TEAM NEWS: Jewiss stars again at Oulton to earn British F4 points lead

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  • Jewiss wins in British F4 at Oulton and takes points lead.

11 JUNE, 2018 – In Cheshire at Oulton Park, Double R celebrated yet more success with F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost racer Kiern Jewiss moving to the top of the driver standings with a hat-trick of podiums, including his fourth victory of the season in round 12.

Finnish team-mate Paavo Tonteri also departed the North East track with another clutch of silverware, having taken one outright podium and three Rookie podiums, including a class win in the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday evening.

“What an amazing weekend!”, said ecstatic Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “It’s obviously fantastic to be leading the championship and it shows what an incredible job everyone is doing this season with our set-up, reliability and overall performance.

“Kiern was in outstanding form again in F4 at Oulton – three podiums, another win and the championship lead is tremendous – and Paavo was really strong again too with another Rookie win. What a fantastic job by everyone.”

Double R aced the pre-event British F4 test day at Oulton Park on Friday, Jewiss topping the times in both sessions with team-mate Tonteri second in each run, and the former went on to secure pole position in qualifying on Saturday by 0.3 seconds.

Although slipping to third at the start of round 10, Jewiss hit back quickly and after taking second on the run down to Cascades on lap two he closed down leader Dennis Hauger by reeling off a series of fastest laps. Making a move for the lead on the penultimate tour at Island Bend, and taking the win on the road, post-race officials penalised Jewiss and dropped him to second in the amended results.

Tonteri was edged back from fourth to fifth off the start but after retaking the place on lap two, he spent the remainder of the contest pressuring for third – ending up just 0.5 seconds shy as the second highest placed Rookie. Alvarez too lost out at the start, dropping from 11th to 13th place, and stayed there race-long, fifth in the Rookie class.

For round 11 on Sunday, Tonteri started from third on the grid with Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place and all three Double R drivers got away from the line well. Keen to make progress, Jewiss produced a great pass into Lodge to take fourth and after pressuring Tonteri he then delivered another superb move to take third into Old Hall on lap four.

With nothing between the lead quartet, Jewiss and Tonteri ran nose-to-tail behind Ayrton Simmons and Jack Doohan but try as they might, particularly Jewiss in his bid to unsettle Doohan, no clear-cut passing opportunities were presented. Despite applying immense pressure, Jewiss had to settle for third at the flag with Tonteri just behind – the Finn securing second in the Rookie class too.

Alvarez was edged to 14th on the opening lap but then moved back into 13th place after an excursion for Hampus Ericsson. Piling huge pressure on Jamie Sharp ahead, Alvarez swarmed all over his rival before finally making the breakthrough on lap 10 to take 12th and fifth in the Rookie class.

Jewiss lined-up on pole position for round 12 and, after making a terrific start, he never looked back as he went on to utterly dominate. Reeling off fastest laps and never putting a wheel wrong, he claimed his fourth victory – and the series lead – with a phenomenal winning margin of 7.7 seconds.

Tonteri, from third at the start, held the podium placing throughout and applied huge pressure to Patrik Pasma race-long. Driving impeccably, he secured his fourth outright podium and another Rookie class win. After an opening lap drama, Alvarez battled back superbly from a deficit of 14 seconds to the pack to finish inside the top 10 and lap within just 0.3 seconds of Jewiss’ pace.

Double R Racing’s British F4 team will be back in action a fortnight from now on 23/24 June at Croft in North Yorkshire.

Jewiss romps to victory and into championship lead

  • Perfection from poleman Jewiss to dominate final race of Oulton Park meeting.
  • Flying Finns Pasma and Tonteri complete the podium, with the latter taking the Rookie class win.

10 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing romped to victory in round 12 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Oulton Park.

Jewiss was faultless from pole position and untouchable for the duration of the 15 lap contest, scampering off into the distance and winning by a margin of almost eight seconds. He also set the fastest lap on his penultimate tour of the circuit with a lap of 1m 24.191s.

It was the perfect end to the weekend for the 15-year-old who has looked the fastest driver on circuit throughout the weekend. His superb performance sees him leave the Cheshire circuit leading the championship by 16 points, with chief title rival Ayrton Simmons only able to finish eighth.

