Season Review: Jewiss triumphant as Ford’s winning formula continues to excel

The 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost yet again underlined the strength of Ford’s winning formula with another action-packed campaign courtesy of the latest crop of rising stars.

Thirty races played out across ten events on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package to a capacity trackside audience and millions more through ITV’s live, free-to-air television coverage, with the ‘Green Arrow’ – Kiern Jewiss – seizing the opportunity to claim the title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The triumph – also Double R Racing’s first in the category – was boosted by five race victories for Jewiss in as many meetings before the summer break, and a consistent, mature approach to maintain his advantage thereafter as he amassed 445 points – a record for a single season.

It also leaves the BRDC Rising Star with 12 vital FIA Super License Points – more than the equivalent success in any domestic F3 series – as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Lando Norris and use British F4 as the start of a journey to Formula 1.

Though chief title rival Ayrton Simmons would strike first blood with a brace of wins at the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser, Jewiss’ first victory in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned F4 series – a superlative drive through the field – followed soon after at Donington Park and ignited a fierce, season-long battle between the pair and another returnee, Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard.

Two wins at Thruxton and further visits to the top step of the rostrum at Oulton Park and Croft paved the way for Jewiss’ success, but a late-season charge from Hoggard – in which he won 6 of the final 12 races – rewarded him with third overall behind Simmons and Jewiss.

Hoggard’s speed was also underlined with five pole positions – the most for any driver – but ultimately a mid-season run of 13 races without silverware proved crucial in the battle for the honours.

Sixth position in the opening race at the Brands Hatch GP finale proved enough for Jewiss, who would record a sixth win of the season later that weekend to round out a fantastic campaign in style.

All in all, eight drivers enjoyed a trip to the Winner’s Circle across the campaign, including Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, two Arden-run Red Bull Junior Team racers who provided a thrilling scrap for the coveted Rookie Cup title.

Just a single point split the pair in the overall standings at the end of the season, and a mere 15 divided them in the Rookie class, sharing 20 of the 30 victories between themselves.

They largely dominated the top step of the rostrum in the middle of the campaign, with Doohan’s breakthrough success in the finale at Thruxton setting the trend before victories for Hauger at Oulton Park and Croft, then both shared the spotlight at Snetterton.

Several podium finishes eventually gave way to victories for “Flying Finns” Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri, whilst Sebastian Priaulx bookended a positive start to life in single-seaters with a win apiece on each Brands Hatch circuit layout, and claimed six podium finishes besides.

JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaimán was an ever-present in the top ten across the campaign but couldn’t build on his breakthrough podium in 2017, whilst new team mate Josh Skelton laid the foundations for future success, including a Rookie Cup triumph at Rockingham, and rounded out the top ten in the points.

A mere 25 points – equivalent to a single race win – split the drivers occupying 11th to 14th overall, with Hampus Ericsson eventually emerging ahead of promising rookie Sebastian Alvarez, the ever-improving Jamie Sharp and Lucca Allen.

2019 already promises to be an equally-successful 52nd year at the forefront of junior single seater racing for Ford, with returning entries Carlin and Richardson Racing set to return alongside the usual suspects to produce another captivating season of wheel-to-wheel action.

Ford EcoBoost-powered win number three for Hoggard at Rockingham

  • Hoggard tastes victory for the first time since April.
  • Second place for Jewiss sees him extend championship lead as Simmons doesn’t finish.
  • Doohan stars on podium once again and takes lead in Rookie class.

12 AUGUST, 2018 – Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard made a welcome return to the top step of the podium to take his third win of the season in round 20 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Hoggard last tasted victory in April, but looked very much at home out front around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire circuit. Leading from pole he had enough to keep his pursuers at bay for the duration, most impressively mastering a Safety Car restart on the way to the chequered flag.

“It feels really good to be back on the top step of the podium,” said a thrilled Hoggard. “It’s been a while since I’ve been on the podium, let alone winning.

“I knew after the start of the race when Priaulx got really close to me that I had to excel at the Safety Car restart otherwise I would be under serious pressure due to the tow.

“I got a good restart, kept my head down and built a gap.

“We’ve found a big chunk of pace between qualifying and the races this weekend. It’s all about getting everything together when it matters really.”

Added Fortec Motorsports British F4 team manager Ollie Dutton: “This win has been a long time coming. Johnathan deserves this. He’s raced and driven well this season, but he’s just not had the luck.

“He got a good start, handled the Safety Car restart well and then built a bit of a gap. He looked really good out there.

“I’m over the moon for him and his family. This win is also a good morale boost for the team.”

While it was smooth running out front for Hoggard from the outset, there was drama behind with a tangle at Deene involving Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). It led to Priaulx and Simmons’ races coming to a premature end and the Safety Car deployed for several laps.

