TEAM NEWS: Jewiss stars again at Oulton to earn British F4 points lead

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  • Jewiss wins in British F4 at Oulton and takes points lead.

11 JUNE, 2018 – In Cheshire at Oulton Park, Double R celebrated yet more success with F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost racer Kiern Jewiss moving to the top of the driver standings with a hat-trick of podiums, including his fourth victory of the season in round 12.

Finnish team-mate Paavo Tonteri also departed the North East track with another clutch of silverware, having taken one outright podium and three Rookie podiums, including a class win in the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday evening.

“What an amazing weekend!”, said ecstatic Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “It’s obviously fantastic to be leading the championship and it shows what an incredible job everyone is doing this season with our set-up, reliability and overall performance.

“Kiern was in outstanding form again in F4 at Oulton – three podiums, another win and the championship lead is tremendous – and Paavo was really strong again too with another Rookie win. What a fantastic job by everyone.”

Double R aced the pre-event British F4 test day at Oulton Park on Friday, Jewiss topping the times in both sessions with team-mate Tonteri second in each run, and the former went on to secure pole position in qualifying on Saturday by 0.3 seconds.

Although slipping to third at the start of round 10, Jewiss hit back quickly and after taking second on the run down to Cascades on lap two he closed down leader Dennis Hauger by reeling off a series of fastest laps. Making a move for the lead on the penultimate tour at Island Bend, and taking the win on the road, post-race officials penalised Jewiss and dropped him to second in the amended results.

Tonteri was edged back from fourth to fifth off the start but after retaking the place on lap two, he spent the remainder of the contest pressuring for third – ending up just 0.5 seconds shy as the second highest placed Rookie. Alvarez too lost out at the start, dropping from 11th to 13th place, and stayed there race-long, fifth in the Rookie class.

For round 11 on Sunday, Tonteri started from third on the grid with Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place and all three Double R drivers got away from the line well. Keen to make progress, Jewiss produced a great pass into Lodge to take fourth and after pressuring Tonteri he then delivered another superb move to take third into Old Hall on lap four.

With nothing between the lead quartet, Jewiss and Tonteri ran nose-to-tail behind Ayrton Simmons and Jack Doohan but try as they might, particularly Jewiss in his bid to unsettle Doohan, no clear-cut passing opportunities were presented. Despite applying immense pressure, Jewiss had to settle for third at the flag with Tonteri just behind – the Finn securing second in the Rookie class too.

Alvarez was edged to 14th on the opening lap but then moved back into 13th place after an excursion for Hampus Ericsson. Piling huge pressure on Jamie Sharp ahead, Alvarez swarmed all over his rival before finally making the breakthrough on lap 10 to take 12th and fifth in the Rookie class.

Jewiss lined-up on pole position for round 12 and, after making a terrific start, he never looked back as he went on to utterly dominate. Reeling off fastest laps and never putting a wheel wrong, he claimed his fourth victory – and the series lead – with a phenomenal winning margin of 7.7 seconds.

Tonteri, from third at the start, held the podium placing throughout and applied huge pressure to Patrik Pasma race-long. Driving impeccably, he secured his fourth outright podium and another Rookie class win. After an opening lap drama, Alvarez battled back superbly from a deficit of 14 seconds to the pack to finish inside the top 10 and lap within just 0.3 seconds of Jewiss’ pace.

Double R Racing’s British F4 team will be back in action a fortnight from now on 23/24 June at Croft in North Yorkshire.

Jewiss romps to victory and into championship lead

  • Perfection from poleman Jewiss to dominate final race of Oulton Park meeting.
  • Flying Finns Pasma and Tonteri complete the podium, with the latter taking the Rookie class win.

10 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing romped to victory in round 12 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Oulton Park.

Jewiss was faultless from pole position and untouchable for the duration of the 15 lap contest, scampering off into the distance and winning by a margin of almost eight seconds. He also set the fastest lap on his penultimate tour of the circuit with a lap of 1m 24.191s.

It was the perfect end to the weekend for the 15-year-old who has looked the fastest driver on circuit throughout the weekend. His superb performance sees him leave the Cheshire circuit leading the championship by 16 points, with chief title rival Ayrton Simmons only able to finish eighth.

“I got off the line just like I wanted to,” said Jewiss. “It meant I could take the racing line into the first corner and then crack on with my race, leaving everyone else to battle behind.

“We knew we had the pace this weekend after free practice and we wanted to finish with fastest lap on the last lap of the final race, but we had to settle for doing it on the penultimate lap. We were having some fun out there.

“I want to say big thanks again to Double R, FM Conway, HCL Technologies and MB Partners, as well as everyone who has supported me this weekend: friends, family and fans.

“As soon as I pulled away well off the line I felt so happy and pleased to make amends for race one.

“It feels great to finally end a weekend leading the championship. It’s taken a little longer than we would have liked to get there, but hopefully we can stay on top until the very end now.”

