Ford EcoBoost-powered win number four for Lundqvist

  • Lights-to-flag win for Lundqvist after measured drive from Double R racer.
  • Ericsson ensures a Swedish lock out of the top step by claiming Ford F4 Challenge Cup victory.
  • First non-finish of season for title contender Piastri.

26 AUGUST, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist withstood pressure from a fast-starting Oliver York to take a commanding win from pole position in Round 22 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

York sniffed his second victory of the season in the opening exchanges through turns one and two, at one point just nudging in front of Lundqvist. However, the Swede was wise to his advances and kept York pinned to the outside to prevent him from scything past.

The Double R ace then set about pulling a gap and controlled the pace out front on the way to his fourth win of the campaign, with York 1.895 seconds behind.

“It’s brilliant to be able to add to my tally of wins for the season,” said Lundqvist. “I was so happy after qualifying on pole and now I’m on a whole other level!

“It was a bit tough at the start, defending the lead from the guys behind, but I held on and pulled a gap.

“Then it was all about managing the tyres which was made harder by being chased by York. So I had to manage the tyres while trying to maintain the gap which is not easy.

“I’m hugely excited to see what we can achieve tomorrow. I’m so happy with how the car is handling. The team have done an incredible job. It’s always so exciting to get behind the wheel of the British F4 car. Let’s see if we can get another win this weekend.”

“We were very evenly matched at the front,” added York. “Linus got a gap in the first part of the race. I managed to get alongside and just slightly in front of him through the first and second corners, but was on the outside so couldn’t quite make the move stick.

“Second is a good result. It’s good points for the championship and we can build on this.

“Even though I got my first win a fortnight ago we’ve been struggling a bit so it’s good to qualify well and carry that through into the race, battling at the front and showing we have the pace to win. Hopefully we can bag plenty more points tomorrow.”

Another fast starter was Jamie Caroline with lightning reactions off the line from fifth on the grid. The championship leader ran three abreast with Carlin team-mate Logan Sargeant and TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons on the run into Deene, running around the outside of the pair to emerge in third place.

Struggling with worn tyres, Caroline was unable to escape Sargeant’s clutches and in the closing stages his mirrors were full of Sargeant’s Ford EcoBoost-powered racer.

Caroline’s saving grace was a better run out of Brooke Chicane lap after lap. It was just enough to prevent Sargeant from getting sufficient slipstream down the straight and around the turn one banking to set up a move into Deene.

“We were fortunate in that race that Piastri was unable to finish and that I was able to hold on to third,” explained Caroline.

“We were on our most used tyres in that race which showed with the kind of lap times we were achieving, as well as the fact I was drifting through quite a few corners!

“It’s not a bad result at all as far as the championship is concerned with another good points haul.

“If we can get a podium in all three races this weekend that would be brilliant and then go into Silverstone with the chance of taking the title there.

“I initially pulled a gap to Logan and was catching York, but I just knew I didn’t have it in the tyres to mount a proper attack so I backed off, but then the tyres dropped off further and Logan was able to reel me in.

“I was kind of surprised I was able to pull away from Logan coming out of the last corner and onto the banking because I was struggling for traction due to the life left in the tyres. On one lap I even rubbed along the wall and I have no idea how the car stayed intact. Ford and Mygale clearly know how to build a strong car!”

As Caroline and Sargeant squabbled, the TRS Arden duo of Ayrton Simmons and Alex Quinn looked to pick up the pieces, but ran out of laps and had to settle for fifth and sixth; ahead of Patrik Pasma whose seventh place earns him pole for the reverse-grid race.

Caroline’s third could prove all the more decisive when taking into consideration the fate of Oscar Piastri in the race. His chief title rival suffered front wing damage early on and then encountered a technical problem which left him dropping down the order despite an impressive rear-guard action which saw him initially keep a gaggle of six cars behind him.

The Aussie ultimately had to retire on lap six after coming into the pits. His first non-finish of the season after a remarkable run of 21 consecutive races in the points.

