Jewiss leads Double R Racing one-two at Thruxton

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 14.098s / 114.46 mph

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

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

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

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

Full results

Jewiss leaves it late to take victory

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

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

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 13.854s / 114.84 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Doohan, 3 Skelton

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

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

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

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

Full results

TEAM NEWS: Electrifying Donington drive from Jewiss secures phenomenal first British F4 win

Supplied by team’s PR.    

  • Remarkable first British F4 win for Kiern Jewiss at Donington.
  • Single-seater rookie stars with stunning drive from back-of-grid.
  • Maiden F4 rookie podium and first points for Sebastian Alvarez.

30 APRIL, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss was starred for Double R Racing with a truly outstanding maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The Briton charging through the field in round five from the last row on the grid at Donington Park.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez scored his first outright points in rounds four and five with ninth place overall in each encounter, and he also secured his first Rookie class podium in race one on Saturday. Finland’s Paavo Tonteri, meanwhile, added more silverware to his season’s tally with third in class in rounds five and six and a best overall finish of seventh place.

“What an outstanding weekend for Double R”, said elated team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.

“It was obviously a very big weekend for the team at Donington and Kiern was in a league of his own in race two. To come from the back of the grid to win, and in the manner he did too, was sensational. We knew from testing the pace was there, qualifying didn’t work out but in the races it was a different story. It’s also great to see Sebastian get his first Rookie podium too.”

During two separate test outings ahead of the British F4 event at Donington, 15-year-old Jewiss set his stall out emphatically with the second fastest time on day one and then the quickest time of all, inside the qualifying lap record, on day two. Team-mate Tonteri, meanwhile, was fastest on day one.

Unfortunately, wet weather qualifying on Saturday didn’t go to plan for the Double R drivers with Jewiss seventh, Tonteri ninth and Alvarez 13th on the grid for round four. More frustratingly, Tonteri’s race ended midway around the opening lap in the gravel at McLeans and Jewiss too was pitched into retirement on lap seven at the same corner while dicing with Ayrton Simmons.

Alvarez had a much better outcome to race one of the weekend. Running as high as sixth until a late Safety Car period, the Mexican was then bundled down to 11th but he went on to end the contest in ninth position which also secured his maiden Rookie class podium.

Jewiss, absolutely determined to hit back from his race one dramas, made a blistering start to round five on Sunday from the last row on the grid, gaining three positions straight away, and over the course of the first lap he stormed through the order, sensationally slicing into the top six.

Into fifth on lap two, he took fourth on lap six and then closed the gap to the cars ahead before grabbing third on lap 10 with a stunning move around the outside at Coppice. Reeling off a series of fastest laps, he took second on the outside at Redgate on lap 16 and this then became the lead – and ultimately the win – on corrected times when Dennis Hauger received a time penalty.

Alvarez began the contest from ninth on the grid and although edged back to 11th on the first lap, he battled back into the top 10 mid-race. Passed by team-mate Tonteri, who had risen from 14th on the grid, the Finn went on to finish seventh overall with Alvarez breaking into ninth before the finish.

In round six, Jewiss again produced a superb drive and from 10th on the grid he carved his way through to the podium once more with a fantastic top three finish. On lap one alone he sliced his way into the top five and the Double R racer was unfortunate not to take second place late on.

For Alvarez, the weekend ended disappointingly with a lap one retirement after a luckless tangle at McLeans. Tonteri, meanwhile, moved up from ninth to sixth before a lap two Safety Car period and despite being edged back to seventh he fought through into sixth until being shuffled back to ninth on the final lap. The position was still good enough to secure third in the Rookie class though.

Double R Racing will be back in action on 19/20 May at Thruxton Circuit in Hampshire for the third race meeting of the British F4 season.

Tonteri on top in British F4 test at Donington Park

  • Tonteri quickest at Donington Park.
  • Jewiss tops morning session.
  • Double R duo lock-out top two spots on the timesheets as the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard proves closest challenger.

