Maiden win for flying Finn Tonteri

  • Brave move into turn one tees up Tonteri for fantastic first single-seater win.
  • Priaulx and Simmons double up with podium finishes on the day.

28 JULY, 2018 – At the 17th time of asking Infinity Sports Management-backed rising star Paavo Tonteri claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Starting from the front row, Tonteri’s daring overtake around the outside of poleman and Double R Racing team-mate Sebastian Alvarez into turn one proved decisive.

Out in front the Finn withstood pressure from Sebastian Priaulx and Ayrton Simmons, the trio matching each other for pace throughout.

“It feels really good to finally win,” said a beaming Tonteri. “It has been a long time coming.

“I had a number of different scenarios in my mind regarding how the run down to turn one would go.

“I got away quite well and managed to pull off the move around the outside which is not something that happens too often at this track.

“I built a good gap at the start and just tried to maintain it from there. I felt comfortable in the lead and was just counting the laps down.

“At the top part of the standings coming into the weekend I was the only driver without a win so now it feels so good to have that win to my name.”

Added Priaulx: “It’s always good to be on the podium twice in one day. It would have been nice to get the win in that one, but our pace was so similar. Both Paavo and Ayrton did a great job.

“At the start I got down the inside, which set me up well for turn two to pick up some places and that provided the foundation for my race.

“I would love to have a clean sweep of podiums for the weekend, but we’ll take tomorrow as it comes and try to maximise the opportunities in the race.”

Commented Simmons: “It’s another great haul of points for the championship. I got a good start and managed to get past Alvarez into the second corner.

“It was quite a relaxed race from there. I tried to push as much as I could to catch Priaulx, but the top three were evenly matched in terms of pace.

“It feels good to close the gap in the championship. The team have done an exceptional job to bounce back from the difficulties on Friday. I’m really happy with how today has gone and let’s see what we can achieve tomorrow.”

Priaulx made plenty of headway in the opening exchanges to climb up to second place from fifth, while Simmons followed him past Doohan. The latter in thick of the action for much of the race, but ultimately relegated down the order due to having to pit as a result of front wing damage. A similar fate befell JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman.

Championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had plenty to do from the penultimate row of the grid and rose to the challenge by carving his way up to fourth place. The pick of his overtakes a dive around the outside of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) on lap seven at Riches.

Sharp’s opening lap was pure brilliance, as the Rochdale racer flew up the order from ninth to fourth and found himself locked in battle with the likes of Jewiss and Doohan for much of the race. However, a wide moment and spin at Wilson in the closing stages saw him miss out on what would have been his best result of the season.

Patrik Pasma got the better of Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger to take fifth. The latter bouncing back from a five-place grid penalty which left him starting the race from 11th, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) wound up seventh and eighth respectively.

Alvarez’s race was thwarted by an off on the opening lap. The Mexican doing well to salvage ninth ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) who claimed his ninth top-10 finish of the season.

The final race of the weekend is set to get underway at 1430 tomorrow and will be screened live on ITV4. Poleman Pasma will want to emulate fellow flying Finn Tonteri by scoring his first win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 17 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 20m 56.062s / 93.60 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.780s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.634s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.230s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.240s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.137s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +18.728s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.279s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.527s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 23.011s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 52.773s / 94.77 mph

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

Round 18 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Hoggard – Doohan – Hauger – Tonteri – Priaulx – Alvarez – Skelton etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 240; 3 Hauger 215; 4 Tonteri 184; 5 Doohan 176; 6 Priaulx 154; 7 Hoggard 120; 8 Pasma 118; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 312 points; 2 Tonteri 294; 3 Doohan 292; 4 Skelton 219; 5 Alvarez 149

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Double R Racing sign Finnish karter Tonteri for 2018 British F4 season

  • Finland’s Paavo Tonteri joins Double R for 2018 British F4 campaign.
  • Multiple karting champion is team’s second F4 signing for 2018.
  • Tonteri set for debut season in cars with race winners Double R.

