Ford EcoBoost-powered win number three for Hoggard at Rockingham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The ITV4 live-televised Rockingham finale follows at 1550.

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

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 20.087s / 87.21 mph

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

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

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

Full results

Dominant win for Hoggard in dramatic British F4 race at Donington Park

  • Fast-starting Hoggard faultless out front on the way to victory.
  • Pasma and Jewiss take podium spots after dramatic race.
  • Doohan takes third Rookie win to lead chase for Rookie Cup.

29 APRIL, 2018 – Less than 24 hours after taking his first single-seater victory, Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard was back on the top step of the podium after another flawless drive in Round 6 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park.

Starting from second on the grid, Hoggard made a better getaway than poleman Patrik Pasma (Arden) and flew around the outside of the Finn into turn one to lead the way on the opening lap.

There was plenty of drama behind with championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) tripping over each other at Craner Curves. All four drivers took to the grass, but all were able to re-join the race safely.

More action followed moments later as Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman’s (JHR Developments) race came to an end after coming together at the Roberts chicane. Meanwhile Lucca Allen’s race was halted at the same corner.

The Safety Car was deployed to enable the stricken cars to be removed, with the racing getting underway again on lap seven.

Hoggard did well to keep Pasma at bay at the restart and as the race progressed was in a league of his own as he pulled away from the chasing pack, crossing the finish line with a winning margin of 11.575s.

“Getting the lead off the line and building that gap as soon as possible was key,” explained Hoggard.

“I didn’t get the best of restarts after the Safety Car, but still managed to defend well and then set about building a gap.

“It would have been nice to win all three races this weekend, but I’ll take two wins after what happened at Brands Hatch.

“I’m over the moon with the result. I cannot thank the team enough. They’ve done a great job all weekend. Wet or dry we’ve had the pace.

“We’ve definitely shown how good we can be. Hopefully there are many more weekends like this to come.

“I’m looking forward to Thruxton in a few weeks. Preparation will be crucial so we can qualify well and get more good results.”

Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) stayed out of trouble on the adrenaline-fuelled opening lap to make his way up to fifth behind Arden’s Dennis Hauger and Sebastian Priaulx.

As Hauger attempted to overtake Pasma on lap seven, Priaulx saw an opportunity to pounce, but in doing so left the door open to Jewiss.

The next target for Jewiss was Hauger who put up a resolute defence, but ultimately succumbed to Jewiss’ attack on lap nine. The Double R racer pulling off a forceful move through the Roberts chicane which saw Hauger skip through the gravel and relegated to 10th.

Jewiss found himself surrounded by Arden runners, with Pasma defending second place robustly and Priaulx and Doohan snapping at his heels.

“That wasn’t the result that we wanted, but I’m pleased to have scored all these points,” said Pasma.

“Although we couldn’t get the win, it’s another podium which means plenty of points at this early stage in the championship.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, especially in terms of qualifying. We’re getting quicker and quicker and that bodes well for the rest of the season.”

Commented Jewiss: “I got another good start and made up a lot of places, although it wasn’t quite as many as the last race.

“I got through the field well, but when I got to Patrik he defended so hard and at times I was on the grass.

“I was in a bit of an Arden sandwich and it was tough, because I was trying to attack and defend at the same time. It was a hard battle, but I held my nerve.

“It’s been another really good weekend with regard to scoring points. The first race didn’t go so well, but the second and third races were brilliant and I put that down to everyone at Double R Racing and Ford for putting together an excellent car and championship.”

Doohan bounced back brilliantly from his opening lap off track excursion to finish fourth after getting the better of Priaulx in the closing stages and almost Jewiss. The Aussie also recorded his third Rookie class win of the season to leave Donington Park leading the chase for the Rookie Cup.

Although Hoggard was clear out front, Pasma’s defence created a grandstand finish as the entire field from second to 10th was covered by just several seconds.

Championship leader Simmons profited most, recovering from the back of the field after his opening lap travails to finish second and salvage valuable points for his championship hopes.

Sharp was another who recovered well to finish in the points, ahead of Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing), with Ericsson’s race ending two laps from the finish at McLeans.

Following the race Pasma was awarded a five place grid penalty for unsafe manoeuvres and Simmons was awarded a 10 place grid penalty for contact. Both are to be taken at the next available opportunity.

