TEAM NEWS: Simmons on top as JHR stays firmly in F4 British Championship hunt

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31 August, 2018 – JHR Developments enjoyed another successful weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as championship contender Ayrton Simmons took his fourth victory of the season in race two, while both Josh Skelton and Manuel Sulaiman showed good pace in difficult conditions.

Starting from pole position in the rain on Sunday morning, Ayrton settled into a rhythm and despite having his advantage pegged back by a Safety Car period, pulled out a five-second advantage by the end of the contest. He carried this form over into the final race of the weekend and made up several positions to close in on title rival Kiern Jewiss in third place. Despite contact between the pair as Ayrton tried to pass, he kept a cool head and made the move stick a lap later, finishing the weekend just 31 points back in the championship standings, with up to 150 points still on offer.

For Josh and Manuel, it would be a frustrating weekend despite strong pace. Small errors cost Josh, though in both races one and three he showed good speed despite having little experience racing single-seaters in the wet. Manuel continued his upturn in form but was left frustrated in race three after twice going off road through no fault of his own, which turned a probable top-five finish into a disappointing tenth place.

JHR Developments will head to Silverstone in Northamptonshire for the penultimate weekend of the 2018 season as rounds 25, 26, and 27 take place on the 1.6-mile National Circuit. There is the option of a test day on Monday September 3rd, before practice on Friday September 14th. Qualifying and race one of the weekend will be held on Saturday, with races two and three on Sunday September 16th, the latter being shown live on ITV4 and ITV Hub online..

Ayrton Simmons
Race one: Grid – 6, Race – 6
Race two: Grid – 1, Race – 1
Race three: Grid – 7, Race – 3
Championship: 2 (322 points)

“They’ve resurfaced the circuit, so it took us a few laps to get used to. By FP3 I knew where I was. We struggled a bit on Friday but knew where to improve the car and made steps forward. In qualifying we were three tenths off in the end, but the guys did an amazing job to gather a lot of information which helped us in the race. The car felt more positive in race one and it was so good to drive, it helped me get reverse grid pole for race two.

“For race two I was comfortable and there was no need to push because I was pulling a gap each race. I’m grateful to be back up there again and it is positive for the team and the hard work we’ve been putting in is paying off. Race three was pretty eventful, starting P7, but it was good to get through the field to get third place ahead of Kiern. I couldn’t see much, and it was cold. I’ve raced in the wet before but that was a new level – I couldn’t see, not even the rain lights, so you had to guess where to brake and turn in. The car was mega in those conditions and I think you could see that in our performance.”

Josh Skelton
Race one: Grid – 9, Race – 10
Race two: Grid – 10, Race – DNF
Race three: Grid – 10, Race – 8
Championship: 9 (81 points)
Rookie cup: 4 (302 points)

“I learned the track pretty quickly and we improved by working as a team and trying things out on the car setup-wise that we could go forward with. We didn’t have new tyres in practice as it’s not in our budget, so we were happy with the performance. I haven’t driven in this car in the wet much, but I was quickest for most of FP2. We didn’t get the best out of the tyre in qualifying so were looking forward to the race.

“I made a good start, but I dipped a wheel in the gravel in race one and lost some momentum, so I fell to the back. I made my way back to tenth but there was too much of a gap to catch the others. It was difficult to see in race two and on the second lap I caught a bit of the gravel out of the chicane and got stuck on the grass and went off into the wall. I had a bad start in race three which put me on the back foot, but I made my way through to eighth. It was hard to see where I was going but at least I brought it home and kept it on the track. I’m happy to get the points but I’d like to be further up the field.”

Manuel Sulaiman
Race one: Grid – 7, Race – 9
Race two: Grid – 9, Race – 6
Race three: Grid – 9, Race – 10
Championship: 10 (69 points)

“We were quite quick on Friday and tried some things for qualifying which were positive and I got a good lap in. In race one I started well and maintained my position, but my mirrors were moving around so I was struggling a bit. It was wet for race two. Knockhill is a difficult track but it is quite grippy so there isn’t a big change from dry to wet so it wasn’t too hard to switch over and the pace was pretty strong, so I finished P6.

“Race three was disappointing. I gained a place at the start but there was an incident into turn one and I lost the place as I went on the grass. We were fourth or fifth quickest and were catching the cars in front. After the restart someone tapped me into a spin, I rejoined in last, and could only regain two positions. We could have been in the top-five. We knew we were fast, so we’ll move on to the next one.”

Steven Hunter, Team Principal
Teams cup: 3 (481 points)

“We got a good setup on all three cars. It was a good weekend for Ayrton and he proved he is quick in the wet. It was unlucky for Manuel with the contact in the last race which put him down the order after he showed he had good pace. Josh had steady races and got himself into the top ten which continues his development, particularly racing in the wet. We’re happy with the performances and we can build on it for Silverstone in a few weeks time.”

