Jewiss stays on top in Snetterton test

  • Kiern Jewiss leaves it late to secure top spot on the timesheet.
  • Manuel Sulaiman shines on final day of test.

18 JULY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss maintained his position at the top of the timesheets by recording the fastest time on the second and final day of testing at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Just as the Double R racer did yesterday, he saved his best until the end of the afternoon session to have the last laugh. With less than 10 minutes left on the clock Jewiss pumped in a lap of 1m 51.726s and then proceeded to better it moments later with a 1m 51.698s.

It put him 0.272s clear of JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman who put in a fine testing performance as the only other driver to break the 1m 52s barrier on the second day of running.

Morning pacesetter Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) wound up third on the combined classification, with Jack Doohan (Arden) fourth fastest, ahead of Arden team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Dennis Hauger.

Ayrton Simmons’ best lap times from the morning and afternoon were within a tenth of each other, underlining the JHR Developments driver’s consistency.

Meanwhile Hampus Ericsson recorded the quickest time of any Fortec Motorsports driver during the two day test to go fifth fastest in the afternoon and eighth on the combined classification, ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) and team-mate Johnathan Hoggard.

Attention now turns to the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost which will take place at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Snetterton, 18 July, 2018 (am/pm)

1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:52.517 / 1:51.698
2 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.668 / 1:51.970
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:52.060 / 1:52.158
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.201 / 1:52.406
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.278 / 1:52.652
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.433 / 1:52.670
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:52.521 / 1:52.593
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:52.817 / 1:52.526
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.574 / 1:52.746
10 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.616 / 1:53.029 etc.

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Mexican star Manuel Sulaimán targeting more success in British F4

18 MARCH, 2018 – Manuel Sulaimán from Puebla, Mexico will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in 2018 to contest the entire campaign with JHR Developments and will be backed by the prestigious All Road Management team.

Sulaimán only competed in selected rounds in 2017 due to commitments in Mexico, yet even with his limited test and race schedule he managed to gain podium success in 2017 at Brands Hatch and is aiming for more of the same this year.

Recently signed to All Road Management, Sulaimán is looking forward to a successful 2018 season: “I am delighted to return to race in the F4 British Championship,” he said.

“It is the toughest F4 championship in the world to win given the quality of the drivers that compete in it. It’s where you want to be racing because battling with the best talent makes you raise your game.

“To be able to contest the season with JHR Developments again is brilliant. They know how to fight for the top positions having finished runner-up and third in the overall standings in the past. Their determination to win is incredible.”

JHR Developments team principal Steve Hunter added: “It is fantastic to have Manuel return with us for a full championship campaign.

“It will enable him to build on the success attained at the end of last year and there is no doubt in my mind that Manuel will be at the front of the grid all year. He has his sights set on bringing home a lot of silverware.”

The 2018 F4 British Championship gets underway at Brands Hatch in Kent over the weekend of 7/8 April, before moving on to Donington Park and Thruxton.

Simmons, Sulaimán and Skelton set sights on Ford EcoBoost-powered success with JHR Developments

16 MARCH, 2018 – JHR Developments have confirmed a trio of talented teenagers will contest the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with the squad. British F4 race winner Ayrton Simmons joins Steven Hunter’s outfit for his second full season in the series, alongside Manuel Sulaimán and Josh Skelton.

Simmons burst onto the single-seater scene partway through the 2016 campaign and capped it off with a superb podium in the final race of the season at Brands Hatch. The circuit has been a happy hunting ground for the Epping based racer. It was the location of his breakthrough maiden victory at the start of the 2017 season, in a year which would see him go on to finish seventh in the standings with a further five podiums to his name.

In 2018 Simmons is looking to make plenty more visits to the top step of the podium in his bid for the UK’s most coveted single-seater title.

“When we were given the opportunity to join JHR Developments for 2018 it was a no brainer,” explained Simmons. “I have seen how professionally they operate over the last couple of years.

“We will have a limited testing plan due to my other commitments, but we all feel that I can have a genuine shot at the championship.

“Having Manuel Sulaimán as a team mate is great news as we are both native Spanish speakers and good friends away from the track.

“I would also like to take the opportunity to thank my outstanding sponsors DWS, ELEV8 and Couper Earnshaw for their support. They are all as excited as me to be part of the JHR family.”

Manuel Sulaimán from Puebla, Mexico returns to the F4 British Championship in 2018 for a full season, having dovetailed commitments in the sister Mexican F4 series last year.

The 16-year-old starred on the podium in 2017 and is hoping for more of the same in 2018. Having recently been signed to the highly regarded management team All Road Management, Sulaimán is looking forward to proving himself against the best junior single-seater talent.

