Hoggard secures double pole at Knockhill

  • Hoggard snares second career pole
  • Rockingham double winner Pasma steals front-row start at the death

25 August 2018 – Fresh from his third victory of the season at Rockingham two weeks ago, Johnathan Hoggard maintained his recent strong form in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost by snaring pole position at Knockhill.

Having been on the pace throughout testing during the week leading up the event, the Fortec Motorsport driver emerged as the man to beat in a frenetic qualifying session that saw the top three racer covered by less than a tenth of a second by the time the chequered flag dropped.

Hoggard would find himself swapping pole with Arden’s Jack Doohan for a large part of the session and would lose three quick laps to track limits before becoming the first driver to break the 49s mark.

Despite the best efforts of his rivals, a lap of 48.982s would prove to be unbeatable as Hoggard secured his second career pole, whilst his second quickest time would be good enough to ensure he will also start race three on Sunday afternoon from the front of the grid.

“It feels really good and that has set the weekend up,” he said. “I’ve not had the best of luck in qualifying recently and to now be at the front of the grid means we’re in a great position going into the races.

“I’ve come here high on confidence after the win at Rockingham and Knockhill is a circuit that I enjoy; it’s really nice to drive with the hills and the bumps. Overtaking round here is difficult so it’s crucial that we’ve been able to put ourselves on pole.”

Doohan had looked well set to snare a front row start for the second meeting in succession having spent a large part of the session running in first spot, but he would be knocked back to third as the chequered flag dropped as Patrik Pasma earned a third straight front-row start.

The Finn would fall just 0.034s shy of making it three pole positions in a row to head the Arden challenge as he seeks to build on the double victory he enjoyed last time out.

“Qualifying was quite difficult,” he said. “I’m not too happy as I made a mistake at the final corner on my quick lap which has cost me pole but P2 isn’t too bad.

“I think our race pace will be good and I’m feeling confident about the races.”

Pasma’s late lap left Doohan to settle for the third, with the Australian missing out on the front row by just 0.012s.

“I think we had the pace to be on pole but I just didn’t get that little extra bit that the others did,” he said. “I think we have the strongest car in terms of race pace though and I’m sure we can be right there in the races. Overtaking won’t be easy round here but we have a great chance.”

Doohan would be another driver to fall foul of track limits during the session, as was championship leader Kiern Jewiss who was fourth quickest for Double R.

His best time was less than a tenth of a second behind Doohan, with Seb Priaulx and Dennis Hauger rounding out row three in the remaining Arden cars; both having taken turns at the top of the times earlier in the session. Hauger will however take a five place grid penalty carried over from Rockingham last time out.

Ayrton Simmons, a double podium finisher at the Scottish circuit last year, headed the JHR challenge in seventh spot with team-mate Manuel Sulaiman, Paavo Tonteri (Double R) and Josh Skelton (JHR) rounding out the top ten.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R), the final driver to lap within a second of pole, and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) round out the twelve car field with both Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen missing this weekend.

The grid for race three takes on a similar appearance to that for race one, with the only difference being Tonteri starting ahead of Sulaiman in eighth spot.

Race one will take place at 1650.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional qualifying times Knockhill, 25 August, 2018

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 48.982
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 49.016
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden 49.028
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 49.116
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 49.172
6 Dennis HAUGER * / NOR / Arden 49.239
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 49.348
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 49.410
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 49.541
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 49.576 etc

* – denotes five place grid penalty

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hoggard – Pasma – Doohan – Jewiss – Priaulx – Hauger – Simmons – Tonteri – Sulaiman – Skelton etc

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Double pole for Pasma at Rockingham

  • Pasma triumphs in fierce battle for pole.
  • Front row lockout for Arden with Doohan lining up alongside Pasma.

11 AUGUST, 2018 – For the second time in the space of two weeks Patrik Pasma claimed a superb double pole in qualifying for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Having achieved the feat at Snetterton, the Arden racer did so once again by overcoming a fierce challenge from team-mates Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger, as well as Kiern Jewiss.

Like many in the field Pasma’s fastest lap came in the first half of the session, with drivers unable to find more time as track temperatures increased.

The Finn put down a benchmark of 1m 18.742s to go 0.105s clear of Double R Racing’s Jewiss with 10 minutes left of the session to run.