Behind Jewiss, Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri jockeyed for the remaining podium spots. Both drivers have put in strong performances this weekend. The two Finn’s seemingly inseparable on track for much of it and entertaining spectators as a result.

Pasma’s second place was his third podium of the season and second of the weekend. Meanwhile, third for Tonteri was a welcome appearance on the rostrum after he had already bagged two fourth place finishes in the space of 24 hours.

Third place also secured Tonteri the Rookie class win, with Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan completing the rookie podium after the Red Bull Junior Team drivers put on a fantastic wheel-to-wheel display throughout the race.

“We’ve scored a lot of good points this weekend,” said Pasma. “We just need to keep working hard and try to get the win at the next race weekend.

“My start wasn’t the best which cost me some time off the line, but I managed to at least maintain my position.

“Kiern pulled a big gap at the beginning of the race, but I started to match him towards the end so that was encouraging.

“Then I had Tonteri attacking me which meant I had to defend and that gave Jewiss a chance to pull away even more.

“I’m really enjoying racing in British F4 and I’m sure my first win is just around the corner.”

Added Tonteri: “I’ve known Patrik for eight years. We’ve been team-mates in the past. We have a special rivalry and great respect for each other which allows us to have excellent races.

“I got a decent amount of points this weekend. I was targeting podiums so it’s nice to end the weekend with one.

“We didn’t really show all of the potential and pace we had which means I’m not completely happy. I want to win and will keep working hard towards that.

“Winning needs a bit of luck. We haven’t quite had that luck this season, but hopefully it’s on the way.

“All the points I have scored this weekend are definitely going to help me in the championship.”

In amongst the rookie runners was Hampus Ericsson who achieved his best result of the campaign so far in fourth for Fortec Motorsports. The Swede did brilliantly to keep Hauger at bay.

Ericsson’s team-mate Johnathan Hoggard looked to be on for an excellent result too. He pulled off one of the overtakes of the weekend by going around the outside of Doohan at Lodge Corner, only for his race to be thwarted by a technical problem.

Manuel Sulaiman’s upturn in form continued in the final race of the weekend. The JHR Developments driver bagged another haul of points in seventh, having made his way up the order from 10th.

Contact between Simmons and Hoggard, with Simmons running off the track on lap seven allowed the Mexican to sneak through into eighth ahead of his team-mate and fellow JHR Developments runner Josh Skelton.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) picked up the final point, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

Elsewhere, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Sebastian Priaulx’s (Arden) torrid weekends continued, with both retiring from the race due to technical gremlins. The former having made up three places in the opening exchanges.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 12 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 21m 18.999s / 93.98 mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +7.776s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +8.646s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.785s
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.048s
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +11.715s
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +12.923s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +14.132s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +18.733s
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +25.076s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 24.191s / 95.18 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 206 points; 2 Simmons 190; 3 Doohan 137; 4 Hauger 117; 5 Tonteri 107; 6 Pasma 105; 7 Priaulx 103; 8 Hoggard 96; 9 Ericsson 42; Skelton 39 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 231 points; 2 Hauger 201; 3 Tonteri 196; 4 Skelton 167; 5 Alvarez 91­­­

Hauger takes maiden British F4 win following Jewiss penalty

  • Hauger scores his first single-seater win after enthralling battle with Jewiss.
  • Jewiss finishes first on road, but demoted to second after being handed three second time penalty.
  • Jewiss takes championship lead despite penalty.

9 JUNE, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger took his maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in round 10 of the season, after an enthralling race-long battle with Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing). The latter finished first on the road, but was demoted to second following a three second time penalty.

A slow getaway for poleman Jewiss saw him jumped off the line by Hauger and Patrik Pasma.

Jewiss responded immediately by getting back past Pasma and then set about hustling Hauger for the lead.

Hauger did brilliantly to keep the faster Jewiss behind. The Norwegian positioning his Red Bull liveried, Ford EcoBoost-powered racer expertly around the Cheshire circuit.

However, on the penultimate lap of the race the pair made contact at Island Bend. Both managed to continue on their way to the chequered flag largely unscathed, Jewiss leading Hauger home.

Following the race, Jewiss was handed a three second time penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety as a result of the incident. The penalty promoted Dennis Hauger to race winner, with Jewiss dropping back to second.

“It feels really good to finally get this win,” said Hauger. “We’ve been waiting for this win for such a long time.

“It’s a little bit of shame that we got it this way, but I cannot deny how happy I am with the result in the end. Now we’ve got to take this momentum into tomorrow.

“In qualifying this season we’ve been in the top three almost every session so the speed has always been there.

“Then it has been about building up the experience in the races. This win just reinforces the fact that we are up there and that we will only get better as the year progresses.

“Finally getting this win is such a good feeling after winning on track at Donington Park and getting a penalty, and then at Thruxton leading until the last corner. The luck has not been with us so far this season, but it is hopefully with us now.”

Despite the penalty Jewiss’ second place finish was still enough to see him take the championship lead, outscoring Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) by 10 points and overturning a five point deficit coming into the weekend.

