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

Full times

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.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing take to the top step at Brands Hatch

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3 OCTOBER, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline brought the curtain down on his first year of single-seater competition in fine style with a stunning victory during the final rounds of the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Brands Hatch.

The talented teenager went into the season finale keen to try and return to the podium positions having fallen agonisingly short at both Rockingham and Silverstone, and the weekend looked set to start in the ideal fashion when he posted the quickest time in qualifying.

Unfortunately, a post-session penalty for a technical infringement meant Caroline was demoted to the back of the grid for races one and three, whilst he was also given a ten second penalty to serve before starting the opening 20 minute encounter of the weekend.

Despite that, Caroline made the most of an early Safety Car period to battle his way through the field in a damp opening race; taking the flag in seventh spot and lapping more than two seconds quicker than anyone else on track.

That put him at the front of the grid for race two thanks to the reverse grid draw, and Caroline produced one of his most measured drives of the year as he drove away from the pack behind to take a commanding victory by nearly five seconds.

Ninth place from the back in race three helped Caroline to cement his top ten championship position, with the 31 points scored being his best weekend score of the year.

“It’s great that I’ve been able to finish the season with a victory, and it was the perfect way to come back from what happened in qualifying,” he said. “The issue with the car didn’t affect the performance, which I think was shown in how strong we were in the races, and without that penalty, we could have got even more from the weekend.

“In the first race, I was able to make the most of the conditions to make it into the top seven and in race two, the car was just unreal. There was no way I was going to lose that race and I just drove away from the guys behind. The change in circuit conditions caught us out a bit with the tyres in race three, but we picked up some good points and it was nice to end the year having been back on the podium as we were unlucky to miss out on quite a few occasions.

“Overall it’s been a season of ups and downs after a promising start, but I think I’ve shown that I have the speed and I’d love to come back and challenge for the title next year.”

Alex Quinn: British F4 Rookie Champion in profile

28 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – With all eyes on the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season finale at Brands Hatch this weekend and the six drivers still in contention for the title, one contender arrives with 2016 champion status already to his name. Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn wrapped up the Rookie class in style last time out at Silverstone with his third overall victory of the season. The first of which came in only his fourth ever car race on the back of a fantastic pole position at Donington Park.

Quinn has been nothing short of exceptional in the Rookie class. 2016 has seen the 15-year-old from Camelford, Cornwall put in some virtuoso performances and thoroughly stamp his authority all over the Rookie standings. 16 class wins and a total of 23 class podiums putting him well clear of the chasing rookie pack.

Said the Rookie class champion: “I cannot express my feelings. I’m so happy. I need to say a huge thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation and Fortec because without them I wouldn’t be here, let alone at the front.”

“I’m really happy with the car and my performance. I pushed as hard as I could to get the win at Silverstone and showed that I can race through the field, as well as lead from the front.”

“It’s a relief to finally become Rookie champion. We’ve been dominant in the class for quite a few races. It wasn’t clear-cut when we were going to win it. We had a good chance and it’s good to get it done so we can focus on just winning races now.”

Quinn landed a fully funded drive with Fortec Motorsports thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation after impressing in a three day, 10-driver assessment staged by the not-for-profit Foundation last October. He has not looked back since.

Explained RSF co-ordinator Derek Walters: “Alex’s attitude and feedback, as well as the way he conducts himself has always been impressive. The great thing about Alex is that you can tell him things. He learns and then understands it, be that on the mental or physical side. He’s hungry to learn and we have seen him mature during the course of the season.

“The Foundation was put together way back in 2007 and its philosophy is to get people like Alex to develop into professional drivers. It has proved very successful.

“The F4 British Championship is a good place to be, especially with the MSA involved. We’re very happy. There are a great bunch of people running the series and we love being involved with Ford at the sharp end of racing. It’s a natural place for us to gravitate to as young drivers come out of karting.”