TEAM NEWS: Five Podiums for Arden at Knockhill British F4

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30 August, 2018 – Arden Motorsport took five podium finishes at Knockhill in the British F4 – Certified by FIA, powered by Ford Championship. Patrik Pasma, Sebastian Priaulx and Jack Doohan all made it onto the podium in the three races at the Scottish circuit in treacherous conditions.

The F4 British Championship – certified by FIA powered by Ford headed to Knockhill in Fife, Scotland for Races 22-24 of the 2018 Championship.

Patrik Pasma headed the Arden quartet in Qualifying, setting the 2nd fastest time just ahead of Red Bull Junior teammate Jack Doohan. Sebastian Priaulx putting his Arden car in 5th position, one ahead of Dennis Hauger to complete the Arden line-up.

In terms of ‘Second-best’ laptimes, the four Arden drivers would line up in the exact same positions for the third and final race of the weekend.

Race 1 saw Pasma and Doohan get away well, but unable to challenge Johnathon Hoggard for the lead into Turn 1 – so the pair folded back into position. These two would duel it out for the remainder of the race in close contention, with Pasma just taking 2nd place from Doohan – who would complete the podium.

Priaulx maintained 5th position throughout the race, splitting two of the championship contenders Kiern Jewiss and Ayrton Simmons in the process. Red Bull Junior Hauger had a difficult start which dropped him a place behind Simmons, he held onto 7th position to the chequered flag to bank more crucial points for him and the team.

The second race of the weekend took place Sunday morning in horrendous wet conditions. The start was eventful, as a Safety Car was deployed early on for a collision which eliminated two contenders early on. Hauger was then really unfortunate on the restart to be collected by a spinning Hoggard, which damaged Hauger’s car and forced him to pit for repairs.

After another two Safety Car periods, the race finally got into some motion as Pasma made a move up the inside of Jewiss at ‘Clarks’ corner. Doohan went to follow his teammate through, but Jewiss slammed the door shut and contact between the two, caused the Red Bull Junior to spin and fall to the back of the field.

Hauger recovered well to latch onto the back of Jewiss in the closing stages, finishing just 0.4s behind in 5th position at the chequered flag. Priaulx ran a very solid race to score a strong 2nd position, with Pasma making it two Arden’s on the podium with a 3rd place finish. Doohan managed to recover to 9th to gain points in his Rookie and Main Championship battle.

The third and final race of the weekend saw a repeat of the first race at the start, as Pasma slotted into 2nd behind Hoggard who led from pole position. Pasma wasn’t quite able to get close enough to challenge for the win, but bagged another 2nd place finish – banking his third podium of the weekend in a strong and consistent showing once again. Patrik gained 51 points over the weekend, scoring the most of any driver during the weekend.

Hauger had an adventurous race, after he was forced to take avoiding action through the gravel at the start of the race – the Norwegian Red Bull Junior recovered to a fine 4th at the chequered flag.

Doohan and Priaulx both made strong starts, before small contact between the two sent them spinning early on. Doohan managed to recover to a strong 6th, but Priaulx was beached in the gravel and forced to be recovered onto the track during a Safety Car period. The Guernsey man managed to recover to 11th, just missing out on points in the championship.

As we approach the final two weekends of the season, Hauger remains the lead Arden driver in the championship standings in 3rd overall on 283 points. Doohan is 4th with 259 points, Pasma has moved into 5th with 239 points and Priaulx sits 8th in the standings on 214 points.

The penultimate round of the F4 British Championship takes place at Silverstone, on the National Circuit on the 15-16 September, with the championship then rounding out the season at Brands Hatch on the 29-30 September just a fortnight later.

DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx tames the rain for brilliant Knockhill podium

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28 August 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx has made it four podium finishes in three meetings in the 2018 British F4 Championship with a fantastic drive to second position in ultra-challenging conditions at Knockhill in Scotland this past weekend (25/26 August).

The 1st Central Insurance driver converted one of his strongest qualifying performances of the season into a pair of hard-fought top five finishes, which keeps him in the battle for the top six in the championship heading into the final two meetings of the season.

With his podium successes in the previous two outings at Snetterton and Rockingham, Priaulx made the annual trip north of the border to Scotland with confidence high as he prepared to race on the unique, undulating Knockhill circuit for the first time in a single-seater.

Quickly getting up to speed with the track during an official pre-event test on Tuesday, the Guernseyman continued building a good platform for the weekend ahead as he posted fast, consistent lap-times across the traditional free practice sessions on Friday.

Priaulx carried that promising pace into qualifying the next day, with a brilliant lap-time of 49.172s putting him less than two tenths of a second off pole as he secured top five starting positions for both the first and third races of the weekend.

The opening encounter on Saturday afternoon proved to be a relatively quiet affair for the Ravenscroft supported driver, with a faultless drive seeing him run in a comfortable fifth position from start-to-finish; a result that secured him a front-row start for the reverse grid race two.

