Fielding out in front after British F4 qualifying

  • JHR’s Sennan Fielding increased his stranglehold on the British F4 Snetterton race weekend with a stunning qualifying performance.
  • Carlin’s DeFrancesco and Pull shine throughout the session to qualify second and third.
  • Caroline strikes back for Fortec Motorsports after difficult Friday, whilst Kjaergaard is quickest rookie.

SNETTERTON 30 JULY, 2016 – Sennan Fielding built upon his fine form in testing around the three mile Snetterton 300 circuit yesterday with a commanding pole position in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA powered by Ford. The JHR Developments driver left it late however, posting a time of 1m 52.396s on his final flying lap to put him over three tenths clear of Carlin’s DeFrancesco in second.

Fielding and DeFrancesco provided an entertaining last gasp battle for pole in the dying seconds of the session. Whilst DeFrancesco recorded the quickest middle sector on his final lap, it was Fielding who had the upper hand in sectors one and three. This proved to be enough to see him claim his second pole of the year with the added bonus of second fastest lap earning him another pole for race three of weekend.

Said a jubilant Fielding: “I was starting to doubt myself in the first half of the season. We didn’t really have any good qualifying sessions, but today is a great result. The team have done a fantastic job so a massive thank you to all of them.

“We only did one test day during the six week break and that was to make sure the car was running well and that the team had bolted it together correctly, but they’ve done a fantastic job. I would just like to say thank you to all of them.”

“We need to continue this form into the races. There is plenty of hard work ahead. We started well yesterday and we just need to keep this momentum going.

“I think the team are proving that they can take it to the likes of Carlin, Arden and Fortec. Those are teams with more resources that race all the way up the single-seater ladder to GP2. So I think for JHR who are only in their second season in single-seaters, to be competing against teams like this is an incredible. I think that shows how British F4 is a great place to be and that you can compete in this series on a limited budget.”

It was a tricky session for the Ford EcoBoost-powered young stars who were confronted with a damp and greasy circuit following a thunderstorm last night. Several drivers were caught out with Goddard, Quinn and Martins all succumbing to the gravel trap at Riches; Quinn and Martins’ respective offs enough to bring out the red flags.

However, it provided Goddard with an opportunity to trundle back to the pits. After a superb effort from his Double R team’s engineers who replaced his damaged front wing in rapid time, the Aussie was able to join the rest of the field for a thrilling final five minute shootout for pole on a drying track. A top ten grid slot was to be Goddard and Double R’s reward for their determination.

Sticking with the theme of bouncing back, Fortec Motorsport’s Jamie Caroline put in an excellent performance after a difficult day of testing yesterday to line up fourth on the grid.

Said Caroline: “I’m a little bit happier today. I lost quite a bit of time on my fastest lap, but fourth is not bad. We have a really good car and I wasn’t on the pace yesterday because of little mistakes I was making because I hadn’t been in the car since Croft. I’ve got back to grips with though. We have shown we have got the pace. I have got to thank my engineer Lego. He’s the man.”

Said Caroline’s engineer who goes by the moniker of “Lego” in the F4 British Championship paddock: “It’s great to see Jamie up there. You spend all day, every day at work smashing it out. You do it to be at the top and here we are. It’s been a long time coming to get Jamie towards the top, but we’ve made it.”

James Pull was particularly pleased with his second row grid slot, finally converting a strong showing on Friday into a qualifying success having been provisional pole sitter early on.

“Nearly on pole. We got a bit unlucky with the red flag I think. We were really fast in the first part of the session. We predicted the dampness of the track quite well and the car felt great. There are a lot of positives to take.

“I got a bit unlucky on my last flying lap as a driver in front of me went off at the last corner which meant I had to go around the outside through the water. I arrived into turn one on cold tyres so my fastest lap wasn’t ideal. P3 is still ok though. We’ve definitely broken the curse of good Fridays and bad Saturdays.”

Championship leader Max Fewtrell will line up sixth in the first of the day’s races after another solid performance behind the wheel of his Carlin prepared racer, with title rival Luis Leeds just one place ahead of him.

Fewtrell will be particularly pleased with his second fastest lap time however, netting him second on the grid for the tomorrow’s live televised race. Team-mate Florescu had a session to forget after only managing the 11th quickest time and will look to put his race craft to good use this afternoon.

Fortec Motorsport’s Nicolai Kjaergaard was another who delivered following his Friday testing form, qualifying eighth and finishing the session as quickest in the Rookie driver.

Newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motorsport) drove well in the difficult conditions. They will line up 17th and 18th respectively.

