Sargeant stamps his authority at Brands Hatch with Ford EcoBoost-powered pole

  • Sargeant and Carlin take pole at Brands Hatch.
  • Quinn and TRS Arden secure pole for final race of season.
  • Caroline fourth and Piastri sixth for opener.

30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Logan Sargeant charged his way to pole in qualifying at Brands Hatch for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, while Alex Quinn secured pole for the final race of the season.

Sargeant overcame Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist with a lap of 1m 26.587s, the Swede having topped the times for much of the early part of the session.

The Carlin racer timed his lap almost perfectly, recording it just before a red flag was thrown to recover the stricken car of Oliver York and repair the barriers.

“Well that’s exactly how I wanted to start today,” said poleman Sargeant. “First of all I want to say a big thank you to Carlin who have put together an amazing car yet again.

“I was a bit disappointed with the red flag coming out as that really compromised my ability to record a strong second fastest lap to take pole in the final race this weekend.

“Nevertheless, to get my first pole position is really special. It’s something we’ve been working towards all year.

“Now I need to capitalise on this fantastic starting position, take as many points as I can and hopefully I can become vice champion.

“I went out there, gave it my all and it paid off. It’s great to do a fantastic job for Carlin. This pole takes us a step closer towards the Teams Cup.”

“Yesterday wasn’t too bad for us and we built on that for qualifying,” added Lundqvist. “We’ve got a good car underneath us so it was just about me putting the lap together which I kind of did today.

“I think we had the potential for pole, but I didn’t quite hook up the ultimate lap. Then the red flag came, but that was the same for everyone. Congratulations to Logan for a great lap and getting pole. Hopefully we can overtake him in the races.

“With a good start we can immediately strike back. I really wanted that pole, but we’re at the front so we can fight for the top step. We’re definitely in the game this weekend.”

The red flag stoppage resulted in a five minute qualifying showdown with the field taking to the circuit, but few drivers improved as they struggled to get their tyres up to optimum temperature.

Two drivers who did were Jamie Caroline and Hampus Ericsson, the leaders of the F4 British Championship and Ford F4 Challenge Cup respectively. However, both had their fastest times removed for ignoring yellow flags.

Caroline drops from third to fourth on the grid for this afternoon’s race, when he will bid to become FIA British Formula 4 Champion; while Ericsson moves back from sixth on the grid to ninth. The Swede crucially remains the quickest Challenge Cup entrant with Caldwell in 12th and title rival Webb in 18th after being hampered by traffic.

The removal of Caroline’s fastest time sees Alex Quinn move up to a third place grid slot. The TRS Arden racer built on a solid Friday to take pole for the final race of the season courtesy of his second fastest lap time, a 1m 26.945s, which was the class of the field.

Behind Caroline on the third row will line-up the TRS Arden duo of Ayrton Simmons and Oscar Piastri. The latter will look to make a lightning getaway to take the fight to his title rival.

The action steps up a gear this afternoon at Brands Hatch with race one at 1400 and the reverse-grid race following at 1700. Tomorrow afternoon’s final round is live on ITV4 at 1502.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2017
Round 28 grid order 
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:26.587
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:26.733
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.826s 1:26.939
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:27.043
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:27.209
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:27.399
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:27.441
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:27.570
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:27.718
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:27.771 etc.

Round 30 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Quinn – Lundqvist – Sargeant – Caroline – Simmons – Piastri – Ericsson – Pasma – York – Caldwell etc.

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Super Sargeant leads Ford EcoBoost-powered Carlin one-two at Silverstone

  • Sargeant wins after daring, race-winning overtake to snatch lead from Caroline.
  • Ericsson doubles up with Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins.

17 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Just three weeks after his maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, Logan Sargeant was at it again. The American led a Carlin one-two finish, with Jamie Caroline in second at Silverstone to put Carlin within touching distance of the Teams’ Cup.

Sargeant had to work hard for his victory. Starting on the inside of the track, the Carlin racer was presented with a track still damp from rain early in the morning, while drivers on the outside benefitted from starting on the dry racing line.

Caroline profited most, spectacularly running around the outside of four cars through turn one to take the lead while Sargeant had to contend with trying to hold on to second as poleman Johnathan Hoggard dropped back to fourth.

Oscar Piastri started on the damp side of the track too and like Sargeant battled brilliantly in the opening stages to prevent himself from falling back through the order. Contact between Lundqvist and Hoggard soon promoted the Aussie to third and in the hunt for the win behind Sargeant and Caroline.

Just under half way through the race Caroline struggled for pace. Sargeant wasted no time in taking advantage of the situation with a sublime late braking move around the outside of his team-mate at Brooklands.

