DRIVER NEWS: James Pull finishes season on a high with a flawless win in F4 British Championship

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4 OCTOBER, 2016 – James Pull finished the season on a high with a brilliant win in the F4 British Championship at the weekend.

The 16-year-old Carlin racer ensured he left his mark on the competition in the final round at Brands Hatch GP, signing off with a win before following it up with seventh and fourth place finishes.

It was enough to see him finish fourth in the standings after playing his part in an exciting, close-fought title race which went down to the final weekend.

The ADD Motorsports driver is now looking forward to the next challenge in his highly-anticipated racing career.

He said: “I gave it my all, but even after winning the first race, other results meant there were not enough points left available for me to win the championship.

“To have been in the title fight all season and challenging for the title going into the final set of races was really exciting and I’ve been consistently among the podiums and wins which has been a great experience.

“I’m happy to finish in fourth and was delighted to be the one to get the points to bring home the Teams Cup for Carlin.”

Pull was fast in practice and in extremely difficult, wet conditions during qualifying, put on another pacey show to finish third – just half a tenth off pole. After a competitor was penalised for an infringement, he moved up to second.

In wet conditions, James got off to a brilliant start in the first race, getting in front of the leader going into Druids.

Not even the introduction of the safety car could slow him down, with a perfect re-start soon seeing him get a decent gap again and going onto win in style.

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, managed to move up a position to sixth in the second race, but with the car unable to reach its full potential, he had to settle for seventh at the end.

The final race saw Pull start in third but drop down a place and despite his best efforts, he was unable to close the gap again for the rest of the race.

Pull finished just nine points behind third place with 291 points after some exciting battles that saw him fighting for the title until the very end.

The racer is now exploring his options for next season as he bids to continue on his exciting driving career.

He added: “It was great to win on such a prestigious track and end on such a positive note.

“I’d like to thank my parents for all their support and thank all the guys at Carlin for being such a great team. Also a special thank you to Fraser Sheader and Mark Berryman from ADD Motorsports, as well as to John Malvern and his team at PAP for the hard work from all of them. They have all been awesome this year.

“This season’s been a great learning curve and I’ve got some amazing racing experience and wins under my belt.

“We are close to finalising the plans for next season and I’m really looking forward to the next challenge.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull refocuses on British F4 title race after F3 thriller

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13 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – James Pull took the step from the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford up to F3 in his stride last weekend (10-11 September).

The 16-year-old Carlin driver looked at home during his first taste of F3 racing in the season finale at Donington. His time spent racing in British F4 clearly having prepared him well for the next stage on the motorsport ladder.

The ADD Motorsport backed racer finished 11th in the first two races, staging a remarkable come-back from last place in one after being spun off the track.

He then topped off the weekend with a brilliant eighth place finish.

But while he made the most of the experience, Pull returns to the F4 British Championship where he will be fighting for the title at Silverstone this weekend.

Said Pull:  “I really enjoyed the step up this weekend and got some good experience in an F3 car.

“I felt like I learnt a lot in a short space of time and adapted well.

“This was just one weekend and I was racing alongside the leaders in the final race, so I’m confident I can make the step up.

“Now it’s back to the title race. I know what I need to do – I need to keep calm and the results will come.”

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, spent much of the practice sessions getting used to the new car.

Despite not having driven in the wet in an F3 car, he managed to pull out some fast times in qualifying in those conditions. He finished ninth, but may have finished even higher had a red flag not come out on what was looking like his fastest lap.

The first race got off to the worst possible start when he was hit from behind on the first lap – causing him to spin off the track.

He managed to pull himself back into the race before being hit again.

But the determined racer finished brilliantly, closing the gap after a safety car and then overtaking well to get back into the race and end up 11th.

Pull started the second race in 11th and finished in the same position. Despite further contact from other drivers that lost him valuable time, he remained composed to the end.

Things really started to click for Pull by the final race of the weekend. Starting ninth, he got off to a brilliant start to get up to seventh early on and battle alongside the Championship leaders.

