TEAM NEWS: Electrifying Donington drive from Jewiss secures phenomenal first British F4 win

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  • Remarkable first British F4 win for Kiern Jewiss at Donington.
  • Single-seater rookie stars with stunning drive from back-of-grid.
  • Maiden F4 rookie podium and first points for Sebastian Alvarez.

30 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss was starred for Double R Racing with a truly outstanding maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The Briton charging through the field in round five from the last row on the grid at Donington Park.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez scored his first outright points in rounds four and five with ninth place overall in each encounter, and he also secured his first Rookie class podium in race one on Saturday. Finland’s Paavo Tonteri, meanwhile, added more silverware to his season’s tally with third in class in rounds five and six and a best overall finish of seventh place.

“What an outstanding weekend for Double R”, said elated team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.

“It was obviously a very big weekend for the team at Donington and Kiern was in a league of his own in race two. To come from the back of the grid to win, and in the manner he did too, was sensational. We knew from testing the pace was there, qualifying didn’t work out but in the races it was a different story. It’s also great to see Sebastian get his first Rookie podium too.”

During two separate test outings ahead of the British F4 event at Donington, 15-year-old Jewiss set his stall out emphatically with the second fastest time on day one and then the quickest time of all, inside the qualifying lap record, on day two. Team-mate Tonteri, meanwhile, was fastest on day one.

Unfortunately, wet weather qualifying on Saturday didn’t go to plan for the Double R drivers with Jewiss seventh, Tonteri ninth and Alvarez 13th on the grid for round four. More frustratingly, Tonteri’s race ended midway around the opening lap in the gravel at McLeans and Jewiss too was pitched into retirement on lap seven at the same corner while dicing with Ayrton Simmons.

Alvarez had a much better outcome to race one of the weekend. Running as high as sixth until a late Safety Car period, the Mexican was then bundled down to 11th but he went on to end the contest in ninth position which also secured his maiden Rookie class podium.

Jewiss, absolutely determined to hit back from his race one dramas, made a blistering start to round five on Sunday from the last row on the grid, gaining three positions straight away, and over the course of the first lap he stormed through the order, sensationally slicing into the top six.

Into fifth on lap two, he took fourth on lap six and then closed the gap to the cars ahead before grabbing third on lap 10 with a stunning move around the outside at Coppice. Reeling off a series of fastest laps, he took second on the outside at Redgate on lap 16 and this then became the lead – and ultimately the win – on corrected times when Dennis Hauger received a time penalty.

Alvarez began the contest from ninth on the grid and although edged back to 11th on the first lap, he battled back into the top 10 mid-race. Passed by team-mate Tonteri, who had risen from 14th on the grid, the Finn went on to finish seventh overall with Alvarez breaking into ninth before the finish.

In round six, Jewiss again produced a superb drive and from 10th on the grid he carved his way through to the podium once more with a fantastic top three finish. On lap one alone he sliced his way into the top five and the Double R racer was unfortunate not to take second place late on.

For Alvarez, the weekend ended disappointingly with a lap one retirement after a luckless tangle at McLeans. Tonteri, meanwhile, moved up from ninth to sixth before a lap two Safety Car period and despite being edged back to seventh he fought through into sixth until being shuffled back to ninth on the final lap. The position was still good enough to secure third in the Rookie class though.

Double R Racing will be back in action on 19/20 May at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire for the third race meeting of the British F4 season.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 08.682s / 103.73 mph

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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

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DRIVER NEWS: Jewiss moves on to Donington Park

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tonteri on top in British F4 test at Donington Park

  • Tonteri quickest at Donington Park.
  • Jewiss tops morning session.
  • Double R duo lock-out top two spots on the timesheets as the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard proves closest challenger.

23 APRIL, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri and Double R Racing got off to a flying start at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend, by setting the pace in official testing on Monday 23 April.

It was a hugely encouraging day for Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad which had a stranglehold on the top of the timesheets thanks to Tonteri and Kiern Jewiss.

Jewiss got the better of Tonteri early on and went into the lunch break having recorded the quickest time of the morning. The pair separated by a mere 0.014s.

There was more to come from the Double R duo in the afternoon, as they were the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier. Tonteri turning the tables on Jewiss to come out on top by a margin of 0.238s with a lap of 1m 7.681s.

Their closest challenger was Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard who wound up third fastest in both sessions, underling the 16-year-old’s excellent pace and consistency.

Sebastian Priaulx was quickest of the Arden runners in fourth. Like the majority of the field, his best time of 1m 8.167s came in the afternoon.

