TEAM NEWS: Finland’s Tonteri stars at Snetterton with maiden British F4 victory

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•    British F4 success for first year racer Paavo Tonteri in round 17.
•    Finnish ace seals maiden outright win and sixth Rookie victory.
•    Kiern Jewiss maintains series lead despite luckless weekend.
•    Season-best P6 for Sebastian Alvarez in Snetterton opener.

30 JULY, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri raced to a controlled, and long-awaited, maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race victory at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend, 28th/29th July, to add yet another name to Double R Racing’s extensive list of single-seater race winners.

Finnish 18-year-old Tonteri, who is in his first season of car racing after a stellar karting career, converted a front-row start in round 17 at the Norfolk track on Saturday afternoon into a faultless outright win and his sixth victory of the year in the Rookie Cup class.

Team-mate Kiern Jewiss, who held a comfortable championship lead of 57 points going into the weekend, encountered a great deal of frustration with contact in round 16 and a damaged front wing in round 18 resulting in uncharacteristic 12th place finishes. Fourth in round 17, though, helped limit the damage in the title battle – his lead now reduced to 29 points.

Mexican youngster Sebastian Alvarez continued his progression with a season-best top six result in the first of the weekend’s three races on Saturday. Finishing in the top 10 again in round 17 with ninth place, he just missed the points in round 18 on Sunday with 11th position.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend for Paavo, he really deserves his first overall win – it was a great drive and a very impressive performance”, said Double R’s Anthony Hieatt, “Again, Sebastian produced some strong pace and he continues to chip away. It’s good to see him take his first top six finish.

“Obviously it wasn’t a great weekend in terms of results for Kiern, the pace was there but a couple of incidents made it hard work. Even though we dropped a few points to the competition, he’s still leading the championship and that’s the important thing going into the next round at Rockingham.”

Tonteri makes deserved British F4 breakthrough 
Jewiss headed into the weekend in typically potent form, having been quickest at the Norfolk track during both days of a two-day official test a couple of weeks prior. Indeed, in the usual pre-event test on Friday, 27th July, he again topped the times in session one, with an advantage of 0.3 seconds over his closest rivals, although Tonteri was the fastest Double R driver in session two with fourth.

In qualifying on Saturday, though, Jewiss had to settle for fourth – a mere 0.002 seconds shy of third on the race one grid – while Tonteri was seventh and Alvarez was 10th quickest. Due to a penalty for pole qualifier Patrick Pasma, though, Jewiss was elevated into third, Tonteri sixth and Alvarez ninth.

When the lights went out for the first of Saturday’s two races, Jewiss maintained third while Tonteri leapt into the top four as the cars headed to the infield and Alvarez also progressed, climbing into the top eight. On lap two, Jewiss smartly seized second and set about pressuring the race leader.

The next time around, though, Jewiss was tipped into a spin after a tangle with Dennis Hauger and although able to eventually recover he finished down in 12th position. Confirming his race winning potential, the Double R ace did post the fastest lap of the race during his recovery drive.

Tonteri profited from the lap three incident to slice past his team-mate and Hauger into second place, but his podium hopes were dashed on lap five when a moment dropped the Finn down to eighth. He did ultimately recover into the top five, though, third in the Rookie Cup.

Alvarez, enjoying a competitive run, climbed into seventh on lap four and then broke into the top six after Tonteri’s slip down the order. Following a late shake-up, when two rivals dropped back, Alvarez was leap-frogged by the recovering Tonteri and so the Mexican took the flag in sixth – fourth Rookie.

Round 17 started with Alvarez on pole position, the grid determined from the finishing order of race one but with the top six reversed, and Tonteri made it an all Double R front-row. Jewiss, of course, had to line-up 12th on the grid and with plenty to do.

Tonteri challenged Alvarez off the line and into Riches the Finn dramatically swept past around the outside to grab a lead he would never relinquish. In control by almost two seconds at the end of the opening tour, Tonteri produced a superb performance to claim his first outright win in British F4.

Although his lead was reduced to 1.2 seconds by the end of the fifth tour, Tonteri responded and into the 11th and final lap he had opened the gap to 1.5 seconds. Going on to wrap-up a superb victory, the result also marked his sixth Rookie Cup win of 2018.