Jamie Sharp was in fine form for Sharp Motorsport, showing no signs of the balance issues that hampered him on Friday to climb more places than any other driver from 13th to eighth. The Rochdale racer pulled off some perfectly-judged moves, notably a bold dive up the inside of Karl Massaad at Tarzan.

The latter finished ahead of Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson who is making a habit of taking Ford F4 Challenge Cup victories, and did so again with his fourth Class win of the campaign with Olli Caldwell (TRS Arden) and Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) completing the podium.

Caldwell found himself facing an uphill battle from lap two after a tangle at Tarzan saw him spun around. The talented teenager was unperturbed though and climbed up to 12th, behind Sam Smelt (GW Motorsport) after entertaining battles with Allen and Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy.

Ford’s young stars are back on track at Rockingham at 1005 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race with the Rockingham finale, in which Sargeant will go from the pole, to be televised live on ITV4 at 1512.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 22 Rockingham 26 August 2017
15 laps / 29.10 miles
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 20m 05.929s / 86.87mph
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +1.895s
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +5.329s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +5.672s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.010s
6 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +7.235s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +15.905s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +19.923s
9 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +21.332s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +24.284s etc.

Fastest lap: Linus Lundqvist 1m 19.629s / 87.70mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Caldwell; 3 Allen

Grid for Round 23 Pasma – Quinn – Simmons – Sargeant – Caroline – York – Lundqvist – Sharp – Massaad – Ericsson etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 349 points; 2 Piastri 288.5; 3 Sargeant 246; 4 Lundqvist 229.5; 5 Quinn 224; 6 York 187.5; 7 Simmons 179.5; 8 Pasma 123.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 66 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 200.5; 4 Caldwell 161; 5 Monger 100; 6 Allen 87

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Lundqvist and Sargeant share the qualifying honours at Rockingham

  • Ultra-competitive qualifying sees top four covered by less than a tenth of a second.

26 AUGUST, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist came out on top in a closely fought battle for pole position at Rockingham Motor Speedway in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

A host of drivers looked capable of taking top spot, with seven drivers all recording times within three tenths of the pole time around the 1.94-mile circuit.

Lundqvist’s flyer with several minutes of the session remianing proved too good for his rivals. A 1m 18.787s lap deposing provisional pole sitter Oliver York who had edged ahead of longstanding P1 man Logan Sargeant.

“To be honest, I wasn’t that confident coming into this weekend as I wasn’t sure it would be our strongest track,” said Lundqvist.

“We did a lot of work yesterday and put together a good setup. We made few little mistakes in that session, but pulled out a good lap when it mattered.

“The conditions changed throughout the session. There was a bit of moisture in the air which made it interesting, but maybe that worked in our favour.

“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this season, but hopefully this is a sign that it’s turning around and we can excel in the final three meetings.”

“I’m definitely happy with that qualifying performance,” said York. “It was a tough session and you can see that just by looking at how the close the times are. P2 is a great result.

“I know this circuit pretty well and have done quite a few laps around here so I was pretty confident going into qualifying.

“We weren’t as quick yesterday so we changed some things overnight. They were only small tweaks, but they have definitely helped us take a step forward.”

As had been the case yesterday, Sargeant was able to marry speed with consistency and in doing so recorded the best second-fastest lap of anybody to claim pole for the final race of the weekend which will take place tomorrow.

Starting alongside him for both Round 22 and 24 will be TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons. Meanwhile title rivals Jamie Caroline and Oscar Piastri will start from the third row in what is undoubtedly a tantalising prospect.

Friday pacesetter Alex Quinn had to settle for seventh, unable to match the times he recorded in testing, yet still only 0.222s off the pole.

Patrik Pasma will line up eighth ahead of fastest Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner Hampus Ericsson and Double R’s Karl Massaad.

The first F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the Rockingham weekend follows at 1415.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Rockingham 26 August 2017
Round 22 grid order 
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:18.787
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:18.842
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.862
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:18.882
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:18.970
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:19.004
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.009
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:19.373
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.389
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 1:19.464 etc.

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Sargeant – Simmons – York – Lundqvist – Caroline – Piastri – Quinn – Caldwell – Massaad – Ericsson etc.