Commented Fortec Motorsports team owner Richard Dutton: “Alex has done a great job this season, especially for someone as young as he is. He’s been seriously impressive. His success has been great for Fortec Motorsports and the Racing Steps Foundation in the F4 British Championship. We’re very good at developing young drivers. It’s what we aim to do and it’s working.”

Quinn has been a shining example of the progression the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford enables drivers to make. From a quiet Cornish racer to a formidable competitor who doesn’t need to be asked twice to go for a gap when he sees it; Quinn’s rapid rate of development has been a highlight in a season blessed with many.

Although mathematically Quinn’s overall title chances are slim, one thing is certain, the on-track exploits of a 15-year-old with a very bright motorsport career ahead of him are sure to be savoured by many this weekend.

Quinn riding high after textbook Silverstone British F4 win

  • Lights to flag victory for Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn.
  • Max Fewtrell battles through field in bid to cling on to championship lead.

SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Alex Quinn celebrated being crowned Rookie class champion by winning Round 26 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in textbook fashion.

A flawless start from pole saw him stay ahead of fellow front row starter Luis Leeds, with the Racing Steps Foundation ace then proceeding to break away from the field. His progress was halted just under halfway into the race when the safety car was deployed to recover team-mate Kjaergaard’s stricken car. Quinn wasn’t fazed however, mastering the restart and pulling out a gap to Rafael Martins.

Said a jubilant Quinn: “I cannot express my feelings. I’m so happy. I need to say a huge thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation and Fortec because without them I wouldn’t be here, let alone at the front.”

“I’m really happy with the car and the performance of myself. I pushed as hard as I could to get the win. I’ve shown this weekend that I can race through the field and lead from the front which is great.”

Martins had looked strong all weekend and after an excellent sixth place finish yesterday was full of fight today, leaping past TRS Arden team-mate Ayrton Simmons off the line and then scything past Luis Leeds on the following lap at Becketts.

“I think it was quite a good race on the first few laps for me,” said Martins. “I couldn’t catch Alex. He did a great job. I thought after the safety car I could have a chance, but he did a great job at the restart.

“I think in the beginning I was quicker than Luis and then towards the end he was a bit quicker, but I had it under control. Since Friday we have been quick. Qualifying we struggled a little with the mixed weather, but we are doing a great job this weekend.”

Leeds was understandably cautious in the early stages; not completely sure of the car underneath him following his puncture and damage sustained in the first race of the weekend, as well as being mindful of preserving tyres. However, as the race progressed his confidence behind the wheel came back in full force as he hounded Martins for second until the end.

Explained Leeds: “I got good points in the championship and scored more points than any of the other contenders although it wasn’t my greatest of races.

“With the puncture I had yesterday we didn’t have the best of tyres for this race. Two tyres were scrapped so we had to use some new tyres, but I had to preserve them for the race this afternoon when we start from pole.”

JHR’s Sennan Fielding made impressive progress up the order throughout the race, from eighth up to fourth. One of his victims was Ayrton Simmons who was under attack for much of the race, but put on a credible defensive display suggesting the youngest driver on the grid can mix it with the best. A spirited battle with Carlin’s Max Fewtrell a particular highlight.

Said Simmons: “It was pretty exciting. The first five laps especially. I had quite a lot of cars behind me. I managed to keep with the fast guys. I had a good battle with Fewtrell. It was a great experience racing up the front. Hopefully next time we start at the front we can do an even better job.”

There was no stopping Fewtrell however. The championship leader going into the race had it all to do starting from the penultimate row of the grid and he picked his way through the field expertly. His move around the outside of Simmons at Brooklands thrilling spectators. It set up an entertaining battle between himself and team-mates DeFrancesco and Pull, as well as Fielding and Goddard.

Pull was awarded a five second penalty for exceeding track limits costing him a points finish, but team-mate DeFrancesco fared better. A move down the inside of Goddard as they headed towards Becketts earning him fifth and the chance to take the fight to Fielding.

