Champion Jewiss celebrates with race two win at Brands Hatch

  • New champion Jewiss takes lights-to-flag win
  • Podium for Hoggard brings him closer to third overall
  • Rookie Cup fight goes to the season finale

30 September 2018 – Kiern Jewiss celebrated his title success in fine style with a sixth win of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season in the second race of the Brands Hatch season finale.

Double R driver Jewiss had taken an unassailable lead in the standings with a top six finish in race one on Saturday, which earned him a place on pole for race two under the reverse grid regulations.

Lining up alongside the man he has battled all season for the title, JHR’s Ayrton Simmons, Jewiss made the perfect start when the lights went out and was untroubled out front for the entire 14 lap race; taking the flag nearly two seconds clear of the chasing pack.

“After yesterday, I sat on the grid with a smile on my face and no pressure on my shoulders for the first time,” he said. “It was an enjoyable race and it might be the final time that the ‘Green Arrow’ crosses the line first as I think we’ll struggle in the dirty air in race three. However, I’ll do my best to end the season with another strong result.”

In what would prove to be a quiet affair at the sharp end of the grid, the podium positions would ultimately be decided at the start.

A slow getaway for Simmons saw him lose out off the line with Patrik Pasma (Arden) jumping up into second spot and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec) into third.

Unable to keep pace with Jewiss out front, Pasma was able to defend the position from Hoggard throughout to cement his place in the top six in the championship standings.

A ninth podium of the season for Hoggard meanwhile brings him within 15 points of the top three in the championship going into the season final at 16:00.

“I hope we can get into the top three,” he said. “I’ll be starting race three from pole with the other two guys further down the order so I have a chance of taking it. I didn’t take any real risks in that race and was focused on the points when it became clear I couldn’t get ahead of Patrik.”

Having finished on the podium in race one, Paavo Tonteri (Double R) took fourth spot having battled ahead of Simmons heading onto the Grand Prix for the first time, with the Finn securing his second Rookie Cup victory of the weekend and eighth of the season.

Simmons would ultimately end the race in fifth spot, just ahead of race one winner Sebastian Priaulx who was unable to make his way through the field from his starting position.

The two Rookie Cup contenders, Arden pair Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, would again end the race together on the results sheets although it was a race of mixed fortunes for the pair.

Hauger would run ahead of Doohan throughout and kept Priaulx honest in the fight for a top six finish before eventually crossing the line in seventh, with Doohan forced to fight back from a brief trip off track to take eighth.

Doohan now takes a nine point lead into the season finale, although it is Hauger who is seven points clear in the fight for third overall.

“I had a mis-shift on lap two into turn seven and ran wide so I lost ground to Dennis,” Doohan said. “The race was over from there really in terms of the result but we found something overnight and the balance in the car was a bit better than yesterday. We have to work for race three if we want to get third in the standings and I’ll do my best to beat Dennis for the Rookie Cup.”

“I’m going to be pushing as hard as I can in the final race,” Hauger added. “That’s all I can do and I just have to hope it’s enough.”

Outside the top eighth, Lucca Allen had run strongly throughout the race for Fortec but a late penalty for exceeding track limits meant he dropped behind Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) in the end results to complete the points finishes, with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) holding off race long pressure from Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) for eleventh.

Josh Skelton (JHR) was the only driver not to make the finish, retiring after an early race pit stop.

Race three of the weekend will start at 16:00 and is live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional Results, Round 29, 30 September 2018

1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20:42.209 / 98.72mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +1.993
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +2.473
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.958
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.396
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +4.990
7 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +5.490
8 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +8.043
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +14.733
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +16.994 etc

Fastest lap
Doohan 1:27.483 / 100.13mph

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

Round 30 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hoggard – Priaulx – Tonteri – Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Sulaiman – Hauger – Doohan – Allen etc

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 437 points; 2 Simmons 362; 3 Hauger 329; 4 Doohan 322; 5 Hoggard 314; 6 Pasma 305; 7 Priaulx 257; 8 Tonteri 251; 9 Sulaiman 93; 10 Skelton 83 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 530 points; 2 Hauger 521; 3 Tonteri 446; 4 Skelton 337; 5 Alvarez 278; 6 Lester 20

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Doohan battles to race two win as Jewiss extends advantage

  • Rookie Cup leader secures third overall victory
  • Arden complete 1-2 in second Silverstone race
  • Jewiss wins astonishing race to the line to steal third spot

16 September, 2018 – Jack Doohan produced a fine performance in the second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Silverstone to pick up his third win of the 2018 campaign.