But after dropping a place he was happy to finish eighth at the end.

Now the teen turns his attention to the F4 British Championship title race once again, this weekend.

He currently lies in fourth place in the standings with six races to go, in what promises to be an exciting final couple of rounds.

Pull added: “It took me a while to get used to driving a new car, but by the third race I was holding my own against guys who had been competing at that level all season.

“It was great experience and has hopefully opened up some options for next year.

“But this season is all I’m thinking about now and I’m confident I can still win the title.

“I’m working really hard off the track to give myself the best chance of taking some wins, so hopefully it will all pay off.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull takes a brilliant win in F4 British Championship

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30 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull took a dominant maiden victory in the F4 British Championship at Rockingham this weekend (27-28 Aug).

The 16-year-old Carlin racer blew away the competition in difficult wet conditions to take the fastest lap and then the win with an impressive five-second gap.

After taking his first pole the day before, it was a perfect start to the weekend.

And while he was unable to hit the same heights again after an unfortunate disqualification and a ninth place finish, it was enough to leave him positive in his fight for the title.

The ADD Motorsports backed driver said: “To come away with my first pole and my first win – and a convincing win at that – is a great feeling. It was my best ever race.

“Getting the first win under my belt has given me the confidence to get more wins and push on.

“While the last two results weren’t brilliant, the processes and race craft were still good. I made some great moves, took another fastest lap in the last race and was really rapid.

“There are so many positives to take away from the weekend.”

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, topped the timesheet in the first pre-race testing session and finished second overall.

Pull then took this electrifying pace into qualifying, brilliantly securing his first pole of the season.

Going out on slicks, he went in to change to wets when it started raining, only to go back out on slicks again when it began to dry.

But he still managed to post the quickest time when he went back out – before an issue with the right rear suspension of the car forced him back into the pits almost immediately.

Unfortunately, it meant he was unable to put together a second fastest lap time which left him starting back in ninth for the final race.

Pull started well in the first race, expertly defending under sustained pressure during the first couple of laps.

But the Carlin driver stayed calm, slowly getting away from the rest of the field.

He built on his dominance as the race progressed, taking the fastest lap along the way.

And he managed to take the win in style by more than five seconds at the end and spark well-deserved celebrations.

Starting in eighth on the reverse grid of the second race, Pull pulled off a stunning late braking move to catch one driver and take fifth at the end.

But after the race he discovered he had been excluded for overtaking under safety car boards and flags in the heat of the race.

Starting in ninth in the final race, he was left with damage to the wing of the car after an incident on the third lap.

He still managed to put in some super-fast times, taking the fastest lap, before the damage to the car began to take hold and slow him down.

It meant there was nothing he could do as he lost the places he had gained and finished in ninth.

But the fantastic win left Pull in fourth place in the standings with six races to go and all to play for still.

He added: “It’s taken a long time and a lot of hard work to get this win after lots of podiums this season. I want to thank Carlin and ADD Motorsports for all their help and support. The car felt amazing.

“The disqualification in the second race was disappointing. The safety boards at Rockingham are far away and I was concentrating on a battle I was in with another driver and missed them. It was frustrating, but an honest mistake.

“There are two rounds to go and I think I have a really good chance of winning a few races.

“If I can do that, I’ll hopefully be right up there battling it out for the title.”

Pull triumphs in the rain at Rockingham

  • Pull scores maiden British F4 victory at Rockingham.
  • Quinn takes top honours in Rookie class for 13th time this year.
  • Fewtrell extends championship lead.
  • Caroline thrills with astonishing drive from the last row of the grid.

ROCKINGHAM 27 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull converted pole to victory for Carlin in spectacular fashion as the rain fell at Rockingham Motor Speedway in Round 22 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Pull was made to work hard for his maiden victory in the series by a hard charging Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn who flew off the line in his Fortec Motorsports’ prepared machine, ensuring that the two drivers were side by side going into the first corner.