Further consolation for Jewiss came in the form of fastest lap, with a time of 1m 22.939s which was 0.041s quicker than his pole time.

“At the end of the day it’s only a few points we dropped because of the penalty,” said Jewiss. “We’ve still taken the lead in the championship.

“Simmons starts on pole for tomorrow’s first race so I’m expecting to probably lose the championship lead, but then I start the last race from pole when I intend to get it back.

“Overall it was a good race and the car was brilliant. I think me being in this Double R-prepared car is the quickest combination on the grid at the moment.

“At the start I probably had the clutch a bit too high which meant the car was close to rolling forward. I was wary of getting a false start so I dropped the clutch down, as well as the throttle and that left me slow off the line.

“The reverse grid race will be about damage limitation and then the last race of the weekend I need to get a better start and maximise the opportunity to win.”

Fast-starting Pasma came home in third. His second podium of the season. He was made to work had for it though after a dice with Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) in what was an entertaining battle of the Finns.

“I tried to get into first place at the start, but there wasn’t enough room so I had to back off and settle for second,” explained Pasma. “Jewiss then overtook me and after that I couldn’t quite keep up with the pace of the front two.

“My pace improved as the race went on though and I was able to close the gap to the front which was encouraging.

“I think we will have two better races tomorrow. It was also nice to win the battle in the “Finnish championship” in the race today with Tonteri. It’s always good fun racing with him.”

Jack Doohan (Arden) and Simmons did well to pick up a couple of places from their grid positions to finish fifth and sixth respectively. The sixth place proving particularly crucial for Simmons because it earns him pole for the partially-reversed grid race tomorrow.

Behind Simmons came the Fortec Motorsports’ duo of Hampus Ericsson and Johnathan Hoggard, while Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) completed the top 10.

It was a luckless opening race of the weekend for home hero Jamie Sharp. The Sharp Motorsport racer ended up in the barrier at Cascades on lap seven.

Round 11 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at 1300 tomorrow and will be broadcast live on ITV4, with the final race of the weekend kicking off at 1745.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 10 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 21m 04.707s / 95.04 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS* / GBR / Double R +0.791s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.399s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +4.926s
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.514s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +8.153s
7 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +8.699s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +9.267s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.939s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.039s etc.
*Three second time penalty

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 22.939s / 96.62 mph

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

Grid for Round 11: Simmons – Doohan – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Hauger – Ericsson – Hoggard – Sulaiman – Priaulx etc.

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 166 points; 2 Simmons 161; 3 Doohan 111; 4 Priaulx 101; 5 Hauger 99; 6 Hoggard 90; 7 Tonteri 80; 8 Pasma 77; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 30 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 191 points; 2 Hauger 168; 3 Tonteri 153; 4 Skelton 143; 5 Alvarez 71

Full results

Jewiss takes maiden British F4 pole in style

  • Jewiss proves class of the field in qualifying to take imperious double pole position.
  • Hauger and Pasma the closest challengers in battle for pole.

9 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing carried their fine Friday free practice form into qualifying at Oulton Park for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to take an imperious double pole position.

Jewiss took his maiden single-seater pole in style and by some margin. The only man to break the 1m 23s barrier with a lap of 1m 22.980s, he went almost three tenths clear of closest challenger Dennis Hauger (Arden).

Pole for the third race of the weekend came by way of second-fastest times and the gap between Jewiss’ best and the rest of the field was even greater at over half a second.

“We picked up where we left off yesterday,” said Jewiss. “The car feels mega and our race pace is also strong so I’m really happy.

“The car is set up so well. It gives you so much confidence as a driver and that’s so important.”

“We’ll see what we can do in the races. We start from the best place so we’ll try to get away well and build from there to win.

“The reverse grid race is going to be difficult because it’s so hard to pass around here. That race will be about damage limitation.

“We know we have the pace. It’s clear for everyone to see and now we need to do our best o capitalise.

“I want to say a big thank you to FM Conway, HCL Technologies and MB Partners, as well as the team. It means so much to get my first British F4 pole, especially in this way and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

As had been the case in free practice it was Arden who were closest to Double R’s pace, Dennis Hauger and Patrik Pasma once again leading the Banbury outfit’s charge. The duo managed to split Double R Racing’s Jewiss and Tonteri. Hauger securing a front row grid slot and Pasma getting the better of Tonteri by just 0.017s, with Johnathan Hoggard only 0.008s further adrift.

“P2 is not a bad position to start from in race one,” said Hauger. “Now it’s all about focusing on the race and preparing so I can compete at the maximum level.

“It’s a really fast and technical circuit so you have to be perfect when it counts out there on track.

“I’m constantly working on my own driving and with the team to make sure we’re as strong as possible.

“The start is going to be so important here. Hopefully we can get a good one and fight for the win.”

Added team-mate Pasma: “We’re not too far away from the front so it was a good qualifying for us.

“It’s a long track with a lot of corners so there are a lot of small details that you have to get right to be quick around here.

“We’ve been working really well as a team and I think it will be a strong weekend for us.