“I got off the line just like I wanted to,” said Jewiss. “It meant I could take the racing line into the first corner and then crack on with my race, leaving everyone else to battle behind.

“We knew we had the pace this weekend after free practice and we wanted to finish with fastest lap on the last lap of the final race, but we had to settle for doing it on the penultimate lap. We were having some fun out there.

“I want to say big thanks again to Double R, FM Conway, HCL Technologies and MB Partners, as well as everyone who has supported me this weekend: friends, family and fans.

“As soon as I pulled away well off the line I felt so happy and pleased to make amends for race one.

“It feels great to finally end a weekend leading the championship. It’s taken a little longer than we would have liked to get there, but hopefully we can stay on top until the very end now.”

Behind Jewiss, Patrik Pasma and Paavo Tonteri jockeyed for the remaining podium spots. Both drivers have put in strong performances this weekend. The two Finn’s seemingly inseparable on track for much of it and entertaining spectators as a result.

Pasma’s second place was his third podium of the season and second of the weekend. Meanwhile, third for Tonteri was a welcome appearance on the rostrum after he had already bagged two fourth place finishes in the space of 24 hours.

Third place also secured Tonteri the Rookie class win, with Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan completing the rookie podium after the Red Bull Junior Team drivers put on a fantastic wheel-to-wheel display throughout the race.

“We’ve scored a lot of good points this weekend,” said Pasma. “We just need to keep working hard and try to get the win at the next race weekend.

“My start wasn’t the best which cost me some time off the line, but I managed to at least maintain my position.

“Kiern pulled a big gap at the beginning of the race, but I started to match him towards the end so that was encouraging.

“Then I had Tonteri attacking me which meant I had to defend and that gave Jewiss a chance to pull away even more.

“I’m really enjoying racing in British F4 and I’m sure my first win is just around the corner.”

Added Tonteri: “I’ve known Patrik for eight years. We’ve been team-mates in the past. We have a special rivalry and great respect for each other which allows us to have excellent races.

“I got a decent amount of points this weekend. I was targeting podiums so it’s nice to end the weekend with one.

“We didn’t really show all of the potential and pace we had which means I’m not completely happy. I want to win and will keep working hard towards that.

“Winning needs a bit of luck. We haven’t quite had that luck this season, but hopefully it’s on the way.

“All the points I have scored this weekend are definitely going to help me in the championship.”

In amongst the rookie runners was Hampus Ericsson who achieved his best result of the campaign so far in fourth for Fortec Motorsports. The Swede did brilliantly to keep Hauger at bay.

Ericsson’s team-mate Johnathan Hoggard looked to be on for an excellent result too. He pulled off one of the overtakes of the weekend by going around the outside of Doohan at Lodge Corner, only for his race to be thwarted by a technical problem.

Manuel Sulaiman’s upturn in form continued in the final race of the weekend. The JHR Developments driver bagged another haul of points in seventh, having made his way up the order from 10th.

Contact between Simmons and Hoggard, with Simmons running off the track on lap seven allowed the Mexican to sneak through into eighth ahead of his team-mate and fellow JHR Developments runner Josh Skelton.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) picked up the final point, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

Elsewhere, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Sebastian Priaulx’s (Arden) torrid weekends continued, with both retiring from the race due to technical gremlins. The former having made up three places in the opening exchanges.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 12 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 21m 18.999s / 93.98 mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +7.776s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +8.646s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.785s
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.048s
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +11.715s
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +12.923s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +14.132s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +18.733s
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +25.076s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 24.191s / 95.18 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 206 points; 2 Simmons 190; 3 Doohan 137; 4 Hauger 117; 5 Tonteri 107; 6 Pasma 105; 7 Priaulx 103; 8 Hoggard 96; 9 Ericsson 42; Skelton 39 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 231 points; 2 Hauger 201; 3 Tonteri 196; 4 Skelton 167; 5 Alvarez 91­­­

Lights-to-flag win for Ford EcoBoost-powered Simmons at Oulton Park

  • Simmons back on the top step of the podium for the first time since season opening weekend.
  • Doohan, Jewiss and Tonteri chase Simmons home in four-way fight for the lead.
  • Doohan takes fifth Rookie class win of the year.

10 JUNE, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons regained the lead of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost by winning round 11 of the season at Oulton Park.