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Provisional results Round 6 Donington Park, 29 April, 2018
15 laps / 29.68 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 54.573s / 85.07
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.575s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +11.799s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +12.262s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.395s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +13.475s
7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +13.916s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.072s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +14.127s
10 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +15.425s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 08.781s / 103.58 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 102 points; 2 Jewiss 88; 3 Priaulx 85; 4 Hoggard 78; 5 Doohan 62; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 40; 8 Tonteri 33; 9 Ericsson 19; =10 Skelton 15; =10 Sharp 15 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 123 points; 2 Hauger 110; 3 Skelton 83; 4 Tonteri 73; 5 Alvarez 39

Full results

Hoggard flying high following maiden British F4 win at Donington Park

  • Lights-to-flag win for Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard.
  • Sebastian Priaulx makes superb start to secure second.
  • Jack Doohan comes out on top in thrilling battle with Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger for final podium spot and Rookie class win.

28 APRIL, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard was flawless from start to finish to convert pole into a maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park.

Having taken his first pole position in the series just hours earlier, Hoggard followed up with a sublime lights-to-flag win around the wet Leicestershire circuit.

A clean getaway saw him escape the clutches of the chasing pack into turn one and he quickly set about building a margin over second place man Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making an excellent move at the first corner to swoop past team-mates Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger.

A Safety Car to enable the recovery of Kiern Jewiss’ stricken racer following contact further down the field on lap seven saw Hoggard’s two second lead wiped out. However, he continued to not put a foot wrong, mastering the restart to put daylight between himself and Priaulx and take the chequered flag several laps later.

“It feels great to get pole and the win in the same day,” said Hoggard. “I’m over the moon with the result.

“Brands Hatch was a bit of a heartbreak really, finishing first on the road, but losing out on the win due to a time penalty for a false start.

“It was tricky out there today. I had to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes, but push at the same time to try to build a gap.

“The Safety Car restart made things harder, bringing everyone closer to me, but I managed to pull a little bit of a gap again and hold it.

“Getting this first win is definitely a weight off my shoulders and hopefully there will be a lot more wins to come.”

Added Fortec Motorsports team owner Richard Dutton: “Brands Hatch was disappointing because Johnathan went off the track in qualifying which meant he was down the order and on the back foot; even though he won a race on the road, but lost out due to a penalty.

“It was very frustrating so it’s nice that Johnathan has been able to win the first race this weekend and I’m sure there will be many more.

“He has progressed a lot over the winter. He has come on leaps and bounds and he has been quick everywhere he’s been.

“As long as he can qualify like he did this morning, then the race weekends should be a lot easier for him.”

“I had a good start,” commented Priaulx. “I went around the outside and I wanted to try to keep the others tight on the inside. I stuck to the outside, had grip and just powered around them to take P2.

“It all comes down to feeling in situations like that. I didn’t want to run anybody onto the grass and I was fair with the room I gave. I’m really happy with the move and my race.

“Hoggard and I were pretty close in terms of pace so it was hard to pass and I didn’t want to risk making a move that would take us both out.

“It’s all about finishing and scoring strong points. It’s not always about winning every race. To win the championship you need to be consistent and constantly up there. The wins will come.”

It was an unfortunate end for Jewiss (Double R Racing) who had lit up the timing screens throughout in his efforts to climb up the order from ninth, having dropped a couple of places from seventh on the grid. The MB Partners-backed rising star recording the fastest lap of the race, a 1m 20.988s, on lap six.

Front row starter Patrik Pasma had been running in third for much of the race, but lost out in the skirmish that ensued after the Safety Car restart. The Finn was forced to retire, cruelly taking away his chance of what would have been a hard-earned podium.

It left Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team duo of Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger to battle it out for the final podium spot and the Rookie class win. The pair swarming all over each other and swapping positions repeatedly in the closing stages. Doohan ultimately got the better of Hauger on the penultimate lap and fended him off to take the spoils.

“At the start of the race I had to contend with Ericsson who was defending really well and made it hard to get past,” explained Doohan.

“After I got past him and the Safety Car came out I knew it was my time to shine and that I had to take advantage of it.

“I got a run around the outside of Hauger into turn four at the restart and got pretty close to Pasma in turn eight, but he ended up pushing the entry a bit and dropping a wheel on the dirt which gave me the upper hand.

