DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing add to podium tally on title winning weekend

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2 OCTOBER, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline brought the curtain down on his record-breaking campaign in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with another trip to the podium on the weekend where he successfully wrapped up the 2017 title.

Jamie went into the weekend with a lead of 67.5 points in the title race and as hot favourite to secure the crown, with a maximum of 75 still available.

The talented teenager qualified fourth on the grid for the opening race of the weekend and took his place on the grid aware that a solid result would be enough to wrap up the title.

A fine start saw Jamie making up places off the line but a clash with Alex Quinn going in to Paddock Hill Bend saw him drop to the back of the field.

Undeterred, Jamie recovered well to fight his way back up towards the points-scoring positions with a number of scintillating laps and an eighth place finish was enough to given him the British F4 crown.

Fresh from celebrating his success with his family, Jamie went into the second race of the weekend starting from eighth on the grid and had climbed into sixth when a three-car accident further down the field led to officials bringing out the red flag.

Sixth on the grid for the restart, Jamie made his move as soon as the lights went out to rocket up to second on the opening lap, and would hold position through to the finish to add to another podium to his already impressive tally.

A fifth place finish in the final race of the weekend left Jamie with a record-breaking points total of 442 from a season that saw him finish on the podium an astonishing 16 times – including a series-high ten wins.

Jamie also led an impressive 176 laps over the course of the season, 84 more than any of his rivals and more than 37% of the total completed during the year.

“It’s the first season where I haven’t won on the GP circuit, but it’s hard to be too disappointed about it when I’ve wrapped up the title,” he said. “I knew going into the opening race that there was a good chance I could win it and although the race turned out to be more difficult than it could have been after the first lap, I enjoyed battling back through the field.

“Race two was all about the start and having made up places off the line it was good to bring home a podium finish, and then in race three, I just wanted to go out and enjoy myself with the pressure off.

“Overall it’s been a great season and I feel proud of the records that I’ve set to win the title. Now the season is done, I want to celebrate what I’ve achieved and then start work on planning for next season when hopefully I can build on what I’ve achieved this year.”

Jamie’s F4 title success gives him a second title in three seasons running with support from Pirtek UK, with the youngster having taken top honours in the Ginetta Junior Championship during the first year of the partnership back in 2015.

“We’re delighted to see Jamie wrap up the championship and to take a second title in three seasons is a fantastic achievement,” Pirtek UK managing director Chris Stuckey said.

“From the first race of the year he has shown himself to be the best driver on the grid, and his spectacular performances on track have provided us with some fantastic coverage during the year.

“It’s a richly deserved title, and there is no doubt Jamie has the talent to follow in the footsteps of those drivers who have been successful in the series in the past and have gone on to compete at the highest level.”

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing secure British F4 title

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30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline has further cemented his place in series history after wrapping up the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title at Brands Hatch.

An eighth place finish in a dramatic opening race of the weekend at Brands Hatch allowed Jamie to take an unassailable lead over the chasing pack with two races still to run.

The championship title caps an astonishing season on track for the 18-year-old, who has sent British F4 records tumbling over the course of the campaign.

Having joined the leading Carlin team over the winter, Jamie kick-started his campaign with a win in the opening race of the year at Brands Hatch back in April and would never be headed in the championship standings from that point onwards.

Going from strength-to-strength, Jamie became the first driver in series history to win all three races in a single weekend at Thruxton in May, and by the end of round four at Oulton Park, had already surpassed his points tally for the entire 2016 season.

A tenth win of the year at Knockhill earned Jamie the record for most wins in a season, whilst he has now also surpassed the record for points in a season set by Lando Norris back in 2015.

“It would have been nice to secure the title with another victory but I’m delighted to wrap it up with a few races to space,” he said. “To become the British F4 champion is a good thing to add to my CV, and I’m proud to have taken my second title for Pirtek Racing.

“Going into this season, my aim was to fight for the title but I didn’t expect to enjoy the level of success I’ve had. To break the points record and to set a new record for wins in a season is fantastic, and hopefully before the weekend is over I can add to that win tally.