The JHR Developments racer pulled off an inch-perfect lights-to-flag victory. It was his third win of 2018 and the first since his emphatic double in the season opener at Brands Hatch.

Simmons was made to work hard for victory. Jack Doohan started alongside him on the front row and looked to steal the lead on the run down to turn one. Simmons kept the Aussie at bay. He then had to contend with the Arden racer in his mirrors for the duration of the race, with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri also in tow, making it a four-way fight for the lead.

“It’s nice to be back on top,” said Simmons. “I was under a lot of pressure from Doohan and Jewiss and was striggling with the rear of the car, but I managed to bring it home.

“It’s so hot today so you’re always mindful of looking after the car when you can and that was an additional factor in the race.

“Hopefully we’ve made a step forward with the car in terms of pace since qualifying and we can perform well in the final race of the weekend.”

Jewiss wasted no time in making progress up the order from fifth on the grid. A perfectly judged move down the inside of Pasma on the opening lap at Lodge Corner saw him move up to fourth and third soon followed with a lunge down the inside of team-mate Tonteri into Old Hall.

Doohan’s second place finish secured him the Rookie class win. His fifth of the season. Meanwhile, fellow rookie Paavo Tonteri scored second in class and came out on top in the battle of the flying Finn’s with Patrik Pasma. Reversing the result of round 10 yesterday.

“It was a really tough race, but a lot of fun,” said Doohan. “At the start of the race I got a bollard stuck in my nosecone and lost a bit of ground around turn seven, but fortunately the bollard fell off my car on the next lap.

“I was able to start putting in some good lap times and keep Kiern Jewiss at bay. I didn’t quite have the pace to overtake Simmons and you need to have quite a sizeable pace advantage around here to pull off a move because it’s so hard to pass.

“I knew that it if it was tough for me to overtake then it would be tough for Kiern to overtake so I just focused on driving as best I could and making the least amount of mistakes possible.

“Unfortunately we didn’t get the win, but I’m pleased with this second place. The aim was to try to get the lead at the start because I knew if I got into the lead it would be very difficult to pass, just as Ayrton showed in that race.

“We were struggling a bit in the free practice sessions. Ending Friday 1.1 seconds off wasn’t the best feeling going into qualifying and then we ended up seventh.

“We changed a couple of things on the car and finished fifth in race one. Then we worked hard overnight, taking into consideration the data of my team-mate Dennis Hauger who won the race yesterday. That definitely helped us improve for today,

“If I keep on getting these kind of results and staying consistent, hopefully the championship will take care of itself both in the overall and Rookie class standings.”

Added Jewiss: “I’m pleased to get third. This race was about damage limitation and we did that well.

“I pulled off a couple of good moves on the way to the podium. I didn’t know if the move on Pasma would work out and thought there was a chance there could be contact, but we both got through the corner.

“Then I pulled off a good move down the inside of my team-mate into turn one for third.

“I was quick again in that race, but it’s hard to pass around here and once you are behind a car like I was with Doohan you lose downforce. It makes things even trickier.

“I’m looking forward to the final race of the weekend. Hopefully we can get a good start from pole and take maximum points, as well as the lead in the championship.”

Pasma had plenty to contend with in the race thanks to Arden team-mate and round 11 race winner Dennis Hauger. The Norwegian was glued to Pasma’s gearbox and refused to let the Finn escape while trying to fashion an overtake. Pasma held on however, to come home in fifth.

Their squabble saw the battling duo of Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) turn the fight for fifth into a quartet. Both Hoggard and Sulaiman having done well at the start to each pick up a place.

Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) salvaged ninth despite a damaged front wing, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) finished on the road in 10th, ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

After the race, Skelton received a 10 second time penalty for an out of position start which promoted Allen to 10th and a hard earned points paying position.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) emerged triumphant after an entertaining duel with home hero Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport). Sharp gave the home crowd plenty to cheer about with a fantastic defensive drive, but ultimately Alvarez’s pressure took its toll and saw Sharp overtaken.

Contact also resulted in Sharp losing his front wing, but he persevered to take the chequered flag, behind Hampus Ericsson. The latter’s race ruined due to an off-track excursion, but the Swede showed great pace in clear air.