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The secret life of… Oliver York

18 AUGUST, 2017 – A British and world kart champion, and an undisputed rising star backed by the MSA Academy and Andy Priaulx Sports Management. This 16-year-old from Woking has probably completed more laps on the simulator at iZone than Sabine Schmitz has of the Nürburgring. We hear from the newest addition to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost winners’ club and the Fortec Motorsports racer who goes by the name of the chocolate bar that’s not for girls, Oliver York.

Apart from driving a British F4 car, what is your favourite buzz?
Playing and watching football. I’m a big Manchester United fan and my favourite player is Ryan Giggs.

Who is your favourite driver?
Ayrton Senna because he was so good under pressure and made very few mistakes.

What’s your favourite track?
On the British F4 calendar I would say Snetterton. My favourite that’s not on the calendar is Spa.

Define yourself as a driver in three words?
Attacking, brave and fair.

What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
Playing football. Preferably with Ryan Giggs!

What are you afraid of?
Spiders and snakes! I steer clear of the snake enclosure at the zoo.

What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
You would have to ask my Dad. I don’t look at my school report for fear of what the teachers might have said!

What is the worst purchase you have ever made?
A mini Segway. I’ve got one just sitting in the corner of my room and it will be on eBay very soon.

If you could own one Ford road car what would it be?
A Ford GT.

What’s your favourite film?
I cannot say my favourite because it’s an 18! Let’s play it safe and say Winnie the Pooh.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Teleportation. I would teleport everywhere so I could avoid the long drive to places like Anglesey Circuit for testing which is six hours away.

What’s the most important thing in life?
To have fun and make the most of the time you have.

 

Maiden British F4 win for Oliver York at Knockhill

  • Fortec Motrosports’ Oliver York takes first single-seater win of career.
  • Team-mate Ericsson holds on to third and Ford F4 Challenge Cup win after thrilling display of defensive driving.
  • Sargeant scores another podium finish.
  • Title contenders Piastri and Lundqvist collide, as Caroline extends advantage.

13 AUGUST, 2017 – Oliver York took his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill in Round 20 of the season and brought home Fortec Motorsports’ first win of the campaign. Carlin’s Logan Sargeant chased down York in second, while Hampus Ericsson provided fans with a thrilling display of defensive driving to hold on to the final podium place and claim another Ford F4 Challenge Cup victory for Fortec Motorsports.

Starting alongside poleman Ericsson, Andy Priaulx Sports Management star York wasted no time in finding a way past his team-mate. Despite make an excellent getaway, Ericsson was immediately under pressure after turn one. York didn’t need any invitation when the first overtaking opportunity presented itself, scything up the inside of Ericsson to take the lead.

It immediately put Ericsson into the clutches of Sargeant and as the two jostled for second, York set about trying to break away from the field.

Sargeant eventually made a move stick on lap nine after a Safety Car period and despite the American recording the fastest lap on the final tour of the 1.27-mile Fife track, York had enough in hand to masterfully take the first single-seater win of his career.

“It’s a big relief to get this first win,” said race winner York. “It’s been a long season and we’ve finally done it. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this.”

“My game plan was to get past Hampus early on and that’s exactly what I did. I saw Hampus get a bad run out of the chicane and I knew that was my chance to strike.

“From then on I tried to pull away. Hampus is good at defending so that helped me create a gap.

“It’s fantastic for the team that Hampus got third and really pleasing to see that today we had the speed to win because yesterday that didn’t quite look to be the case.

“The team have done a great job. The car has improved all weekend and we’ve really honed the setup.“

“It was another good race for us, bringing home plenty of championship points with my rivals behind me,” commented Sargeant.

“It took me a little longer than I would have liked to pass Hampus which gave Oliver the chance to get away.

“The move on Hampus was tight, but fair. I sent it up his inside and he was mature enough to give me just enough room.

“We got fastest lap and we clearly had the speed out there, so next time hopefully we can go one better.

“It’s great to be consistently on the podium and now we need to take that final step to win. We’re pushing hard and we’ll get there.”