Priaulx and team-mate Dennis Hauger sandwiched Manuel Sulaiman on the timesheet, after the latter pumped in a 1m 8.274s lap, with just 15 minutes of the test remaining.

Meanwhile championship leader Ayrton Simmons had to settle for seventh, just 0.023s off of his JHR Developments team-mate.

Patrik Pasma’s best lap in the morning, a 1m 8.345, proved to be the Finn’s quickest of the test to earn him eighth on the combined timesheet, while Josh Skelton was the biggest improver. The JHR Developments driver bettered his morning’s quickest lap by almost half a second in the afternoon, with Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) completing the top 10 just 0.029s further back.

Ford’s rising young stars won’t have long to wait until they are back on track, with free practice taking place on Thursday this week at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the season on 28/29 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Donington Park, 23 April, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:08.032 / 1:07.681
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:08.018 / 1:07.919
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:08.131 / 1:08.097
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:08.388 / 1:08.167
5 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:08.702 / 1:08.274
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:08.284 / 1:08.307
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:08.474 / 1:08.297
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:08.345 / 1:08.383
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:08.818 / 1:08.370
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:08.399 / 1:08.578 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Kiern Jewiss chosen for the MSA Academy’s Squad

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19 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss has been selected to join the MSA Academy, a group of drivers aged 14 to 24 who have demonstrated potential excellence in motorsport.

After a stellar karting career that saw no less than five British titles, being crowned 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie Champion and securing two trips onto the podium on his debut weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, it comes as no surprise that the MSA has inducted Kiern into their Academy squad.

Kiern feels privileged to be joining the Academy and is proud to have his name represent the organisation.

“I’m extremely proud to be chosen to join the MSA Academy. It feels great to see the work I’ve put in over the recent years be recognised by this fantastic organisation. The MSA is a cornerstone of British Motorsport and to have my name representing them is a huge honour. I can’t wait to work alongside them over the year ahead.”

The MSA Academy is a talent development pathway that equips the UK’s most promising young drivers with the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to maximise their performance. The MSA Academy uses qualified coaches and support personnel to provide free and informed guidance to help young drivers unlock their full potential as athletes.

Barry Mears, Head of the MBP Academy, believes Kiern deserves the recognition and has no doubt the MSA can help Kiern develop further.

“The MSA is a brilliant organisation which has helped develop a number of drivers reach their full potential. The coaches and staff are excellent at what they do and I’m sure Kiern will benefit from their experience greatly. It’s fantastic to see Kiern be recognised by the team at MSA and we all hope for a long and successful partnership together to help Kiern fulfil his potential.”

TEAM NEWS: Big haul of silverware for Double R Racing on first weekend of new British F4 season

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•    British F4 debutant Kiern Jewiss takes pair of P2 results at Brands.
•    Car racing newcomer Paavo Tonteri seals Rookie Class win in Round 3.
•    Successful start to 2018 British F4 season for Double R.

9 APRIL, 2018 – Talented single-seater newcomers Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri both made a highly successful start to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season at Brands Hatch over the weekend, 7th/8th April, by securing a significant haul of silverware for Double R Racing.

British 15-year-old Jewiss, who did lead the third race at one stage, ended his maiden weekend in the series with a brace of second place results – in rounds one and three – while Finnish 18-year-old Tonteri starred in the finale with third overall and the Rookie Cup class win.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez, meanwhile, concluded his first event in British F4 with a best result of fourth in the Rookie class and 11th position overall in round one. In terms of the championship title race, Jewiss departed Brands Hatch third in the standings with Tonteri fourth for the Woking squad.

“It’s been a very promising start to the British F4 season for Double R”, said team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Obviously we’re a bit disappointed not to have won a race, as we had the pace, but Kiern, Paavo and Sebastian all did a fantastic job. Two podiums for Kiern and a podium and a Rookie win for Paavo are a great way to start things off, we’re pleased to have been so competitive.

“I’m also delighted with the work of Neil Brown Engineering, the new engine support provider for British F4 for this year. There’s been a massive effort from them and everything seems to be very fair and equal. It’s fantastic for the championship to have them and something Double R applauds.”

Double podium for Jewiss and excellent Rookie win for Tonteri
During officially timed testing at the Kent track on Friday, 6th April, Jewiss got his maiden F4 event off to the perfect start with the quickest time in session one, before ending the day second on combined times – a mere 0.035 seconds shy of the fastest of all.