Round 12 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1745.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 11 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 21m 21.178s / 93.82 mph
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +0.382s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.873s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.737s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +8.133s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +8.340s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +9.714s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.079s
9 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +11.834s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / JHR +14.569s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 24.515s / 94.81 mph

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

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 186 points; 2 Jewiss 181; 3 Doohan 129; 4 Hauger 107; 5 Priaulx 103; 6 Hoggard 96; 7 Tonteri 92; 8 Pasma 87; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 30 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 216 points; 2 Hauger 183; 3 Tonteri 171; 4 Skelton 155; 5 Alvarez 81­­­

Hauger takes maiden British F4 win following Jewiss penalty

  • Hauger scores his first single-seater win after enthralling battle with Jewiss.
  • Jewiss finishes first on road, but demoted to second after being handed three second time penalty.
  • Jewiss takes championship lead despite penalty.

9 JUNE, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger took his maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost in round 10 of the season, after an enthralling race-long battle with Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing). The latter finished first on the road, but was demoted to second following a three second time penalty.

A slow getaway for poleman Jewiss saw him jumped off the line by Hauger and Patrik Pasma.

Jewiss responded immediately by getting back past Pasma and then set about hustling Hauger for the lead.

Hauger did brilliantly to keep the faster Jewiss behind. The Norwegian positioning his Red Bull liveried, Ford EcoBoost-powered racer expertly around the Cheshire circuit.

However, on the penultimate lap of the race the pair made contact at Island Bend. Both managed to continue on their way to the chequered flag largely unscathed, Jewiss leading Hauger home.

Following the race, Jewiss was handed a three second time penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety as a result of the incident. The penalty promoted Dennis Hauger to race winner, with Jewiss dropping back to second.

“It feels really good to finally get this win,” said Hauger. “We’ve been waiting for this win for such a long time.

“It’s a little bit of shame that we got it this way, but I cannot deny how happy I am with the result in the end. Now we’ve got to take this momentum into tomorrow.

“In qualifying this season we’ve been in the top three almost every session so the speed has always been there.

“Then it has been about building up the experience in the races. This win just reinforces the fact that we are up there and that we will only get better as the year progresses.

“Finally getting this win is such a good feeling after winning on track at Donington Park and getting a penalty, and then at Thruxton leading until the last corner. The luck has not been with us so far this season, but it is hopefully with us now.”

Despite the penalty Jewiss’ second place finish was still enough to see him take the championship lead, outscoring Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) by 10 points and overturning a five point deficit coming into the weekend.

Further consolation for Jewiss came in the form of fastest lap, with a time of 1m 22.939s which was 0.041s quicker than his pole time.

“At the end of the day it’s only a few points we dropped because of the penalty,” said Jewiss. “We’ve still taken the lead in the championship.

“Simmons starts on pole for tomorrow’s first race so I’m expecting to probably lose the championship lead, but then I start the last race from pole when I intend to get it back.

“Overall it was a good race and the car was brilliant. I think me being in this Double R-prepared car is the quickest combination on the grid at the moment.

“At the start I probably had the clutch a bit too high which meant the car was close to rolling forward. I was wary of getting a false start so I dropped the clutch down, as well as the throttle and that left me slow off the line.

“The reverse grid race will be about damage limitation and then the last race of the weekend I need to get a better start and maximise the opportunity to win.”

Fast-starting Pasma came home in third. His second podium of the season. He was made to work had for it though after a dice with Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) in what was an entertaining battle of the Finns.

“I tried to get into first place at the start, but there wasn’t enough room so I had to back off and settle for second,” explained Pasma. “Jewiss then overtook me and after that I couldn’t quite keep up with the pace of the front two.

“My pace improved as the race went on though and I was able to close the gap to the front which was encouraging.

“I think we will have two better races tomorrow. It was also nice to win the battle in the “Finnish championship” in the race today with Tonteri. It’s always good fun racing with him.”

Jack Doohan (Arden) and Simmons did well to pick up a couple of places from their grid positions to finish fifth and sixth respectively. The sixth place proving particularly crucial for Simmons because it earns him pole for the partially-reversed grid race tomorrow.

Behind Simmons came the Fortec Motorsports’ duo of Hampus Ericsson and Johnathan Hoggard, while Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) completed the top 10.