The excitement for Ericsson was from over after being passed by Sargeant. The Swede immediately had to contend with Alex Quinn, Ayrton Simmons and Jamie Caroline. The latter having been on the back foot after running wide and off the track on the exit of Taylor’s Hairpin on the opening lap which cost him several places.

Ericsson refused to buckle under the pressure, doggedly keeping Quinn at bay, with Caroline and Simmons looming to pick up the pieces while swapping positions repeatedly in the closing stages.

“It feels so good to be on the podium and get another Ford F4 Challenge Cup win. Oliver was so fast too so it’s a fantastic result for the team.

“I got a great start, but Oliver found a way through. Before the race we discussed with the team our plan for the race and we agreed not to fight each other hard to maximise the chances of a strong result for Fortec.

“I then had Sargeant attacking me which was tough. I did my best to keep him behind, but he was faster.

“Then I had to defend from the top guys in the championship with Quinn, Simmons and Caroline behind me. It was really intense, but a lot of fun. I worked so hard to get on the podium.”

Linus Lundqvist’s luckless weekend continued, despite yet another fine opening lap which saw him make up two places from eighth to get past title rivals Caroline and Oscar Piastri.

Contact with Piastri on the exit of Taylor’s Hairpin saw Lundqvist spin out of the race on lap six, Piastri suffer front wing damage and the deployment of the Safety Car.

The latter did well to nurse his car to the finish, being subject to an exhilarating two-pronged attack from Caroline and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb who dived either side of the Aussie to climb up to sixth and seventh.

Lucca Allen was another casualty on lap six. Contact with JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman resulting in a trip to the barrier for the Falcon Motorsport driver having been running in 14th, while Sulaiman just missed out on a point score later in the race finishing in 11th.

Patrik Pasma soared up through the order from 16th to finish in the points in 10th, behind Double R’s Karl Massaad.

Lights go out for the final race of the weekend this afternoon at 1540 which will be televised live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 20 Knockhill 13 August 2017
22 laps / 27.87 miles
1 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 20m 27.563s / 81.74mph
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +0.800s
3 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.397s
4 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +9.746s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +10.345s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +11.562s
7 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +11.760s
8 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +13.492s
9 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +14.073s
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +14.444s etc.

Fastest lap: Logan Sargeant 49.957s / 91.30mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Webb; 3 Caldwell

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York targets top three in F4 British Championship

  • York switches from Ford F4 Challenge Cup to contest remainder of British F4 season.
  • Intensive training programme with APSM and iZone during summer break sees talented teenager brimming with confidence.

25 JULY, 2017 – Oliver York has been a standout performer in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup with seven wins and seven second place finishes in class, and this season’s leading rookie has big ambitions as he embarks upon the second half of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign. The Fortec Motorsports racer will switch from the Challenge Cup and focus his efforts on the overall championship in a bid to climb up the table from seventh and consistently fight at the front for race wins.

Although his Challenge Cup success has put him at the top of the class standings by a margin of 40 points, York’s motivation for turning his attention solely to the overall championship is clear: “Top three in the championship is my aim,” said York. “That’s what I’m working towards in the second half of the season.

“I believe I can achieve that and that’s why I have chosen to switch from the Challenge Cup to compete in all the remaining races this season. At the beginning of the year everyone aims to be in the top three and at the front. If you can take the title it’s a bonus.”

Andy Priaulx Sports Management (APSM) and iZone Driver Performance have been honing York’s skills behind the wheel during the summer break in an effort to help him fulfil his ambitions and prepare for a frenetic two months which will see the 16-year-old contest 16 races.

“The team at APSM and iZone have been working with me so I can hit the ground running. Both in terms of fitness and track knowledge. I’ve spent a lot of time in the simulator and focused on learning the remaining circuits on the calendar.

“APSM and iZone believe in me. We all want to get that first British F4 win under our belts. We’ve already achieved a lot, including podiums and a pole position, but my first race win is the next big target. It’s the only thing that’s missing.”

Further support has come from his those around him in the Fortec Motorsports team. Namely guidance from his engineer Dan Mitchell, team owner Richard Dutton and team manager Ollie Dutton who have created an environment in which York believes both he and his team-mates can excel.