“I am delighted to return to race in the F4 British Championship,” said Sulaimán. “It is the toughest F4 championship in the world to win given the quality of the drivers that compete in it. It’s where you want to be racing because battling with the best talent makes you raise your game.

“To be able to contest the season with JHR Developments again is brilliant. They know how to fight for the top positions having finished runner-up and third in the overall standings in the past. Their determination to win is incredible.”

Josh Skelton from Dearham, Cumbria completes JHR Developments’ stellar line-up. The 17-year-old arrives on the back of a wealth of karting success in European Rotax Max and British Super One.

“I am thrilled to join JHR Developments for 2018,” said Skelton. “They have such an incredible record of getting the best from young drivers and helping them to achieve high levels of success.

“I know that Ayrton, Manuel and I will work well together and I hope to repay the faith placed in me by my sponsors Alpine Stars, Skelton Joinery and BJ Human Performance by bringing home some great results.”

Said JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter following his raft of driver announcements: “We have followed Ayrton’s progress with interest as he is an incredibly talented young driver. This will be his second full season in British F4 and we feel he has an excellent chance of fighting for the title.

“It is fantastic to have Manuel return with us for a full championship campaign. It will enable him to build on the success attained at the end of last year and there is no doubt in my mind that Manuel will be at the front of the grid all year.

“Finally, attracting such a talented driver in the form of Josh is a real coup for the team.  Whilst he will be a rookie and need to learn the circuits, he has already shown us that he has an exceptional ability to learn quickly. We fully expect him to be at the sharp end of the grid soon.”

York takes second Ford EcoBoost-powered win of career

  • Fast-starting York scores win number two of campaign.
  • Caroline follows up Championship win with brilliant second place.
  • Manuel Sulaiman claims maiden British F4 podium.

30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York seized the initiative in a dramatic race at Brands Hatch to take his second win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having made an excellent getaway which almost saw him take second place in the opening exchanges from front row starter Patrik Pasma; York pulled off more start line heroics after the race was restarted following a red flag on lap two after a collision involving Harry Dyson, Jamie Sharp and Lucas Alecco Roy.

The Fortec Motorsports racer shot off the line and squeezed through a gap not much wider than a British F4 car between Manuel Sulaiman and Pasma to take the lead. The latter taking to pit lane for a nosecone change. Fastest lap of the race acting as some consolation.

In second place Manuel Sulaiman was soon under pressure from Jamie Caroline who, having been crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion in the preceding race, was determined to celebrate in the best way possible by pushing to the absolute limit.

The Warlingham racer pulled off some audacious overtakes to make quick progress up the order from eighth. A particular highlight was his pass on race one winner Linus Lundqvist into Paddock Hill Bend on lap two; Caroline leaving it late to dive down Lundqvist’s inside, locking his front right tyre and just holding on to make the corner without running off the track.

Starting sixth at the restart provided Caroline with the opportunity to entertain with another trademark storming start, overtaking several cars around the outside of turn one and he ultimately dispatched Sulaiman with a precision move through Clearways.

It left York having to fend off the advancing Caroline for the lead and he did so brilliantly to cross the finish line just 0.330s ahead of Caroline.

Said York: “My first start was really good, but the second start was even better. The initial launch was spot on and it helped propel me into the lead before the first corner.

“I thought we were going to crash because the gap was incredibly tight as Manuel and Patrik began to close it down, but thankfully I came out unscathed!

“I had the advantage over Caroline through turns three and four. It’s quite hard to overtake here and getting the initial gap was a big help in keeping him at bay.

“It’s a great result for the team to get this win at the end of the season and we bounced back brilliantly from the disappointment of qualifying when we couldn’t show our true pace after a trip into the wall.”

Added Caroline: “I was so close to hitting Linus when I made that move. He didn’t give me much room, but I thought I would send it up the inside with a bold attack.

“Second place is a great result from eighth on the grid. York had newer tyres than me in that race and that was the difference in the end.

“Tomorrow we’ll aim to end the campaign in style. It would be fantastic to make it 11 wins for the season. I’ve got to make my records harder for future drivers in this championship to beat!”

Behind the leading pair, JHR Developments driver Sulaiman was putting on an exemplary display of defensive driving as Logan Sargeant, Oscar Piastri and Ayrton Simmons hunted him down for the final podium spot. Sulaiman was resolute however and refused to crack under the pressure, positioning his car perfectly to bring home his maiden British F4 podium.

Said an ecstatic Sulaiman: “My first start was really good. It was fantastic to be out front for the first couple of laps, leading the race.