Fielding wasn’t prepared to relinquish fourth to his title rival, holding off the Canadian to bring home enough points to become joint leader of the championship with Fewtrell heading into Round 27.

Double R’s Carrie Schreiner put in another great performance to break into the top 10 and add another championship point to her tally for the season, whilst Jack Martin made a welcome return to the Rookie podium.

Billy Monger suffered a spin early on having been one of the fastest cars on track, but struck back to get up to 11th place at the fall of the chequered flag, tantalisingly close to the points.

Petru Florescu’s race was thwarted before it even began with a technical gremlin rearing its head on the formation lap and resulting in the Romanian losing ground in the standings.

Lights go out for the Silverstone finale at 1515 which will be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 26 Silverstone 18 September 2016
20 laps / 32.8 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 20m 41.423s / 95.14mph
2 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +1.215s
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +1.876s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.639s
5 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +4.858s
6 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +5.163s
7 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +5.655s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.333s
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +9.362s
10 Carrie SCHREINER / GER / Double R +9.751s etc.

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.221 / 103.20mph

Rookie class: 1 Quinn; 2 Simmons; 3 Martin

Provisional championship standings: =1 Fewtrell 293; =1 Fielding 293; 3 Leeds 271; 4 DeFrancesco 247; 5 Pull 240; 5 DeFrancesco 237; 6 Quinn 239; 7 Florescu 230; 8 Goddard 205; 9 Martins 174; 10 Caroline 148 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 517; 2 Kjaergaard 343; 3 J Martin 342; 4 Simmons 330; 5 R Martin 130

Full results

DRIVER NEWS: Double top four for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing

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30 AUGUST, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline secured a brace of top four finishes as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford headed to Rockingham for the eighth meeting of the year.

The teenager went into the weekend keen to bounce back from two difficult meetings at Snetterton and Knockhill, with hopes high of a stronger showing at the wheel of his Fortec Motorsport-run car.

Mixed weather conditions in qualifying worked against Jamie, who was unable set a quick time when the circuit was at its best and found himself down in 18th place as a result.

Worsening weather arrived just in time for the opening race of the weekend later on Saturday, but the rain played to Jamie’s strengths with a storming start seeing him make up eleven places before the opening lap was done.

Although he would briefly slip back to eighth spot, a typically battling drive allowed him to race through to fourth place by the finish.

Avoiding a dramatic clash ahead of the start of race two on Sunday morning, Jamie again found himself running towards the head of the field and added more points to his championship tally with a repeat of his race one result.

The final race of the weekend would prove to be a more challenging affair however as, starting once again towards the back as a result of the grid being decided by his second best qualifying time, he was only able to make it through to 14th spot by the finish; a trip across the grass avoiding a spinning car having forced him to back off.

Caroline ends the weekend sitting tenth in the championship standings.

“I really paid the price for the fact that we were in the wrong place at the wrong time in qualifying,” he said. “It was always going to be difficult from the back of the grid but despite that, I think we could have had a podium finish in race one. I made a bit of a mistake that meant I lost some of the places I’d made up and had to do the work again, but P4 from the back was a decent result.

“I always go better in the wet than in the dry but it was good to get another fourth place in race two and then in race three, I made a decent start but had to go off the track when one of my team-mates had a spin. It meant there was loads of rubbish in the radiators and I had to back off a bit, so that was that.

“It’s not been the easiest of weekends and I’m just looking forward to Silverstone.”

TEAM NEWS: Quinn and Kjaergaard forge ahead with Fortec in British F4 Rookie class

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29 AUGUST, 2016 – Alex Quinn cemented his lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Rookie Class competition with a hat trick of class victories at Rockingham Motor Speedway, taking his 2016 tally to 15 wins. Fortec Motorsports team mate Nicolai Kjaergaard stormed to second place in the 2016 Rookie class standings after an impressive event, with Jamie Caroline producing some of the most outstanding overtaking of the weekend.