Tonteri also impressed as the fastest of the Rookie Cup contenders, fifth overall for the day and just 0.1 seconds shy of the outright pace, with Alvarez 12th quickest and within half a second of the top of the timesheets.

Heading into qualifying on Saturday morning confident of mounting a challenge for pole position, Jewiss almost managed to deliver the top spot on the grid for race one with a time of 46.525 seconds (93.46mph) meaning he just missed out on pole by a mere 0.031 seconds. Tonteri was an excellent fourth overall, just a further 0.034 shy of his team-mate, with Alvarez 13th quickest.

From second on the grid, Jewiss got away well at the start and then spent the entire 26-lap race glued to the back of eventual race winner Ayrton Simmons’ car. With never more than a few tenths of a second between them, the Double R racer took the flag just 0.3 seconds shy of victory.

Finland’s Tonteri was edged back to fifth place on the opening lap and, like team-mate Jewiss, then spent the entirety of the season-opening contest on the short Indy Circuit in situ to secure second place in the Rookie Class on his car racing debut.

Alvarez slipped to the tail of the field off the start but mounted a strong fightback and after moving up into 13th place on lap three, he climbed back into the top 12 on the fifth tour. Pressuring Josh Skelton for several laps, the Mexican made the breakthrough at the halfway point of the race to take 11th position and ultimately finished just outside the top 10 – fourth in the Rookie class.

For race two, Tonteri lined-up third on the partially reversed grid with Jewiss sixth and Alvarez in 11th place. Tonteri concluded lap one in fourth place, with Jewiss shuffled back to seventh, while Alvarez dropped a couple of places to 13th spot.

On lap two, Tonteri slipped two more places to sixth just ahead of Jewiss and at the end of lap five the Safety Car was required when Alvarez’s race ended in the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend while running in 12th place. Racing resumed at the start of lap nine and two laps later Jewiss was up into sixth as Tonteri dropped down to ninth.

The Finn moved back into the top eight on lap 19 but, two laps later, his race was run with an unfortunate retirement. Jewiss, therefore, was the sole remaining Double R entry and he took the flag in sixth but was credited with fourth after the race as a result of time penalties for two rivals.

Rain arrived at Brands Hatch ahead of round three on Sunday, where Jewiss lined-up third on the grid, Tonteri was alongside in fourth and Alvarez was on the sixth row in 12th position. Off the start, Jewiss made his intentions clear as he pressured pole-starter Simmons and Dennis Hauger and the Double R rookie went on to move to the head of the field on the run to Graham Hill Bend.

Leading by almost a second into lap two, Jewiss started to press home his advantage but things then went slightly awry when a moment at McLaren dropped him back to third. Staying there until lap 18, Jewiss then gladly moved into second when Hauger ran through the gravel at Paddock Hill.

Determined to, at the very least, end the weekend back on the podium Jewiss maintained second behind race leader Simmons and did apply some serious pressure but had to settle for the runner-up placing at the chequered flag on lap 24.

Tonteri enjoyed his strongest race of the weekend in the final contest, holding fourth place until Hauger’s excursion which enabled the Finnish teenager to take third place. As well as securing his first outright podium, the result also delivered the Rookie class victory for the Double R racer.

Unfortunately for Alvarez, a possible challenge for a weekend-best top 10 went awry at the halfway point while running in 11th position. Battling hard with Lucca Allen, the pair managed to become entangled at Graham Hill Bend which triggered the Safety Car to enable both to be recovered.

Next on the British F4 calendar is a visit to Donington Park National Circuit on 28th/29th April for rounds four, five and six of the season.

Simmons triumphs in titanic tussle for pole at Brands Hatch

  • Double pole for Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments.
  • Top four drivers Simmons, Jewiss, Hauger and Tonteri covered by just 0.065s

7 APRIL, 2018 – The first qualifying session of 2018 set the tone for what is sure to be one of the most competitive and thrilling seasons in the history of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. It saw the top four drivers covered by just 0.065s at Brands Hatch and JHR Developments’ Ayrton Simmons take an emphatic double pole position, more than 30 years after 1982 British Formula Ford champion and namesake Ayrton Senna scored pole at the circuit for the 1985 European Grand Prix.

A gentle sprinkling of rain prior to the session left the circuit damp and drivers working hard to build up temperature in their Hankook slick tyres while battling for pole.

As the clock ticked down the times tumbled with Simmons, Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) embroiled in a captivating tussle for pole position.

Simmons saved his very best until last, his penultimate flying lap of 46.494s earning him pole by a margin of 0.031s from Jewiss.