“It took long enough!”, said a jovial Tonteri immediately after round 17, “It feels really good to finally win, I feel it’s been coming for a long time. We were really quick in the test before, and yesterday [Friday] we were fast too.”

Alvarez was ultimately shuffled back to seventh position on lap one and although slipping outside the top 10 on the very next tour, he battled back to finish in ninth position overall and fourth in the Rookie class – right on the tail of the two cars ahead on the drag to the line.

Unsurprisingly, Jewiss managed to undo a lot of the damage of starting down on the sixth row of the grid by carving his way through into a top four finish. Leaping into ninth on lap one, he followed championship rival Hauger as the pair both progressed through the order and on the fifth tour the Double R racer made his move to get ahead of the Norwegian – moving into the top six at that point.

Elevated into fifth the next time around, Jewiss then grabbed fourth with a great move into Riches at the start of lap seven. With over seven seconds to make up to the podium runners during the final few laps, though, there just wasn’t enough time to close the gap but fourth marked a great result.

Round 18 on Sunday began with Jewiss second on the grid but, in-keeping with his frustrating weekend, he sustained front wing damage early on and after gradually slipping further down the order he pitted for a new nose cone on lap seven. Eventually, Jewiss came home in 12th place.

From seventh on the grid, Tonteri climbed into the top five on lap one and then moved up into fourth place on the sixth tour. Edged back to fifth soon after, the Finn regained fourth on lap nine and after pressuring Johnathan Hoggard for third Tonteri made the breakthrough on the last lap to seal his second outright podium of the weekend, and third in the Rookie class, as well as fastest lap.

Alvarez began the third race of the weekend from ninth position and although bundled down to 13th place on lap one, he mounted a spirited recovery to work his way into the top 10 by lap three. Edged back down to 13th position by the fifth tour, Alvarez climbed back into 11th place – fourth Rookie.

Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the next instalment of British F4 action just two weeks from now on 11th/12th August.

Doohan wins as rookies rule at Snetterton

  • Doohan and Hauger capitalise in tricky conditions to take one-two finish.
  • Tonteri leaves it late to snatch third, ensuring series’ first all-rookie overall podium.

29 JULY, 2018 – History was made at Snetterton in round 18 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost as three rookies locked out the overall podium spots for the first time in the series. Jack Doohan led an Arden and Red Bull Junior Team one-two with Dennis Hauger second, while Double R Racing’s Paavo Tonteri picked up third on the last lap.

A damp Snetterton circuit set the scene for an eventful finale to the meeting as the field elected to race on slick tyres. Ford’s rising stars acquitted themselves well around the three-mile Norfolk circuit, however the tricky conditions played a pivotal role in proceedings.

Patrik Pasma (Arden) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) were forced to relinquish their leads at different stages of the race as a result of running on the damp part of the circuit. Pasma on lap three and Hoggard on lap six.

Hoggard and Doohan both picked up a pair of places on the opening lap from fourth and fifth respectively, as poleman Pasma fended off Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). Jewiss ultimately shuffled down several places and Simmons losing one position.

The race-winning move took place on lap six as a wider line through Riches on the damp part of the track opened the door for Doohan to pass Hoggard on the inside, and moments later at the same corner, Hauger squeezed past Simmons in a similar fashion.

Tonteri wasted no time in dispatching Simmons on the following lap at Nelson. Elsewhere Hauger pulled off an identical move to his team-mate to pass Hoggard at Riches, while Tonteri left it late to scythe up the inside of Hoggard on the final lap to take the final podium spot, leaving Hoggard in fourth ahead of Ayrton Simmons.

“I tried to get the best start possible, but I knew that starting on the outside meant it wouldn’t be as good other drivers,” explained race winner Doohan.

“I was watching everyone go off the track when they were in front. Patrik and Johnathan got caught out at turn one which cost them during the race and I didn’t want to make the same mistake.

“I just focused on staying cool, sticking to my marks and not letting the nerves get to me, as I made my way up the order.

“I’m not thinking about the championship at the moment. I’m just taking each race as it comes and hopefully everything else will take care of itself.”

Added Hauger: “Overall it’s been a pretty good weekend. We won race one, which was a great race in which we brought home plenty of points.

