TEAM NEWS: Another podium for Jamun as Caroline shines at Thruxton

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10 MAY, 2016 – Jamun Racing were delighted to finish with another podium in the F4 British Championship at Thruxton.

Jamie Caroline put in a brilliant performance to take second place in race two during a scorching weekend’s racing high on skill and drama.

But the Kent-based team were disappointed that the efforts of drivers Harry Hayek and Caroline were not rewarded further.

Australian Hayek, 18, could have finished close to a podium himself and Warlingham racer Caroline, 17, was a good bet for his first win, had luck gone their way.

However, team manager James Mundy remained happy with the progress of his young drivers.

He said: “There were plenty of highs and lows this weekend, but the boys drove well.

“We were really pleased with Jamie’s performance for the podium and the pace was good.

“But Harry was very unlucky with a collision when he was in fifth and the car didn’t seem as fast in the final race after this.

“Jamie could have been on for a win in the third race with new tyres, but had a problem in the assembly area and didn’t make it onto the grid at the beginning.

“It was a disappointing end to the weekend after we had looked so good, but there’s definitely plenty to be positive about.”

With the weekend going straight into qualifying, the team needed to hit the ground running.

With Thruxton known for tyres being at their best for the first two or three laps, Jamie got the best out of his car early on, finishing in 9th – while Harry took a little longer to warm up, finishing 14th.

But with times extremely close, the team were pleased and knew they could still be competitive.

Jamie went from ninth to fourth within the first lap of the first race, but after hitting a chicane, the car took off leaving him with brake problems.

After five laps he had no rear brakes at all, but remarkably kept going to finish in tenth for a point.

He began race two in tenth but came through brilliantly to find himself in fourth by the second lap again.

He avoided a crash ahead of him to get into second and despite two safety cars later leaving him battling with the driver behind, he held on well to take his second podium of the Championship.

With two good tyres saved for the third race and a start position of eighth, the team were hoping for another podium and perhaps a win.

But another driver in front broke suddenly in the assembly area, smashing his wing. He started from the pit lane but was forced to retire early.

Meanwhile, Harry managed to get up a few places on the first lap of race one, but didn’t quite have the pace to move up the grid, finishing 11th.

He drove well in race two, starting in 11th and getting up to 5th. Unfortunately he got caught up in an accident after one of the restarts and ended up with a DNF.

Harry finished 12th in the final race, finding the pace hard to come by again, with the team now hoping to determine whether this was from the earlier crash.

James added: “Jamie was very unlucky and hardly made a mistake all weekend. On another weekend he would have been right up there in every race and hopefully he can do that at Oulton Park next time out.

“Harry was really good as well, but again, the luck wasn’t there and we now need to take a look at the car and see what the problem was in the last race.

“It was a brilliant weekend’s racing again. The third race was as good as anything I’d seen in a long time and a great advert for the Championship.”

Jamun Racing, from Strood, contest the next rounds at Oulton Park on 4-5 June.

TEAM NEWS: Jamun Racing aiming for podiums as British F4 heads to Thruxton

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5 MAY, 2016 – Jamun Racing are hoping to make the most of the sunshine as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Thruxton this weekend (7-8 May).

While results didn’t go to plan for drivers Jamie Caroline and Harry Hayek at Donington last time out, they couldn’t be faulted for effort or determination.

But the Kent-based team hope the predicted heat-wave and change of track will help the young racers get back among the podiums.

Team manager James Mundy said: “In the official test we were fast in the wet, but this will be different with the weather being so hot as there won’t be any issues with the tyres.

“They both were pretty good there and Harry really enjoyed the circuit.

“We want to be back in the points and among the podiums this week – I think we have a great chance.”

At Donington three weeks ago, Australian driver Harry, 18, finished among the points by the last race, while Warlingham racer Jamie, 17, was unlucky to finish just outside the podiums.

Now, the Strood based team head to Thruxton, with all pressure on the mechanics to get the set-up right straight away.

James added: “There’s a lot of pressure to get it right first time as it’s straight into qualifying, but we are feeling good and looking forward to seeing what we can do.”