Mohnhaupt said of her first F4 British Championship qualifying: “It was tough out there. The track is a tricky one and the drivers in British F4 are so strong, but I’m looking forward to races. It was a little bit wet out there so the key thing was to get temperature in the tyres. We are improving a lot on every single lap, so I think we can do well in the race.”

Round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA –powered by Ford gets underway at 1355 this afternoon followed by round 17 at 1715.

Provisional qualifying times Snetterton 30 July, 2016
Grid order for Round 16
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1m 52.396s
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1m 52.743s
3 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1m 52.806s
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec 1m 52.851s
5 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1m 52.871s
6 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1m 53.225s
7 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1m 53.310s
8 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec 1m 54.079s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1m 54.206s
10 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1m 54.308s etc.
Round 18 grid order (based on second fastest times): Fielidng – Fewtrell – DeFrancesco – Leeds – Pull – Monger – Caroline – Florescu – Kjaergaard – Simmons

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Fielding off to a flyer at Snetterton in British F4

  • JHR’s Fielding leads the way in super-close testing at Snetterton, with the majority of the field covered by less than a second.

SNETTERTON 29 JULY, 2016 – Sennan Fielding and JHR Developments got their weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford off to a flying start by topping the times in testing. A time of 1m 52.254s from Fielding in the morning session proved to be enough to see him reign supreme at the end of the day’s proceedings by over two tenths of a second.

It represents a welcome return to form for a driver whose quest for the title is in need of a shot in the arm after a frustrating outing at Croft before the summer break. The Chesterfield racer looked at ease around the Snetterton 300 circuit and on the basis of today’s performance is sure to be in the thick of the fight for top honours.

Said Fielding: “The [Ford EcoBoost] engine feels very good and the car felt extremely good which gives me a lot of confidence. I think the pace we have had today being P1 in the first session and P2 in the second session shows how consistent we are which is nice. We are quick on old and new tyres which gives us a lot of confidence for the weekend.”

Fellow championship protagonist TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds also looked very at home around the three mile circuit finishing second in the timesheets. A buoyant Leeds commented: “I haven’t been in the car for a while so it’s good to be back with Arden boys and I think we can have a good weekend.

“I like Snetterton a lot because it’s a long track and it’s really technical so it makes it more about the driver. I think this weekend is a big turning point in the season because it’s the start of the second half.”

Frequent Friday star James Pull stood out once more with the quickest time in the afternoon session ending up third fastest overall. He was just three one thousandths away from Leeds, with Jack Martin proving to be quickest of the Rookie Class drivers a mere 0.025s back.

A cautiously optimistic Pull stated: “The wind was a bit strong so that made it a bit harder to get the confidence through the high speed corners, but the car felt really good. I just need to forget about today now and try to get a good time tomorrow. Whenever we have had a good Friday we have always struggled a little bit on the Saturday. It’s going to be all about getting the optimum qualifying session because half a tenth could be worth one or two places. It’s so close.”

Both Max Fewtrell and Nicolai Kjaergaard celebrated their 17th birthdays this today and both caught the eye; Fewtrell finishing fifth and Kjaergaard narrowly missing out on a top 10 time.

Explained Kjaergaard: “The first session went alright, but on used tyres in the second session we were very close to where we want to be. We were struggling a little bit on new tyres in the second session, so we need to work on that for qualifying tomorrow. To come back strong like this after the break gives me confidence that I can score good points in all three races.”

Carlin’s Petru Florescu and Devlin DeFrancesco wound up sixth and tenth; the former just under three tenths off of Fielding’s pace and clearly in good shape for the rest of the weekend.

Ayrton Simmons and Alex Quinn both found themselves inside the top ten when the chequered flag fell; Quinn showing strong pace behind the wheel of his Racing Steps Foundation backed racer in the afternoon.

“I felt really confident in the car right from the green flag this morning,” said Quinn. “It’s been a really positive start to the second half of the season and I’m looking forward to the rest of this weekend. We had really good pace in the afternoon. Qualifying is going to be really important. I think we have shown we can do well in that tomorrow and that will make the races easier.”

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins and JHR Developments’ Billy Monger shone on old tyre runs, both running as high as fourth in the latter half of the afternoon session.

Meanwhile Croft race winner Zane Goddard, Fortec Motorsport’s Jamie Caroline and JHR’s Jack Butel had a relatively quiet day on track. However, they are sure to strike back with a vengeance when the action hots up tomorrow.

The majority of drivers posted their quickest time of the day in the morning session with only Patrik Matthiesen (JTR), Frank Bird (Fortec Motorsports) and newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motrosport) finding time in the afternoon. British F4’s newest recruits improving a by a massive 1.4s and 2s respectively.