“So many people have supported me to get to this point and I have to thank all of my family, Phil Glew, Edge Sporting Management, everyone at Pirtek UK and all my other sponsors, as I wouldn’t have been able to take this title without them.”

Jamie’s success this season gives him a second championship in three years, with the British F4 crown being added to the Ginetta Junior Championship title he secured in 2015 in what was his first season with backing from Pirtek UK.

“Although we knew that Jamie stood a good chance of fighting for the championship title this season, we never expected it to go as well as it has done,” marketing manager Tammie Argent-Peters said.

“From the first race at Brands Hatch, he has shown himself to be the class of the field and to take the title and set the records he has set this season is a fantastic achievement.

“His spectacular performances on track in the Pirtek Racing car have provided us with some fantastic coverage this season and we’re delighted to see him end the year with another title to his name.”

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing ready for Finals Day

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28 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will look to wrap up the biggest accolade of his racing career to date this weekend when the curtain comes down on the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season at Brands Hatch.

A stunning campaign at the wheel of his Carlin-run car means Jamie heads into the final three races of the season at his home circuit with a lead of 67.5 points in the standings.

Just 75 points are available across the weekend, leaving Jamie in pole position to secure what would be his second championship title in three seasons.

Jamie has an impressive record at Brands Hatch and has taken victory on the longer Grand Prix layout in every season since he moved into car racing back in 2014.

That included a dramatic win in 2015 that helped him to secure the Ginetta Junior Championship title, and a victory last year that marked his breakthrough success in single-seaters.

A further ten wins this season have marked Jamie out as the stand-out driver in the field, and he heads into the weekend with his focus firmly on the job at hand.

“Despite the situation with the championship, I’m not feeling under lots of pressure and am taking the same approach I’ve taken all year,” he said. “It isn’t over until it’s over, but a lot of the hard work has been done to give me the lead I have, and it’s down to me now to finish the job.

“I know what I need to do and if I can maintain the kind of results that I’ve enjoyed throughout the season, the championship will take care of itself.

“I’ve always gone well on the GP circuit at Brands Hatch and I’m hopeful that I can put on another strong performance this weekend to end the year on a high.

“Because it’s my home circuit, I’m expecting to have a lot of people coming along to cheer me on and I can’t get wait to get started.”

DRIVER NEWS: Double podium for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Silverstone

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18 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline secured two more podium finishes at Silverstone to maintain his lead in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The rapid teenager went into the penultimate meeting of the season knowing that he could wrap up the title if results were to go his way, and he started the weekend with sixth place on the grid in a tightly-fought qualifying session on Saturday morning.

Jumping up to fourth on the opening lap of race one, Jamie would spend the full 20 minute encounter battling for the podium positions but a late spin as rain started to fall meant he had to settle for fourth spot.

Starting fifth in race two on Sunday, Jamie made a lightning start in his Carlin-run car to rocket into the lead on the run to turn one and pulled out a slender lead through the opening laps.

A small error allowed team-mate Logan Sargeant to close in and make a move for the lead mid-way through, although second place for Jamie allowed him to outscore his main title rival Oscar Piastri.

Jamie would then repeat that result in the final race of the weekend as he followed Piastri home for his 15th podium of the campaign and he now takes a 67.5 point lead into the final races of the season – with a maximum of 75 still available.

“The team continues to give me a great car but we’re struggling for straight line speed through no fault of our own and at a power circuit like Silverstone, that’s always going to make it hard,” he said.

“It would have been good to pick up a victory and wrap up the title up this weekend but it wasn’t to be. I’m still in the best position going to Brands Hatch and have the points on the board, although I’m not going to be taking anything for granted going into the final rounds as anything could happen.

“This weekend could have been better but it could also have been a lot worse. Brands Hatch is a circuit where I’ve always gone well in the past and hopefully that will be the same in a few weeks time.”

DRIVER NEWS: Eyes on the prize for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing

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12 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will look to add another title to his resume this weekend when the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heads for Silverstone for the penultimate meeting of the year.

The talented teenager picked up a brace of podium finishes at Rockingham last time out in his Carlin-run car to extend his lead at the head of the championship standings to 74.5 points.

That means that, for the first time this season, Jamie goes into a race weekend aware that he could secure the 2017 title if results go his way – with the two remaining meetings offering a maximum of 75 points each.

Jamie was unlucky to miss out on a podium finish in the corresponding event last year after he was run off the road on the final lap of race one, but he has enjoyed success at the Northamptonshire circuit in the past – taking a race win back in 2015 en-route to the Ginetta Junior Championship title.

Having also topped the times in official testing at the circuit earlier this month, the newly-appointed BRDC Rising Star heads into the weekend in confident mood and aware that another strong showing could be enough to pick up the championship crown.

“There’s no doubt that the results at Rockingham have put me in a great position going to Silverstone this weekend,” he said. “Everyone is saying I have one hand on the title now, but I’m trying not to think about it too much and am just focused on what I need to do on track.

“We went well in testing last week and if we can carry that pace into the weekend then we’ll be in a great position to challenge towards the front in qualifying, and to be in the mix for a win or two.

“If we can do that, then the title should take care of itself, but it would only take a small mistake this weekend to lose me points.

“Even with the lead I have, the main focus has to be to stay out of trouble and when the weekend is over, what will be will be.”

After qualifying on Saturday 16 September at 10.55, the first of three British F4 races will be that afternoon at 15.10.

Race two follows on Sunday morning at 11.15, with race three being featured in ITV4’s extensive live coverage of the BTCC at 16.30.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing extend F4 advantage

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29 AUGUST, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline enjoyed a solid weekend on track at Rockingham to extend his lead in the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings.

Jamie went into the weekend leading the way by 45.5 points over closest challenger Oscar Piastri, and he put his Carlin-run car fifth on the grid for the opening race of the weekend around the high-speed Northamptonshire circuit.

A strong start when the lights went out saw Jamie climb up to third place on the opening lap, and he would then produce a masterful defensive drive to keep fellow Carlin racer Logan Sargeant at bay; earning a strong haul of points whilst running on used tyres.

Race two would prove to be one of frustration for the teenager when contact in the early stages damaged the front wing of his car and forced him into retirement, although any potential points loss was off-set by the fact that Piastri would only pick up a single point for tenth place.

With the Australian then failing to finish again in race three, Jamie was able to bank more strong points with another podium finish; his pace being reflected by the fact that he would post the quickest lap of the race.

It means Jamie has extended his lead in the championship standings heading to Silverstone for the penultimate meeting of the year.

Now leading the way by 74.5 points, Jamie will be crowned champion if he can extend his lead to at least 75 points during the Silverstone weekend.

“Overall we’ve had a good weekend in terms of the points that we’ve scored, although I’d be happier if we could have come away from Rockingham with a win,” he said. “I was happy with the points we put on the board in race one with Piastri not scoring, but race two was just unfortunate and one of those things that happens.

“The pace in the car was clear to see in race three with the fastest lap, but there was no need to take a risk in pushing to try and get ahead of [Oliver] York on track because I knew we were well placed to extend our lead a bit more.

“We’re in a really good position now in terms of the championship with two meetings still to go and I know that if we have a clean weekend at Silverstone and pick up some strong points then we could wrap up the title.

“It’s mission accomplished this weekend and now we can just focus on maximising the results at Silverstone and see where it leaves us.”

DRIVER NEWS: Rockingham success the aim for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing

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24 AUGUST, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will seek to take more steps towards the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title this weekend when the series heads to Rockingham for the eighth meeting of the year.

The talented teenager picked up his tenth win of the campaign last time out at Knockhill to maintain a lead of 45.5 points in the championship standings.

The aim now will be to try and extend that advantage in the latest three rounds of the British F4 season at a circuit where Jamie has enjoyed success in the past.

That includes a double victory during his Ginetta Junior Championship winning campaign, with the two wins at the Northamptonshire circuit helping him to eventually wrap up the title.

Rockingham was also the scene of one of Jamie’s best drives last season, when he embarked on his first year of single-seater competition.

In a performance that went viral online afterwards, Jamie fought his way from 18th on the grid in race one to finish in fourth – making up an astonishing eleven places on the opening lap alone.

This time around, Jamie will seek to maintain his impressive qualifying record to put himself at the sharp end of the field, with three solid results and a strong haul of points being the ultimate goal.

“After a difficult weekend at Snetterton, it was good to return to the top of the podium last time out at Knockhill and to take my win tally into double figures,” he said.

“I’m confident that we’ll have a strong car again at Rockingham and that we’ll be right in the mix at the sharp end of the grid.

“The ultimate goal as ever is to be on the top step of the podium this weekend, but it’s also that stage of the season when the points are the most important thing.

“I want to come away from Rockingham with a big score on the board and to at least maintain the lead I have in the standings.”

Ahead of the Rockingham weekend, Jamie was named as one of seven drivers to be granted BRDC Rising Star status.

F1 champion Lewis Hamilton is the highest profile graduate of the Rising Stars programme, which is open by invitation only to drivers aged 24 and under seeking to make a career in motorsport.

Jamie will now proudly carry the BRDC’s Rising Star emblem on his Carlin-run car through the remainder of the season.

“I’m delighted to have been named as a BRDC Rising Star,” he said. “To have been rewarded for my performances on track is fantastic and I feel very proud to now be carrying the BRDC logo on my car.”

After qualifying on Saturday 26 August at 10.20, the first of Rockingham’s three British F4 races will be at 14.15 on Saturday afternoon, with race two following at 10.05 on Sunday morning.

Race three then takes place at 15.12 and will feature as part of the BTCC’s extensive live coverage on ITV4.

Live results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com

DRIVER NEWS: Ten up for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Knockhill

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15 AUGUST, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline maintained his impressive lead in the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost after storming to a tenth victory of the season at Knockhill.

Having broken the record for wins in a season last time out at Snetterton, Jamie made the trip to Scotland in confident mood, with hopes high of another strong weekend at the wheel of his Carlin-run car.

The rapid teenager secured fifth place on the grid after a closely fought qualifying session that saw the top eight drivers covered by just three tenths of a second.

Making up two places on the opening lap, Jamie moved into second spot with a fine move up the inside of Alex Quinn at the Hairpin on lap eight and would then maintain his position through to the flag; posting the fastest lap en-route to his tenth podium of the year.

The second race of the weekend later on Saturday afternoon was the twelfth round of the year that had been rescheduled from Oulton Park, with Jamie lining up on pole position.

Having maintained his lead when the lights went out, Jamie simply drove away from the pack behind and had established a lead of nearly ten seconds before the deployment of the Safety Car eradicated his advantage.

Pulling away again on the restart, Jamie controlled the race – and again set fastest lap – as he picked up his tenth victory of an already record-breaking campaign.

The grid for race three on Sunday morning saw Jamie line up in sixth but he would slip back to eighth after being forced wide on the opening lap.

Recovering well, Jamie would fight back to take sixth at the finish, outscoring his closest rival in the standings in the process.

Starting the fourth race of the weekend from row two, Jamie found himself losing places at the start due to a technical gremlin and was then forced to deal with the problem for the remainder of the race.

Despite that, he managed to set a series of quick laps and battled hard to a fifth place finish that leaves him 45.5 points clear in the title race.

“Although we could have picked up more wins this weekend, I’ve come away from it with a decent haul of points, which was the main aim,” he said. “We had the pace in the car to win race one but it was tough from where we were on the grid, and from the front in race two, I was keen to really drive home how good the car was.

“Even when the field closed up behind the Safety Car, I was confident that I would be able to stay out front and to get win number ten was fantastic.

“Although race three was a bit messy, I outscored my main rivals in the championship battle and whilst we could have fought for the win again in race four, it’s hard to complain too much about a top five finish considering that I had to manage a technical problem in the race.

“Having scored well here, I’ll look to do the same at Rockingham and keep my title challenge on track.”

Perfect 10 for Caroline in British F4 at Knockhill

  • Dominant display from championship leader Jamie Caroline ensures win number 10 of campaign.
  • Logan Sargeant’s second place secures one-two finish for Carlin.
  • Double R’s Karl Massaad on the podium for the first time since May.
  • Oliver York takes Ford F4 Challenge Cup honours.

12 AUGUST, 2017 – Jamie Caroline extended his advantage at the top of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings by winning the rescheduled Round 12 race from Oulton Park at Knockhill. He was followed home by team-mate Logan Sargeant who ensured Carlin recorded their second one-two finish of the campaign.

A lightning getaway from pole saw the Pirtek Racing-backed rising star unchallenged into turn one and proceed to execute a textbook race on the way to his 10th Ford EcoBoost-powered victory of 2017.

With clear air in front of him the 18-year-old unleashed his prodigious pace around the 1.27-mile Fife track, extending his margin over the field at a formidable rate. Not even a Safety Car period for the stricken car of team-mate Patrick Pasma, which wiped out Caroline’s 9.3 second lead on lap 11, could spoil the championship leader’s party.

He mastered the restart and had enough in hand to keep Sargeant at bay, recording the fastest lap of the race on the very last lap.

“We were 9.3 seconds clear before the Safety Car,” said Caroline. “It’s a shame it came out in a way because if it hadn’t it would have made the win even easier. I wanted to get to the 10 second mark to tie in with my 10th victory this season.

“It’s great to get this win though and to get fastest lap too. I got another lightning start. I do a lot of work on reactions in my warm-up and I think that helps a lot.

“I wasn’t too worried when the field closed up because of the Safety Car. I knew I was quicker and consistent so I was confident I could comfortably bring the win home.”

From third on the grid Sargeant put second place man Oscar Piastri under immense pressure from the outset, pulling off an intelligent move on the way to the chicane several laps into the race.

Not for the first time this season the F4 UAE graduates provided a thrilling squabble, although Piastri dropped down the order on lap eight due to a technical gremlin.

“I got off the line well and then I was fighting with Piastri for the first couple of laps,” explained Sargeant. “I managed to get around him and then I tried to chase down Jamie, but he had already built a big gap while we were fighting.

“The Safety Car offered me a bit of hope for the win. I got a good restart, but Jamie was just a little bit quicker. He’s my team-mate so I’ll take a look at the data tonight and see what he’s doing to help me go quicker tomorrow.

“I got up the inside of Piastri heading towards the chicane and that basically put him in a positon where he had to back off because we weren’t going to both make the corner. It was a smart move from me and important for Carlin as it secured us a one-two finish.”

Piastri’s problems promoted Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad to the podium, who had already profited from his team-mate Linus Lundqvist’s demise earlier in the race.

It was the first time Massaad had been on the podium since the Thruxton meeting in May. The Lebanese karting champion kept his cool in tricky conditions to return to the rostrum.

“I’m really happy to be back on the podium,” commented Massaad. “Snetterton wasn’t a great weekend for me so it’s nice to bounce back with a podium place.

“To be honest this weekend wasn’t looking too good, especially after qualifying when I pushed a little too hard and went off.

“I stayed calm out there and tried not to do any mistakes while others did around me. That’s how I made my way up the order, but importantly I had the pace to stay third.

“To be on the podium is fantastic, but I want to be on the top step and I’m working so hard to achieve that.”

As was the case in the earlier race Lundqvist was aggressive from the start and soon found himself tucked up underneath the rear wing of Quinn. He jinked from left to right repeatedly to try to force the Cornish ace into a mistake, but couldn’t find a way through.

Lundqvist wouldn’t relent however, and pulled off a sublime move around the outside of Quinn at Taylor’s Hairpin. However, his race came undone when going off track at turn one after running side by side with Piastri.

The Swede regrouped and embarked on a comeback through the field, but was later forced to retire due to overheating as a result of the off track excursion. Quinn didn’t fare much better, forced to retire on lap five due to a mechanical problem.

Just missing out on a podium spot was Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York who had a storming race to make his way up the order from 10th on the grid. It also saw him take his eighth and final win in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup.

The talented teenager was allowed to fight for Class honours courtesy of this being the Round 12 race which should have taken place earlier in the year at Oulton Park when York was eligible to compete in the Class. The win means he was able to extend his advantage at the top of the standings by seven points.

Harry Webb looked a contender for fourth and the Challenge Cup win only for front wing damage to hinder his prospects. The Richardson Racing driver defended valiantly in the closing stages despite the damage and still salvaged a seventh place finish; behind Ayrton Simmons in fifth who made up several places from eighth on the grid and Piastri in sixth.

Jacky Liu rounded off a landmark day for GW Motorsport. Just hours after the team’s first top 10 finish, Liu followed it up with an eighth place finish to score his first points of the campaign.

Said an ecstatic GW Motorsport team boss Gary Ward: “I’m really happy with both our drivers today. Both of them qualified well. Sam coming into the team has made Jacky up his game and they are working so well together.

“To get two top 10 finishes today and these points means a lot and is so deserved following all the hard work.

Jamie Sharp was back in the points for Sharp Motorsport and despite venturing off track Lucas Alecco Roy doggedly persevered to bring home 10th and take the final point for Carlin.

Round 20 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is scheduled for 1015 tomorrow, with Round 21 set to start at 1540 and to be televised live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 12 Oulton Park 12 August 2017
* Race run at Knockhill
22 laps / 27.87 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 20m 38.924s / 80.99mph
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +1.893s
3 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +6.458s
4 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +7.266s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +8.132s
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +12.921s
7 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +17.725s
8 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW +18.244s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +18.733s
10 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin +1 lap etc.

Fastest lap: Jamie Caroline 49.905s / 91.39mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 York; 2 Webb

Round 20 grid order Ericsson – York – Sargeant – Quinn – Simmons – Caroline – Piastri – Lundqvist – Caldwell – Smelt etc.

Round 21 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Piastri – Quinn – Caroline – Simmons – Sargeant – Hoggard – Pasma – Lundqvist – York – Caldwell etc.

Full results

DRIVER NEWS: Strong points the aim for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing in Scotland

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10 AUGUST, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline has his sights firmly fixed on a big points haul this weekend as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost heads for Knockhill this weekend for the seventh meeting of the year.

Jamie makes the long trip to Scotland sitting pretty at the top of the standings having secured a record-breaking ninth win of the season last time out at Snetterton.

It means the rapid teenager holds a lead of 46.5 points over the chasing pack heading into a busy weekend that will see the British F4 field in action four times.

Jamie has enjoyed success at Knockhill in the past, including a race winning performance en-route to the Ginetta Junior Championship title, and showed impressive pace on track twelve months – albeit without picking up the results that his speed deserved.

Front-running results are very much the aim this time around as Jamie looks to maintain his championship lead, with a strong qualifying performance being key to his chances of success.

Jamie already knows he will start one of the four races at Knockhill from pole position, with the circuit playing host to round 12 of the season – which was due to take place at Oulton Park before being postponed due to time constraints.

“Although results didn’t go my way last season, I showed strong pace at Knockhill which leaves me feeling confident going into the weekend ahead,” he said. “The circuit is one of the most spectacular on the calendar and it’s a really rewarding feeling when you hook up a lap and get into the groove.

“Last year I showed that that is possible to overtake at Knockhill but it isn’t easy, so qualifying towards the front of the grid will be particularly important this weekend. The fact I know I’m already starting at the front for one race is a bonus before we even take to the track, and if I can get near the sharp end of the grid for the other races, we’ll be in a good position.

“I still have a good lead in the standings but like I’ve said before, I can’t relax and take it easy because that’s when mistakes will creep in. With four races this weekend there are good points to be scored, and that’s my aim.”

After qualifying on Saturday 12 August at 11.30, the first of Knockhill’s three British F4 races will be at 14.30 on Saturday afternoon, with race two following at 10.15 on Sunday morning. Race three then takes place at 15.40 and will feature as part of the BTCC’s extensive live coverage on ITV4.

Knockhill also plays host to Round 12 of the season, which was postponed at Oulton Park, at 17.10 at Saturday afternoon.

Live results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com.