TEAM NEWS: Jamun Racing impress on difficult weekend in Ford British F4

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TEAM NEWS 18 APRIL, 2016 – Jamun Racing impressed with some thrilling comebacks in difficult conditions in Ford British F4 at Donington this weekend (16-17 April).

While tough qualifying sessions and collisions meant results were not as the Kent-based team had hoped for, drivers Harry Hayek and Jamie Caroline could not be faulted for effort or determination.

Australian Harry got among the points once more in the final race, while Warlingham racer Jamie finished just outside the podiums in the second race and was unlucky after some particularly outstanding overtaking in another.

Team manager James Mundy was disappointed with the final outcome but delighted at how both drivers reacted to the setbacks along the way.

He said: “It was a difficult weekend, but both drivers were solid, drove really well and staged good comebacks.

“There were a lot of collisions across the whole grid which, added to the bad weather, made it hard to get any momentum.

“Harry did a great job in testing, but was unlucky with some of the incidents in the races.

“Jamie didn’t have the best testing session, but raced really well.

“We didn’t get it right in qualifying which unfortunately set the tone for the weekend.

“But there were plenty of positives and now we have to work hard to put things right for Thruxton.”

Harry, 18, was fast in testing, finishing in the Top 6 in the dry. However, qualifying didn’t go to plan, with 12th and 11th place finishes.

Hail and bad weather affected the first race and although he got off to a good start, a collision on the first lap saw him drop back. He made an excellent recovery to finish strongly in 11th.

Another good start in the second race had Harry running in eighth until the introduction of the safety car. A knock with another driver soon after the restart lost him several positions and after pulling himself back into the race, he was involved in another, this time leaving him spinning and undeservedly in 12th place at the end.

Harry finished the weekend in the points, despite another collision halting his good start in the final race. He came back strongly again to finish tenth for his second point of the Championship.

Jamie, 17, got off to a stuttering start at Donington. With the tyres taking some time to get to the right temperature, the best times were being posted near the end of the qualifying session. Unfortunately, after spinning in some mud, Jamie’s tyres were still cold at the end of the session leaving him qualifying in 15th.

But the determined racer then amazed spectators with some brilliant overtaking in the first race, getting to sixth place within the first lap.

But just when a most unlikely podium was on the cards, he lost some ground through braking late. Nevertheless, he could be delighted with an eighth place finish at the end.

Last season’s Ginetta Junior champion started eighth in the second race, driving well to finish 5th, despite a collision after the restart following the intervention of the safety car.

He put in another strong, pacey performance in the final race to come home in seventh, despite starting again in 15th.

James added: “It didn’t go our way this weekend, but I thought the lads did a great job in difficult circumstances. It was always going to be tough after qualifying.

“We now need to go away and work hard and find the pace again for Thruxton.

“Hopefully, we can get back to where we want to be in the next rounds.”

Jamun Racing will contest the next rounds at Thruxton on 7-8th of May.

 

Pull leads the way in Ford MSA Formula pre-race test at Donington Park

  • James Pull heads incredibly evenly matched Ford EcoBoost-powered field.
  • Alex Quinn and Luis Leeds at the front of the chasing pack.

DONINGTON PARK 14 APRIL, 2016 – Carlin’s James Pull topped the times in Ford British F4’s pre-race test at Donington Park today, just as he did at the Brands Hatch opener a fortnight ago. He headed a super-close field where the top 15 drivers were covered by just a second.

Fresh from a hat-trick of podiums at the season opener, Pull was fifth fastest in the morning and let loose in the afternoon, posting the quickest time of 1:08.195 halfway through the session.

It was a time that left Pull over three tenths clear of the field, but Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn and TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds hit back in the final minutes to see them finish second and third fastest respectively, with Quinn just over a tenth off of Pull.

Said Pull: “I really enjoy driving this circuit and it’s my favourite on the calendar. We hooked up a great lap. There’s still more in the bag, but it felt really good and I’m very happy.

“It’s all about getting in the groove at Donington. Finding a rhythm, staying smooth and not overdriving. The goal is to get the win this weekend. Qualifying will be tense. I just need to stay calm and focus.”