It was a luckless opening race of the weekend for home hero Jamie Sharp. The Sharp Motorsport racer ended up in the barrier at Cascades on lap seven.

Round 11 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at 1300 tomorrow and will be broadcast live on ITV4, with the final race of the weekend kicking off at 1745.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 10 Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
15 laps / 33.39 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 21m 04.707s / 95.04 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS* / GBR / Double R +0.791s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.399s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +4.926s
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.514s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +8.153s
7 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +8.699s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +9.267s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.939s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.039s etc.
*Three second time penalty

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 22.939s / 96.62 mph

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

Grid for Round 11: Simmons – Doohan – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Hauger – Ericsson – Hoggard – Sulaiman – Priaulx etc.

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 166 points; 2 Simmons 161; 3 Doohan 111; 4 Priaulx 101; 5 Hauger 99; 6 Hoggard 90; 7 Tonteri 80; 8 Pasma 77; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 30 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 191 points; 2 Hauger 168; 3 Tonteri 153; 4 Skelton 143; 5 Alvarez 71

Full results

Jewiss takes maiden British F4 pole in style

  • Jewiss proves class of the field in qualifying to take imperious double pole position.
  • Hauger and Pasma the closest challengers in battle for pole.

9 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing carried their fine Friday free practice form into qualifying at Oulton Park for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to take an imperious double pole position.

Jewiss took his maiden single-seater pole in style and by some margin. The only man to break the 1m 23s barrier with a lap of 1m 22.980s, he went almost three tenths clear of closest challenger Dennis Hauger (Arden).

Pole for the third race of the weekend came by way of second-fastest times and the gap between Jewiss’ best and the rest of the field was even greater at over half a second.

“We picked up where we left off yesterday,” said Jewiss. “The car feels mega and our race pace is also strong so I’m really happy.

“The car is set up so well. It gives you so much confidence as a driver and that’s so important.”

“We’ll see what we can do in the races. We start from the best place so we’ll try to get away well and build from there to win.

“The reverse grid race is going to be difficult because it’s so hard to pass around here. That race will be about damage limitation.

“We know we have the pace. It’s clear for everyone to see and now we need to do our best o capitalise.

“I want to say a big thank you to FM Conway, HCL Technologies and MB Partners, as well as the team. It means so much to get my first British F4 pole, especially in this way and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

As had been the case in free practice it was Arden who were closest to Double R’s pace, Dennis Hauger and Patrik Pasma once again leading the Banbury outfit’s charge. The duo managed to split Double R Racing’s Jewiss and Tonteri. Hauger securing a front row grid slot and Pasma getting the better of Tonteri by just 0.017s, with Johnathan Hoggard only 0.008s further adrift.

“P2 is not a bad position to start from in race one,” said Hauger. “Now it’s all about focusing on the race and preparing so I can compete at the maximum level.

“It’s a really fast and technical circuit so you have to be perfect when it counts out there on track.

“I’m constantly working on my own driving and with the team to make sure we’re as strong as possible.

“The start is going to be so important here. Hopefully we can get a good one and fight for the win.”

Added team-mate Pasma: “We’re not too far away from the front so it was a good qualifying for us.

“It’s a long track with a lot of corners so there are a lot of small details that you have to get right to be quick around here.

“We’ve been working really well as a team and I think it will be a strong weekend for us.

“I’m looking forward to the races, but also looking to go forward in them. I need to make some overtakes to get the win.”

Hampus Ericsson underlined Fortec Motorsports’ pace and will line up alongside team-mate Hoggard on the third row.

Elsewhere, Jack Doohan (Arden) wound up seventh, while championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments had to settle for eighth ahead of Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) who completed the top 10.

Round 10 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1445.

Provisional qualifying times Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
Round 10 grid order
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:22.980
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:23.271
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:23.379
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:23.396
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:23.404
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:23.444
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:23.522
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:23.576
9 Sebastian PRIUALX / GBR / Arden 1:23.711
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:23.866 etc.

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

Full times

Double top for Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing at Oulton Park

  • Double R Racing record one-two in both free practice sessions, with Jewiss fastest from Tonteri.

8 JUNE, 2018 – Double R Racing got off to a perfect start at Oulton Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, by recording a one-two in both free practice sessions led by Kiern Jewiss from Paavo Tonteri.

