Simmons on pole after Pasma penalty

  • Pasma quickest in qualifying, but penalty sees Simmons take pole for round 16.
  • Pasma on pole for round 18 courtesy of quickest second-fastest lap.

28 JULY, 2018 – Arden’s Patrik Pasma was quickest in qualifying at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, but Ayrton Simmons will start from pole in round 16 due to Pasma taking a 10 place grid penalty handed to him at Croft.

Pasma just got the better of JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons on the timesheet, both drivers putting in excellent qualifying performances. The latter looked likely to take his fourth pole of the season, but Pasma’s flyer in the closing stages just bettered his time. A lap of 1m 51.266s left the pair separated by only 0.009s at the end of proceedings.

“It wasn’t a perfect lap, but it was still good enough for P1,” said Pasma. “We now need to concentrate on the races. It’s going to be a busy day. We need to keep our heads down and work hard.

“I was second-last with about 10 minutes left on the clock, but I stayed calm. We didn’t have many laps, but the laps we did get were excellent.

“Our race pace is looking strong so I go into the races with plenty of confidence this weekend.”

“I went off on my last lap after working out where I could improve on the previous lap,” added Simmons. “I tried to go flat in turn one, but it didn’t quite work out.

“It’s an amazing result to have qualified on the front row considering where we were yesterday. We were very much on the back foot due to technical problems. The team have done fantastic work.

“Starting at the front is good, but obviously we want to win so there’s still work to be done in the race.

“There’s a little bit of a gap to Jewiss at the top of the standings, but qualifying ahead of him is a good start and now we need to make sure we outscore him in the race.”

Dennis Hauger (Arden) was quickest rookie and will start on the front row following Pasma’s penalty. Meanwhile, championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had to settle for a second row grid slot, citing the windy conditions as having hampered his performance.

Jack Doohan (Arden) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) set identical lap times and completed the quintet all within four tenths of Pasma’s pole lap.

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) netted sixth on the grid ahead of Friday afternoon pacesetter Sebastian Priaulx (Arden), as well as Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments), Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) who completed the top-10.

The first race of the weekend follows at 1400 with race two at 1625.

Provisional qualifying times Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
1 Patrik PASMA* / FIN / Arden 1:51.266
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:51.275
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:51.567
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:51.569
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden 1:51.594
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:51.594
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:51.840
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.024
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.250
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:52.272 etc.
*10-place grid penalty

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

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Jewiss stays on top in Snetterton test

  • Kiern Jewiss leaves it late to secure top spot on the timesheet.
  • Manuel Sulaiman shines on final day of test.

18 JULY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss maintained his position at the top of the timesheets by recording the fastest time on the second and final day of testing at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Just as the Double R racer did yesterday, he saved his best until the end of the afternoon session to have the last laugh. With less than 10 minutes left on the clock Jewiss pumped in a lap of 1m 51.726s and then proceeded to better it moments later with a 1m 51.698s.

It put him 0.272s clear of JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman who put in a fine testing performance as the only other driver to break the 1m 52s barrier on the second day of running.

Morning pacesetter Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) wound up third on the combined classification, with Jack Doohan (Arden) fourth fastest, ahead of Arden team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Dennis Hauger.

Ayrton Simmons’ best lap times from the morning and afternoon were within a tenth of each other, underlining the JHR Developments driver’s consistency.

Meanwhile Hampus Ericsson recorded the quickest time of any Fortec Motorsports driver during the two day test to go fifth fastest in the afternoon and eighth on the combined classification, ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) and team-mate Johnathan Hoggard.

Attention now turns to the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost which will take place at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Snetterton, 18 July, 2018 (am/pm)

1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:52.517 / 1:51.698
2 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.668 / 1:51.970
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:52.060 / 1:52.158
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.201 / 1:52.406
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.278 / 1:52.652
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.433 / 1:52.670
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:52.521 / 1:52.593
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:52.817 / 1:52.526
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.574 / 1:52.746
10 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.616 / 1:53.029 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

Simmons edges out Doohan on day one of Croft test

  • Little to separate pacesetters on day one of Croft test, as championship leader Ayrton Simmons gets the better of Jack Doohan by a mere 0.006s.

4 JUNE, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments edged out Jack Doohan and Arden on day one of a two day test at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The pair were consistently quick throughout the day’s running, Simmons once again showcasing the front-running pace which sees him currently leading the championship.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Junior Team driver Doohan picked up where he left off just over two weeks ago when he claimed his maiden single-seater win at Thruxton.