Quinn added: “I think we are quick enough to be fastest. In the second session I was really improving towards the end and the chequered flag came just too soon. I learnt loads at Brands and now it’s time to put it into action.”

Said TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield of Leeds’ performance: “It was disappointing that Luis got held up in traffic at the end of his run, but from the sector times we know that we’ve got the pace in the car. He’s already feeling quite confident which is very impressive given that he’s never driven around this circuit before.”

An entertaining morning session saw the track move from wet to dry and it was Quinn who grabbed the attention by topping the times, but only just. JHR’s Sennan Fielding was less than three thousandths of a second away from the Racing Steps Foundation backed driver.

All drivers improved upon their morning’s best efforts thanks to far better track conditions, but Fielding was the exception to the rule due to technical problems.

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins found himself third quickest in the morning and ended the day fifth fastest overall. “We were quick this morning”, said Martins. “I think a P2 or P3 grid slot is possible. We’ll obviously aim for pole, but James Pull was very fast today. We’ll look at the data to try to find something extra for qualifying and I’m sure our race pace will be even stronger.”

Harry Hayek was another who seemed to revel in the morning’s variable conditions ending up seventh and just dropping outside of the top ten by the time the chequered flag fell on the test, with his Jamun team-mate Jamie Caroline finishing several places ahead of him.

Said Hayek: “It’s been an up and down day. The first session was wet and then it was drying. We were right up there. In the second session we struggled a bit, but we’ll look at the data and aim to break into the top ten in qualifying.”

Championship leader Petru Florescu had a relatively quiet day in tenth, but after his emphatic performance just two weeks ago, it’s hard to believe that there’s not plenty more pace up the Romanian’s sleeve.

It was a premature end to the day for Patrik Matthiesen who brought out the red flags with 20 minutes remaining after beaching his car in the gravel at Coppice. Nevertheless, the Dane was quick early on suggesting he’s capable of bringing home his first points of the season.

With the field so evenly matched, everyone is eagerly awaiting qualifying at 1100 on Saturday and for the lights go out in the first of the weekend’s three races at 1500.

Leading testing times Donington Park 14 April, 2016 (am/pm)
1 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:09.297 / 1:08.195
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:08.966 / 1:08.337
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:09.205 / 1:08.407
4 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:09.515 / 1:08.571
5 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:09.085 / 1:08.674
6 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:09.813 / 1:08.773
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:09.448 / 1:08.792
8 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:10.537 / 1:08.827
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun 1:09.982 / 1:08.891
10 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:09.625 / 1:08.926 etc.

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Hayek aiming for Ford MSA Formula title having joined Jamun Racing for 2016

  • Hayek makes switch to Ford British F4 from Australian Formula 4 sister series
  • 17 year-old will line up alongside Jamie Caroline at Jamun

25 February, 2016 – Australian teenager Harry Hayek will race in the Ford EcoBoost powered MSA Formula this season with Jamun Racing. The 17 year-old from Sydney will move to the UK after finishing fourth in the Australian Formula 4 championship last season, which uses the same Ford-powered Mygale car as MSA Formula.

Hayek started karting in 2012 and won two Australian Senior State titles in 2014 before graduating to cars last year. He will now partner Ginetta Junior champion Jamie Caroline at Jamun Racing in Ford British F4.

Said Hayek: “The biggest challenge will be going over to the UK and living by myself. I’m very lucky and fortunate to have this opportunity and I’m really looking forward to it.

“The ultimate goal is to win the championship. It’s definitely an advantage to have raced the car before in Australia so I learnt a lot about set-up and can take that into Ford British F4 this year.”

Jamun Racing team manager James Mundy commented: “We are very excited to have signed Harry, he did very well in the Australian series last year. We’ve got a strong line-up with Jamie and Harry who complement each other well.

“We are really looking forward to the season ahead. We cannot wait to get started. There’s a really good atmosphere and buzz in the team with two very talented drivers joining us.”

The opening rounds of MSA Formula – certified by FIA, powered by Ford EcoBoost are set for Brands Hatch on 2/3 April. The series is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and was introduced last season as a supporting series on the live-televised British Touring Car Championship package.