After the race Jewiss was handed a 10-place grid penalty to be taken in the next race for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety. It means he starts round 21 from 12th.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) was disqualified for the same misdemeanour due to contact with Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports).

Following the opening lap skirmishes on track, Jewiss and Dennis Hauger (Arden) were left as Hoggard’s closest challengers. However, at the Safety Car restart Doohan was keen to stake his claim for the podium places with a brave lunge down the inside of team-mate Hauger at Deene and completed the overtake through Yentwood.

Hauger then had to endure another attack from a team-mate. This time in the form of Saturday’s race winner Patrik Pasma who pulled off an overtake at Deene and proceeded to light up the timing screens with his rapid pace, recording fastest lap on his 10th tour of the circuit.

Doohan was able to hold off the advancing Pasma in the closing stages to take third. He also finished as the highest placed rookie to earn his eighth Rookie class win and with it the lead in the standings from rival Hauger who wound up fifth overall and second in class.

“The aim for that race was to get into the top three and we did that,” explained Doohan.

“Points mean prizes. We’re closing the gap on the guys in front and we’ve now just taken the lead in the Rookie standings.

“I’m now just going to try to build on that and keep the momentum going.

“I got a really good Safety Car restart. Johnathan went for it a little bit earlier than I expected, but I got a really good exit out of the last corner, tracked Dennis down the straight and opened the steering to head towards the outside. He mirrored that and that’s when I dived down his inside.

“I tried to manage the tyres as best possible to minimise degradation. I saw Patrik coming in the closing stages and he was so fast in the clear air, but once he got closer to me he found it more difficult.

“Most of the corners where you overtake here are preceded by high or mid-speed corners and that’s where it’s harder to follow a car in front and that’s what makes it hard to overtake.”

Jewiss’ second place could prove pivotal in the title fight with chief rival Simmons failing to score a point. The Double R ace able to extend his championship lead to 45 points.

“I’m pleased to get all these points for my championship,” said Jewiss. “Extending my lead at the top takes a bit of pressure off my shoulders.

“It was a good race, but it was pretty tough too. We’re not completely happy with the setup of the car, but we’re chipping away at making it better.

“Rockingham is not one of our strongest tracks so we’re just trying to maximise our opportunities here and then look ahead to the next meetings.”

Jewiss’ team-mate Paavo Tonteri picked up a couple of places to finish eighth and scored his 17th Rookie class podium, ahead of JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman.

Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) were locked in an entertaining battle for the final points paying positions. The trio completing the top-10.

The ITV4 live-televised Rockingham finale follows at 1550.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 20 Rockingham, 12 August, 2018
14 laps / 27.16 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 13.645s / 80.56 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.941s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.532s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +1.869s
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.248s
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +8.931s
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.555s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +12.633s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +15.672s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +17.517s etc.

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 20.087s / 87.21 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 307 points; 2 Simmons 262; 3 Hauger 258; 4 Doohan 234; 5 Tonteri 209; 6 Priaulx 168; =7 Hoggard 163; =7 Pasma 163; 9 Skelton 68; 10 Sulaiman 57 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 367 points; 2 Hauger 366; 3 Tonteri 339; 4 Skelton 253; 5 Alvarez 181

Full results

Arden 1-2-3 at the Rock as Pasma takes maiden win

  • Lights-to-flag win for Pasma.
  • Arden lockout the podium with Red Bull Juniors Doohan and Hauger finishing second and third respectively.
  • Storming opening lap enables Simmons to reduce Jewiss’ championship lead.

11 AUGUST, 2018 – Arden and Patrik Pasma took victory in round 19 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway in emphatic fashion. Pasma recorded a lights-to-flag maiden win in the series ahead of team-mates Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger. The two rookies also securing an Arden one-two in the Rookie class.

Poleman Pasma was flawless from the outset and found an excellent rhythm out front after a textbook getaway to finally score his first single-seater win and record fastest lap in the process.

It was plain sailing out front for Pasma who was chased home by Doohan and Hauger, as Arden stamped its authority all over proceedings.

“It feels so good to win my first race in single-seaters,” said an elated Pasma. “It was quite lonely out front. It was a pretty straightforward race.

“In the first few laps Jack was able to get a tow from me, but after that I managed to build a little gap and that was key.

“The car felt really good. The whole team has done an amazing job and this result is the reward.

“We’ve got two more races tomorrow. It might well be wet, but I still think we’ve got a great chance for more excellent results.”

Added Doohan: “We were missing a little bit of pace compared to Pasma, but that’s something I hope we can find overnight. I think we need to find something in sector three.

“I’m still pleased to pick up the podium and all these points for the championship. I need to have a few more consistently high-scoring races and then everything is possible with regard to the title.