Caroline refused to give up and chased Sargeant for the duration with Piastri looming behind the Carlin pair. The trio were locked in a stalemate in the final laps, none of them able to make a pass and separated by just over a second as they crossed the finish line.

“It was so close out there,” said Sargeant. “I’m really proud of the move I made for the lead. That’s my best overtake of the season.

“It was tough on the inside of the grid at the start on the damp track. It seemed like the drivers on the outside were able to just drive past us.

“I was still able to get back up to second by the third corner which was good and then set about chasing Jamie down. He made a mistake and I capitalised upon it.

“I was pushing as hard as I could out there. I was struggling with the tyres towards the end and I think that was due to pushing perhaps a little too hard when trying to build a gap back to Jamie.

“Carlin have once again put together a great car and I’m so pleased to deliver them this win and the one-two with Jamie.”

“In terms of the championship this second place puts my lead back up to where it was coming into this weekend which is positive, but it could have been more with the win,” added Caroline.

“I benefitted from being on the dry side of the track at the start and that’s what enabled me to run around the outside of everyone to take the lead. It was just a shame I couldn’t bring the win home, but I’m pleased to get this one-two for Carlin with Logan getting the win.”

“The start was pretty difficult as the inside of the track was wet,” explained Piastri. “That made things quite tricky. I pulled off a few moves to get into fifth. Lundqvist and Hoggard came together and that promoted me up to third.

“I caught up with the two at the front, but just didn’t have the life in my tyres to really attack them. We’ve saved our best tyres for this afternoon’s race when I will start from pole so we always knew this race was going to be a bit challenging.

“Nevertheless, to get a podium is a really good outcome. It was shame Jamie finished in front of me, but we’re still in contention for the title.”

Hampus Ericsson continued his fine Silverstone weekend with another Ford F4 Challenge Cup win and just missed out on the overall podium in fourth after climbing up the order from ninth.

Karl Massaad broke into the points and finished eighth, having started outside the top 10. The Lebanese ace was the highest placed Double R runner after Linus Lundqvist endured an eventful race which saw contact with Pasma as he tried to battle back up the order following the coming together with Hoggard.

Pasma did well to remain in contention and hold on to eighth, ahead of Lundqvist and behind Oliver York.

JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman put in an inspired performance and was the race’s biggest improver. Picking his way through the field from 18th on the grid to 10th to take a hard earned and well deserved point.

The Mexican finished ahead of Alex Quinn who recovered well after going off track due to a battle with Oliver York, for which the latter was awarded a five place grid penalty for Round 27.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered Silverstone finale gets underway at 1630 and will be broadcast live on ITV4. Jamie Caroline has the chance to take the title in front millions if he finishes no lower than 10th, ahead of Piastri, and as long as Sargeant does not outscore him by more than five points. Carlin could have even more reason to party if they can extend their advantage in the Teams’ Cup by 31 more points over TRS Arden to be crowned Champions for three years running.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 26 Silverstone, 17 September, 2017
21 laps / 34.44 miles
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 20m 34.971s / 100.42mph
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +0.836s
3 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +1.396s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +5.272s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.848s
6 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +10.624s
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +10.975s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +12.502s
9 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +13.641s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +22.173s etc.

Fastest lap: Ayrton Simmons 57.853s / 102.08mph

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

Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Piastri – Ericsson – Quinn – Caroline – Sargeant – Hoggard – Simmons – Pasma – Massaad – Caldwell etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 394 points; 2 Piastri 319.5; 3 Sargeant 314; 4 Quinn 280; 5 Lundqvist 249.5; 6 York 239.5; 7 Simmons 226.5; 8 Pasma 147.5; 9 Massaad 74; 10 Webb 68 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 300.5; 4 Caldwell 209; 5 Allen 156; 6 Monger 100

Full results

Can Ford EcoBoost-powered Caroline take the crown at Silverstone?

14 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Half a point. That’s all Carlin’s Jamie Caroline needs to have extended his championship lead of 74.5 points by at the conclusion of this weekend to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion at Silverstone, the home of the British Motor Racing.

It sounds easy, but five other drivers could steal the crown. Chief amongst those are Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin). The two had vastly differing fortunes three weeks ago at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Piastri, who had finished every race this season in the points, saw his run halted with two non-finishes and a solitary point for his efforts.

Sargeant has clawed his way into contention, scoring more points than any other driver since the summer break, finishing no lower than fifth and claiming his maiden victory last time out.

