DRIVER NEWS: Record breaking success for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Snetterton

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2 AUGUST, 2017 – Young gun Jamie Caroline secured his place in series history with a ninth win of the year as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season resumed at Snetterton.

Caroline went into the weekend looking to consolidate his lead at the head of the championship standings having enjoyed a fine campaign to date at the wheel of his Carlin-run car.

Qualifying saw Caroline post the ninth quickest time, with the team then working to make a series of changes to his car ahead of the opening race of the weekend.

Going quicker in race one than he had in qualifying, Caroline crossed the line in eighth place to secure a front row start for race two thanks to the reverse grid draw.

Moving into the lead at the start, Jamie was able to control that second race from the front despite the deployment of the Safety Car mid-way through backing up the field behind, with the teenager also picking up the fastest lap as he secured win number nine of the year.

That means Caroline moved ahead of 2015 champion Lando Norris when it comes to wins in a year, with little more than half of the season run.

Seventh place in the final race means Caroline leaves Snetterton with a 46.5 point lead in the standings ahead of the next round of the season at Knockhill, where the British F4 field will be in action no fewer than four times.

That includes the race that was postponed due to time constraints at Oulton Park earlier in the year.

“Qualifying was really tough this weekend and it left us with work to do in the races,” he said. “We made changes to the car ahead of the opening race and it was much improved, but my focus was on making sure we picked up a good position on the grid for race two.

“Having got a place on the front row, I knew I had the chance to take the victory and when I got into first spot, it was all about staying in control and just maintaining the position out front; even when the Safety Car in.

“I’d hoped to get more out of race three but we put more points on the board which is what we need to do every time we go out. We can now look forward to Knockhill and hopefully we can challenge at the front in what is going to be a busy weekend on track.”

DRIVER NEWS: Battle resumes for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Snetterton

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27 JULY, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will seek to consolidate his advantage in the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost when the series heads for Snetterton this weekend for the sixth meeting of the year.

The talented teenager has been the stand-out driver on the grid this season thanks to a series of stunning performances at the wheel of his Carlin-run car, with eight victories in 14 starts giving him a 67.5 point lead in the standings.

Caroline heads for the longest circuit on the calendar looking to bounce back to form after a challenging outing at Croft prior to the summer break, where he had to settle for a best finish of fourth spot.

Having been on the pace during testing at Snetterton earlier in the year, Caroline will be seek to return to the podium positions to maintain his current lead, whilst also chasing another British F4 record.

Should Caroline – who became the first driver to take all three wins on a weekend at Thruxton – add a ninth victory of the season this weekend, he would surpass the record for wins in a year that he currently shares with 2015 champion Lando Norris.

“After a difficult weekend at Croft, the summer break seems to have gone on for ages and I can’t wait to get back in the car at Snetterton,” he said. “It’s a circuit where I’ve been quick in the past, and hopefully we can have a strong showing this weekend and challenge for more silverware to kick-start the second half of the year.

“There’s no point in doing something stupid with the advantage we have in the standings, but I also can’t relax too much and get complacent as that is when mistakes start to creep in.

“I’m going to take the same approach I have done all year and focus on myself, and if we can qualify well and be in the mix towards the front, then we’ll be in the best position to maintain the lead that we’ve worked so hard to build.”

After qualifying on Saturday 29 July at 10.30, the first of three British F4 races will be at 14.00 later that day, with race two following at 17.15. Race three then takes place on Sunday at 14.50

That third race will be broadcast on ITV4, with live timing and results from the weekend being available at www.tsl-timing.com

The secret life of… Jamie Caroline

‘Winningest’ driver, highest number of wins in a season, most consecutive victories and first person to win all three races in one meeting in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. We hear from man of the moment, 18-year-old championship leader Jamie Caroline.

Apart from driving a British F4 car, what is your favourite buzz?
Being at a race circuit, whether it’s empty or full of 40,000 people.

Who is your favourite driver?
Lewis Hamilton. He’s the best and I’m the bandit! We’re both good in the wet and we’re both aggressive. We don’t give in or give up, but he’s the man. I’m just a yard boy during the week and doing what I love at the weekends.

What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
Motor racing.

What are you afraid of?
My Dad when I have had a crash!

What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
Probably best not to say! I was more interested in going fast.

If you could own one Ford road car what would it be?
Mk1 Escort, Ford Lotus Cortina, a classic Mustang and a GT40. If I make it as a professional paid racing driver they would be the first four cars I would buy. I would like to turn up to a British F4 race weekend in one of those and park it outside the Ford Race Centre. It would look so cool.