The Epping racer then followed up on his final flyer to double his fun by taking pole for race three, recording the best second-fastest lap of anybody, a 46.550. It was a mere 0.009s quicker than Hauger who will line-up alongside him on the front row for the ITV4 live-televised feature race at 15.05 tomorrow.

“This is my first pole in a single-seater and it feels amazing,” said Simmons. “It was tricky on circuit too with the mixed conditions so that makes it extra special. I had to be spot on at every single corner and I was!

“Jewiss was in front of me so I had a good reference, but I saw him squeeze in another lap at the very end so I was worried he might go faster.

“The team got the strategy spot on; keeping us in the pits a little longer and then sending us out on the slicks.

“The team have done an amazing job. I’ve clicked so well with everyone at JHR Developments and hopefully we can convert these pole positions into wins. I won here last year so let’s see if we can do it again!”

Last man across the line Jewiss looked on course to snatch pole from Simmons, recording the quickest first sector of anybody on his final lap, but was ultimately unable to improve his lap time.

“I went purple (quickest) in the first part of the lap on my last flyer, but I had a bit of traffic and made a slight mistake in the final corner which cost me,” said Jewiss.

“I’m still really happy with P2, especially here where there is a bit of a dip in the track if you start on pole. I’m feeling positive and looking forward to race one.”

The second row of the grid for race one was locked out by rookies Hauger and Tonteri, the pair shining in their first single-seater qualifying session and setting up a fascinating battle for Rookie class victory this weekend.

“It’s been a good session considering it was my first time qualifying in a car,” explained Hauger. “It was getting drier and drier throughout the session and the pace continued to improve.

“Now it’s all about being focused on the race. I’m looking forward to my first race in cars. I’ve got a lot to learn, but hopefully we can fight at front and for the win.”

Friday pacesetter Johanthan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) were all strong contenders for pole, taking turns at the top of the timesheet during the session. They will line up sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, behind Sebastian Priaulx (Arden).

Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) landed a top-10 grid spot on his British F4 qualifying debut ahead of Fortec Motorsport’s Hampus Ericsson.

The first race of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost gets underway at 14.15. It will see Simmons attempting to add a second win at Brands Hatch to his name, having done so at this very circuit last season.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 46.494s
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 46.525s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 46.552s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 46.559s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 46.713s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 46.721s
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 46.816s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 46.878s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 46.915s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 46.953s etc.

Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Simmons – Hauger – Jewiss – Tonteri – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Pasma – Sulaiman – Doohan etc.

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Hoggard fastest in super-competitive British F4 free practice at Brands Hatch

  • Johnathan Hoggard records quickest time in free practice.
  • Kiern Jewiss sets pace in morning session.
  • Super-competitive weekend in prospect, with top 11 drivers covered by half a second.

6 APRIL, 2018 – Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard was quickest in free practice at Brands Hatch Indy circuit, ahead of the opening rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend.

Hoggard shared pace-setting honours with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss who was quickest in the morning session. However it was Hoggard who came to the fore in the afternoon, recording his best time of the day, a lap of 46.175s, in free practice two.

“We struggled a little bit in the first session,” explained Hoggard. “We weren’t quite happy with the car, but we managed to get it sorted in the break between the two sessions.

“Now we look in really good shape for qualifying for tomorrow. The track rubbered-in quite a lot during the day and it got warmer in the afternoon so it’s not surprising to see quicker times in second practice.

“Hopefully we can carry this pace into qualifying and the races. Our race pace looks good and quite similar to everyone else. It’s maybe even a little bit faster so we’re looking good for tomorrow.”

Having improved upon his morning’s best of 46.370s by a margin of 0.160s, Jewiss wound up a mere 0.035s adrift of Hoggard.

“Fastest in the first session and second in FP2 means that overall it’s been a really good day,” said Jewiss.

“We’ve got a little bit more work to do, but we should be on for a good day tomorrow. It’s going to be very close.

“We’ll go through all the data very thoroughly tonight because everything needs to be spot on for tomorrow. If you get it even just slightly wrong you could end up qualifying fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth and then it’s going to be hard to come through the field.

“Racing in Ginetta Juniors last year hopefully means I have a bit of an advantage over the rookies in terms of racecraft and knowing the circuit, but Seb [Priaulx] has got that experience too so it should be interesting for us.”

Ayrton Simmons (JHR) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) were within touching distance of top spot too, 0.087s and 0.099s adrift of Hoggard respectively.

Paavo Tonteri (Double R) was quickest of the rookies in fifth with fellow rookie Dennis Hauger (Arden) just 0.017s further back. It suggests the battle for Rookie Cup honours is going to be just as closely fought as overall victory this weekend.

JHR’s Manuel Sulaiman and Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson wound up seventh and eighth, both putting in solid Friday performances to see them lap within three tenths of the day’s best time.

The Arden duo of Jack Doohan and Patrik Pasma completed the top 10 and were the only drivers to record their best times in the morning, with Pasma sitting out free practice two due to feeling unwell.

Although JHR driver Josh Skelton just missed out on the top 10, he was still within half a second of Hoggard’s time and ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R), Lucca Allen (Fortec) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

The action at Brands Hatch starts at 09.00 tomorrow with qualifying followed by two races. The final race of the weekend will be broadcast live on ITV4 at 15.05 on Sunday.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Brands Hatch Indy, 6 April, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 46.541 / 46.175
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 46.370 / 46.210
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 46.532 / 46.262
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 46.555 / 46.274
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 46.678 / 46.289
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 46.478 / 46.306
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 46.833 / 46.449
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 46.997 / 46.467
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 46.507 / 46.521
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 46.605 / No time set etc.

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Ginetta Junior Rookie champion Kiern Jewiss chooses Ford EcoBoost power and completes Double R’s 2018 British F4 line-up

  • Highly-rated teen Kiern Jewiss completes Double R’s 2018 F4 entry.
  • Ginetta Junior Rookie champion makes single-seater switch.
  • Rapid 15-year-old ‘one to watch’ after topping British F4 pre-season testing.

7 MARCH, 2018 – 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie champion Kiern Jewiss has been confirmed as Double R Racing’s third signing for the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost, which gets underway in just one month’s time.

15-year-old Jewiss impressed during his first season in cars last year on his way to the Rookie crown and a top four overall finish in the Ginetta Junior Championship. The talented teenager from Maidstone, Kent followed up by finishing runner-up in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series.

With an enviable record in karting, which features no fewer than 11 titles and includes success in the high profile Kartmasters British Grand Prix, the Super 1 National Rotax Mini Max Championship and the WSK Champions Cup, he is undoubtedly one of the UK’s top young talents.

Winning his first championship in 2010 in Honda Cadet, Jewiss won titles in every subsequent year of his karting career and maintained the trend in his debut season in cars by winning the Ginetta Junior Rookie crown with an unprecedented 17 class victories.

Managed by former Formula 1 driver and Formula Ford alumni Mark Blundell’s sports agency MB Partners, Jewiss has already laid down a marker in British F4 with a headline-grabbing performance in the first official pre-season test at Brands Hatch Indy circuit last month.

On a day plagued by inclement weather which meant the entire field conducted all its running on Hankook wet tyres, Jewiss produced a time of 52.976 seconds to put him almost two seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Looking ahead to his maiden season in single-seaters, Jewiss said: “I’m very excited. It’s a big step, but it’s a step in the right direction for my development.

“The F4 British Championship is a fantastic series and I can’t wait to be part of it. It’s hugely competitive and some great drivers have made their name here. I hope to do the same in my debut season.

“Double R have proved themselves as a top team, not just in F4 but across several championships. They were a front running team last year and the way testing has started this year it seems we’ll still be performing at the highest level. Anthony [Hieatt] and the team have made me feel really welcome so we’re all looking forward to the year ahead.”

He added: “Obviously I’m here to win so that’s the main goal, but to do that I need to develop and learn every time I get into the car. I don’t expect to walk into the championship and instantly be at my best, but I’m a quick learner and therefore aiming to perform at my optimum as quickly as I can.”

Jewiss joins Finland’s Paavo Tonteri and Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez at Double R for the 2018 British F4 season. It is a line-up which team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt is confident will deliver strong performances throughout the season.

“Kiern got his F4 career off to an incredible start during the official test at Brands Hatch last month,” explained Hieatt. “He was very impressive in difficult conditions and showed the speed we all know is there from his time in Ginetta Junior and karting.”

“I’ve no doubt he’ll be battling at the sharp end all season. He’s a fast and committed driver. We’re certain he’s going to be one to watch throughout the year and delighted to have signed Kiern to join Paavo and Sebastian. All three drivers are new to F4 and single-seaters, but it’s a line-up we believe has massive potential.”

Brands Hatch, the ‘home’ track for Double R Racing and Jewiss, will be the venue for the season opening British F4 race meeting on 7/8 April. The Ford EcoBoost-powered series will tour the UK, visiting its premier race circuits such as Donington Park and Silverstone, before returning to Brands Hatch for the season finale on 29/30 September.