If official testing at Silverstone a week ago is anything to go by, we’re in for a titanic battle between the title protagonists. Caroline set the pace, but Piastri was his closest challenger and a mere 0.082s adrift. The rivals were the only men to lap below the 57 second mark.

Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) and Linus Lundqvist (Double R Racing) were the other victors at Rockingham, taking their second and fourth wins of the campaign respectively. Elsewhere, Fortec’s Oliver York followed up his maiden win at Knockhill with a brace of podiums. The trio will need to bring home big points to stand a chance of fighting for the title.

Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Carlin) also starred on the podium several weeks ago, the latter coming tantalisingly close to his first British F4 win having led from pole.

Double R’s Karl Massaad was brought back down to earth following his podium exploits north of the border by scoring only two points.

Hampus Ericsson took a hat-trick of Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins at Rockingham. The Fortec driver will want to do the same  at Silverstone in a bid to move to the top of the Class standings. Standing in his way this weekend will be TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell and Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen.

In the overall standings, Caldwell is defending a slender 2.5 point lead from fellow Young Racing Driver Academy product Jamie Sharp. The Sharp Motorsport racer put in an inspired performance at the Speedway to climb five places and into a points-paying position.

Manuel Sulaimán (JHR Developments) and Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin) made welcome appearances in the points, meanwhile Sam Smelt and GW Motorsport maintained their top 10 form.

Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard returns after a brief pause in his campaign, while Harry Dyson will aim to join the top 10 party for JHR Developments on his Ford EcoBoost-powered debut.

TEAM NEWS: Carlin driver Sargeant claims maiden British F4 win at Rockingham

Supplied by team’s PR.

27 AUGUST, 2017 – Carlin driver Logan Sargeant claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this afternoon, in the final race of the weekend at Rockingham.  The young American led from lights to flag to take his first series victory in dominant fashion as team mate and championship leader Jamie Caroline came home third.  Patrik Pasma enjoyed some close racing and crossed the line 10th with Lucas Alecco Roy 12th.

Starting from pole position after an impressive qualifying performance yesterday, Sargeant made the perfect getaway to lead the field on lap one with team mate Caroline jumping from fifth to third into turn one.  Pasma lost out slightly from his 11th placed grid slot and was 12th, while Roy had made up places to 13th.

While Sargeant looked perfectly in control in the lead, Caroline had a charging Linus Lundqvist to contend with, who was battling hard in the fight for third.  As the duo fought, Aryton Simmons was able to close in and in turn challenged Lundqvist for fourth.  As the order behind Caroline changed, the championship leader found himself under attack from the Simmons, with the Arden driver briefly claiming third before Caroline calming took the position back.

The racing action continued throughout the field, with Pasma and Jamie Sharp fighting for 11th place as Roy moved up to 13th place.  At the front of the field, Sargeant drove the perfect race, managing to pull away from second placed man Oliver York and claim his first victory of the season by 3.2 seconds.

Caroline extended his lead in the standings by 74.5 points and with Sargeant closing in on Oscar Piastri for the second place spot in the Drivers’ standings.

Speaking about his victory, Sargeant said, “It’s taken a long time but we’ve got the win.  We’ve had quite a few podiums and it was only a matter of time really.  First of all I want to thank Carlin, for always putting together a great car.  I got a good start off the line today and after that I could put my head down and just focus on my race.  I didn’t have too much pressure behind me, so I just took it easy in the last few laps, it was a lot of fun.”

Team mate Caroline added, “The second I got into third and I saw Piastri get taken out, I wanted to take as many points as I could.  Now we’ve got a 74.5 point lead, so that’s good.  I sat right behind Oliver [York] in case he made any mistakes, but I didn’t want to make any myself.  But I’m mega happy for Logan today who did a great job to take the win.

“Hopefully we can go into Silverstone and get a few wins there, it would be nice to get over a 100 point lead so we can go to our home race at Brands Hatch and celebrate [the title].  But I’ve learnt not to lose points by making silly mistakes, so we’re focusing on maintaining our advantage.”

The British F4 drivers head to the penultimate round of the season at Silverstone on 16/17 September.

Sargeant in command at Rockingham with maiden British F4 win

  • Carlin’s Logan Sargeant claims popular maiden win from pole.
  • Caroline extends championship lead with Piastri failing to finish.
  • Ericsson achieves Ford F4 Challenge Cup hat-trick.

27 AUGUST, 2017 – Rockingham’s bumper BTCC crowd were left saluting the Sargeant, as the Carlin racer took a commanding lights-to-flag maiden victory in the live-televised 24th round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having played a starring role throughout the season, the American claimed a popular and well-deserved win from pole position.