23 APRIL, 2018 – Paavo Tonteri and Double R Racing got off to a flying start at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend, by setting the pace in official testing on Monday 23 April.

It was a hugely encouraging day for Anthony Hieatt’s Double R squad which had a stranglehold on the top of the timesheets thanks to Tonteri and Kiern Jewiss.

Jewiss got the better of Tonteri early on and went into the lunch break having recorded the quickest time of the morning. The pair separated by a mere 0.014s.

There was more to come from the Double R duo in the afternoon, as they were the only drivers to break the 1m 8s barrier. Tonteri turning the tables on Jewiss to come out on top by a margin of 0.238s with a lap of 1m 7.681s.

Their closest challenger was Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard who wound up third fastest in both sessions, underling the 16-year-old’s excellent pace and consistency.

Sebastian Priaulx was quickest of the Arden runners in fourth. Like the majority of the field, his best time of 1m 8.167s came in the afternoon.

Priaulx and team-mate Dennis Hauger sandwiched Manuel Sulaiman on the timesheet, after the latter pumped in a 1m 8.274s lap, with just 15 minutes of the test remaining.

Meanwhile championship leader Ayrton Simmons had to settle for seventh, just 0.023s off of his JHR Developments team-mate.

Patrik Pasma’s best lap in the morning, a 1m 8.345, proved to be the Finn’s quickest of the test to earn him eighth on the combined timesheet, while Josh Skelton was the biggest improver. The JHR Developments driver bettered his morning’s quickest lap by almost half a second in the afternoon, with Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) completing the top 10 just 0.029s further back.

Ford’s rising young stars won’t have long to wait until they are back on track, with free practice taking place on Thursday this week at Donington Park ahead of the second meeting of the season on 28/29 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Donington Park, 23 April, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:08.032 / 1:07.681
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:08.018 / 1:07.919
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:08.131 / 1:08.097
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:08.388 / 1:08.167
5 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:08.702 / 1:08.274
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:08.284 / 1:08.307
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:08.474 / 1:08.297
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:08.345 / 1:08.383
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:08.818 / 1:08.370
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:08.399 / 1:08.578 etc.

Full times

TEAM NEWS: Big haul of silverware for Double R Racing on first weekend of new British F4 season

Supplied by team’s PR.

•    British F4 debutant Kiern Jewiss takes pair of P2 results at Brands.
•    Car racing newcomer Paavo Tonteri seals Rookie Class win in Round 3.
•    Successful start to 2018 British F4 season for Double R.

9 APRIL, 2018 – Talented single-seater newcomers Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri both made a highly successful start to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season at Brands Hatch over the weekend, 7th/8th April, by securing a significant haul of silverware for Double R Racing.

British 15-year-old Jewiss, who did lead the third race at one stage, ended his maiden weekend in the series with a brace of second place results – in rounds one and three – while Finnish 18-year-old Tonteri starred in the finale with third overall and the Rookie Cup class win.

Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez, meanwhile, concluded his first event in British F4 with a best result of fourth in the Rookie class and 11th position overall in round one. In terms of the championship title race, Jewiss departed Brands Hatch third in the standings with Tonteri fourth for the Woking squad.

“It’s been a very promising start to the British F4 season for Double R”, said team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “Obviously we’re a bit disappointed not to have won a race, as we had the pace, but Kiern, Paavo and Sebastian all did a fantastic job. Two podiums for Kiern and a podium and a Rookie win for Paavo are a great way to start things off, we’re pleased to have been so competitive.

“I’m also delighted with the work of Neil Brown Engineering, the new engine support provider for British F4 for this year. There’s been a massive effort from them and everything seems to be very fair and equal. It’s fantastic for the championship to have them and something Double R applauds.”