Arden’s Australian racer led the majority of the race to pick up maximum points ahead of team-mate Patrik Pasma, whilst the battle for third spot would be decided in the most dramatic of fashions on the run to the line.

The race had kicked off with Ayrton Simmons (JHR) on pole position but he would lose places on the run to Becketts for the first time as the fast-starting Arden car of Dennis Hauger went side-by-side for the lead.

That allowed both Doohan and Pasma to slip up the inside, with the pair banging wheels as they entered the Wellington Straight before Doohan got ahead into the lead.

An early Safety Car period to recover the cars of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Lucca Allen (Fortec) from the gravel at Copse at an incident on lap two prevented Doohan from trying to pull away, but the perfect restart when the race resumed allowed the Red Bull Junior to break away.

From that point onwards, Doohan was unchallenged to take victory nearly three seconds ahead of Pasma as Arden wrapped up a 1-2 finish.

“The conditions were a bit cooler today and I managed the warm-up procedure well and got my tyres working well,” Doohan said. “We found some more pace overnight which was good and it’s great to win.

“The opening lap was a bit dramatic with Patrik and we banged wheels on the exit of Becketts but it was a fair battle and we came out of it running first and second which is good for the team.

“The restart was key for me as I knew I had to time it right to break the tow. Luckily I managed to do that and I’m going to keep taking things race-by-race and see where we end up when we get to Brands Hatch.”

Whilst Pasma’s run to second was a somewhat lonely affair, the same certainly couldn’t be said of what would prove to be a titanic battle for third place.

Simmons had slotted back into third on the opening lap with Hauger giving chase, with the two drivers then battling throughout the race when the action resumed in a bid to secure the final place on the podium.

Despite the best efforts of Hauger, Simmons was making his car as wide as possible in a bid to retain the position, being forced to defend hard into Becketts on lap 18 when Hauger got alongside on the exit of Copse.

The battle would rage until the final lap but the pair hadn’t factored in the possibility of being joined in the fight for third by championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R), who had spent the entire race stuck behind the Fortec run car of race one winner Johnathan Hoggard.

Entering the final lap, Jewiss managed to sweep round the outside of Hoggard into Copse and then set about chasing down the pair ahead, closing in as the pair went into Brooklands with Simmons being forced wide as Hauger tried to go up the inside.

Into the following right-hander at Luffield, Simmons had the inside lead to try and keep third from Hauger but Jewiss was able to slip his car inside both to leave the trio running side-by-side on the run to the line.

Jewiss would cross the line just 0.006s ahead of Simmons to steal third spot and extend his lead in the standings to 44 points, with Hauger just 0.084s further back in fifth.

“I was glad to get ahead of Johnathan with a good move round the outside at turn one and I could see the two ahead had been battling hard,” Jewiss said. “They ran wide out of turn two and I got a run into turn four and then ran wide trying to attack each other.

“When then ran wide, I don’t think Ayrton knew I was there and I got the car up the inside and we ran side-by-side. They tried to squeeze me a bit and we were all racing hard and I came away with third.

“I knew I’d got it when I crossed the line and with Ayrton having started on pole, I expected to lose points. Hopefully we can now extend the lead a bit further in race three.”

Behind the battle for third spot, Hoggard crossed the line in sixth spot, with Manuel Sulaiman taking a solid seventh spot for JHR.

The fight for eighth would be one of the main talking points of the race, with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), Paavo Tonteri (Double R), Seb Priaulx (Arden) and Josh Skelton (JHR) spending much of the race fighting for the position.

Sharp had moved up to eighth having avoided the drama of the opening laps but was left to defend hard to keep Tonteri at bay after the restart before the Finn was forced to retire at the end for the twelfth lap, which left Priaulx and Skelton to put pressure on Sharp for the position.

It looked like Sharp would hold on until two laps from the end when the pressure finally told and Priaulx managed to get ahead, with Skelton then following him through to take ninth – having been forced to pit early on for a new nose after contact with Alvarez that triggered the lap two incident.

Christian Lester completed the finishers in eleventh spot on what was his debut in the series after hard work from the Rosso Verde/Scorpio team saw his car repaired overnight after an incident in qualifying, with the rookie gradually improving his lap times throughout the race.