6 MARCH, 2018 – Multiple karting champion Paavo Tonteri has been announced as the second driver signing of 2018 for Double R Racing’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost squad.

Finnish karting ace Tonteri will make his car racing debut with Woking’s Double R on the back of a very strong karting career, which delivered several championship titles and a brace of top four finishes in the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship.

Similarly to recently announced Double R team-mate Sebastian Alvarez, Tonteri is represented by Infinity Sports Management. The 18-year-old won his first title in the Finnish Cup in 2012 before claiming the North European KF3 Karting Championship in 2013.

Taking his third title in as many years in the KF Junior class of the Finnish Championship in 2014, Tonteri achieved a top three placing at the prestigious South Garda Winter Cup in 2015, as well as third in the KF class of the Finnish Championship.

Tonteri went on to win the highly competitive German Karting Championship in 2016 to make it four karting crowns in just five years. He was also crowned vice-champion of the Finnish OK Karting Championship that year and secured third place in the German Championship last year.

“I’m really happy to join Double R as they are certainly one of the best teams in the UK,” said Tonteri. “Racing with Double R will take me further as a driver and hopefully I can take them further as a team as well. Double R has a great philosophy of racing, and with great people around me I’m very excited for the new season.”

A leading team on the single-seater scene, Double R Racing has a host of achievements to its name, including multiple race wins in British F4, two British Formula 3 titles and a win in the globally renowned Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix in 2006.

Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “Paavo really is a great young talent. His record from karting speaks for itself. We’re confident he’s going to adapt to British Formula 4 very quickly and be a competitive driver.

“It’s a tough championship for any youngster, especially in their first season, but from what we’ve seen so far Paavo looks set for a strong year. With Paavo joining Sebastian [Alvarez] we’ve already got a great young line-up with one driver still to confirm!”

Kent’s Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Double R Racing’s ‘home’ track, will host the season curtain-raiser for the 2018 F4 British Championship on 7/8 April. The Ford EcoBoost-powered single-seater stars of the future will visit the UK’s premier race circuits during the campaign which include Donington Park, Oulton Park and Silverstone, prior to the season finale at Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 29/30 September.

Mexican karting graduate Alvarez first confirmed driver for Double R Racing’s 2018 British F4 squad

  • Sebastian Alvarez to make car racing debut with Double R.
  • Former kart racer makes step up to British F4 for 2018 season.
  • Alvarez first confirmed driver for Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad.

5 MARCH, 2018 – Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez will make his car racing debut in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost this year, having been announced as the first confirmed driver for multiple race-winning team Double R Racing.

The 15-year-old, who resides in Mexico City, arrives in British F4 with a strong karting background in America, Mexico and on the world stage.

Winning the 2011 Super Karts Cadet Cup in Mexico, Alvarez progressed through Cadet Karting and Mini Max in the USA over the next few years, taking his second title in the 2015 Florida Winter Tour Rotax Mini Max Championship.

Stepping up to the CIK-FIA World Junior Championship the following season, Alvarez moved into the WSK Champions Cup and WSK Super Masters Series in 2017 and also contested the CIK-FIA World Championship and CIK-FIA European Championship.

Part of the Infinity Sports Management stable, Alvarez is relishing his first season in cars and looking forward to working with Double R Racing, as well as getting the chance to compete at the UK’s premier race tracks in the live-televised F4 British Championship.

“I’m really excited to join Double R and looking forward to the start of the season,” said the Mexican teenager.

“The car is great to drive, the guys at the team are really professional and fantastic to work with. I’m sure we’re going to have a good season. It’s great to be racing in British F4 this year.”

Double R Racing enters the new British F4 season aiming for another strong year after a successful 2017, which saw the squad win five races with Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist who has stepped-up to the squad’s British Formula 3 team for 2018.