Said Matthiesen: “We’re still struggling a little bit with the lap time, but it was definitely better in the afternoon. Top ten this weekend is a realistic target. It would be nice to get some good points. I’m enjoying driving this circuit more and more. We’re working a lot on sector three. That’s the part of the track I need to improve in.”

Added Bird: “Points are definitely the aim this weekend. The summer break came at a bad time for me really because we were just starting to hit form, but hopefully we can carry it on this weekend. Snetterton is a track I like. I was struggling a bit today, but I’m sure I will get on top of it.”

With the top 13 drivers covered by less than a second all eyes are going to be on the F4 British Championship’s bumper Saturday at Snetterton. It kicks off with qualifying at 0900 ahead of rounds 16 and 17 of the championship at 1355 and 1715 respectively. The stage will be then set for a thrilling finale which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1450 on Sunday.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Leading testing times Snetterton 29 July 2016 (am/pm)
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:52.254 / 1:52.777
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:52.477 / 1:53.310
3 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:52.480 / 1:52.592
4 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:52.505 / 1.53.333
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:52.524 / 1:53.323
6 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:52.530 / 1:53.214
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:52.531 / 1:53.587
8 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:52.614 / 1:52.841
9 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:52.835 / 1:53.504
10 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:52.895 / 1:53.133 etc.

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Strong Snetterton points the aim for Jamie Caroline in F4 British Championship

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27 JULY, 2017 – Jamie Caroline will hope to score big this weekend when the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford bursts back into life at Snetterton for Fortec Motorsports and Pirtek Racing.

The sixth meeting of the season will see Jamie resume battle in the hotly-contested single-seater series after a six week summer break, with the visit to Norfolk marking the teenager’s second event as part of the Fortec Motorsport team.

In his maiden campaign of open-wheel competition, Jamie has proven to be nothing short of a revelation, with a series of battling performances on track helping him to secure four podium finishes so far.

Jamie also arguably produced one of the drives of the year to date at Donington Park back in April, where he made up nine places on the first lap of a wet opening race of the weekend.

The reigning Ginetta Jr champion heads for Snetterton keen to rebound from a challenging weekend in the final event prior to the summer break at Croft, where an incident on track in race two and then a post-race penalty in race three prevented him from securing the results that his pace deserved.

The 17-year-old will hope to challenge towards the front of the pack this weekend in order to make a move up the championship standings from his current ninth place, with just 35 points separating Jamie from a place inside the top six.

“I cant wait to get back in the car this weekend after the six week break, and I’m hopeful that we can put in a good performance to kick-start the second half of the season,” he said. “Croft was a difficult weekend on my debut with Fortec and I don’t think the results there reflected our performance, which is something I hope we can put right at Snetterton.

“I was on the pace during testing at the circuit before the season started and I feel confident about my chances when I return there for the race meeting, especially as I now have a race meeting under my belt with my new team and we both have a better understanding of how each other work.

“The first target this weekend is to score some strong points in all three races and hopefully we will be in a position to challenge at the front for at least a podium finish or two.”

After qualifying on Saturday 30 July at 09.00, the first of three F4 British Championship races will be at 13.55 later that day, with race two at 17.15. Race three then follows at 14.50 on Sunday and will feature in ITV4’s extensive BTCC coverage. Live timing and results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com.

DRIVER NEWS: Challenging weekend for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing

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22 JUNE, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline endured a challenging weekend as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford reached the half way stage at Croft, with his undoubted speed not reflected in the end results.

The fifth meeting of the year marked the start of Jamie’s relationship with the Fortec Motorsport team, with the 17-year-old having made the move to the multiple single-seater champions ahead of the weekend.

Qualifying around the high-speed North Yorkshire circuit saw Jamie post the 13th quickest time, but a customary storming start in the opening race of the weekend saw him rocket up the order to seventh before the end of the first lap.

Jamie would hold the place through to the closing laps when a Safety Car period bunched up the field, and then on the final lap, he battled hard to make up two places and cross the line in fifth.

That result put Jamie on pole position for race two but he lost out on the lead to rival Devlin DeFrancesco on the run to turn one to slip down to second place. Eager to reclaim the position, Jamie saw the opportunity to make a move for the lead later in the lap, but having gone down the inside at Sunny, the teenager was left with nowhere to go when DeFrancesco suddenly moved over with the resultant contact putting him out of the race on the spot.

From 14th on the grid for race three, Jamie was once again a man on a mission on the opening lap as he rocketed up the order to sixth place, and then moved ahead of Sennan Fielding to take fifth on lap two.

Jamie would then follow team-mate Alex Quinn all the way to the flag to secure a second top six finish of the weekend only to be handed a 10.5 second penalty post-race for cutting over the first chicane on lap one – demoting him back to eighth spot.

