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.”

DRIVER NEWS: Double podium for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Oulton Park

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7 JUNE, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline enjoyed his best weekend of the season to date with a double podium finish in the latest rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Oulton Park.

The teenager went into the weekend seeking to build on a second podium finish of the campaign last time out at Thruxton, but was well aware of the vastly different challenge provided by the picturesque Cheshire circuit.

A tightly-fought qualifying session saw Jamie pick up the best starting slot of his single-seater career to date, with his Jamun Racing-run car lining up fourth on the grid for the first race of the weekend.

Moving ahead of Alex Quinn at the start, Jamie then became embroiled in a race long battle with Petru Florescu; posting the fastest lap en-route to a third place finish.

Hopes of a similar result would come to an early end in race two when a clutch issue on the opening lap forced Jamie back into the pits to retire, with his team then working to replace the part in time for the final race of the weekend.

Once again starting from fourth on the grid, Jamie launched the distinctively-liveried Pirtek car off the line to take third going into turn one and the reigning Ginetta Junior Championship would prove to be the only man capable of taking the fight to the race-winning Carlin team as he picked up a second podium of the year.

Despite the race two DNF, the 30 points from the meeting marked Jamie’s highest weekend score to date and leaves him eighth in the championship standings.

“It’s good that we were the only driver who was really able to take the challenge to the Carlin men this weekend in both qualifying and the races,” he reflected. “Oulton Park is a circuit where it is was always going to be harder to overtake compared to the first three rounds, but I managed to make up a place in two of the races and it was just unfortunate that we had a mechanical failure in the other.

“To come away from the weekend with two more podiums is pleasing on one hand, but on the other, I hoped to be able to challenge for my first win of the year this weekend and am slightly disappointed that I didn’t manage to achieve it.

“However, it’s good points on the board and I’m looking forward to fighting at the front again when we go to Croft in a few weeks.”

Florescu takes command of Oulton Park finale and F4 British Championship

  • Perfection from Petru on his way to fourth win of the season.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Nicolai Kjaergaard claims maiden Rookie class victory.

OULTON PARK 5 JUNE, 2016 – Carlin’s Petru Florescu put on a perfect display to win the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford race of the weekend at Oulton Park. It was a straightforward race for the Romanian star driver, as he cruised his way to his fourth race win of the season and a 22 point lead in the standings.

Holding off DeFrancesco at the start, coupled with clear air to pump in some fast laps out front meant that the experienced Florescu could take a commanding victory around the 2.2 mile Cheshire track. He finished ahead of team-mate DeFrancesco, who himself executed a fantastic race to keep the flying Florescu in his sights for the duration.

Said the race winner: “We had really good pace again and fastest lap as well. I just focused on trying to stay consistent and didn’t push too much. It was a lot easier to control the pace in clear air. I’m looking forward to Croft. It’s a track I like. I’m so happy with this result and this race. It’s great for my championship and I want to say a huge thanks to the team.”

Added DeFrancesco: “At Carlin we had a meeting before the race between all the engineers and drivers and we knew the race to turn one would determine the outcome so I gave it everything at the start. I had a really good launch off the line, but I probably needed just a metre more to get in front.

“We have scored very good points for the championship and made up a lot of ground. Obviously Petru is looking very strong, but we are definitely catching up to our rivals. Carlin have got the car setup perfectly. It feels almost unbeatable.”

Jamie Caroline took his second podium of the weekend courtesy of another electrifying start which saw him speed past Max Fewtrell and not for the first time this weekend was the quickest of the non-Carlin runners.

Commented Caroline: “I was the only one able to take it to Carlin in the race. I was pleased to be able to get a good start, especially as I had to get used to the new clutch so quickly after the issue we had with the old one in race two.

“I’m very surprised to get the start that I did because with every clutch the biting point varies a little bit. There wasn’t much more we could have done in the race. Looking ahead to Croft, it’s another circuit I like. We were testing there the other day and I was straight on the pace so I’m looking forward to it.”

Max Fewtrell put in another calm and considered performance in fourth to bring home a strong points haul essential in his quest for the title; whilst James Pull performed a brilliant overtaking manoeuvre for fifth on Alex Quinn at Old Hall on lap four. Quinn was to suffer further misfortune as a gearbox issue put an end to his race on the penultimate lap.