“Then I had Hauger coming back alongside me down the main straight so it was really close and we battled it out until the end which was exciting.

“It was a really good battle with lots of fair racing and it feels great to get another podium.”

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) scored his best result of the season so far with fifth at the circuit at which he made his car racing debut a year ago, and in doing so achieved pole position for the partially reversed grid race on Sunday.

Championship leader Ayrton Simmons was able to bring his JHR Developments-prepared racer home in sixth to score valuable points in his quest for the title, recovering well from 10th on the grid.

As had been the case at Brands Hatch, Jamie Sharp had it all to do after a difficult qualifying. The Sharp Motorsport racer once again rose to the challenge. He picked his way through the order to take seventh despite starting from the back of the grid and going off the track at the first corner with Josh Skelton. Meanwhile Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was a first lap casualty after being forced to take to the gravel at McLeans.

Lucca Allen ensured all Fortec Motorsports runners achieved top 10 finishes by crossing the line in eighth, while the sole remaining Double R Racing driver Sebastian Alvarez finished ninth ahead of the JHR Developments pair of Manuel Sulaiman and Josh Skelton.

Round five of the season gets underway at 0925 tomorrow. At 1520 the lights will go out for round six which will be shown live on ITV4.

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Provisional results Round 4 Donington Park, 28 April, 2018
12 laps / 23.74 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 17m 12.680s / 82.65 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.215s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.061s
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.331s
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.965s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +10.216s
7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +10.595s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +11.830s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.128s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +12.442s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 20.988s / 87.97 mph

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

Grid for Round 5: Ericsson – Hauger – Doohan – Priaulx – Hoggard – Simmons – Sharp – Allen – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 76 points; 2 Priaulx 67; 3 Jewiss 48; 4 Hoggard 43; 5 Doohan 38; 6 Hauger 35; 7 Tonteri 25; 8 Ericsson 19; 9 Pasma 18; 10 Skelton 10 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 80; 2 Hauger 73; 3 Skelton 55; 4 Tonteri 43; 5 Alvarez 27

Full results

Hoggard on pole at Donington Park

  • Hoggard claims maiden pole at wet Donington Park.
  • Pasma completes front row and will start from pole in final race of weekend.
  • Championship leader Ayrton Simmons qualifies 10th.

28 APRIL, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard and Fortec Motorsports came out on top in a rain hit qualifying session at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

As drivers gained confidence in the tricky conditions and tyres reached optimum temperature, times tumbled during the session. Hoggard’s best lap of 1m 24.357s came with less than two minutes left on the clock. The Fortec Motorsports ace laying down the gauntlet to field.

Arden’s Patrik Pasma, Dennis Hauger and Sebastian Priaulx responded by mounting their challenges for pole. The three drivers recording personal best laps on their final flyers, but the trio were unable to steal pole from Hoggard. Pasma came tantalisingly close, just 0.054s adrift, with Hauger and Priaulx locking out the second row.

“Well that’s certainly a better start to the weekend than we had at Brands Hatch,” said Hoggard. “Things didn’t go to plan there, but we’ve started making up for it here in the best way possible.

“I was struggling a little bit for pace on Thursday in free practice in the dry, but we got thrown into wet conditions today for qualifying and came out on top.

“The first part of the session was very much about waiting for the tyres to come up to temperature and then you get a feel for what the car is doing and how it’s behaving. Then when it came to the end of the session it was time to really push and that’s why the times tumbled.

“It feels great to get my first pole in British F4 and now I want to get my first win!”

Pasma claimed pole for the ITV4 live-televised race which takes place at 1520 on Sunday, courtesy of recording the quickest second fastest lap of any driver. Hoggard will be the man alongside him.

“It was a good qualifying session for us,” said Pasma. “I’m not particuarly happy with the lap as I could have gone quicker. We had the potential to be P1.

“The front row start today and pole in the final race tomorrow mean we have a great chance of victory.

“It was really quite slippery out on track and I think my experience in the championship really helped me.

“We’re quick in the wet and the dry so that gives us plenty of confidence heading into the races regardless of what the weather conditions are.”

