Season Review: Jewiss triumphant as Ford’s winning formula continues to excel

The 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost yet again underlined the strength of Ford’s winning formula with another action-packed campaign courtesy of the latest crop of rising stars.

Thirty races played out across ten events on the high-profile British Touring Car Championship support package to a capacity trackside audience and millions more through ITV’s live, free-to-air television coverage, with the ‘Green Arrow’ – Kiern Jewiss – seizing the opportunity to claim the title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The triumph – also Double R Racing’s first in the category – was boosted by five race victories for Jewiss in as many meetings before the summer break, and a consistent, mature approach to maintain his advantage thereafter as he amassed 445 points – a record for a single season.

It also leaves the BRDC Rising Star with 12 vital FIA Super License Points – more than the equivalent success in any domestic F3 series – as he looks to follow in the footsteps of Lando Norris and use British F4 as the start of a journey to Formula 1.

Though chief title rival Ayrton Simmons would strike first blood with a brace of wins at the Brands Hatch curtain-raiser, Jewiss’ first victory in Britain’s FIA-sanctioned F4 series – a superlative drive through the field – followed soon after at Donington Park and ignited a fierce, season-long battle between the pair and another returnee, Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard.

Two wins at Thruxton and further visits to the top step of the rostrum at Oulton Park and Croft paved the way for Jewiss’ success, but a late-season charge from Hoggard – in which he won 6 of the final 12 races – rewarded him with third overall behind Simmons and Jewiss.

Hoggard’s speed was also underlined with five pole positions – the most for any driver – but ultimately a mid-season run of 13 races without silverware proved crucial in the battle for the honours.

Sixth position in the opening race at the Brands Hatch GP finale proved enough for Jewiss, who would record a sixth win of the season later that weekend to round out a fantastic campaign in style.

All in all, eight drivers enjoyed a trip to the Winner’s Circle across the campaign, including Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, two Arden-run Red Bull Junior Team racers who provided a thrilling scrap for the coveted Rookie Cup title.

Just a single point split the pair in the overall standings at the end of the season, and a mere 15 divided them in the Rookie class, sharing 20 of the 30 victories between themselves.

They largely dominated the top step of the rostrum in the middle of the campaign, with Doohan’s breakthrough success in the finale at Thruxton setting the trend before victories for Hauger at Oulton Park and Croft, then both shared the spotlight at Snetterton.

Several podium finishes eventually gave way to victories for “Flying Finns” Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri, whilst Sebastian Priaulx bookended a positive start to life in single-seaters with a win apiece on each Brands Hatch circuit layout, and claimed six podium finishes besides.

JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaimán was an ever-present in the top ten across the campaign but couldn’t build on his breakthrough podium in 2017, whilst new team mate Josh Skelton laid the foundations for future success, including a Rookie Cup triumph at Rockingham, and rounded out the top ten in the points.

A mere 25 points – equivalent to a single race win – split the drivers occupying 11th to 14th overall, with Hampus Ericsson eventually emerging ahead of promising rookie Sebastian Alvarez, the ever-improving Jamie Sharp and Lucca Allen.

2019 already promises to be an equally-successful 52nd year at the forefront of junior single seater racing for Ford, with returning entries Carlin and Richardson Racing set to return alongside the usual suspects to produce another captivating season of wheel-to-wheel action.

Pasma doubles his fun at the Speedway with second win as Arden score one-two

  • Pasma wins again from pole position at Rockingham.
  • Priaulx scores fifth podium of season.
  • Jewiss snatches final podium spot at last corner after titanic battle with title rival Simmons.
  • Skelton takes first Rookie class win.

12 AUGUST, 2018 – Having finally taken his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost earlier in the weekend, Patrik Pasma was at it again in the final race of the Rockingham Motor Speedway meeting. The Finn leading an Arden one-two finish with Sebastian Priaulx second.

Just as he did in round 19, poleman Pasma led flawlessly from lights-to-flag. Perhaps the only blemish a slight lock-up into Deene hairpin on the opening lap.