“For race two we started towards the back, but did well to get up to sixth. Then to end the weekend by starting sixth and finishing second in this race was good, especially considering the difficult track conditions.”

Commented Tonteri: “It sounds obvious, but the key to that race was to go as fast as possible without going off track and I think I did that very well.

“In the early stages quite a few moves were made when drivers were forced wide onto wet parts of the track. I worked that out and used it to my advantage.”

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the mix for the podium for much of the race, but contact with Simmons and a later off saw the Swede retire from the race.

Although he finished eighth on the road, Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was demoted to ninth because of a 10-second time penalty for an out of position start. It promoted Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen up to eighth, equalling his best result of the season as he finished behind the Arden pair of Pasma and Sebastian Priaulx. The latter doing well to remain in the running after contact with Sulaiman. Meanwhile, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) was back in the points, 24 hours after bagging a top-10 finish in round 16.

Despite starting on the front row and getting away well, damage to his front wing in the opening exchanges left Jewiss gradually falling through the order as he put up a spirited rear-guard action in his Double R-prepared racer. He was forced to pit for a new nosecone in the closing stages, ultimately scuppering his chances of salvaging some hard-earned points and seeing his championship lead reduced to 29 points.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost resumes in two weeks at Rockingham Motor Speedway on 11/12 August.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 18 Snetterton, 29 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 21m 23.270s / 91.61 mph
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +0.869s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +5.184s
4 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +6.082s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +9.331s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.585s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +17.905s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +23.143s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +28.121s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +28.177s etc.

Fastest lap: Tonteri 1m 54.392s / 93.43 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 250; 3 Hauger 233; 4 Doohan 201; 5 Tonteri 199; 6 Priaulx 160; 7 Hoggard 132; 8 Pasma 126; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 330 points; 2 Doohan 317; 3 Tonteri 309; 4 Skelton 229; 5 Alvarez 161

Full results

Maiden win for flying Finn Tonteri

  • Brave move into turn one tees up Tonteri for fantastic first single-seater win.
  • Priaulx and Simmons double up with podium finishes on the day.

28 JULY, 2018 – At the 17th time of asking Infinity Sports Management-backed rising star Paavo Tonteri claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Starting from the front row, Tonteri’s daring overtake around the outside of poleman and Double R Racing team-mate Sebastian Alvarez into turn one proved decisive.

Out in front the Finn withstood pressure from Sebastian Priaulx and Ayrton Simmons, the trio matching each other for pace throughout.

“It feels really good to finally win,” said a beaming Tonteri. “It has been a long time coming.

“I had a number of different scenarios in my mind regarding how the run down to turn one would go.

“I got away quite well and managed to pull off the move around the outside which is not something that happens too often at this track.

“I built a good gap at the start and just tried to maintain it from there. I felt comfortable in the lead and was just counting the laps down.

“At the top part of the standings coming into the weekend I was the only driver without a win so now it feels so good to have that win to my name.”

Added Priaulx: “It’s always good to be on the podium twice in one day. It would have been nice to get the win in that one, but our pace was so similar. Both Paavo and Ayrton did a great job.

“At the start I got down the inside, which set me up well for turn two to pick up some places and that provided the foundation for my race.

“I would love to have a clean sweep of podiums for the weekend, but we’ll take tomorrow as it comes and try to maximise the opportunities in the race.”

Commented Simmons: “It’s another great haul of points for the championship. I got a good start and managed to get past Alvarez into the second corner.

“It was quite a relaxed race from there. I tried to push as much as I could to catch Priaulx, but the top three were evenly matched in terms of pace.

“It feels good to close the gap in the championship. The team have done an exceptional job to bounce back from the difficulties on Friday. I’m really happy with how today has gone and let’s see what we can achieve tomorrow.”

Priaulx made plenty of headway in the opening exchanges to climb up to second place from fifth, while Simmons followed him past Doohan. The latter in thick of the action for much of the race, but ultimately relegated down the order due to having to pit as a result of front wing damage. A similar fate befell JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman.

Championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had plenty to do from the penultimate row of the grid and rose to the challenge by carving his way up to fourth place. The pick of his overtakes a dive around the outside of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) on lap seven at Riches.