A dramatic change of weather overnight meant he would be greeted by a tricky wet circuit for race two, with Priaulx adapting superbly to the conditions in his Arden Motorsport machine as he held second position in the early stages.

Maintaining a great pace throughout the 20 minute encounter, the 17 year old pulled clear of the pack behind and enjoyed a trouble-free run to the chequered flag for a richly-deserved sixth podium finish of his maiden British F4 season so far.

Unfortunately Priaulx’s weekend ended on a sour note though in the live televised final race, as following a great launch off the line, contact from another car heading through McIntyre’s corner spun him around and left him stuck on the edge of the circuit.

A helpful hand from the marshals ensured his race could continue, however by this stage the Walero brand ambassador was a lap down on the remainder of the field, which meant he lapped the remainder of the race in eleventh position.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m really pleased to have continued our podium run in the championship this weekend. We were very racy and our pace was consistently strong from start-to-finish, which is a good sign heading into the final two meetings of the year.

“Our qualifying performance is something we’ve been working hard on and this weekend it felt like we made a step forward with it, having been consistently in the top five in both wet and dry conditions in testing.

“I gave it everything I had in the opening race and fifth was a good result. It gave us a great platform with the reverse grid for race two and I’m delighted to convert that into the podium, especially with a visor issue hampering my visibility immensely.

“The final race was unfortunate and it was frustrating to be the innocent party in contact once again. We won’t dwell on that though as we leave the meeting with plenty of positives and we’re hoping to enjoy some more success in the final two meetings of the year.”

The penultimate rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship are coming up at the ‘Home of British motor racing’ Silverstone in three weeks’ time (15/16 September), before the season finale around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit (29/30 September).

TEAM NEWS: Double R Racing’s Jewiss retains F4 points lead at rain-hit Knockhill

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August 27, 2018 – Knockhill Circuit in Scotland provided a more challenging than expected series of races for F4 British Championship certified by FIA powered by Ford squad Double R Racing over the weekend, 25th/26th August, but series leader Kiern Jewiss still departed the Fife track with a healthy 31-point advantage.

Missing out on a podium finish for only the second race meeting of his rookie single-seater season, Maidstone driver Jewiss nonetheless racked up a typically strong tally of points for Double R with fourth position in races one and two and then fifth in Sunday’s finale.

Finland’s Paavo Tonteri experienced a mixed weekend on his first visit to Knockhill, with a brace of Rookie Cup podiums in rounds 22 and 24 the highlight. Finishing eighth overall in race one and seventh in the third contest, Tonteri was unfortunately forced to retire from round 23.

Sebastian Alvarez impressed in the rain-lashed second race on Sunday morning, matching his season-best of second place in the Rookie Cup with seventh outright. Finishing 11th overall and fifth best Rookie in race one, the Mexican was frustratingly forced out of the third encounter.

“We hoped for a stronger weekend at Knockhill, especially after Kiern topped the times in the second test session on Friday, but things just didn’t quite work out for us”, said Anthony Hieatt, team principal of Double R Racing, “Importantly, though, we took away some vital points with three strong and consistent finishes and Kiern’s championship lead is still a healthy one.

“Paavo and Sebastian both had some misfortune, but there were also some good results with more Rookie Cup podiums in very tricky conditions. Although not the weekend we wanted overall it’s been OK, but we intend to be back much stronger and where we should be at Silverstone.”

Although having a lap time disallowed due to a track limits infringement, Jewiss ended qualifying on Saturday morning fourth quickest with a time only 0.1 seconds away from pole position. Tonteri too had issues with track limits, losing two of his best lap times, and so ended the session a frustrating ninth on the grid – third best Rookie – while Alvarez was 11th fastest and fifth Rookie.

Round 22 on Saturday afternoon was a highly processional affair with Jewiss remaining fourth throughout the entire 25 lap duration. Producing pace less than three hundredths of a second away from the fastest lap and new lap record, the Double R driver again chalked up a big haul of points.

Due to a grid penalty for Dennis Hauger from the previous event at Rockingham, Tonteri actually started race one from eighth. Although passed by Hauger on lap 10, and so slipping to ninth, the Finn was able to get ahead of Manuel Sulaiman late on to move back into eighth and take third in class.

Alvarez lined-up in 10th position due to Hauger’s aforementioned penalty and although passed at the start by the Norwegian, the Mexican did manage to depose Josh Skelton so he remained in the top 10 on lap one. Holding station until lap 13, Skelton was able to move back ahead of Alvarez who then spent the rest of the 25 lap contest in 11th place, fifth in the Rookie Cup.

For round 23 on Sunday morning, Jewiss started an elevated third on the grid with Tonteri lining-up in eighth and Alvarez in 11th spot. In contrast to the previous day though, rain arrived resulting in a very wet track for the British F4 runners.