Double podium for Jewiss and excellent Rookie win for Tonteri
During officially timed testing at the Kent track on Friday, 6th April, Jewiss got his maiden F4 event off to the perfect start with the quickest time in session one, before ending the day second on combined times – a mere 0.035 seconds shy of the fastest of all.

Tonteri also impressed as the fastest of the Rookie Cup contenders, fifth overall for the day and just 0.1 seconds shy of the outright pace, with Alvarez 12th quickest and within half a second of the top of the timesheets.

Heading into qualifying on Saturday morning confident of mounting a challenge for pole position, Jewiss almost managed to deliver the top spot on the grid for race one with a time of 46.525 seconds (93.46mph) meaning he just missed out on pole by a mere 0.031 seconds. Tonteri was an excellent fourth overall, just a further 0.034 shy of his team-mate, with Alvarez 13th quickest.

From second on the grid, Jewiss got away well at the start and then spent the entire 26-lap race glued to the back of eventual race winner Ayrton Simmons’ car. With never more than a few tenths of a second between them, the Double R racer took the flag just 0.3 seconds shy of victory.

Finland’s Tonteri was edged back to fifth place on the opening lap and, like team-mate Jewiss, then spent the entirety of the season-opening contest on the short Indy Circuit in situ to secure second place in the Rookie Class on his car racing debut.

Alvarez slipped to the tail of the field off the start but mounted a strong fightback and after moving up into 13th place on lap three, he climbed back into the top 12 on the fifth tour. Pressuring Josh Skelton for several laps, the Mexican made the breakthrough at the halfway point of the race to take 11th position and ultimately finished just outside the top 10 – fourth in the Rookie class.

For race two, Tonteri lined-up third on the partially reversed grid with Jewiss sixth and Alvarez in 11th place. Tonteri concluded lap one in fourth place, with Jewiss shuffled back to seventh, while Alvarez dropped a couple of places to 13th spot.

On lap two, Tonteri slipped two more places to sixth just ahead of Jewiss and at the end of lap five the Safety Car was required when Alvarez’s race ended in the gravel at Paddock Hill Bend while running in 12th place. Racing resumed at the start of lap nine and two laps later Jewiss was up into sixth as Tonteri dropped down to ninth.

The Finn moved back into the top eight on lap 19 but, two laps later, his race was run with an unfortunate retirement. Jewiss, therefore, was the sole remaining Double R entry and he took the flag in sixth but was credited with fourth after the race as a result of time penalties for two rivals.

Rain arrived at Brands Hatch ahead of round three on Sunday, where Jewiss lined-up third on the grid, Tonteri was alongside in fourth and Alvarez was on the sixth row in 12th position. Off the start, Jewiss made his intentions clear as he pressured pole-starter Simmons and Dennis Hauger and the Double R rookie went on to move to the head of the field on the run to Graham Hill Bend.

Leading by almost a second into lap two, Jewiss started to press home his advantage but things then went slightly awry when a moment at McLaren dropped him back to third. Staying there until lap 18, Jewiss then gladly moved into second when Hauger ran through the gravel at Paddock Hill.

Determined to, at the very least, end the weekend back on the podium Jewiss maintained second behind race leader Simmons and did apply some serious pressure but had to settle for the runner-up placing at the chequered flag on lap 24.

Tonteri enjoyed his strongest race of the weekend in the final contest, holding fourth place until Hauger’s excursion which enabled the Finnish teenager to take third place. As well as securing his first outright podium, the result also delivered the Rookie class victory for the Double R racer.

Unfortunately for Alvarez, a possible challenge for a weekend-best top 10 went awry at the halfway point while running in 11th position. Battling hard with Lucca Allen, the pair managed to become entangled at Graham Hill Bend which triggered the Safety Car to enable both to be recovered.

Next on the British F4 calendar is a visit to Donington Park National Circuit on 28th/29th April for rounds four, five and six of the season.