Sharp’s opening lap was pure brilliance, as the Rochdale racer flew up the order from ninth to fourth and found himself locked in battle with the likes of Jewiss and Doohan for much of the race. However, a wide moment and spin at Wilson in the closing stages saw him miss out on what would have been his best result of the season.

Patrik Pasma got the better of Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger to take fifth. The latter bouncing back from a five-place grid penalty which left him starting the race from 11th, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) wound up seventh and eighth respectively.

Alvarez’s race was thwarted by an off on the opening lap. The Mexican doing well to salvage ninth ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) who claimed his ninth top-10 finish of the season.

The final race of the weekend is set to get underway at 1430 tomorrow and will be screened live on ITV4. Poleman Pasma will want to emulate fellow flying Finn Tonteri by scoring his first win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 17 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 20m 56.062s / 93.60 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.780s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.634s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.230s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.240s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.137s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +18.728s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.279s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.527s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 23.011s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 52.773s / 94.77 mph

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

Round 18 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Hoggard – Doohan – Hauger – Tonteri – Priaulx – Alvarez – Skelton etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 240; 3 Hauger 215; 4 Tonteri 184; 5 Doohan 176; 6 Priaulx 154; 7 Hoggard 120; 8 Pasma 118; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 312 points; 2 Tonteri 294; 3 Doohan 292; 4 Skelton 219; 5 Alvarez 149

Full results

TEAM NEWS: Win number five for Jewiss and Double R at Croft

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•    F4 British Championship leader Kiern Jewiss takes fifth win of 2018.
•    Superb one-two in round 14 for Double R with Jewiss and Tonteri.

25 JUNE, 2018 – Championship leading British F4 racer Kiern Jewiss increased his advantage at the top of the driver standings for Double R Racing to an extremely impressive 57 points at Croft in North Yorkshire over the weekend 23/24 June, as the 2018 season reached the midway point.

Finishing round 13 on Saturday afternoon in second position, in the first of Sunday’s two F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost races, Jewiss charged through to claim a magnificent win from fifth on the grid. In round 15, he added another second place finish for the Woking team.

Team-mate Paavo Tonteri took a highlight second place overall in round 14, a terrific one-two for Double R with Jewiss and also the Finnish youngster’s fifth Rookie Cup victory of the year, with the addition of top four results in the other two contests.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez missed out on the points-paying top 10 in rounds 13 and 14, but the first year F4 driver raced impressively to a season-best seventh position overall on track in round 15 – his fifth outright score of the season.

“We know we have a great setup for Croft and Kiern and Paavo made the most of that in race two, taking another Double R one-two is fantastic”, said team principal Anthony Hieatt, “We wanted to make sure we kept the lead of the championship to end the first half of the season, but to have increased the points gap with Kiern is really good and sets us up well into the summer break.

“Paavo had another strong weekend with an outright podium and another Rookie win, and he’s closed on the top four in the main championship. Sebastian’s weekend certainly ended positively, we can’t ask for much more than a best result of the season – he raced well and did a great job.”

Jewiss and Tonteri double-up for Double R
Qualifying on Saturday was impossibly close, the tiniest of fractions determining the top three places on the grid for round 13. Jewiss had to settle for second fastest, missing pole position by a mere 0.038 seconds, and Tonteri was just 0.019 seconds further adrift in third – second in the Rookie class. Alvarez was just a tenth of a second outside the top 10 with the 11th best lap, fourth Rookie.

Jewiss challenged pole position qualifier Dennis Hauger very hard indeed throughout the 15-lap duration of Saturday afternoon’s encounter, the Double R racer never more than a few tenths of a second adrift as the pair pulled well clear of the chasing pack. Swarming all over the back of his rival, Jewiss ultimately had to settle for the runner-up spot less than half a second shy.

Tonteri was edged back to fourth early on and then spent the remainder of the race just outside the top three, claiming second in the Rookie Cup. Alvarez also lost ground on lap one, slipping to 12th place, and was then shuffled down to 13th on the second tour. Bottled up behind the car of Lucca Allen, Alvarez pressured hard and took the flag only 0.1 seconds behind – fourth in the Rookie class.

For the ‘partially reversed’ race two grid, Tonteri lined-up in third with Jewiss directly behind in fifth and Alvarez started in 13th spot. When the lights went out, Tonteri held third into the first corner as Jewiss squeezed into fourth just behind his team-mate on the inside and then, on the run to Tower, they moved into second and third respectively when Ayrton Simmons slowed.

