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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.”

DRIVER NEWS: Three top tens for Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Donington Park

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DRIVER NEWS 18 APRIL, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline added three more points finish to his Ford British F4 resume when the series headed to Donington Park for the latest rounds of the season.

The reigning Ginetta Junior champion made the journey to the East Midlands circuit keen to build on a debut podium in the season opener at Brands Hatch and although he was unable to repeat that feat, the 17-year-old further showcased his talents as he added three top ten results to his championship tally.

A challenging qualifying session saw Jamie line up in 15th place for the opening race of the weekend, which would be held in difficult conditions on Saturday afternoon after rain arrived at the East Midlands circuit.

An astonishing start when the lights went out saw Jamie rocket off the line and he then set about making up places throughout the opening lap to climb to sixth spot; a performance evoking memories of Ayrton Senna’s stunning showing in the 1993 European Grand Prix.

A small error whilst seeking to move further up the order on lap two saw Jamie slip back down to 13th spot, but he continued to show his pace in the remainder of the race to fight his way back up to eighth place.

Race two on Sunday morning would again prove to be full of drama, with Jamie forced wide across the gravel at Redgate on the opening lap. Slipping down to twelfth place as he recovered onto the circuit, the teenager showed his prowess on track to come through the field to fifth spot; lapping quickly and consistently throughout.

Starting 14th on the grid for race three, Jamie made another storming start in his Jamun Racing-run car to end the opening lap in ninth place. An impressive move into Redgate on lap three saw him make up two further positions and he would remain in seventh through to the finish, having been forced to defend to keep the quicker car of Rafael Martins at bay.

The triple score for Jamie means he heads away from the weekend sitting seventh in the championship standings.

“I think we’ve shown some improvements this weekend and it’s good to come away from the weekend with three points finishes,” he said. “However, the fact I had an off in qualifying meant I wasn’t able to score more this weekend, and left me on the back foot a bit.

“The opening race was loads of fun as I’ve always preferred racing in the rain. To be honest, I didn’t think the conditions were that difficult to drive in, although there was a lot of standing water around. Getting up to sixth from 15th on the first lap was mega, but then I locked up on lap two and dropped back down the order.

“To recover to eighth showed how well I can race, and it looked like I could challenge in race two when I got off the line well. Going into turn one, I got forced wide and dropped back from something like third to twelfth, but again managed to fight back into fifth.

“We had a really good car all weekend but when the circuit was rubbered in for race three, it wasn’t quite at its best. I scored more points though and having shown my race pace, I’m hoping we can go well next time out at Thruxton.”

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.

Caroline to contest Ford MSA Formula in 2016 with Jamun Racing

  • Jamie Caroline will race in single seaters for the first time in 2016
  • Secures seat with Jamun Racing
  • Car to feature striking Pirtek inspired livery

10 February, 2016 – Jamie Caroline is to join the Ford EcoBoost powered MSA Formula Championship on the back of a hugely successful campaign last season in which he claimed the Ginetta Junior crown. He will race with Jamun, which competed under the moniker MBM in 2015.

Caroline explained the motives behind his switch to single-seaters and emphasised how the compliance of the Ford EcoBoost powered MSA Formula car was a major plus point: “A year in single-seaters is the best thing for an aspiring driver. I’m still young and it would not be a wasted year. Most professional drivers have done at least a year in single-seaters, Jason Plato has, Andy Priaulx has, and so on.

“It allows you to get to grips with slicks and is of benefit later in your career. Clios do not excite me as much and I think this is a good way to try to get my name out there.

“I tested with the team last year and got on really well with them and I loved the car. I have the momentum from winning the Ginetta Junior title. I really enjoyed the Ginettas but they were a bit unpredictable. The Mygale F4 chassis does what you want it to do.”

Said Jamun’s team manager, James Mundy: “We are delighted to have finally put this deal together. We have been determined to get Jamie in our car for the 2016 season ever since we first tested him. His raw speed and natural talent is something we haven’t seen for some time. It’s a great feeling to get that buzz back.”

Phil Glew of Edge Sporting Management, which represents the 17-year-old, is understandably excited about the prospect of Caroline getting the opportunity to compete in single seaters: “We have worked very hard to try to piece all this jigsaw together… We always knew Jamie was an exceptional talent ever since we first worked with him in 2014. He proved this in front of everyone at Thruxton with his first win.

“Then in 2015 when he dominated the Ginetta Championship we knew we had to test him in a single-seater. His pace blew us all away… It would be a crime not to let this young driver have a chance on the single-seater ladder. It’s taken some time to do the deal and there are still a few lose ends to tie up, but to have Jamun, Keltbray, Pirtek Racing and Jamie Caroline all working together is a fantastic achievement.”