The Finn can be forgiven for that though after what has been something of a breakthrough weekend which has seen him marry speed with consistency to enable him to have his most successful weekend in single-seaters. He was devastatingly quick around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire track at times and is now on the hunt for plenty more silverware in the remaining races this season.

“It’s been a brilliant weekend with two victories,” said Pasma. “I’m so happy. Our pace has been really good since Friday. The team have done a fantastic job so big thanks to them.

“Priaulx was pushing me hard and then the Safety Car came. I managed to get a good restart and build a little gap.

“These results give me a great boost for the rest of the season. We need to work hard before Knockhill which is the next meeting to get even more wins.”

Behind Pasma at the start there was once again plenty of drama as the field charged into Deene hairpin. This time it was Arden’s Red Bull Juniors Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger who came to grief. The pair making contact and curtailing what had been a strong point scoring weekend for both of them.

Following the race, Hauger was handed a five place grid penalty to be taken at the next possible opportunity for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety.

The commotion ahead in the opening exchanges saw Priaulx profit most. After missing out on an excellent result in the preceding race due to contact at the very same corner, it was fitting that fortune favoured the Guernseyman. He duly picked up the pieces as his team-mates came unstuck and chased Pasma home untroubled on the way to second place and an Arden one-two.

“We got a good start and my team-mates tapped each other which meant I could capitalise,” explained Priaulx. “I got P2 on the first lap and that was the key to my race really.

“I had good pace at the start and I felt like I could try to overtake Patrik at some points, but I felt I didn’t quite have enough to pull it off with minimal risk.

“I got fastest lap which was really good and underlines the pace I have got.

“I’m really happy to finish on the podium after an up and down weekend. We got tapped off the circuit in race two which wasn’t our fault so I’m happy to end with a podium.

“We’ve had the pace for a podium all weekend so we deserved this result. We just need to improve a bit in qualifying, but we’ll learn and find a way to adapt.”

After a Safety Car period triggered by the need to retrieve Paavo Tonteri’s stricken Double R-prepared racer on lap five following contact with the wall on the exit of the final corner, there was no shortage of excitement behind the Arden duo.

As the race progressed spectators were treated to a grandstand finish with Ayrton Simmons attempting to fend off championship rival Kiern Jewiss and Johnathan Hoggard. The latter getting passed by Jewiss on lap nine as he attempted to make a move of his own on Simmons. Instead it was Jewiss who had the last laugh, expertly making his way up the order from 12th on the grid and finishing with a flourish.

Having hounded Simmons lap after lap, a better run through the final chicane on the very last lap set Jewiss up with the opportunity to steal third in the dying moments. He did so superbly as he used the momentum from a better exit onto the straight to out-drag Simmons in the run to the finish line. An unquestionably sweet moment for the Double R ace who has now extended his championship lead to 45 points.

“I got a really good start for the first time this weekend after two not very good ones,” explained Jewiss.

“I got a good launch and ran around the outside into turn two, but I found myself in the middle of everything with the two Red Bull Juniors making contact ahead and then people trying to get up my inside as I braked.

“I had to back out so there wasn’t any contact to stay in the race. I then just set about picking my way through the field and the Safety Car definitely helped. It was just a shame it had to come out due to one of the Double R-prepared cars.

“I knew once someone caught Hoggard it would give him something to think about and when that happened that’s when I really started to pressure Simmons.

“I felt that if I could get my nose in there it might be enough to put Ayrton off a bit and that’s what I did coming into the chicane.

“I thought he would shut the door immediately which he didn’t do quite as much as I expected. His tyres were obviously coming to the end of their life so he had a big slide up the banking through the last corner whereas I had a lot of traction and I got him on the run to the line.

“It was a really exciting race and it feels good to be on the podium, as well as have the last laugh in the championship battle this weekend.

“Let’s see what happens at Knockhill. We need to remain focused and try to do what Pasma did this weekend. We need to get on pole, win the first race, have a steady second race and then pick up the win in the third one.