Meanwhile, Hauger and Doohan were in the thick of the fight for pole too. Both drivers just over a tenth adrift.

However of the top four drivers, Doohan proved the only one capable of improving his lap time as the session came to an end. The Aussie recorded a lap of 1m 18.823s to leap up to the front row with just minutes to spare and ensure a front row lockout for Arden.

While the top four were separated by only 0.158s in the battle for pole for round 19, the margins were even closer in the fight for pole for round 21 which is based on second-fastest lap times. The same quartet were covered by a mere 0.079s, with Jewiss just edging out Doohan to secure a front row grid slot alongside poleman Pasma.

“That was a great qualifying,” said Pasma. “I’m really pleased with pole. It makes your life so much easier for the races.

“We’ve had the pace since we did the test here last week so even though the times were really tight, we were confident.

“It’s possible to get a massive tow down the main straight which will make it tough for me with the guys behind, but I think I can keep them there.

“I think the track temperature went up as the session progressed and that’s why people struggled to improve.”

Added Doohan: “It was a really close session. I would have liked a little bit more. After I recorded my quickest lap I think I pushed a little too hard on the following laps.

“Nevertheless, we start from P2 and we can fight for the win from there. Patrik is very fast here though so it will be tough.

“Our race pace is better than the guys behind, but Patrik has a little bit of an edge at the moment. Luckily he is my team-mate so hopefully I can take a look at his data!”

Manuel Sulaiman put in his best qualifying performance of the season by bagging fifth place on the grid and out-qualifying JHR Developments team-mates Ayrton Simmons and Josh Skelton. The pair qualifying eighth and 11th respectively for this afternoon’s race. Sulaiman will however start from 10th on the grid in round 19 due to a five-place grid penalty handed to him for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety at the previous meeting.

Ahead of Simmons will line-up Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Sebastian Priaulx (Arden), while Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) completed the top-10.

The first race of the weekend follows at 1415.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional qualifying times Rockingham, 11 August, 2018
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:18.742
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden 1:18.823
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:18.847
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:18.900
5 Manuel SULAIMAN* / MEX / JHR 1:19.020
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:19.023
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:19.066
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.119
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:19.314
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:19.456 etc.
*Five-place grid penalty.

Round 21 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Doohan – Hauger – Sulaiman – Priaulx – Simmons – Tonteri – Hoggard – Alvarez etc.

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Simmons on pole after Pasma penalty

  • Pasma quickest in qualifying, but penalty sees Simmons take pole for round 16.
  • Pasma on pole for round 18 courtesy of quickest second-fastest lap.

28 JULY, 2018 – Arden’s Patrik Pasma was quickest in qualifying at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, but Ayrton Simmons will start from pole in round 16 due to Pasma taking a 10 place grid penalty handed to him at Croft.

Pasma just got the better of JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons on the timesheet, both drivers putting in excellent qualifying performances. The latter looked likely to take his fourth pole of the season, but Pasma’s flyer in the closing stages just bettered his time. A lap of 1m 51.266s left the pair separated by only 0.009s at the end of proceedings.

“It wasn’t a perfect lap, but it was still good enough for P1,” said Pasma. “We now need to concentrate on the races. It’s going to be a busy day. We need to keep our heads down and work hard.

“I was second-last with about 10 minutes left on the clock, but I stayed calm. We didn’t have many laps, but the laps we did get were excellent.

“Our race pace is looking strong so I go into the races with plenty of confidence this weekend.”

“I went off on my last lap after working out where I could improve on the previous lap,” added Simmons. “I tried to go flat in turn one, but it didn’t quite work out.

“It’s an amazing result to have qualified on the front row considering where we were yesterday. We were very much on the back foot due to technical problems. The team have done fantastic work.

“Starting at the front is good, but obviously we want to win so there’s still work to be done in the race.

“There’s a little bit of a gap to Jewiss at the top of the standings, but qualifying ahead of him is a good start and now we need to make sure we outscore him in the race.”

Dennis Hauger (Arden) was quickest rookie and will start on the front row following Pasma’s penalty. Meanwhile, championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had to settle for a second row grid slot, citing the windy conditions as having hampered his performance.

Jack Doohan (Arden) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) set identical lap times and completed the quintet all within four tenths of Pasma’s pole lap.