Commenting on Alvarez’s signing, Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “We’re very much looking forward to working with Sebastian, he’s a talented young driver and brings good experience from karting where he’s a championship winner already.

“British F4 is the logical first step for any driver coming out of karting and I’m sure Sebastian is going to make very strong progress throughout the season. We’re delighted to announce him as our first British F4 driver this year and looking forward to a competitive season together.”

Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent will host the opening three races of the British F4 season over the weekend 7/8 April, before visiting Donington Park in Leicestershire, Thruxton in Hampshire, Oulton Park in Cheshire and Croft in North Yorkshire.

Following a mid-summer break, the F4 British Championship resumes at Snetterton in Norfolk at the end of July before heading to Rockingham in Northamptonshire, Knockhill in Scotland and Silverstone in Northamptonshire. The series concludes at Brands Hatch, on the longer Grand Prix circuit, over the weekend 29/30 September.

Sargeant in command at Rockingham with maiden British F4 win

  • Carlin’s Logan Sargeant claims popular maiden win from pole.
  • Caroline extends championship lead with Piastri failing to finish.
  • Ericsson achieves Ford F4 Challenge Cup hat-trick.

27 AUGUST, 2017 – Rockingham’s bumper BTCC crowd were left saluting the Sargeant, as the Carlin racer took a commanding lights-to-flag maiden victory in the live-televised 24th round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having played a starring role throughout the season, the American claimed a popular and well-deserved win from pole position.

He nailed the start, immediately putting daylight between himself and the field. From then on the Infinity Sports Management-backed rising star controlled the race expertly. He was calm, composed and incredibly quick.

“That was so much fun,” said an ecstatic Sargeant. “First of all I want to say a massive thank you to Carlin. They’ve done an amazing job with this car. I also want to say a big thanks to Infinity Sports Management who have helped me massively this season with my driving.

“It felt like the longest race of my life, leading from lights to flag! I was really consistent and was able to take it easy at times, not pushing too hard and not making mistakes. I could build up a gap throughout the race and was able to maintain the lead comfortably.

“I got the best starts I have all season in both of today’s races and that makes life easier too.

“We saved our newest tyres for this race because we knew we were on pole so it was our best chance of winning. That was the target and that’s what we achieved.

“We’ve been chipping away in the championship and this weekend has seen us take another big points haul. It’s not going to be easy, but if we can get some more wins who knows how high we might end up? There’s still everything to fight for.”

Front-row starter Ayrton Simmons found himself immediately under attack from the fast-starting Linus Lundqvist and Oliver York. The latter making it past coming into turn two while Jamie Caroline dived around the outside of all three drivers at Deene, emerging in third behind York.

With pace in hand and having recorded the fastest lap of the race on the third tour of the 1.94-mile Speedway, Caroline backed Lundqvist into Simmons to give the Swede plenty to think about.

Simmons duly obliged and as he squabbled with Lundqvist, ultimately coming out on top after firing up the inside of the Double R racer at Tarzan to take fourth on lap nine, Caroline was able to break away. The Carlin driver followed in York’s wheel tracks to bring home a valuable haul of points for his championship bid.

“We’ve shown our pace this weekend with two second place finishes,” commented York. “Overall it’s been a good weekend. After qualifying P2 we’ve just progressed from there.

“I managed to get past Ayrton at the start which was important because he is a hard driver to overtake and then I was able to get my head down from there.

“We had the pace to challenge for the win in that race, but we struggled a little bit on the older tyres.

“The kind of form we’re now showing is really good and proves we can be a real force in this championship.

“I’ve been working with a new engineer Mick Kouros for the last few rounds and we’re gelling really well. This is translating into the strong results we’ve got this weekend. Mick knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s made some improvements to the car since Knockhill so these podiums are a nice reward for him and the team.”

“Our starts have been pretty good this weekend,” said Caroline.  “We haven’t lost a place off the line.

“Overall it’s been a good weekend points wise. It means I can relax a little bit more with a 74.5 point lead heading to Silverstone.