Doohan got the better of Simmons in the morning session, beating him to the top of the times by just 0.013s. He looked set to finish the afternoon quickest too, only for Simmons to pump in a 1m 20.727s lap with little more than five minutes on the clock to go 0.006s clear of the Aussie.

Johnathan Hoggard wasn’t far behind, finding plenty of pace in the afternoon to lap just a tenth adrift and become one of only three drivers to break the 1m 21s barrier.

The Fortec Motorsports driver ended up ahead of Thruxton double race winner Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), with Dennis Hauger just 0.009s shy of Jewiss.

Hauger’s team-mate Patrik Pasma wound up seventh, while Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) split the Arden duo.

Behind Pasma on the timesheet could be found fellow flying Finn Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing), with Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) completing the top 10.

Of note was the official testing debut of Christian Lester and Rosso Verde Racing, as part of an acclimatisation process with a view to entering the F4 British Championship in future.

Testing at Croft resumes tomorrow, before the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heads to Oulton Park for the upcoming rounds of the season on 9/10 June.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Croft, 4 June, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:20.955 / 1:20.727
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.942 / 1:20.733
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:22.163 / 1:20.831
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.421 / 1:21.001
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.049 / 1:21.010
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.627 / 1:21.114
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.356 / 1:21.157
8 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.550 / 1:21.222
9 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:22.255 / 1:21.274
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.588 / 1:21.280 etc.

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Jewiss leaves it late to take victory

  • Jewiss and Double R Racing emerge victorious after enthralling battle with Arden’s Hauger.
  • Simmons stays at the top of standings after brilliant damage limitation drive.
  • Tonteri scoops final podium spot and Rookie class win.

19 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss took his second win of the season in round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton, following a patient and tactical drive from third on the grid.

Jewiss found himself locked in a battle for victory with poleman Dennis Hauger (Arden), after the duo had got back ahead of the fast-starting Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) who had made his way up to the lead in the space of four corners on the opening lap from fifth on the grid.

Hauger defended valiantly, but Jewiss looked to be playing a tactical game. Having got the better of Hauger on lap four, Hauger hit back on lap eight to regain the lead.

Jewiss refused to let Hauger escape his clutches and positioned himself perfectly to benefit from a powerful slipstream down Brooklands straight.

The Double R ace left it until the last lap to pounce, getting the run on Hauger down Brooklands and into the final chicane. Hauger immediately tried to retaliate, but the two drivers made contact. It left the Arden racer careering into the tyre barriers while Jewiss maintained momentum through the chicane to take the chequered flag.

“I knew as long as he didn’t pull away from me all I had to do was stay calm,” said Jewiss. “I had a big enough gap behind me which meant that I didn’t have to worry too much about defending and I could focus on how I was going to get into the lead.

“It was a long race and I had a long time to think about how I would pull off an overtake and manage my race.

“I could see that Hauger was sliding around and using up his tyres. That was perfect for me because I felt I was able to manage my tyres better. I drove smoothly while keeping him under pressure.

“I gave the overtake a go on the penultimate lap and lost a bit of momentum so I gave it my all on the last lap to give myself a chance to get by at the very end. Hauger got on the grass, hit the brakes and made contact with the rear of my car.

“Big thanks to Double R Racing, FM Conway, HCL and MB Partners for making this possible. We’re trying to score as many points as we can and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

Ayrton Simmons performed an excellent exercise in damage limitation, having started 12th due to a 10-place grid penalty for causing contact at the Donington Park meeting three weeks ago.

The JHR Developments driver picked his way through the field expertly at the circuit in which he made his debut two years ago to stay at the top of the standings.

“I got a brilliant start,” said Simmons. “I tried to stay away from all the incidents and keep my head cool.

“I was hoping to get a top four finish in the race in an attempt to minimise the damage. I went from 12th to sixth on the first lap and that certainly helped make my life easier.

“It was all about planning my moves in what was a tricky race. It was really hot too so I had to focus on looking after the tyres as well.

“It was a very strategic race, but our strategy ended up paying off so I’m very pleased.

“I was a bit fortunate with what happened to Hauger, but I was in the right place at the right time and that’s what matters.”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was back on the podium having been involved in frenetic battles with the likes of Simmons, Patrik Pasma and Johnathan Hoggard. The Finn beating the hard-charging Jack Doohan by just 0.194s to take third, as well as the Rookie class win.

