TEAM NEWS: Jamun Racing impress on difficult weekend in Ford British F4

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TEAM NEWS 18 APRIL, 2016 – Jamun Racing impressed with some thrilling comebacks in difficult conditions in Ford British F4 at Donington this weekend (16-17 April).

While tough qualifying sessions and collisions meant results were not as the Kent-based team had hoped for, drivers Harry Hayek and Jamie Caroline could not be faulted for effort or determination.

Australian Harry got among the points once more in the final race, while Warlingham racer Jamie finished just outside the podiums in the second race and was unlucky after some particularly outstanding overtaking in another.

Team manager James Mundy was disappointed with the final outcome but delighted at how both drivers reacted to the setbacks along the way.

He said: “It was a difficult weekend, but both drivers were solid, drove really well and staged good comebacks.

“There were a lot of collisions across the whole grid which, added to the bad weather, made it hard to get any momentum.

“Harry did a great job in testing, but was unlucky with some of the incidents in the races.

“Jamie didn’t have the best testing session, but raced really well.

“We didn’t get it right in qualifying which unfortunately set the tone for the weekend.

“But there were plenty of positives and now we have to work hard to put things right for Thruxton.”

Harry, 18, was fast in testing, finishing in the Top 6 in the dry. However, qualifying didn’t go to plan, with 12th and 11th place finishes.

Hail and bad weather affected the first race and although he got off to a good start, a collision on the first lap saw him drop back. He made an excellent recovery to finish strongly in 11th.

Another good start in the second race had Harry running in eighth until the introduction of the safety car. A knock with another driver soon after the restart lost him several positions and after pulling himself back into the race, he was involved in another, this time leaving him spinning and undeservedly in 12th place at the end.

Harry finished the weekend in the points, despite another collision halting his good start in the final race. He came back strongly again to finish tenth for his second point of the Championship.

Jamie, 17, got off to a stuttering start at Donington. With the tyres taking some time to get to the right temperature, the best times were being posted near the end of the qualifying session. Unfortunately, after spinning in some mud, Jamie’s tyres were still cold at the end of the session leaving him qualifying in 15th.

But the determined racer then amazed spectators with some brilliant overtaking in the first race, getting to sixth place within the first lap.

But just when a most unlikely podium was on the cards, he lost some ground through braking late. Nevertheless, he could be delighted with an eighth place finish at the end.

Last season’s Ginetta Junior champion started eighth in the second race, driving well to finish 5th, despite a collision after the restart following the intervention of the safety car.

He put in another strong, pacey performance in the final race to come home in seventh, despite starting again in 15th.

James added: “It didn’t go our way this weekend, but I thought the lads did a great job in difficult circumstances. It was always going to be tough after qualifying.

“We now need to go away and work hard and find the pace again for Thruxton.

“Hopefully, we can get back to where we want to be in the next rounds.”

Jamun Racing will contest the next rounds at Thruxton on 7-8th of May.

 

Caroline to contest Ford MSA Formula in 2016 with Jamun Racing

  • Jamie Caroline will race in single seaters for the first time in 2016
  • Secures seat with Jamun Racing
  • Car to feature striking Pirtek inspired livery

10 February, 2016 – Jamie Caroline is to join the Ford EcoBoost powered MSA Formula Championship on the back of a hugely successful campaign last season in which he claimed the Ginetta Junior crown. He will race with Jamun, which competed under the moniker MBM in 2015.

Caroline explained the motives behind his switch to single-seaters and emphasised how the compliance of the Ford EcoBoost powered MSA Formula car was a major plus point: “A year in single-seaters is the best thing for an aspiring driver. I’m still young and it would not be a wasted year. Most professional drivers have done at least a year in single-seaters, Jason Plato has, Andy Priaulx has, and so on.

“It allows you to get to grips with slicks and is of benefit later in your career. Clios do not excite me as much and I think this is a good way to try to get my name out there.

“I tested with the team last year and got on really well with them and I loved the car. I have the momentum from winning the Ginetta Junior title. I really enjoyed the Ginettas but they were a bit unpredictable. The Mygale F4 chassis does what you want it to do.”

Said Jamun’s team manager, James Mundy: “We are delighted to have finally put this deal together. We have been determined to get Jamie in our car for the 2016 season ever since we first tested him. His raw speed and natural talent is something we haven’t seen for some time. It’s a great feeling to get that buzz back.”

Phil Glew of Edge Sporting Management, which represents the 17-year-old, is understandably excited about the prospect of Caroline getting the opportunity to compete in single seaters: “We have worked very hard to try to piece all this jigsaw together… We always knew Jamie was an exceptional talent ever since we first worked with him in 2014. He proved this in front of everyone at Thruxton with his first win.

“Then in 2015 when he dominated the Ginetta Championship we knew we had to test him in a single-seater. His pace blew us all away… It would be a crime not to let this young driver have a chance on the single-seater ladder. It’s taken some time to do the deal and there are still a few lose ends to tie up, but to have Jamun, Keltbray, Pirtek Racing and Jamie Caroline all working together is a fantastic achievement.”