“It looks like the conditions will be different tomorrow with the weather. We start slightly further back in the reverse-grid race so we need to adapt quicker than the others in those conditions to make our way to the front.”

Said Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “This is a fantastic result and I couldn’t really ask for much more.

“Everyone in the team has done a phenomenal job this weekend. We’ve got really good pace and I’m so pleased for everyone. We can go out and celebrate now and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve tomorrow. We start from pole again in race three. Race two will be a little bit trickier, but hopefully we should come away from this weekend with a very decent haul of points.

“For Patrik to get his first win is absolutely fantastic. He’s had his ups and downs and probably had more than his fair share of bad luck so he’s understandably over the moon.

“We’ve got really good momentum now in the championship. It’s so competitive in this series. It always has been and always will be.

“There are three or four drivers who still have a really good chance of winning the title this year so that bodes well and we’re already excited for what’s to come next year too.

“The level of competition is so high, especially when you look at the times here with the leading drivers separated by just thousandths of a second.”

Hauger earnt third place after getting the jump on Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) off the line. However, Jewiss refused to relinquish the podium place and made the Norwegian work hard for third. The two dicing through the opening sequence of corners and Hauger finally making the move stick through Yentwood.

“I got a really good start and then I tried to go around the outside of Jewiss into turn two,” explained Hauger. “I kept my position alongside Jewiss after that and then got down his inside at the next corner and that was pretty much my race really.

“A 1-2-3 is a really fantastic result for Arden which I’m really proud to be a part of and I’m also pleased to score all these points for the championship, outscoring Simmons and Jewiss.

“It will be wet tomorrow I think. I like those conditions so it should be a lot of fun.”

Fast-starter Ayrton Simmons pounced on Jewiss with a late dive down the inside of his championship rival at Tarzan on the opening lap. The JHR Developments ace snatching fourth place and went on to keep Jewiss at bay for the duration to reduce his gap to the championship leader to 27 points.

Jewiss then had to contend with fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Sebastian Priaulx in his mirrors. Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard reeled in Messrs Simmons, Jewiss and Priaulx in the closing stages, but was unable to make any further progress up the order having started eighth. His seventh place finish earning him reverse-grid pole for round 20.

JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman picked up a couple of places to finish eighth and in doing so broke into the top-10 in the standings, while Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) bagged the final points paying positions. The latter prevailing after an entertaining battle for 10th place with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing), Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), as well as the Fortec Motorsports pair of Lucca Allen and Hampus Ericsson.

Ford’s rising stars are back on track at Rockingham at 1045 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race. The Rockingham finale, in which Pasma will go from the pole, is set to be televised live on ITV4 at 1550.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 19 Rockingham, 11 August, 2018
15 laps / 29.1 miles
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 20m 05.030s / 86.93 mph
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +2.183s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +2.951s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +11.187s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +11.703s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.319s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.751s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +16.231s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +18.922s
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +23.811s etc.

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 19.619s / 87.71 mph

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

Grid for Round 20: Hoggard – Priaulx – Jewiss – Simmons – Hauger – Doohan – Pasma – Sulaiman – Tonteri – Skelton etc.

Round 21 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Doohan – Hauger – Sulaiman – Priaulx – Simmons – Tonteri – Hoggard – Alvarez etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 289 points; 2 Simmons 262; 3 Hauger 248; 4 Doohan 219; 5 Tonteri 201; 6 Priaulx 168; 7 Pasma 151; 8 Hoggard 138; 9 Skelton 64; 10 Sulaiman 51 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 348 points; 2 Doohan 342; 3 Tonteri 324; 4 Skelton 241; 5 Alvarez 171

Full results

Double pole for Pasma at Rockingham

  • Pasma triumphs in fierce battle for pole.
  • Front row lockout for Arden with Doohan lining up alongside Pasma.

11 AUGUST, 2018 – For the second time in the space of two weeks Patrik Pasma claimed a superb double pole in qualifying for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Having achieved the feat at Snetterton, the Arden racer did so once again by overcoming a fierce challenge from team-mates Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger, as well as Kiern Jewiss.

Like many in the field Pasma’s fastest lap came in the first half of the session, with drivers unable to find more time as track temperatures increased.

The Finn put down a benchmark of 1m 18.742s to go 0.105s clear of Double R Racing’s Jewiss with 10 minutes left of the session to run.

Meanwhile, Hauger and Doohan were in the thick of the fight for pole too. Both drivers just over a tenth adrift.

However of the top four drivers, Doohan proved the only one capable of improving his lap time as the session came to an end. The Aussie recorded a lap of 1m 18.823s to leap up to the front row with just minutes to spare and ensure a front row lockout for Arden.