He nailed the start, immediately putting daylight between himself and the field. From then on the Infinity Sports Management-backed rising star controlled the race expertly. He was calm, composed and incredibly quick.

“That was so much fun,” said an ecstatic Sargeant. “First of all I want to say a massive thank you to Carlin. They’ve done an amazing job with this car. I also want to say a big thanks to Infinity Sports Management who have helped me massively this season with my driving.

“It felt like the longest race of my life, leading from lights to flag! I was really consistent and was able to take it easy at times, not pushing too hard and not making mistakes. I could build up a gap throughout the race and was able to maintain the lead comfortably.

“I got the best starts I have all season in both of today’s races and that makes life easier too.

“We saved our newest tyres for this race because we knew we were on pole so it was our best chance of winning. That was the target and that’s what we achieved.

“We’ve been chipping away in the championship and this weekend has seen us take another big points haul. It’s not going to be easy, but if we can get some more wins who knows how high we might end up? There’s still everything to fight for.”

Front-row starter Ayrton Simmons found himself immediately under attack from the fast-starting Linus Lundqvist and Oliver York. The latter making it past coming into turn two while Jamie Caroline dived around the outside of all three drivers at Deene, emerging in third behind York.

With pace in hand and having recorded the fastest lap of the race on the third tour of the 1.94-mile Speedway, Caroline backed Lundqvist into Simmons to give the Swede plenty to think about.

Simmons duly obliged and as he squabbled with Lundqvist, ultimately coming out on top after firing up the inside of the Double R racer at Tarzan to take fourth on lap nine, Caroline was able to break away. The Carlin driver followed in York’s wheel tracks to bring home a valuable haul of points for his championship bid.

“We’ve shown our pace this weekend with two second place finishes,” commented York. “Overall it’s been a good weekend. After qualifying P2 we’ve just progressed from there.

“I managed to get past Ayrton at the start which was important because he is a hard driver to overtake and then I was able to get my head down from there.

“We had the pace to challenge for the win in that race, but we struggled a little bit on the older tyres.

“The kind of form we’re now showing is really good and proves we can be a real force in this championship.

“I’ve been working with a new engineer Mick Kouros for the last few rounds and we’re gelling really well. This is translating into the strong results we’ve got this weekend. Mick knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s made some improvements to the car since Knockhill so these podiums are a nice reward for him and the team.”

“Our starts have been pretty good this weekend,” said Caroline.  “We haven’t lost a place off the line.

“Overall it’s been a good weekend points wise. It means I can relax a little bit more with a 74.5 point lead heading to Silverstone.

“If we can have a clean Silverstone weekend with three podiums then we could be looking at wrapping up the title then.

“I knew pace wise I would be quicker than Lundqvist based on the long runs from Friday, so I knew if I backed Lundqvist into Simmons that would cause them to have a squabble and then I could break away. I’m pleased to get fastest lap too.

“I didn’t really want to risk a decent points’ finish trying to overtake York. It’s been a good weekend’s work.”

Behind the top five the battle for Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours raged between TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell and Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson; the two drivers making up several places early on from 10th and eighth on the grid.

As well as battling with Ericsson, Caldwell was having to contend with a technical glitch and a window of opportunity finally arose for Ericsson on lap nine coming out of Deene hairpin. The Swede grasped it with both hands. Meanwhile Caldwell’s race came to a premature end soon after as he was forced to retire the car due to the technical problem.

“It was a tough fight with Caldwell in the first part of the race for sixth and the Challenge Cup lead,” said hat-trick hero Ericsson. “I was really pleased to come out on top.

“I pulled off the move coming out of Deene hairpin. Caldwell got wheel spin coming out of the hairpin and we ran side by side into turn three. I then got the sling shot past him on the inside of turn four.

“We’ve found a really good rhythm at the moment and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at Silverstone.”

Piastri’s miserable weekend continued, with his TRS Arden-prepared racer pointing the wrong way on the exit of Deene on the opening lap and an early retirement soon following.

His team-mates Simmons and Alex Quinn enjoyed an eventful second lap, with the latter running onto the grass having overtaken Simmons late on during the opening lap. It sent Quinn down the order from fifth to ninth, but he would climb his way back up to seventh ahead of Manuel Sulaiman. The JHR Developments driver returned to the points for the first time since the Snetterton meeting in July, having made up four places during the race.

Sam Smelt and GW Motorsport starred in the points once again in ninth, while Patrik Pasma completed the top 10 ahead of Jamie Sharp and Lucas Alecco Roy. The duo were locked in an entertaining battle for the final part of proceedings, just in front of Lucca Allen (Falcon Motorsport) who recorded his best finish in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup with second.