Race three will be live on ITV4 at 15:20.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional Results, Round 26, 16 September, 2018

1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 20m 40.276s / 90.46mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +2.899
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +6.392
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +6.398
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +6.482
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +6.950
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +8.140
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.669
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.260
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +14.622 etc

Fastest lap:
Doohan 56.990s / 103.62mph

Rookie Class:
1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Skelton, 4 Lester

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 386 points; 2 Simmons 342; 3 Hauger 305; 4 Doohan 299; 5 Pasma 267; 6 Hoggard 256; 7 Tonteri 223; 8 Priaulx 220; 9 Skelton 83; 10 Sulaiman 81 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 475 points; 2 Hauger 467; 3 Tonteri 384; 4 Skelton 317; 5 Alvarez 239; 6 Lester 12

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Simmons masters conditions to take race two at Knockhill

  • Simmons closes gap to Jewiss with fourth win of the year
  • Priaulx and Pasma round out podium places
  • Wet conditions lead to dramatic second race

26 August 2018 – Ayrton Simmons closed the gap to points leader Kiern Jewiss with victory in the second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Knockhill.

With rain having arrived overnight, challenging conditions greeted the drivers when the race kicked off with Simmons (JHR Developments) able to lead from start-to-finish to wrap up a fourth victory of the campaign having started on pole.

It was a win that allowed Simmons to claw back some ground in the points standings after Jewiss had to settle for a second fourth place finish of the weekend.

“I’m really pleased,” Simmons said. “We weren’t that quick in the wet on Friday so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but the team gave me the best car I’ve ever had in the wet and that made life easy for me.

“I had the advantage of the best visibility but it was tricky at times to lead the way as you never know where the grip will be but it was okay once I got into a rhythm. It’s good points in the championship with Kiern having opened up a bit of a gap, and we’ll give it our best to try and outscore him again in race three.”

Simmons was able to retain his place at the head of the field when the lights went out at the start before the safety car was deployed when Josh Skelton (JHR) slid off into the gravel and got beached at Clarks on lap two.

The same lap would also see race one winner Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec) forced out when he lost the rear of his car under braking into the hairpin and slid into Dennis Hauger’s Arden-run machine. It left Hoggard with damaged suspension and meant Hauger had to return to the pits to have a new nose fitted to his car.

Before the race was able to resume, Paavo Tonteri (Double R) was added to the list of retirements when his car ground to a halt on track, with the action finally getting back underway with just under ten minutes of racing left to run.

Simmons made the ideal restart to get the jump on the chasing pack with Seb Priaulx (Arden) attempting to give chase behind, with the fight for third between Jewiss (Double R) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) grabbing the attention of fans watching trackside.

That gave Priaulx some breathing space as he wrapped up second place despite struggling with visibility throughout the race.

“Second is good but I’m a bit disappointed at the same time that we couldn’t challenge for the win,” he said. “I had an issue with my visor steaming up and couldn’t see properly which was unfortunate. Credit to Ayrton though, he drove well.”

The battle for third would ultimately be decided when Jewiss ran slightly wide at Clarks, giving Pasma a run up the inside on the way into the hairpin as the Finn took third spot.

Jack Doohan (Arden) attempted to follow him through but slight contact with Jewiss as he turned into the corner would tip the Australian into a spin that dropped him to the rear of the field.

Whilst Pasma secured the final place on the podium, Jewiss repeated his race one result with fourth despite the best efforts of a recovering Hauger in the closing laps.

The Norwegian driver would close right up to the points leader but then clipped the kerb and lost momentum at the chicane on the final lap, which gave Jewiss some breathing space through the final corner. Fifth for Hauger still allowed him to take rookie honours.

“It’s not what we wanted as we were quick in the wet and wanted to fight for a podium but it isn’t too bad considering I had to pit for a new wing,” he said. “I had to battle my way through the pack and I hope we can have a more straightforward race three.”

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) took sixth spot after fighting his way ahead of Sebastian Alvarez at the hairpin in the closing laps, with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) taking eighth having lost ground when he ran wide through the gravel at the chicane whilst fighting in the pack. Doohan completed the nine finishers following his spin.

Race three gets underway live on ITV4 at 1620.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 23, 26 August, 2018

1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 20m 32.093s / 66.63mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +5.126s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +7.097s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +10.416s
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.895s
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +16.351s
7 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +20.828s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +22.874s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden +27.565s

Fastest lap:
Simmons 56.288s / 81.03mph

Rookie Class:
1 Hauger 2 Alvarez 3 Doohan

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 343 points; 2 Simmons 307; 3 Hauger 271; 4 Doohan 251; 5 Pasma 221; 6 Priaulx 214; 7 Tonteri 213; 8 Hoggard 198; 9 Skelton 77; 10 Sulaiman 68 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 407 points; 2 Hauger 406; 3 Tonteri 354; 4 Skelton 290; 5 Alvarez 227

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