While the top four were separated by only 0.158s in the battle for pole for round 19, the margins were even closer in the fight for pole for round 21 which is based on second-fastest lap times. The same quartet were covered by a mere 0.079s, with Jewiss just edging out Doohan to secure a front row grid slot alongside poleman Pasma.

“That was a great qualifying,” said Pasma. “I’m really pleased with pole. It makes your life so much easier for the races.

“We’ve had the pace since we did the test here last week so even though the times were really tight, we were confident.

“It’s possible to get a massive tow down the main straight which will make it tough for me with the guys behind, but I think I can keep them there.

“I think the track temperature went up as the session progressed and that’s why people struggled to improve.”

Added Doohan: “It was a really close session. I would have liked a little bit more. After I recorded my quickest lap I think I pushed a little too hard on the following laps.

“Nevertheless, we start from P2 and we can fight for the win from there. Patrik is very fast here though so it will be tough.

“Our race pace is better than the guys behind, but Patrik has a little bit of an edge at the moment. Luckily he is my team-mate so hopefully I can take a look at his data!”

Manuel Sulaiman put in his best qualifying performance of the season by bagging fifth place on the grid and out-qualifying JHR Developments team-mates Ayrton Simmons and Josh Skelton. The pair qualifying eighth and 11th respectively for this afternoon’s race. Sulaiman will however start from 10th on the grid in round 19 due to a five-place grid penalty handed to him for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety at the previous meeting.

Ahead of Simmons will line-up Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden), while Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) completed the top-10.

The first race of the weekend follows at 1415.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional qualifying times Rockingham, 11 August, 2018
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:18.742
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden 1:18.823
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:18.847
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:18.900
5 Manuel SULAIMAN* / MEX / JHR 1:19.020
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:19.023
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:19.066
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.119
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:19.314
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:19.456 etc.
*Five-place grid penalty.

Round 21 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Doohan – Hauger – Sulaiman – Priaulx – Simmons – Tonteri – Hoggard – Alvarez etc.

Full times

Doohan wins as rookies rule at Snetterton

  • Doohan and Hauger capitalise in tricky conditions to take one-two finish.
  • Tonteri leaves it late to snatch third, ensuring series’ first all-rookie overall podium.

29 JULY, 2018 – History was made at Snetterton in round 18 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as three rookies locked out the overall podium spots for the first time in the series. Jack Doohan led an Arden and Red Bull Junior Team one-two with Dennis Hauger second, while Double R Racing’s Paavo Tonteri picked up third on the last lap.

A damp Snetterton circuit set the scene for an eventful finale to the meeting as the field elected to race on slick tyres. Ford’s rising stars acquitted themselves well around the three-mile Norfolk circuit, however the tricky conditions played a pivotal role in proceedings.

Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) were forced to relinquish their leads at different stages of the race as a result of running on the damp part of the circuit. Pasma on lap three and Hoggard on lap six.

Hoggard and Doohan both picked up a pair of places on the opening lap from fourth and fifth respectively, as poleman Pasma fended off Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). Jewiss ultimately shuffled down several places and Simmons losing one position.

The race-winning move took place on lap six as a wider line through Riches on the damp part of the track opened the door for Doohan to pass Hoggard on the inside, and moments later at the same corner, Hauger squeezed past Simmons in a similar fashion.

Tonteri wasted no time in dispatching Simmons on the following lap at Nelson. Elsewhere Hauger pulled off an identical move to his team-mate to pass Hoggard at Riches, while Tonteri left it late to scythe up the inside of Hoggard on the final lap to take the final podium spot, leaving Hoggard in fourth ahead of Ayrton Simmons.

“I tried to get the best start possible, but I knew that starting on the outside meant it wouldn’t be as good other drivers,” explained race winner Doohan.

“I was watching everyone go off the track when they were in front. Patrik and Johnathan got caught out at turn one which cost them during the race and I didn’t want to make the same mistake.

“I just focused on staying cool, sticking to my marks and not letting the nerves get to me, as I made my way up the order.

“I’m not thinking about the championship at the moment. I’m just taking each race as it comes and hopefully everything else will take care of itself.”

Added Hauger: “Overall it’s been a pretty good weekend. We won race one, which was a great race in which we brought home plenty of points.

“For race two we started towards the back, but did well to get up to sixth. Then to end the weekend by starting sixth and finishing second in this race was good, especially considering the difficult track conditions.”

Commented Tonteri: “It sounds obvious, but the key to that race was to go as fast as possible without going off track and I think I did that very well.

“In the early stages quite a few moves were made when drivers were forced wide onto wet parts of the track. I worked that out and used it to my advantage.”

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the mix for the podium for much of the race, but contact with Simmons and a later off saw the Swede retire from the race.