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) netted sixth on the grid ahead of Friday afternoon pacesetter Sebastian Priaulx (Arden), as well as Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments), Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) who completed the top-10.

The first race of the weekend follows at 1400 with race two at 1625.

Provisional qualifying times Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
1 Patrik PASMA* / FIN / Arden 1:51.266
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:51.275
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:51.567
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:51.569
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden 1:51.594
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:51.594
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:51.840
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.024
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.250
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:52.272 etc.
*10-place grid penalty

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

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Hauger and Arden double up in Croft British F4 qualifying

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The first race of the weekend follows at 1445.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Croft, 23 June, 2018

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

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

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Jewiss takes maiden British F4 pole in style

  • Jewiss proves class of the field in qualifying to take imperious double pole position.
  • Hauger and Pasma the closest challengers in battle for pole.

9 JUNE, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing carried their fine Friday free practice form into qualifying at Oulton Park for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to take an imperious double pole position.

Jewiss took his maiden single-seater pole in style and by some margin. The only man to break the 1m 23s barrier with a lap of 1m 22.980s, he went almost three tenths clear of closest challenger Dennis Hauger (Arden).

Pole for the third race of the weekend came by way of second-fastest times and the gap between Jewiss’ best and the rest of the field was even greater at over half a second.

“We picked up where we left off yesterday,” said Jewiss. “The car feels mega and our race pace is also strong so I’m really happy.

“The car is set up so well. It gives you so much confidence as a driver and that’s so important.”

“We’ll see what we can do in the races. We start from the best place so we’ll try to get away well and build from there to win.

“The reverse grid race is going to be difficult because it’s so hard to pass around here. That race will be about damage limitation.

“We know we have the pace. It’s clear for everyone to see and now we need to do our best o capitalise.

“I want to say a big thank you to FM Conway, HCL Technologies and MB Partners, as well as the team. It means so much to get my first British F4 pole, especially in this way and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

As had been the case in free practice it was Arden who were closest to Double R’s pace, Dennis Hauger and Patrik Pasma once again leading the Banbury outfit’s charge. The duo managed to split Double R Racing’s Jewiss and Tonteri. Hauger securing a front row grid slot and Pasma getting the better of Tonteri by just 0.017s, with Johnathan Hoggard only 0.008s further adrift.

“P2 is not a bad position to start from in race one,” said Hauger. “Now it’s all about focusing on the race and preparing so I can compete at the maximum level.

“It’s a really fast and technical circuit so you have to be perfect when it counts out there on track.

“I’m constantly working on my own driving and with the team to make sure we’re as strong as possible.

“The start is going to be so important here. Hopefully we can get a good one and fight for the win.”

Added team-mate Pasma: “We’re not too far away from the front so it was a good qualifying for us.

“It’s a long track with a lot of corners so there are a lot of small details that you have to get right to be quick around here.

“We’ve been working really well as a team and I think it will be a strong weekend for us.

“I’m looking forward to the races, but also looking to go forward in them. I need to make some overtakes to get the win.”

Hampus Ericsson underlined Fortec Motorsports’ pace and will line up alongside team-mate Hoggard on the third row.

Elsewhere, Jack Doohan (Arden) wound up seventh, while championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments had to settle for eighth ahead of Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) who completed the top 10.

Round 10 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1445.

Provisional qualifying times Oulton Park, 9 June, 2018
Round 10 grid order
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:22.980
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:23.271
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:23.379
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:23.396
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:23.404
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:23.444
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:23.522
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:23.576
9 Sebastian PRIUALX / GBR / Arden 1:23.711
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:23.866 etc.

Round 12 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Jewiss – Pasma – Tonteri – Ericsson – Hauger – Hoggard – Doohan – Priaulx – Simmons – Sulaiman etc.

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Simmons triumphs in titanic tussle for pole at Brands Hatch

  • Double pole for Ayrton Simmons and JHR Developments.
  • Top four drivers Simmons, Jewiss, Hauger and Tonteri covered by just 0.065s

7 APRIL, 2018 – The first qualifying session of 2018 set the tone for what is sure to be one of the most competitive and thrilling seasons in the history of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. It saw the top four drivers covered by just 0.065s at Brands Hatch and JHR Developments’ Ayrton Simmons take an emphatic double pole position, more than 30 years after 1982 British Formula Ford champion and namesake Ayrton Senna scored pole at the circuit for the 1985 European Grand Prix.