“That’s what we will be aiming for and if we can take the reverse grid race as well to win the Ford Triple Crown Award and the £10,000 that goes with it then even better!”

It was incredibly close over the line with Hoggard just a couple of tenths adrift of Simmons and Josh Skelton only a further three tenths further back having been in mix for the final podium spot.

The JHR Developments driver still had plenty to celebrate though, having claimed his first Rookie class win after coming out on top in a skirmish with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing). The Mexican lost out after the Safety Car restart following contact, but did well to pick up the final points paying position, behind Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

Elsewhere, a 10 second time penalty for a false start for JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman put him on the back foot for the rest of the race, leaving him finishing in 11th despite coming home eighth on the road.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 21 Rockingham, 12 August, 2018
14 laps / 27.16 miles
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 20m 16.891s / 80.34 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.229s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +12.201s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +12.377s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.603s
6 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +12.910s
7 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +14.293s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +15.548s
9 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +18.132s
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.666s etc.

Fastest lap: Priaulx 1m 19.991s / 87.30 mph

Rookie class: 1 Skelton, 2 Alvarez

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 319 points; 2 Simmons 274; 3 Hauger 258; 4 Doohan 234; 5 Tonteri 209; 6 Pasma 188; 7 Priaulx 186; 8 Hoggard 173; 9 Skelton 76; 10 Sulaiman 58 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 367 points; 2 Hauger 366; 3 Tonteri 339; 4 Skelton 278; 5 Alvarez 199

Full results

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.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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

Jewiss and Pasma fastest in ultra-competitive Rockingham free practice

  • Kiern Jewiss beats Patrik Pasma to top spot by three-thousandths of a second.
  • Top 5 covered by less than a tenth of a second at the Speedway and top 9 drivers by half a second.

10 AUGUST, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing came out on top in a closely fought battle for supremacy in free practice at Rockingham Motor Speedway for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The championship leader recorded the fastest lap of the day with just moments to spare in free practice two. A time of 1m 18.655s denied Arden’s Patrik Pasma a clean sweep by a mere three-thousandths of a second. The Finn having set the pace in the damp first session.

“It’s been a pretty positive day and we’re pretty happy,” said Jewiss. “We were a bit unfortunate in practice one with a little technical niggle, but the rest of the day was good.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens in qualifying. I think we’re in a good place with the car. There are a few areas I can find a little more time. It’s looking very close and I expect it to be that way for the rest of the weekend.

“We probably went a bit early in free practice one. We did some running at the beginning when the track was still pretty wet and that’s partly why we didn’t figure quite as high in the first session.

“Snetterton was disappointing for us, but we’re looking to bounce back and I think we can here.

“The weather conditions look like they will be pretty mixed as well so we’ve got to try to maximise every opportunity when we can.

“It’s great to come into the weekend as a British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star. I’m hoping to celebrate my induction with a win and to represent the Club in the best way possible.”

Added Pasma: “It’s been a good day. It could have been better in FP2. I made a few mistakes which cost me a few tenths. I got caught in traffic as well which didn’t help.

“I think we have got the car in the right place for tomorrow. We’ll get a good rest tonight and use our pace to fight for top honours.

“We’ll be aiming to get a double pole like we did a fortnight ago at Snetterton. I like the profile of Rockingham, particularly its fast corners and long straight.”

It wasn’t solely the top two on the combined timesheet who shone out on the Northamptonshire track. As the chequer fell on proceedings, Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team drivers Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger were within in a tenth of Jewiss’ time, along with Jewiss’ Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri.

“It was difficult out there due to the track being wet and then drying out,” explained Doohan. “When the track was dry I was able to push more to find more time, but it wasn’t quite enough compared to my team-mate so we ended up just a small margin off him.

“Our race pace is looking really good and that was our main goal today to ensure that we have a strong pace for the races.