“If we can have a clean Silverstone weekend with three podiums then we could be looking at wrapping up the title then.

“I knew pace wise I would be quicker than Lundqvist based on the long runs from Friday, so I knew if I backed Lundqvist into Simmons that would cause them to have a squabble and then I could break away. I’m pleased to get fastest lap too.

“I didn’t really want to risk a decent points’ finish trying to overtake York. It’s been a good weekend’s work.”

Behind the top five the battle for Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours raged between TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell and Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson; the two drivers making up several places early on from 10th and eighth on the grid.

As well as battling with Ericsson, Caldwell was having to contend with a technical glitch and a window of opportunity finally arose for Ericsson on lap nine coming out of Deene hairpin. The Swede grasped it with both hands. Meanwhile Caldwell’s race came to a premature end soon after as he was forced to retire the car due to the technical problem.

“It was a tough fight with Caldwell in the first part of the race for sixth and the Challenge Cup lead,” said hat-trick hero Ericsson. “I was really pleased to come out on top.

“I pulled off the move coming out of Deene hairpin. Caldwell got wheel spin coming out of the hairpin and we ran side by side into turn three. I then got the sling shot past him on the inside of turn four.

“We’ve found a really good rhythm at the moment and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at Silverstone.”

Piastri’s miserable weekend continued, with his TRS Arden-prepared racer pointing the wrong way on the exit of Deene on the opening lap and an early retirement soon following.

His team-mates Simmons and Alex Quinn enjoyed an eventful second lap, with the latter running onto the grass having overtaken Simmons late on during the opening lap. It sent Quinn down the order from fifth to ninth, but he would climb his way back up to seventh ahead of Manuel Sulaiman. The JHR Developments driver returned to the points for the first time since the Snetterton meeting in July, having made up four places during the race.

Sam Smelt and GW Motorsport starred in the points once again in ninth, while Patrik Pasma completed the top 10 ahead of Jamie Sharp and Lucas Alecco Roy. The duo were locked in an entertaining battle for the final part of proceedings, just in front of Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) who recorded his best finish in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup with second.

After another scintillating weekend of Ford EcoBoost-powered action, attention now turns to the upcoming meeting at Silverstone on 16/17 September where Caroline will have the chance to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 24 Rockingham 27 August 2017
15 laps / 29.10 miles
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 20m 13.252s / 86.34mph
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +3.235s
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +3.935s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.114s
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +6.612s
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.206s
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +10.221s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +15.358s
9 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW +16.195s
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +18.729s etc.

Fastest lap: Jamie Caroline 1m 19.961s / 87.34mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Allen

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 364 points; 2 Piastri 289.5; 3 Sargeant 283; 4 Quinn 255; 5 Lundqvist 239.5; 6 York 215.5; 7 Simmons 206.5; 8 Pasma 142.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 66 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 250.5; 4 Caldwell 179; 5 Allen 120; 6 Monger 100

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FIA British Formula 4 Champion Max Fewtrell visits class of 2017

11 APRIL, 2017 – A scintillating start to the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign at Brands Hatch received some added magic with a visit from 2016 title winner Max Fewtrell.

Since being crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion, Fewtrell’s career has continued to hit new heights; the 17-year-old taking another step toward becoming a Formula 1 driver by joining Renault’s F1 Academy.

“It’s been a year since my first race in the F4 British Championship and it was kind of strange being back as a spectator as opposed to a driver, but it was actually nice to see everything from a different perspective,” said Fewtrell.

“As a driver you’re so focused on the job you have to do and that means you don’t necessarily get to enjoy other aspects. It was brilliant to be back. I’ve got so many great memories of racing in British F4.

“I would love to take part in a British F4 race again, even if I had to start last and come through the pack. It would be so much fun.”

Fewtrell was also keen to pay testament to the UK’s leading junior single-seater series: “I think doing my first year in cars in British F4 was vital for my career. The competition is so close in the championship and it teaches you how to perform under pressure.