Simmons strikes again with Ford EcoBoost-powered win at Brands Hatch

  • Simmons makes it two wins from three in final race of weekend.
  • Jewiss stars on the podium once again.
  • Tonteri claims maiden podium and Rookie class win.

8 APRIL, 2018 – Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments made it two wins from three at Brands Hatch in the opening weekend of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Having already bagged a win and a second place finish, Simmons was out to convert pole into victory in the ITV4 live-televised race. The Epping racer duly delivered, but victory looked far from certain in the opening exchanges.

Wheelspin on a damp track at the start for Simmons left him under attack from Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing). There was nothing to separate them through turn one and into Druids, but it was Jewiss who got the best exit on the run down to Graham Hill Bend to take the lead.

It was short-lived however. Jewiss got out of shape at McLaren on lap two, promoting Simmons back into the lead and Hauger up to second.

Back in the lead Simmons once again proved impassable out front, just as he had done in race one.

An attack from Hauger into Paddock Hill Bend came after a Safety Car restart, but it was Hauger who came off worse. The Norwegian locked a wheel and ran through the gravel, resulting in him plummeting down the order.

“It was tricky out there,” said Simmons. “There were plenty of damp patches out on track.

“I got on the wet kerb on the exit of turn two and that lit the rear tyres up which gave the guys behind the opportunity to attempt to pass.

“I said yesterday was the best day I had ever had in motorsport and now I would have to say it’s been the best weekend.

“This is a great springboard for the rest of the season. Hopefully we can keep this momentum going.”

Added a jubilant JHR Developments team principal Steven Hunter: “It’s been an exceptional start to the season for the team.

“Ayrton performed faultlessly and he’s certainly showing he’s got the potential to be a future champion.

“Ayrton has been in a very positive frame of mind throughout the weekend and decisions made by the engineering staff have been spot on. They’ve done a fabulous job with the car.

“We also showed our strength with Josh Skelton who was one of the quickest drivers out on track despite the fact he has very little experience.

“This is the only championship we haven’t won on the TOCA package so hopefully it will go our way this year!”

Commented runner-up Jewiss: “Unfortunately a little mistake cost me today, but you live and learn. It’s only my first weekend in British F4 and it’s certainly not been a bad one!

“Two second places and a fourth place means a great haul of championship points, with a long way to go this season.

“Ayrton probably had the legs on everyone this weekend. I gave it my all, but I didn’t have enough life left in the tyres today.

“Overall it’s been a brilliant weekend. I’ve really enjoyed my single-seater debut so huge thanks to the F4 British Championship organisers and to Ford. I cannot wait for the next race!”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) capitalised on rookie rival Dennis Hauger’s misfortune to take the final podium spot, as well as his first Rookie class win of the season in only his third single-seater race.

“I’m really happy to be on the podium today and I’m looking forward to scoring plenty more points in the next rounds,” said Tonteri.

“It’s been a long winter and we’ve done some really good testing, getting me up to speed. I feel really good in the car and ready to do well.

“Getting the tyres up to temperature as quickly as possible and finding the limit without going over the limit was key today.

“I’m really proud to fly the flag for Finland, especially in front of the huge crowds that come to watch the British F4 races.”

Race two winner Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) came home fourth to add another valuable points haul to his tally to retain second position in the standings.

Behind Priaulx, Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) achieved the best result of his fledgling car racing career in fifth. The 17-year-old showcased excellent pace and also took to the podium courtesy of second in the Rookie class.

It was a welcome return to the top-10 for 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion Hampus Ericsson. The Fortec Motorsports driver scored just a single point yesterday; sixth place acting as some consolation following a difficult weekend.

His team-mate Lucca Allen looked set for a point score too, but a coming together with Double R Racing’s Sebastian Alvarez midway through proceedings saw the race come to a halt for both drivers and the Safety Car deployed.

Jewiss wasn’t the only driver to get caught out by the tricky conditions due to rain failing ahead of the race. The opening lap saw Patrik Pasma, Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Jack Doohan make off-track excursions.