Free practice two saw faster times throughout the field, but it was free practice one pacesetter Jewiss who remained on top with team-mate Tonteri close behind.

Tonteri was the first driver to break the 1m 23s barrier, stealing an early march in the session. Jewiss responded however with less than 10 minutes on the clock to post a lap time of 1m 22.537s.

“It’s been a really good day for us,” said Jewiss. “The car has been excellent and Double R are looking really strong. Hopefully we can carry this into qualifying.

“I looked through a lot of video and data from previous seasons before arriving here as part of my preparation and that’s put me on a really good footing for this weekend.

“You have to be inch perfect around here because there is so little run off and overtaking will be hard so qualifying is going to probably be the most important session of the weekend.

“I’m really keen to get my first pole position in British F4, so to do it here where qualifying matters even more would be extra special.”

Added Tonteri: “It will be great if we can carry this pace into the rest of the weekend to get a really strong result for the team.

“The car feels amazing. Double R have done a fantastic job. The car is great on longer runs too. I did my best time on old tyres so that bodes well.

“Hopefully I can turn around the positions and be faster than Kiern. He’s doing a really good job so far this weekend so it won’t be easy.

“Kiern found some time on the new tyres and I made a mistake on my fastest lap. That was the difference between us today.

“It’s been close between us all season and in testing so I cannot see that changing this weekend or during the rest of the year.”

Arden were hot on the heels of the Double R duo with Dennis Hauger and Patrik Pasma. The latter proved quickest of the pair in free practice one, but in the second session Hauger turned the tables to record the third fastest time of the day. Both Pasma and Hauger joined Jewiss and Tonteri as the only drivers able to lap in the 1m 22s bracket.

Championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) had a solid day behind the wheel. Fifth fastest in both sessions and setting himself up for another weekend where he’s sure to be in the mix for top honours.

Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx wound up sandwiched on the timesheet in seventh by Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard and Hampus Ericsson.

Elsewhere, Sebastian Alvarez ensured all Double R Racing-prepared cars ended the day inside the top 10 ahead of Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), while technical gremlins restricted running for Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments).

Saturday’s schedule kicks off with official qualifying in the morning at 1030 followed by the first race of the weekend at 1445. Rounds 11 and 12 of the F4 British Championship will take place on Sunday at 1300 and 1745 respectively, with round 11 broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Oulton Park, 8 June, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:23.259 / 1:22.537
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:23.554 / 1:22.784
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:23.907 / 1:22.858
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:23.785 / 1:22.953
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:23.916 / 1:23.037
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:24.468 / 1:23.240
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:23.953 / 1:23.280
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:25.072 / 1:23.389
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:24.822 / 1:23.494
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:24.729 / 1:23.544 etc.

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OULTON PARK PREVIEW: Simmons still on top with Jewiss in hot pursuit

7 JUNE, 2018 – Three podiums three weeks ago ensured that Ayrton Simmons would lead the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heading to Oulton Park this weekend (9/10 June). The JHR Developments driver has made seven out of a possible nine trips to the rostrum this season and continues to lead the chase for the most coveted title in UK junior single-seater racing.

It is a lead that has diminished however, with the advancing Kiern Jewiss looking increasingly at home behind the wheel of his Double R-prepared racer. Three wins in the last five races and outscoring Simmons in all but one of them means the 15-year-old has clawed his way to within touching distance of Simmons. The pair separated by just five points.

Jack Doohan turned heartbreak into jubilation at Thruxton. Victory slipped through his fingers on the final lap of round eight due to a technical glitch, but he bounced back emphatically to win the final race of the weekend and with it the £5,000 Ford Super Rookie Award. The Aussie also extended his lead at the top of the Rookie class standings over fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger, who signed off from the meeting with an overall podium.

Hauger deserved much more, especially with victory looking likely until the last lap of round seven. Arden team-mate Sebastian Priaulx had a similarly luckless weekend, salvaging three top-10 finishes, while Patrik Pasma bagged plenty of points.

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard, Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen also endured an unfortunate outing and will want to recapture the form which saw the team score two victories at Donington Park thanks to some superb driving from Hoggard.