“I’m looking forward to the races, but also looking to go forward in them. I need to make some overtakes to get the win.”

Hampus Ericsson underlined Fortec Motorsports’ pace and will line up alongside team-mate Hoggard on the third row.

Elsewhere, Jack Doohan (Arden) wound up seventh, while championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments had to settle for eighth ahead of Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) who completed the top 10.

Round 10 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1445.

Provisional qualifying times Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
Round 10 grid order
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:22.980
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:23.271
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:23.379
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:23.396
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:23.404
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:23.444
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:23.522
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:23.576
9 Sebastian PRIUALX / GBR / Arden 1:23.711
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:23.866 etc.

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

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Double top for Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing at Oulton Park

  • Double R Racing record one-two in both free practice sessions, with Jewiss fastest from Tonteri.

8 JUNE, 2018 – Double R Racing got off to a perfect start at Oulton Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, by recording a one-two in both free practice sessions led by Kiern Jewiss from Paavo Tonteri.

Free practice two saw faster times throughout the field, but it was free practice one pacesetter Jewiss who remained on top with team-mate Tonteri close behind.

Tonteri was the first driver to break the 1m 23s barrier, stealing an early march in the session. Jewiss responded however with less than 10 minutes on the clock to post a lap time of 1m 22.537s.

“It’s been a really good day for us,” said Jewiss. “The car has been excellent and Double R are looking really strong. Hopefully we can carry this into qualifying.

“I looked through a lot of video and data from previous seasons before arriving here as part of my preparation and that’s put me on a really good footing for this weekend.

“You have to be inch perfect around here because there is so little run off and overtaking will be hard so qualifying is going to probably be the most important session of the weekend.

“I’m really keen to get my first pole position in British F4, so to do it here where qualifying matters even more would be extra special.”

Added Tonteri: “It will be great if we can carry this pace into the rest of the weekend to get a really strong result for the team.

“The car feels amazing. Double R have done a fantastic job. The car is great on longer runs too. I did my best time on old tyres so that bodes well.

“Hopefully I can turn around the positions and be faster than Kiern. He’s doing a really good job so far this weekend so it won’t be easy.

“Kiern found some time on the new tyres and I made a mistake on my fastest lap. That was the difference between us today.

“It’s been close between us all season and in testing so I cannot see that changing this weekend or during the rest of the year.”

Arden were hot on the heels of the Double R duo with Dennis Hauger and Patrik Pasma. The latter proved quickest of the pair in free practice one, but in the second session Hauger turned the tables to record the third fastest time of the day. Both Pasma and Hauger joined Jewiss and Tonteri as the only drivers able to lap in the 1m 22s bracket.

Championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) had a solid day behind the wheel. Fifth fastest in both sessions and setting himself up for another weekend where he’s sure to be in the mix for top honours.

Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx wound up sandwiched on the timesheet in seventh by Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard and Hampus Ericsson.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Alvarez ensured all Double R Racing-prepared cars ended the day inside the top 10 ahead of Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), while technical gremlins restricted running for Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments).

Saturday’s schedule kicks off with official qualifying in the morning at 1030 followed by the first race of the weekend at 1445. Rounds 11 and 12 of the F4 British Championship will take place on Sunday at 1300 and 1745 respectively, with round 11 broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Oulton Park, 8 June, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:23.259 / 1:22.537
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:23.554 / 1:22.784
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:23.907 / 1:22.858
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:23.785 / 1:22.953
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:23.916 / 1:23.037
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:24.468 / 1:23.240
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:23.953 / 1:23.280
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:25.072 / 1:23.389
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:24.822 / 1:23.494
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:24.729 / 1:23.544 etc.

Full times

TEAM NEWS: Two wins from three for Jewiss and Double R Racing at Thruxton

Supplied by team’s PR.

•    Superb weekend in British F4 for Kiern Jewiss with two wins.
•    Fantastic 1-2 for Double R in Rd8 with Jewiss & Paavo Tonteri.
•    Tonteri adds brace of Rookie wins to season-best P2 overall.
•    More points for Sebastian Alvarez plus season-best P8.

21 MAY, 2018 – Double R Racing celebrated yet more F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost success at ultra-fast Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend, 19/20 May, with Kiern Jewiss taking two excellent victories from three races.

Including a fabulous one-two result for the Woking squad in round eight on Sunday morning, where Jewiss headed home team-mate Paavo Tonteri for the latter’s best overall result yet in British F4, the third race meeting of the campaign produced more sparkling performances from Double R.

Jewiss departed Thruxton just five points shy of the championship lead, Tonteri has moved up into seventh in the points and third in the Rookie Cup – having taken two class wins – and Sebastian Alvarez took a season-best eighth overall in race two. The Mexican youngster was on for better still with a top five challenge in race three, until contact from a rival ended his hopes.

“Two wins out of three isn’t bad, we’ll happily take that any weekend”, said Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “Kiern had a cracking weekend and is easily the best racer out there in my book – he puts the car in the right place all the time, he’s quick and really goes for any opportunity.

