DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing take to the top step at Brands Hatch

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3 OCTOBER, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline brought the curtain down on his first year of single-seater competition in fine style with a stunning victory during the final rounds of the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Brands Hatch.

The talented teenager went into the season finale keen to try and return to the podium positions having fallen agonisingly short at both Rockingham and Silverstone, and the weekend looked set to start in the ideal fashion when he posted the quickest time in qualifying.

Unfortunately, a post-session penalty for a technical infringement meant Caroline was demoted to the back of the grid for races one and three, whilst he was also given a ten second penalty to serve before starting the opening 20 minute encounter of the weekend.

Despite that, Caroline made the most of an early Safety Car period to battle his way through the field in a damp opening race; taking the flag in seventh spot and lapping more than two seconds quicker than anyone else on track.

That put him at the front of the grid for race two thanks to the reverse grid draw, and Caroline produced one of his most measured drives of the year as he drove away from the pack behind to take a commanding victory by nearly five seconds.

Ninth place from the back in race three helped Caroline to cement his top ten championship position, with the 31 points scored being his best weekend score of the year.

“It’s great that I’ve been able to finish the season with a victory, and it was the perfect way to come back from what happened in qualifying,” he said. “The issue with the car didn’t affect the performance, which I think was shown in how strong we were in the races, and without that penalty, we could have got even more from the weekend.

“In the first race, I was able to make the most of the conditions to make it into the top seven and in race two, the car was just unreal. There was no way I was going to lose that race and I just drove away from the guys behind. The change in circuit conditions caught us out a bit with the tyres in race three, but we picked up some good points and it was nice to end the year having been back on the podium as we were unlucky to miss out on quite a few occasions.

“Overall it’s been a season of ups and downs after a promising start, but I think I’ve shown that I have the speed and I’d love to come back and challenge for the title next year.”

Jamie Caroline and Fortec Motorsports join forces to take F4 British Championship challenge up a gear

  • Fan favourite Jamie Caroline switches from Jamun Racing to Fortec Motorsports in a move that could prove pivotal in the Ford EcoBoost-powered championship.

8 JUNE, 2016 – Jamie Caroline is to race the remainder of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season for Fortec Motorsports. The news comes after a hugely promising start to the 2016 campaign with Jamun for last year’s Ginetta Junior Champion. His electrifying starts, audacious overtaking manoeuvres and numerous battles through the field have captured the imagination of many, seeing Caroline become a real hit with fans.

His father Lee Caroline, who is no stranger to motorsport success as 2003 TVR Tuscan Challenge Champion gives a fascinating insight into his son’s season so far: “In December it didn’t even look like Jamie would be racing because the budget wasn’t there. Then Jamun got Keltbray sponsorship for the team and we also had Pirtek come on board.

“Without Jamun and Keltbray at the start of the season we wouldn’t have even been on the grid so I just want to express how grateful we are to them.

“Because we have had a good showing in the first part of the year and unfortunately Ross Martin has lost his seat at Fortec due to budgetary reasons; it has put us in a positon where Fortec would really like us to help them take the fight to Carlin.

“Jamie has got quite a few fans now. It’s funny really because you see people walking around with flags and things with Jamie on it. A lot of that is thanks to the Pirtek relationship and how great the car looks in their colours.

“People within motorsport know we are on a limited budget and therefore we haven’t been able to do much testing, but you look back at the races at Donington and Thruxton this season and Jamie has made them exciting. I’m proud he’s doing so well in the F4 British Championship.”

Caroline currently lies eighth in the standings with 95 points and 4 podiums to his name. The Warlingham racer is still very much in contention for the title with 18 rounds remaining. He will no doubt be hoping that the switch to powerhouse team Fortec Motorsports, who have already helped super-talented rookie Alex Quinn to his maiden British F4 victory, can make his title ambitions a reality.

Added EDGE Sporting Management who have played a pivotal role in guiding Caroline through his motorsport success: “There’s an element of sadness with Jamun not carrying on this season. They’ve been very successful in this world of Ford powered single-seat motorsport for a very long time. It was nice to end on a high with James [Mundy] and his Jamun team with two podiums at Oulton Park.

“Going forward it’s going to be exciting to see what Jamie can do with a big team like Fortec who have done a particularly good job with Quinn this year. It will be interesting to see what Jamie can bring to the table and what Fortec can give to Jamie. It should hopefully be a good partnership. They have been testing this week at Anglesey and I’m hoping that will help to accelerate the development of the relationship.”

The move represents something of a coup for Richard Dutton’s Fortec Motorsport’s team. Caroline’s performances have caught the eye of many in the motorsport fraternity. He will be a welcome addition to a team which boasts an enviable wealth of rookie talent in the form of Nicolai Kjaergaard and Frank Bird who race alongside Quinn.

Commented Fortec Motorsports team manager Dan Mitchell: “We’re really happy to have Jamie with us. It was a shame things couldn’t come together for Ross Martin, but luckily Jamie was available.

“Jamie has shown great pace and we hope to be able to put him on the top step of the podium pretty soon. He knows Frank Bird from Ginettas last year. They get on really well. I think he will work brilliantly with Alex too. They will help push each other.

“Carlin seem pretty strong. They are 1-2-3 in the championship at the moment and it would be good for us to get to the front. Jamie can helps us do that. I think we can start off on the right foot at Croft on 18/19 June and be strong from the outset.”