Pull emerged from Deene hairpin in front however; keeping Quinn on his outside. There was no let-up from Quinn though. The 15-year-old hustled and hounded Pull during the opening laps, but the Carlin racer was able to gradually build a gap of five seconds on the way to the chequered flag, clearly growing increasingly confident in the slippery conditions.

Said a jubilant Pull: “I had the inside line going into turn one and I was able to hold Quinn off; even after that I had to defend a couple of times because he was right up there with me. I just kept hitting my marks and focusing. I then managed to get in the zone and pull a gap.

“It’s taken a long time to get this first win. I’m sort of speechless at the moment. I have got to thank the team for fantastic car and ADD Motorsports for preparing me for this. This victory feels twice as good knowing how hard I have worked. The hard work has paid off.”

Added Quinn following his 13th Rookie class win of 2016: “The start was amazing. I got alongside [Pull] into turn one and then I wasn’t quite able to get past around the outside of the hairpin, but we were pressuring [Pull] a lot in the first few laps. I think we were quick at the beginning and he was quick towards the end. I’m really happy with second and this rookie win. Hopefully we can carry this on tomorrow.

“I knew we would be really quick in the first part of the race. I’m really happy we are always at the front now. When it matters we seem to be able to do it. I just hope we can come through in tomorrow’s reverse grid race. As we have seen today anything can happen so we will wait and see.”

Max Fewtrell rounded out the podium, making amends for being beaten off the line by Billy Monger which dropped him to sixth. The championship leader fought his way to a superb third which included some daring high speed wheel to racing in treacherous conditions with JHR’s Sennan Fielding. It proved to be an extremely valuable podium for Fewtrell allowing him to extend his slender lead in the standings.

Commented the championship leader: “I was a bit disappointed with qualifying. I definitely had the pace for pole, but I focused on the race. I got a bit of wheel spin off the line and Billy got me around the outside of turn one. Slowly, lap by lap I was overtaking my way back up the order from then on, getting past Sennan and then closing up to Alex and James late on.

“I think this is now my time to try to take hold of the championship. I’ll keep doing the best I can. It was a really good result today. I think both the car and I really clicked out there which was great.”

After a below par qualifying that left him 18th on the grid, British F4’s rainmaster Jamie Caroline probably had the biggest smile of anyone on the way to a soaked grid.  A storming start saw him fly through the field in the drag around the banking on the run down to Deene hairpin, boldly hanging on around the outside to pass several cars. As the Fortec Motorsports driver flashed across the line to conclude his opening lap he had climbed an astonishing ten places.

The Caroline show wasn’t over though; the Pirtek Racing star passing another four cars on his way to fourth and pulling off the move of the race going around the outside of Sennan Fielding at Tarzan to the amazement of spectators.

It was a jaw-dropping overtake, but testament to the quality of driving from both Caroline and Fielding. The latter was robust in his defence, but fair and classy, giving Caroline just enough room to squeeze past.

Explained Caroline: “I overtook about six or seven cars off the line and then did a few more around the outside of the hairpin too. It was a pretty ballsy move because if anyone had spun off they probably would have collected me so it was very risky, but thankfully it worked.

“On the first lap everyone was still trying to find the grip and I was able to just go flat out. I was able to find all the grip straight away while everyone was trying to find it.

“Respect to Fielding for giving me the room to go around the outside of him. He could have quite easily squeezed me on the exit. We shook hands afterwards. We might have just touched wheels, but it was fair racing from Sennan. I didn’t think I was going to do the move. I thought I braked a little bit late, but I found so much grip on the outside.”

Behind Fielding could be found the TRS Arden duo of Rafael Martins and Luis Leeds, with Nicolai Kjaergaard in eighth, earning the reverse grid pole for race two this weekend.

Carrie Schreiner had a sterling performance in the rain for Double R; scoring points in her first race behind the wheel of her Ford EcoBoost-powered racer since May following a five second time penalty for Patrik Matthiesen for overtaking under yellow flags.