Further back, Alvarez had to take to the grass out of the chicane to avoid being caught-up in a multi-car tangle and after a wild ride across the infield he was able to recover to the track in 12th position before then heading to the pits at the end of lap two. After rejoining a lap down following a check-over of his car from the team, the Mexican went on to end the race in 12th position.

Up at the front, Jewiss piled on the pressure to team-mate Tonteri as the duo closed on race leader Matthew Hoggard and on lap four at Tower points leader Jewiss produced an incredible late pass on the brakes to move ahead of Tonteri into second.

By the start of lap six Jewiss was right with Hoggard and at Tower he again produced a sensational move, remarkably this time around the outside, to take the lead. Even with the intervention of the Safety Car on lap nine, Jewiss was untroubled and he went on to take his fifth victory of the season by 3.5 seconds.

Tonteri, under huge pressure after the Safety Car period from Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, didn’t put a wheel wrong as he defended his position and as his rivals waged their own battle late on the Finn pulled clear to wrap-up a tremendous one-two for Double R, as well as the Rookie win.

Race three, round 15, started with Tonteri on the front row of the grid – having shaded Jewiss to the second fastest ‘second best’ time in qualifying – and again there was nothing between them, just 0.012 seconds. Alvarez started in 11th position as he did in race one.

Another great launch enabled Jewiss to challenge team-mate Tonteri into Clervaux and, with a bold pass, he moved into second brilliantly. Ending lap one 0.9 seconds shy of pole qualifier Hauger, Jewiss remained in touch and after a mid-race Safety Car period he did get as close as half a second behind Hauger. Ultimately, though, the Double R racer had to settle for second and another podium.

Tonteri ran in third place for almost the entire duration, only losing out on an outright rostrum finish at the final corner when Doohan made a late move for third on the inside – which also pushed the Finn back to third in the Rookie class battle.

Behind his two team-mates, Alvarez put together one of his best performances of the year on his way to a season-best seventh on the road.* From the head of row six, the Mexican was edged back to 13th place on lap one but he soon began his fightback and by lap four he had moved into the overall top 10.

Following a spin for Josh Skelton at the end of lap four, which triggered the mid-race Safety Car, Alvarez took ninth and before racing resumed a pit-stop for Patrik Pasma elevated the Double R machine into eighth. Swarming all over Manuel Sulaiman when racing resumed, Alvarez applied a lot of pressure and grabbed seventh brilliantly on lap 10 – also finishing fourth in the Rookie battle.

Following a lengthy five-week summer break, Snetterton 300 Circuit in Norfolk will host the sixth event of the British F4 season on 28/29 July.

* After round 15 Alvarez was handed a five-second time penalty for gaining an unfair advantage, demoting him to ninth in the final classification.

Fantastic five for Jewiss as Double R Racing score one-two at Croft

  • Jewiss wins from fifth on the grid thanks to some inspired overtakes.
  • Tonteri follows Jewiss home to earn Double R its second one-two of the season.

24 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss led a Double R Racing one-two finish with Paavo Tonteri finishing second in round 14 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Croft.

Trackside spectators and the millions of people watching live at home on ITV4 were treated to a vintage Jewiss performance. The driver pulled off some sublime moves to win from fifth on the grid and secure his fifth win of the season.

A technical problem for championship rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) saw Jewiss swiftly promoted to third having already dispatched Patrik Pasma in the opening exchanges.

On lap four the 15-year-old made a late lunge down the inside of Tonteri to scythe past his team-mate at Tower Bend and take second.

Poleman Johnathan Hoggard was immediately in Jewiss’ sights and Tower Bend proved to be the scene of the race winning move as Jewiss boldly ran around the outside of the Fortec Motorsports racer to take the lead.

Once in front it was plain sailing for Jewiss. Even a Safety Car to recover Patrik Pasma’s Arden-prepared car after a tangle with Hoggard at the hairpin couldn’t thwart him. Jewiss mastering the restart and winning by a margin of 3.554s from Tonteri.

“I just got my head down and cracked on with the task I had in front of me,” said a composed Jewiss.