“Racing in British F4 helped me in every aspect of my career. I’m now on an F1 junior driver programme and I hope that one day I’ll be visiting British F4 again as a fully-fledged Formula 1 driver.”

Fewtrell, part of the same Infinity Sports Management stable that looks after 2017 British F4 racer Logan Sargeant, took the Ford EcoBoost-powered title with Carlin in his first full season of car racing last year.

He recorded a remarkable 16 podiums, including three race victories and couldn’t resist casting an eye on the 2017 field: “I think Arden and Carlin look absolutely on it this season, but it’s still early days. The others aren’t going to be standing still. I’m sure they will get stronger as the season progresses and soon be challenging at the front too.”

Max Fewtrell: FIA British Formula 4 Champion in profile

12 OCTOBER, 2016 – The 2016 instalment of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford saw no driver steal a march on a super-talented field. As unpredictability became the norm it was fitting that this year’s “Mr Consistent”, Max Fewtrell, was crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The Carlin ace was consistency personified whilst his competitors’ form fluctuated throughout the season. A remarkable total of 16 podium finishes, more than any other driver, the foundation of his title triumph.

Three of those podiums saw him stand on the top step. His first victory coming at only the second meeting of the year at Donington Park. His last undoubtedly the most special and important. Winning the season finale and with it the title having been chased home by the formidable and more experienced Sennan Fielding.

Explained Fewtrell: “It was the icing on the cake to win the final race and clinch the title. A huge weight off my shoulders with everything going down to the last race. I’m really pleased for the team and everyone who has helped me.

“In British F4 there are so many great, fast drivers all competing at the front. To be battling with Sennan who is such a brilliant and experienced driver until the very end was incredible. It all makes winning the title feel even more special, having done it against such close competition.

“As a driver you always want to take as many wins as possible and I think I had the pace to do that, but with the way things played out this season I stayed consistent and tried to get as many points and podiums as I could. My level of consistency was very good throughout the year and that definitely helped me seal the title.

“Becoming FIA British Formula 4 Champion is the biggest achievement of my career. It’s been such a great year. Coming into the season there were so many quick drivers and it’s been so close throughout 2016. I really didn’t know who was going to take the title.

Fewtrell’s metronomic consistency also played a pivotal role in Carlin winning the Teams’ Cup for a second consecutive season, with team boss Trevor Carlin full of praise for the 17-year-old. “I’m very happy we have been able to do the double and I’m so pleased for Max. To get pole and lead every lap in the final race under a lot of pressure was a champion’s drive. Max is a great driver. He is his own man and the sky is the limit. He is an amazing and worthy champion.”

Look beyond the remarkable podium and points scoring statistics and you find what has really made Fewtrell so brilliant: composed, calm and calculated on track and an utter professional off it. Meticulous in his preparation, fiercely determined and more than capable of rising to the task under immense pressure.

His success in 2016 came as no surprise to those in the know, following his performance in pre-season testing where he was frequently found towards the very top of the timesheets.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe: “Congratulations to Max. It’s a huge achievement when you consider that there were six contenders going into the final meeting who could have taken the title.

“As a company Ford has been involved at this level of motorsport for almost 50 years. To be able to give people like Max and all the other drivers on the grid the opportunity to go racing, but also aspire to a future career in motor racing is so important.

“We have had previous champions like Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button and hopefully in the future we will see a name like Max Fewtrell in Formula 1.”

Fewtrell’s season has in a many ways embodied what the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is all about; a series which nurtures and develops the talent of young drivers. A fact that championship manager David Lowe is all too aware of when giving his take on Fewtrell’s performance: “Max has shown that you don’t have to be up the front winning all the time. Strong placings can give you an advantage. Max has driven a steady year, gained the points and he’s capitalised on that in the end.