“At Fortec we always want to achieve top results, but the team also tries to create an enjoyable atmosphere to help take the pressure off,” said York. “There are other things beyond just the racing. They understand that and create a relaxed environment for drivers which really helps while everyone works towards the same goal. We want to win, but we want to have fun while doing it.

“Oulton Park didn’t go to plan because we didn’t do any testing beforehand and I missed half of the first practice session because of a school exam,” explained York, reflecting on the ups and downs in his maiden Ford EcoBoost-powered season. “At Croft we were really fast in the dry, but then it rained in qualifying which threw us a bit.

“My pole position at Thruxton is my biggest achievement so far. The second place at Donington Park was also pretty special. I could have perhaps won that race. Jamie Caroline and I were trading fastest lap times. We ended up being about 15 seconds ahead of everyone else. We were so fast.”

York also has plenty of admiration for the F4 British Championship which is enabling him to build an excellent platform from which to progress up the FIA single-seater pyramid: “The racing in British F4 is one of the best things about the series. It’s so close. Everyone is out there for one thing and one thing only. To win. It’s what makes it so exciting and so special. You feel like you really have to earn your success.

“The championship is run incredibly well. We get a lot of track time and three 20 minute races every weekend on the TOCA package as the sole single-seater support series to the British Touring Car Championship. It means we get so much exposure with lots of fans and television coverage.”

York returns to action in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend (28-30 July) at Snetterton. Many will be keen to see if his hard work over the summer has paid off as he bids to finally stand on the top step of the podium in the UK’s leading junior single-seater series.

British F4 history makers head to Oulton Park

18 MAY, 2017 – Having thrilled fans a fortnight ago with some of the most memorable races in the championship’s recent history, featuring frenetic battles for position throughout the field, Formula 1’s stars of tomorrow are back! They are set to provide a spectacle to savour as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost takes to the track at Cheshire’s picturesque Oulton Park this weekend (20/21 May).

Carlin’s Jamie Caroline is in the ascendancy. At Thruxton the championship leader became the first driver to win all three British F4 races in one meeting, taking his victory tally to seven for the season. Caroline’s success has been all the more remarkable given that he has had to produce performances from the very top-drawer, with some of the world’s most talented junior single-seater racers pushing him to the limit.

TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri sits second in the standings having visited the podium more than any driver with the exception of Caroline, while team-mate Ayrton Simmons is one of only three drivers to win a race this season. The other having been clinched by Double R’s Linus Lundqvist who broke the lap record at Thruxton. All have consistently shown front-running pace going toe-to-toe with Caroline and they will seek to make inroads on his advantage at the top of the table.

Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) has emerged as a leading player, heading the Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings and battling for overall race victory after claiming a maiden pole at Thruxton. It came following countless hours of hard work with Richard Dutton’s team and Andy Priaulx Sports Management. With qualifying seemingly mastered, the international kart champion will have turned his attention to race pace ahead of his trip to Cheshire.

Another driver on the up is Logan Sargeant (Carlin). Thruxton was his strongest weekend to date. The highlight being his first podium in the series. The American shone during pre-season, setting the pace in the test at Oulton Park at the beginning of February.

His team-mate Patrik Pasma is a mere two points behind him in the standings with a brace of podiums to his name. Karl Massaad (Double R) starred on the rostrum for the first time at Thruxton, bringing home his biggest haul of points of the campaign so far. Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) joined him with second in the same race and like Massaad the 2016 Rookie Champion is gunning for wins this weekend.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) were inseparable on track last time out, providing an exhilarating battle which saw Daniel Cao (Double R) also get in on the act. Sharp will intend to make home advantage count, with the Rochdale racer just an hour up the road from the circuit. Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport) is looking to record his first point score of the campaign; meanwhile Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin) aims to return to the top 10 after a fruitless weekend at Thruxton.

There are two official test sessions at Oulton Park scheduled for Friday, with qualifying and two races on Saturday followed by a Sunday afternoon BTCC-supporting finale which will be televised live on ITV4.