“Rockingham is an interesting circuit because it has a very abrasive surface, but is also pretty low on grip. The banking is really cool. Coming onto the main straight and making sure you carry enough speed through the final chicane is a fun challenge. It’s all about how much you can be on the limit without hitting the wall!”

Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx, as well as the JHR Developments trio of Ayrton Simmons, Manuel Sulaiman and Josh Skelton were all in touch of the pacesetting time to ensure that the top nine drivers were covered by just half a second. Simmons very much at the fore in free practice one, just 0.061s slower than pacesetter Pasma.

Johnathan Hoggard fractionally got the better of Fortec Motorsports team-mate Lucca Allen by 0.039s to break into the top-10.

Official qualifying is set for 1020 tomorrow ahead of a 1415 start for the championship’s 19th round. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1550.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Rockingham, 10 August, 2018 (FP1/FP2)

1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:20.399 / 1:18.655
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.731 / 1:18.658
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.147 / 1:18.684
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:20.156 / 1:18.725
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:19.902 / 1:18.749
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:20.119 / 1:18.873
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.972 / 1:18.962
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:20.398 / 1:19.028
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:21.487 / 1:19.181
10 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:30.331 / 1:19.601 etc.

Full times

TEAM NEWS: Finland’s Tonteri stars at Snetterton with maiden British F4 victory

Supplied by team’s PR.

•    British F4 success for first year racer Paavo Tonteri in round 17.
•    Finnish ace seals maiden outright win and sixth Rookie victory.
•    Kiern Jewiss maintains series lead despite luckless weekend.
•    Season-best P6 for Sebastian Alvarez in Snetterton opener.

30 JULY, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri raced to a controlled, and long-awaited, maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race victory at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend, 28th/29th July, to add yet another name to Double R Racing’s extensive list of single-seater race winners.

Finnish 18-year-old Tonteri, who is in his first season of car racing after a stellar karting career, converted a front-row start in round 17 at the Norfolk track on Saturday afternoon into a faultless outright win and his sixth victory of the year in the Rookie Cup class.

Team-mate Kiern Jewiss, who held a comfortable championship lead of 57 points going into the weekend, encountered a great deal of frustration with contact in round 16 and a damaged front wing in round 18 resulting in uncharacteristic 12th place finishes. Fourth in round 17, though, helped limit the damage in the title battle – his lead now reduced to 29 points.

Mexican youngster Sebastian Alvarez continued his progression with a season-best top six result in the first of the weekend’s three races on Saturday. Finishing in the top 10 again in round 17 with ninth place, he just missed the points in round 18 on Sunday with 11th position.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend for Paavo, he really deserves his first overall win – it was a great drive and a very impressive performance”, said Double R’s Anthony Hieatt, “Again, Sebastian produced some strong pace and he continues to chip away. It’s good to see him take his first top six finish.

“Obviously it wasn’t a great weekend in terms of results for Kiern, the pace was there but a couple of incidents made it hard work. Even though we dropped a few points to the competition, he’s still leading the championship and that’s the important thing going into the next round at Rockingham.”

Tonteri makes deserved British F4 breakthrough 
Jewiss headed into the weekend in typically potent form, having been quickest at the Norfolk track during both days of a two-day official test a couple of weeks prior. Indeed, in the usual pre-event test on Friday, 27th July, he again topped the times in session one, with an advantage of 0.3 seconds over his closest rivals, although Tonteri was the fastest Double R driver in session two with fourth.

In qualifying on Saturday, though, Jewiss had to settle for fourth – a mere 0.002 seconds shy of third on the race one grid – while Tonteri was seventh and Alvarez was 10th quickest. Due to a penalty for pole qualifier Patrick Pasma, though, Jewiss was elevated into third, Tonteri sixth and Alvarez ninth.

When the lights went out for the first of Saturday’s two races, Jewiss maintained third while Tonteri leapt into the top four as the cars headed to the infield and Alvarez also progressed, climbing into the top eight. On lap two, Jewiss smartly seized second and set about pressuring the race leader.

