Hoggard adds to win tally with Silverstone success

  • Fortec racer maintains strong form with sixth victory of the season
  • Championship leader Jewiss extends advantage to 41 points with runner-up position
  • Doohan retakes Rookie Cup lead with overall podium

15 September, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard saw off the challenge of points leader Kiern Jewiss to secure his sixth victory of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season in the opening race of the weekend at Silverstone.

The Fortec driver had qualified on pole position for Round 25 of the season and was able to lead the race from the front, despite the best efforts of Jewiss behind, to maintain an impressive run of form that has seen him take victory in four of the last six races.

Having held his lead when the lights went out and the field streamed down to Copse for the first time, Hoggard was able to manage the gap to fellow front-row started Jewiss, with the pair never split by more than a second throughout the 21 lap race.

Whilst Hoggard would at one point eek out an advantage of nine tenths of a second, Jewiss would then respond to bring the gap back down and it was Hoggard who would ultimately prevail to take honours by seven tenths of a second.

“The start was good and I could build a small gap to Kiern but it became a bit tricky after that,” he said. “He was losing out in the dirty hair behind me at points but could then come back at me with the slipstream on the straights so I couldn’t relax.

“I think I managed it well to stay out front and I’m delighted to take the victory. We’ll have to see what I can do with the reverse grid race as I’ve seen now that the dirty air following another car could be an issue, so I have to maximise what I can from that and then push for victory again from the front in race three.”

Whilst Jewiss kept Hoggard honest at the front throughout, the Double R driver also had one eye on the championship battle and aware of the need to outscore chief rival Ayrton Simmons, he ultimately settled for second place to extend his advantage to 41 points.

“It was important to go out there and extend my lead, although Ayrton has the reverse grid pole so we’ll have to see what happens there,” he said. “I got close to Johnathan a few times in that one but I wasn’t going to do anything stupid because it’s only the opening race of the weekend and there are still two more to come. It’s important to look at the bigger picture.”

Behind the top two, the fight for third spot would prove to be an all-Arden affair between Red Bull Junior drivers Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger, with the pair running together throughout.

Having battled ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) on lap one, Doohan was soon under pressure from current Rookie cup leader Hauger after the Norwegian was able to jump up from eighth on the grid to fourth on lap one – thanked in part to a slow start from Paavo Tonteri (Double R) and an early spin into retirement for Josh Skelton (JHR).

Hauger would push hard throughout the race but Doohan held on to secure the final place on the podium and top rookie honours.

“It’s good to get the podium and a rookie win but we didn’t have the pace for some reason,” he said. “Dennis started P8 but was on my rear by the end of lap one. It was a good start from him, but he had more pace and I had to work hard to stay in front. I’ll work with the team tonight to see what we can do ahead of the races tomorrow.”

Pasma would see his run of podium finishes come to an end as he had to settle for a somewhat lonely fifth place, unable to keep pace with his team-mates ahead but being able to manage the gap to Simmons behind.

Simmons will however start the second race of the weekend from pole thanks to the reverse grid regulations.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) was forced to fight hard to keep a recovering Tonteri (Double R) at bay throughout the race with the pair dicing for seventh throughout the 20 minute encounter before the Mexican driver held on, with Seb Priaulx (Arden) and the returning Lucca Allen (Fortec) rounding out the top ten.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) rounded out the finishers after Skelton’s early retirement, with Christian Lester (Rosso Verde/Scorpio) being forced to miss the race as a result of his incident in qualifying, with the team now working to ensure the rookie can make his series debut in Sunday’s races.

Race two will take place at 09:40 with Race three live on ITV4 at 15:20.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional Results, Round 25, 15 September, 2018

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 05.034s / 102.91mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.762
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden +3.314
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +3.728
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +6.240
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +7.441s
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +12.856
8 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +13.162
9 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +13.551
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Fortec +16.841 etc

Fastest lap
Jewiss 56.926 / 103.74mph

Rookie Class
1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Tonteri, 4 Alvarez

Grid for Round 26
Simmons – Pasma – Hauger – Doohan – Jewiss – Hoggard – Sulaiman – Tonteri – Priaulx – Allen etc

Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hoggard – Jewiss – Tonteri – Pasma – Doohan – Simmons – Hauger – Skelton – Sulaiman – Priaulx etc

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 371 points; 2 Simmons 330; 3 Hauger 295; 4 Doohan 274; 5 Pasma 249; 6 Hoggard 248; 7 Tonteri 223; 8 Priaulx 216; 9 Skelton 81; 10 Sulaiman 75 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 450 points; 2 Hauger 449; 3 Tonteri 384; 4 Skelton 302; 5 Alvarez 239; 6 Lester 0

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Lights to flag for Hoggard in Knockhill opener

  • Fortec driver secures win number four of the year
  • Pasma fends off Doohan to secure second spot
  • Fourth spot sees Jewiss extend points lead

25 August 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard converted pole position into his fourth victory of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season with a lights-to-flag success in round 22 at Knockhill.