While Jewiss and Tonteri maintained their grid placings over the first lap, Alvarez was shuffled down to 12th position. On lap two, though, contact between two cars into the hairpin enabled Tonteri to climb into the top six – second in class – and Alvarez moved through into ninth place, third Rookie.

However, during the subsequent Safety Car period Tonteri’s involvement came to an end when his car ground to a halt due to an issue with the low pressure pump. So, when the action resumed on lap nine, Alvarez held an elevated eighth and although he was passed by the recovering Hauger the Mexican moved back into the top eight when Jamie Sharp dropped back.

At the end of 10 laps, Jewiss was still third with Alvarez eighth but on lap 11 Jewiss went wide at Clark’s and was edged back to fourth by Patrik Pasma. Jewiss was then challenged by Jack Doohan into the hairpin and even though there was some contact, Jewiss managed to keep fourth.

In the meantime, Alvarez moved into the top six as a result of problems for a couple of rivals and the South American’s see-saw race then continued with Sulaiman nudging him back to seventh on lap 13. During the closing stages Jewiss was threatened by the resurgent Hauger but the championship leader held fourth to the flag, with Alvarez finishing seventh and a strong second in the Rookie Cup.

With the wet weather remaining at Knockhill for round 24, Jewiss started fourth on the slippery and very wet track with Tonteri eighth and Alvarez in 11th place. Making an excellent start from the outside of the second row, Jewiss surged into third and also looked to challenge for second place.

As the leaders threaded through Scotsman, though, a two-car tangle behind the top four led to chaos which ultimately triggered the appearance of the Safety Car. Racing resumed on lap four with Jewiss third, Tonteri fifth – having profited from the lap one dramas – and Alvarez 11th. In contrast to his team-mate, Alvarez was badly delayed on lap one after taking to the grass in avoidance of the incident.

Jewiss ran very close behind second placed Pasma, swarming all over the back of his rival, but within a couple of laps the Double R racer had to swap attack for defence with Ayrton Simmons really pressuring. Dramatically banging wheels on the start/finish straight into lap seven, Jewiss managed to retain third but after sliding slightly wide over the kerbs out of the chicane he was prone.

Simmons went through into fourth place and the loss of momentum for Jewiss enabled Hauger to get a run into the hairpin, dropping the points leader to fifth where he ultimately stayed to the flag on lap 20.

Tonteri, meanwhile, slipped to fifth on lap four and was edged back another couple of spots before the conclusion to finish in seventh place and third in the Rookie Cup. Unfortunately for Alvarez, his involvement ended on lap 10 due to a failed high pressure pump.

There are now just three weeks to wait until the penultimate race meeting of the British F4 season, at Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire, on 15th/16th September.

Hoggard doubles up in Knockhill finale

  • Fortec driver adds second victory of the weekend
  • Pasma makes it three podiums out of three
  • Simmons outscores points leader Jewiss to reduce championship gap

26 August 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard bounced back from the disappointment of race two to secure a second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost victory of the weekend in the final race at Knockhill.

The Fortec driver had been forced to retire from the opening race of Sunday after an incident on the first lap left him with damaged suspension, but he started the Scottish finale from pole by virtue of his second quickest time in qualifying.

In conditions that were arguably even more difficult than those encountered in race two, Hoggard was able to maintain his position at the front when the lights went out ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) and wouldn’t be headed despite two safety car periods that backed up the field.

It means Hoggard now has five wins for the season; the joint best on the grid.

“Race two didn’t go to plan with the incident on the opening lap, so it’s nice to bounce back with another win,” he said. “I struggled a bit at the start as didn’t know the lines and what speed to carry into the corners, but I soon got my head down and pulled away.

“I think the championship is beyond us at this stage of the season, but it’s great to come away from the weekend with 50 points on the board and I’ll keep pushing hard through the final two rounds.”

Behind Hoggard, Pasma was able to maintain his strong recent form as he made it three podium finishes from the weekend with second spot.

Unable to quite match his rival ahead, the Finn was able to ease away from the battle behind for third place to secure more silverware from the weekend.

“It’s a shame not to get a win but three podiums is still good,” he said. “Rockingham and Knockhill are my two favourite circuits and we’ve picked up some strong results from them.”

The fight for third would prove to be a frenetic one, with points leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R) holding the place in the early stages ahead of title rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR).

After slight contact between the pair exiting the hairpin on the sixth lap, Jewiss then ran slightly wide at the chicane on the next lap which allowing Simmons to get a run into Clarks, where he slipped through into third spot – a position he would hold to the finish to take points out of Jewiss in the title race.

“To get up to P3 and be ahead of Kiern is important for the championship,” he said. “The car was really good in the early laps although we did pick up a bit of damage with the contact mid-way through.

“To finish on the podium despite that is great and we’ve cut the lead at the top a bit more. We have to keep doing what we are doing and chip away at Kiern’s advantage.”

