DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx enjoys sensational podium return at Snetterton

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30 JULY, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx has kicked off the second half of his maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season in style with a sensational pair of second place finishes at Snetterton this weekend (28/29 July).

The 1st Central Insurance driver enjoyed a fantastic return to action following the five week summer break, with a tremendous performance seeing him bounce back from a difficult qualifying session to record the third and fourth podium finishes of his F4 career so far.

Priaulx headed into the meeting in a buoyant mood following a positive two day test at Snetterton earlier this month, and his confidence was boosted further by some tremendous pace during official Friday practice, with the Guernseyman ending the day second fastest overall.

It unfortunately didn’t go his way in qualifying on Saturday however, with Priaulx missing out on the peak of his tyres as he posted the eighth quickest time, which secured him a fourth row start for the first and third races of the weekend.

The Ravenscroft supported racer wasn’t phased by that however and a great start to the opening encounter saw him rise to fifth place on the opening lap alone, before an incident ahead on lap three secured him another position.

Right onto the tail of the podium contenders, Priaulx would benefit from further drama in front of him over the next few laps to rise to a brilliant second place, which he would maintain to the chequered flag for a richly-deserved return to the podium.

That result secured the seventeen year old fifth on the reverse grid for race two, but once again he would make immediate progress on the opening lap as he slipped into second place through the Wilson hairpin for the first time.

Priaulx got his head down and posted a run of consistently quick lap-times as he almost halved the race leader’s initial two second advantage, holding the fastest lap for the majority of the race as he edged clear of the pack behind.

While a challenge for the race win was unfortunately out of his grasp, Priaulx would complete a truly faultless performance by bringing his Arden Motorsport machine home in second, a result which capped off a fantastic day of racing.

The final race of the weekend took place on Sunday afternoon in front of a huge trackside crowd and the live ITV4 television cameras, with Priaulx determined to put on a show as he looked to battle through from eighth on the grid.

It unfortunately proved to be a bruising affair though, with a dramatic clash on the pit-straight sending him airborne briefly and leading to damage to his car. With his chances of making progress therefore hampered, a mature drive would see him pick up a seventh place finish.

That result coupled with a great points haul from his two podium finishes has maintained Priaulx’s top six championship standing heading into the next rounds of the championship at Rockingham in Corby in two weeks’ time (11/12 August).

Sebastian Priaulx: “We worked hard over the summer break to put ourselves in the best position possible for the second half of the season and it’s fantastic to see all that effort come to fruition this weekend with a return to the podium.

“Qualifying didn’t go my way, but to be able to come back from that and fight through to second in both the first two races was awesome. It all clicked for us with our race pace this weekend and I really enjoyed battling through the field.

“Race three was a shame, the early contact knocked out the tow on the car and I couldn’t do much from there. That doesn’t take away from a great weekend though and we’ve picked up a really good points haul for the championship.”

DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx shines at Donington Park with British F4 podium

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30 APRIL, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx has continued his superb start to his maiden F4 British Championship campaign with a brilliant podium finish during the second meeting of the season at Donington Park this past weekend (28/29 April).

The 1st Central Insurance supported driver headed into the weekend with confidence high following a sensational race-winning debut at Brands Hatch three weeks ago, and that certainly showed as he fought at the front of the field throughout at the Leicestershire circuit.

Priaulx showed great pace in the lead up to the event during official testing, finishing in the top five on the timesheets on both Monday and Thursday, however he would encounter different weather conditions come Saturday as the rain fell heading into qualifying.

Competing with the backing of Ravenscroft, Priaulx would get quicker as the session progressed as he acclimatised to the grip levels on circuit, eventually securing a great fourth on the grid for races one and three, the first of which followed that evening.

The decisive moment in race one would come at the start, as a fantastic launch off the line allowed Priaulx to immediately challenge the drivers ahead, before a sensationally creative move saw him storm around the outside of two cars to grab second place.

From there, Priaulx settled into a rhythm of consistently quick lap times as he pulled over two seconds clear of his closest pursuer, however that would be unfortunately slashed when the action was briefly halted by the safety car just after mid-distance.

A great restart from the Guernseyman though saw him immediately pull away from his battling rivals behind again, allowing him to comfortably bring the car home to the chequered flag to make it two podium finishes in his first four British F4 races.

In drier conditions the next morning, Priaulx lined up fourth on the reverse grid in his Arden Motorsport machine for the sixtieth start of his car-racing career so far, however it would unfortunately become a difficult encounter.

Initially rising to third position off the line, it would prove to be a bruising opening couple of laps from there as he slipped back to seventh. A strong fightback got him back to fifth at one stage, before he eventually took the finish in sixth position.

The seventeen year old bounced back well from that frustration to put in a strong display in the final race of the weekend in front of the live ITV4 television cameras, as he found himself in the middle of a close fought four-way battle for the final podium spot.

Changing positions throughout the race, Priaulx came away with a strong fifth place finish to continue his record of finishing every race so far this season in the top six, which has helped him to come away from the weekend third in the championship standings.

Sebastian Priaulx: “Donington Park has always been a tough circuit for me, so it was a case of damage limitation heading into the weekend. Therefore to come away with a trio of top six finishes, a great points haul and another podium finish is fantastic for me.

“We certainly had the pace over the course of the weekend and while I didn’t always get the chance to show it, I’m pleased with the performance we produced. Every time I get in the car I’m learning loads and my confidence is growing all the time

“We’ve been a consistent presence at the front of the field throughout the season so far and we’re going to be working hard between now and Thruxton to ensure we can be challenging for silverware once again around one of the most unique, challenging circuits on the calendar.”

Thruxton, the fastest circuit in the United Kingdom, will host rounds seven, eight and nine of the 2018 F4 British Championship season over the weekend of the 19/20 May.

DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx stuns on Formula 4 debut with superb Brands Hatch victory

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9 APRIL, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx enjoyed a dream start to his maiden F4 British Championship campaign with a sensational victory in only his second race in the series during the opening rounds of the season at Brands Hatch this past weekend (7/8 April).

The win would be the standout result of a hugely impressive debut outing in single-seater competition for the 1st Central supported driver, who took two more top four finishes to end the meeting second in the championship standings.

After showing superb pace throughout pre-season testing in his Arden Motorsport machine, Priaulx would carry that speed into the official two free practice sessions on Friday, with a best effort of 46.274 seconds around the 1.2 mile circuit seeing him finish fourth fastest for the day.

The Ravenscroft backed racer would encounter a different challenge come qualifying the follow morning though, with a sprinkling of rain just before the session got underway meaning that the field would be greeted by a damp circuit.

Priaulx would acclimatise to the tricky conditions in typically strong fashion though, with his two fastest times during the twenty minute session placing him fifth on the grid for race one of the weekend, and sixth for race three.

The seventeen year old would start his debut race in the championship in style as a fantastic launch off the line saw him immediately move into fourth place, before he quickly closed on the top three as he lapped as the fastest driver on the circuit.

Once he latched onto the rear of the drivers ahead, Priaulx would unfortunately not see a clear opportunity to make further progress present itself, with a mature drive from there ensuring he took the chequered flag in fourth..

That result meant the Guernseyman would start the second race of the day from the same position on the reverse grid, with another brilliant getaway seeing him sweep into third position heading around Paddock Hill Bend for the first time – a move that would prove to be crucial.

The two drivers ahead of him would quickly be issued with ten second time penalties for jumping the start, meaning that Priaulx would assume the position of race leader as he ran third on the road, in close proximity to the cars ahead.

Maintaining a consistent gap to his closest rivals behind, Priaulx would hold his position to the chequered flag for what he believed was a third place finish, before he entered parc ferme to the welcome surprise that he had in fact secured a superb first victory.

With the win naturally filling him with confidence, Priaulx headed into the final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon hoping to produce another standout performance in front of the live ITV4 television cameras.

In tricky wet conditions, the reigning Ginetta Junior vice-champion would produce another great launch off the line to storm into fifth position heading into Paddock Hill Bend, a place he would go on to hold for the first half of the race.

Following a short safety car period, Priaulx would capitalise on a mistake from a driver ahead at the restart to slip into fourth place. While he went on to put pressure on the podium contenders in the closing laps, he would have to settle for fourth at the flag.

That result capped off a fantastic maiden F4 British Championship meeting for Priaulx, who sits nineteen points off the top of the standings heading into the next three rounds of the championship at Donington Park in three weeks’ time (28/29 April).

Sebastian Priaulx: “I really couldn’t have asked for much more from my first weekend in single-seater racing. The F4 British Championship is a really hard series to win in, so I’m immensely proud to have done so in only my second race!

“I honestly had no idea that I’d won until I pulled into parc ferme and they directed me to the P1 board. To find out I’d taken my first victory was amazing – it’s something I really didn’t think would happen so soon in the season and hopefully it’s just the start.

“That was the highlight of what was a really positive weekend all round. While the changeable conditions in qualifying put us lower on the grid that hoped, I was able to fight through to fourth in both those races which I’m really pleased about.

“This weekend was a huge learning curve and to come away from it with the results we did, having kept our nose clean and made no mistakes, is really positive and I’m looking forward to taking this momentum into Donington Park.”

DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx teams up with Ravenscroft for 2018 British F4 campaign

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24 JANUARY, 2018 – 1st Central racing driver Sebastian Priaulx is delighted to announce a new sponsor. Stockbroker and investment manager Ravenscroft has agreed a three year sponsorship with Priaulx ahead of his maiden campaign in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Founded in 2005, Ravenscroft is an independently owned group which provides stockbroking, investment management and corporate finance services to private and institutional clients across the Channel Islands and the UK.

Ravenscroft is supporting Priaulx into 2018 and beyond as the 17-year-old aims to challenge for the FIA British F4 title with leading team Arden Motorsport, with whom he showed hugely promising pace during an extensive testing programme prior to Christmas.

The reigning Ginetta Junior Championship vice-champion will get more time behind the wheel during a number of official pre-season tests, before unveiling his new car livery at the championship’s media day at Rockingham on Tuesday 13th March.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m delighted to be welcoming Ravenscroft on-board for what is sure to be an exciting 2018 season. They are a great company in the Channel Islands and I look forward to a prosperous partnership. I’m determined to challenge for the title this season and am hugely grateful to both 1st Central Insurance and Ravenscroft for making this season possible.”

Mark Bousfield – Ravenscroft Group Managing Director: “Sebastian, like his father, grandfather and great-grandfather before him, has shown incredible natural talent and huge determination to be successful in motorsport. Ravenscroft is a passionate supporter of the communities within which we operate and every year we help sports men and women like Sebastian fulfill their potential. This is an exciting time for Sebastian and so we have come together with a number of Ravenscroft friends who all wanted to provide some financial support and be part of the next stage of his career.”

The exciting news comes as Priaulx prepares for the Channel Islands Sports Awards 2017, for which he is nominated for the Rising Star award, which looks to recognise a local young sportsperson with outstanding potential.

The awards ceremony takes place this Thursday (25th January) and will be televised live on ITV Channel TV across two special programmes at 20:30 and 22:30.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m really looking forward to the Channel Islands Sports Awards. It’s a pleasure to be nominated for the Rising Star awards and I’m up against some huge competition. It will be a great evening celebrating the best of the Channel Islands sport, and I’m pleased to be having representatives from 1st Central Insurance and Ravenscroft there with me.”