After another scintillating weekend of Ford EcoBoost-powered action, attention now turns to the upcoming meeting at Silverstone on 16/17 September where Caroline will have the chance to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 24 Rockingham 27 August 2017
15 laps / 29.10 miles
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 20m 13.252s / 86.34mph
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +3.235s
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +3.935s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.114s
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +6.612s
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.206s
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +10.221s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +15.358s
9 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW +16.195s
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +18.729s etc.

Fastest lap: Jamie Caroline 1m 19.961s / 87.34mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Allen

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 364 points; 2 Piastri 289.5; 3 Sargeant 283; 4 Quinn 255; 5 Lundqvist 239.5; 6 York 215.5; 7 Simmons 206.5; 8 Pasma 142.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 66 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 250.5; 4 Caldwell 179; 5 Allen 120; 6 Monger 100

Full results

Lundqvist and Sargeant share the qualifying honours at Rockingham

  • Ultra-competitive qualifying sees top four covered by less than a tenth of a second.

26 AUGUST, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist came out on top in a closely fought battle for pole position at Rockingham Motor Speedway in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

A host of drivers looked capable of taking top spot, with seven drivers all recording times within three tenths of the pole time around the 1.94-mile circuit.

Lundqvist’s flyer with several minutes of the session remianing proved too good for his rivals. A 1m 18.787s lap deposing provisional pole sitter Oliver York who had edged ahead of longstanding P1 man Logan Sargeant.

“To be honest, I wasn’t that confident coming into this weekend as I wasn’t sure it would be our strongest track,” said Lundqvist.

“We did a lot of work yesterday and put together a good setup. We made few little mistakes in that session, but pulled out a good lap when it mattered.

“The conditions changed throughout the session. There was a bit of moisture in the air which made it interesting, but maybe that worked in our favour.

“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this season, but hopefully this is a sign that it’s turning around and we can excel in the final three meetings.”

“I’m definitely happy with that qualifying performance,” said York. “It was a tough session and you can see that just by looking at how the close the times are. P2 is a great result.

“I know this circuit pretty well and have done quite a few laps around here so I was pretty confident going into qualifying.

“We weren’t as quick yesterday so we changed some things overnight. They were only small tweaks, but they have definitely helped us take a step forward.”

As had been the case yesterday, Sargeant was able to marry speed with consistency and in doing so recorded the best second-fastest lap of anybody to claim pole for the final race of the weekend which will take place tomorrow.

Starting alongside him for both Round 22 and 24 will be TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons. Meanwhile title rivals Jamie Caroline and Oscar Piastri will start from the third row in what is undoubtedly a tantalising prospect.

Friday pacesetter Alex Quinn had to settle for seventh, unable to match the times he recorded in testing, yet still only 0.222s off the pole.

Patrik Pasma will line up eighth ahead of fastest Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner Hampus Ericsson and Double R’s Karl Massaad.

The first F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the Rockingham weekend follows at 1415.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Rockingham 26 August 2017
Round 22 grid order 
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:18.787
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:18.842
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.862
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:18.882
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:18.970
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:19.004
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.009
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:19.373
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.389
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 1:19.464 etc.

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Sargeant – Simmons – York – Lundqvist – Caroline – Piastri – Quinn – Caldwell – Massaad – Ericsson etc.

Full times

Quinn and Sargeant star in super-close Rockingham test day

  • TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn beats Carlin’s Logan Sargeant to top spot by 0.078s.
  • Top 11 covered by less than a second at the Speedway.

25 AUGUST, 2017 – With less than a second covering the top 11 drivers in F4 British Championship testing at Rockingham, the scene is set for a thrillingly competitive weekend of Ford EcoBoost-powered action at the Northamptonshire Speedway.

TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn edged out free practice one pacesetter Logan Sargeant in an entertaining final 15 minutes of free practice two which saw much of the field take to the track for qualifying simulations.

Quinn’s best lap of 1m 18.711s came with nine minutes remaining. The 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion followed up a strong showing in the opening session during which he was pacesetter for the majority.

“It’s been a very positive day,” said Quinn of his Friday running. “The car felt really good, especially on our final run and I’ve improved throughout the day.

“Nevertheless, I’m sure we can find more time. Today’s performance has left me in a good place mentally for tomorrow.

“We tried to simulate qualifying on our final run. We made a change to the car and that helped us set the fastest lap time.

“It bodes well for qualifying and our long runs were good in the first session. Hopefully we can find the right balance between the two.”

Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist looked to be Quinn’s closest challenger as the clock ticked down with a 1m 18.880s lap.