Behind Simmons, Dennis Hauger (Arden) took fourth spot and top rookie honours after also finding a way ahead of Jewiss to complete a strong comeback from a trip across the gravel on lap one.

The Norwegian had been forced to take avoiding action at turn three to avoid team-mates Seb Priaulx and Jack Doohan after they came together and suffered spins, which resulted in the first safety car to allow Priaulx’s car to be pushed back onto the circuit. Hauger now heads the rookie standings.

Jewiss was left to finish the race in fifth spot and retains the points lead at the end of the weekend.

“In that last race I think we had the best car by far but I had an issue with visor and couldn’t see properly,” he said. “It was like driving in fog and I had to follow the rain lights ahead; it was pretty impossible to see.

“It’s a real shame for the team because they gave me a great car and the end result isn’t what they deserved.”

After his lap one spin, Doohan ended up with sixth place having set the fastest lap on his recovery through the field, with Paavo Tonteri (Double R) rounding out the rookie podium in seventh place.

Josh Skelton (JHR), Jamie Sharp (Sharp) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) rounded out the top ten, with Priaulx finishing a lap down in eleventh.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) was the only non-finisher after his car ground to a halt on the exit of the hairpin, causing a brief second safety car period whilst it was recovered from the circuit.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 24, 26 August, 2018

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 18.282s / 74.87mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +0.954s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +3.625s
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +3.977s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +5.471s
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden +6.077s
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +8.319s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +11.486s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +14.350s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +14.652s etc

Fastest lap:
Doohan 56.190s / 81.17mph

Rookie Class:
1 Hauger 2 Doohan 3 Tonteri 4 Skelton

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 353 points; 2 Simmons 322; 3 Hauger 283; 4 Doohan 259; 5 Pasma 239; 6 Hoggard 223; 7 Tonteri 219; 8 Priaulx 214; 9 Skelton 81; 10 Sulaiman 69 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 431 points; 2 Doohan 425; 3 Tonteri 369; 4 Skelton 302; 5 Alvarez 227

Full Results

Simmons masters conditions to take race two at Knockhill

  • Simmons closes gap to Jewiss with fourth win of the year
  • Priaulx and Pasma round out podium places
  • Wet conditions lead to dramatic second race

26 August 2018 – Ayrton Simmons closed the gap to points leader Kiern Jewiss with victory in the second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Knockhill.

With rain having arrived overnight, challenging conditions greeted the drivers when the race kicked off with Simmons (JHR Developments) able to lead from start-to-finish to wrap up a fourth victory of the campaign having started on pole.

It was a win that allowed Simmons to claw back some ground in the points standings after Jewiss had to settle for a second fourth place finish of the weekend.

“I’m really pleased,” Simmons said. “We weren’t that quick in the wet on Friday so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the team gave me the best car I’ve ever had in the wet and that made life easy for me.

“I had the advantage of the best visibility but it was tricky at times to lead the way as you never know where the grip will be but it was okay once I got into a rhythm. It’s good points in the championship with Kiern having opened up a bit of a gap, and we’ll give it our best to try and outscore him again in race three.”

Simmons was able to retain his place at the head of the field when the lights went out at the start before the safety car was deployed when Josh Skelton (JHR) slid off into the gravel and got beached at Clarks on lap two.

The same lap would also see race one winner Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec) forced out when he lost the rear of his car under braking into the hairpin and slid into Dennis Hauger’s Arden-run machine. It left Hoggard with damaged suspension and meant Hauger had to return to the pits to have a new nose fitted to his car.

Before the race was able to resume, Paavo Tonteri (Double R) was added to the list of retirements when his car ground to a halt on track, with the action finally getting back underway with just under ten minutes of racing left to run.

Simmons made the ideal restart to get the jump on the chasing pack with Seb Priaulx (Arden) attempting to give chase behind, with the fight for third between Jewiss (Double R) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) grabbing the attention of fans watching trackside.

That gave Priaulx some breathing space as he wrapped up second place despite struggling with visibility throughout the race.

“Second is good but I’m a bit disappointed at the same time that we couldn’t challenge for the win,” he said. “I had an issue with my visor steaming up and couldn’t see properly which was unfortunate. Credit to Ayrton though, he drove well.”

The battle for third would ultimately be decided when Jewiss ran slightly wide at Clarks, giving Pasma a run up the inside on the way into the hairpin as the Finn took third spot.

Jack Doohan (Arden) attempted to follow him through but slight contact with Jewiss as he turned into the corner would tip the Australian into a spin that dropped him to the rear of the field.

Whilst Pasma secured the final place on the podium, Jewiss repeated his race one result with fourth despite the best efforts of a recovering Hauger in the closing laps.

The Norwegian driver would close right up to the points leader but then clipped the kerb and lost momentum at the chicane on the final lap, which gave Jewiss some breathing space through the final corner. Fifth for Hauger still allowed him to take rookie honours.