Added team-mate Hauger: “I think qualifying wasn’t too bad. On my last lap I was quite quick in the first sector, but I had two cars in front of me which cost me time. I think if I had been able to put all the sectors together it would have been an even better result.”

Hoggard’s team-mate Hampus Ericsson will line up on the third row this afternoon, with Arden’s Jack Doohan starting from sixth.

Free practice pacesetter Kiern Jewiss had to settle for seventh fastest. The Double R racer citing a wet weather setup he’s not completely happy with as the reason why his bid for pole was hampered.

“We struggled with the car in that session, but it’s one of those things,” explained Jewiss.

“We’ll get our heads down, look through the data, see where we can improve and come back stronger.

“We’ve struggled a little bit in the wet recently so that’s something we need to work on, but other than that it’s all good and it will most probably be a case of damage limitation this weekend.”

Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri also qualified in the top 10 just two spots behind Jewiss, with JHR Developments driver Josh Skelton splitting the pair and championship leader Ayrton Simmons in 10th, ahead of team-mate Manuel Sulaiman.

Round four of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1600.

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Provisional qualifying times Donington Park, 28 April, 2018
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:24.357
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:24.411
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:24.896
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:25.148
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:25.359
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:25.477
7 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:25.599
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:25.717
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:26.034
10 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:26.059 etc.

Round 6 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Hoggard – Hauger – Priaulx – Doohan – Skelton – Ericsson – Simmons – Tonteri – Jewiss etc.

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Hoggard fastest in super-competitive British F4 free practice at Brands Hatch

  • Johnathan Hoggard records quickest time in free practice.
  • Kiern Jewiss sets pace in morning session.
  • Super-competitive weekend in prospect, with top 11 drivers covered by half a second.

6 APRIL, 2018 – Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard was quickest in free practice at Brands Hatch Indy circuit, ahead of the opening rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend.

Hoggard shared pace-setting honours with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss who was quickest in the morning session. However it was Hoggard who came to the fore in the afternoon, recording his best time of the day, a lap of 46.175s, in free practice two.

“We struggled a little bit in the first session,” explained Hoggard. “We weren’t quite happy with the car, but we managed to get it sorted in the break between the two sessions.

“Now we look in really good shape for qualifying for tomorrow. The track rubbered-in quite a lot during the day and it got warmer in the afternoon so it’s not surprising to see quicker times in second practice.

“Hopefully we can carry this pace into qualifying and the races. Our race pace looks good and quite similar to everyone else. It’s maybe even a little bit faster so we’re looking good for tomorrow.”

Having improved upon his morning’s best of 46.370s by a margin of 0.160s, Jewiss wound up a mere 0.035s adrift of Hoggard.

“Fastest in the first session and second in FP2 means that overall it’s been a really good day,” said Jewiss.

“We’ve got a little bit more work to do, but we should be on for a good day tomorrow. It’s going to be very close.

“We’ll go through all the data very thoroughly tonight because everything needs to be spot on for tomorrow. If you get it even just slightly wrong you could end up qualifying fifth, sixth, seventh or eighth and then it’s going to be hard to come through the field.

“Racing in Ginetta Juniors last year hopefully means I have a bit of an advantage over the rookies in terms of racecraft and knowing the circuit, but Seb [Priaulx] has got that experience too so it should be interesting for us.”

Ayrton Simmons (JHR) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) were within touching distance of top spot too, 0.087s and 0.099s adrift of Hoggard respectively.

Paavo Tonteri (Double R) was quickest of the rookies in fifth with fellow rookie Dennis Hauger (Arden) just 0.017s further back. It suggests the battle for Rookie Cup honours is going to be just as closely fought as overall victory this weekend.

JHR’s Manuel Sulaiman and Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson wound up seventh and eighth, both putting in solid Friday performances to see them lap within three tenths of the day’s best time.

The Arden duo of Jack Doohan and Patrik Pasma completed the top 10 and were the only drivers to record their best times in the morning, with Pasma sitting out free practice two due to feeling unwell.

Although JHR driver Josh Skelton just missed out on the top 10, he was still within half a second of Hoggard’s time and ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R), Lucca Allen (Fortec) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

The action at Brands Hatch starts at 09.00 tomorrow with qualifying followed by two races. The final race of the weekend will be broadcast live on ITV4 at 15.05 on Sunday.