Old Hall was the scene of further action early on as Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird crashed out of the race having been in 11th – four places up from his starting position.

Meanwhile Patrik Matthiesen was another early casualty, having made the same mistake at Knickerbrook as Zane Goddard had in round 11. The latter claiming the final points paying position as scant consolation for a day that promised so much for the talented Aussie racer.

Race two winner Rafael Martins was the highest of the TRS Arden runners yet again in sixth; whilst Nicolai Kjaergaard put in an inspired performance to take his first Rookie class win and hold off a hard-charging Sennan Fielding for seventh place.

Explained Kjaergaard: “It was a really good race. It’s not the ideal way to take this Rookie win with Quinn dropping out, but a win is a win and I’ll take it. I knew Sennan was quick so I was a bit worried when I saw him in my mirrors, but I was able to keep him behind. Now I know that I can compete with the very best in British F4 and I will try to do the same at Croft.”

Despite having to settle for eighth, JHR’s Fielding was still able to showcase his overtaking prowess with an expertly judged pass into Old Hall on Ayrton Simmons on lap five.

Billy Monger provided some excitement late on in proceedings, making an uncharacteristic mistake by running wide and letting TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and Jack Martin through.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford stars will be back in action in two weeks’ time at Croft circuit. Petru Florescu is sure to be riding a wave confidence after a brilliant time at Oulton Park. Having topped the times in testing at the North Yorkshire circuit earlier this week he will be many people’s tip for further success.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 12 Oulton Park 5 June 2016
14 laps / 31.164 miles
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 19m 43.908s / 94.76mph
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +2.495s
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun + 6.047s
4 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +7.881s
5 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +8.883s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +21.312s
7 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +21.555s
8 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +21.892s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +22.306
10 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +22.846s etc.

Fastest lap Petru Florescu 1m 23.735s / 95.70mph Est Rec

Rookie class 1 Kjaergaard, 2 Simmons, 3 Martin

Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 158, 2 Fewtrell 136, 3 Pull 131, 4 Fielding 116, 5 Leeds 111, 6 DeFrancesco 109, 7 Quinn 100, 8 Caroline 95 9 Martins 84, 10 Monger 57 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 251, 2 J. Martin 163, 3 Kjaergaard 136, 4 R. Martin 130, 5 Simmons 95

Full results

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing aim to impress at Oulton Park

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1 JUNE, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s young star Jamie Caroline will hope that history repeats itself this weekend when he heads to Oulton Park for the latest rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

The teenager makes the journey to the stunning Cheshire circuit on the back of another impressive weekend on track at Thruxton last month, where he stormed to a second podium finish of the season at the wheel of his Jamun Racing-run car.

His results in Hampshire last time out leave Jamie seventh in the title race going into this weekend’s meeting at a circuit that has happy memories for the 17-year-old, having been the scene of a stunning double win in last season’s Ginetta Junior Championship.

Those two wins would prove to be the catalyst for his eventual championship success; kick-starting a run of five successive wins and an astonishing ten victories in the following 14 races.

A similar front-running performance this weekend would provide Jamie with the opportunity to bring himself firmly into contention for top honours in this season’s highly-competitive F4 series, which has featured six different winners already in 2016.

With hopes high that the impressive speed he has shown thus far can be translated into further success on track, Jamie will hope to become the seventh different winner as he bids to make his move up the championship standings.

“Oulton Park was the place where my championship really started last year with the double win, and hopefully it will be the same this time around,” he said. “It’s a really ‘old school’ circuit where there is no room for error, and the smallest mistake can really cost you.

“Although it was tough to end the weekend at Thruxton with a DNF, the fact I was back on the podium was great and I’m hopeful that I can at least repeat that this weekend. Qualifying will be important as Oulton Park can be a difficult circuit to pass on, although I’ve shown so far this season that I’m not afraid to make a move when I need to and am capable of making up places in the races.

“Given how much I love Oulton Park, I’m really looking forward to this weekend and can’t wait for the action to begin.”

After qualifying on Saturday 4 June at 09.30, the first of three F4 British Championship races will be at 14.45 later that day, with race two at 12.57 and race three at 17.40 on Sunday. Sunday’s races will feature in ITV4’s extensive BTCC coverage, with live timing and results from the weekend being available at www.tsl-timing.com.