A gentle sprinkling of rain prior to the session left the circuit damp and drivers working hard to build up temperature in their Hankook slick tyres while battling for pole.

As the clock ticked down the times tumbled with Simmons, Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), Dennis Hauger (Arden) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) embroiled in a captivating tussle for pole position.

Simmons saved his very best until last, his penultimate flying lap of 46.494s earning him pole by a margin of 0.031s from Jewiss.

The Epping racer then followed up on his final flyer to double his fun by taking pole for race three, recording the best second-fastest lap of anybody, a 46.550. It was a mere 0.009s quicker than Hauger who will line-up alongside him on the front row for the ITV4 live-televised feature race at 15.05 tomorrow.

“This is my first pole in a single-seater and it feels amazing,” said Simmons. “It was tricky on circuit too with the mixed conditions so that makes it extra special. I had to be spot on at every single corner and I was!

“Jewiss was in front of me so I had a good reference, but I saw him squeeze in another lap at the very end so I was worried he might go faster.

“The team got the strategy spot on; keeping us in the pits a little longer and then sending us out on the slicks.

“The team have done an amazing job. I’ve clicked so well with everyone at JHR Developments and hopefully we can convert these pole positions into wins. I won here last year so let’s see if we can do it again!”

Last man across the line Jewiss looked on course to snatch pole from Simmons, recording the quickest first sector of anybody on his final lap, but was ultimately unable to improve his lap time.

“I went purple (quickest) in the first part of the lap on my last flyer, but I had a bit of traffic and made a slight mistake in the final corner which cost me,” said Jewiss.

“I’m still really happy with P2, especially here where there is a bit of a dip in the track if you start on pole. I’m feeling positive and looking forward to race one.”

The second row of the grid for race one was locked out by rookies Hauger and Tonteri, the pair shining in their first single-seater qualifying session and setting up a fascinating battle for Rookie class victory this weekend.

“It’s been a good session considering it was my first time qualifying in a car,” explained Hauger. “It was getting drier and drier throughout the session and the pace continued to improve.

“Now it’s all about being focused on the race. I’m looking forward to my first race in cars. I’ve got a lot to learn, but hopefully we can fight at front and for the win.”

Friday pacesetter Johanthan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) were all strong contenders for pole, taking turns at the top of the timesheet during the session. They will line up sixth, seventh and eighth respectively, behind Sebastian Priaulx (Arden).

Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) landed a top-10 grid spot on his British F4 qualifying debut ahead of Fortec Motorsport’s Hampus Ericsson.

The first race of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost gets underway at 14.15. It will see Simmons attempting to add a second win at Brands Hatch to his name, having done so at this very circuit last season.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch Indy, 7 April, 2018
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 46.494s
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 46.525s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 46.552s
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 46.559s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 46.713s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 46.721s
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 46.816s
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 46.878s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 46.915s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 46.953s etc.

Round 3 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Simmons – Hauger – Jewiss – Tonteri – Hoggard – Priaulx – Skelton – Pasma – Sulaiman – Doohan etc.

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Sargeant stamps his authority at Brands Hatch with Ford EcoBoost-powered pole

  • Sargeant and Carlin take pole at Brands Hatch.
  • Quinn and TRS Arden secure pole for final race of season.
  • Caroline fourth and Piastri sixth for opener.

30 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Logan Sargeant charged his way to pole in qualifying at Brands Hatch for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, while Alex Quinn secured pole for the final race of the season.

Sargeant overcame Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist with a lap of 1m 26.587s, the Swede having topped the times for much of the early part of the session.

The Carlin racer timed his lap almost perfectly, recording it just before a red flag was thrown to recover the stricken car of Oliver York and repair the barriers.

“Well that’s exactly how I wanted to start today,” said poleman Sargeant. “First of all I want to say a big thank you to Carlin who have put together an amazing car yet again.

“I was a bit disappointed with the red flag coming out as that really compromised my ability to record a strong second fastest lap to take pole in the final race this weekend.

“Nevertheless, to get my first pole position is really special. It’s something we’ve been working towards all year.

“Now I need to capitalise on this fantastic starting position, take as many points as I can and hopefully I can become vice champion.