However, Sargeant was the last of the front-runners to blink and chipped away at Quinn’s benchmark, ultimately recording a time that was just 0.078s shy.

Said Sargeant: “P1 in FP1 and P2 in FP2 hopefully means we’re looking good going into tomorrow.

“We still need to find that extra tenth to Alex, but I’m sure we will and we can fight for pole in qualifying.

“I expect myself to be at the top of the times everywhere, but I like this track a lot and I think we can target some excellent results weekend.”

Sargeant’s best time of the day came in the first session, a 1m 18.789s putting him a mere 0.063s clear of team-mate and championship leader Jamie Caroline. The latter’s time proving his fastest of the day and earning him third on the combined timesheets.

Title rival Oscar Piastri, bounced back from a quiet free practice one to record the fifth quickest tour of the Speedway late in the afternoon and finish two tenths adrift of Quinn.

Knockhill race winner Oliver York wound up sixth fastest having finished free practice one in fourth, with team-mate Hampus Ericsson just over a tenth of a second further back in ninth. The Fortec Motorsports duo sandwiching Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Carlin) on the timesheets.

Manuel Sulaiman completed the top 10 for JHR Developments after a solid day’s running which saw them carefully work through their Friday programme.

TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell missed out on the top 10 by 0.135s, but is confident of finding time around the 1.94-mile circuit, particularly in sector three. Meanwhile Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) recorded the 12th fastest time despite struggling to find the right balance with his car.

Official qualifying is set for 1020 tomorrow ahead of a 1415 start for the 22nd round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1512.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Leading testing times Rockingham 25 August 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.010 / 1:18.711
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.789 / 1:18.847
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:18.852 / 1:19.088
4 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:19.075 / 1:18.880
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:19.222 / 1:18.943
6 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:19.042 / 1:19.177
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:19.049 / 1:19.071
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:19.094 / 1:19.445
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.169 / 1:19.508
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:19.733 / 1:19.467 etc.

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Maiden British F4 win for Oliver York at Knockhill

  • Fortec Motrosports’ Oliver York takes first single-seater win of career.
  • Team-mate Ericsson holds on to third and Ford F4 Challenge Cup win after thrilling display of defensive driving.
  • Sargeant scores another podium finish.
  • Title contenders Piastri and Lundqvist collide, as Caroline extends advantage.

13 AUGUST, 2017 – Oliver York took his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Knockhill in Round 20 of the season and brought home Fortec Motorsports’ first win of the campaign. Carlin’s Logan Sargeant chased down York in second, while Hampus Ericsson provided fans with a thrilling display of defensive driving to hold on to the final podium place and claim another Ford F4 Challenge Cup victory for Fortec Motorsports.

Starting alongside poleman Ericsson, Andy Priaulx Sports Management star York wasted no time in finding a way past his team-mate. Despite make an excellent getaway, Ericsson was immediately under pressure after turn one. York didn’t need any invitation when the first overtaking opportunity presented itself, scything up the inside of Ericsson to take the lead.

It immediately put Ericsson into the clutches of Sargeant and as the two jostled for second, York set about trying to break away from the field.

Sargeant eventually made a move stick on lap nine after a Safety Car period and despite the American recording the fastest lap on the final tour of the 1.27-mile Fife track, York had enough in hand to masterfully take the first single-seater win of his career.

“It’s a big relief to get this first win,” said race winner York. “It’s been a long season and we’ve finally done it. I’ve worked so hard to achieve this.”

“My game plan was to get past Hampus early on and that’s exactly what I did. I saw Hampus get a bad run out of the chicane and I knew that was my chance to strike.

“From then on I tried to pull away. Hampus is good at defending so that helped me create a gap.

“It’s fantastic for the team that Hampus got third and really pleasing to see that today we had the speed to win because yesterday that didn’t quite look to be the case.

“The team have done a great job. The car has improved all weekend and we’ve really honed the setup.“

“It was another good race for us, bringing home plenty of championship points with my rivals behind me,” commented Sargeant.

“It took me a little longer than I would have liked to pass Hampus which gave Oliver the chance to get away.

“The move on Hampus was tight, but fair. I sent it up his inside and he was mature enough to give me just enough room.

“We got fastest lap and we clearly had the speed out there, so next time hopefully we can go one better.

“It’s great to be consistently on the podium and now we need to take that final step to win. We’re pushing hard and we’ll get there.”

The excitement for Ericsson was from over after being passed by Sargeant. The Swede immediately had to contend with Alex Quinn, Ayrton Simmons and Jamie Caroline. The latter having been on the back foot after running wide and off the track on the exit of Taylor’s Hairpin on the opening lap which cost him several places.