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Testing times Brands Hatch Indy, 6 April, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 46.541 / 46.175
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 46.370 / 46.210
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 46.532 / 46.262
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 46.555 / 46.274
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 46.678 / 46.289
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 46.478 / 46.306
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 46.833 / 46.449
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 46.997 / 46.467
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 46.507 / 46.521
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 46.605 / No time set etc.

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Hauger and Arden on top again in British F4 testing

  • Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger quickest in Norfolk for Arden.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard proves Hauger’s closest challenger.

21 MARCH, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger picked up where he left off by setting the pace in official pre-season testing for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Snetterton today, having topped the times in the test at Rockingham last week.

Similarly to the Rockingham test, it was Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard who was Hauger’s closest challenger. The two drivers traded blows at the top of the times for much of the day.

Hoggard proved the quicker of the two in the afternoon session with a 1m 52.228s lap, but it was not enough to beat Hauger’s lap of 1m 52.074s which was set by the Norwegian in the morning.

Hauger’s Arden team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan joined the front-running party too. A lap of 1m 52.308s over half a second quicker than his morning’s best and enough to see the Aussie go third on the combined timesheet.

Patrik Pasma and Sebastian Priaulx ensured all of Arden’s runners broke the 1m 53s barrier around the 3-mile Norfolk circuit, ending up fifth and sixth respectively.

Ayrton Simmons was the quickest JHR Developments driver, occupying fourth on the timesheet having recorded a lap half a second faster than team-mate Manuel Sulaiman.

Behind Sulaiman could be found the Fortec Motorsports duo of Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) in 10th.

The start of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is now just weeks away, with the season opener set to take place at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Snetterton, 21 March, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.074 / 1:52.309
2 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.490 / 1:52.228
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.863 / 1:52.308
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:53.471 / 1:52.624
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.697 / 1:52.971
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:53.037 / 1:52.702
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:53.546 / 1:53.161
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:53.339 / 1:53.351
9 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 1:55.970 / 1:54.393
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 1:56.227 / 1:54.994

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Hauger and Arden lead the way on Rockingham test day

  • Hauger and Hoggard share testing spoils.
  • Ginetta Junior graduates Jewiss and Priaulx continue to impress.

14 MARCH, 2018 – Dennis Hauger set the quickest time in yesterday’s official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

14-year-old Hauger completed a superb testing performance around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire circuit for Arden, climbing to the top of the times with a 1m 18.547s lap with less than an hour of the test remaining.

It put the Red Bull Junior Team driver 0.044s clear of morning pacesetter Johnathan Hoggard, who pumped in a time of 1m 18.591s just before the lunch break.

“Today has been a really good,” said Hauger. “I really enjoy driving around this circuit and I’m looking forward to coming back here to race in August.

“To set the fastest lap was fantastic, especially now there is not long until the first race. We only have one more test before the start of the season so it’s great to see that the pace is there.

“We have worked very hard to find a setup that enables us to produce consistently quick lap times, while looking after the tyres. I think we have found it and that’s going to prove so important for the races.

“This is only my first year racing in cars so to have test days like today when there are a mix of track conditions really helps with the learning process. The track started off quite wet and then dried out. That gives you the chance to improve your understanding of how the car behaves in different conditions.”

Said morning pacesetter Hoggard: “It’s been a really positive test for us with P1 in the morning and top three in afternoon.

“Compared to last year I’ve had a lot more time to prepare and really focus on what I’m doing. Everything feels more natural. There is still room for improvement, but I’ve come a long way since last season and I’m feeling much stronger.

“There’s some more work we need to do back at base and on the simulator to be completely ready, but we’ll get there in time for the start of the season.

“The winter break was a great opportunity to recharge the batteries, but it’s brilliant to be back behind the wheel on days like today to showcase the excellent pace we have.”

It was another impressive showing from Kiern Jewiss who arrived having set the pace in the first official pre-season test at Brands Hatch last month. The Double R driver finished second quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions. His best lap of 1m 18.758s came in the afternoon and was just over two tenths shy of Hauger.

Behind Jewiss on the timesheet could be found fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) who completed the leading quartet of drivers capable of breaking the 1m 19s barrier.

2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion Hampus Ericsson looked assured out on track, completing a comprehensive programme for Fortec Motorsports and improved upon his morning’s best time by over half a second in the afternoon.