“It’s not what we wanted as we were quick in the wet and wanted to fight for a podium but it isn’t too bad considering I had to pit for a new wing,” he said. “I had to battle my way through the pack and I hope we can have a more straightforward race three.”

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) took sixth spot after fighting his way ahead of Sebastian Alvarez at the hairpin in the closing laps, with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) taking eighth having lost ground when he ran wide through the gravel at the chicane whilst fighting in the pack. Doohan completed the nine finishers following his spin.

Race three gets underway live on ITV4 at 1620.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 23, 26 August, 2018

1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 20m 32.093s / 66.63mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +5.126s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +7.097s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +10.416s
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.895s
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +16.351s
7 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +20.828s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +22.874s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden +27.565s

Fastest lap:
Simmons 56.288s / 81.03mph

Rookie Class:
1 Hauger 2 Alvarez 3 Doohan

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hoggard – Pasma – Doohan – Jewiss – Priaulx – Hauger – Simmons – Tonteri – Sulaiman – Skelton etc

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 343 points; 2 Simmons 307; 3 Hauger 271; 4 Doohan 251; 5 Pasma 221; 6 Priaulx 214; 7 Tonteri 213; 8 Hoggard 198; 9 Skelton 77; 10 Sulaiman 68 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 407 points; 2 Hauger 406; 3 Tonteri 354; 4 Skelton 290; 5 Alvarez 227

Full Results

Lights to flag for Hoggard in Knockhill opener

  • Fortec driver secures win number four of the year
  • Pasma fends off Doohan to secure second spot
  • Fourth spot sees Jewiss extend points lead

25 August 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard converted pole position into his fourth victory of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season with a lights-to-flag success in round 22 at Knockhill.

The Fortec driver headed for Scotland buoyed by victory at Rockingham last time out and having come out on top of a frantic battle for pole, he produced a flawless drive at the head of the field to wrap up victory.

Never unduly troubled by the chasing pack behind, Hoggard added a new lap record to his victory for good measure in what could well be the only dry race of the weekend, with rain expected to arrive for races two and three on Sunday.

“I prefer to have a clear road in front of me so I can do my own thing, and was able to manage the gap to the guys behind,” he said. “The car felt good at the start and I got a gap and then they were able to close in towards the end – probably more than I would have liked.

“I got my head down and extended my advantage back out again before the finish and it’s great to win again. It was a long wait from my wins at Donington to Rockingham, but the confidence I got there has carried through to here and I’m looking forward to the challenge of rain tomorrow.”

Hoggard’s winning margin after 25 laps of the tight and twisty Knockhill circuit was just over a second ahead of fellow front-row starter Patrik Pasma, who found himself spending much of the race trying to keep Arden team-mate Jack Doohan at bay.

Their battle gave Hoggard the chance to ease away at the front and whilst Pasma was briefly able to start closing down the gap to the leader, further pressure from Doohan in the closing laps left the Finn to settle for second.

“P2 is decent points for the championship and tomorrow I think there will be more overtaking in the rain,” he said. “I think that will favour me.”

Third spot for Doohan ensured he secured honours amongst the rookie drivers having been unable to find a way ahead of Pasma, although it wasn’t for a lack of effort on behalf of the young Australian.

Although he got to within two-tenths of a second of Pasma on the final lap, he was just too far back to make a move for position and had to contend himself with the bottom step of the podium.

“It wasn’t the result I wanted, but I’m happy with P3 and top rookie,” he said. “The pace was so close between the top three and I tried a few times to get ahead of Pasma but couldn’t make a move stick.

“There were a few times where he had to defend and on the last lap I could see he was looking in his mirrors but it would have been hard to make a move without doing something stupid.”

Behind the top three, points leader Kiern Jewiss secured fourth for Double R, having been unable to keep pace with the trio ahead but with a comfortable advantage over Seb Priaulx (Arden) behind.

That still allowed Jewiss to extend his lead in the championship standings, with closest rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR) taking the flag in sixth spot.

“There was no point in pushing so I chilled out a bit,” Jewiss explained. “The times were so close I wasn’t going to catch the guys ahead and was only going to destroy the tyres. I’m happy that the right people finished in front of me in terms of the points and will look forward to tomorrow where the weather should throw a spanner in the works. We’ve been pretty good in the wet, so we’ll see how we go.”

Outside the top six, Dennis Hauger (Arden) provided much of the action as he looked to fight back from the five place grid penalty he picked up at Rockingham last time out.

From eleventh at the start, he made up two places on the opening lap before battling his way ahead of Paavo Tonteri (Double R) and then managed to get past Manual Sulaiman (JHR) at the hairpin on lap 19 – a move that saw Sulaiman run wide and also allowed Tonteri to get ahead.

“I couldn’t expect more round here as almost impossible to overtake,” Hauger reflected. “I managed to get a few places but it’s hard to follow round here. I’ve got to focus on tomorrow and see how we go there.”