The next time around, though, Jewiss was tipped into a spin after a tangle with Dennis Hauger and although able to eventually recover he finished down in 12th position. Confirming his race winning potential, the Double R ace did post the fastest lap of the race during his recovery drive.

Tonteri profited from the lap three incident to slice past his team-mate and Hauger into second place, but his podium hopes were dashed on lap five when a moment dropped the Finn down to eighth. He did ultimately recover into the top five, though, third in the Rookie Cup.

Alvarez, enjoying a competitive run, climbed into seventh on lap four and then broke into the top six after Tonteri’s slip down the order. Following a late shake-up, when two rivals dropped back, Alvarez was leap-frogged by the recovering Tonteri and so the Mexican took the flag in sixth – fourth Rookie.

Round 17 started with Alvarez on pole position, the grid determined from the finishing order of race one but with the top six reversed, and Tonteri made it an all Double R front-row. Jewiss, of course, had to line-up 12th on the grid and with plenty to do.

Tonteri challenged Alvarez off the line and into Riches the Finn dramatically swept past around the outside to grab a lead he would never relinquish. In control by almost two seconds at the end of the opening tour, Tonteri produced a superb performance to claim his first outright win in British F4.

Although his lead was reduced to 1.2 seconds by the end of the fifth tour, Tonteri responded and into the 11th and final lap he had opened the gap to 1.5 seconds. Going on to wrap-up a superb victory, the result also marked his sixth Rookie Cup win of 2018.

“It took long enough!”, said a jovial Tonteri immediately after round 17, “It feels really good to finally win, I feel it’s been coming for a long time. We were really quick in the test before, and yesterday [Friday] we were fast too.”

Alvarez was ultimately shuffled back to seventh position on lap one and although slipping outside the top 10 on the very next tour, he battled back to finish in ninth position overall and fourth in the Rookie class – right on the tail of the two cars ahead on the drag to the line.

Unsurprisingly, Jewiss managed to undo a lot of the damage of starting down on the sixth row of the grid by carving his way through into a top four finish. Leaping into ninth on lap one, he followed championship rival Hauger as the pair both progressed through the order and on the fifth tour the Double R racer made his move to get ahead of the Norwegian – moving into the top six at that point.

Elevated into fifth the next time around, Jewiss then grabbed fourth with a great move into Riches at the start of lap seven. With over seven seconds to make up to the podium runners during the final few laps, though, there just wasn’t enough time to close the gap but fourth marked a great result.

Round 18 on Sunday began with Jewiss second on the grid but, in-keeping with his frustrating weekend, he sustained front wing damage early on and after gradually slipping further down the order he pitted for a new nose cone on lap seven. Eventually, Jewiss came home in 12th place.

From seventh on the grid, Tonteri climbed into the top five on lap one and then moved up into fourth place on the sixth tour. Edged back to fifth soon after, the Finn regained fourth on lap nine and after pressuring Johnathan Hoggard for third Tonteri made the breakthrough on the last lap to seal his second outright podium of the weekend, and third in the Rookie class, as well as fastest lap.

Alvarez began the third race of the weekend from ninth position and although bundled down to 13th place on lap one, he mounted a spirited recovery to work his way into the top 10 by lap three. Edged back down to 13th position by the fifth tour, Alvarez climbed back into 11th place – fourth Rookie.

Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the next instalment of British F4 action just two weeks from now on 11th/12th August.

Jewiss and Priaulx share the free practice spoils at Snetterton

  • Kiern Jewiss tops free practice one with quickest time of the day.
  • Sebastian Priaulx fastest in the afternoon.

27 JULY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Sebastian Priaulx shared the spoils in free practice at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss recorded the fastest time of the day in the morning session, picking up from where he left off after his timesheet topping exploits in last week’s two day test. The Double R ace and championship leader proved to be the only driver capable of breaking the 1m 52s barrier and heads into the weekend full of confidence despite a technical problem curtailing his free practice two running.

