forward to competing with world’s most talented young drivers.
  • German Carrie Schreiner will run alongside Goddard for Double R at selected rounds.

4 March, 2016 – Australian Zane Goddard is all set to race in Ford British F4 for Double R this season. The 16 year-old already has experience of car racing, having competed in the FIA Australian Formula 4 series in 2015. He finished ninth in the standings and collected a podium finish at Phillip Island along the way.

After impressing at a test in Valencia this winter, Double R Racing snapped up the Aussie talent. He joins compatriots Luis Leeds and Harry Hayek in making the switch to Ford British F4, which uses the same Mygale chassis and Ford EcoBoost engine as Australian Formula 4.

Said Goddard: “It’s a great opportunity and certainly a big challenge to race against top quality drivers from all corners of the globe.

“I feel extremely privileged to compete overseas this year in Ford British F4 with Double R Racing.

“The Double R team has been brilliant to work with so far. They are incredibly professional. To have their support and that of my sponsors Integrated Systems Group and ARA Group is fantastic.”

Double R team boss Anthony Hieatt added: “Zane is a decent pedaller. He knows the Mygale cars and the tyres so hopefully he will be running at the front.”

Goddard’s teammate at selected rounds this season will be German driver Carrie Schreiner who will dovetail her ADAC Formel 4 commitments with Ford British F4.

The opening rounds of MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, powered by Ford EcoBoost are set for Brands Hatch in early April. The series is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and was introduced last season as a supporting series on the live-televised British Touring Car Championship package.