- Sargeant wins after daring, race-winning overtake to snatch lead from Caroline.
- Ericsson doubles up with Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins.
17 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Just three weeks after his maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, Logan Sargeant was at it again. The American led a Carlin one-two finish, with Jamie Caroline in second at Silverstone to put Carlin within touching distance of the Teams’ Cup.
Sargeant had to work hard for his victory. Starting on the inside of the track, the Carlin racer was presented with a track still damp from rain early in the morning, while drivers on the outside benefitted from starting on the dry racing line.
Caroline profited most, spectacularly running around the outside of four cars through turn one to take the lead while Sargeant had to contend with trying to hold on to second as poleman Johnathan Hoggard dropped back to fourth.
Oscar Piastri started on the damp side of the track too and like Sargeant battled brilliantly in the opening stages to prevent himself from falling back through the order. Contact between Lundqvist and Hoggard soon promoted the Aussie to third and in the hunt for the win behind Sargeant and Caroline.
Just under half way through the race Caroline struggled for pace. Sargeant wasted no time in taking advantage of the situation with a sublime late braking move around the outside of his team-mate at Brooklands.
Caroline refused to give up and chased Sargeant for the duration with Piastri looming behind the Carlin pair. The trio were locked in a stalemate in the final laps, none of them able to make a pass and separated by just over a second as they crossed the finish line.
“It was so close out there,” said Sargeant. “I’m really proud of the move I made for the lead. That’s my best overtake of the season.
“It was tough on the inside of the grid at the start on the damp track. It seemed like the drivers on the outside were able to just drive past us.
“I was still able to get back up to second by the third corner which was good and then set about chasing Jamie down. He made a mistake and I capitalised upon it.
“I was pushing as hard as I could out there. I was struggling with the tyres towards the end and I think that was due to pushing perhaps a little too hard when trying to build a gap back to Jamie.
“Carlin have once again put together a great car and I’m so pleased to deliver them this win and the one-two with Jamie.”
“In terms of the championship this second place puts my lead back up to where it was coming into this weekend which is positive, but it could have been more with the win,” added Caroline.
“I benefitted from being on the dry side of the track at the start and that’s what enabled me to run around the outside of everyone to take the lead. It was just a shame I couldn’t bring the win home, but I’m pleased to get this one-two for Carlin with Logan getting the win.”
“The start was pretty difficult as the inside of the track was wet,” explained Piastri. “That made things quite tricky. I pulled off a few moves to get into fifth. Lundqvist and Hoggard came together and that promoted me up to third.
“I caught up with the two at the front, but just didn’t have the life in my tyres to really attack them. We’ve saved our best tyres for this afternoon’s race when I will start from pole so we always knew this race was going to be a bit challenging.
“Nevertheless, to get a podium is a really good outcome. It was shame Jamie finished in front of me, but we’re still in contention for the title.”
Hampus Ericsson continued his fine Silverstone weekend with another Ford F4 Challenge Cup win and just missed out on the overall podium in fourth after climbing up the order from ninth.
Karl Massaad broke into the points and finished eighth, having started outside the top 10. The Lebanese ace was the highest placed Double R runner after Linus Lundqvist endured an eventful race which saw contact with Pasma as he tried to battle back up the order following the coming together with Hoggard.
Pasma did well to remain in contention and hold on to eighth, ahead of Lundqvist and behind Oliver York.
JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman put in an inspired performance and was the race’s biggest improver. Picking his way through the field from 18th on the grid to 10th to take a hard earned and well deserved point.
The Mexican finished ahead of Alex Quinn who recovered well after going off track due to a battle with Oliver York, for which the latter was awarded a five place grid penalty for Round 27.
The Ford EcoBoost-powered Silverstone finale gets underway at 1630 and will be broadcast live on ITV4. Jamie Caroline has the chance to take the title in front millions if he finishes no lower than 10th, ahead of Piastri, and as long as Sargeant does not outscore him by more than five points. Carlin could have even more reason to party if they can extend their advantage in the Teams’ Cup by 31 more points over TRS Arden to be crowned Champions for three years running.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional results Round 26 Silverstone, 17 September, 2017
21 laps / 34.44 miles
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 20m 34.971s / 100.42mph
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +0.836s
3 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +1.396s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +5.272s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.848s
6 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +10.624s
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +10.975s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +12.502s
9 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +13.641s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +22.173s etc.
Fastest lap: Ayrton Simmons 57.853s / 102.08mph
Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Allen; 3 Caldwell
Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Piastri – Ericsson – Quinn – Caroline – Sargeant – Hoggard – Simmons – Pasma – Massaad – Caldwell etc.
Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 394 points; 2 Piastri 319.5; 3 Sargeant 314; 4 Quinn 280; 5 Lundqvist 249.5; 6 York 239.5; 7 Simmons 226.5; 8 Pasma 147.5; 9 Massaad 74; 10 Webb 68 etc.
Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 300.5; 4 Caldwell 209; 5 Allen 156; 6 Monger 100