“I tried to get past Paavo at Sunny In but couldn’t quite pull it off. Then I had a go at him into Tower Bend from about five lengths back. It just took a bit of determination to pull off the move.

“Once I caught Johnathan I noticed he was lifting quite early into the corner so I went around the outside of him. I locked up a little, but got in front.

“When I was in the lead I felt very comfortable. Then the Safety Car came out so that mixed things up again.

“I nailed the restart and built up the gap I needed while managing the tyres really well on the way to my fifth win of the season.

“It feels great and to extend my championship lead feels even better.”

Tonteri did well to fend off the hard charging Red Bull Junior Team pair of Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, as well as Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), to finish second and claim the Rookie class win.

“This second place and one-two for Double R Racing is definitely a great result,” said Tonteri.

“I don’t think any other team has scored a one-two finish this year.

“I was pleased with how I performed towards the end when battling with all the other drivers to get the podium and score all these points for the championship.

“It was a really eventful race and this is what spectators want to see although it wasn’t so enjoyable for me as I was the one defending.

“It hasn’t been an ideal start to the season for me, but race after race we are improving and that shows in the results.”

Arden team-mates Hauger and Doohan provided plenty of fireworks on track. The latter climbing up from last on the grid to eighth on the opening lap and then making his way up to the rear of his team-mate in rapid fashion. Hauger held on to third and Doohan had to settle for fourth.

Said Hauger: “We had a really good fight with Jack and I’m really pleased to get this podium having started from sixth.

“I just tried to stay calm and not make any mistakes.

“Hopefully we can get a great start in race three like we did yesterday and go on to win.

“We have saved two new tyres for the final race to help give us a bit of an advantage.

“I think we can find a bit more pace too so it should be an exciting race for us.”

His team-mate Pasma was penalised following proceedings for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety. The Finn receiving a five place grid penalty for round 15.

Skelton finished fifth in the final classification and with it equalled his best result of the season after an excellent drive. Meanwhile, Sulaiman’s sixth place underlined a strong race for the JHR Developments duo.

Sebastian Priaulx was next on the road, ahead of the Fortec Motorsports trio of Hampus Ericsson, Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen who completed the top 10. Hoggard doing particularly well to bring his car home in the points following the coming together with Pasma.

Jamie Sharp’s race unravelled on lap 12. The Sharp Motorsport racer did brilliantly to make his way into the points paying positions. He ran as high as eighth, but ultimately a technical problem put paid to his chances.

Round 15 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1600 and will be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 14 Croft, 24 June, 2018
14 laps / 29.75 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 11.952s / 88.37 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.554s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +4.955s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.336s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +5.618s
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +7.577s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / Arden +8.734s
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.499s
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.602s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +15.723s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 22.347s / 92.90 mph

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

Full results

Hauger and Arden double up in Croft British F4 qualifying

  • Hauger takes double pole for second time this season.
  • Double R Racing’s Jewiss and Tonteri within touching distance of Hauger’s pole time.

23 JUNE, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger took a superb double pole position in qualifying at Croft for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, after an incredibly close shootout with Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Hauger carried plenty of momentum into the session on the back of his timesheet topping performance in free practice two yesterday and excelled around the 2.125-mile North Yorkshire circuit. He claimed pole by 0.038s from Jewiss, with Tonteri only 0.019s further adrift.

Hauger married speed with consistency out on track, his second-fastest time of the session just 0.006s slower than his best. It underlined the Norwegian’s excellent pace and ensured he will start from pole in round 15.

“It’s great that we will start from pole for two races this weekend,” said Hauger. “My lap times were really consistent throughout the session so that’s a really good sign for the races. The car feels really good.

“We’ve got the momentum and we’ve got to keep pushing. It was great to get my first win two weeks ago, but now we want more.

“I’ve had pretty good starts throughout the season so hopefully we can get more good starts this weekend and pull away at the front.”

Tonteri looked set for second, but for a late flyer from Jewiss earned the championship leader a front row grid slot for round 13. However, Tonteri was the quickest of the pair based on second-fastest times and will start alongside poleman Hauger in the final race of the weekend.

“It was a really close fight in qualifying and it will be in the races,” said Jewiss. “It’s so close between the top three.

“We made a bit of a step in sector three thanks to our work overnight, but there is still a little more to find.