The Fortec Motorsports squad commenced its British F4 Rockingham attack with Quinn rounding out the top ten in the combined classification for Friday’s practice sessions. Jamie Caroline, in the #38 Fortec Motorsport Mygale-Ford, set the twelfth fastest time, with team-mates rookie Nicolai Kjaergaard and Frank Bird in fourteenth and fifteenth respectively.

Saturday brought changeable conditions and a drying track for qualifying, but the Fortec squad pulled it together once again to make the best of the tyres and track time. Quinn was the fastest rookie and Fortec driver ending the session in P3, however, with second fastest driver Devlin DeFrancesco carried a 10 place grid penalty from the Knockhill event, therefore Quinn was promoted to the front row of the grid for the start of race one (round 22). Kjaergaard was ninth, followed by Bird in P10 and Caroline in a surprisingly disappointing eighteenth.

The afternoon brought a thrilling round 22 for the spectators at Rockingham and as the rain fell Quinn flew off the line ensuring that he was side by side with pole sitter James Pull going into the first corner. Pull emerged from Deene hairpin in the lead, but 15 year-old Quinn continued to match the pace of the Carlin racer up until the half way stage when only then did Pull edge a gap to take the victory in the increasingly slippery conditions. Quinn took the chequered flag not only achieving a further second placed championship podium and fastest Rookie lap, but also his 13th Rookie class win of 2016.

After a below par qualifying, British F4 appointed rainmaster, Jamie Caroline, ended the day as the standout driver by a country mile.  A storming start from the back of the grid saw him fly through the field in the drag around the banking on the run down to Deene hairpin, boldly hanging on around the outside to pass several cars to conclude his opening lap an astonishing ten places higher. The Pirtek Racing star continued to shine when he passed another four cars on his way to fourth position, pulling off the move of the race going cleanly around the outside of Sennan Fielding (JHR) at Tarzan.

Nicolai Kjaergaard came home in eighth place overall, and as the second Rookie, earning him points to boost him in to the runner up position of the 2016 Rookie class cup and awarding him pole position for the start of round 23. Frank Bird drove a solid race to cross the finish line in P14.

With a reverse grid for the start of round 23 it was Kjaergaard who lined up in pole position for #TeamFortec, with Caroline on the third row in P5, Quinn directly behind him in P7 and Bird in P13.

When the lights went out the leading four drivers all dived into the first corner, with Rafael Martins (Arden) and Kjaergaard making contact. Luckily both stayed pointing in the right direction as the Ford EcoBoost stampede sped around the Rockingham Motor Speedway banking. Kjaergaard bravely held on to own to take the chequered flag as third rookie in P11 overall.

Caroline profited from the drama at the start to finding himself soon running up in third, only to lose out on position at a safety car restart after the recovery of Matthiesen’s JTR car at Yentwood corner. He then found himself under attack from team-mate Quinn, but as the race progressed was able to gradually break clear and complete the contest in P4.

In the closing laps Quinn fell into the clutches of James Pull who pulled off a late braking move on the Racing Steps Foundation backed rookie to claim fifth. However, Pull was later excluded from the race for overtaking under safety car boards and flags, leaving Quinn to claim P5 in addition to his 14th Rookie Class win. An electrical issue caused Bird’s premature retirement from the race on lap eight.

The 20 minutes long weekend finale on Sunday saw Quinn complete a hat trick of Rookie class victories by achieving a fifth placed finish overall. Caroline, who started round 24 in P18 after his disappointing qualifying session, took the chequered flag in P14 with his Danish team mate Kjaergaard finishing in P18 whilst achieving a third place trophy in the Rookie class. Bird, who had started the race from the sixth row of the grid in P11 crossed the finish line to conclude the Rockingham weekend in P17.