While Jamie ends the weekend having slipped a place to ninth in the standings, he has still closed the gap on the top seven in the standings heading into the summer break, with racing now resuming at Snetterton at the end of July.

“It’s a shame I couldn’t push for the podium positions on my debut with Fortec as that was the aim, but I was on the back foot after a difficult qualifying session,” he said. “I recovered well from that to score some good points in race one and I think we definitely had a car that was good enough to win in race two.

“Sadly, when I made the move to retake the lead, the guy ahead decided he was going to turn in and there was nowhere for me to go when I was already alongside him and committed to the move. It’s frustrating as that could have been the win I’ve been chasing.

“The car was better in race three than the end result shows because of the penalty but, even though I’d hoped for more this weekend, our performance and pace in the races shows that we can challenge at the front in the second half of the year.”

Fearless DeFrancesco dominates in the rain at Croft

  • Carlin’s DeFrancesco superb in difficult conditions.
  • Zane Goddard rounds off excellent weekend for Double R Racing.
  • Max Fewtrell extends his lead in the championship.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn returns to top step of Rookie class podium.

Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco stormed his way to the third F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford victory of his career courtesy of a jaw-dropping move around the outside of Zane Goddard at Sunny on the opening lap. With a clear track ahead of him DeFrancesco pulled away from the field. The Canadian never put a foot wrong with an inch-perfect drive to the chequered flag; despite the inclement weather which had set in over the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire circuit.

Said the three-time race winner DeFrancesco: “In race two we were incredibly unlucky, but we came back strong in race three. I thought the start was going to be the key to everything and Zane made a really good start.

“I felt I had a lot of grip under me and a lot of confidence in the car. I braked a little later than I normally would into the corner and Zane braked a little earlier so happy days.

“Then I just kept focusing on myself and my inputs every lap, getting the gears right and going quicker and quicker.”

Although he lost the lead on the first lap, Double R’s Zane Goddard was still ecstatic after the race. Another second place to his name and yet another fastest lap. Goddard leaves Croft having scored more points than any other driver this weekend; the Australian clearly building upon his prodigious testing form at the circuit.

Commented Goddard: “I’m happy with second. The race was really good fun. I loved it out there. It was awesome being able to slide around a bit. I got a good start, but I didn’t really know where the grip was and I didn’t want to risk too much.

“Devlin did really well out front, but I thought I would push for fastest lap even if I couldn’t get the win. It’s been a great weekend with a first and two seconds so no complaints from me.

“For the first time this season I went into the races aiming for a podium and even the top step instead of top five. We achieved that so it’s a definite confidence boost. The team and I have made a step forward this weekend. The team have done a great job. I cannot fault the car.”

Max Fewtrell once again found himself on the podium and with it extended his newfound lead in the championship to 20 points from Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu. Fewtrell executed a race devoid of mistakes, his consistency and speed making him a formidable competitor on the track and in the standings.

Fourth place man and Rookie class winner Alex Quinn was all smiles, finally having a race where he was able to avoid mid-pack skirmishes. The Racing Steps Foundation driver made a great start in his Fortec Motorsports prepared racer and looked rock solid in the tricky wet conditions.

Explained Quinn: “This weekend has been really mixed. Two of the races didn’t go to plan and were taken out of our hands. I went into this race knowing I had to come out of strongly and I did that.

“It was difficult to get close to the car in front because it was so hard to see anything with all the spray. We’re definitely in a more positive place than we were after the second race.

“We showed that we can push the guys currently leading the championship. I’m looking forward to hitting back at Snetterton and having a good second half of the season.”

Jamie Caroline made what appeared to be yet another storming start from 14th on the grid, but all was not quite as it seemed. The Pirtek Racing backed star cutting the chicane on the opening lap. It earned him a 10.5s time penalty in the process which saw him fall back in the classification from fifth to eighth.

Behind him in the top 10 came championship contenders Petru Florescu and Round 14 winner Luis Leeds. Both were unable to make major inroads towards the front of the field in the rain.

Fellow championship protagonists Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) and James Pull (Carlin) fared much better, showcasing their talent in the wet. The former gaining three places at the start and the latter climbing five places, expertly scything his way through the field.

Nicolai Kjaergaard once again caught the eye for Fortec Motorsports, brilliantly finding a way past TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons and Jack Martin during the race.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 15 Croft 19 June 2016
13 laps / 21.25 miles
1 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 15m 54.569s / 80.14mph
2 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +3.496s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +7.158s
4 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +8.390s
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +14.893s
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +15.337s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +19.287s
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +19.785s
9 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +20.130s
10 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +23.223s

Fastest lap Zane Goddard 1m 30.435s / 84.59mph

Rookie class 1 Quinn, 2 Kjaergaard, 3 Martin, 4 Simmons

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 184, 2 Florescu 164, 3 Pull 153, 4 Leeds 152, 5 DeFrancesco 146, 6 Fielding 134, 7 Quinn 112, 8 Martins 110, 9 Caroline 109, 10 Goddard 102 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 276, 2 J. Martin 228, 3 Kjaergaard 163, 4 Simmons 143, 5 R. Martin 130

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DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing eager to impress at Croft

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15 JUNE, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will hope to build on his double podium last time out at Oulton Park as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads for Croft for the fifth round of the year.