“Although we couldn’t quite get the win, I’m so happy to get my first podium in the series. It’s a brilliant result for the team and I. We’ve been working so hard for this.

“To finish the year on a high like this is special. We have been fast in all conditions this weekend so it’s great to turn that pace into a strong result. I think we really showed that pace too in the battle with Sargeant. To keep him behind shows how far we have come in such a short space of time.”

TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell put in one of his best performances of the season to finish seventh after holding off the experienced pairing of Linus Lundqvist and Alex Quinn.

Caldwell’s strong points finish was made even sweeter as he secured his second Ford F4 Challenge Cup win of the day with fellow Challenge Cup runners Harry Webb, Lucca Allen and Hampus Ericsson finishing 11th, 12th and 13th respectively.

Richardson Racing’s Webb will be happiest of the trio, extending his Challenge Cup lead by six more points to give him a nine point advantage over Ericsson heading into the final race of the season. Meanwhile Falcon Motorsport’s Allen battled brilliantly to keep Ericsson behind him and take the final podium spot in the Class.

“Hampus had a good qualifying which put him ahead of us in race one, but then he had an off in the first race and we’ve just capitalised from there,” said Caldwell.

“Being able to hold Lundqvist back, a driver who has fought at the front all year is a great result for me. It felt like we were slightly quicker too so that makes me really happy.

“My restart after the red flag was really good and I got Karl Massaad off the line which is important because it put another driver between myself and the rest of the Challenge Cup runners.

“I would love to make it a hat-trick of Challenge Cup wins this weekend. We’ve done it twice today so hopefully it can be third time lucky tomorrow.”

The season finale is set for 1502 on Sunday and will be televised live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 29 Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2017
8 laps / 19.46 miles
1 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 11m 49.209s / 98.81mph
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +0.330s
3 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +4.949s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +5.241s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +5.465s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +5.714s
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +10.907s
8 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +11.084s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +11.250s
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +14.340s etc.

Fastest lap: Patrik Pasma 1m 27.351s / 100.28mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 434 points; 2 Piastri 366.5; 3 Sargeant 356; 4 Lundqvist 288.5; 5 Quinn 282; 6 York 268.5; 7 Simmons 257.5; 8 Pasma 155.5; 9 Massaad 82; 10 Webb 68 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 351.5 points; 2 Ericsson 342.5; 3 York 304.5; 4 Caldwell 284; 5 Allen 201; 6 Monger 100

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JHR Developments to field Mexico’s Manuel Sulaimán in British F4’s Challenge Cup

Supplied by team’s PR. 
  • Front-running single-seater squad announces latest recruit.
  • Highly-rated teenager to tackle maiden campaign of British F4 in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series’ Challenge Cup.
  • Promising Mexican ace joins Billy Monger in 2017 line-up.

7 MARCH, 2017 – JHR Developments has added Manuel Sulaimán to its driving strength for the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, with the multiple Mexican karting champion set to do battle for the inaugural Ford F4 Challenge Cup.

Having already reconfirmed Billy Monger for the UK’s premier junior single-seater series, Dronfield-based JHR has bolstered its line-up with the recruitment of Sulaimán. The 16-year-old currently leads the ‘Rookie’ category in Mexico’s domestic NACAM Formula 4 Championship, tallying nine class victories from 14 starts in the 2016/17 campaign to-date, including a brace of outright podiums. The Puebla native sits an impressive sixth in the overall standings out of 23 contenders.

Sulaimán might be facing a learning curve given that both the championship and circuits will be new to him this year, but he is no stranger to the country having competed on British shores in karting in 2014/15. He is excited to be joining forces with front-running outfit JHR, which boasts no fewer than nine titles to its credit in the lower echelons of UK motor racing.

“Racing for JHR Developments in the F4 British Championship Challenge Cup in 2017 is a dream come true for me,” revealed Sulaimán. “We share the same philosophy and a common passion for winning, and I am sure that through hard work and determination, we can score some great results throughout the season.”

JHR Team Principal Steven Hunter has long been a champion of young talent, and he is convinced that his new protégé will quickly get to grips with the demands of the fiercely-disputed, ITV4-televised BTCC support series, which will officially rev into life at Brands Hatch Indy on 1/2 April.

“We are delighted to have Manuel on-board for 2017,” Hunter enthused. “With what he has achieved in karting and the potential he has shown in NACAM Formula 4, we have no doubt that he will soon get up-to-speed in British F4 – and the Ford F4 Challenge Cup gives him the ideal platform from which to both learn the ropes and make a name for himself. We are all very much looking forward to seeing what we can accomplish together this season.”