The Fortec driver headed for Scotland buoyed by victory at Rockingham last time out and having come out on top of a frantic battle for pole, he produced a flawless drive at the head of the field to wrap up victory.

Never unduly troubled by the chasing pack behind, Hoggard added a new lap record to his victory for good measure in what could well be the only dry race of the weekend, with rain expected to arrive for races two and three on Sunday.

“I prefer to have a clear road in front of me so I can do my own thing, and was able to manage the gap to the guys behind,” he said. “The car felt good at the start and I got a gap and then they were able to close in towards the end – probably more than I would have liked.

“I got my head down and extended my advantage back out again before the finish and it’s great to win again. It was a long wait from my wins at Donington to Rockingham, but the confidence I got there has carried through to here and I’m looking forward to the challenge of rain tomorrow.”

Hoggard’s winning margin after 25 laps of the tight and twisty Knockhill circuit was just over a second ahead of fellow front-row starter Patrik Pasma, who found himself spending much of the race trying to keep Arden team-mate Jack Doohan at bay.

Their battle gave Hoggard the chance to ease away at the front and whilst Pasma was briefly able to start closing down the gap to the leader, further pressure from Doohan in the closing laps left the Finn to settle for second.

“P2 is decent points for the championship and tomorrow I think there will be more overtaking in the rain,” he said. “I think that will favour me.”

Third spot for Doohan ensured he secured honours amongst the rookie drivers having been unable to find a way ahead of Pasma, although it wasn’t for a lack of effort on behalf of the young Australian.

Although he got to within two-tenths of a second of Pasma on the final lap, he was just too far back to make a move for position and had to contend himself with the bottom step of the podium.

“It wasn’t the result I wanted, but I’m happy with P3 and top rookie,” he said. “The pace was so close between the top three and I tried a few times to get ahead of Pasma but couldn’t make a move stick.

“There were a few times where he had to defend and on the last lap I could see he was looking in his mirrors but it would have been hard to make a move without doing something stupid.”

Behind the top three, points leader Kiern Jewiss secured fourth for Double R, having been unable to keep pace with the trio ahead but with a comfortable advantage over Seb Priaulx (Arden) behind.

That still allowed Jewiss to extend his lead in the championship standings, with closest rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR) taking the flag in sixth spot.

“There was no point in pushing so I chilled out a bit,” Jewiss explained. “The times were so close I wasn’t going to catch the guys ahead and was only going to destroy the tyres. I’m happy that the right people finished in front of me in terms of the points and will look forward to tomorrow where the weather should throw a spanner in the works. We’ve been pretty good in the wet, so we’ll see how we go.”

Outside the top six, Dennis Hauger (Arden) provided much of the action as he looked to fight back from the five place grid penalty he picked up at Rockingham last time out.

From eleventh at the start, he made up two places on the opening lap before battling his way ahead of Paavo Tonteri (Double R) and then managed to get past Manual Sulaiman (JHR) at the hairpin on lap 19 – a move that saw Sulaiman run wide and also allowed Tonteri to get ahead.

“I couldn’t expect more round here as almost impossible to overtake,” Hauger reflected. “I managed to get a few places but it’s hard to follow round here. I’ve got to focus on tomorrow and see how we go there.”

Behind the battling trio, Josh Skelton (JHR) recovered from a mistake on the opening lap that saw him run wide and drop to the back of the field to take tenth, with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) rounding out the field.

Race two will take place at 1100 on Sunday morning.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 22, 25 August, 2018
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 39.737s / 91.97mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +1.175s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden +1.461s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +3.949s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +7.249s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +9.004s
7 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +14.674s
8 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +15.411s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +18.507s
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +24.285s etc

Fastest lap:
Hoggard 49.266s / 92.58mph

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

Grid for Round 23:
Simmons – Priaulx – Jewiss – Doohan – Pasma – Hoggard – Hauger – Tonteri – Sulaiman – Skelton etc

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 331 points; 2 Simmons 282; 3 Hauger 261; 4 Doohan 249; 5 Tonteri 213; 6 Pasma 206; 7 Hoggard 198; 8 Priaulx 196; 9 Skelton 77; 10 Sulaiman 60 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 392 points; 2 Hauger 381; 3 Tonteri 354; 4 Skelton 290; 5 Alvarez 209

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