Oulton Park timetable
Friday 19 May
1130-1215 & 1540-1625 Testing

Saturday 20 May
0905 Qualifying; 1415 Race 1; 1745 Race 2

Sunday 21 May
1100 Driver Autograph Session and British F4 VR Experience at Ford Race Centre
1405 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com Sunday 1405.
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.
Follow live timing and results here.
Event details & tickets here.

Oliver York flies to maiden British F4 pole with Ford EcoBoost power

  • Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports come out on top in closely-fought qualifying.
  • Alex Quinn and TRS Arden take pole for final race of weekend.

6 MAY, 2017 – Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York claimed a fantastic maiden pole position at Thruxton in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. An incredibly close-fought session saw almost the entire field covered by no more than one second around the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit.

The pole protagonists came to fore with five minutes of the session remaining. York, Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) and Jamie Caroline (Carlin) all trading fastest sector times and the only drivers to break the 1m 14s barrier.

Championship leader Caroline took provisional pole with a 1m 14.073s which was almost immediately bettered by Quinn who recorded a lap of 1m 13.908s.

Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner York was flying though and had the last laugh pumping in a 1m 13.790s, despite Caroline improving his time with a 1m 13.974s and Quinn setting fastest first sectors.

“It feels really good to get my first pole in British F4,” said a thrilled York. “The car was amazing. We got the track positioning and timing right and we were so quick.

“I’ve improved so much since I joined the championship. Between every weekend I have gone away and worked on various aspects to help make me stronger both inside and outside the car.

“Working with Andy Priaulx Sports Management has really helped in this respect. I’ve been doing so much qualifying practice with them in the simulator and that’s really helped here on a weekend where we have gone straight into qualifying.

“I feel confident starting at the front. Hopefully I can get a clean start, break the tow to the cars behind and drive off into the distance to my first win.”

“I couldn’t get a tow on any of my fast laps so I think if I can work my way to the front I should be able to convert it into victory,” explained a confident Caroline.

“It’s the first weekend we have not been on the front row in qualifying, but we’ll be alright. I had a bit too much oversteer on my first run so we made a little change and that made the car feel mega.

“We’re always a little bit faster in the races which is when I’m sure we will find more time.”

Quinn’s efforts were far from in vain, his second fastest lap quicker than York’s and ensuring that he will start from pole in the final race of the weekend, from York and Caroline behind.

“I’m really happy with that qualifying,” commented Quinn. “We were so quick in sector one and even sector three. Sector two we weren’t quite quickest in, but that’s just because we couldn’t get the benefit of a tow like York did.

“I think our race pace should be good and I’m very confident for the race. Hopefully I can get a good start and that should make things easier.

“It’s definitely going to be an exciting race and consistency is going to be key too.”

Caroline’s team-mate Logan Sargeant took his testing form at Thruxton into qualifying to earn himself a second-row grid slot ahead of Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist who was the session’s early pacesetter.

Current second place man in the standings Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) wound up sixth and did enough to move up a grid slot to fifth for race three, with Patrik Pasma (Carlin) just over a tenth adrift of Piastri’s best.

Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad broke into the top 10 just after the session’s halfway point. The Lebanese racer ended up eighth ahead of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) who followed up his maiden point scoring exploits at Donington Park with his best qualifying result of the year in ninth, just 0.086s quicker than fellow Young Racing Driver Academy-backed start Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden).

Lights go out for the first Ford EcoBoost-powered race of the weekend at 1505 which will see Oliver York bid the become the first Ford F4 Challenge Cup driver to win a race overall and with it a one-off £5,000 cash prize courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Thruxton 6 May 2017
Round 7 grid order
1 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:13.790
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:13.908
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:13.974
4 Logan SARGENAT / USA / Carlin 1:14.021
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:14.140
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:14.238
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:14.369
8 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 1:14.467
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 1:14.553
10 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:14.689 etc.

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Quinn – York – Caroline – Sargeant – Piastri – Lundqvist – Pasma – Massaad – Sharp – Simmons etc.

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Ericsson to race in British F4 with Fortec Motorsports

5 APRIL, 2017 – Fortec Motorsports and Hampus Ericsson, younger brother of Formula 1 driver Marcus Ericsson, have agreed terms on a deal which will see the talented Swedish karter race in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford EcoBoost. Ericsson will compete in the series’ Ford F4 Challenge Cup where entrants contest a maximum of seven out of 10 meetings during the season.