Ericsson refused to buckle under the pressure, doggedly keeping Quinn at bay, with Caroline and Simmons looming to pick up the pieces while swapping positions repeatedly in the closing stages.

“It feels so good to be on the podium and get another Ford F4 Challenge Cup win. Oliver was so fast too so it’s a fantastic result for the team.

“I got a great start, but Oliver found a way through. Before the race we discussed with the team our plan for the race and we agreed not to fight each other hard to maximise the chances of a strong result for Fortec.

“I then had Sargeant attacking me which was tough. I did my best to keep him behind, but he was faster.

“Then I had to defend from the top guys in the championship with Quinn, Simmons and Caroline behind me. It was really intense, but a lot of fun. I worked so hard to get on the podium.”

Linus Lundqvist’s luckless weekend continued, despite yet another fine opening lap which saw him make up two places from eighth to get past title rivals Caroline and Oscar Piastri.

Contact with Piastri on the exit of Taylor’s Hairpin saw Lundqvist spin out of the race on lap six, Piastri suffer front wing damage and the deployment of the Safety Car.

The latter did well to nurse his car to the finish, being subject to an exhilarating two-pronged attack from Caroline and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb who dived either side of the Aussie to climb up to sixth and seventh.

Lucca Allen was another casualty on lap six. Contact with JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman resulting in a trip to the barrier for the Falcon Motorsport driver having been running in 14th, while Sulaiman just missed out on a point score later in the race finishing in 11th.

Patrik Pasma soared up through the order from 16th to finish in the points in 10th, behind Double R’s Karl Massaad.

Lights go out for the final race of the weekend this afternoon at 1540 which will be televised live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 20 Knockhill 13 August 2017
22 laps / 27.87 miles
1 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 20m 27.563s / 81.74mph
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +0.800s
3 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.397s
4 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +9.746s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +10.345s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +11.562s
7 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +11.760s
8 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +13.492s
9 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +14.073s
10 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +14.444s etc.

Fastest lap: Logan Sargeant 49.957s / 91.30mph

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

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Sargeant snatches top spot at Snetterton British F4 test

  • Carlin’s Logan Sargeant tops official pre-season testing for second time in 2017.
  • Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports shine at Snetterton.
  • TRS Arden and Alex Quinn fastest in morning session.

15 MARCH, 2017 – Logan Sargeant became the first driver to top more than one official pre-season test, ahead of the inaugural round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

A host of drivers, including Sargeant, recorded their best times around the three-mile Snetterton 300 circuit at the very end of the day; turning the final 20 minutes of track action into a qualifying style shootout.

Sargeant was the pacesetter in 2017’s first official pre-season test at Oulton Park last month and having been second fastest in the morning at Snetterton, recorded a time of 1m 51.437s on his final flying lap to snatch top spot from Oliver York.

York’s best time of 1m 51.469s was just 0.032s adrift of Sargeant, and further underlined the optimism from the Fortec Motorsports camp regarding the international kart champion’s prospects this season.

TRS Arden and Alex Quinn maintained their testing form from Brands Hatch last week where they set the pace. Quickest in the first session and just 0.154s off of Sargeant’s best.

Jamie Caroline married speed with consistency for Carlin on his way to fourth fastest. Such was his consistency that he set identical personal bests in both sessions with a 1m 51.762s lap time.

He was followed by the TRS Arden trio of Ayrton Simmons, Oscar Piastri and Olli Caldwell in 5th, 6th and 7th respectively.

Meanwhile, Carlin’s Patrik Pasma and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb both improved in the second session and remained comfortably amongst the top 10 quickest drivers.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu improved most with regard to outright lap time with a 1m 54.140s in the afternoon; almost two seconds quicker than his best before the lunchbreak.

Lucas Alecco Roy was another big improver, his best time putting him just under half a second clear of Liu and earning him 10th on the timesheets.

Elsewhere, Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport found themselves amongst the top 10 in the first session, ending up 12th as the chequered flag fell on the day’s running.

The final official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford takes place at Rockingham Motor Speedway next week on Tuesday 21 March, as excitement levels reach fever pitch ahead of the first race weekend of the season at Brands Hatch on 1-2 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Snetterton 15 March, 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:51.654 / 1:51.437
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:51.905 / 1:51.469
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:51.591 / 1:51.437
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:51.762 / 1:51.762
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:51.820 / 1:51.891
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:52.861 / 1:52.777
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:52.785 / 1:53.005
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:53.450 / 1:53.103
9 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:53.715 / 1:53.429
10 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:54.997 / 1:53.669
11 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:55.918 / 1:54.140
12 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:54.523 / 1:55.031

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Sargeant leads the way in opening British F4 test

  • Dream debut for Logan Sargaent who tops times for reigning champions Carlin.
  • TRS Arden test several drivers who shone throughout, namely Australian karting ace Oscar Piastri.
  • Double R make promising start to 2017 with Lundqvist and Massaad on the pace.