It was a race to forget for title protagonists Devlin DeFrancesco and Petru Florescu. The former succumbing to contact with Goddard who received three penalty points on his licence and a five place grid penalty following the contact. Meanwhile Florescu came unstuck as a result of incidents on the opening lap which hampered his race and despite the Romanian’s perseverance ultimately contributed to its premature end.

The British F4 racers are back on track at Rockingham at 1050 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race with the Rockingham finale, in which JHR’s Billy Monger will go from pole, to be televised live on ITV4 at 1552.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 22 Rockingham 27 August 2016
13 laps / 25.22 miles
1 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 20m 25.263s / 74.10mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +5.072s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +5.907s
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +15.962s
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +19.799s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +20.499s
7 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +26.996s
8 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +28.113s
9 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +30.064s
10 Carrie SCHREINER / GER / Double R +39.625s etc.

Fastest lap James Pull 1m 33.026s / 75.07mph

Rookie class 1 Quinn; 2 Kjaergaard; 3 Simmons; 4 Martin

Grid for Round 23 Kjaergaard – Leeds – Martins – Fiedling – Caroline – Fewtrell – Quinn – Pull – Schreiner – Simmons etc.

Provisonal championship standings
1 Fewtrell 247; 2 Pull 236; 3 Leeds 233; 4 Fielding 220; 5 DeFrancesco 214; 6 Florescu 202; 7 Quinn 192; 8 Goddard 171; 9 Martins 136; 10 Caroline 134 etc.

Rookie Class
1 Quinn 424; 2 Kjaergaard 301; 3 J. Martin 300; 4 Simmons 251; 5 R. Martin 130

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DeFrancesco and Carlin top the times in super-competitive Rockingham test

  • Carlin quartet leads the way with DeFrancesco quickest.
  • Top 15 covered by less than a second at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

ROCKINGHAM 26 AUGUST, 2016 – Devlin DeFrancesco headed a Carlin 1-2-3-4 at the top of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford timesheets today in pre-race testing at Rockingham Motor Speedway. The Canadian saved his best until late on with a lap of 1m 19.034s to put him two tenths clear of team-mate James Pull whose time of 1m 19.245s looked like it might not be beaten.

Said DeFrancesco: “I’m looking forward to the rest of this weekend. We’ve done a lot of testing here. James was my benchmark after the first session and I found a few little bits and pieces which we have now sorted on the car so everything is gelling together.

“I really need to maximise qualifying with the ten place grid penalty I have going into this weekend. We had some very good overtakes at Knockhill, especially in race one, so let’s see what we can do here [fighting through the field tomorrow].”

Added Pull: “I think the win is definitely on the cards. Knockhill was a messy weekend for everyone and at Snetterton we were unlucky too. Although at Snetterton we fixed our issues in qualifying so hopefully everything stays normal and I can do well.

“Rockingham is really hard because the surface is so different to any other track. On old tyres the time is a lot slower than usual and on new tyres it’s a lot faster, but it only really lasts for about three laps so that’s going to be important in qualifying.”

As the sun began to set on the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire circuit in the second session; teams elected to do qualifying simulations on new tyres and unsurprisingly many drivers recorded their best times of the day in thrilling fashion as the clock ticked down.

Petru Florescu ended the day third fastest overall courtesy of a very late flyer whilst championship leader Max Fewtrell looked as rock solid as ever out ending up P4.

Despite Carlin grabbing the headlines at the top, they were by no means easily clear of the field, with the majority of drivers less than a second off DeFrancesco’s time.

Chief among Carlin’s challengers was JHR Developments’ Sennan Fielding. Like Pull, his fastest time came in the first session and after making a setup breakthrough over the summer around this circuit the Chesterfield racer is sure to be a contender for top honours.

Rafael Martins and Ayrton Simmons also shone for TRS Arden, posting the sixth and seventh fastest times respectively. The latter looking particularly impressive on track as the quickest Rookie driver and is on the cusp of his first ever overall podium.

Commented Simmons: “I’m really happy. I think I could have been right up there with DeFrancesco. I’m really happy with the job that the team has done so fingers crossed for tomorrow.

