Hoggard secures season finale as Doohan takes Rookie Cup

  • Hoggard takes eighth win in season finale
  • Fortec driver climbs to third overall
  • Rookie Cup decided in favour of Jack Doohan

30 September 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard brought the curtain down on the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season with an eighth victory of the year that earned him a place on the end of year podium.

The Fortec driver has started the race from pole and led from start-to-finish for a win that vaulted him from fifth in the standings to third overall ahead of the two drivers who were busy dicing for the Rookie Cup title.

In the end, that battle was decided in favour of Jack Doohan ahead of Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger, with the Australian securing the crown by 15 points.

The race itself would prove to be a straightforward outing for Hoggard at the head of the field once he had got away safely off the line.

Building a slender lead over Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) following an early safety car period to recover Sebastian Alvarez’s Double R car from the gravel after an off at Hawthorns, Hoggard was able to keep his rival at bay despite Priaulx ending the race as the fastest man on track.

It means Hoggard ends the season with more wins than any other driver, with a run of six victories across the final four meetings of the year helping him to achieve his aim of a top three championship finish.

“I’m over the moon,” he said. “I came into the weekend looking to end the year with the most wins but as the races have gone on, third in the championship has become more of a goal.

“In the last race it’s great to have got the win and secured third in the standings from the two Red Bull guys. It’s the perfect end to the season and whilst it would have been nice to have these kind of results all year, it’s nice to end it on a high.”

A second podium finish of the weekend for Priaulx was enough to see him secure seventh in the overall standings ahead of Paavo Tonteri (Double R), the driver he had gone into the final meeting level on points with.

A strong weekend for the Finn saw him also take to the podium on two occasions as he finished the season finale in third overall to pick up three Rookie Cup wins out of three.

“In terms of the Rookie Cup, we got everything we could from this weekend,” he said. “There wasn’t much action in the final race from my point of view but it’s good to end it with another podium finish.”

Behind the podium finishers, championship runner-up Ayrton Simmons took fourth spot for JHR ahead of Arden’s Patrik Pasma, with the pair both moving ahead of newly crowned champion Kiern Jewiss (Double R) on the eighth lap when he had a moment at Graham Hill Bend.

Jewiss would round out the top six ahead of Red Bull Junior driver Doohan, who wrapped up the Rookie Cup with seventh overall.

Doohan had gone into the season finale with a slender lead over team-mate Hauger but when the Norwegian dropped to the back of the field after a trip through the Paddock Hill gravel following contact with Manuel Sulaiman, Doohan was able to secure the points he needed to wrap up the crown.

“We haven’t had the strongest weekend but have done what we needed to do to win the Rookie Cup,” he said. “We made progress across the weekend after a tough start to improve the car but it’s good to end up as rookie champion.

“It’s been a tough season with Dennis and Paavo at the front of the rookies as we have all been scoring good points and it was hard to make up from any DNFs. It’s great that I’ve ended up on top.”

Behind Doohan, the points were completed by Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), Sulaiman and Josh Skelton (JHR), with Hauger bringing the curtain down on his campaign just outside the points in eleventh after his earlier drama.

Aside from Alvarez, Lucca Allen retired late on having looked well set to score points in his Fortec-run car.

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

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20:32.562s / 85.28mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.448
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +2.353
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.331
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +6.240
6 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +6.791
7 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.331
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +10.234
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +10.666
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.281 etc

Fastest lap
Priaulx 1:27.113 / 100.55mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 445 points; 2 Simmons 374; 3 Hoggard 339; 4 Hauger 329; 5 Doohan 328; 6 Pasma 315; 7 Priaulx 275; 8 Tonteri 266; 9 Sulaiman 95; 10 Skelton 84 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 548 points; 2 Hauger 533; 3 Tonteri 471; 4 Skelton 352; 5 Alvarez 278; 6 Lester 20

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Hoggard secures seventh victory as Jewiss edges further clear

  • Hoggard doubles up to take seventh win of the season
  • Jewiss battles to hard-earned second place
  • Simmons fails to finish to lose ground in the title race

16 September, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard maintained his record of winning every race where he has finished on the podium with victory in the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Having emerged victorious from the opening race at the Northamptonshire circuit, Hoggard once again led from start-to-finish to take another win for Fortec, although it was a victory that was far from straightforward thanks to the pressure of the chasing pack behind.