3 FEBRUARY, 2017 – The 2017 season of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford burst into life with its first official pre-season test at Oulton Park. A host of newcomers were eager to lay down a marker for the year ahead and prove they have what it takes to claim the most prestigious prize in UK single-seater racing. Karting prodigy Logan Sargaent made the biggest statement topping both sessions for Carlin, but he was pushed hard by some of motor racing’s most exciting young prospects.

Sargeant impressed in the morning, frequently found towards the top of the times, but he left it late to record his best of the session. A lap of 1m 23.857s coming just before the chequered flag. It was a time that could only be beaten by Sargaent himself. The American raised the bar in the afternoon with a 1m 23.762s to see out the remainder of the test as fastest.

There were a host of contenders for top spot though, with Australian karting ace Oscar Piastri leading the charge for TRS Arden as one of three drivers testing with Garry Horner’s crack squad. It was a hugely encouraging showing from the 15-year-old who caught the eye of many up and down the paddock. His time of 1m 23.930s proving to be the second quickest of the day, just under two tenths shy of Sargeant.

Carlin’s Patrik Pasma wound up third fastest with a lap of 1m 24.004s. The Finn quietly went about his test programme and looked assured behind the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer.

Ayrton Simmons pushed hard out on track and a little too far in the morning, resulting in a trip to the tyre barrier. TRS Arden pulled off the necessary repairs in rapid time to give the 15-year-old valuable dry weather running before rain started to fall halfway through the second session. Despite an eventful day, fourth fastest for British F4’s 2016 Rookie class vice-champion was a positive showing after a lengthy winter break.

Yves Baltas also impressed for TRS Arden; eighth fastest and a wealth of experience gained in tricky conditions around the 2.2-mile Cheshire circuit. The American improved throughout the day recording his best time in the afternoon.

Recently announced Double R recruit Linus Lundqvist had an excellent test, shining in the first session and went into the lunch break with the third fastest time. The 17-year-old shaved a few hundredths off his best time in the afternoon to round off a promising day for the Woking outfit.

The positivity in the Double R camp was enhanced further by Karl Massaad. The karting champion from Lebanon completed 99 laps, more than any other driver, on his way to eighth fastest. Both he and Lundqvist keeping their cars out of the barriers for the duration. No mean feat in tricky conditions and when still learning about the Ford EcoBoost-powered machines at their disposal.

Ahead of Massaad on the time sheets could be found the familiar name of Jamie Caroline. One of British F4’s many star drivers during 2016; the race winner got a taste of what it’s like to run with the reigning champion team, putting in a solid morning’s work for Carlin.

Rookie Lucas Roy, who had signed with Carlin one day prior to the test, set about getting to grips with the 160 horsepower beneath him, as opposed to just the one which he has been used to in the sport of dressage.

Elsewhere, Lucca Allen was another improver as the day progressed for Falcon Motorsport. The Irish youngster looked increasingly comfortable behind the wheel. It was a welcome sight to see Nick Streatfield’s Falcon Motorsport team back on the track in British F4 doing what they do best; nurturing young talent.

Jamie Sharp’s off at the very beginning of the test brought a premature end to his running in the first session, but new team Sharp Motorsport worked their magic to get him back out in the afternoon. Rain meant leaving Oulton Park wondering what kind of time Sharp could have set in the dry, but a consistent long run in wet conditions suggests the 15-year-old has all the ingredients to succeed in 2017.

Attention now turns to Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on Thursday 16 February, 2017. With the field already looking very evenly matched and numerous drivers yet to be announced by the F4 British Championship’s array top motor racing teams, there will be no shortage of intrigue to see who will set the pace in the second test of 2017.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Oulton Park 4 February 2017 (Session 1 / Session 2)
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:23.857 / 1:23.762
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:23.930 / 1:24.116
3 Partik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:24.004 / 1:24.690
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:24.564 / 1:24.205
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:24.398 / 1:24.354
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:24.617 / No time set
7 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:24.751 / 1:24.919
8 Yves BALTAS / USA / Arden 1:25.217 / 1:24.928
9 Lucas ROY / GER / Carlin 1:27.341 / 1:26.989
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:27.950 / 1:27.868
11 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp No time set / 1:39.536

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