The teenager makes the journey to North Yorkshire sitting eight in the championship standings, with his third and fourth podium finishes of the year having allowed him to close the gap to a number of his rivals ahead.

The 17-year-old, who was a double winner at Croft last year en-route to the Ginetta Jr Championship, will be keen to build on an encouraging performance in testing at the circuit last month, where he lapped within six tenths of a second of the pace despite only running on one of the two days.

Jamie will also have added reason to impress as his maiden single-seater campaign reaches the half-way stage, with Croft marking his debut for the Fortec Motorsport team.

Having impressed in the opening four rounds for Jamun Racing, Jamie will seek to help Fortec strengthen it’s championship challenge during the weekend ahead, with more podiums being the target from the trip to the North East.

“I’ve picked up some good results so far this season and hopefully there are more to come at Croft this weekend,” he said.

“While I have four podium finishes already, I really want to get onto the top step and it would be a great way to go into the summer break if I could get my first victory of the year.

“It would also be the perfect way to celebrate my debut with Fortec and I feel confident that I can go to Croft and challenge towards the front of the field.”

After qualifying on Saturday 18 June at 10.50, the first of three F4 British Championship races will be at 15.25 later that day, with race two at 13.17 and race three at 17.46 on Sunday. Sunday’s races will feature in ITV4’s extensive BTCC coverage, with live timing and results from the weekend being available at www.tsl-timing.com.

Jamie Caroline and Fortec Motorsports join forces to take F4 British Championship challenge up a gear

  • Fan favourite Jamie Caroline switches from Jamun Racing to Fortec Motorsports in a move that could prove pivotal in the Ford EcoBoost-powered championship.

8 JUNE, 2016 – Jamie Caroline is to race the remainder of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season for Fortec Motorsports. The news comes after a hugely promising start to the 2016 campaign with Jamun for last year’s Ginetta Junior Champion. His electrifying starts, audacious overtaking manoeuvres and numerous battles through the field have captured the imagination of many, seeing Caroline become a real hit with fans.

His father Lee Caroline, who is no stranger to motorsport success as 2003 TVR Tuscan Challenge Champion gives a fascinating insight into his son’s season so far: “In December it didn’t even look like Jamie would be racing because the budget wasn’t there. Then Jamun got Keltbray sponsorship for the team and we also had Pirtek come on board.

“Without Jamun and Keltbray at the start of the season we wouldn’t have even been on the grid so I just want to express how grateful we are to them.

“Because we have had a good showing in the first part of the year and unfortunately Ross Martin has lost his seat at Fortec due to budgetary reasons; it has put us in a positon where Fortec would really like us to help them take the fight to Carlin.

“Jamie has got quite a few fans now. It’s funny really because you see people walking around with flags and things with Jamie on it. A lot of that is thanks to the Pirtek relationship and how great the car looks in their colours.

“People within motorsport know we are on a limited budget and therefore we haven’t been able to do much testing, but you look back at the races at Donington and Thruxton this season and Jamie has made them exciting. I’m proud he’s doing so well in the F4 British Championship.”

Caroline currently lies eighth in the standings with 95 points and 4 podiums to his name. The Warlingham racer is still very much in contention for the title with 18 rounds remaining. He will no doubt be hoping that the switch to powerhouse team Fortec Motorsports, who have already helped super-talented rookie Alex Quinn to his maiden British F4 victory, can make his title ambitions a reality.

Added EDGE Sporting Management who have played a pivotal role in guiding Caroline through his motorsport success: “There’s an element of sadness with Jamun not carrying on this season. They’ve been very successful in this world of Ford powered single-seat motorsport for a very long time. It was nice to end on a high with James [Mundy] and his Jamun team with two podiums at Oulton Park.

“Going forward it’s going to be exciting to see what Jamie can do with a big team like Fortec who have done a particularly good job with Quinn this year. It will be interesting to see what Jamie can bring to the table and what Fortec can give to Jamie. It should hopefully be a good partnership. They have been testing this week at Anglesey and I’m hoping that will help to accelerate the development of the relationship.”