“This is a learning championship and Max’s season is a perfect example of how you should approach this series. He has moved forward and developed throughout the year on the back of a lot of hard work. To have put together the year he has and finish it off with a win is a shining example of how an FIA British Formula 4 Champion should perform.”

Commented Paul Fewtrell the father of the 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion: “For Max to win it the way he did with Sennan who was pushing him all the way was incredible for the series and for Max. He has done so well and we are really proud of him.

“The whole F4 British Championship: the community; all the championship staff; how the championship is promoted; the way drivers are looked after; it’s all amazing. I have brought a lot of friends and sponsors to race weekends and they are so impressed by the level of professionalism.

“British F4 is a big stepping stone. It’s part of the journey. It’s been amazing for Max’s career and for him as a person. He has grown through this experience and we have as a family. I’m old and thought I had seen it all, but after this year I definitely haven’t!”

Just like his father, the magnitude of what he has achieved this season is certainly not lost on Fewtrell. The prize of a fully funded test with leading FIA F3 European Championship team Motopark courtesy of British F4 series partner and tyre supplier Hankook, 12 FIA Super Licence Points, as well as his newfound status as FIA British Formula 4 Champion are sure to propel him up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“This is such a great championship to make the transition from karting to racing cars,” said Fewtrell. “Taking the title will increase my profile and will hopefully make more people take an interest in me. It opens doors which can usually be quite hard to open.

“I just want to enjoy this incredible feeling. There’s some hard work ahead for next year, but hopefully plenty more success too.”

DRIVER NEWS: Magnificent Max crowned 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion

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3 OCTOBER, 2016 – In sensational, nail-biting fashion, Max Fewtrell fired his way to become the 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion, with an electrifying lights-to-flag victory in the final race. The 16-year-old Carlin driver secured his first single-seater title, following an unbeatable maiden campaign.

With it all to fight for in the final round, fearless Fewtrell gave a supreme charge from pole position to clinch the title, just 0.8s clear of nearest rival Sennan Fielding. Wrapping up the constructor’s and driver’s title, for a superb second year in a row for the Carlin outfit.

Heading into the season finale, Fewtrell lay three points behind Fielding, following a difficult penultimate meeting at Silverstone. With the title on the line, Fewtrell harnessed every ounce of his talent and hunger, to give a champion performance throughout the final three races. Earning two podiums and a win, the formidable youngster proved his place as one of most promising young drivers in single-seaters.

Following the exclusion of Caroline’s provisional pole position times from qualifying, Fewtrell’s weekend got off to the perfect start, lining up in pole position for both race one & three. Struggling for grip off the line in race one, Fewtrell pushed hard to maintain the lead, losing out to teammate Pull as he cut across to take the position into Druids. Unflustered by the tricky conditions, the collected racer swept his way around the 2.4332-mile circuit, battling to keep the car on track and maintain his position. With more experienced racer Fielding hounding the back of his Ford Ecoboost charger in the dying minutes of the race, Fewtrell relented to the JHR driver’s late lunge on the final lap.

With his focus firmly on the long weekend ahead, Fewtrell reflected: “Sennan was two seconds quicker at the end and his experience definitely helps him in these kind of situations. I saw the rate he was coming at me and I felt there was no point in risking a shunt.”

Starting from 5th in race two, a four-way battle for second, gave a thrilling display of nose-to-tail racing. With Fewtrell firmly in the thick of it, he powered his fast-paced Carlin to challenge Florescu for the duration. Managing to hold off the chase of Martins & Fielding behind, the four separated by only less than a second. Fewtrell powered across the line, clinching third by a whisker.

On pole position for the title decider, Fewtrell launched from the start to a supremely executed lights-to-flag victory. Treated to tense 20 minute race, Fielding powered from sixth, but was unable to find a way passed Simmons in 2nd place. As the chequered flag dropped on the 2016 season, a jubilant Fewtrell punched the air as crossed the line to a superb race win and the championship title.