“It was a pretty eventful race,” explained Tonteri. “I got a decent start. I made up some places to run as high as P3, but then Ayrton passed me.

“I was waiting for an opportunity to make a move and then on the last lap we saw some action up ahead with the leaders and that promoted me back up to third.

“The pace was really good, but we just weren’t quite in the right places at the right time to fight for the win.

“I lost some ground in the championship and the Rookie class standings at Donington Park with results not going my way, so it’s great to come back stronger here. It feels good to be back on the podium.”

Doohan was rapid and despite falling as far back as 10th, fought back to fourth. The Red Bull Junior Team driver set fastest lap of the race in the process, with a time of 1m 13.854s, which was just 0.102s off of the lap record.

The Aussie finished ahead of Arden team-mate Pasma who recovered well from a five-place grid penalty to end up fifth, having started 13th. His fifth place also earning him pole for tomorrow’s reverse-grid race.

Hoggard had to settle for sixth despite his opening lap heroics, ahead of third place rookie Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Sebastian Priaulx was a victim of his own success at the start. He flew off the grid from ninth, but found himself squeezed between Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments). It resulted in all three taking to the pits, with Sulaiman and Alvarez eventually forced to retire. Priaulx persevered to score a point, ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) who just missed out on a top 10 finish.

Racing resumes at Thruxton tomorrow, with the reverse-grid race at 1250 and the final race of the weekend at 1625. Both will be shown live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 7 Thruxton, 19 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.96 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 04.348s / 112.67 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.049s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.405s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.599s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.342s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +5.688s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +16.813s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +20.928s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +25.648s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +50.264s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 13.854s / 114.84 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Doohan, 3 Skelton

Grid for Round 8: Pasma – Doohan – Tonteri – Simmons – Jewiss – Hoggard – Skelton – Allen – Sharp – Priaulx etc.

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 120 points; 2 Jewiss 113; =3 Hoggard 86; =3 Priaulx 86; 5 Doohan 74; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 50; 8 Tonteri 48; 9 Skelton 21; 10 Ericsson 19 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 141 points; 2 Hauger 110; =3 Tonteri 98; =3 Skelton 98; 5 Alvarez 39

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Simmons strikes again with Ford EcoBoost-powered win at Brands Hatch

  • Simmons makes it two wins from three in final race of weekend.
  • Jewiss stars on the podium once again.
  • Tonteri claims maiden podium and Rookie class win.

8 APRIL, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments made it two wins from three at Brands Hatch in the opening weekend of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having already bagged a win and a second place finish, Simmons was out to convert pole into victory in the ITV4 live-televised race. The Epping racer duly delivered, but victory looked far from certain in the opening exchanges.

Wheelspin on a damp track at the start for Simmons left him under attack from Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing). There was nothing to separate them through turn one and into Druids, but it was Jewiss who got the best exit on the run down to Graham Hill Bend to take the lead.

It was short-lived however. Jewiss got out of shape at McLaren on lap two, promoting Simmons back into the lead and Hauger up to second.

Back in the lead Simmons once again proved impassable out front, just as he had done in race one.

An attack from Hauger into Paddock Hill Bend came after a Safety Car restart, but it was Hauger who came off worse. The Norwegian locked a wheel and ran through the gravel, resulting in him plummeting down the order.

“It was tricky out there,” said Simmons. “There were plenty of damp patches out on track.

“I got on the wet kerb on the exit of turn two and that lit the rear tyres up which gave the guys behind the opportunity to attempt to pass.

“I said yesterday was the best day I had ever had in motorsport and now I would have to say it’s been the best weekend.

“This is a great springboard for the rest of the season. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”

Added a jubilant JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter: “It’s been an exceptional start to the season for the team.

“Ayrton performed faultlessly and he’s certainly showing he’s got the potential to be a future champion.

“Ayrton has been in a very positive frame of mind throughout the weekend and decisions made by the engineering staff have been spot on. They’ve done a fabulous job with the car.

“We also showed our strength with Josh Skelton who was one of the quickest drivers out on track despite the fact he has very little experience.

“This is the only championship we haven’t won on the TOCA package so hopefully it will go our way this year!”

Commented runner-up Jewiss: “Unfortunately a little mistake cost me today, but you live and learn. It’s only my first weekend in British F4 and it’s certainly not been a bad one!