The move represents something of a coup for Richard Dutton’s Fortec Motorsport’s team. Caroline’s performances have caught the eye of many in the motorsport fraternity. He will be a welcome addition to a team which boasts an enviable wealth of rookie talent in the form of Nicolai Kjaergaard and Frank Bird who race alongside Quinn.

Commented Fortec Motorsports team manager Dan Mitchell: “We’re really happy to have Jamie with us. It was a shame things couldn’t come together for Ross Martin, but luckily Jamie was available.

“Jamie has shown great pace and we hope to be able to put him on the top step of the podium pretty soon. He knows Frank Bird from Ginettas last year. They get on really well. I think he will work brilliantly with Alex too. They will help push each other.

“Carlin seem pretty strong. They are 1-2-3 in the championship at the moment and it would be good for us to get to the front. Jamie can helps us do that. I think we can start off on the right foot at Croft on 18/19 June and be strong from the outset.”

Florescu takes command of Oulton Park finale and F4 British Championship

  • Perfection from Petru on his way to fourth win of the season.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Nicolai Kjaergaard claims maiden Rookie class victory.

OULTON PARK 5 JUNE, 2016 – Carlin’s Petru Florescu put on a perfect display to win the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford race of the weekend at Oulton Park. It was a straightforward race for the Romanian star driver, as he cruised his way to his fourth race win of the season and a 22 point lead in the standings.

Holding off DeFrancesco at the start, coupled with clear air to pump in some fast laps out front meant that the experienced Florescu could take a commanding victory around the 2.2 mile Cheshire track. He finished ahead of team-mate DeFrancesco, who himself executed a fantastic race to keep the flying Florescu in his sights for the duration.

Said the race winner: “We had really good pace again and fastest lap as well. I just focused on trying to stay consistent and didn’t push too much. It was a lot easier to control the pace in clear air. I’m looking forward to Croft. It’s a track I like. I’m so happy with this result and this race. It’s great for my championship and I want to say a huge thanks to the team.”

Added DeFrancesco: “At Carlin we had a meeting before the race between all the engineers and drivers and we knew the race to turn one would determine the outcome so I gave it everything at the start. I had a really good launch off the line, but I probably needed just a metre more to get in front.

“We have scored very good points for the championship and made up a lot of ground. Obviously Petru is looking very strong, but we are definitely catching up to our rivals. Carlin have got the car setup perfectly. It feels almost unbeatable.”

Jamie Caroline took his second podium of the weekend courtesy of another electrifying start which saw him speed past Max Fewtrell and not for the first time this weekend was the quickest of the non-Carlin runners.

Commented Caroline: “I was the only one able to take it to Carlin in the race. I was pleased to be able to get a good start, especially as I had to get used to the new clutch so quickly after the issue we had with the old one in race two.

“I’m very surprised to get the start that I did because with every clutch the biting point varies a little bit. There wasn’t much more we could have done in the race. Looking ahead to Croft, it’s another circuit I like. We were testing there the other day and I was straight on the pace so I’m looking forward to it.”

Max Fewtrell put in another calm and considered performance in fourth to bring home a strong points haul essential in his quest for the title; whilst James Pull performed a brilliant overtaking manoeuvre for fifth on Alex Quinn at Old Hall on lap four. Quinn was to suffer further misfortune as a gearbox issue put an end to his race on the penultimate lap.

Old Hall was the scene of further action early on as Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird crashed out of the race having been in 11th – four places up from his starting position.

Meanwhile Patrik Matthiesen was another early casualty, having made the same mistake at Knickerbrook as Zane Goddard had in round 11. The latter claiming the final points paying position as scant consolation for a day that promised so much for the talented Aussie racer.

Race two winner Rafael Martins was the highest of the TRS Arden runners yet again in sixth; whilst Nicolai Kjaergaard put in an inspired performance to take his first Rookie class win and hold off a hard-charging Sennan Fielding for seventh place.

Explained Kjaergaard: “It was a really good race. It’s not the ideal way to take this Rookie win with Quinn dropping out, but a win is a win and I’ll take it. I knew Sennan was quick so I was a bit worried when I saw him in my mirrors, but I was able to keep him behind. Now I know that I can compete with the very best in British F4 and I will try to do the same at Croft.”

Despite having to settle for eighth, JHR’s Fielding was still able to showcase his overtaking prowess with an expertly judged pass into Old Hall on Ayrton Simmons on lap five.

Billy Monger provided some excitement late on in proceedings, making an uncharacteristic mistake by running wide and letting TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and Jack Martin through.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford stars will be back in action in two weeks’ time at Croft circuit. Petru Florescu is sure to be riding a wave confidence after a brilliant time at Oulton Park. Having topped the times in testing at the North Yorkshire circuit earlier this week he will be many people’s tip for further success.