“I’m really excited and happy to race in British F4 with Fortec Motorsports,” said Ericsson. “I cannot wait to start my first race at Donington Park.

“I wanted to make the step up from karting to cars and British F4 is the best place to do that. The championship is so competitive and the tracks look very interesting to drive.

“I raced with Alex Quinn in karting and he’s really strong. I also know Logan Sargeant well. To compete against talented drivers like them is what every driver wants to do to prove themselves.”

Ericsson finished runner-up in the Swedish Karting Championship’s KJ Junior class last year and in the top three in the Junior 60 class two years prior.

The 15-year-old joins fellow rookie Oliver York at Fortec Motorsports, who impressed in his maiden outing at the opening round of the UK’s leading single-seater series.

“I’m looking forward to racing alongside Oliver,” added Ericsson. “I think we can work really well together and achieve excellent results.”

Older brother Marcus was no stranger to success with the Fortec Motorsports team, winning the Formula BMW UK Championship in his rookie year and then recording a number of podiums with the team in Formula 3 before climbing his way up to Formula 1.

While Hampus will hope to emulate his brother, he’s keeping his feet firmly on the ground: “I did a couple of testing days in November with the team, but I definitely need to build up my experience of the car and that will happen as I do more and more laps.

“This year is very much a learning year. It will be my first year racing in cars. At the moment I’m not looking too far ahead in my career beyond British F4. I need to take things one step at a time, but it would be nice to be overtaking my brother Marcus in a Formula 1 race one day.”

Fortec Motorsports team owner Richard Dutton echoed the sentiments of his newest recruit: “2017 is very much a learning year for Hampus. He has missed pre-season testing so it’s not going to be easy for him, but we’re looking forward to the rounds at the end of the season to see how much he has developed. The first part of the year will definitely be about learning and building experience.

“Hampus has been very competitive throughout his karting career and I think he has the ingredients to succeed in cars. He set the lap record at the World Junior Karting Finals in Bahrain and performed very well so there’s no doubting his raw speed and talent.

“He tested with us in Valencia last November. It was his first time in the car, but he impressed. In an ideal world he would have done plenty of pre-season testing, but we’ll do the best we can.

“We have put together a very exciting programme for Hampus and I think he will become part of the Fortec Motorsports young driver programme too.”

Sargeant snatches top spot at Snetterton British F4 test

  • Carlin’s Logan Sargeant tops official pre-season testing for second time in 2017.
  • Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports shine at Snetterton.
  • TRS Arden and Alex Quinn fastest in morning session.

15 MARCH, 2017 – Logan Sargeant became the first driver to top more than one official pre-season test, ahead of the inaugural round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

A host of drivers, including Sargeant, recorded their best times around the three-mile Snetterton 300 circuit at the very end of the day; turning the final 20 minutes of track action into a qualifying style shootout.

Sargeant was the pacesetter in 2017’s first official pre-season test at Oulton Park last month and having been second fastest in the morning at Snetterton, recorded a time of 1m 51.437s on his final flying lap to snatch top spot from Oliver York.

York’s best time of 1m 51.469s was just 0.032s adrift of Sargeant, and further underlined the optimism from the Fortec Motorsports camp regarding the international kart champion’s prospects this season.

TRS Arden and Alex Quinn maintained their testing form from Brands Hatch last week where they set the pace. Quickest in the first session and just 0.154s off of Sargeant’s best.

Jamie Caroline married speed with consistency for Carlin on his way to fourth fastest. Such was his consistency that he set identical personal bests in both sessions with a 1m 51.762s lap time.

He was followed by the TRS Arden trio of Ayrton Simmons, Oscar Piastri and Olli Caldwell in 5th, 6th and 7th respectively.

Meanwhile, Carlin’s Patrik Pasma and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb both improved in the second session and remained comfortably amongst the top 10 quickest drivers.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu improved most with regard to outright lap time with a 1m 54.140s in the afternoon; almost two seconds quicker than his best before the lunchbreak.