What’s your favourite song?
I listen to rap music a lot, but I always listen to Sweet Caroline by Neil Diamond during my warm-up before I go on track.

You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite?
Kevin Hart, Will Ferrell and Lewis Hamilton. That would be a right laugh.

What’s your favourite film?
Wolf of Wall Street. Leo is great. That was another person I considered inviting to dinner. Can I add him to the guest list?

What’s the strangest question you’ve ever been asked?
Do you get bored of winning? I’ve been asked it a lot recently and it’s getting boring being asked it! I will never get tired of winning; seeing the happiness of the team and everyone cheering for me as I cross the line.

If you could have a superpower what would it be?
To be immortal would be cool. Becoming a certain age and staying there. I wouldn’t trust myself to fly. I shunt too often and I don’t want to shunt in mid-air because there’s too far to fall!

What’s the most important thing in life?
Family and happiness. If you are not happy with what you are doing then you are not doing the right thing. That’s why I need to make it as a racing driver because that’s when I’m happiest.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline retains half time lead despite tough F4 outing at Croft

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13 JUNE, 2017 – Jamie Caroline retained his healthy lead in the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost despite a challenging weekend on track at Croft.

Pirtek Racing’s rising star went into the fifth meeting of the season on the back foot as a result of a ten place grid penalty handed out for an incident at Oulton Park in round four, which meant he started the opening race of the weekend from twelfth on the grid.

As has become the norm, Caroline rapidly made up places when the race got underway to sit sixth after lap one, and he would continue to race his way forwards to finish just off the podium in fourth.

Another solid start in race two saw Caroline move up to second place but after an early Safety Car period, he saw himself shuffled back to sixth.

Undeterred, Caroline worked his way back to fourth spot but a clash with Ayrton Simmons at Tower three laps from the end saw him slip back to seventh by the finish.

A technical problem in race three prevented Caroline from pushing for what would have been a record-breaking ninth win of the season although more solid points for fifth place means he retains a 67.5 point lead in the standings going into the summer break.

“The penalty going into the weekend was always going to make it more difficult, but things just didn’t go our way,” he said. “The team did a fantastic job to prepare the car for the weekend after the incident at Oulton Park and I was hoping to bring home some strong results for them.

“Fourth wasn’t a bad result in race one from where we started but I was frustrated that things just went against us. Race three was tough because there was a technical problem that meant we didn’t have the pace in the car, but we’ve scored in all three races and maintained the points lead.

“The aim now is to consolidate that lead when we get to Snetterton after the summer break.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing seek to maintain advantage at Donington Park

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12 APRIL, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will seek to maintain his early advantage in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings when the series heads for Donington Park this weekend for the second meeting of the year.

Caroline heads for the East Midlands circuit as the man to beat in the highly competitive single-seater series on the back of a fine start to his campaign at Brands Hatch earlier this month.

Two victories from three races, after qualifying on pole position, mean Caroline lies 19 points clear of his closest rival as he prepares to return to the scene of one of his most memorable on-track outings last year.

Then, in challenging wet conditions, Caroline produced an astonishing opening lap in the first race of the weekend to come from 15th on the grid to sixth; a drive that was reminiscent of Ayrton Senna’s 1993 European GP performance.

Having shown his pace in the wet at Donington Park last season, Caroline has already shown himself to be just as quick in the dry having topped official testing at the circuit back in March.

It means that, with confidence on a high following his Brands Hatch results, the 18-year-old Surrey racer goes into the weekend hoping to create more headlines on his second meeting with the Carlin team that has taken the British F4 title for the past two seasons.

“Brands Hatch was a great way to start my season, and it means I head to Donington Park feeling confident and relaxed about my chances,” he said. “We had a good test there last month and with the pace we showed in the opening weekend, I’m confident that we’ll be right in the mix.

“Obviously Donington is a circuit that produced a memorable weekend for me last year but I’d be quite happy if things were a bit less dramatic this time around.

“If we can do what we did at Brands and qualify towards the front of the grid then we’ll be in a great position for race day, and there is no doubt that more race wins are the aim to maintain our championship lead.”

After qualifying on Saturday 15 April at 10.30, the first of three British F4 races will be at 14.40 later that day, with race two  following at 17.35. Race three then takes place on Sunday at 12.20

That third race will be broadcast on ITV4, with live timing and results from the weekend being available at www.tsl-timing.com

DRIVER NEWS: Double success and points lead for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing

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3 APRIL – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline made the perfect start to his F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign with a double victory in the opening rounds of the year at Brands Hatch.