Dan Mitchell, team manager, Fortec Motorsports British F4 Team:
“The weekend was frustrating. After a disappointing Friday we really left ourselves with a lot of hard work to do over night. The work paid off and we saw a very different Saturday. Qualifying was much better; Frank was P11 in the end but the session saw him fighting for pole at one stage! Nicolai did a great job to find his Snetterton form and be in the top eight. Quinn on the front row was a brilliant job.
“We would have liked better results from Sunday’s races; we didn’t quite race hard enough to enable more podiums, but the boys are still learning. Silverstone is next and after a good couple of tests we are really looking forward to this one.”

Alex Quinn, #7 Fortec Motorsports
“Overall it was a pretty good weekend with constantly good points thanks to my 2nd, 5th and 5th. I know where I need to improve for Silverstone and our pace should be good!”

Jamie Caroline, #38 Fortec Motorsports
“It was a decent weekend made hard by the poor qualifying session we had. I did the best I could given the positions I had to start all the races from and had a great time in race two! It was unfortunate that race three was ruined by my having to avoid an incident, but we’re looking ahead to Silverstone now and what we can do there.”

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Fortec Motorsports ready to challenge in British F4 at Rockingham

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24 AUGUST, 2016 – Fortec Motorsports’ Jamie Caroline has his sights firmly set on silverware as the battle for honours in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads for Rockingham this weekend for the eighth meeting of the year.

The talented Pirtek Racing backed teenager makes the trip to the Northamptonshire circuit looking to bounce back from a tough weekend in Scotland last time out, where he endured three difficult races that left him unable to build on one of his best qualifying performances of the year.

Despite the challenging nature of race day at Knockhill, Jamie heads for Rockingham in optimistic mood, with his focus firmly on returning to the kind of form that has seen him secure four podium finishes to date in his rookie single-seater season.

A strong weekend at a circuit where he won twice last year en-route to the Ginetta Junior Championship would also further cement Jamie’s top ten championship position and allow him to close in on the drivers directly ahead in the standings.

“In the last few rounds, I think I’ve shown my pace with a good performance in qualifying but then the races have turned out to be difficult,” he said. “A double DNF at Snetterton and then the fact we were out of position for the races at Knockhill means I haven’t really picked up the results I should have done since the summer break.

“I’m aiming to put that right this weekend and if I can continue with my recent qualifying performances then I will be in a good position for the three races.

“With three rounds to go, I’m still determined to take the race win that I feel my performances have deserved this season. I know what it takes to win at Rockingham after a double win in the Ginettas last year, so I’ll be giving it my all to challenge at the front this weekend to put my recent misfortune behind me.”

After qualifying on Saturday 27 August at 10.20, the first of three F4 British Championship races will be at 14.15 later that day. Race two follows at 10.50 on Sunday, with race three at 15.52 featuring in ITV4’s extensive BTCC coverage. Live timing and results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com.

TEAM NEWS: Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn extends lead in F4 British Championship Rookie Class

16 AUGUST, 2016 – Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn extended his lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Rookie Class competition with a hat trick of class victories and two overall race wins at Knockhill circuit, Fife. Fortec Motorsports team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard also secured two rookie class podiums to close the gap to second place in the 2016 class standings during what proved to be a dramatic weekend for the series.

Quinn wasted no time in acclimatising to the 1.27-mile Scottish circuit and shone when conditions were at their best to set the day’s quickest practice time on Friday. Fortec Motorsports drivers Jamie Caroline (supported by Pirtek Racing), Danish rookie Nicolai Kjaergaard and Ginetta Junior’s graduate Frank Bird set the 12th, 14th and 15th fastest combined practice times respectively.

There was a change in pace on Saturday morning when a bold decision taken by the Daventry based squad, led by team manager Dan Mitchell, meant that all four Fortec drivers were able to impress by the end of qualifying. With a dry line beginning to emerge after a sudden downpour at the start of the session, the team elected to fit the quartet with slick tyres with just minutes on the clock remaining. With only Petru Florescu (Carlin) also on the dry weather tyre, the battle for pole rapidly became about who could get their slicks up to temperature before the chequered flag.