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Provisional results Round 12 Oulton Park 5 June 2016
14 laps / 31.164 miles
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 19m 43.908s / 94.76mph
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +2.495s
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun + 6.047s
4 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +7.881s
5 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +8.883s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +21.312s
7 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +21.555s
8 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +21.892s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +22.306
10 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +22.846s etc.

Fastest lap Petru Florescu 1m 23.735s / 95.70mph Est Rec

Rookie class 1 Kjaergaard, 2 Simmons, 3 Martin

Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 158, 2 Fewtrell 136, 3 Pull 131, 4 Fielding 116, 5 Leeds 111, 6 DeFrancesco 109, 7 Quinn 100, 8 Caroline 95 9 Martins 84, 10 Monger 57 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 251, 2 J. Martin 163, 3 Kjaergaard 136, 4 R. Martin 130, 5 Simmons 95

Full results

DeFrancesco leads the way in British F4 testing at Croft

  • Devlin DeFrancesco maintains rich run of form to top the timesheets.
  • Alex Quinn fastest in the morning session with late flyer.
  • Electrifying pace from much of the field, as majority covered by less than a second.

CROFT 31 MAY, 2016 – Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco set the pace in an entertaining first day of testing at Croft in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. The test saw nine drivers lap the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire circuit quicker than last season’s pole time of 1m 21.369s. It underlined the depth of talent on this year’s grid, as well as the performance gains made by Ford with its EcoBoost technology and Mygale with the British F4 chassis.

DeFrancesco wasted no time in trying to seize the initiative, just over three weeks after his popular maiden victory at Thruxton. Despite his best efforts in the morning the Canadian wound up fourth fastest, but it was in the afternoon where he really excelled.

There was a tussle for supremacy shortly after Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu staked his claim at the top, with DeFrancesco and TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds deposing the Romanian from top spot with 40 minutes left on the clock.

Leeds posted his quickest time of the day, a 1m 20.791s to put him fractionally ahead of DeFrancesco’s first flyer. However, DeFrancesco made his second attempt count with a blistering 1m 20.671s which would see him end up outright fastest.

It was a good day for British F4’s Aussie contingent with both Leeds and Double R’s Zane Goddard topping the times at various stages. Leeds’ eye-catching afternoon performance was backed up by third fastest in the morning, whilst Goddard recorded an impressive 123 laps on his way to seventh. A tally second only to JHR’s Jack Butel, who racked up a staggering 125 laps.

Racing Steps Foundation driver Alex Quinn stamped his authority on the morning session to go quickest with just four minutes remaining. Although he was unable to better his time in the afternoon, the Rookie class leader is sure to be pleased with his day’s work, finishing just a quarter of a second off of DeFrancesco’s time.

Like Quinn, Carlin’s Max Fewtrell was another who couldn’t better his morning’s effort which saw him head into the lunchbreak second. The 16-year-old having to settle for fifth overall, just behind team-mate Petru Florescu.

Championship leader Sennan Fielding had a relatively quiet day in sixth, but is sure to have plenty more in his locker having shown flashes of front running pace, particularly in the morning.

Fortec Motrosports’ Nicolai Kjaergaard showed the greatest rate of improvement, bettering his morning time by nearly six tenths of a second with a flying lap late in the day.

Finally, Jack Martin put in one of his best testing performances of the season so far to be fastest Rookie class driver in the afternoon and finish the day comfortably inside the top ten.

Day two of testing at Croft commences at 0900 tomorrow and with the Ford EcoBoost-powered field so evenly matched, it’s going to be fascinating to see who ends the test on top.

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Leading testing times Croft 31 May 2016 (am/pm)
1 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:21.082 / 1:20.671
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1.21.066 / 1:20.791
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:20.921 / 1:21.343
4 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:21.207 / 1:20.940
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1.20.951 / 1:21.246
6 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:21.150 / 1:21.395
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:21.371 / 1:21.212
8 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:21.486 / 1:21.213
9 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:21.682 / 1:21.248
10 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:21.482 / 1:21.572 etc.

Full TSL timesheets

Fewtrell pushes to the max for maiden Ford MSA Formula victory

  • Fewtrell caps off brilliant weekend with maiden single-seater victory.
  • Win sees Fewtrell snatch the championship lead from Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu.
  • Formula Kart Stars champion Ross Martin takes first Rookie Class win.

DONINGTON PARK 17 APRIL, 2016 – They say things go in threes and for the third time in succession Donington Park played host to a Ford EcoBoost-powered lights to flag victory. In round six the spoils went to Carlin’s Max Fewtrell ahead of TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and Fortec rookie Ross Martin.

It was a straightforward race for Fewtrell who like the weekend’s earlier pole sitters made a perfect getaway when the lights went out.