Mexico’s Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Sebastian Alvarez achieved their highest-placed finishes of the season so far at Thruxton and are on the up. Meanwhile, Alvarez’s Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri looks to be going from strength to strength on the back of two more podiums at Thruxton.

Rochdale’s Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport will be aiming for a consistent run of top-10 finishes this weekend at their home round of the season. It is something which Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) is becoming particularly accustomed to now that he is on a run of five consecutive points scores.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing extend advantage with eighth win

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23 MAY, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline emerged from a dramatic fourth meeting of the 2017 F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford having extended his points lead with an eighth victory of the campaign.

The teenager made the trip to Oulton Park on the back of a stunning hat-trick of wins last time out at Thruxton, and was aiming to further cement his position at the head of the pack as the series heads towards the half way stage.

A tight battle with Carlin team-mate Logan Sargeant in qualifying ended with Jamie taking pole position by just 0.083secs, but he would then control proceedings when the lights went out in race one to secure another comfortable victory.

Breaking away on the run to Old Hall for the first time in challenging track conditions caused by heavy rain showers, Caroline was never troubled and took the chequered flag nearly four seconds clear of his closest rival.

Sixth on the grid for race two as a result thanks to the reverse grid draw, Caroline would be delayed by contact on the run to Cascades on the opening lap and then also ran wide at the high-speed Druids corner as he attempted to fight his way up the order.

Having climbed to fourth place, Caroline rapidly closed on team-mate Patrik Pasma ahead but contact between the two as Caroline made a move for position at Old Hall saw him go off into the barriers in spectacular fashion.

Despite the heavy nature of the accident, Caroline walked away unscathed after being checked over in the medical centre and leaves Oulton Park with a 90.5 point lead in the championship standings.

“Race one was really good and pretty straightforward,” he said. “I wanted to make a break at the start and it all went to plan as I could build a lead and then controlled things from the front; it was just a case of keeping the car on the track and not doing anything silly.

“In the second race, it all got a bit messy in the early stages but the car was stupidly quick and I was closing on the guys ahead at more than a second a lap. When I caught Patrik, I made a move on the inside into turn one and there was contact that launched my car and I ended up in the barriers.

“It’s not how I wanted the weekend to end, but I want to thank the marshals and the medical terms for their work, and also Mygale for producing such a strong car.

“Despite the retirement, I’ve extended my points lead and it’s also good to have matched [former champion] Lando Norris in terms of a wins in a season.”

Delays to the schedule during Saturday at Oulton Park meant that only two of the three British F4 races were run, with Round 12 of the season having been provisionally rescheduled to the Knockhill meeting later in the year.

TEAM NEWS: Strongest weekend yet for Harry Webb at Oulton Park

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23 MAY, 2017 – Harry Webb enjoyed his most competitive weekend to date as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford headed to Oulton Park for the fourth meeting of the year.

Webb and his Corby-based Richardson Racing team made the journey to Cheshire looking to rebound from a challenging weekend at Thruxton.

Webb headed into the weekend in optimistic mood, and despite the fact he was visiting Oulton Park for the first time, he produced a strong performance in qualifying to snare ninth on the grid as the quickest of the Challenge Cup entrants.

The arrival of rain ahead of race one only added to the challenge, but it was one that Harry would grab with both hands as he made up two places at the start and then became embroiled in a race long fight for sixth place with championship contender Oscar Piastri.

Despite his best efforts, Webb was unable to find a way ahead and settled for seventh spot – taking his first victory amongst the Ford F4 Challenge Cup drivers at the same time.

Just missing out on the reverse grid for race two, Webb again made a fine start and was soon battling hard for position in the top five before a heavy accident for championship leader Jamie Caroline at turn one saw the race red-flagged.

With the decision taken to call the result, Webb matched his best overall finish of fourth place and secured Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours for the second time in the weekend to close the gap to points leader Oliver York.

Webb ended the weekend sitting tenth in the overall championship standings.

“I’m really happy with the weekend,” he said. “The aim coming here was to try and score some good points and pick up some strong finishes, and that’s exactly what we managed to do. The team has given me a great car again and  we were able to show more of our potential.

“Considering I hadn’t been to Oulton Park before, it was great that we were able to produce a strong performance in both the wet and the dry. To get my first win in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup was great, and to then add a second and finish inside the top four overall in race two just made things better.