The experienced Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) came to the fore when conditions were at their most difficult during the initial morning’s running. It saw the field having to contend with a very damp circuit and called for the use of Hankook’s wet tyres. A solid day’s work followed for the British F4 race winner on the way to sixth in the combined classification.

Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan ensured that all four Arden-prepared cars were inside the top 10. The latter completing a mammoth 133 laps – more than any other driver.

The Double R duo of Paavo Tonteri and Sebastian Alvarez sandwiched 10th place man Lucca Allen on the combined classification. Allen finding plenty of room for improvement between the two sessions, much like team-mate Ericsson.

Manuel Sulaiman and Jamie Sharp completed less laps than they would have liked. Their running was limited due to an off and a technical gremlin respectively, while Sulaiman’s JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wound up 14th.

Ford’s young stars are back in action in just seven days, with the next official pre-season test taking place at Snetterton on Wednesday 21 March. All roads then lead to the season opener at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Testing times Rockingham, 13 March, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:18.976 / 1:18.547
2 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:18.591 / 1:18.776
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:18.862 / 1:18.758
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:19.063 / 1:18.953
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.694 / 1:19.089
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.217 / 1:19.098
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.337 / 1:19.239
8 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:19.267 / 1:19.269
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:19.330 / 1:19.310
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 1:20.137 / 1:19.383 etc.

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Hoggard sets sights on top step with F4 British Championship return

21 FEBRUARY, 2018 – Talented 17-year-old Johnathan Hoggard from Spalding, UK has re-joined forces with Fortec Motorsports for the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, after showing great potential over four meetings in the UK’s leading junior single-seater series last season.

Despite his young age, Hoggard’s motor racing career already boasts numerous achievements. A rapid rise through the karting ranks saw him win the prestigious Official MSA Junior Karting Championship, claim third in the Super 1 National Rotax Max Junior series and represent Great Britain in the Rotax Grand Final in Sarno, Italy.

Like so many of the world’s top karters, the step up to the F4 British Championship beckoned and he joined the Ford EcoBoost-powered field half-way through the 2017 campaign.

Hoggard wasted no time showcasing his talent behind the wheel of a single-seater, recording the fastest time in testing at both Snetterton and Silverstone. The latter became the scene of his maiden podium, as he stood alongside eventual champion Jamie Caroline and vice-champion Oscar Piastri.

“I’m delighted that everything has finally been agreed, allowing me to compete in the F4 British Championship with Fortec Motorsports this year,” said Hoggard.

“Last year my priority was to focus on my education and GCSE examinations. This meant I was only able to compete in four meetings at the end of the season.

“To get that first podium finish at Silverstone so early on in my single-seater career was the standout moment from a restricted rookie campaign.

“Winter testing has gone exceptionally well. Fortec have given me fantastic support and guidance to ensure I am fully prepared for this season.

“We have a great spirit within the team, with superb people and the winning mentality which is needed to challenge for the championship.

“I’m incredibly excited to see what we can achieve during the course of 2018.”

Having proved to be more than a match for the class of 2017, Hoggard has got his sights set firmly on the top step this year. It is an ambition shared by Fortec Motorsports British F4 team manager Oliver Dutton.

“We are delighted that Johnathan is remaining part of the Fortec family this year,” he said.

“Johnathan is a product of the Fortec Driver Development Programme and we have watched him mature during a very successful winter testing programme. He has impressed us with his excellent pace and consistency throughout.

“I am confident he will develop into a race winner, and with hard work and determination a strong championship contender.”

Images by Oliver Dutton and Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Jewiss and Double R set the pace in opening test

  • Jewiss records quickest time of first pre-season test.
  • Hauger and Arden top afternoon session.

13 FEBRUARY, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost took to the track for the first time in 2018, with official pre-season testing kicking off at Brands Hatch. During a day plagued by inclement weather which meant the entire field conducted all its running on Hankook wet tyres, it was Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing who set the pace.

A time of 52.976s from Jewiss put him 1.871s clear of Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx in the morning and would not be beaten. The two Ginetta Junior graduates showcased plenty of pace and made use of their experience, having run alongside British F4 on the support package for the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship.

Priaulx could be consistently found at the sharp end of the times along with Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard. The latter recording more laps than any other driver and lapping quicker than Priaulx by just 0.016s in the afternoon.