“I’ve found that things have really clicked with the team, so every change we do to the car results in an improvement which is great. I think myself and the car have been outstanding today. All we need to do is carry this on.”

Aussies Zane Goddard (Double R) and Luis Leeds (TRS Arden) lit up Knockhill a fortnight ago and found themselves in eighth and ninth at the close of play. Both drivers are likely to get in on the act given their pace in testing.

Said Leeds: “Session one was good. We had a lot of pace. It’s positive because all the Arden cars had a lot of pace and we were all quicker than each other in different areas so we can build from each other’s sessions. This weekend should be pretty fun with eight of us in the championship hunt. It’s getting real.”

JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen was another driver to finish within a second of the day’s fastest time and is hopeful of building on his pace throughout the weekend: “It’s nice to be back in the car, especially as a lot of my sponsors are here this weekend. The pace is there. We need to focus on improving in the first sector. We’re aiming for a strong qualifying. We want to get into the top ten and stay there. After that we will see how the races go.”

Fielding’s JHR team-mates Billy Monger and Jack Butel had hoped to show more in testing, having finished outside the top ten. Butel suffered from technical gremlins which prevented him from mixing it towards the front, but having missed out on Knockhill one senses that a clearly physically fitter and more focused Butel is on the hunt for some big point scores this weekend.

Alex Quinn was quickest of the Fortec Motorsports runners; breaking into the top ten late on, but it’s likely to have come as little consolation for a team who had a relatively quiet day’s running. Something that was all the more surprising given Jamie Caroline’s flashes of speed during the first session.

Explained Caroline: “We went out too early on the newer tyres in the first session when the track was still rubbering in. We then went out on old tyres in the second session and had alright pace. We then went quicker on new tyres, but everyone had a second set and found loads of time whereas we only had one set of new tyres for that session. It’s meant to be wet tomorrow and I hope it will be because I always go well in those conditions.”

Carrie Schreiner ended the day 17th for Double R, clearly still getting reacquainted with her Ford EcoBoost-powered racer, having last competed in the series in May. There is sure to be more to come from the German starlet, as is the case with Richardson Racing’s Alexandra Marinescu.

Official qualifying is set for 1020 tomorrow ahead of the 1415 start for Round 22 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1552.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Leading testing times Rockingham 26 August 2016 (session 1/session 2)
1 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:19.501 / 1:19.034
2 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:19.245 / 1:19.354
3 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:19.619 / 1:19.250
4 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:19.385 / 1:19.257
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:19.266 / 1:19.330
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:19.729 / 1:19.294
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:19.410 / 1:19.309
8 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:19.569 / 1:19.352
9 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:19.528 / 1:19.421
10 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:19.872 / 1:19.498 etc.

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British F4 racer James Pull to make step up to F3

22 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull is to make the step up to F3 in it’s final round of the season at Donington Park with Carlin and will replace last season’s FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain Lando Norris who cannot attend the event. The 16-year-old’s move to the next stage up the single-seater ladder another shining example of how the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is the ideal starting point in single-seaters; testament to British F4’s ability to prepare and propel drivers up the motorsport ladder.

In 2016 Pull has been one to watch with Carlin in the F4 British Championship and currently sits joint fourth overall in the standings with nine races still to come this season. His speed and consistency has been further underlined by an impressive tally of six podium finishes and two fastest laps over the course of what has been a competitive year in the F4 British Championship. He lies just 22 points adrift of top spot and is firmly in contention to become the FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

Said Pull ahead of his first taste of Formula 3 machinery: “It’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready for it. I have done some testing in an F3 car and my times have been good so I’m excited to be getting this opportunity. The race is at Donington which is my favourite track so that’s an added bonus for me. If I can get a couple of good results I’ll show my potential for next season.”

Said Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are delighted to welcome James [Pull] to the British Formula Three team in place of Lando [Norris] who cannot be with us. We’ve watched James develop and drive well over the course of the season in the British Formula 4 car and we’re pleased to give him the opportunity to race with us at Donington in the British Formula 3 car.”

Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports added: “It’s a great opportunity for James to sample F3, as it’s certainly one of his options for next year. He’s had a brilliant season, finishing consistently on the podiums and he is in with a real shout of the title. We think he’s ready for the step-up and confident he will hit the ground running.”

DRIVER NEWS: James Pull battles in race for the F4 British Championship title

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16 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull took more crucial points in the race for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford title at Knockhill last weekend (13-14 Aug).

The 16-year-old Carlin racer made up numerous positions in each race to finish sixth, fifth and seventh in the three races.

But in a weekend where qualifying caused a problem, the ADD Motorsports driver was happy to leave just 22 points off the leader and remain firmly in the hunt for the Championship.

He said: “I was happy to pick up the points, but disappointed with how events unfolded this weekend.

“I was in P1 in final practice and running P1 in qualifying on wets, but with a few laps to go the track dried and I was not able to get a lap in on slicks and ended up in 13th.  It set the scene for the whole weekend as it put me further down the grid than we should have been based on our lap times on Friday.

“But I’m just 22 points behind top spot and I’m going to keep fighting all the way. There are still nine races left and a lot of points available.”

English driver James, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, was quick in free practice, topping the times in one session and looking set for another podium-packed weekend.

He took this pace into qualifying – and was sitting in P1 on wets until the track began to dry out.

With many other drivers having pitted for slicks, track conditions went away from him, and a number of other title contenders, leaving him back in 13th.

However, in race one, despite two safety cars halting his progress, James expertly made up seven positions and was just one place away from securing pole for the reverse grid of the second race.

Instead, he started seventh but showed his growing maturity by avoiding a number of collisions to fight his way back to fifth.

James started eighth in the final race, but lost two places at the start. Again, he fought back well, pulling off a brilliant overtaking move on his way to a seventh place finish.

It left him joint fourth in the standings with all to play for.

He added: “To be where I was in free practice and at the beginning of qualifying and drop those places when the track dried out was the most disappointing aspect of the weekend.

“Despite this, I know the speed is there and I am very happy with my racecraft.

“We are still in there fighting for the title and I am very confident going into Rockingham in two weeks time.

“There’s a long way to go and it’s really exciting.”

Quinn quickest in British F4 testing at Knockhill

  • Racing Steps Foundation backed Quinn beats Fielding to testing honours by 0.038s.
  • Fielding and DeFrancesco’s fine form continues.
  • Three tenths of a second covers the top 10 runners in British F4.

KNOCKHILL 12 AUGUST, 2016 – Fortec Motorsports rookie Alex Quinn wasted no time in acclimatising to the 1.27-mile Knockhill circuit and shone when conditions were at their best to round off an impressive testing performance with the day’s quickest time.

However, with the top ten runners separated by just three tenths of a second there is sure to be no shortage of challengers for top honours this weekend. Sennan Fielding and Devlin DeFrancesco looking like strong candidates to feature on the podium throughout the weekend, much like they did at Snetterton a fortnight ago.

The first blow of the weekend was struck by Fielding who went quickest in the morning session. The JHR Developments driver bided his time before venturing out on the damp circuit, but worked his way to the top of the timesheets just before a red flag was thrown due to an off track excursion for Quinn.

Carlin’s Max Fewtrell and Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard spent much of the first part of the session leading the field. Along with Fielding, Quinn, Pull and DeFrancesco they were the only drivers to break into the 54 second bracket; separated by less than three tenths. Whilst Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird had a late flurry of quick laps to go faster than Monger.

Fielding picked up where he left off in the dry second session, but Quinn and DeFrancesco had other ideas, both drivers leapfrogging the Amigos backed star with about 15 minutes remaining. Quinn’s time of 50.086s would prove to be the quickest of the day, but only by 0.038s as Fielding responded late on to end up P2, demoting DeFrancesco to third.