“I’m over the moon; I’m a bit shocked as it was so close and the fight went down to the wire, but to pull it off with a win is the icing on the cake, I couldn’t be happier.  Obviously it was a mega job by the team, who were always up there all year. It just feels fantastic.”

Speaking about the season, Carlin team principal Trevor Carlin added: “Once again we’ve seen how competitive the F4 British Championship is and the fight this year, with various drivers and teams has really proven what a great proving ground the series is for young drivers.  I’m incredibly proud of the guys for clinching  teams’ title once again, which has truly been down to the hard work of every individual team member and driver.  Max beat a number of very talented drivers and when it mattered, he drove like a champion and thoroughly deserved the title after a very consistent season.”

With 358 points across 30 races, Max Fewtrell was crowned champion of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. Adding an illustrious 12 FIA super licence points to his name, Max looks ahead to a prize FIA European F3 test with Motopark courtesy of F4 British Championship partner and tyre supplier Hankook.

DRIVER NEWS: Fewtrell commands British F4 with a triumphant trio of podiums

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20 JUNE, 2016 – Max Fewtrell’s supreme skill and unrivalled chain of consistency, saw the Birmingham driver retake the lead of the British F4 championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford with a commanding lead.

The blazing young star shone in a skilful display across three hard fought races, to achieve a trinity of point-scoring podiums at Croft.

Qualifying in a promising 3rd place, Max headed into the weekend with resolute determination to improve on his performance at Oulton Park.

Despite losing his position to rival Luis Leeds at the start, Max kept his cool, confident in his abilities; to give an unrelenting chase throughout the race. Fiercely challenging the Australian, he forced Leeds to take every opportunity to stay ahead ultimately causing Leeds to cut the chicane on the final lap. The advantage gained by his mistake saw Leeds receive a 0.200s post-race time penalty and Max’s skilful performance was rewarded with second place, with just two points separating him from the championship leader.

Starting from 4th on the reverse grid for race two, the 16-year-old was poised to fight his way to regain the championship advantage. With a foray of first-lap drama, where race-leaders Caroline and DeFrancesco came together, along with a tangle for Quinn and Bird behind, the safety car was deployed. Holding off the challenge from behind, Max once again exhibited a mature and collected performance, to expertly power his Carlin charger to another podium and his 3rd place seeing the gifted young racer retake the championship lead.

Rain-soaked round 15 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, set the scene for a challenging battle for the young racers. Equipped with his sharp racing talent, Max flawlessly sped his way round the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire circuit, expertly showcasing his adaptability to any condition. In another consistent weekend for the intrepid youngster, he claimed the final step on the podium, to further extend his lead over Petru Florescu to 20 points.

Delighted with his performance, but ever the racer, Fewtrell focuses his attention to how he can build upon a positive three rounds:

“We had a good weekend with three podiums, but we have a long break now where I can work on a few areas that I need to. It’s a nice bonus to go into the break with the championship lead, but already I can’t wait to get going again.”

The F4 British Championship races back into action in six weeks time at the Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk on 30 – 31 July where Max is eager to get back on track, to continue his formidable form.

DRIVER NEWS: Max Fewtrell bounces back with a solid performance at Oulton Park

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08 JUNE, 2016 – In a weekend dominated by Carlin, Max Fewtrell bounces back from a turbulent Thruxton to claim valuable points in every race.

The speed of the Carlin quad was evident as ever, in the sun-scorched fourth round of the British F4 championship at Oulton Park this weekend. With Max lining up in fifth on the grid alongside team mate James Pull for the first race, the race proved to be a lights-to-flag victory for fellow Carlin racer Devlin DeFrancesco with Petru Florescu tightly behind. Max solidly fended off Pull to ensure that his fifth place kept the championship gap to Florescu minimised.

Starting from fourth on the reverse grid for race two, Max focused on chasing down a substantial haul of points. In a style that has become commonplace for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, spectators were treated to a close fought 10-way challenge to the flag. The young racers covering every inch of track to battle their way through the sweeping circuit.