“We need to get a really good start and manage the cold tyres better than the others to take advantage at the beginning.

“If I cannot get by Hauger at the start it’s going to be a close race with me sat behind him, trying to fashion an overtake as the race progresses.”

Added Tonteri: “I’m happy with the performance in qualifying, but obviously would have liked to get pole.

“I had traffic on my best lap which didn’t help, but that’s the way it goes sometimes and I’m now really looking forward to the races.

“I think it will be a good fight between all of us at the front. The car feels really good and we are quick here.

“My starts have been getting better during the season so hopefully we can have good ones here.

“I like this circuit. It’s a difficult track but at the same time it’s really fun to drive.”

Patrik Pasma (Arden) netted the final spot on the second row and with it every chance to fight for top honours this weekend, having recorded a time just a couple of tenths off of team-mate Hauger.

Ayrton Simmons bounced back from a quiet Friday free practice after a bold setup change ahead of qualifying. His and the team’s brave decision paid off, Simmons catapulting up the order in the closing stages to secure fifth on the grid.

Johnathan Hoggard wound up sandwiched between JHR Developments duo Simmons and Josh Skelton on the timesheet in sixth, while Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) landed eighth and ninth place grid slots for round 13.

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) will line up 10th, but felt he was capable of more if he had been able to get the tyres at their peak.

Free practice pacesetter Jack Doohan (Arden) endured a nightmare qualifying session. The Aussie was left beleaguered in the pits due to a technical problem for over half of proceedings and unable to fight for pole.

“After free practice we thought it was going to be a very strong weekend for us, but unfortunately qualifying has changed the complexion of the weekend a bit,” said Doohan.

“We’ll keep pushing though and try to turn things around.

“Race two will be key for us. If we can get the reverse grid pole that would be great and what we’ll be aiming for so we can really fight for the win.”

The first race of the weekend follows at 1445.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Croft, 23 June, 2018

Round 13 grid order
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:21.001
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:21.039
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:21.058
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:21.238
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:21.304
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:21.501
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:21.521
8 Sebastian PRIUALX / GBR / Arden 1:21.531
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:21.614
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:21.711 etc.

Round 15 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hauger – Tonteri – Jewiss – Pasma – Simmons – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Sulaiman – Ericsson etc.

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

Supplied by team’s PR. 

  • 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

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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TEAM NEWS: Two wins from three for Jewiss and Double R Racing at Thruxton

Supplied by team’s PR.

•    Superb weekend in British F4 for Kiern Jewiss with two wins.
•    Fantastic 1-2 for Double R in Rd8 with Jewiss & Paavo Tonteri.
•    Tonteri adds brace of Rookie wins to season-best P2 overall.
•    More points for Sebastian Alvarez plus season-best P8.

21 MAY, 2018 – Double R Racing celebrated yet more F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost success at ultra-fast Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend, 19/20 May, with Kiern Jewiss taking two excellent victories from three races.

Including a fabulous one-two result for the Woking squad in round eight on Sunday morning, where Jewiss headed home team-mate Paavo Tonteri for the latter’s best overall result yet in British F4, the third race meeting of the campaign produced more sparkling performances from Double R.

Jewiss departed Thruxton just five points shy of the championship lead, Tonteri has moved up into seventh in the points and third in the Rookie Cup – having taken two class wins – and Sebastian Alvarez took a season-best eighth overall in race two. The Mexican youngster was on for better still with a top five challenge in race three, until contact from a rival ended his hopes.

“Two wins out of three isn’t bad, we’ll happily take that any weekend”, said Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “Kiern had a cracking weekend and is easily the best racer out there in my book – he puts the car in the right place all the time, he’s quick and really goes for any opportunity.

“Obviously the one-two finish in race two was fantastic, it was great to see Paavo up there in P2 and taking some more Rookie wins as well, he’s really coming on strong. Sebastian was very unlucky in race three, he did a fantastic job in that race and deserved a lot more from it than he got. I’m really looking forward to the next rounds, I think our set-up will prove to be bang on it again at Oulton.”

Silverware galore for Double R at super-fast Thruxton
In Saturday’s qualifying Jewiss was the quickest of the Double R trio, lapping fourth fastest a fraction ahead of Tonteri, while Alvarez was an excellent ninth. However, due to penalties for a couple of drivers, Jewiss was promoted into third, Tonteri fourth and Alvarez seventh.