Florescu stole pole position in the closing seconds, but overall it was front of grid domination for Fortec Motorsports. Quinn was second quickest and netted pole for the final race of the weekend, Kjaergaard was fourth followed by Bird in a superb P5, his best qualifying finish of the season, and Caroline, who had twice posted times good enough for provisional pole only to have them removed for track limits and a five place grid penalty carried over from Snetterton a fortnight ago, on row four in P8.

Quinn drove an impeccable first race in the afternoon, chasing Florescu from lights to flag to make a welcome return to the podium and clinch the Rookie win along with the fastest class lap. Kjaergaard defended well for much of the race and kept his nose clean when the more experienced title contenders fought their way through the field. Caroline made up several positions in a solid drive to cross the line in fifth with Kjaergaard in P11.

With a reverse grid for the start of Round 20 on Sunday morning Caroline lined up in P2, Quinn in P7, Kjaergaard P11 and Bird in P13. During the 17 lap contest Caroline received a 10 second time penalty for making a false start, but maintained concentration to defend fiercely against Devlin DeFrancesco and Florescu as they set upon his #38 Fortec Motorsport Mygale-Ford. The Carlin pair’s fortunes took a downturn at Taylor’s Hairpin when they made contact together and slid into the tyre barriers. Following the incident, the officials chose to exclude Florescu from the meeting due to a trackside altercation, whilst DeFrancesco and Caroline were handed ten place grid penalties to be taken when possible to do so.

Quinn found himself in the middle of the leading pack action, but despite just missing out on a main podium at the end of the eventful race, claimed his 11th Rookie class win of the year. Bird closed out the top 10 with Kjaergaard following in P11 and taking the third place Rookie trophy.

In true British F4 fashion, the weekend finale was not short of drama either. Quinn made an impressive start from pole position for his Fortec team only to suffer a lack of straight line pace which was to endure until the chequered flag. Despite this handicap, he completed a hat trick of Rookie class victories and fastest laps by achieving a third place podium finish to conclude Sunday afternoon.

Jamie Caroline, who started Round 21 in P12 and DeFrancesco resumed their earlier battle, this time for eighth position. Caroline came up trumps at the chequered flag with his Danish team mate Kjaergaard rounding out the top ten and closing the gap to second place in the Rookie class to just five points with a second place trophy. For the majority of his race Bird was locked in close combat with Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and took the chequered flag in P14.

With the time sheet for round 19 amended by the stewards after Florescu’s exclusion from the meeting, Quinn was awarded the overall race one win, with Caroline promoted to fourth and Kjaergaard earning a point for P10.

Dan Mitchell, team manager, Fortec Motorsports:
“Firstly, I’d like to say a big thanks to all my guys; Saturday morning qualifying was a complete team effort to get all four drivers in to the top six. Alex took advantage of his high qualifying position which eventually saw us pick up our first win since Donington, which is a great feeling.

“Frank, Nic and Jamie struggled for pace in race one, which gradually got better in race three, but we’ve got to work much harder to convert these higher positions in to valuable points. Pole in race three proved difficult to convert as a failing wire loom caused Alex to lose a significant amount of straight line speed, which got progressively worse through out the race. But he drove superbly through the corners to nurse a sick car home into third place.”

Alex Quinn, #7 Fortec Motorsports
“In the last race I lost the lead to Zane on the opening lap and I think that was just down to tyre temperature which we have been struggling with all weekend, but I’m still really happy with this. A win in race one and a podium is not a bad thing to be coming out of the weekend with. I’m really happy with my performance and the team’s performance. It’s definitely been a step higher after the summer break. It’s great to be back at the top here and I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Nicolai Kjaergaard, #63 Fortec Motorsports

“It’s been a tough weekend really. We’ve struggled with the setup of the car and I haven’t managed to adapt to this track as well as I would have hoped. I still managed to keep some of the rookies’ behind me though which has given me good points for the Rookie Championship.”
Rounds 22, 23, 24 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford take place on 27-28, August at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, Northamptonshire.