“It was really good to pick up from where we left off in testing to set the quickest time this morning,” said Jewiss. “It’s very promising for the weekend ahead and let’s see what tomorrow brings.

“We were a bit unfortunate in the second session because we had a technical problem which meant we couldn’t show our true pace, but I’m still pleased with time we recorded on old tyres.

“To only be about two tenths off is very encouraging. It’s also better to have problems happen on a Friday than on a Saturday or Sunday when there are points up for grabs.

“I really enjoy this circuit with its combination of high and low speed corners. Seb is going to be up there this weekend so it should be an interesting battle between us like we had in our Ginetta Junior days.”

Priaulx looks to have come out the blocks for the second half of the season firing on all cylinders. The Arden driver followed up being second fastest in free practice one by setting the pace in a fiercely contested afternoon session.

“I’m happy to be back where I want to be at the top of the timesheets,” said Priaulx. “We had a really good session in the afternoon. We had a little off at turn one at the end, but overall I’m really happy with how the session went.

“We’ve been working really hard over the winter to make the car better and also myself. We’ve got to keep working to improve every day because it’s incredibly competitive in this championship.

“I’m not going to take anything for granted at this stage of the weekend. Everything could change tomorrow. Things can change so quickly in this sport. It’s all about keeping calm, working hard and continuously improving.

“Due to the hot weather, it’s a really high temperature in the car which is only going to add to how mentally tough this weekend is going to be around the longest circuit on the calendar. It’s all part of the challenge if you want to be on the top step of the podium.”

Priaulx led an Arden one-two-three in the afternoon with Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger both within two tenths of their team-mate.

However, Double R Racing’s Paavo Tonteri secured third on the combined classification courtesy of his best lap which came in the morning.

Jack Doohan (Arden) did well to finish just half a second adrift of the fastest time of the day, having been hindered by technical gremlins throughout both free practice sessions. His race pace looking particularly strong.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) edged out Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) by only 0.040s to take seventh in the combined classification, while Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top-10 ahead of JHR Developments runner Ayrton Simmons.

Fans are in for a treat tomorrow with a blockbuster day of action. Official qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 1030. The first race of the weekend follows at 1400, with round 17 of the season taking place at 1625. It’s then lights out at 1430 on Sunday for round 18 which will be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Snetterton, 27 July, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:51.723 / 1:52.274
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.049 / 1:52.020
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:52.104 / 1:52.245
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.129 / 1:52.125
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.796 / 1:52.213
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:53.348 / 1:52.261
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.394 / 1:52.335
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:52.375 / 1:53.395
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.425 / 1:52.499
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:52.651 / 1:53.309 etc.

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SNETTERTON PREVIEW: Advantage Jewiss at the halfway stage

26 JULY, 2018 – It’s 15 races down, 15 to go as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost returns this weekend (28/29 July) following the summer break. Snetterton is all set to stage the latest instalment of a scintillating season.

With five race wins, five second-place finishes and two third-place finishes, Kiern Jewiss begins the second half of the season in pole position for the UK’s most coveted single-seater title.

The Double R ace has been rapid from the outset and proved he can win from anywhere on the grid. His 2018 campaign has gained plenty of momentum and he will look to extend his 57 point lead in the standings over closest rival Ayrton Simmons.

Simmons has his sights set firmly on regaining his spot at the top of the championship however. The JHR Developments driver got his season off to a stellar start with two wins and tasted further victory at Oulton Park, but a tough weekend at Croft leaves him with a point to prove.

Dennis Hauger put together a near-perfect weekend last time out, converting two pole positions into two victories and bagged a brace of fastest laps. The Red Bull Junior Team driver looks to have found his feet in the championship and is sure to be a contender for top honours once again.

His Arden team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan also grabbed headlines at Croft, following on-track heroics which saw him carve his way through the field from the back of the grid into podium position.

Paavo Tonteri (Double R) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) go into the second half of 2018 still on the hunt for their maiden wins, but given their performances it is surely just a matter of time.