Round seven later in the day took place under glorious Hampshire skies, with track temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius, and Jewiss and Tonteri both got away from the grid cleanly to maintain their positions. Alvarez, though, wasn’t as fortunate with an early tangle leading to a pit-stop for a new front wing. Despite rejoining, he eventually retired to the pits at mid-distance.

Jewiss and Tonteri, meanwhile, ran close behind the top two and the former moved up into second at the end of lap three before grabbing the lead from Dennis Hauger into Allard at the beginning of the subsequent tour. Edged back to second at the end of lap six, Jewiss then stayed close in the wheeltracks of Hauger lap after lap and ran side-by-side on several occasions into the chicane.

With nothing to separate them, on the 16th and final lap Jewiss made his move after getting alongside again into Club Chicane and despite contact from Hauger, which resulted in the Norwegian crashing out, Jewiss emerged unscathed to grab his second win of the season.

Tonteri climbed into third on lap six before being edged back to fourth again on lap eight. Staying there throughout the second half of the race, following Hauger’s departure on the final lap Tonteri moved up into third to take his second outright podium and also his second Rookie class victory.

Round eight on Sunday afternoon began with Tonteri third on the partially reversed grid, Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place – due to his non-finish in race one – and the weather was again extremely pleasant and warm.

At the start Tonteri was edged back to fourth into Allard before Jewiss also got ahead of the Finn through the mid-point of the complex. As a result of an incident just behind in the pack, the Safety Car was then deployed in time for lap two.

Racing resumed on the fourth tour with Jewiss fourth, Tonteri fifth and Alvarez in 11th position and all three maintained their respective positions. At the complex on lap five, though, contact between Alvarez and Sebastian Priaulx dropped the Double R driver to 12th again.

Dramatically, at the chicane at the end of the lap, a tangle between the second and third placed drivers opened the door for Jewiss to move up into second place, with Tonteri following him through into third, and it also elevated Alvarez into the top 10. With Patrik Pasma’s car stranded following the aforementioned incident, the Safety Car then reappeared on lap seven.

At the re-start on lap nine, Jewiss and Tonteri both got away well and managed to pull a gap over the rest of the pack but race leader Jack Doohan looked to be too far ahead as the laps counted down. On the 14th and final tour, though, Doohan dramatically slowed and Jewiss swept past to make it back-to-back wins with Tonteri taking a best-yet second and another Rookie victory.

After his earlier dramas, Alvarez resumed his battle with Priaulx and the pair traded places during the second half of the contest. Holding 10th place into the penultimate lap, problems for Hampus Ericsson and, of course, Doohan enabled the Mexican to take eighth place, fourth best Rookie.

Tonteri again started ahead of Jewiss for the final race, lining-up third and fourth on the grid respectively, with Alvarez beginning the encounter in ninth spot. Making a great start, Jewiss was able to see off his challengers out of Allard to then move up into third.

Quickly looking for second on the outside at Noble, he was held out on the wide line and the next time around he was edged back to fourth just ahead of Tonteri. Securing third on lap two, Jewiss was then passed by Tonteri on the subsequent tour and after clipping the kerbs at Segrave, Jewiss did lose some momentum.

Dropping to fifth, he got back ahead of Tonteri on the fourth tour when the Finn lost out while trying to mount a bid for second and they circulated fourth and fifth until lap six when Tonteri’s race took a knock after a part spin when clipping the kerbs at Cobb. He eventually fought back to finish ninth.

Jewiss continued to try and break back into the podium placings and on lap seven he produced some fantastic driving to grab third and then second in quick succession through Allard and into the complex. Unfortunately though, after running wide out of Segrave, he dropped to fourth and two laps later was back to sixth behind the impressive Alvarez who had risen superbly though the order.

Alvarez, looking quick and committed, was on for a season best but huge drama mid-lap on the ninth tour undid those hopes – contact in a tight pack of cars pitching him wildly across the grass on the inside. Fortunately able to recover to the pits, he eventually ended the race a lap down in 14 position. Jewiss, meanwhile, concluded the race in fifth just 1.5 seconds shy of another podium.

Rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the British F4 season will take place at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire on 9/10 June.