Although he finished eighth on the road, Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was demoted to ninth because of a 10-second time penalty for an out of position start. It promoted Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen up to eighth, equalling his best result of the season as he finished behind the Arden pair of Pasma and Sebastian Priaulx. The latter doing well to remain in the running after contact with Sulaiman. Meanwhile, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) was back in the points, 24 hours after bagging a top-10 finish in round 16.

Despite starting on the front row and getting away well, damage to his front wing in the opening exchanges left Jewiss gradually falling through the order as he put up a spirited rear-guard action in his Double R-prepared racer. He was forced to pit for a new nosecone in the closing stages, ultimately scuppering his chances of salvaging some hard-earned points and seeing his championship lead reduced to 29 points.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost resumes in two weeks at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 11/12 August.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 18 Snetterton, 29 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 21m 23.270s / 91.61 mph
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +0.869s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +5.184s
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +6.082s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +9.331s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.585s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +17.905s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +23.143s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +28.121s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +28.177s etc.

Fastest lap: Tonteri 1m 54.392s / 93.43 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 250; 3 Hauger 233; 4 Doohan 201; 5 Tonteri 199; 6 Priaulx 160; 7 Hoggard 132; 8 Pasma 126; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 330 points; 2 Doohan 317; 3 Tonteri 309; 4 Skelton 229; 5 Alvarez 161

Full results

Hauger converts pole into victory at Croft

  • Hauger and Arden win again at Croft.
  • Jewiss extends championship lead with sixth consecutive podium.
  • Doohan puts in inspired performance to clinch final podium spot with belting last corner lunge, having started from back row of the grid.

24 JUNE, 2018 – Arden and Dennis Hauger were back on the top step of the podium after a textbook win from pole position in round 15 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.

Just as he had done in the first race of the weekend, Hauger performed yet more lights-to-flag perfection to take his second win of the Croft meeting and third of the season.

The Arden racer was able to keep Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) at bay for the duration, after Jewiss had got the better of team-mate Tonteri into turn one at the start to take second.

“Our pace was really good in that race,” said a beaming Hauger. “Before the Safety Car came out I had built a gap to second, but that got wiped out so I had to do it all again.

“After the first lap I felt I had the pace to win relatively comfortably. I just focused on my driving, stayed in the zone and ended the weekend on a high.

“It’s been almost a perfect weekend with two wins and a third place. It means our championship chances are starting to look a lot better now.”

Jewiss’ second place was enough to see him extend his championship lead by a further eighth points to a tally of 57 over Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). Simmons finishing fifth after a race-long battle with Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making a welcome return towards the sharp end of the grid after a frustrating time of late.

“For me it was always going to be a tricky race to win because Dennis had two new tyres for this race,” explained Jewiss.

“As much as I would have like to have taken the win I just don’t think it was really on the cards.

“I got a good start to maximise my chances of taking a place into turn one, which I did by going down the inside of Paavo.

“I pushed as hard as I could today. We got the win earlier and I’m happy with all the points we’ve scored this weekend.

“Two second place finishes and a win is a really strong weekend. It contributes to the excellent foundation we’ve created to fight for the championship from in the second half of the season.

“It’s definitely been a pretty good first half of the season. I’ve performed well and now we can look forward to the second half of the year having pulled away in the lead of the chase for the title.”

Behind Jewiss finished Jack Doohan. The rookie secured Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team a one-three finish and a one-two in the Rookie class after an inspired drive from the final row of the grid.

Having picked up four places on the opening lap, Doohan upped the ante as he ascended through the field, particular highlights including running bravely around the outside of Hoggard and Simmons within the space of several laps.

Doohan saved the best until the very last corner of the race. Getting a better exit out of Complex and selling Tonteri a dummy into the hairpin. He switched to the Finn’s inside and planted his car on the apex to claim the corner and power towards the finish line to take a remarkable third place.

“I really had to keep my foot planted to have a chance of getting around the outside of Hoggard into turn one. I still managed to slow the car down and emerge in front. It was a really tight overtake.

“The move on Simmons was a little bit tense. I went in pretty deep, sliding around and we were side-by-side through the Jim Clark Esses and I just managed to do enough to get ahead for Sunny In.

“I was lucky to pull off the move at the end. Tonteri defended really well. He swept out to take his normal line for the final corner and I went for the gap on the inside to get third.

“It was a tough move because I had understeer through Sunny Out which I thought cost me my chance, but then I got a good exit out of Complex to set up the move.

“We definitely showed our pace today. If we had started higher up the grid this weekend, it would have been a very different story.”

Sebastian Alvarez had plenty to be pleased about at the chequer. The Double R racer recorded his best result of the season so far in seventh, ahead of the Fortec Motorsports pair of Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen who sandwiched Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) in the final classification.