Next on the combined timesheets were the familiar faces of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports). Both drivers competed in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series last season, with Ericsson’s previous visit to Brands Hatch holding plenty of fond memories as he clinched the Ford F4 Challenge Cup in the final race of 2017.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger (Arden) wound up sixth overall, courtesy of his performance following the lunch break. The 14-year-old Norwegian was the only driver to break the 56-second barrier with a time of 55.868s to top the afternoon session.

Paavo Tonteri proved to be Double R’s second-fastest runner, finishing seventh on the combined timesheet and bouncing back from a trip to the barriers in the morning.

Hauger was one of only three drivers to improve upon their morning’s best effort, with fellow Arden runners Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan finishing fourth and fifth quickest respectively in the afternoon. They ended the day inside the top 10 and sandwiched Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez, with Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) in 11th.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Brands Hatch Indy, 13 February, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 52.976 / 57.669
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 54.847 / 56.124
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 55.234 / 56.108
4 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 55.294 / 58.085
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 55.417 / 59.133
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 56.654 / 55.868
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 55.902 / 1:01.201
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 58.228 / 56.557
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 56.976 / 57.977
10 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 59.464 / 57.096 etc.

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Piastri keeps title race alive with sublime sixth Ford EcoBoost-powered win of season

  • Poleman Piastri wins at Silverstone.
  • Championship rival Caroline follows him home in second.
  • Hoggard takes hard-fought maiden podium.
  • Caldwell secures Ford F4 Challenge Cup win, as Ericsson moves to top of Class standings.

17 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri scored his sixth win of the campaign, ahead of rival Jamie Caroline at Silverstone to take the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title fight to the season finale at Brands Hatch in a fortnight.

From pole position Piastri was a man on a mission, determined to score maximum points and finish ahead of Caroline to keep his championship bid alive.

A flawless getaway saw him unchallenged into turn one, while Caroline ran around the outside of Alex Quinn and Hampus Ericsson in a similar fashion to his exquisite first corner heroics in the day’s earlier race.

It left the top two in the championship to battle it out at the front, but Piastri had the edge. He built and managed a gap back to Caroline to secure a comfortable victory, setting fastest lap on the way to the chequered flag.

“It’s special to win at Silverstone, the home of British Motor Racing and the Grand Prix,” said Piastri. “It’s a home race for the team with TRS Arden based about half an hour down the road in Banbury, so it’s great to get a win and two podiums this weekend.

“I did everything I could this weekend. It’s a shame Jamie finished right behind me in second which limited the amount of points I took out of his championship lead, but I’ve managed to take the title fight to the final meeting at Brands Hatch and anything can happen there.

“I saw Jamie got into second straight away and he’s always quick in the opening laps, but once I saw I was pulling away I was able to find a rhythm and it was quite easy out front.

“I then just concentrated on driving a clean and smooth race, avoiding any potential penalties for track limits.

“We saved our best tyres for this race with two new tyres available to us and we made a change to the car which definitely helped us. The car was great and that shows with our pace and recording the fastest lap.

“It’s going to be tough to get the drivers’ title, but I will give it my all. The same goes for the Teams’ Cup too. This win keeps us in contention and if I can get some more wins at Brands Hatch we might be able to steal it at the end.”

“We almost took the title this weekend, but couldn’t quite pull it off,” said Caroline. “We’re on the verge of getting it wrapped up now, but I’m taking nothing for granted. I’ve won all three races in one weekend this season and there is no reason why Oscar cannot do the same.

“Every time I have been to Brands Hatch for the final meeting of the season I have qualified on the front row and won races so we’ll see if we can do that again in two weeks.

“Overall this weekend could have gone a lot better, but it could have also gone a lot worse. We’ve got our eyes firmly on the prize.”

There was no shortage of drama at the start. Alex Quinn got the jump on front row starter Hampus Ericsson, but the Swede made contact with the rear of Quinn’s car, spectacularly propelling the front of Ericsson’s racer up the air. Ericsson clattered the tarmac with a thud, but remarkably was able to continue.

Despite finishing last and four laps down the Fortec Motorsports racer took third in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup. It crucially puts him to the top of the Class standings, tied with Harry Webb on 315.5 points, but ahead courtesy of his eight Class victories.