“Obviously the one-two finish in race two was fantastic, it was great to see Paavo up there in P2 and taking some more Rookie wins as well, he’s really coming on strong. Sebastian was very unlucky in race three, he did a fantastic job in that race and deserved a lot more from it than he got. I’m really looking forward to the next rounds, I think our set-up will prove to be bang on it again at Oulton.”

Silverware galore for Double R at super-fast Thruxton
In Saturday’s qualifying Jewiss was the quickest of the Double R trio, lapping fourth fastest a fraction ahead of Tonteri, while Alvarez was an excellent ninth. However, due to penalties for a couple of drivers, Jewiss was promoted into third, Tonteri fourth and Alvarez seventh.

Round seven later in the day took place under glorious Hampshire skies, with track temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius, and Jewiss and Tonteri both got away from the grid cleanly to maintain their positions. Alvarez, though, wasn’t as fortunate with an early tangle leading to a pit-stop for a new front wing. Despite rejoining, he eventually retired to the pits at mid-distance.

Jewiss and Tonteri, meanwhile, ran close behind the top two and the former moved up into second at the end of lap three before grabbing the lead from Dennis Hauger into Allard at the beginning of the subsequent tour. Edged back to second at the end of lap six, Jewiss then stayed close in the wheeltracks of Hauger lap after lap and ran side-by-side on several occasions into the chicane.

With nothing to separate them, on the 16th and final lap Jewiss made his move after getting alongside again into Club Chicane and despite contact from Hauger, which resulted in the Norwegian crashing out, Jewiss emerged unscathed to grab his second win of the season.

Tonteri climbed into third on lap six before being edged back to fourth again on lap eight. Staying there throughout the second half of the race, following Hauger’s departure on the final lap Tonteri moved up into third to take his second outright podium and also his second Rookie class victory.

Round eight on Sunday afternoon began with Tonteri third on the partially reversed grid, Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place – due to his non-finish in race one – and the weather was again extremely pleasant and warm.

At the start Tonteri was edged back to fourth into Allard before Jewiss also got ahead of the Finn through the mid-point of the complex. As a result of an incident just behind in the pack, the Safety Car was then deployed in time for lap two.

Racing resumed on the fourth tour with Jewiss fourth, Tonteri fifth and Alvarez in 11th position and all three maintained their respective positions. At the complex on lap five, though, contact between Alvarez and Sebastian Priaulx dropped the Double R driver to 12th again.

Dramatically, at the chicane at the end of the lap, a tangle between the second and third placed drivers opened the door for Jewiss to move up into second place, with Tonteri following him through into third, and it also elevated Alvarez into the top 10. With Patrik Pasma’s car stranded following the aforementioned incident, the Safety Car then reappeared on lap seven.

At the re-start on lap nine, Jewiss and Tonteri both got away well and managed to pull a gap over the rest of the pack but race leader Jack Doohan looked to be too far ahead as the laps counted down. On the 14th and final tour, though, Doohan dramatically slowed and Jewiss swept past to make it back-to-back wins with Tonteri taking a best-yet second and another Rookie victory.

After his earlier dramas, Alvarez resumed his battle with Priaulx and the pair traded places during the second half of the contest. Holding 10th place into the penultimate lap, problems for Hampus Ericsson and, of course, Doohan enabled the Mexican to take eighth place, fourth best Rookie.

Tonteri again started ahead of Jewiss for the final race, lining-up third and fourth on the grid respectively, with Alvarez beginning the encounter in ninth spot. Making a great start, Jewiss was able to see off his challengers out of Allard to then move up into third.

Quickly looking for second on the outside at Noble, he was held out on the wide line and the next time around he was edged back to fourth just ahead of Tonteri. Securing third on lap two, Jewiss was then passed by Tonteri on the subsequent tour and after clipping the kerbs at Segrave, Jewiss did lose some momentum.

Dropping to fifth, he got back ahead of Tonteri on the fourth tour when the Finn lost out while trying to mount a bid for second and they circulated fourth and fifth until lap six when Tonteri’s race took a knock after a part spin when clipping the kerbs at Cobb. He eventually fought back to finish ninth.

Jewiss continued to try and break back into the podium placings and on lap seven he produced some fantastic driving to grab third and then second in quick succession through Allard and into the complex. Unfortunately though, after running wide out of Segrave, he dropped to fourth and two laps later was back to sixth behind the impressive Alvarez who had risen superbly though the order.

Alvarez, looking quick and committed, was on for a season best but huge drama mid-lap on the ninth tour undid those hopes – contact in a tight pack of cars pitching him wildly across the grass on the inside. Fortunately able to recover to the pits, he eventually ended the race a lap down in 14 position. Jewiss, meanwhile, concluded the race in fifth just 1.5 seconds shy of another podium.

Rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the British F4 season will take place at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire on 9/10 June.

Jewiss leads Double R Racing one-two at Thruxton

  • Second win of weekend for Jewiss sees him take championship lead and set sights on winning the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award.
  • Double R Racing score first one-two finish of season.
  • Heartbreak for Doohan who sees victory slip away on final lap due to technical gremlin.