Championship leader Petru Florescu and Pull joined DeFrancesco in the top five for much of the session until TRS Arden’s Rafael Martin’s and Ayrton Simmons got in on the act to go fourth and fifth respectively. Meanwhile Aussies Luis Leeds and Goddard left it late to climb up to sixth and seventh.

The rain returned for the final test session of the day and it was frequent Friday flyer Pull who came to the fore ahead of Fewtrell and Goddard. The latter revelling in the slippery conditions, just as he had in the morning. Fortec Motorsports’ Jamie Caroline also made steady progress up the timesheets during the session, finishing just three-hundredths off of Florescu.

Official qualifying is set for 1105 tomorrow ahead of a 1635 start for the championship’s 19th round. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1625.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Leading testing times Knockhill 12 August 2016 (sessions 1/2/3)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 54.886 / 50.086 / 55.047
2 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 54.718 / 50.124 / 54.658
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 54.967 / 50.194 / 54.637
4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 55.403 / 50.258 / 55.586
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 55.444 / 50.279 / 55.426
6 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 55.257 / 50.291 / 55.099
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double 54.742 / 50.328 / 54.570
8 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 54.862 / 50.331 / 54.460
9 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 55.259 / 50.349 / 54.977
10 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 54.739 / 50.404 / 54.564 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Two more podiums for Pull in F4 British Championship

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James Pull took two podiums as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford got back underway after its six week summer break.

The 16-year-old Carlin racer was quickly back into the groove at Snetterton after the mid-season break, with excellent times in testing and qualifying.

He then made it count when it mattered with a brilliant second-place and third-place finish.

It meant the ADD Motorsports-supported driver closed the gap to the top of the standings to just 19 points.

He said: “It was a really good weekend. I got a good qualifying lap in and was back among the podiums.

“But for me the most pleasing thing about the weekend was that I showed good race craft in the second race.

“I set up the move to take second for around a lap, pressuring the driver in front to make a mistake before taking him on the inside with a lap to go.

“To get two podiums straight away after this long break was a good result and has put me in a great place in the Championship.”

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, cut a determined figure from the off – finishing third fastest in the first testing session and fastest in the second.

He took this pace into qualifying, finishing third on the only clear lap he was able to put in – but felt pole was there for the taking had he not been forced onto the wet on his flying lap.

Race one was interrupted by several safety cars, leaving only four racing laps.

When the racing resumed, Pull attempted to attack the driver in front who defended well, but he had to settle for third place at the flag.

Pull finished just behind DeFrancesco – with Carlin’s double podium bringing the jubilant team’s total podium count to an impressive 800.

The driver started the reverse grid of race two in sixth place and had moved into fifth early on after a good start.

He took advantage when the drivers in front clashed to move into third and then spent a lap setting up an attack to try to take second.

His patience and pressure paid off, with Pull making a brilliant move to take the position with a lap to go.

Pull began the final race in fifth place but lost 10 positions when he had to take evasive action onto the grass at the first corner. His race was then brought to a premature end due to contact from behind.

Pull started the weekend 31 points behind the championship leader, but now lies just 19 points behind in fifth.

He added: “I’m in a really good position now. I’m a lot closer to the top and after this weekend I am even more confident that I can challenge for the title.

“Obviously there’s a long way to go, but I plan to keep picking up the podiums to keep me up there.”

Flawless Fielding scores superb British F4 win at Snetterton

  • Fielding claims commanding third win of the season for JHR Developments.
  • Carlin achieves its 800th podium thanks to DeFrancesco and Pull.

SNETTERTON 3O JULY, 2016 – Sennan Fielding’s fine form at Snetterton this weekend continued in round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford; the JHR Developments star converting pole position to victory in style.

The race was far from short of drama. Caroline trying to make a move and unfortunately hitting the pit wall.

The safety car was called upon whilst Caroline’s stricken Pirtek Racing liveried Fortec was removed from the pit straight. Fielding wasted no time at the restart. The experienced driver left the field trailing in his wake as the safety car peeled into the pits.