“Two second places and a fourth place means a great haul of championship points, with a long way to go this season.

“Ayrton probably had the legs on everyone this weekend. I gave it my all, but I didn’t have enough life left in the tyres today.

“Overall it’s been a brilliant weekend. I’ve really enjoyed my single-seater debut so huge thanks to the F4 British Championship organisers and to Ford. I cannot wait for the next race!”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) capitalised on rookie rival Dennis Hauger’s misfortune to take the final podium spot, as well as his first Rookie class win of the season in only his third single-seater race.

“I’m really happy to be on the podium today and I’m looking forward to scoring plenty more points in the next rounds,” said Tonteri.

“It’s been a long winter and we’ve done some really good testing, getting me up to speed. I feel really good in the car and ready to do well.

“Getting the tyres up to temperature as quickly as possible and finding the limit without going over the limit was key today.

“I’m really proud to fly the flag for Finland, especially in front of the huge crowds that come to watch the British F4 races.”

Race two winner Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) came home fourth to add another valuable points haul to his tally to retain second position in the standings.

Behind Priaulx, Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) achieved the best result of his fledgling car racing career in fifth. The 17-year-old showcased excellent pace and also took to the podium courtesy of second in the Rookie class.

It was a welcome return to the top-10 for 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion Hampus Ericsson. The Fortec Motorsports driver scored just a single point yesterday; sixth place acting as some consolation following a difficult weekend.

His team-mate Lucca Allen looked set for a point score too, but a coming together with Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez midway through proceedings saw the race come to a halt for both drivers and the Safety Car deployed.

Jewiss wasn’t the only driver to get caught out by the tricky conditions due to rain failing ahead of the race. The opening lap saw Patrik Pasma, Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Jack Doohan make off-track excursions.

Doohan and Pasma did well to battle back into points paying positions, finishing seventh and eighth respectively ahead of Arden team-mate Hauger, as well as Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Johnathan Hoogard (Fortec Motorsports).

Sharp and Hoggard had been involved in an entertaining battle in the latter stages of the race, the pair running as high as seventh and eighth. However, both went off the track and re-joined in quick succession at Clearways, ultimately costing them several places.

Simmons leaves Brands Hatch with a 19 point lead in the standings over race two winner Priaulx, with Jewiss just one point further back in third. The Ford EcoBoost-powered field is now set to battle it out on track at Donington Park on 28/29 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 3 Brands Hatch Indy, 8 April, 2018
23 laps / 27.78 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 20m 45.329s / 80.31 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.922s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.454s
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +2.163s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +5.329s
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +7.323s
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +8.482s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.122s
9 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +9.371s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +14.955s etc.

Fastest lap: Simmons 46.872s / 92.77 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 68 points; 2 Priaulx 49; 3 Jewiss 48; 4 Tonteri 25; =5 Hauger 23; =5 Doohan 23; =7 Hoggard 18; =7 Pasma 18; 9 Skelton 10; 10 Ericsson 9 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
=1 Hauger 55 points; =1 Doohan 55; =3 Tonteri 43; =3 Skelton 43; 5 Alvarez 12

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Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx powers to maiden British F4 win

  • Priaulx takes maiden single-seater win in only his second British F4 race.
  • Simmons takes second place to remain at top of standings.
  • Doohan completes podium and scores first Rookie class win of campaign.
  • Front-runners Hoggard and Pasma miss out on top spots due to time penalties.

7 APRIL, 2018 – Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx took victory in the second race of the 2018 F4 British Championship at Brands Hatch and followed in the footsteps of Ford GT driver and father Andy Priaulx by winning with Ford EcoBoost power.

Although Priaulx finished third on track, he was promoted to first due to 10 second time penalties for front-row starters Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) for false starts. Nevertheless, Priaulx put in a flawless drive on the way to his maiden single-seater win in only his second British F4 race.

Having finished less than a second behind race one winner Ayrton Simmons just hours earlier, it was Priaulx’s chance to turn the tables. The 1st CENTRAL Insurance backed rising star seized the opportunity as he kept a hard-charging Simmons at bay. The JHR Developments ace having wasted no time in making his way up the order from seventh on the grid. The pick of his moves a daring lunge down the inside of Tonteri on lap two.

“I didn’t even realise I was leading the race,” said Priaulx. “I kept thinking I was in P3 so it was a big surprise to find out I had actually won the race when I came into parc ferme. I’m pretty shocked and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet.