20 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss led home a one-two finish for Double R Racing ahead of Paavo Tonteri in round eight of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss was in the right place at the right time following last lap heartbreak for long-time leader Jack Doohan. The Arden racer suffering a technical gremlin which saw him plummet down the order to ninth.

Having taken the lead on lap four with a perfectly judged move to get by team-mate Patrik Pasma on the inside at Church, Doohan was faultless out front. The Red Bull Junior Team driver recording fastest lap of the race just as he had done in the first race of the weekend.

Such was the Aussie’s pace that he was able to break the tow from Jewiss who had expertly stayed out of trouble to make his way up to second place ahead of Paavo Tonteri and Ayrton Simmons.

The latter having an eventful race involving contact with poleman Patrik Pasma at Club which saw the Finn go out of the race. Simmons did well to continue, but Tonteri needed no invitation to take advantage.

In something of a landmark race for Double R Racing, Jewiss’ win and Tonteri’s second place secured the team the first one-two finish of the season and saw Jewiss propelled into the championship lead.

Jewiss’ second win of the weekend meant he had the Ford Triple Crown Award firmly in his sights. If the MB Partners backed rising star were to win the final race of the weekend he would bag a lucrative £10,000 prize for becoming the first driver to win all three races in one meeting this season, emulating 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Jamie Caroline, who also achieved the feat at Thruxton.

“To get this win is something of a bonus for us,” said Jewiss. “If we can get three wins then we win the Ford Triple Crown so we’ll be pushing incredibly hard in the final race.

“This was a a brilliant race. I stayed calm and collected throughout. There was a bit of contact between Simmons and Pasma, but I just managed to get away unscathed.”

Added team-mate Tonteri: “This is another good result which I’m really happy with and I’m pleased about scoring so many points.

“Despite the end result, the race wasn’t actually that good for me because I had a bad start and I gained positions through other people crashing. I didn’t quite have the pace of Kiern, but I’ll work hard to turn things around.

“It’s a big thing for everyone at Double R Racing to be the first team to get a one-two finish this season so I’m really pleased for them.”

Commented Simmons: “I got up to second on lap one, but Doohan got past so I had to settle for third.

“It was unfortunate the contact with Pasma and there was nothing else I could have done. It left me with damaged steering so to come home with P3 and a good points haul is great.

“JHR Developments have been doing an amazing job this season and I’m confident that we can achieve many more great results in 2018.”

Manuel Sulaiman did brilliantly to pick his way up the order from last on the grid to finish fourth – his best result of the season – and just reward following the pace he showed in Friday free practice.

His JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wasn’t far behind in fifth, the pair separated by only 0.609s when they crossed the finish line. Skelton equalling his best finish of the year to cap a strong performance from the JHR Developments squad.

Hauger made swift progress from 12th on the grid, climbing three places on the opening lap and by the end of lap nine was running in fourth. However, he came off worse in a skirmish with Ericsson which relegated him several places to eighth, that would become seventh as Ericsson lost places following his dice with Skelton.

Sebastian Priaulx’s luckless weekend continued. Contact with Sebastian Alvarez scuppered his chances of a strong result. The Arden racer did well fight on and stay in contention, picking up a handful of points in sixth.

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the thick of the action climbing from 11th to fifth, but an off track excursion as a result of battling with Skelton meant a point was his only reward in 10th. The Swede finished ahead of Lucca Allen who refused to throw in the towel after contact at Club left his race in tatters.

Jamie Sharp and Johnathan Hoggard were opening lap casualties. Sharp collecting Hoggard and forcing both to retire from the race.

Round nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1625 and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 8 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
14 laps / 32.98 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 54.825s / 94.62 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.842s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.580s
4 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.278s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +9.887s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.009s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +10.512s
8 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.219s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +19.118s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +41.68s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 14.098s / 114.46 mph

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

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 138 points; 2 Simmons 135; 3 Priaulx 92; 4 Hoggard 86; 5 Doohan 76; 6 Tonteri 66; 7 Hauger 5; 8 Pasma 50; 9 Skelton 31; 10 Ericsson 20 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 151 points; 2 Hauger 125; 3 Tonteri 123; 4 Skelton 115; 5 Alvarez 51

Full results

Jewiss leaves it late to take victory

  • Jewiss and Double R Racing emerge victorious after enthralling battle with Arden’s Hauger.
  • Simmons stays at the top of standings after brilliant damage limitation drive.
  • Tonteri scoops final podium spot and Rookie class win.

19 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss took his second win of the season in round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton, following a patient and tactical drive from third on the grid.

Jewiss found himself locked in a battle for victory with poleman Dennis Hauger (Arden), after the duo had got back ahead of the fast-starting Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) who had made his way up to the lead in the space of four corners on the opening lap from fifth on the grid.

Hauger defended valiantly, but Jewiss looked to be playing a tactical game. Having got the better of Hauger on lap four, Hauger hit back on lap eight to regain the lead.