Hoggard had started the race from pole position and headed the field into Copse for the first time, emerging from the opening lap with a handy advantage after championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R) lost ground following a touch from team-mate Paavo Tonteri.

That allowed Rookie Cup leader Jack Doohan (Arden) through into second spot and he set about chasing down Hoggard for the victory.

Whilst he would close to within a tenth of a second at one stage, Hoggard was able to hold on at the front and was then forced to defend from Jewiss in the closing stages when he managed to battle his way back into second place.

Jewiss would try hard but couldn’t make a move stick, allowing Hoggard to take a win that moves him up to fifth in the standings.

“That was one of the toughest races of the season,” he said. “There was a lot of pressure from Jack at the start and then from Kiern at the end and I can take a lot of satisfaction from that one.

“To have seven wins this season is something that I’m very proud of and I’m really happy with how the second half of the year has gone. It’s a shame for me that the season didn’t start in the summer!”

Second place for Jewiss came at the end of a dramatic race for the points leader, who slipped down to fourth after the moment on the opening lap.

Running behind title rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR) on track, Jewiss managed to find a way through on the seventh lap when the pair touched at Luffield before setting off to chase down Doohan.

Quickly dispatching the Arden man, Jewiss closed in on Hoggard but there was no way through and he had to settle for second.

“It wasn’t an easy race,” he said. “I had a little help from behind at the start which cost me places but it’s not a problem as we got back to where we should have been by the finish. I have to say thanks to Double R as we’ve come away from the race with an extended lead in the standings.

“I’ve got a good lead going to Brands Hatch but my approach going there isn’t going to change and we’ll have to see what happens.”

Doohan made it three podium finishes from the weekend – and a hat-trick of Rookie Cup wins – having fended off the challenge of fellow Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger on the final lap.

Hauger had battled his way through from seventh on the grid to challenge Doohan into Brooklands, with the pair touching wheels as Doohan then defended the position into Luffield; holding on for a result that extends his Rookie Cup lead and brings him to within three points of Hauger in the battle for third overall.

“It’s been a good weekend and our pace has progressed through the three races,” he said. “I think I could possibly have pushed for the win in that one but there was never really a clear chance to go for the lead and I was thinking about the points for the championship.

“When Dennis came up behind me, I wasn’t going to let him get that position and it means we’ve got a little bit of a lead in the Rookie Cup and have closed up in the fight for P3 so I’ll head for Brands Hatch feeling better than ever.”

Hauger had to settle for fourth place with Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) capping a solid weekend on track with fifth spot that gives him his best weekend score of the season.

Patrik Pasma (Arden) saw his chances of fighting at the front ended by a poor opening lap where he dropped down the order, with the Finn taking sixth spot ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Seb Priaulx (Arden); the latter losing time early on with a spin after contract from Tonteri and then being forced to take avoiding action to avoid Josh Skelton (JHR) when he suffered a spin late in the race.

Lucca Allen (Fortec) had crossed the line in seventh on the road but a ten second penalty for a false start meant he was classified in ninth, with the points scorers completed by Tonteri after his action-packed race.

Skelton and Christian Lester (Rosso Verde/Scorpio) rounded out the twelve finishers.

Whilst Jamie Sharp (Sharp) was an early retirement, the big loser from the race was Simmons, who saw his title challenge take a major hit when he also failed to finish.

Having lost position to Jewiss in the battle for third, Simmons then came under attack from Hauger on the eighth lap and would plummet down the order when he found himself out of position and vulnerable to the pack behind.

A spin at Copse whilst running side-by-side with Alvarez dropped him outside the points before he came in to retire five laps from the end, meaning he has now slipped to 62 points behind Jewiss with 75 still to play for.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost
Provisional Results, Round 27, 16 September, 2018

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 20.032s / 101.65mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.388
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.098
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +1.227
5 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +6.166
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +6.436
7 Sebastian ALVAREX / MEX / Double R +8.922
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.465
9 Lucca ALLEN / GBR / Fortec +17.049
10 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +17.295 etc

Fastest lap:
Jewiss 57.407s / 102.87mph

Rookie Class:
1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Alvarez, 4 Tonteri. 5 Skelton, 6 Lester

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 404 points; 2 Simmons 342; 3 Hauger 317; 4 Doohan 314; 5 Hoggard 281; 6 Pasma 275; 7 Priaulx 224; 8 Tonteri 224; 9 Sulaiman 91; 10 Skelton 83; etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 500 points; 2 Hauger 485; 3 Tonteri 396; 4 Skelton 327; 5 Alvarez 254; 6 Lester 20

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Hoggard doubles up in Knockhill finale

  • Fortec driver adds second victory of the weekend
  • Pasma makes it three podiums out of three
  • Simmons outscores points leader Jewiss to reduce championship gap

26 August 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard bounced back from the disappointment of race two to secure a second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost victory of the weekend in the final race at Knockhill.