Lucas Alecco Roy was another big improver, his best time putting him just under half a second clear of Liu and earning him 10th on the timesheets.

Elsewhere, Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport found themselves amongst the top 10 in the first session, ending up 12th as the chequered flag fell on the day’s running.

The final official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway next week on Tuesday 21 March, as excitement levels reach fever pitch ahead of the first race weekend of the season at Brands Hatch on 1-2 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Snetterton 15 March, 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:51.654 / 1:51.437
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:51.905 / 1:51.469
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:51.591 / 1:51.437
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:51.762 / 1:51.762
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:51.820 / 1:51.891
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:52.861 / 1:52.777
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:52.785 / 1:53.005
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:53.450 / 1:53.103
9 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:53.715 / 1:53.429
10 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:54.997 / 1:53.669
11 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:55.918 / 1:54.140
12 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:54.523 / 1:55.031

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International kart champion Oliver York joins British F4’s Challenge Cup with Fortec Motorsports

  • Karting star Oliver York has sights set on double British F4 title tilt.
  • 15-year-old from Pyrford, Surrey is the first Fortec Motorsports driver confirmation for 2017 British F4 season.

8 MARCH, 2017 – IAME X30 international junior kart champion and Super One champion Oliver York has signed with Fortec Motorsports to contest the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. A new initiative for 2017, introduced by organisers of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, to enable drivers to compete for under £100,000.

Although York’s sights are set on Challenge Cup success, he hasn’t ruled out the possibility of gunning for the crown of FIA British Formula 4 Champion and the 12 FIA Super Licence points that go with it. The 15-year-old is eyeing up a double title tilt should he get his campaign off to a flying start, with drivers competing in the Challenge Cup also eligible to score points in the overall championship.

Said York: “I’m very excited to join the F4 British Championship with Fortec Motorsports. It’s the world’s most competitive junior single-seater series, with live television coverage and thousands of trackside spectators at every meeting.

“This is an incredible opportunity for me to showcase my talent against some of the fastest and most exciting motor racing prospects.

“It’s the best championship to go into from karting and to begin my single-seater career with Fortec is even more special. The team know what it takes to succeed and they have been brilliant at helping me to understand the car.

“Testing has been going really well. I’m learning every lap and I’m confident we can achieve some brilliant results. I think we can fight for the Ford F4 Challenge Cup and have a shot at the British F4 title if everything goes to plan.”

Fortec Motorsports head into the 2017 British F4 season on the back of a stellar 2016 campaign, having won the Rookie Class title with Alex Quinn who claimed a remarkable 16 class wins, including three overall race victories.

Commented Fortec Motorsports team manager Dan Mitchell: “Oliver has a lot to learn, but he is unquestionably a very talented and promising young racer. He’s a double karting champion so comes into this season with a winning mentality.

“It’s going to be a tough year with the British F4 grid shaping up to be incredibly competitive yet again, but we’re confident Oliver can go really well in 2017.

“We’re very keen to do an excellent job with him this season, especially after how well he has performed in testing.”

Mitchell’s cautious optimism is not misplaced with York having impressed in his official pre-season test debut at Brands Hatch Indy which saw him finish third on the timesheets, just a tenth adrift of the fastest time. This was followed up at Donington Park, by comfortably ending the test inside the top 10.

York’s step up to the UK’s leading single-seater series represents an important milestone for Richard Dutton’s Fortec squad, as York is the first product of the team’s junior driver programme to progress from karting to Formula 4.

Andy Priaulx Sports Management (APSM) have also played an integral role in York’s development and will look to combine their expert mentoring, advanced training technology and performance psychology in a bid to give York the edge on track.

Explained York: “Being part of the Fortec Motorsports junior driver programme has been a key part of my development and the fantastic support of APSM has accelerated my progression further. I hope we can carry my championship-winning momentum from karting into cars this season.”

York’s quest for glory in the F4 British Championship and Ford F4 Challenge Cup commences in the inaugural rounds of the season on 1/2 April at Brands Hatch. The Ford EcoBoost-powered series will play a starring role on the live-televised TOCA package alongside the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship.