Hoggard on pole at Donington Park

  • Hoggard claims maiden pole at wet Donington Park.
  • Pasma completes front row and will start from pole in final race of weekend.
  • Championship leader Ayrton Simmons qualifies 10th.

28 APRIL, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard and Fortec Motorsports came out on top in a rain hit qualifying session at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

As drivers gained confidence in the tricky conditions and tyres reached optimum temperature, times tumbled during the session. Hoggard’s best lap of 1m 24.357s came with less than two minutes left on the clock. The Fortec Motorsports ace laying down the gauntlet to field.

Arden’s Patrik Pasma, Dennis Hauger and Sebastian Priaulx responded by mounting their challenges for pole. The three drivers recording personal best laps on their final flyers, but the trio were unable to steal pole from Hoggard. Pasma came tantalisingly close, just 0.054s adrift, with Hauger and Priaulx locking out the second row.

“Well that’s certainly a better start to the weekend than we had at Brands Hatch,” said Hoggard. “Things didn’t go to plan there, but we’ve started making up for it here in the best way possible.

“I was struggling a little bit for pace on Thursday in free practice in the dry, but we got thrown into wet conditions today for qualifying and came out on top.

“The first part of the session was very much about waiting for the tyres to come up to temperature and then you get a feel for what the car is doing and how it’s behaving. Then when it came to the end of the session it was time to really push and that’s why the times tumbled.

“It feels great to get my first pole in British F4 and now I want to get my first win!”

Pasma claimed pole for the ITV4 live-televised race which takes place at 1520 on Sunday, courtesy of recording the quickest second fastest lap of any driver. Hoggard will be the man alongside him.

“It was a good qualifying session for us,” said Pasma. “I’m not particuarly happy with the lap as I could have gone quicker. We had the potential to be P1.

“The front row start today and pole in the final race tomorrow mean we have a great chance of victory.

“It was really quite slippery out on track and I think my experience in the championship really helped me.

“We’re quick in the wet and the dry so that gives us plenty of confidence heading into the races regardless of what the weather conditions are.”

Added team-mate Hauger: “I think qualifying wasn’t too bad. On my last lap I was quite quick in the first sector, but I had two cars in front of me which cost me time. I think if I had been able to put all the sectors together it would have been an even better result.”

Hoggard’s team-mate Hampus Ericsson will line up on the third row this afternoon, with Arden’s Jack Doohan starting from sixth.

Free practice pacesetter Kiern Jewiss had to settle for seventh fastest. The Double R racer citing a wet weather setup he’s not completely happy with as the reason why his bid for pole was hampered.

“We struggled with the car in that session, but it’s one of those things,” explained Jewiss.

“We’ll get our heads down, look through the data, see where we can improve and come back stronger.

“We’ve struggled a little bit in the wet recently so that’s something we need to work on, but other than that it’s all good and it will most probably be a case of damage limitation this weekend.”

Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri also qualified in the top 10 just two spots behind Jewiss, with JHR Developments driver Josh Skelton splitting the pair and championship leader Ayrton Simmons in 10th, ahead of team-mate Manuel Sulaiman.

Round four of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1600.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Donington Park, 28 April, 2018
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:24.357
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:24.411
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:24.896
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:25.148
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:25.359
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:25.477
7 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:25.599
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:25.717
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:26.034
10 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:26.059 etc.

Round 6 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Hoggard – Hauger – Priaulx – Doohan – Skelton – Ericsson – Simmons – Tonteri – Jewiss etc.

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Patrik Pasma completes Arden Motorsport’s British F4 line-up

28 MARCH, 2018 – Arden Motorsport has completed its 2018 line-up for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost by confirming Patrik Pasma as its fourth driver.

Pasma made his British F4 debut last season. The Finn claimed four podium finishes with Carlin on his way to eighth in the standings and came tantalisingly close to victory at Rockingham Motor Speedway, having led for almost the entire duration of a thrilling race. Pasma now joins Arden in a bid to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

2018 marks Pasma’s third season of single-seater racing in the UK. He made his debut in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship – taking third in the coveted Triple Crown Event, before making the step up to British F4 in 2017.

Pasma joins Red Bull Juniors Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger, as well as Sebastian Priaulx – son of triple World Touring Car Champion and Ford GT driver Andy Priaulx, to complete a squad boasting plenty of talent.

“I’m very excited to start the new season with a new team,” said Pasma. “This will be my second season in British F4 and I am determined to challenge for the title. I can’t wait to get my racing helmet on!”

Added Arden F4 team manager Ben Bloomfield: “We are delighted that Patrik completes Arden’s British F4 team for 2018 and so far, he’s shown impressive pace right from the first test.

“We have always been in it to win it and with Patrik we believe we can. However it will be no easy task against our competitors which have shown very strongly in pre-season testing.

“Patrik is very focused and is great to work with. He is in good shape having worked on his fitness throughout the winter and has the championship title firmly in his sights.”

The opening rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost take place on 7/8 April at Brands Hatch.

TEAM NEWS: Carlin driver Sargeant claims maiden British F4 win at Rockingham

Supplied by team’s PR.

27 AUGUST, 2017 – Carlin driver Logan Sargeant claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this afternoon, in the final race of the weekend at Rockingham.  The young American led from lights to flag to take his first series victory in dominant fashion as team mate and championship leader Jamie Caroline came home third.  Patrik Pasma enjoyed some close racing and crossed the line 10th with Lucas Alecco Roy 12th.

Starting from pole position after an impressive qualifying performance yesterday, Sargeant made the perfect getaway to lead the field on lap one with team mate Caroline jumping from fifth to third into turn one.  Pasma lost out slightly from his 11th placed grid slot and was 12th, while Roy had made up places to 13th.

While Sargeant looked perfectly in control in the lead, Caroline had a charging Linus Lundqvist to contend with, who was battling hard in the fight for third.  As the duo fought, Aryton Simmons was able to close in and in turn challenged Lundqvist for fourth.  As the order behind Caroline changed, the championship leader found himself under attack from the Simmons, with the Arden driver briefly claiming third before Caroline calming took the position back.

The racing action continued throughout the field, with Pasma and Jamie Sharp fighting for 11th place as Roy moved up to 13th place.  At the front of the field, Sargeant drove the perfect race, managing to pull away from second placed man Oliver York and claim his first victory of the season by 3.2 seconds.

Caroline extended his lead in the standings by 74.5 points and with Sargeant closing in on Oscar Piastri for the second place spot in the Drivers’ standings.

Speaking about his victory, Sargeant said, “It’s taken a long time but we’ve got the win.  We’ve had quite a few podiums and it was only a matter of time really.  First of all I want to thank Carlin, for always putting together a great car.  I got a good start off the line today and after that I could put my head down and just focus on my race.  I didn’t have too much pressure behind me, so I just took it easy in the last few laps, it was a lot of fun.”

Team mate Caroline added, “The second I got into third and I saw Piastri get taken out, I wanted to take as many points as I could.  Now we’ve got a 74.5 point lead, so that’s good.  I sat right behind Oliver [York] in case he made any mistakes, but I didn’t want to make any myself.  But I’m mega happy for Logan today who did a great job to take the win.

“Hopefully we can go into Silverstone and get a few wins there, it would be nice to get over a 100 point lead so we can go to our home race at Brands Hatch and celebrate [the title].  But I’ve learnt not to lose points by making silly mistakes, so we’re focusing on maintaining our advantage.”

The British F4 drivers head to the penultimate round of the season at Silverstone on 16/17 September.

Quinn for the win at Rockingham

  • Quinn leaves it late to snatch victory from poleman Pasma.
  • Title contenders Caroline, Piastri and Lundqvist suffer misfortune.

27 AUGUST, 2017 – TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn scored his second win of the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season, after a patient drive from second on the grid and a bold move on long-time leader Patrik Pamsa to take to the top step at Rockingham.

Quinn was the better off line of the front-row starters, but Carlin’s Pasma positioned his car perfectly to remain in first. The Finn then endured immense pressure from Quinn, covering off every move that the 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion could throw at him.

Quinn continued to stalk his prey, biding his time and making the decisive move on lap 13. The Cornish racer getting a better run out of Deene hairpin and boldly running around the outside of Pasma through Yentwood.

Unleashed, Quinn immediately recorded his fastest laps of the race and was able to comfortably take the chequer.

“It’s good to be back on the top step,” said Quinn. “I had to work hard for it. I had a lot of attempts to overtake, but Patrik defended so well and that made it difficult to get past.

“Eventually I got the run on him coming out of turn two and got around the outside at turn three. It was a really tricky move and a little bit scary, but I’m happy I pulled it off.

“I was then immediately able to build a gap and the race got easier from that point.

“I knew I was a lot quicker than Patrik so I was careful not to rush things, overdo it or make a stupid move. I waited patiently and it played out right for me in the end.

“It’s good to get a win here. I’ve never had great results here in the past, so it’s nice to change that and this helps us in the championship.”

“The race was really tough,” added Pasma. “It wasn’t the result we wanted, but we just have to keep working hard and improve to get that win.

“I led the majority of the race and unfortunately I made a slight mistake towards the end which gave Alex the opportunity to make a move which was a shame. I’m proud of how well I defended under immense pressure for so many laps.”

As Quinn and Pasma duked it out in front it brought Simmons, Sargeant and York into play. At one point the leading quintet were covered by less than two seconds in a fight for top honours.

Simmons did well to take the final podium spot, balancing attack with defence while managing heavily worn out tyres.

“We had old tyres on in that race which made it harder to keep up with Alex and Patrik, but we didn’t drop too far back from them which was good,” explained Simmons. “I think I was helped by the fact that they were battling with each other.

“I had to defend a lot in that race too. I had to balance attacking with defending, managing the tyres and driving smart. I’m happy with my performance.

“We’ve saved our best tyres for the final race when we will start from P2 so hopefully we can take the win.

“I’m sure Sargeant won’t make it easy starting from pole. I finished ahead of him in this race so hopefully I can come out on top again.”

Sargeant got the better of York after the latter took too much kerb, unsettling his car and leaving the door open for the American to pounce.

Behind York finished Fortec Motorsports team-mate Hampus Ericsson who climbed his way from 10th on the grid to sixth. The Swede finished ahead of fellow big mover and Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner Olli Caldwell who had made up five places from his starting position.

“It’s really good to make it two Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins for the weekend so far,” said Ericsson. “I’m really happy and so is the team. To get sixth place with York in fifth means lots of points for the team.

“The important thing was to keep my nose clean and stay out of trouble. That’s been my plan all weekend and it’s paying dividends.

“If we can get the full set of Challenge Cup wins this weekend that would be brilliant so we can close the gap to the points leader in the Class standings.”

Just a fortnight after recording both his and GW Motorsport’s first top 10 finish, Sam Smelt was at it again, this time bringing his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer home in eighth.

Lucas Alecco Roy was back in the points in ninth, recovering well from early contact with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Title contenders Jamie Caroline, Linus Lundqvist and Oscar Piastri suffered a frustrating race. Damage from early skirmishes for Caroline and Lundqvist forced them into the pits and retirement.

Meanwhile Piastri’s rapid progress through the field, which saw him overtake eight cars on the opening lap, was abruptly halted on lap two with a trip through the gravel at Tarzan after a battle with Caroline.

Piastri persevered however, recording the fastest lap of the race on his way back up to 10th place by the chequer and denying Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen a maiden points score.

The ITV4 live-televised Rockingham finale follows at 1512.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 23 Rockingham 27 August 2017
15 laps / 29.10 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 20m 20.323s / 85.84mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +1.531s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +3.261s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +4.214s
5 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +4.593s
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +5.922s
7 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden +6.804s
8 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW +7.290s
9 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin +14.093s
10 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +14.802s etc.

Fastest lap: Oscar Piastri 1m 18.854s / 87.45mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 Ericsson; 2 Caldwell; 3 Allen

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 349 points; 2 Piastri 289.5; 3 Sargeant 258; 4 Quinn 249; 5 Lundqvist 229.5; 6 York 197.5; 7 Simmons 194.5; 8 Pasma 141.5; 9 Webb 68; 10 Massaad 66 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Webb 315.5 points; 2 York 304.5; 3 Ericsson 225.5; 4 Caldwell 179; 5 Allen 102; 6 Monger 100

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Sargeant leads the way in opening British F4 test

  • Dream debut for Logan Sargaent who tops times for reigning champions Carlin.
  • TRS Arden test several drivers who shone throughout, namely Australian karting ace Oscar Piastri.
  • Double R make promising start to 2017 with Lundqvist and Massaad on the pace.

3 FEBRUARY, 2017 – The 2017 season of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford burst into life with its first official pre-season test at Oulton Park. A host of newcomers were eager to lay down a marker for the year ahead and prove they have what it takes to claim the most prestigious prize in UK single-seater racing. Karting prodigy Logan Sargaent made the biggest statement topping both sessions for Carlin, but he was pushed hard by some of motor racing’s most exciting young prospects.

Sargeant impressed in the morning, frequently found towards the top of the times, but he left it late to record his best of the session. A lap of 1m 23.857s coming just before the chequered flag. It was a time that could only be beaten by Sargaent himself. The American raised the bar in the afternoon with a 1m 23.762s to see out the remainder of the test as fastest.

There were a host of contenders for top spot though, with Australian karting ace Oscar Piastri leading the charge for TRS Arden as one of three drivers testing with Garry Horner’s crack squad. It was a hugely encouraging showing from the 15-year-old who caught the eye of many up and down the paddock. His time of 1m 23.930s proving to be the second quickest of the day, just under two tenths shy of Sargeant.

Carlin’s Patrik Pasma wound up third fastest with a lap of 1m 24.004s. The Finn quietly went about his test programme and looked assured behind the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer.