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.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing with Jamun return to British F4 podium

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09 MAY, 2016 – Jamun and Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline returned to the podium with another impressive on-track performance in the third round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Thruxton.

The teenager went into the weekend seeking to build on a hat-trick of top ten finishes at Donington Park at the wheel of his Jamun Racing-run car, with the ultimate aim being to challenge for a second podium finish of the campaign.

Qualifying around the quickest circuit on the calendar saw Jamie post the ninth quickest time, with his best lap being just half a second away from pole.

A small issue with the brakes on his car saw him finish the opening race of the weekend in tenth place, with race two on Sunday morning providing the 17-year-old with the chance to shine.

Starting from tenth place, and carrying ITV4’s onboard camera, Jamie produced another astonishing start to rocket up to fourth place on the opening lap and then made up two further places on lap two before setting about chasing leader Luis Leeds.

Two Safety Car periods would disrupt his challenge as Jamie secured second place; matching the result he secured in the season opener at Brands Hatch.

An incident on the way to the grid in race three that caused damage to the nose of his car would ultimately lead to a retirement, with Jamie leaving Thruxton sitting seventh in the championship standings.

“It’s good that I’ve come away from the weekend with another podium finish, although I’m also a little bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to get the win,” he said. “I was hoping we could pick up a good result in race one but unfortunately there was a bit of an issue with the brakes that left me in P10 and that meant I had work to do in race two.

“I’ve always been confident when I’m on cold tyres and that meant that when the lights went out, I was able to push hard and make up places, although I didn’t expect to get up so far so quickly. I was keeping the pressure on Leeds ahead and without the second Safety Car, I think I could have pushed him for the win.

“Unfortunately, I had some understeer going into the chicane on the restart which meant I lost the gap and I had to focus more on defending from the car behind, so while it was good to be back on the podium, I know it could have been more.

“Race three is one that is best forgotten so I’ll just turn my focus to Oulton Park and hopefully I can challenge for the win I really want.”

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: Jamun Pirtek Racing ace Caroline targets maiden single-seater success

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05 MAY, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline has his sights firmly fixed on a first single-seater victory when the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads for Thruxton this weekend for the third round of the season.

The talented teenager heads for the quickest circuit on the calendar on the back of a solid weekend of racing at Donington Park last month, where the reigning Ginetta Junior champion picked up a hat-trick of top ten finishes.

That included an astonishing performance in the first race of the weekend, where the 17-year-old showcased his talents as he romped through the field from 15th to 6th on the opening lap in challenging wet conditions.

Onboard footage of that lap has since gone viral online, with more than 113,000 views on the official British F4 Facebook page alone in recent weeks.

Having also shown impressive speed in the season opener at Brands Hatch, Jamie will now seek to fight for a maiden victory at one of his favourite circuits on the calendar – and one that already holds a special place in his heart having been the scene of his maiden car victory back in 2012.

In a change from the norm, pre-event testing for the Thruxton meeting took place last month with Jamie posting the 15th quickest time in changeable conditions.

However, confidence is high for a stronger showing when the real business gets underway with Saturday’s qualifying session, with Jamie aiming to challenge at the front of the pack in his Jamun Racing-run car.

“Testing at Thruxton last month didn’t go as well as we hoped, although the changing conditions didn’t really help,” he said. “However, since then we have had a good weekend at Donington Park and have also discovered a few other things with the car that mean I’m heading back to Thruxton in confident mood for the weekend ahead.

“It’s the quickest circuit on the calendar and totally different to anywhere else that we race with the sweeping corners around the back and the fact you are flat out so much. I really enjoy driving there and it’s a circuit that means a lot to me personally as it was the place where I took my first win in Ginettas.

“There’s been a lot of coverage online of my performance at Donington Park last month and hopefully I can create a few more headlines with a good performance this weekend and fight at the front of the field to move up the championship standings.”

After qualifying on Saturday 7 May at 11.35, the first of three F4 British Championship races will be at 15.05 later that day, with races two and three at 12.55 and 16.30 on Sunday. Sunday’s races will feature in ITV4’s extensive BTCC coverage, with live timing and results from the weekend available at www.tsl-timing.com.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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.”