The summer break couldn’t have come soon enough for Sebastian Priaulx. His first win in the opening weekend of the season seems like a distant memory and he will have used the holidays to regroup and come back stronger with the Arden team.

The same can be said of the Fortec Motorsports camp. Johnathan Hoggard doubled up with wins in April, but since then his and the team’s season hasn’t quite reached the same heights. Hoggard, Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen have found themselves bringing home top-10 finishes as opposed to silverware. It will be fascinating to see if they can turn the tables and finish the season with a flourish.

Josh Skelton equalled his best result of the season just before the summer break and JHR Developments team-mate Manuel Sulaiman is on a fine points scoring run which spans the last six races. Meanwhile, Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport are on the cusp of being regular top 10 finishers along with Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez.

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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Jewiss sets the pace in Snetterton testing

  • Kiern Jewiss quickest on day one of testing in Norfolk.
  • Dennis Hauger and Arden run him closest.

17 JULY, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost got back into gear with testing at Snetterton following the summer break and it was Kiern Jewiss who set the pace.

Championship leader Jewiss showed his hand late in the afternoon to rattle off a succession of rapid laps in the 1m 51s bracket. The Double R ace the first man to break the 1m 52s barrier. His best time of 1m 51.625s put him 0.247s clear of closest challenger Dennis Hauger.

It was yet another strong showing from Hauger who wound up second fastest in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Arden team-mate Sebastian Priaulx’s morning pacesetting time of 1m 52.230s was enough to secure him third on the combined classification, edging out Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) by a mere 0.026s.

The Arden pair of Jack Doohan and Patrik Pasma wound up next on the combined classification in fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).

Late flurries from Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports), Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) ensured top 10 spots on the timing sheet for the trio, ahead of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) in 11th who improved upon his morning’s best time by over two seconds in the afternoon.

Testing continues tomorrow ahead of the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Snetterton, 17 July, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:52.618 / 1:51.625
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.594 / 1:51.872
3 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.230 / 1:52.403
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:53.302 / 1:52.256
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.692 / 1:52.335
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.791 / 1:52.404
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:52.681 / 1:52.499
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.951 / 1:52.775
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:53.566 / 1:52.803
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:53.330 / 1:53.166 etc.

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TEAM NEWS: Win number five for Jewiss and Double R at Croft

Supplied by team’s PR.

•    F4 British Championship leader Kiern Jewiss takes fifth win of 2018.
•    Superb one-two in round 14 for Double R with Jewiss and Tonteri.

25 JUNE, 2018 – Championship leading British F4 racer Kiern Jewiss increased his advantage at the top of the driver standings for Double R Racing to an extremely impressive 57 points at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend 23/24 June, as the 2018 season reached the midway point.

Finishing round 13 on Saturday afternoon in second position, in the first of Sunday’s two F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost races, Jewiss charged through to claim a magnificent win from fifth on the grid. In round 15, he added another second place finish for the Woking team.

Team-mate Paavo Tonteri took a highlight second place overall in round 14, a terrific one-two for Double R with Jewiss and also the Finnish youngster’s fifth Rookie Cup victory of the year, with the addition of top four results in the other two contests.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez missed out on the points-paying top 10 in rounds 13 and 14, but the first year F4 driver raced impressively to a season-best seventh position overall on track in round 15 – his fifth outright score of the season.

“We know we have a great setup for Croft and Kiern and Paavo made the most of that in race two, taking another Double R one-two is fantastic”, said team principal Anthony Hieatt, “We wanted to make sure we kept the lead of the championship to end the first half of the season, but to have increased the points gap with Kiern is really good and sets us up well into the summer break.

“Paavo had another strong weekend with an outright podium and another Rookie win, and he’s closed on the top four in the main championship. Sebastian’s weekend certainly ended positively, we can’t ask for much more than a best result of the season – he raced well and did a great job.”