“I went out there, gave it my all and it paid off. It’s great to do a fantastic job for Carlin. This pole takes us a step closer towards the Teams Cup.”

“Yesterday wasn’t too bad for us and we built on that for qualifying,” added Lundqvist. “We’ve got a good car underneath us so it was just about me putting the lap together which I kind of did today.

“I think we had the potential for pole, but I didn’t quite hook up the ultimate lap. Then the red flag came, but that was the same for everyone. Congratulations to Logan for a great lap and getting pole. Hopefully we can overtake him in the races.

“With a good start we can immediately strike back. I really wanted that pole, but we’re at the front so we can fight for the top step. We’re definitely in the game this weekend.”

The red flag stoppage resulted in a five minute qualifying showdown with the field taking to the circuit, but few drivers improved as they struggled to get their tyres up to optimum temperature.

Two drivers who did were Jamie Caroline and Hampus Ericsson, the leaders of the F4 British Championship and Ford F4 Challenge Cup respectively. However, both had their fastest times removed for ignoring yellow flags.

Caroline drops from third to fourth on the grid for this afternoon’s race, when he will bid to become FIA British Formula 4 Champion; while Ericsson moves back from sixth on the grid to ninth. The Swede crucially remains the quickest Challenge Cup entrant with Caldwell in 12th and title rival Webb in 18th after being hampered by traffic.

The removal of Caroline’s fastest time sees Alex Quinn move up to a third place grid slot. The TRS Arden racer built on a solid Friday to take pole for the final race of the season courtesy of his second fastest lap time, a 1m 26.945s, which was the class of the field.

Behind Caroline on the third row will line-up the TRS Arden duo of Ayrton Simmons and Oscar Piastri. The latter will look to make a lightning getaway to take the fight to his title rival.

The action steps up a gear this afternoon at Brands Hatch with race one at 1400 and the reverse-grid race following at 1700. Tomorrow afternoon’s final round is live on ITV4 at 1502.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Brands Hatch GP 30 September 2017
Round 28 grid order 
1 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:26.587
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:26.733
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.826s 1:26.939
4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:27.043
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:27.209
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:27.399
7 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:27.441
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:27.570
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:27.718
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:27.771 etc.

Round 30 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Quinn – Lundqvist – Sargeant – Caroline – Simmons – Piastri – Ericsson – Pasma – York – Caldwell etc.

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Piastri puts it on pole, as TRS Arden secures front row lock out at Silverstone

  • Piastri takes double pole.
  • Third front row lock out for TRS Arden.
  • Championship leader Caroline sixth fastest.
  • Entire field covered by just over a second.

16 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Oscar Piastri carried his front-running Friday form into qualifying on Saturday at Silverstone for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with a sublime double pole position. Team-mate Alex Quinn left it late to qualify second and in doing so ensured TRS Arden secured its third front row lock out of the campaign.

Piastri could be found at the top of the timesheet for much of the 20 minute session. However, he was pushed hard, not only by team-mate Quinn, but Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York. The Andy Priaulx Sports Management backed rising star enjoyed a spell on provisional pole, briefly breaking Piastri’s stranglehold on the session with a 57.873s lap with just under five minutes remaining.

Piastri promptly responded with a 57.743s lap and then proceeded to better it on his following flying laps. A 57.610s would prove to be his best and his string of fast laps earnt him pole for the final race of the weekend based on second-fastest times.

“I went out there and did exactly what I needed to do,” said poleman Piastri. “It’s going to be tough to get the championship now with the gap to Jamie Caroline. All I can do is get pole positions and wins and we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve been fast every time I’ve been here and we were fastest for pretty much the whole session. I’m really pleased with my performance and as a team we’re performing so well.

“I knew my pace was pretty strong because I was able to close up to Jamie pretty comfortably when I was behind him on track earlier in the session.

“We were P2 in the dry yesterday and P1 in the wet, and this morning I have put it on pole so I think we’re in a very good place whatever the conditions will be during the rest of the weekend.”

Quinn crashed the front row party in the dying seconds of the session on his final run with a lap of 57.826s, demoting York to third alongside team-mate Hampus Ericsson. The latter putting in his best qualifying performance of the season to earn a front row grid slot in the final race of the weekend.

“It was very difficult out there, the track was improving every lap and I managed to pull a lap out of the bag on my final flyer,” explained Quinn. “It’s great that Oscar got pole and we have another front row lock out for the team.”

“It’s going to be a close race, particularly the battle between myself at Oscar and especially at the start. Hopefully we can bring home big points for the team.

“I was a bit worried when the red flag came out because I wasn’t sure I could get the temperature in the tyres in time, but I stayed calm, brought the tyres in and just got the temperatures right on my final lap to hook things up.”

Behind the all-Fortec second row, can be found an all-Carlin third row with Logan Sargeant beating championship leader Jamie Caroline to fifth on the grid by just 0.009s.

“I’m feeling pretty relaxed,” said Caroline. “We can afford to start sixth given where we are in the championship. I’ll be sending it around the outside in the race to climb up the order!

“Our tyres went off towards the end and I struggled for front end grip whereas others got quicker.

“I know my race pace is strong and our best is yet to come this weekend. We’ll be up there fighting for the top spots.”

Karl Massaad was Double R’s highest qualifier in seventh, with Friday pacesetter Linus Lundqvist only capable of 15th after making contact with the wall in the pit lane.

Johnathan Hoggard ensured all Fortec Motorsports-prepared cars qualified inside the top 10 ahead of Patrik Pasma and Olli Caldwell.

The first F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the Silverstone weekend follows at 1600.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Silverstone 16 September 2017
Round 25 grid order 
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 57.610s
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.826s
3 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 57.873s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 58.028s
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 58.084s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 58.093s
7 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 58.141s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 58.158s
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 58.290s
10 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 58.321s etc.

Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Piastri – Ericsson – Quinn – Caroline – Sargeant – York – Hoggard – Simmons – Pasma – Massaad etc.

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Lundqvist and Sargeant share the qualifying honours at Rockingham

  • Ultra-competitive qualifying sees top four covered by less than a tenth of a second.

26 AUGUST, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist came out on top in a closely fought battle for pole position at Rockingham Motor Speedway in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

A host of drivers looked capable of taking top spot, with seven drivers all recording times within three tenths of the pole time around the 1.94-mile circuit.

Lundqvist’s flyer with several minutes of the session remianing proved too good for his rivals. A 1m 18.787s lap deposing provisional pole sitter Oliver York who had edged ahead of longstanding P1 man Logan Sargeant.

“To be honest, I wasn’t that confident coming into this weekend as I wasn’t sure it would be our strongest track,” said Lundqvist.

“We did a lot of work yesterday and put together a good setup. We made few little mistakes in that session, but pulled out a good lap when it mattered.

“The conditions changed throughout the session. There was a bit of moisture in the air which made it interesting, but maybe that worked in our favour.

“We’ve had a lot of bad luck this season, but hopefully this is a sign that it’s turning around and we can excel in the final three meetings.”

“I’m definitely happy with that qualifying performance,” said York. “It was a tough session and you can see that just by looking at how the close the times are. P2 is a great result.

“I know this circuit pretty well and have done quite a few laps around here so I was pretty confident going into qualifying.

“We weren’t as quick yesterday so we changed some things overnight. They were only small tweaks, but they have definitely helped us take a step forward.”

As had been the case yesterday, Sargeant was able to marry speed with consistency and in doing so recorded the best second-fastest lap of anybody to claim pole for the final race of the weekend which will take place tomorrow.

Starting alongside him for both Round 22 and 24 will be TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons. Meanwhile title rivals Jamie Caroline and Oscar Piastri will start from the third row in what is undoubtedly a tantalising prospect.

Friday pacesetter Alex Quinn had to settle for seventh, unable to match the times he recorded in testing, yet still only 0.222s off the pole.

Patrik Pasma will line up eighth ahead of fastest Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner Hampus Ericsson and Double R’s Karl Massaad.

The first F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the Rockingham weekend follows at 1415.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Rockingham 26 August 2017
Round 22 grid order 
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:18.787
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:18.842
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.862
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:18.882
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:18.970
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:19.004
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.009
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:19.373
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.389
10 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 1:19.464 etc.

Round 24 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Sargeant – Simmons – York – Lundqvist – Caroline – Piastri – Quinn – Caldwell – Massaad – Ericsson etc.