“I feel like I’m bedding in nicely with the car and the team. It feels great to get this first win in British F4. It’s a really hard championship to win in so I’m over the moon.

“It’s so cool wearing a Ford Performance race suit with the blue Ford oval on it. It’s just like my Dad wears for the GT team and it’s such a good feeling to have won with a Ford EcoBoost engine like he has done in the FIA World Endurance Championship.”

Commented early championship leader Simmons: “It’s been one of the best days I’ve had in motorsport. To achieve a double pole, a race win and a second place at the very beginning of the season is fantastic.

“I knew the guys ahead of me on the grid would be running new tyres to try to capitalise on their starting position and that it would take a little longer for them to get their tyres up to optimum temperature so I really pushed to make up places in the opening laps.

“I’m also surprised and pleased with the fact that our pace was similar to everyone else in the closing stages despite our tyres being older.

“I’ve experience a lot of ups and downs over the last couple of years, but it feels like everything is finally coming together now and that’s incredibly exciting for the year ahead.”

Arden’s Jack Doohan claimed a hard-fought podium, pulling off some superb overtakes and getting the better of Kiern Jewiss and team-mate Dennis Hauger in one fell-swoop with a perfectly-judged move around the outside of them at Druids on lap 12.

“We’ve got off to a really good start today. To be honest I thought the podium would have been more likely in race one when I started seventh as opposed to race two when I started ninth, but it was a good race.

“I thought they had made a mistake when I pulled up in parc ferme and they told me I finished third. I thought I was fifth!

“After the experience of race one, I felt more confident with having other cars around me. I had a much better understanding of how much space to give going into this race and that meant I could really push.

“I overtook Jewiss and Hauger in the same move around the outside. I saw them battling in front of me and felt Jewiss had more pace so I thought if I could get past both of them quickly it would mean I could try to break away while they fought each other.”

It was a case of what might have been for front-row starters Hoggard and Pasma. Despite finishing first and second on the track, as well as their front-running pace, they had to settle for fifth and sixth respectively. Their task of pulling away from the chasing pack made only harder due to a Safety Car on lap five to recover Sebastian Alvarez’s (Double R Racing) stricken car on the exit of Paddock Hill Bend.

Hoggard got the better of polesitter Pasma off the line and along with his 10 points for fifth ended the race with fastest lap as added consolation.

The time penalties for Hoggard and Pasma saw Jewiss and Hauger split on the final classification, the former finishing fourth and the latter seventh.

Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) was back in the points following his maiden point score in race one and was locked in an entertaining midfield scrap with Tonteri. Tonteri struck in the closing stages, passing Allen as they crossed the start/finish line and into Paddock Hill Bend, only for the Finn to come unstuck minutes later in the gravel at Druids.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was another on course for a points haul, but for a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits which promoted Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Josh Skelton to 10th and 11th. The pair finishing behind Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) who was able to deliver on the point scoring promise he showed in race one.

Despite missing out on points, JHR Developments driver Skelton bagged third in the Rookie class and with it his first trip to the podium of the season.

Simmons will start from pole for the ITV4 live-televised feature race at 15.05 tomorrow, as he attempts to extend his championship lead. Hauger will line up alongside him and bid for his maiden victory in the series, as well as the Ford Super Rookie Award which would see him take home £5,000.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 2 Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
24 laps / 28.98 miles
1 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 20m 16.015s / 85.82 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +0.852s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +4.127s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +4.986s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +8.589s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.648s
7 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.871s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +13.260s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +13.380s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +15.726s etc.

Fastest lap: Hoggard 46.395s / 93.73 mph

Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Skelton

Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Simmons – Hauger – Jewiss – Tonteri – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Pasma – Sulaiman – Doohan etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 43 points; 2 Priaulx 37; 3 Jewiss 30; 4 Hauger 21; 5 Hoggard 18; 6 Doohan 17; 7 Pasma 14; 8 Tonteri 10; 9 Allen 5; 10 Sulaiman 4 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 43 points; 2 Doohan 40; 3 Skelton 25; 4 Tonteri 18; 5 Alvarez 12

Full results

Simmons takes the spoils in British F4 opener at Brands Hatch

  • Lights-to-flag win for JHR’s Ayrton Simmons.
  • Jewiss and Hauger complete the podium.
  • Hauger takes Rookie class win on car racing debut.