Ayrton Simmons pushed hard out on track and a little too far in the morning, resulting in a trip to the tyre barrier. TRS Arden pulled off the necessary repairs in rapid time to give the 15-year-old valuable dry weather running before rain started to fall halfway through the second session. Despite an eventful day, fourth fastest for British F4’s 2016 Rookie class vice-champion was a positive showing after a lengthy winter break.

Yves Baltas also impressed for TRS Arden; eighth fastest and a wealth of experience gained in tricky conditions around the 2.2-mile Cheshire circuit. The American improved throughout the day recording his best time in the afternoon.

Recently announced Double R recruit Linus Lundqvist had an excellent test, shining in the first session and went into the lunch break with the third fastest time. The 17-year-old shaved a few hundredths off his best time in the afternoon to round off a promising day for the Woking outfit.

The positivity in the Double R camp was enhanced further by Karl Massaad. The karting champion from Lebanon completed 99 laps, more than any other driver, on his way to eighth fastest. Both he and Lundqvist keeping their cars out of the barriers for the duration. No mean feat in tricky conditions and when still learning about the Ford EcoBoost-powered machines at their disposal.

Ahead of Massaad on the time sheets could be found the familiar name of Jamie Caroline. One of British F4’s many star drivers during 2016; the race winner got a taste of what it’s like to run with the reigning champion team, putting in a solid morning’s work for Carlin.

Rookie Lucas Roy, who had signed with Carlin one day prior to the test, set about getting to grips with the 160 horsepower beneath him, as opposed to just the one which he has been used to in the sport of dressage.

Elsewhere, Lucca Allen was another improver as the day progressed for Falcon Motorsport. The Irish youngster looked increasingly comfortable behind the wheel. It was a welcome sight to see Nick Streatfield’s Falcon Motorsport team back on the track in British F4 doing what they do best; nurturing young talent.

Jamie Sharp’s off at the very beginning of the test brought a premature end to his running in the first session, but new team Sharp Motorsport worked their magic to get him back out in the afternoon. Rain meant leaving Oulton Park wondering what kind of time Sharp could have set in the dry, but a consistent long run in wet conditions suggests the 15-year-old has all the ingredients to succeed in 2017.

Attention now turns to Brands Hatch’s Indy circuit on Thursday 16 February, 2017. With the field already looking very evenly matched and numerous drivers yet to be announced by the F4 British Championship’s array top motor racing teams, there will be no shortage of intrigue to see who will set the pace in the second test of 2017.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Oulton Park 4 February 2017 (Session 1 / Session 2)
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:23.857 / 1:23.762
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:23.930 / 1:24.116
3 Partik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:24.004 / 1:24.690
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:24.564 / 1:24.205
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:24.398 / 1:24.354
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:24.617 / No time set
7 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:24.751 / 1:24.919
8 Yves BALTAS / USA / Arden 1:25.217 / 1:24.928
9 Lucas ROY / GER / Carlin 1:27.341 / 1:26.989
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:27.950 / 1:27.868
11 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp No time set / 1:39.536

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Pasma to contest 2017 F4 British Championship with Carlin

Supplied by team’s PR.

11 JANUARY, 2017 – Finnish driver Patrik Pasma will race in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford for reigning champions Carlin in 2017. Pasma has already tested with the team in 2016 and competed in multiple series during last year in preparation for the UK’s leading single-seater series – most notably in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship. Pasma is the first driver to be announced as part of Carlin’s 2017 British F4 line-up.

16-year-old Pasma enjoyed a busy season over the course of 2016 taking on a number of races in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship. Pasma’s season saw him finish in a strong seventh position overall in the Post 89 National Class of the Formula Ford 1600 National Championship and third overall in the Triple Crown event which comprised of races at legendary circuits Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

Pasma has wasted no time in getting to grips with the British F4 car in pre-season testing and immediately impressed with his ability to learn the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost-powered racer so quickly. Carlin now look forward to the commencement of 2017 testing next month before the opening race of the season gets underway at Brands Hatch on 1/2 April.

Said Pasma: “I’m pleased to be racing this season for Carlin in British F4. It is obviously a good step for me to take and it is a competitive championship with great circuits and a strong field. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team. We have been testing together which has been going well so we now look to continue that momentum throughout pre-season testing and ahead of the first round at Brands Hatch.”

Added Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are pleased to welcome Patrik to Carlin for the upcoming season in the F4 British Championship. Patrik has already been testing with the team and has been working really well in both his approach to the season and also getting used to a new car. Patrik will no doubt make a great addition to Carlin and we look forward to the season getting underway with him on board in April.”