Young stars get to grips with Ford-powered MSA Formula racers

  • Ginetta Junior frontrunner Jamie Caroline and Henry Surtees Challenge prizewinner Piers Prior test at Rockingham with leading MSA Formula teams

18 SEPTEMBER 2015 – Young chargers Piers Prior (pictured) and Jamie Caroline are the latest young British drivers to get a taste of the Ford EcoBoost-powered FIA Formula 4 cars which provide the spectacular track entertainment that is the MSA Formula Championship.

The teenagers both tackled the Rockingham circuit in Northamptonshire, venue for the most recent MSA Formula rounds, with 17-year-old karting star Prior in action today with Falcon Motorsport and Caroline, 16, trying out with MBM Motorsport a few days ago.

Prior’s test was a prize drive won at last October’s Henry Surtees Challenge karting event at Buckmore Park, Kent, in which Piers finished fourth overall. Falcon Motorsport boss Nick Streatfield was impressed by his debutant driver: “Piers went very well, and listened to everything he was told… In all he had five sessions, each of around 15 laps, and he was learning and improving all the time. We were very pleased to able to award the test session at the Henry Surtees Challenge, and indeed we will be doing the same again at the 2015 event to be held next month.”

Piers began karting aged nine and was three times the Buckmore Park junior champion before going on to a third-place finish in the Senior Sodi World Series last year.

Ginetta Junior Championship leader Jamie Caroline impressed the MBM Motorsport team when he sampled one of the squad’s chassis at Rockingham. The 16-year-old, who had never before driven any track car other than a Ginetta sports racer, completed more than 100 laps.

“His management team, Edge Sporting Management, wanted to see how well Jamie would go in a single-seater,” said MBM boss James Mundy. “Given that it was his first time in a single-seater and his first time on slick tyres, Jamie was brilliant, really impressive.

“Jamie covered more than 100 laps, quite a few on old tyres to get a feel for the car and then three runs on new tyres, during which he set some very good times. We made some set-up changes for the end-of-day run and he responded well to them: his best time was in the 1m 18s, which would have put him in the top 10 in qualifying for the Rockingham championship event the previous weekend.”

Jamie was enthusiastic about his experience: “I loved driving the car – it was mega. It was my first time in anything other than a Ginetta Junior, and it was a big step up but I really enjoyed it. I’d never been out on slicks before in a car, either, so the hardest thing was getting used to maximising the grip of the tyres. The straightline speed was a bit scary at first, all a bit of a shock, but I really enjoyed it.”

Caroline says he has no firm plans for 2016 yet: “I’ve just tested a G55 Ginetta as well, and as ever it will be down to budgets and finance. Single-seaters is definitely an option though.”

Barlow hoping experience will pay off at Brands Hatch

  • Limited pre-season testing a possible problem for talented MBM driver

1 April, 2015 – Former karting champ Jack Barlow is heading into the weekend’s opening rounds of MSA Formula with fingers crossed that a lack of pre-season testing won’t blunt his undoubted pace as he bids to get his career back on track.

Nineteen-year-old Jack’s 2014 season was barely underway when he crashed his Formula Ford at Thruxton in testing and injured his back; he was forced to sit out a couple of meetings and by the time he was declared fit to race once again he felt there was little option but to declare the year a write-off. Now he’s back, but getting the sponsorship to mount his attack on the Ford-backed junior single-seater series took longer than expected.

“I would have been more than happy if we had managed to get everything sorted by the end of 2014,” said Jack, “but it wasn’t possible and now it’s a case of ‘better late than never’.” Barlow has backing from Key Motor Finance, Skinners of Rye and Keltbray, and is actively seeking further support to enable him to finish the MSA Formula season with the MBM team. “After a long lay-off it has been hard to sell myself to sponsors and I’m incredibly grateful to those who have supported me already. Hopefully we can get out there and get some half-decent results, and then we can work with that to secure further funding.”

The late start has meant that MBM and Barlow will arrive at Brands Hatch with only two full days of testing under their belts. However, they were productive and largely trouble-free days, at Silverstone and Rockingham, and they give him cause for optimism: “We ran 96 laps at Silverstone during the shakedown with no problems at all, and things went well at Rockingham last week also. The team has very little experience of the car, and while I wouldn’t exactly say I was rusty it will take me some time to get completely comfortable, so I am not going into Brands with high expectations; we will just have to hope that the car is reliable and that I can make my experience pay against the younger, less experienced guys.”

Experience is something that Hastings-based Barlow has plenty of: he made his karting debut in 2007 and won a hat-trick of karting titles in 2011: the Super 1 Junior Rotax, Rotax Cup and Kartmasters Grand Prix. In his debut season of car racing in 2013 he won two rounds of the BRDC single-seater series, and scored a podium finish on his Formula Ford debut at Brands Hatch last year.