7 APRIL, 2018 – JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons converted pole position into victory in the opening round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Brands Hatch.

The Epping-based racer withstood immense pressure around the 1.2-mile Indy circuit from fellow front-row starter Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), as well as Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making an excellent getaway to snatch fourth place from Paavo Tonteri at the start.

Simmons remained calm and collected out front in a similar fashion to his maiden victory in the series which came at Brands Hatch almost exactly one year ago.

However, his lead seemed most at threat on the second lap when he ran wide through the exit of Paddock Hill Bend. Jewiss was quick to pounce, carrying more momentum into Druids in an attempt to run around the outside of the leader. Simmons held firm, keeping his composure and went on to record the fastest lap of the race on lap 12 on the way to the chequered flag.

“It’s been a great start to the season, taking double pole and the race win,” said an elated Simmons.

“I couldn’t have asked for more, especially on a weekend where the field is so close. The top four were separated by less than tenth in qualifying and under a second in the race.

“It means you have to get everything spot on and we did that. I’m really proud of the JHR Developments team.

“Rain or shine we’ve had really strong pace. The team is working incredibly well.”

Jewiss had plenty to contend with in his rear view mirrors with Hauger swarming all over his gearbox and Priaulx also in close company. The leading quartet were covered by just 0.934s as they crossed the finish line.

“I pushed Ayrton really hard, but as soon as you get within a car length you just run out of grip,” explained Jewiss.

“It’s so hard to pass around this track. You need to make a good start, which I did, but I had a bit of a slide at Graham Hill Bend on the cold tyres.

“I couldn’t quite capitalise on Ayrton’s mistake on the second lap. I might have been able to pull it off if there had been a bit more temperature in the tyres.

“Now we’ve got the partially reversed grid race. It’s going to be interesting because we start further down the order and we’ve seen how hard it is to pass.”

Hauger’s car racing debut was particularly impressive. The Red Bull Junior Team driver made two trips to the podium, courtesy of his third place overall and Rookie class victory.

“It’s been a good start to the season, especially considering it was my first race in cars,” said Hauger.

“I think I had the speed to win the race, but this track is so tricky to overtake on. That was the most difficult aspect of the race.

“The drivers I was racing against up the front have more experience than me so I’m really proud of how I performed and to be the highest placed Rookie is fantastic.”

Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Jack Doohan (Arden) joined Hauger on the Rookie class podium, the pair both netting solid top-10 finishes in their first car race with fifth and ninth respectively.

It was a milestone race for Fortec Motorsport’s Lucca Allen. The Irish racer made an excellent start to the season with his first point score in the series by finishing 10th, having climbed up from 12th in the opening exchanges.

Team-mate Johnathan Hoggard also finished comfortably inside the points in sixth, ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments). Sulaiman climbed several spots at the start to break into the top-10, while Pasma’s seventh earned the Finn reverse grid pole for race two.

Jamie Sharp made a flying start, picking up several places to take 11th and showcased top-10 pace. His hard work was undone by running wide through Clark Curve at the end of lap five, allowing Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing), Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) through.

Attention now turns the second Ford EcoBoost-powered race of the season which kicks off at 17.40.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 1 Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
26 laps / 31.40 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 20m 27.311s / 92.12 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.362s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +0.530s
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.934s
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +2.119s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +2.416s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.641s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +5.040s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.673s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +12.483s etc.

Fastest lap: Simmons 46.583s / 93.35 mph

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

Grid for Round 2: Pasma – Hoggard – Tonteri – Priaulx – Hauger – Jewiss – Simmons – Sulaiman – Doohan – Allen etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 25 points; 2 Jewiss 18; 3 Hauger 15; 4 Priaulx 12; 5 Tonteri 10; 6 Hoggard 8; 7 Pasma 6; 8 Sulaiman 4; 9 Doohan 2; 10 Allen 1

Provisional Rookie class standings
1 Hauger 25 points; 2 Tonteri 18; 3 Doohan 15; 4 Alvarez 12; 5 Skelton 10

Full results

Simmons triumphs in titanic tussle for pole at Brands Hatch

  • Double pole for Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments.
  • Top four drivers Simmons, Jewiss, Hauger and Tonteri covered by just 0.065s

7 APRIL, 2018 – The first qualifying session of 2018 set the tone for what is sure to be one of the most competitive and thrilling seasons in the history of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. It saw the top four drivers covered by just 0.065s at Brands Hatch and JHR Developments’ Ayrton Simmons take an emphatic double pole position, more than 30 years after 1982 British Formula Ford champion and namesake Ayrton Senna scored pole at the circuit for the 1985 European Grand Prix.