Jewiss and Tonteri double-up for Double R
Qualifying on Saturday was impossibly close, the tiniest of fractions determining the top three places on the grid for round 13. Jewiss had to settle for second fastest, missing pole position by a mere 0.038 seconds, and Tonteri was just 0.019 seconds further adrift in third – second in the Rookie class. Alvarez was just a tenth of a second outside the top 10 with the 11th best lap, fourth Rookie.

Jewiss challenged pole position qualifier Dennis Hauger very hard indeed throughout the 15-lap duration of Saturday afternoon’s encounter, the Double R racer never more than a few tenths of a second adrift as the pair pulled well clear of the chasing pack. Swarming all over the back of his rival, Jewiss ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot less than half a second shy.

Tonteri was edged back to fourth early on and then spent the remainder of the race just outside the top three, claiming second in the Rookie Cup. Alvarez also lost ground on lap one, slipping to 12th place, and was then shuffled down to 13th on the second tour. Bottled up behind the car of Lucca Allen, Alvarez pressured hard and took the flag only 0.1 seconds behind – fourth in the Rookie class.

For the ‘partially reversed’ race two grid, Tonteri lined-up in third with Jewiss directly behind in fifth and Alvarez started in 13th spot. When the lights went out, Tonteri held third into the first corner as Jewiss squeezed into fourth just behind his team-mate on the inside and then, on the run to Tower, they moved into second and third respectively when Ayrton Simmons slowed.

Further back, Alvarez had to take to the grass out of the chicane to avoid being caught-up in a multi-car tangle and after a wild ride across the infield he was able to recover to the track in 12th position before then heading to the pits at the end of lap two. After rejoining a lap down following a check-over of his car from the team, the Mexican went on to end the race in 12th position.

Up at the front, Jewiss piled on the pressure to team-mate Tonteri as the duo closed on race leader Matthew Hoggard and on lap four at Tower points leader Jewiss produced an incredible late pass on the brakes to move ahead of Tonteri into second.

By the start of lap six Jewiss was right with Hoggard and at Tower he again produced a sensational move, remarkably this time around the outside, to take the lead. Even with the intervention of the Safety Car on lap nine, Jewiss was untroubled and he went on to take his fifth victory of the season by 3.5 seconds.

Tonteri, under huge pressure after the Safety Car period from Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, didn’t put a wheel wrong as he defended his position and as his rivals waged their own battle late on the Finn pulled clear to wrap-up a tremendous one-two for Double R, as well as the Rookie win.

Race three, round 15, started with Tonteri on the front row of the grid – having shaded Jewiss to the second fastest ‘second best’ time in qualifying – and again there was nothing between them, just 0.012 seconds. Alvarez started in 11th position as he did in race one.

Another great launch enabled Jewiss to challenge team-mate Tonteri into Clervaux and, with a bold pass, he moved into second brilliantly. Ending lap one 0.9 seconds shy of pole qualifier Hauger, Jewiss remained in touch and after a mid-race Safety Car period he did get as close as half a second behind Hauger. Ultimately, though, the Double R racer had to settle for second and another podium.

Tonteri ran in third place for almost the entire duration, only losing out on an outright rostrum finish at the final corner when Doohan made a late move for third on the inside – which also pushed the Finn back to third in the Rookie class battle.

Behind his two team-mates, Alvarez put together one of his best performances of the year on his way to a season-best seventh on the road.* From the head of row six, the Mexican was edged back to 13th place on lap one but he soon began his fightback and by lap four he had moved into the overall top 10.

Following a spin for Josh Skelton at the end of lap four, which triggered the mid-race Safety Car, Alvarez took ninth and before racing resumed a pit-stop for Patrik Pasma elevated the Double R machine into eighth. Swarming all over Manuel Sulaiman when racing resumed, Alvarez applied a lot of pressure and grabbed seventh brilliantly on lap 10 – also finishing fourth in the Rookie battle.

Following a lengthy five-week summer break, Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the sixth event of the British F4 season on 28/29 July.

* After round 15 Alvarez was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage, demoting him to ninth in the final classification.