Caroline was on the pace from the moment he hit the track for Friday testing at the wheel of his Carlin-run car and carried that performance through to Saturday morning’s qualifying session to put his car on pole for the opening race of the season.

Maintaining the lead when the lights went out, Caroline controlled proceedings from the front and would lead the race from start-to-finish, despite a mid-race Safety Car period closing up the field behind.

A second career victory was followed by a fifth place finish in race two, with Caroline then back on pole position for the third and final race of the weekend – with the grid having been decided by his second quickest time in qualifying.

As in race one, the teenager controlled proceedings from the head of the field by breaking away at the start as the pack squabbled behind, eventually taking the flag comfortably clear of his nearest challenger.

An impressive haul of 60 points, by far the best weekend score of his career, leaves Caroline 19 points clear in the standings heading to the next meeting at Donington Park on Easter weekend.

“It’s been a great weekend and the ideal way to kick start the season,” he said. “From the moment we were on the pace on Friday, I felt a lot more relaxed as I knew we had a car that was capable of fighting at the front and we showed that in the races.

“Having taken pole, the aim was to build a gap in race one and then control from the front which I think we did well even with the Safety Car. In race two, I think we managed the tyres well to get a strong result and race three was mega again to get a second win.

“It’s the best start I’ve ever had to a season and although there is a long way to go, it’s easy to see why Carlin have won the title for the last two years as they have been fantastic all weekend and gave me a brilliant car.

“I’m already looking forward to building on these results at Donington Park next time out.”

Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing eye British F4 title with Carlin deal

15 MARCH, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford for the 2017 season after agreeing terms on a deal to join reigning champions Carlin.

Caroline emerged as one of the stars of the 2016 campaign at the wheel of his distinctively liveried Pirtek Racing-backed car, with a series of eye catching performances on track that made light of his relative lack of single-seater experience.

The 18-year-old grabbed headlines throughout his first season in open wheel competition, which culminated in a break-through victory on Finals Day at Brands Hatch.

In total, Caroline secured five podium finishes en-route to tenth in the championship standings, with stunning drives in the wet at both Donington Park and Rockingham attracting interest from around the world having gone viral online.

On the back of his 2016 campaign – and an outing in the BRDC British F3 Winter Series – Caroline took time to evaluate his options for the new season before electing to return to British F4 with his sights firmly set on securing the championship crown.

With continued backing from Pirtek UK, Caroline will now join the Carlin team that has secured the title for the past two seasons with Lando Norris and Max Fewtrell.

Caroline has shown front-running pace during a number of test sessions with his new team in recent weeks as discussions about a potential drive continued, with a deal having been agreed that sees him complete Carlin’s four-strong line-up for the year ahead.

“I’m really pleased to have agreed a deal to join Carlin for this season,” he said. “The aim is to help them challenge for the title for a third year in a row. I wanted to return to British F4 this season to fight for the championship, and I’m sure that joining Carlin gives me an ideal platform from which to do so.

“Testing has gone well and it hasn’t taken long for me to get back up to speed in the car, so I’m confident that when we go to Brands Hatch to start the season, the Carlin-run Pirtek Racing car will be right on the pace, as it was during our recent test there.

“It’s going to be very close on track again this season and from testing so far there’s probably half a dozen drivers who can fight for the championship. But I’m ready for the season ahead and can’t wait to get started.”

Added Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin: “We are thrilled to have Jamie on board – he is a strong talent who we have been watching and enjoyed competing against last year.

“In pre-season testing he has been fully committing himself and working extremely well with the team. It’s going to be very exciting to see what he can achieve this season as we fully expect that he’ll be a title challenger.”

The 2017 season will be Caroline’s third running in Pirtek Racing colours, with Pirtek UK marketing manager Tammie Argent-Peters pleased to confirm the continued support for the talented teenager.

“There’s no doubt that Jamie is a spectacular driver on track who has a lot of support, and he has provided us with some brilliant coverage in the last few years,” she said.

“His new deal with Carlin gives him a fantastic chance to build on his results from last year and to fight for the title; something he has certainly shown he is capable of with his pace in pre-season testing.”

Commented EDGE Sporting Management who have played a pivotal role in guiding Caroline during his career: “We are really pleased that Jamie has secured a seat with the reigning champions. We hope that by working with Carlin he will have a great shot at being crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

“We started putting this deal together at the Silverstone meeting last year, so we’re over the moon the deal is finally done. Jamie has to be one of the favourites for the title.”

Caroline’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford campaign will kick off at Brands Hatch on the first weekend in April.