A gentle sprinkling of rain prior to the session left the circuit damp and drivers working hard to build up temperature in their Hankook slick tyres while battling for pole.

As the clock ticked down the times tumbled with Simmons, Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) embroiled in a captivating tussle for pole position.

Simmons saved his very best until last, his penultimate flying lap of 46.494s earning him pole by a margin of 0.031s from Jewiss.

The Epping racer then followed up on his final flyer to double his fun by taking pole for race three, recording the best second-fastest lap of anybody, a 46.550. It was a mere 0.009s quicker than Hauger who will line-up alongside him on the front row for the ITV4 live-televised feature race at 15.05 tomorrow.

“This is my first pole in a single-seater and it feels amazing,” said Simmons. “It was tricky on circuit too with the mixed conditions so that makes it extra special. I had to be spot on at every single corner and I was!

“Jewiss was in front of me so I had a good reference, but I saw him squeeze in another lap at the very end so I was worried he might go faster.

“The team got the strategy spot on; keeping us in the pits a little longer and then sending us out on the slicks.

“The team have done an amazing job. I’ve clicked so well with everyone at JHR Developments and hopefully we can convert these pole positions into wins. I won here last year so let’s see if we can do it again!”

Last man across the line Jewiss looked on course to snatch pole from Simmons, recording the quickest first sector of anybody on his final lap, but was ultimately unable to improve his lap time.

“I went purple (quickest) in the first part of the lap on my last flyer, but I had a bit of traffic and made a slight mistake in the final corner which cost me,” said Jewiss.

“I’m still really happy with P2, especially here where there is a bit of a dip in the track if you start on pole. I’m feeling positive and looking forward to race one.”

The second row of the grid for race one was locked out by rookies Hauger and Tonteri, the pair shining in their first single-seater qualifying session and setting up a fascinating battle for Rookie class victory this weekend.

“It’s been a good session considering it was my first time qualifying in a car,” explained Hauger. “It was getting drier and drier throughout the session and the pace continued to improve.

“Now it’s all about being focused on the race. I’m looking forward to my first race in cars. I’ve got a lot to learn, but hopefully we can fight at front and for the win.”

Friday pacesetter Johanthan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) were all strong contenders for pole, taking turns at the top of the timesheet during the session. They will line up sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, behind Sebastian Priaulx (Arden).

Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) landed a top-10 grid spot on his British F4 qualifying debut ahead of Fortec Motorsport’s Hampus Ericsson.

The first race of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost gets underway at 14.15. It will see Simmons attempting to add a second win at Brands Hatch to his name, having done so at this very circuit last season.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 46.494s
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 46.525s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 46.552s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 46.559s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 46.713s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 46.721s
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 46.816s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 46.878s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 46.915s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 46.953s etc.

Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Simmons – Hauger – Jewiss – Tonteri – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Pasma – Sulaiman – Doohan etc.

Full times

British F4 race winner Ayrton Simmons returns with JHR Developments

19 MARCH, 2018 – 16-year-old British F4 race winner Ayrton Simmons-Fernandez will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost for his second full season in the series with JHR Developments.

Simmons who won at Brands Hatch last year, is targeting the title as he joins Steven Hunter’s squad for 2018. He will be joined at the team by JHR returnee Manuel Sulaimán and newcomer Josh Skelton.

“When we were given the opportunity to join JHR Developments for 2018 it was a no brainer,” explained Simmons. “I have seen how professionally they operate over the last couple of years.

“We will have a limited testing plan due to my other commitments, but we all feel that I can have a genuine shot at the championship.

“Having Manuel Sulaimán as a team mate is great news as we are both native Spanish speakers and good friends away from the track.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my outstanding sponsors DWS, ELEV8 and Couper Earnshaw for their support. They are all as excited as me to be part of the JHR family.”

Said JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter: “We have followed Ayrton’s progress with interest as he is an incredibly talented young driver. This will be his second full season in British F4 and we feel he has an excellent chance of fighting for the title.

“We have finished runner-up and third in the championship with drivers in the past and with the team we have assembled we are sure we have a great chance to fight for outright championship honours in 2018.”