The Fortec driver had been forced to retire from the opening race of Sunday after an incident on the first lap left him with damaged suspension, but he started the Scottish finale from pole by virtue of his second quickest time in qualifying.

In conditions that were arguably even more difficult than those encountered in race two, Hoggard was able to maintain his position at the front when the lights went out ahead of Patrik Pasma (Arden) and wouldn’t be headed despite two safety car periods that backed up the field.

It means Hoggard now has five wins for the season; the joint best on the grid.

“Race two didn’t go to plan with the incident on the opening lap, so it’s nice to bounce back with another win,” he said. “I struggled a bit at the start as didn’t know the lines and what speed to carry into the corners, but I soon got my head down and pulled away.

“I think the championship is beyond us at this stage of the season, but it’s great to come away from the weekend with 50 points on the board and I’ll keep pushing hard through the final two rounds.”

Behind Hoggard, Pasma was able to maintain his strong recent form as he made it three podium finishes from the weekend with second spot.

Unable to quite match his rival ahead, the Finn was able to ease away from the battle behind for third place to secure more silverware from the weekend.

“It’s a shame not to get a win but three podiums is still good,” he said. “Rockingham and Knockhill are my two favourite circuits and we’ve picked up some strong results from them.”

The fight for third would prove to be a frenetic one, with points leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R) holding the place in the early stages ahead of title rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR).

After slight contact between the pair exiting the hairpin on the sixth lap, Jewiss then ran slightly wide at the chicane on the next lap which allowing Simmons to get a run into Clarks, where he slipped through into third spot – a position he would hold to the finish to take points out of Jewiss in the title race.

“To get up to P3 and be ahead of Kiern is important for the championship,” he said. “The car was really good in the early laps although we did pick up a bit of damage with the contact mid-way through.

“To finish on the podium despite that is great and we’ve cut the lead at the top a bit more. We have to keep doing what we are doing and chip away at Kiern’s advantage.”

Behind Simmons, Dennis Hauger (Arden) took fourth spot and top rookie honours after also finding a way ahead of Jewiss to complete a strong comeback from a trip across the gravel on lap one.

The Norwegian had been forced to take avoiding action at turn three to avoid team-mates Seb Priaulx and Jack Doohan after they came together and suffered spins, which resulted in the first safety car to allow Priaulx’s car to be pushed back onto the circuit. Hauger now heads the rookie standings.

Jewiss was left to finish the race in fifth spot and retains the points lead at the end of the weekend.

“In that last race I think we had the best car by far but I had an issue with visor and couldn’t see properly,” he said. “It was like driving in fog and I had to follow the rain lights ahead; it was pretty impossible to see.

“It’s a real shame for the team because they gave me a great car and the end result isn’t what they deserved.”

After his lap one spin, Doohan ended up with sixth place having set the fastest lap on his recovery through the field, with Paavo Tonteri (Double R) rounding out the rookie podium in seventh place.

Josh Skelton (JHR), Jamie Sharp (Sharp) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) rounded out the top ten, with Priaulx finishing a lap down in eleventh.

Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) was the only non-finisher after his car ground to a halt on the exit of the hairpin, causing a brief second safety car period whilst it was recovered from the circuit.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 24, 26 August, 2018

1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 18.282s / 74.87mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +0.954s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +3.625s
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +3.977s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +5.471s
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUD / Arden +6.077s
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +8.319s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +11.486s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +14.350s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +14.652s etc

Fastest lap:
Doohan 56.190s / 81.17mph

Rookie Class:
1 Hauger 2 Doohan 3 Tonteri 4 Skelton

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 353 points; 2 Simmons 322; 3 Hauger 283; 4 Doohan 259; 5 Pasma 239; 6 Hoggard 223; 7 Tonteri 219; 8 Priaulx 214; 9 Skelton 81; 10 Sulaiman 69 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 431 points; 2 Doohan 425; 3 Tonteri 369; 4 Skelton 302; 5 Alvarez 227

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