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Double top again for Piastri as TRS Arden lock out front row at Knockhill

  • Oscar Piastri takes second double Ford EcoBoost-powered pole of career.
  • Top three drivers covered by less than one tenth of second in ultra-competitive qualifying.

12 AUGUST, 2017 – Just a fortnight after TRS Arden’s first front row lock out in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, the Banbury outfit was at it again in qualifying at Knockhill. Oscar Piastri stormed his way to a double pole just as he had done two weeks ago, with team-mate Alex Quinn set to start alongside him on the front row.

On a drying track drivers boldly elected to leave pit lane on slick tyres and they danced their way around the 1.27-mile Fife track. However, two drivers succumbed to the tricky conditions causing red flags which played a pivotal part in the session.

With just under half of the 20 minute session remaining Lucca Allen’s off brought out the first red flag with Quinn on provisional pole. A delay of several minutes ensued while Allen’s car was recovered with the track going green with just over seven minutes on the clock. It resulted in a stampede of Ford EcoBoost-powered racers as the field dived out onto the track, and left many caught up in traffic.

Piastri did brilliantly to find himself plenty of clear air, waiting a fraction longer than the majority of the field to take to the track. As others jostled for space while trying to better their lap time, Piastri was able to pump in his fastest times unhindered.

Another red flag was triggered by Karl Massaad’s stricken car with three minutes on the clock which saw the session brought to a premature end. Piastri’s best lap of 49.913s enough to see him take pole by just 0.038s from Quinn with Carlin’s Logan Sargeant only 0.033s further back.

Said poleman Piastri: “This P1 is a great result. It’s great to get another front row lock out for the team and I’m ahead of my main title rival Jamie Caroline.

“I came into today with a fresh head after a tricky day yesterday. In the first part of the session I was a little bit off of where I needed to be, then the red flag came and that gave me a chance to go back out there and nail it. The car felt better than yesterday which helped a lot too.

“In both parts of the session we left it later than the others to go out on track and that meant I could get some clear track in front of me.”

“The key was to push hard, but not go over the top otherwise it would have been so easy to go off in those conditions.

“I’m really happy that we are one-two on the grid, but I think I could have quite easily taken pole if the red flags hadn’t come out,” commented Quinn. “I found a gap in the traffic, but then the red flag came out.

“I think as along as we get a good start we can fight for the win. The car felt amazing again and we’ve got great pace.

“I set my best time in traffic after the first red flag and then I finally found a gap but the second red flag came out and that prevented me from going any faster.”

“We definitely had the speed for pole position,” added Sargeant. “It was a bit of a frustrating session with the red flags which took away our shot at pole, but we’ll see what we can improve on and do better in the race.

“I don’t think traffic really hindered us, I just had to back out from my best lap which we reckon looking at the sectors could have put us on pole.

“We showed yesterday in free practice we have really strong pace so we have nothing to worry about this weekend and have the potential to get some great results.

Ayrton Simmons and Jamie Caroline were others who lamented the timing of the red flags. It thwarted their pole position bids and left them fourth and fifth respectively.

Johnathan Hoggard’s fine weekend continued for Fortec Motorsports with his best qualifying result in sixth on only his second British F4 race weekend.

Lining up alongside Hoggard will be Linus Lundqvist who was once again the quickest Double R runner, with Hoggard’s team-mate York in eighth. The latter frequently recorded outright fastest first sectors, but was unable to hook up a complete lap to see him vault up the order.

Patrik Pasma made a welcome return to the top 10 in qualifying after a far from enjoyable outing at the last meeting at Snetterton, while Sam Smelt once again put his GW Motorsport-prepared car into the top 10 after another assured performance from the newcomer.

Round 19 gets underway at 1430, with lights out for race two (the rescheduled Round 12 from Oulton Park earlier in the season) at 1710.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Knockhill 12 August 2017

Round 19 grid order 
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 49.913s
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 49.951s
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 49.984s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 50.078s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 50.102s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 50.140s
7 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 50.182s
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 50.233s
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 50.327s
10 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW 50.676s etc.

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

Round 12 (Race two) grid order (based on second-fastest times from qualifying at Oulton Park 20 May, 2017)
Caroline – Piastri – Sargeant – Quinn – Lundqvist – Massaad – Pasma – Simmons – Webb – York – Sharp – Roy – Liu

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