However, Fielding’s breakaway was shortlived as the safety car almost immediately made another appearance following Fewtrell going off.

By the time the safety car returned to the pits once more there were only several laps remaining. Fielding was calm and composed out front however, keeping his Carlin pursuers Devlin DeFrancesco and James Pull at bay until the chequered flag.

Said the race winner: “It was a great restart. The second one was a little bit more difficult because the guys behind knew what I would likely do so I tried to mix it up a little bit. It was a fun race. It was good to get the first win of the weekend and we need to carry this on.

“I felt very comfortable out there. Credit to the team, they’ve made the car amazing so huge thanks to them. I think in the second half of the season we are really going to show what we can do and get our championship back on track.”

DeFrancesco and Pull’s podiums had added significance for Carlin as they secured its 800th podium since the team’s inception. A phenemonal achievement for a team that has been pivotal to careers of so many of motorsport’s leading lights, a number of whom having driven in British F4.

Commented DeFrancesco: “Sennan has been really quick all weekend. He’s really found his rhythm around here. We really struggled in FP1 and FP2 yesterday so we’ve made a great comeback as a team. We were cathching Sennan at some points of the race. There are some things we need to analyse for race two and three.

“It’s amazing to get 800 podiums for Carlin. They are such a great team and a major name in motorsport which makes me very proud to race from them.”

Added Pull: “It was a shame there were so many safety cars. I was just trying to pick up as many points as I could so third place is good. I cannot complain. 800 podiums for Carlin now so that’s a great milestone to achieve and hopefully we can do even better in the next races.”

Zane Goddard was a standout performer at the start, seizing the initiaitive jumping from tenth to sixth on the opening lap, and later working his way up to fourth for Double R Racing.

Nicolai Kjaergaard put in his best performance of the season to finish sixth for Fortec. The Dane has returned from the summer break reinvigorated and after a strong showing in qualifying took no prisioners on his way to a Rookie Class win.

Said Kjaergaard: “I think going away over the summer and coming back has helped me. I have confidence in the car to lean on the tyres in the corners and I can just go for it now. It will be difficult to catch Alex [Quinn] in the Rookie Class. He’s a really good driver, but I will do my best.”

Team-mate Alex Quinn had it all to do starting last after a frustrating qualifying and he put in a determined drive to finish ninth. The highlight of his race coming in the final two laps. He opportunistically snuck past Simmons as the TRS Arden racer tried to pass Matthiesen, and then proceeded to bravely pass Matthiesen on the outside of Riches who held off Simmons for tenth.

Stated Quinn: “It was a fun race. It was really good battling, but obviously I would prefer to be doing that at the front. I think it’s shown that we have really good place coming from 19th to ninth so I’m happy with this. Hopefully we can move up a bit more in the next race starting from a bit higher up. We will try to take as many opportunites as we can.”

Ahead of Quinn finsihed Petru Florescu and Rafael Martins in seventh and eighth respectively. The latter earning the reverse grid pole in the process and the former taking valubale points out of Fewtrell’s championship lead.

Newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motorsport) rounded out the finishing classification, both drivers putting on an entertaining battle and seperated by just 4 tenths of a second as they crossed the line.

Lights go out on round 17 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at 1715 this afternoon. TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins will be hoping take full advantage of pole to claim his second win of the season.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 16 Snetterton 30 July 2016
9 laps / 26.72 miles
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 21m 4.243s
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +0.532s
3 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +1.707s
4 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +2.778s
5 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +3.116s
6 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +4.382s
7 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +4.836s
8 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +5.432s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +9.808s
10 Patrik MATTHIESEN / DEN / JTR +10.428s etc.

Fastest lap James Pull / Carlin 1m 52.668s / 94.86 mph

Rookie class 1 Kjaergaard, 2 Quinn, 3 Simmons, 4 Martin

Grid for round 17 Martins – Florescu – Kjaergaard – Leeds – Goddard – Pull – DeFrancesco – Fielding – Quinn – Matthiesen

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