Jewiss refused to let Hauger escape his clutches and positioned himself perfectly to benefit from a powerful slipstream down Brooklands straight.

The Double R ace left it until the last lap to pounce, getting the run on Hauger down Brooklands and into the final chicane. Hauger immediately tried to retaliate, but the two drivers made contact. It left the Arden racer careering into the tyre barriers while Jewiss maintained momentum through the chicane to take the chequered flag.

“I knew as long as he didn’t pull away from me all I had to do was stay calm,” said Jewiss. “I had a big enough gap behind me which meant that I didn’t have to worry too much about defending and I could focus on how I was going to get into the lead.

“It was a long race and I had a long time to think about how I would pull off an overtake and manage my race.

“I could see that Hauger was sliding around and using up his tyres. That was perfect for me because I felt I was able to manage my tyres better. I drove smoothly while keeping him under pressure.

“I gave the overtake a go on the penultimate lap and lost a bit of momentum so I gave it my all on the last lap to give myself a chance to get by at the very end. Hauger got on the grass, hit the brakes and made contact with the rear of my car.

“Big thanks to Double R Racing, FM Conway, HCL and MB Partners for making this possible. We’re trying to score as many points as we can and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

Ayrton Simmons performed an excellent exercise in damage limitation, having started 12th due to a 10-place grid penalty for causing contact at the Donington Park meeting three weeks ago.

The JHR Developments driver picked his way through the field expertly at the circuit in which he made his debut two years ago to stay at the top of the standings.

“I got a brilliant start,” said Simmons. “I tried to stay away from all the incidents and keep my head cool.

“I was hoping to get a top four finish in the race in an attempt to minimise the damage. I went from 12th to sixth on the first lap and that certainly helped make my life easier.

“It was all about planning my moves in what was a tricky race. It was really hot too so I had to focus on looking after the tyres as well.

“It was a very strategic race, but our strategy ended up paying off so I’m very pleased.

“I was a bit fortunate with what happened to Hauger, but I was in the right place at the right time and that’s what matters.”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was back on the podium having been involved in frenetic battles with the likes of Simmons, Patrik Pasma and Johnathan Hoggard. The Finn beating the hard-charging Jack Doohan by just 0.194s to take third, as well as the Rookie class win.

“It was a pretty eventful race,” explained Tonteri. “I got a decent start. I made up some places to run as high as P3, but then Ayrton passed me.

“I was waiting for an opportunity to make a move and then on the last lap we saw some action up ahead with the leaders and that promoted me back up to third.

“The pace was really good, but we just weren’t quite in the right places at the right time to fight for the win.

“I lost some ground in the championship and the Rookie class standings at Donington Park with results not going my way, so it’s great to come back stronger here. It feels good to be back on the podium.”

Doohan was rapid and despite falling as far back as 10th, fought back to fourth. The Red Bull Junior Team driver set fastest lap of the race in the process, with a time of 1m 13.854s, which was just 0.102s off of the lap record.

The Aussie finished ahead of Arden team-mate Pasma who recovered well from a five-place grid penalty to end up fifth, having started 13th. His fifth place also earning him pole for tomorrow’s reverse-grid race.

Hoggard had to settle for sixth despite his opening lap heroics, ahead of third place rookie Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Sebastian Priaulx was a victim of his own success at the start. He flew off the grid from ninth, but found himself squeezed between Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments). It resulted in all three taking to the pits, with Sulaiman and Alvarez eventually forced to retire. Priaulx persevered to score a point, ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) who just missed out on a top 10 finish.

Racing resumes at Thruxton tomorrow, with the reverse-grid race at 1250 and the final race of the weekend at 1625. Both will be shown live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 7 Thruxton, 19 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.96 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 04.348s / 112.67 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.049s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.405s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.599s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.342s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +5.688s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +16.813s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +20.928s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +25.648s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +50.264s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 13.854s / 114.84 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Doohan, 3 Skelton

Grid for Round 8: Pasma – Doohan – Tonteri – Simmons – Jewiss – Hoggard – Skelton – Allen – Sharp – Priaulx etc.

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 120 points; 2 Jewiss 113; =3 Hoggard 86; =3 Priaulx 86; 5 Doohan 74; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 50; 8 Tonteri 48; 9 Skelton 21; 10 Ericsson 19 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 141 points; 2 Hauger 110; =3 Tonteri 98; =3 Skelton 98; 5 Alvarez 39

Full results

Doohan and Arden top the times at Thruxton in British F4 free practice

  • Doohan and Arden quickest at Thruxton by almost half a second.
  • All three Double R drivers finish the session in the top five, with Jewiss quickest and proving Doohan’s closest challenger.

18 MAY, 2018 – Jack Doohan and Arden were quickest in free practice at Thruxton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Doohan rose to the top of the times with two thirds of the session left on the clock, and would stay there until the chequer.