Behind the battling trio, Josh Skelton (JHR) recovered from a mistake on the opening lap that saw him run wide and drop to the back of the field to take tenth, with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) rounding out the field.

Race two will take place at 1100 on Sunday morning.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 22, 25 August, 2018
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 39.737s / 91.97mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +1.175s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden +1.461s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +3.949s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +7.249s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +9.004s
7 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +14.674s
8 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +15.411s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +18.507s
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +24.285s etc

Fastest lap:
Hoggard 49.266s / 92.58mph

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

Grid for Round 23:
Simmons – Priaulx – Jewiss – Doohan – Pasma – Hoggard – Hauger – Tonteri – Sulaiman – Skelton etc

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hoggard – Pasma – Doohan – Jewiss – Priaulx – Hauger – Simmons – Tonteri – Sulaiman – Skelton etc

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 331 points; 2 Simmons 282; 3 Hauger 261; 4 Doohan 249; 5 Tonteri 213; 6 Pasma 206; 7 Hoggard 198; 8 Priaulx 196; 9 Skelton 77; 10 Sulaiman 60 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 392 points; 2 Hauger 381; 3 Tonteri 354; 4 Skelton 290; 5 Alvarez 209

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Hoggard secures double pole at Knockhill

  • Hoggard snares second career pole
  • Rockingham double winner Pasma steals front-row start at the death

25 August 2018 – Fresh from his third victory of the season at Rockingham two weeks ago, Johnathan Hoggard maintained his recent strong form in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost by snaring pole position at Knockhill.

Having been on the pace throughout testing during the week leading up the event, the Fortec Motorsport driver emerged as the man to beat in a frenetic qualifying session that saw the top three racer covered by less than a tenth of a second by the time the chequered flag dropped.

Hoggard would find himself swapping pole with Arden’s Jack Doohan for a large part of the session and would lose three quick laps to track limits before becoming the first driver to break the 49s mark.

Despite the best efforts of his rivals, a lap of 48.982s would prove to be unbeatable as Hoggard secured his second career pole, whilst his second quickest time would be good enough to ensure he will also start race three on Sunday afternoon from the front of the grid.

“It feels really good and that has set the weekend up,” he said. “I’ve not had the best of luck in qualifying recently and to now be at the front of the grid means we’re in a great position going into the races.

“I’ve come here high on confidence after the win at Rockingham and Knockhill is a circuit that I enjoy; it’s really nice to drive with the hills and the bumps. Overtaking round here is difficult so it’s crucial that we’ve been able to put ourselves on pole.”

Doohan had looked well set to snare a front row start for the second meeting in succession having spent a large part of the session running in first spot, but he would be knocked back to third as the chequered flag dropped as Patrik Pasma earned a third straight front-row start.

The Finn would fall just 0.034s shy of making it three pole positions in a row to head the Arden challenge as he seeks to build on the double victory he enjoyed last time out.

“Qualifying was quite difficult,” he said. “I’m not too happy as I made a mistake at the final corner on my quick lap which has cost me pole but P2 isn’t too bad.

“I think our race pace will be good and I’m feeling confident about the races.”

Pasma’s late lap left Doohan to settle for the third, with the Australian missing out on the front row by just 0.012s.

“I think we had the pace to be on pole but I just didn’t get that little extra bit that the others did,” he said. “I think we have the strongest car in terms of race pace though and I’m sure we can be right there in the races. Overtaking won’t be easy round here but we have a great chance.”

Doohan would be another driver to fall foul of track limits during the session, as was championship leader Kiern Jewiss who was fourth quickest for Double R.

His best time was less than a tenth of a second behind Doohan, with Seb Priaulx and Dennis Hauger rounding out row three in the remaining Arden cars; both having taken turns at the top of the times earlier in the session. Hauger will however take a five place grid penalty carried over from Rockingham last time out.

Ayrton Simmons, a double podium finisher at the Scottish circuit last year, headed the JHR challenge in seventh spot with team-mate Manuel Sulaiman, Paavo Tonteri (Double R) and Josh Skelton (JHR) rounding out the top ten.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R), the final driver to lap within a second of pole, and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) round out the twelve car field with both Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen missing this weekend.

The grid for race three takes on a similar appearance to that for race one, with the only difference being Tonteri starting ahead of Sulaiman in eighth spot.

Race one will take place at 1650.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional qualifying times Knockhill, 25 August, 2018

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 48.982
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 49.016
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden 49.028
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 49.116
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 49.172
6 Dennis HAUGER * / NOR / Arden 49.239
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 49.348
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 49.410
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 49.541
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 49.576 etc

* – denotes five place grid penalty

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hoggard – Pasma – Doohan – Jewiss – Priaulx – Hauger – Simmons – Tonteri – Sulaiman – Skelton etc

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KNOCKHILL PREVIEW: Jewiss out to maintain advantage

21 AUGUST 2018: Having seen his lead at the head of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings almost halved when the 2018 season resumed at Snetterton following the traditional summer break, Kiern Jewiss was a happy man when the field headed away from Rockingham for the final time less than two weeks ago.