The same could not be said of Alex Quinn who struggled off the line in his Fortec Motorsports racer and dropped to sixth. Fastest lap proved to be his consolation prize in a race where he had hoped to record another win for the Racing Steps Foundation.

As Quinn fell back, Luis Leeds (TRS Arden) and Ross Martin (Fortec) were the immediate beneficiaries, moving up to second and third respectively and they proved to be Fewtrell’s closest challengers. However, the 16-year-old kart star had enough in hand to maintain a sufficient gap throughout, preventing his pursuers from mounting an attack.

James Pull (Carlin) in fourth and Sennan Fielding (JHR Developments) in fifth completed a breakaway group which spanned from Fewtrell down to Quinn; with this collection of six drivers capable of consistently lapping in the low 1m 08s bracket.

An ecstatic Fewtrell commented: “I needed to get a good start and be consistent because I knew I had the pace to keep the gap. As soon as I got that gap it stayed the same. Breaking the tow was key.

“Three podiums is brilliant, especially with one of them coming in the reverse grid race and to finish the weekend off with a win is great. Fighting with a lot of second year drivers is obviously a challenge, but I’m learning every race and getting more confident with the car and its Ford EcoBoost technology”.

Added second place man Leeds: “It was an alright weekend. Second in every race session apart from race two this weekend. I hope to get my first win pretty soon, but consistency is key and I’ve said that all along because my goal is to win the championship. I cannot wait for Thruxton. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with myself for three weeks until then!”

It was a landmark race for Ross Martin whose third place netted him his first Rookie class win of the campaign, and demonstrated that the Formula Kart Stars (FKS) champion is taking full advantage of his fully funded prize drive in the UK’s official FIA F4 series.

“I didn’t have a great start to the weekend but what an end”, enthused Martin. “The car felt amazing throughout and I dealt with the pressure well at the start. FKS have been rooting for me to get on the top step of the podium so to get my first Rookie win this early on is fantastic and hopefully my mentor Allan McNish managed to watch the race on television.”

There was drama early on as the field was forced to complete an additional formation lap when Zane Goddard’s Double R racer ground to a halt on the way to the grid.

Carlin’s DeFrancesco added to the excitement when the racing got underway as he rejoined the track following an off at the exit of Craner Curves, only to force several cars to take evasive action when he reappeared on the asphalt at Old Hairpin.

Jamun’s Jamie Caroline scythed through the midfield once again to make his way from 14th to seventh. The highlight of his race a robust overtaking manoeuvre on TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins who would follow the Pirtek Racing sponsored driver home in eighth.

Another stellar pass came from JHR’s Billy Monger who perfectly judged his move on Dane Nicolai Kjaergaard into Redgate on lap four and would later squeeze by Jerseyman Jack Butel on the final lap to finish on the fringes of the points in 11th.

Redgate is also where Martins showcased his race craft; brilliantly turning defence (brought about by team-mate Jack Martin glued to his gearbox) into attack as he tore past Hayek who had leapt in front of the Brazilian earlier on in proceedings. Martin would subsequently follow in Martins’ wheel tracks to also get ahead of the Aussie F4 graduate who clung on to the last points paying position.

It was a frustrating race for Carlin’s Petru Florescu who had to settle for 13th having hoped to make more progress through the field from the back of the grid after fighting at the front in race two earlier in the day.

It’s a result that sees Florescu relinquish his championship lead after Fewtrell’s superb performance this weekend. Attention now turns to rounds seven, eight and nine of season at Thruxton on 7-8 May. All eyes will be on Fewtrell to see if he can maintain this phenomenal run of form and whether Leeds can finally join the roster of maiden Ford EcoBoost-powered winners having now collected a trio of second place finishes.

Provisional results Round 6, Donington Park 17 April, 2016
15 laps / 29.69 miles
1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 17m 18.620s / 102.78 mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +1.063s
3 Ross MARTIN / GBR / Fortec +1.469s
4 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +2.618s
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +2.931s
6 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +3.481s
7 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun +9.939s
8 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +10.798s
9 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +12.594s
10 Harry HAYEK / AUS / Jamun +13.942 etc

Fastest lap Quinn 1:08.338 / 104.25 mph

Rookie Class 1 R Martin; 2 Quinn; 3 J Martin; 4 Kjaergaard

Full results

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 89; =2 Florescu 76; =2 Fielding 76; 4 Pull 69; 5 Leeds 68; 6 Quinn 55; 7 Caroline 46; 8 Martins 45; 9 Goddard 18 etc
Rookie Class 1 Quinn 136; 2 J Martin 97; 3 R Martin 76; 4 Kjaergaard 72 etc