However, after the race Alvarez was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage. It demoted him to ninth, promoting Hoggard and Sulaiman up to seventh and eighth respectively.

The quartet bagged points and denied Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) a top 10 finish. It was a case of what might have been for Hoggard, whose attempt to go around the outside of Simmons on the opening lap at Tower Bend saw him shuffled down the order.

A tangle between Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) at the hairpin proved the undoing of their respective races and triggered a brief Safety Car period halfway through the race, while Hampus Ericsson was also forced to retire.

Following the race Pasma was handed a 10 place grid penalty for driving in a manner not compatible with general safety. He will take the full 10 place grid drop at the next available opportunity to do so.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost now goes on its annual summer break, with action resuming in five weeks at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 15 Croft, 24 June, 2018
14 laps / 29.75 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 55.330s / 85.24 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +1.688s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.516s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +5.854s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +8.318s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +8.530s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +13.921s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +14.920s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ* / MEX / Double R +15.264s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +16.102s etc.
* Five-second time penalty

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 22.289s / 92.96 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 267 points; 2 Simmons 210; 3 Hauger 182; 4 Doohan 164; 5 Tonteri 149; 6 Priaulx 118; 7 Hoggard 112; 8 Pasma 111; 9 Skelton 55; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 269 points; 2 Doohan 264; 3 Tonteri 254; 4 Skelton 194; 5 Alvarez 125

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Clean sweep for Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team as Doohan and Hauger top Croft free practice

  • Doohan quickest in free practice one and overall, as Hauger tops second session.
  • Jewiss not far behind with the top three covered by just over a tenth of a second and the leading six drivers separated by only three tenths.

22 JUNE, 2018 – Arden and the Red Bull Junior Team made it a clean sweep in free practice at Croft ahead of this weekend’s rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, as Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger topped free practice one and two respectively.

At the end the day it was 15-year-old Doohan fastest overall. The Aussie’s best lap around the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track came in the morning and was a tenth of a second quicker than Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The latter splitting the Arden pair courtesy of his best effort in free practice one, with Hauger only 0.044s further back on the combined classification.

Doohan shone in testing at Croft earlier this the month and picked up where he left off, looking comfortable behind the wheel as he pushed the limits out on track.

Hauger appeared equally impressive, bouncing back well from a technical gremlin which hindered him in the morning session to set the pace in the afternoon.

“This morning I was able to go quickest on the new tyre,” said Doohan. “There was still a little bit of work to do on older tyres so we were trying some things to find some race pace in the afternoon, but that meant we didn’t show the same kind of pace on the new tyre.

“All in all, it’s been a good day because when you look at the whole picture we’ve now found good pace on both new and old tyres.

“We know where we can improve ahead of qualifying so we should be on for a good result.

“We’re not as quick as we were in testing at the beginning of June because we were first out this morning and had to clear all the dust off the circuit and then as the day progressed the temperature got much hotter.

“It’s great to have both Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team cars at the top, although obviously I always want to be the quickest out of the two of us! We want to get a fantastic team result this weekend and that all starts with performing well in qualifying.

“The Croft track is one of the most abrasive surfaces on the calendar and that kind of surface suits my driving so it’s definitely a circuit I like. It’s very technical and difficult. There’s little room for error and it’s a track I have clicked with.”

Added Hauger: “In free practice one we lacked a little bit of speed because of a technical problem, but thankfully we had another session to play with and show that we have really good pace which we can hopefully carry into qualifying.

“There are lots of different corner types here which makes the circuit very interesting and it also really punishes you even if you make just a tiny error.

“We were up there in testing when we came here earlier this month so hopefully we can get a strong team result.

“There are small details we can work on tonight so that we can find even more pace.”

Meanwhile, championship leader Jewiss looks set to be a major player once again despite not feeling completely at one with the circuit at this early stage in weekend.

“It was a pretty tough day for us,” explained Jewiss. “We’re just missing a little bit in sector three. We need to work hard on it overnight. I cannot quite get my head around it at the moment, but we’ll analyse all the data we’ve got and see what happens tomorrow.

“We’ve made a step forward with the car and my driving since the test here earlier in the month so that’s all positive. If we can get on top of sector three then we might end up with a tenth on the rest of the field.

“It feels good coming into the weekend leading the championship, but I want to leave here still leading it and finish the season on top too!”

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard made a strong start to proceedings. Third fastest in free practice one and fourth overall, setting the double race winner up for what should be a fruitful weekend.

Flying Finn’s Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) continue to be on front-running pace and wound up fifth and sixth on the timesheet, only two tenths adrift of top spot.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Priaulx looks like he’s going to be back in the mix for top honours this weekend after a solid day’s running, just three tenths off of team-mate Doohan’s best.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) pipped compatriot Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) to eighth by a mere 0.032s, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top 10 ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and second-place man in the standings Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).

Official qualifying is scheduled for 1050 on Saturday. The first of the Croft weekend’s three races is set to follow at 1445. Rounds 14 and 15 of the season will take place as 1245 and 1600 respectively, with both to be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Croft, 22 June, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:21.124 / 1:21.652
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.241 / 1:21.425
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.484 / 1:21.285
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:21.329 / 1:21.744
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.333 / 1:22.090
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.337 / 1:21.839
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:21.426 / 1:21.469
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.719 / 1:22.759
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:21.893 / 1:22.287
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:22.217 / 1:21.881 etc.

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Lights-to-flag win for Ford EcoBoost-powered Simmons at Oulton Park

  • Simmons back on the top step of the podium for the first time since season opening weekend.
  • Doohan, Jewiss and Tonteri chase Simmons home in four-way fight for the lead.
  • Doohan takes fifth Rookie class win of the year.

10 JUNE, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons regained the lead of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost by winning round 11 of the season at Oulton Park.

The JHR Developments racer pulled off an inch-perfect lights-to-flag victory. It was his third win of 2018 and the first since his emphatic double in the season opener at Brands Hatch.

Simmons was made to work hard for victory. Jack Doohan started alongside him on the front row and looked to steal the lead on the run down to turn one. Simmons kept the Aussie at bay. He then had to contend with the Arden racer in his mirrors for the duration of the race, with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri also in tow, making it a four-way fight for the lead.

“It’s nice to be back on top,” said Simmons. “I was under a lot of pressure from Doohan and Jewiss and was striggling with the rear of the car, but I managed to bring it home.

“It’s so hot today so you’re always mindful of looking after the car when you can and that was an additional factor in the race.

“Hopefully we’ve made a step forward with the car in terms of pace since qualifying and we can perform well in the final race of the weekend.”

Jewiss wasted no time in making progress up the order from fifth on the grid. A perfectly judged move down the inside of Pasma on the opening lap at Lodge Corner saw him move up to fourth and third soon followed with a lunge down the inside of team-mate Tonteri into Old Hall.

Doohan’s second place finish secured him the Rookie class win. His fifth of the season. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Paavo Tonteri scored second in class and came out on top in the battle of the flying Finn’s with Patrik Pasma. Reversing the result of round 10 yesterday.

“It was a really tough race, but a lot of fun,” said Doohan. “At the start of the race I got a bollard stuck in my nosecone and lost a bit of ground around turn seven, but fortunately the bollard fell off my car on the next lap.

“I was able to start putting in some good lap times and keep Kiern Jewiss at bay. I didn’t quite have the pace to overtake Simmons and you need to have quite a sizeable pace advantage around here to pull off a move because it’s so hard to pass.

“I knew that it if it was tough for me to overtake then it would be tough for Kiern to overtake so I just focused on driving as best I could and making the least amount of mistakes possible.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but I’m pleased with this second place. The aim was to try to get the lead at the start because I knew if I got into the lead it would be very difficult to pass, just as Ayrton showed in that race.

“We were struggling a bit in the free practice sessions. Ending Friday 1.1 seconds off wasn’t the best feeling going into qualifying and then we ended up seventh.

“We changed a couple of things on the car and finished fifth in race one. Then we worked hard overnight, taking into consideration the data of my team-mate Dennis Hauger who won the race yesterday. That definitely helped us improve for today,

“If I keep on getting these kind of results and staying consistent, hopefully the championship will take care of itself both in the overall and Rookie class standings.”

Added Jewiss: “I’m pleased to get third. This race was about damage limitation and we did that well.

“I pulled off a couple of good moves on the way to the podium. I didn’t know if the move on Pasma would work out and thought there was a chance there could be contact, but we both got through the corner.

“Then I pulled off a good move down the inside of my team-mate into turn one for third.

“I was quick again in that race, but it’s hard to pass around here and once you are behind a car like I was with Doohan you lose downforce. It makes things even trickier.

“I’m looking forward to the final race of the weekend. Hopefully we can get a good start from pole and take maximum points, as well as the lead in the championship.”

Pasma had plenty to contend with in the race thanks to Arden team-mate and round 11 race winner Dennis Hauger. The Norwegian was glued to Pasma’s gearbox and refused to let the Finn escape while trying to fashion an overtake. Pasma held on however, to come home in fifth.

Their squabble saw the battling duo of Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) turn the fight for fifth into a quartet. Both Hoggard and Sulaiman having done well at the start to each pick up a place.

Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) salvaged ninth despite a damaged front wing, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) finished on the road in 10th, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

After the race, Skelton received a 10 second time penalty for an out of position start which promoted Allen to 10th and a hard earned points paying position.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) emerged triumphant after an entertaining duel with home hero Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport). Sharp gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about with a fantastic defensive drive, but ultimately Alvarez’s pressure took its toll and saw Sharp overtaken.