Doohan and Pasma did well to battle back into points paying positions, finishing seventh and eighth respectively ahead of Arden team-mate Hauger, as well as Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Johnathan Hoogard (Fortec Motorsports).

Sharp and Hoggard had been involved in an entertaining battle in the latter stages of the race, the pair running as high as seventh and eighth. However, both went off the track and re-joined in quick succession at Clearways, ultimately costing them several places.

Simmons leaves Brands Hatch with a 19 point lead in the standings over race two winner Priaulx, with Jewiss just one point further back in third. The Ford EcoBoost-powered field is now set to battle it out on track at Donington Park on 28/29 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 3 Brands Hatch Indy, 8 April, 2018
23 laps / 27.78 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 20m 45.329s / 80.31 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.922s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.454s
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +2.163s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +5.329s
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +7.323s
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +8.482s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.122s
9 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +9.371s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +14.955s etc.

Fastest lap: Simmons 46.872s / 92.77 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 68 points; 2 Priaulx 49; 3 Jewiss 48; 4 Tonteri 25; =5 Hauger 23; =5 Doohan 23; =7 Hoggard 18; =7 Pasma 18; 9 Skelton 10; 10 Ericsson 9 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
=1 Hauger 55 points; =1 Doohan 55; =3 Tonteri 43; =3 Skelton 43; 5 Alvarez 12

Full results

Double R Racing sign Finnish karter Tonteri for 2018 British F4 season

  • Finland’s Paavo Tonteri joins Double R for 2018 British F4 campaign.
  • Multiple karting champion is team’s second F4 signing for 2018.
  • Tonteri set for debut season in cars with race winners Double R.

6 MARCH, 2018 – Multiple karting champion Paavo Tonteri has been announced as the second driver signing of 2018 for Double R Racing’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford Ecoboost squad.

Finnish karting ace Tonteri will make his car racing debut with Woking’s Double R on the back of a very strong karting career, which delivered several championship titles and a brace of top four finishes in the CIK-FIA World Karting Championship.

Similarly to recently announced Double R team-mate Sebastian Alvarez, Tonteri is represented by Infinity Sports Management. The 18-year-old won his first title in the Finnish Cup in 2012 before claiming the North European KF3 Karting Championship in 2013.

Taking his third title in as many years in the KF Junior class of the Finnish Championship in 2014, Tonteri achieved a top three placing at the prestigious South Garda Winter Cup in 2015, as well as third in the KF class of the Finnish Championship.

Tonteri went on to win the highly competitive German Karting Championship in 2016 to make it four karting crowns in just five years. He was also crowned vice-champion of the Finnish OK Karting Championship that year and secured third place in the German Championship last year.

“I’m really happy to join Double R as they are certainly one of the best teams in the UK,” said Tonteri. “Racing with Double R will take me further as a driver and hopefully I can take them further as a team as well. Double R has a great philosophy of racing, and with great people around me I’m very excited for the new season.”

A leading team on the single-seater scene, Double R Racing has a host of achievements to its name, including multiple race wins in British F4, two British Formula 3 titles and a win in the globally renowned Macau Formula 3 Grand Prix in 2006.

Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt said: “Paavo really is a great young talent. His record from karting speaks for itself. We’re confident he’s going to adapt to British Formula 4 very quickly and be a competitive driver.

“It’s a tough championship for any youngster, especially in their first season, but from what we’ve seen so far Paavo looks set for a strong year. With Paavo joining Sebastian [Alvarez] we’ve already got a great young line-up with one driver still to confirm!”

Kent’s Brands Hatch Indy circuit, Double R Racing’s ‘home’ track, will host the season curtain-raiser for the 2018 F4 British Championship on 7/8 April. The Ford EcoBoost-powered single-seater stars of the future will visit the UK’s premier race circuits during the campaign which include Donington Park, Oulton Park and Silverstone, prior to the season finale at Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 29/30 September.