Quinn eventually succumbed to damage half way through proceedings, but not before dicing with team-mate Ayrton Simmons which provided Patrik Pasma with the chance to bravely run around the outside of the pair of them.

After the opening exchanges Logan Sargeant found himself in third, but under pressure from Johnathan Hoggard, the duo battling wheel-to-wheel, lap after lap. Their squabble allowed Pasma and Oliver York to make it a four-way scrap for the final podium spot.

With Hoggard seeing Pasma and York advancing in his mirrors, the rookie made a brilliant move on Sargeant. Team-mate York followed suit, getting the run on Pasma and hanging around the outside of Sargeant to take fourth.

York then set about passing Hoggard in a captivating intra-team battle. The former eventually overcoming Hoggard’s resolute defence on lap 18 by running around the outside of him into Brooklands to earn himself the inside line for Luffield.

Losing momentum, Hoggard found himself under attack from Pasma. Contact resulted, but Hoggard was able to keep going and York was forced into the pits with a technical gremlin, promoting his team-mate back up to third.

“I wanted to put on a good show for everyone watching at home, live on television, and I think I did that,” said a beaming Hoggard.

“It was a tricky race in so many respects, but I still managed to get third. I got past Logan after quite a struggle and then I saw Oliver getting closer and closer in my mirrors.

“Then he eventually got past me. There was a bit of an incident with Pasma, but with how the penalties worked out things finally went my way.

“This is a result I can build on and gives me a lot of confidence. It’s a weight off my shoulders to get this first podium. I’ve had some bad results when I could have been right up there, but it’s come good today.”

Double R Raicng’s Linus Lundqvist put on a thrilling performance for the millions of viewers watching on television with ITV4’s live camera fitted to his car. The super Swede came from the back of the grid to finish an incredible fifth, passing team-mate Karl Massaad in the process. The latter ending up seventh behind Simmons.

Olli Caldwell broke Ericsson’s run of five consecutive Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins by finishing eighth overall after climbing several places. It was a welcome return to the top step for the TRS Arden driver, having last tasted victory at Snetterton in July.

“It’s really nice to be back on the top step of the podium, especially after the way the other two races went this weekend, as well as the weekend at Rockingham,” said Caldwell.

“We were running as high as fifth at one point and although I lost some places towards the end I still think this a really good result after such an eventful weekend.

“Staying mentally strong when things aren’t going your way is helped by having a great team around you and that’s what I’ve got at TRS Arden.

“I’ll have the advantage over my rivals in the Challenge Cup in two weeks because I don’t think any of them have raced around the Brands Hatch GP track and I have thanks to my experience in Ginettas last year.”

Sam Smelt delivered on his Friday practice promise by finishing in the top 10 for GW Motorsport, scoring points after a brilliant drive up the order from 16th.

Meanwhile Manuel Sulaiman doubled his tally for the weekend with another point score for JHR Developments. He denied Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen his first point in British F4 by 0.053s on a weekend where the Irish rookie has shown a significant step forward in terms of pace.

Attention now turns to the season finale at Brands Hatch GP in a fortnight (30 September/1 October). Caroline will arrive with a 67.5 point lead in the standings and will only need a sixth place finish in Round 28 to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion. Meanwhile his Carlin squad can take the Teams’ Cup in the same race if TRS Arden fail to reduce their 103 point lead in the standings by 17 points.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 27 Silverstone, 17 September, 2017
21 laps / 34.44 miles
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 20m 10.018s / 102.49mph
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +3.751s
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +16.453s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +19.879s
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +20.016s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +20.665s
7 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +21.393s
8 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +21.584s
9 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW +22.193s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +26.745s etc.

Fastest lap: Oscar Piastri 57.163s / 103.31mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Caldwell; 2 Allen; 3 Ericsson

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 412 points; 2 Piastri 344.5; 3 Sargeant 326; 4 Quinn 280; 5 Lundqvist 259.5; 6 Simmons 234.5; 7 Oliver York 233.5; 8 Pasma 147.5; 9 Massaad 80; 10 Webb 68 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
=1 Ericsson 315.5 points; =1 Webb 315.5; 3 York 298.5; 4 Caldwell 234; 5 Allen 174; 6 Monger 100

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