A strong performance on track for the Double R racer allowed him to extend his advantage back out to 45 points to ensure that he makes the long trip to Knockhill this weekend (25/26 August) as the driver that everyone else is trying to catch.

Whilst Jewiss was able to take his podium tally to an impressive 14 for the season at Rockingham, round seven of the year proved to be a tough one for JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons, although he remains second in the championship standings.

Having taken points off Jewiss in the opening race in Northamptonshire, Simmons then failed to finish race two before a grandstand finish to race three saw him lose out on a podium to Jewiss on the final lap.

Whilst that strengthened Jewiss’ position at the top, Simmons will certainly be no slouch in Scotland and will eager to try and replicate the results he secured twelve months ago, when his Knockhill weekend featured a brace of podium finishes.

Behind the top two, the three leading rookies on the grid – Arden’s Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, and Double R’s Paavo Tonteri – continue to give chase.

Whilst Hauger remains third overall, it was Doohan who moved into the Rookie Cup lead by just four points after finishing ahead of his team-mate in the first two races at Rockingham, before a clash in race three put both into retirement. It was an incident that also earned Hauger a five-place grid penalty that he will now take this weekend at one of the trickiest circuits on the F4 calendar.

From the high of his Snetterton success, Tonteri meanwhile endured a more challenging weekend at Rockingham to pick up just ten points and now has one eye looking back over his shoulder at fellow Finn Patrik Pasma, who secured his maiden win in the opening race of the weekend.

Like London buses, Pasma didn’t have to wait long for win number two to arrive the same weekend and a huge haul of points allowed him to move up two places in the standings to sixth, ahead of fellow Arden racer Sebastian Priaulx and Fortec Motorsport’s Johnathan Hoggard – who returned to winning ways for the first time since Donington Park.

Three points finishes, and a first rookie win, for Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) allowed him to retain his ninth place in the standings, whilst his team-mate Manuel Sulaiman climbed into the top ten thanks to three top ten finishes of his own.

Sulaiman was also aided by another luckless weekend for Fortec driver Hampus Ericsson, although the Swede was at least able to end a run of six races without a point in the final race of the weekend.

The fifth rookie on the grid, Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) will be seeking to maintain his recent upturn in form having scored points in four of the last six races, with Fortec’s Lucca Allen and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) close behind after a top ten apiece at Rockingham. Allen however will not race this weekend in Scotland.

DRIVER NEWS: Ten up for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Knockhill

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15 AUGUST, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline maintained his impressive lead in the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost after storming to a tenth victory of the season at Knockhill.

Having broken the record for wins in a season last time out at Snetterton, Jamie made the trip to Scotland in confident mood, with hopes high of another strong weekend at the wheel of his Carlin-run car.

The rapid teenager secured fifth place on the grid after a closely fought qualifying session that saw the top eight drivers covered by just three tenths of a second.

Making up two places on the opening lap, Jamie moved into second spot with a fine move up the inside of Alex Quinn at the Hairpin on lap eight and would then maintain his position through to the flag; posting the fastest lap en-route to his tenth podium of the year.

The second race of the weekend later on Saturday afternoon was the twelfth round of the year that had been rescheduled from Oulton Park, with Jamie lining up on pole position.

Having maintained his lead when the lights went out, Jamie simply drove away from the pack behind and had established a lead of nearly ten seconds before the deployment of the Safety Car eradicated his advantage.

Pulling away again on the restart, Jamie controlled the race – and again set fastest lap – as he picked up his tenth victory of an already record-breaking campaign.

The grid for race three on Sunday morning saw Jamie line up in sixth but he would slip back to eighth after being forced wide on the opening lap.

Recovering well, Jamie would fight back to take sixth at the finish, outscoring his closest rival in the standings in the process.

Starting the fourth race of the weekend from row two, Jamie found himself losing places at the start due to a technical gremlin and was then forced to deal with the problem for the remainder of the race.

Despite that, he managed to set a series of quick laps and battled hard to a fifth place finish that leaves him 45.5 points clear in the title race.

“Although we could have picked up more wins this weekend, I’ve come away from it with a decent haul of points, which was the main aim,” he said. “We had the pace in the car to win race one but it was tough from where we were on the grid, and from the front in race two, I was keen to really drive home how good the car was.

“Even when the field closed up behind the Safety Car, I was confident that I would be able to stay out front and to get win number ten was fantastic.

“Although race three was a bit messy, I outscored my main rivals in the championship battle and whilst we could have fought for the win again in race four, it’s hard to complain too much about a top five finish considering that I had to manage a technical problem in the race.

“Having scored well here, I’ll look to do the same at Rockingham and keep my title challenge on track.”