Up to 3rd, Max was undeterred by the chaos around him and held his own with Pull challenging Martins for the lead, the pair wrestled on the limit in the closing stages.

With Martins narrowly retaining his place, the battle impeded Max’s race and was soon under pressure from championship rival Florescu and as he took a late lunge to pass Max, the sparring pair went wide which allowed Alex Quinn to opportunely stake the final podium spot.

With two strong points finishes, the talented 16-year-old proved his consistency is key to remaining in the title fight.

Harnessing his potential, Max drove to a flawlessly fought fourth place in the final race of the weekend with Florescu taking a commanding win ahead of DeFrancesco and Jamun’s Jamie Caroline, the Carlin quartet rounded out the top 5. Finishing 20 seconds clear of the rest of the pack, further proving the undeniable pace of the Carlin Ford EcoBoost racer.

Minimising Florescu’s lead to just 22 points in the standings. Max spoke of his consistent performance over the weekend: “An average weekend for me, definitely could have been better, but it was great to earn some good points. I’m going to get my head down, get some hard work done, to come back stronger than ever for Croft.”

Looking ahead to the next round of incredible wheel-to-wheel action in just two weeks time, The talented young Brit looks to further challenge his Carlin team mate and reclaim the championship lead.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Croft Circuit on 18-19th June.

Fewtrell fires warning shot in Ford MSA Formula test

  • 16 year-old Carlin driver Max Fewtrell quickest at Donington Park circuit.
  • Top 10 drivers covered by less than a second.

16 March, 2016 – The second collective Ford British F4 test of the season at Donington Park was a thrilling tale of two halves. Jamie Caroline lit up the timing screens throughout the morning; whilst Messrs Quinn, Goddard and Fewtrell stole the plaudits in the afternoon. The latter storming his way to the quickest time of the test.

Jamun Racing’s Jamie Caroline was the unquestionable star of the morning session, going fastest with a time of 1:07.866. He was the only driver to break into the 1:07s; clearly putting his previous experience at the circuit from Ginetta Juniors to good use. However, the Pirtek Racing and Keltbray backed driver’s morning time was only good enough for fourth when the chequered flag fell at the end of the day.

Max Fewtrell dominated much of the afternoon session. In the final 10 minutes he used a set of new tyres to stamp his authority all over proceedings with a 1:07.391. A time that was quicker than the 2015 Donington Park MSA Formula pole lap and a clear signal that both he and reigning champions Carlin will be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.

Fewtrell was also one of the test’s biggest improvers following a quiet morning which saw him lie seventh at the lunch break. Yet the driver who progressed the most in terms of sheer lap time was Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird who improved upon his best morning time by over a second and a half.

Bird’s teammate Alex Quinn shone throughout. The Racing Steps Foundation driver clearly revelling in the cold conditions at the circuit. The 15 year-old dropped to third with just four minutes remaining as Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard swooped in with a 1:07.719, claiming second just as he did at Brands Hatch several weeks ago.

Although Goddard once again missed out on the bragging rights, his tally of 190 laps for the day was second only to TRS Arden’s Jack Martin on 196. Both drivers demonstrating the sheer reliability of both the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine and the Mygale chassis.

Ford British F4 heads to Rockingham on Tuesday 22 March for its next collective test.

Testing times Donington Park 16/03/16 (am/pm)

1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.284 / 1:07.391

2 Zane GODDARD / AUS Double R / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.166 / 1:07.719

3 Alex QUINN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.465 / 1:07.818  

4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR Jamun / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:07.866 / 1:07.912

5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR JHR / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.171 / 1:07.896

6 James PULL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.033 / 1:07.966

7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA Arden / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.039 / 1:08.048

8 Devlin DeFRANCESCO / CAN Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.806 / 1:08.078

9 Ross MARTIN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.141 / 1:08:303

10 Billy MONGER / GBR JHR / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.464 / 1:08.160 etc.

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