“We stayed out of trouble and have scored some good points, and I’m confident that we can build on these results and push for the overall podium positions next time out.”

Schedule delays during Saturday mean that Round 12 of the British F4 season will now provisionally be run at Knockhill later in the year.

TEAM NEWS: Fourth British F4 podium of season for Lundqvist at Oulton Park

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  • Linus Lundqvist secures fourth podium of 2017 in wet Round 10.
  • Double R ace sets fastest lap by more than half a second in race one.
  • Best of P8 for Karl Massaad and highest finish of P9 for Daniel Cao.
  • Round 11 red flagged and Round 12 postponed due to timetable delays .

22 MAY. 2017 – Front-running F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford racer Linus Lundqvist secured his fourth podium finish of the season at Oulton Park over the weekend, 20th/21st May, to close to within just 5.5 points of the top three in the driver standings for Double R Racing.

During an unconventional couple of days for the category, with one race postponed to a later date as a result of timetable delays and another shortened through a red flag stoppage, Lundqvist raced to a best of third place in round 10 – while also setting fastest lap – and then took fifth in round 11.

Team-mate Karl Massaad finished the opening contest on Saturday in eighth but hopes of similar in race two were dashed after contact to the rear of his car on the opening lap led to retirement a couple of laps later. Double R’s third driver Daniel Cao finished in 12th position during the opener and went on to claim his fourth top 10 points finish of the season in race two with ninth.

“We’re pleased to see Linus back on the podium, taking fastest lap in race one proves the pace we’ve got, and fantastic Daniel was able to break into the points again”, said team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Obviously, we’re disappointed for Karl with the retirement from race two, especially after a strong start on Saturday, but we’re confident all three guys will be competitive at Croft.”

Qualifying on Saturday morning concluded with Lundqvist setting the fifth fastest time on his final lap of the session, getting within little more than 0.2 seconds of pole position, while Massaad was sixth quickest and Cao ended just outside the top 10 with the 11th best time.

Rain arrived at Oulton Park ahead of race one of the weekend, round 10, and Lundqvist made a truly sensational start to rocket into the top three. While initially taking things somewhat cautiously over the course of the first few laps, the Double R driver began to push more and more during the second half of the contest as his tyres came to him and dramatically reeled in second placed Alex Quinn.

Setting the fastest lap of the race on the final tour, Lundqvist’s time of 1m33.561 seconds was an eye-opening half a second quicker than the best anyone else could manage and he closed to within 1.3 seconds of Quinn at the finish on lap 13.

Massaad unfortunately slipped to eighth on the opening tour and then spent the remainder of the encounter there after a largely uneventful race to secure his fifth points finish of the year. Cao, too, lost ground initially after being edged back to 12th place but he regained his starting position on lap two before dropping back to 12th on lap seven. The Chinese racer then stayed there to the flag.

As a result of timetable delays on Saturday, round 11 of the season – which was scheduled to be the last race of the day – was postponed to Sunday afternoon. Round 12, therefore, was dropped off the timetable and will be contested later in the season at an alternative venue.

Lundqvist started fourth for round 11 and held position through Old Hall, maintaining the place despite significant pressure and impressively coping well with damage to the left-hand endplate on his front wing.

At the end of lap three, though, contact from Jamie Caroline pitched Lundqvist into a near-spin and although recovering he dropped to sixth. Remarkably, despite the wing damage, Lundqvist was able to post the fourth fastest lap and when Caroline crashed-out into the barriers at Old Hall at the start of lap eight the race was red flagged with Lundqvist classified in fifth place.

Massaad got away from the line cleanly at the beginning of the race and all looked good for the Lebanese driver. As the field headed into the hairpin, though, contact from behind resulted in damage to the rear of his car. While getting going again, several seconds down on the rest of the pack, Massaad went on to retire from the race at the end of lap three as a result of the incident.

Through all of the early drama Cao managed to leap into the top 10, actually slicing his way into ninth position. Staying there to lap six, the Chinese racer was edged back to 10th before the red flags were shown and was elevated into ninth again in the final result which was taken back a lap.

Double R Racing’s British F4 drivers will be back in action three weeks from now, over the weekend 10th/11th June, at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire.