Jewiss leads Double R Racing one-two at Thruxton

  • Second win of weekend for Jewiss sees him take championship lead and set sights on winning the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award.
  • Double R Racing score first one-two finish of season.
  • Heartbreak for Doohan who sees victory slip away on final lap due to technical gremlin.

20 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss led home a one-two finish for Double R Racing ahead of Paavo Tonteri in round eight of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss was in the right place at the right time following last lap heartbreak for long-time leader Jack Doohan. The Arden racer suffering a technical gremlin which saw him plummet down the order to ninth.

Having taken the lead on lap four with a perfectly judged move to get by team-mate Patrik Pasma on the inside at Church, Doohan was faultless out front. The Red Bull Junior Team driver recording fastest lap of the race just as he had done in the first race of the weekend.

Such was the Aussie’s pace that he was able to break the tow from Jewiss who had expertly stayed out of trouble to make his way up to second place ahead of Paavo Tonteri and Ayrton Simmons.

The latter having an eventful race involving contact with poleman Patrik Pasma at Club which saw the Finn go out of the race. Simmons did well to continue, but Tonteri needed no invitation to take advantage.

In something of a landmark race for Double R Racing, Jewiss’ win and Tonteri’s second place secured the team the first one-two finish of the season and saw Jewiss propelled into the championship lead.

Jewiss’ second win of the weekend meant he had the Ford Triple Crown Award firmly in his sights. If the MB Partners backed rising star were to win the final race of the weekend he would bag a lucrative £10,000 prize for becoming the first driver to win all three races in one meeting this season, emulating 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Jamie Caroline, who also achieved the feat at Thruxton.

“To get this win is something of a bonus for us,” said Jewiss. “If we can get three wins then we win the Ford Triple Crown so we’ll be pushing incredibly hard in the final race.

“This was a a brilliant race. I stayed calm and collected throughout. There was a bit of contact between Simmons and Pasma, but I just managed to get away unscathed.”

Added team-mate Tonteri: “This is another good result which I’m really happy with and I’m pleased about scoring so many points.

“Despite the end result, the race wasn’t actually that good for me because I had a bad start and I gained positions through other people crashing. I didn’t quite have the pace of Kiern, but I’ll work hard to turn things around.

“It’s a big thing for everyone at Double R Racing to be the first team to get a one-two finish this season so I’m really pleased for them.”

Commented Simmons: “I got up to second on lap one, but Doohan got past so I had to settle for third.

“It was unfortunate the contact with Pasma and there was nothing else I could have done. It left me with damaged steering so to come home with P3 and a good points haul is great.

“JHR Developments have been doing an amazing job this season and I’m confident that we can achieve many more great results in 2018.”

Manuel Sulaiman did brilliantly to pick his way up the order from last on the grid to finish fourth – his best result of the season – and just reward following the pace he showed in Friday free practice.

His JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wasn’t far behind in fifth, the pair separated by only 0.609s when they crossed the finish line. Skelton equalling his best finish of the year to cap a strong performance from the JHR Developments squad.

Hauger made swift progress from 12th on the grid, climbing three places on the opening lap and by the end of lap nine was running in fourth. However, he came off worse in a skirmish with Ericsson which relegated him several places to eighth, that would become seventh as Ericsson lost places following his dice with Skelton.

Sebastian Priaulx’s luckless weekend continued. Contact with Sebastian Alvarez scuppered his chances of a strong result. The Arden racer did well fight on and stay in contention, picking up a handful of points in sixth.

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the thick of the action climbing from 11th to fifth, but an off track excursion as a result of battling with Skelton meant a point was his only reward in 10th. The Swede finished ahead of Lucca Allen who refused to throw in the towel after contact at Club left his race in tatters.

Jamie Sharp and Johnathan Hoggard were opening lap casualties. Sharp collecting Hoggard and forcing both to retire from the race.

Round nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1625 and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 8 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
14 laps / 32.98 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 54.825s / 94.62 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.842s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.580s
4 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.278s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +9.887s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.009s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +10.512s
8 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.219s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +19.118s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +41.68s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 14.098s / 114.46 mph

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

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 138 points; 2 Simmons 135; 3 Priaulx 92; 4 Hoggard 86; 5 Doohan 76; 6 Tonteri 66; 7 Hauger 5; 8 Pasma 50; 9 Skelton 31; 10 Ericsson 20 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 151 points; 2 Hauger 125; 3 Tonteri 123; 4 Skelton 115; 5 Alvarez 51

Full results

Jewiss leaves it late to take victory

  • Jewiss and Double R Racing emerge victorious after enthralling battle with Arden’s Hauger.
  • Simmons stays at the top of standings after brilliant damage limitation drive.
  • Tonteri scoops final podium spot and Rookie class win.

19 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss took his second win of the season in round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton, following a patient and tactical drive from third on the grid.

Jewiss found himself locked in a battle for victory with poleman Dennis Hauger (Arden), after the duo had got back ahead of the fast-starting Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) who had made his way up to the lead in the space of four corners on the opening lap from fifth on the grid.

Hauger defended valiantly, but Jewiss looked to be playing a tactical game. Having got the better of Hauger on lap four, Hauger hit back on lap eight to regain the lead.

Jewiss refused to let Hauger escape his clutches and positioned himself perfectly to benefit from a powerful slipstream down Brooklands straight.

The Double R ace left it until the last lap to pounce, getting the run on Hauger down Brooklands and into the final chicane. Hauger immediately tried to retaliate, but the two drivers made contact. It left the Arden racer careering into the tyre barriers while Jewiss maintained momentum through the chicane to take the chequered flag.

“I knew as long as he didn’t pull away from me all I had to do was stay calm,” said Jewiss. “I had a big enough gap behind me which meant that I didn’t have to worry too much about defending and I could focus on how I was going to get into the lead.

“It was a long race and I had a long time to think about how I would pull off an overtake and manage my race.

“I could see that Hauger was sliding around and using up his tyres. That was perfect for me because I felt I was able to manage my tyres better. I drove smoothly while keeping him under pressure.

“I gave the overtake a go on the penultimate lap and lost a bit of momentum so I gave it my all on the last lap to give myself a chance to get by at the very end. Hauger got on the grass, hit the brakes and made contact with the rear of my car.

“Big thanks to Double R Racing, FM Conway, HCL and MB Partners for making this possible. We’re trying to score as many points as we can and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

Ayrton Simmons performed an excellent exercise in damage limitation, having started 12th due to a 10-place grid penalty for causing contact at the Donington Park meeting three weeks ago.

The JHR Developments driver picked his way through the field expertly at the circuit in which he made his debut two years ago to stay at the top of the standings.

“I got a brilliant start,” said Simmons. “I tried to stay away from all the incidents and keep my head cool.

“I was hoping to get a top four finish in the race in an attempt to minimise the damage. I went from 12th to sixth on the first lap and that certainly helped make my life easier.

“It was all about planning my moves in what was a tricky race. It was really hot too so I had to focus on looking after the tyres as well.

“It was a very strategic race, but our strategy ended up paying off so I’m very pleased.

“I was a bit fortunate with what happened to Hauger, but I was in the right place at the right time and that’s what matters.”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was back on the podium having been involved in frenetic battles with the likes of Simmons, Patrik Pasma and Johnathan Hoggard. The Finn beating the hard-charging Jack Doohan by just 0.194s to take third, as well as the Rookie class win.

“It was a pretty eventful race,” explained Tonteri. “I got a decent start. I made up some places to run as high as P3, but then Ayrton passed me.

“I was waiting for an opportunity to make a move and then on the last lap we saw some action up ahead with the leaders and that promoted me back up to third.

“The pace was really good, but we just weren’t quite in the right places at the right time to fight for the win.

“I lost some ground in the championship and the Rookie class standings at Donington Park with results not going my way, so it’s great to come back stronger here. It feels good to be back on the podium.”

Doohan was rapid and despite falling as far back as 10th, fought back to fourth. The Red Bull Junior Team driver set fastest lap of the race in the process, with a time of 1m 13.854s, which was just 0.102s off of the lap record.

The Aussie finished ahead of Arden team-mate Pasma who recovered well from a five-place grid penalty to end up fifth, having started 13th. His fifth place also earning him pole for tomorrow’s reverse-grid race.

Hoggard had to settle for sixth despite his opening lap heroics, ahead of third place rookie Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Sebastian Priaulx was a victim of his own success at the start. He flew off the grid from ninth, but found himself squeezed between Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments). It resulted in all three taking to the pits, with Sulaiman and Alvarez eventually forced to retire. Priaulx persevered to score a point, ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) who just missed out on a top 10 finish.

Racing resumes at Thruxton tomorrow, with the reverse-grid race at 1250 and the final race of the weekend at 1625. Both will be shown live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 7 Thruxton, 19 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.96 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 04.348s / 112.67 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.049s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.405s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.599s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.342s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +5.688s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +16.813s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +20.928s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +25.648s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +50.264s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 13.854s / 114.84 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Doohan, 3 Skelton

Grid for Round 8: Pasma – Doohan – Tonteri – Simmons – Jewiss – Hoggard – Skelton – Allen – Sharp – Priaulx etc.

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 120 points; 2 Jewiss 113; =3 Hoggard 86; =3 Priaulx 86; 5 Doohan 74; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 50; 8 Tonteri 48; 9 Skelton 21; 10 Ericsson 19 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 141 points; 2 Hauger 110; =3 Tonteri 98; =3 Skelton 98; 5 Alvarez 39

Full results

DRIVER NEWS: Jewiss heads to high speed Thruxton

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15 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss will continue his debut season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend as the series rolls into the high-speed Thruxton Circuit for the third outing of the 2018 campaign.

Getting his maiden F4 season off to a blistering start with one win and four podiums from the first six races of the 2018 season, Kiern sits in 2nd place in the Drivers’ Championship as the series heads into Thruxton.

Kiern’s last race weekend was one to remember. After dominating practice, by finishing the two sessions top of the time sheets, Kiern then experienced a difficult qualifying as he suffered a broken front anti-roll bar that left him way off the pace. A wet race one ended in a DNF, after he was struck by another driver – with the perpetrator picking up penalty points.

Kiern then had to start the second race from the back of the grid and he stormed through the field to collect his first win in the British F4 Championship! Kiern then drove through the grid one again in the final race to go from 10th place up to 3rd to round off a sensational weekend.

With the highest average speed of any circuit visited by the paddock, Thruxton in Hampshire undoubtedly provides some of the biggest thrills and spills around the 2.356-mile circuit. Kiern’s visit to the circuit last year in the Ginetta Junior Championship saw the 15-year old collect points in both of the weekend’s races but fell just one position short of the podium.

After completing a successful test at the circuit in March, Kiern heads to the circuit looking to build on his recent success but remains aware of the challenges ahead.

“I’m really excited to get back out on track after such a great race weekend at Donington. Hopefully, we won’t run into issues again and can get off to a good start without any setbacks. We need to be switched on from the first session as Thruxton is a quick circuit with limited overtaking opportunities so qualifying is very important – although you can get a huge slipstream through almost all of the track.

“I’m yet to qualify on pole this year so we’ll be working really hard to try to secure it at Thruxton. We know the field is tight so it will be tough but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The weekend gets started with free practice at 15:30 on Friday, with qualifying following on Saturday morning at 11:25. Saturday’s race will see lights out at 16:10, with Sunday playing host to the final races of the weekend at 12:50 and 16:25.

DRIVER NEWS: Jewiss moves on to Donington Park

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25 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss made a solid impression at Brands Hatch on his single-seater debut with two podiums from three races and this weekend he will contest the second round of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as the series moves on to Donington Park.

Kiern marked his arrival on the British F4 scene with a thoroughly impressive debut at Brands Hatch at the beginning of the month as he converted his fine qualifying performances into two second-place finishes and a fourth-place finish in the reverse grid race.

Looking ahead to this weekend, Kiern heads to Donington Park for the second round of the season. One of Kiern’s favourite tracks to drive on, the 1.957-mile National Circuit is a fast-flowing track that puts emphasis on precise driving to carry momentum through the sweeping corners.

Kiern first raced at the circuit last year in only his second race weekend in the Ginetta Junior Championship and made an impression at the circuit as he reached the podium and picked up his first trophies of 2017.

The official British F4 test took part this Monday at Donington Park and it was Kiern and his Double R Racing team who set the pace with Kiern leading a Double R 1-2 in the morning session and finishing in second-place in the afternoon session. As Kiern heads to the circuit 3rd in the Drivers’ Championship, he is confident he can have a strong weekend with his eyes firmly set on notching his maiden race win in the single-seater series.

“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, Donington is a great circuit that is a lot of fun to drive on and one I feel suits my driving style. I had my first podium in Ginettas here last year so it’s a track I have fond memories of. This week started well with a strong test for the team on Monday so I think we’re in a good position heading into the weekend. We don’t know what the other teams were doing in the test but I think we’re in a good place and I’ll be working my hardest to reach the top step of the podium.”

Barry Mears, Head of the MBP Academy, is confident that Kiern can have another strong outing in the F4 British Championship.

“Kiern got his season off to a great start last time out and now he has a chance to keep the ball rolling and pick up some more points. To leave Brands after such a positive weekend and still feel disappointed is a measure of the high standards that he sets himself. Judging by his pace here earlier in the week, Kiern’s already feeling comfortable in the car which is great for his confidence.”

Kiern’s weekend at Donington Park starts on Saturday with qualifying for races one and three at 10:55. The first race of the weekend will see lights out on Saturday at 16:00 and races two and three taking place on Sunday at 09:25 and 15:20 respectively.

DRIVER NEWS: Kiern Jewiss chosen for the MSA Academy’s Squad

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19 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss has been selected to join the MSA Academy, a group of drivers aged 14 to 24 who have demonstrated potential excellence in motorsport.

After a stellar karting career that saw no less than five British titles, being crowned 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie Champion and securing two trips onto the podium on his debut weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, it comes as no surprise that the MSA has inducted Kiern into their Academy squad.

Kiern feels privileged to be joining the Academy and is proud to have his name represent the organisation.

“I’m extremely proud to be chosen to join the MSA Academy. It feels great to see the work I’ve put in over the recent years be recognised by this fantastic organisation. The MSA is a cornerstone of British Motorsport and to have my name representing them is a huge honour. I can’t wait to work alongside them over the year ahead.”

The MSA Academy is a talent development pathway that equips the UK’s most promising young drivers with the knowledge, skills and attitude needed to maximise their performance. The MSA Academy uses qualified coaches and support personnel to provide free and informed guidance to help young drivers unlock their full potential as athletes.

Barry Mears, Head of the MBP Academy, believes Kiern deserves the recognition and has no doubt the MSA can help Kiern develop further.

“The MSA is a brilliant organisation which has helped develop a number of drivers reach their full potential. The coaches and staff are excellent at what they do and I’m sure Kiern will benefit from their experience greatly. It’s fantastic to see Kiern be recognised by the team at MSA and we all hope for a long and successful partnership together to help Kiern fulfil his potential.”

DRIVER NEWS: Kiern Jewiss set to commence his British F4 campaign

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4 APRIL, 2018 – The long winter-break has drawn to its conclusion and Kiern Jewiss is ready and prepared for the opening round of the 2018 British F4 season that commences this weekend with the fifteen-year-old Kent-based youngster’s home race at Brands Hatch.

After making the switch from Ginetta Juniors to British F4 for the 2018 campaign, Jewiss has completed a successful winter of testing in preparation for his debut in the single-seater series. Kiern starred at the opening test of the season at Brands Hatch in February as the FM Conway-sponsored talent finished the day at the top of the timesheets and then continued to star at Rockingham as he ended the second official test in third place on his first-ever trip to the Northamptonshire track in a single-seater.

Round one of the season sees Kiern and his Double R Racing team take to the Brands Hatch Indy Circuit, a 1.198-mile clockwise circuit in Kent. A natural amphitheatre, offering unrivalled views of the action from various vantage points, Brands Hatch Indy is a track where the smallest of margins can make the biggest difference and where a good performance in qualifying is crucial for a successful race.

Looking ahead to this weekend, the 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie Champion is feeling confident heading into the first round of the season but is fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead.

“The winter has been really productive and the team and I feel that we are in a strong position heading to Brands Hatch this week. It’s a long season ahead so I know the best thing to do is to take my time and learn in every session. Hopefully, the pace will be there to be battling for wins but with three races this weekend, the goal is to pick up points in every race and to avoid any unnecessary contact. Overall, I’m really excited to get the season started and can’t wait to get back racing!”

Barry Mears, Head of the MBP Academy, has been impressed with Kiern’s progress through the winter and hope he can replicate his form at Brands again this week.

“We’ve all been extremely pleased with Kiern’s development through the winter testing and how quickly he’s got up to speed with his new machinery. The opening round of the season is always a tricky one but Kiern knows what he has to do to have a successful weekend and we’re all fully behind him!”

Kiern’s first British F4 race weekend commences on Friday with the first practice sessions of the weekend with a busy Saturday playing host to qualifying at 09:00 (BST); races one and two at 14:15 and 17:40 respectively, and the final race of the weekend gets underway on Sunday at 15:05.

Ginetta Junior Rookie champion Kiern Jewiss chooses Ford EcoBoost power and completes Double R’s 2018 British F4 line-up

  • Highly-rated teen Kiern Jewiss completes Double R’s 2018 F4 entry.
  • Ginetta Junior Rookie champion makes single-seater switch.
  • Rapid 15-year-old ‘one to watch’ after topping British F4 pre-season testing.

7 MARCH, 2018 – 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie champion Kiern Jewiss has been confirmed as Double R Racing’s third signing for the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost, which gets underway in just one month’s time.

15-year-old Jewiss impressed during his first season in cars last year on his way to the Rookie crown and a top four overall finish in the Ginetta Junior Championship. The talented teenager from Maidstone, Kent followed up by finishing runner-up in the Ginetta Junior Winter Series.

With an enviable record in karting, which features no fewer than 11 titles and includes success in the high profile Kartmasters British Grand Prix, the Super 1 National Rotax Mini Max Championship and the WSK Champions Cup, he is undoubtedly one of the UK’s top young talents.

Winning his first championship in 2010 in Honda Cadet, Jewiss won titles in every subsequent year of his karting career and maintained the trend in his debut season in cars by winning the Ginetta Junior Rookie crown with an unprecedented 17 class victories.

Managed by former Formula 1 driver and Formula Ford alumni Mark Blundell’s sports agency MB Partners, Jewiss has already laid down a marker in British F4 with a headline-grabbing performance in the first official pre-season test at Brands Hatch Indy circuit last month.

On a day plagued by inclement weather which meant the entire field conducted all its running on Hankook wet tyres, Jewiss produced a time of 52.976 seconds to put him almost two seconds clear of his nearest rival.

Looking ahead to his maiden season in single-seaters, Jewiss said: “I’m very excited. It’s a big step, but it’s a step in the right direction for my development.

“The F4 British Championship is a fantastic series and I can’t wait to be part of it. It’s hugely competitive and some great drivers have made their name here. I hope to do the same in my debut season.

“Double R have proved themselves as a top team, not just in F4 but across several championships. They were a front running team last year and the way testing has started this year it seems we’ll still be performing at the highest level. Anthony [Hieatt] and the team have made me feel really welcome so we’re all looking forward to the year ahead.”

He added: “Obviously I’m here to win so that’s the main goal, but to do that I need to develop and learn every time I get into the car. I don’t expect to walk into the championship and instantly be at my best, but I’m a quick learner and therefore aiming to perform at my optimum as quickly as I can.”

Jewiss joins Finland’s Paavo Tonteri and Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez at Double R for the 2018 British F4 season. It is a line-up which team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt is confident will deliver strong performances throughout the season.

“Kiern got his F4 career off to an incredible start during the official test at Brands Hatch last month,” explained Hieatt. “He was very impressive in difficult conditions and showed the speed we all know is there from his time in Ginetta Junior and karting.”

“I’ve no doubt he’ll be battling at the sharp end all season. He’s a fast and committed driver. We’re certain he’s going to be one to watch throughout the year and delighted to have signed Kiern to join Paavo and Sebastian. All three drivers are new to F4 and single-seaters, but it’s a line-up we believe has massive potential.”

Brands Hatch, the ‘home’ track for Double R Racing and Jewiss, will be the venue for the season opening British F4 race meeting on 7/8 April. The Ford EcoBoost-powered series will tour the UK, visiting its premier race circuits such as Donington Park and Silverstone, before returning to Brands Hatch for the season finale on 29/30 September.