Contact also resulted in Sharp losing his front wing, but he persevered to take the chequered flag, behind Hampus Ericsson. The latter’s race ruined due to an off-track excursion, but the Swede showed great pace in clear air.

Round 12 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1745.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 11 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 21m 21.178s / 93.82 mph
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +0.382s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.873s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.737s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +8.133s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +8.340s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +9.714s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.079s
9 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +11.834s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / JHR +14.569s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 24.515s / 94.81 mph

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

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 186 points; 2 Jewiss 181; 3 Doohan 129; 4 Hauger 107; 5 Priaulx 103; 6 Hoggard 96; 7 Tonteri 92; 8 Pasma 87; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 30 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 216 points; 2 Hauger 183; 3 Tonteri 171; 4 Skelton 155; 5 Alvarez 81­­­

OULTON PARK PREVIEW: Simmons still on top with Jewiss in hot pursuit

7 JUNE, 2018 – Three podiums three weeks ago ensured that Ayrton Simmons would lead the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heading to Oulton Park this weekend (9/10 June). The JHR Developments driver has made seven out of a possible nine trips to the rostrum this season and continues to lead the chase for the most coveted title in UK junior single-seater racing.

It is a lead that has diminished however, with the advancing Kiern Jewiss looking increasingly at home behind the wheel of his Double R-prepared racer. Three wins in the last five races and outscoring Simmons in all but one of them means the 15-year-old has clawed his way to within touching distance of Simmons. The pair separated by just five points.

Jack Doohan turned heartbreak into jubilation at Thruxton. Victory slipped through his fingers on the final lap of round eight due to a technical glitch, but he bounced back emphatically to win the final race of the weekend and with it the £5,000 Ford Super Rookie Award. The Aussie also extended his lead at the top of the Rookie class standings over fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger, who signed off from the meeting with an overall podium.

Hauger deserved much more, especially with victory looking likely until the last lap of round seven. Arden team-mate Sebastian Priaulx had a similarly luckless weekend, salvaging three top-10 finishes, while Patrik Pasma bagged plenty of points.

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard, Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen also endured an unfortunate outing and will want to recapture the form which saw the team score two victories at Donington Park thanks to some superb driving from Hoggard.

Mexico’s Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Sebastian Alvarez achieved their highest-placed finishes of the season so far at Thruxton and are on the up. Meanwhile, Alvarez’s Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri looks to be going from strength to strength on the back of two more podiums at Thruxton.

Rochdale’s Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport will be aiming for a consistent run of top-10 finishes this weekend at their home round of the season. It is something which Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) is becoming particularly accustomed to now that he is on a run of five consecutive points scores.

Doohan and Arden top the times on day two at Croft

  • Doohan gets the better of afternoon pacesetter Hauger by just 0.003s.
  • Top six drivers covered by only 0.220s over two days of testing.

5 JUNE, 2018 – Jack Doohan and Arden set the pace on day two of official testing at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having missed out on topping day one of the test by 0.006s, Doohan went one better on the final day at the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire track.

Just as he had done on day one, he recorded the quickest time of anybody in the morning session with a lap of 1m 20.801s. On this occasion however it proved unbeaten for the remainder of the day’s running, albeit by a very small margin as Dennis Hauger lapped within 0.003s of his Arden team-mate in the afternoon.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) recorded the fourth fastest time to split the Double R pair of Paavo Tonteri and Kiern Jewiss in the combined classification for Tuesday.

Tonteri and Jewiss’ Tuesday efforts, as well as Hauger’s, ensured that the trio joined Ayrton Simmons, Doohan and Hoggard in the 1m 20s bracket. The six drivers separated by little more than a couple of tenths over two days.

No driver was able to better the time recorded by Simmons on day one – a lap of 1m 20.727s. The championship leader was not in attendance for the second day of testing, along with JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton, as well as Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Christian Lester (Rosso Verde Racing).

Behind Jewiss on the Tuesday timesheets could be found Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx and Patrik Pasma. Priaulx the only driver to hit a century of laps.

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) wound up eighth and ninth. Meanwhile, JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman spent a significant chunk of the afternoon session at the top of the times and denied Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen a spot in the top 10.

Attention now turns to this weekend (9/10 June), when the next rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at Oulton Park.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Croft, 5 June, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.801 / 1:20.808
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:20.880 / 1:20.804
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:20.868 / 1:21.302
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:20.937 / 1:21.820
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.061 / 1:20.947
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:21.157 / 1:21.014
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.079 / 1:21.069
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.349 / 1:21.776
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:21.375 / 1:21.885
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.524 / 1:21.466 etc.

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