The Aussie remained one step ahead of the field. Although the times set by his rivals tumbled, so did his. The Red Bull Junior driver consistently improved and wrapped up the session in style with a final flourish. A lap of 1m 13.175s with five minutes remaining saw him go 0.420s faster than his closest challenger Kiern Jewiss, as well as 0.089s quicker than the qualifying lap record set by Sandy Mitchell and Arden in 2015.

“This has been a really good start to the weekend for us,” said Doohan. “It’s only practice of course, but I feel like I’m driving well.

“I didn’t really know where I was on the timesheet. I was just focusing on getting the best out of myself and going as fast as possible.

“There’s definitely more in the tank, because my quickest lap wasn’t perfect. I got a tow behind Priaulx after recording a really strong time in the first sector and just pieced the lap together, using the tyre in the right way.

“We kept on getting better and better out on track. We set our best time on older tyres so there should be more to come on new tyres if we can hook the lap up.

“I know there’s more to come from me too. This is only my third race weekend in British F4 and it’s my first season racing cars. I’m confident I will only get stronger as the year goes on.”

It was another strong start to the weekend for Double R Racing’s Jewiss, who looks increasingly accustomed to occupying the top spots on the timesheets and showcasing front-running pace.

“It was a good session for us,” commented Jewiss. “That was a really quick lap from Doohan. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a time similar to that here. I feel that if they’ve gone for a very stiff setup to get that time, it’s going not going to work around here in the races because it’s going to work the tyres too hard.

“We’ll see what we can do tonight. The car felt pretty good on track so let’s see what happens. I think the pace is there and the team is working really well.

“At Donington Park we were able to attack really well and I think we are definitely capable of doing the same here.

“At Thruxton it’s possible to get a really good tow which means that you can come up through the order and perhaps being on pole isn’t the biggest advantage because you risk being under more pressure from drivers behind in the slipstream.

“Nevertheless, the goal is always to be quickest and to secure pole in qualifying. We’ll certainly give our all tomorrow to achieve that.”

Jewiss’ team-mate Sebastian Alvarez and Arden driver Dennis Hauger recorded identical times in third and fourth, while Paavo Tonteri ensured all three Double R-prepared cars finished the session in the top five.

Next on the timesheet could be found the JHR Developments pair of Ayrton Simmons and Manuel Sulaiman. The duo left it until later in the session to show more of their hand and look very likely to be in the fight for honours this weekend. Meanwhile, team-mate Josh Skelton wound up eighth, sandwiched between Arden’s Patrik Pasma and Sebastian Priaulx.

Hampus Ericsson was best of the Fortec Motorsports trio in 11th, ahead of Donington Park race winner Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen, with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) in 14th.

Qualifying gets underway at 1125 tomorrow with the first race of the weekend taking place at 1610. Two more races follow on Sunday at 1250 and 1625, with both being broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Thruxton, 18 May, 2018
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:13.175
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:13.595
3 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:13.674
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:13.674
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:13.721
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:13.762
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:13.848
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:14.033
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:14.043
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:14.219 etc.

Full times

DRIVER NEWS: Jewiss heads to high speed Thruxton

Supplied by driver’s PR.

15 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss will continue his debut season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend as the series rolls into the high-speed Thruxton Circuit for the third outing of the 2018 campaign.

Getting his maiden F4 season off to a blistering start with one win and four podiums from the first six races of the 2018 season, Kiern sits in 2nd place in the Drivers’ Championship as the series heads into Thruxton.

Kiern’s last race weekend was one to remember. After dominating practice, by finishing the two sessions top of the time sheets, Kiern then experienced a difficult qualifying as he suffered a broken front anti-roll bar that left him way off the pace. A wet race one ended in a DNF, after he was struck by another driver – with the perpetrator picking up penalty points.

Kiern then had to start the second race from the back of the grid and he stormed through the field to collect his first win in the British F4 Championship! Kiern then drove through the grid one again in the final race to go from 10th place up to 3rd to round off a sensational weekend.

With the highest average speed of any circuit visited by the paddock, Thruxton in Hampshire undoubtedly provides some of the biggest thrills and spills around the 2.356-mile circuit. Kiern’s visit to the circuit last year in the Ginetta Junior Championship saw the 15-year old collect points in both of the weekend’s races but fell just one position short of the podium.

After completing a successful test at the circuit in March, Kiern heads to the circuit looking to build on his recent success but remains aware of the challenges ahead.

“I’m really excited to get back out on track after such a great race weekend at Donington. Hopefully, we won’t run into issues again and can get off to a good start without any setbacks. We need to be switched on from the first session as Thruxton is a quick circuit with limited overtaking opportunities so qualifying is very important – although you can get a huge slipstream through almost all of the track.

“I’m yet to qualify on pole this year so we’ll be working really hard to try to secure it at Thruxton. We know the field is tight so it will be tough but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The weekend gets started with free practice at 15:30 on Friday, with qualifying following on Saturday morning at 11:25. Saturday’s race will see lights out at 16:10, with Sunday playing host to the final races of the weekend at 12:50 and 16:25.