Pasma doubles his fun at the Speedway with second win as Arden score one-two

  • Pasma wins again from pole position at Rockingham.
  • Priaulx scores fifth podium of season.
  • Jewiss snatches final podium spot at last corner after titanic battle with title rival Simmons.
  • Skelton takes first Rookie class win.

12 AUGUST, 2018 – Having finally taken his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost earlier in the weekend, Patrik Pasma was at it again in the final race of the Rockingham Motor Speedway meeting. The Finn leading an Arden one-two finish with Sebastian Priaulx second.

Just as he did in round 19, poleman Pasma led flawlessly from lights-to-flag. Perhaps the only blemish a slight lock-up into Deene hairpin on the opening lap.

The Finn can be forgiven for that though after what has been something of a breakthrough weekend which has seen him marry speed with consistency to enable him to have his most successful weekend in single-seaters. He was devastatingly quick around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire track at times and is now on the hunt for plenty more silverware in the remaining races this season.

“It’s been a brilliant weekend with two victories,” said Pasma. “I’m so happy. Our pace has been really good since Friday. The team have done a fantastic job so big thanks to them.

“Priaulx was pushing me hard and then the Safety Car came. I managed to get a good restart and build a little gap.

“These results give me a great boost for the rest of the season. We need to work hard before Knockhill which is the next meeting to get even more wins.”

Behind Pasma at the start there was once again plenty of drama as the field charged into Deene hairpin. This time it was Arden’s Red Bull Juniors Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger who came to grief. The pair making contact and curtailing what had been a strong point scoring weekend for both of them.

Following the race, Hauger was handed a five place grid penalty to be taken at the next possible opportunity for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety.

The commotion ahead in the opening exchanges saw Priaulx profit most. After missing out on an excellent result in the preceding race due to contact at the very same corner, it was fitting that fortune favoured the Guernseyman. He duly picked up the pieces as his team-mates came unstuck and chased Pasma home untroubled on the way to second place and an Arden one-two.

“We got a good start and my team-mates tapped each other which meant I could capitalise,” explained Priaulx. “I got P2 on the first lap and that was the key to my race really.

“I had good pace at the start and I felt like I could try to overtake Patrik at some points, but I felt I didn’t quite have enough to pull it off with minimal risk.

“I got fastest lap which was really good and underlines the pace I have got.

“I’m really happy to finish on the podium after an up and down weekend. We got tapped off the circuit in race two which wasn’t our fault so I’m happy to end with a podium.

“We’ve had the pace for a podium all weekend so we deserved this result. We just need to improve a bit in qualifying, but we’ll learn and find a way to adapt.”

After a Safety Car period triggered by the need to retrieve Paavo Tonteri’s stricken Double R-prepared racer on lap five following contact with the wall on the exit of the final corner, there was no shortage of excitement behind the Arden duo.

As the race progressed spectators were treated to a grandstand finish with Ayrton Simmons attempting to fend off championship rival Kiern Jewiss and Johnathan Hoggard. The latter getting passed by Jewiss on lap nine as he attempted to make a move of his own on Simmons. Instead it was Jewiss who had the last laugh, expertly making his way up the order from 12th on the grid and finishing with a flourish.

Having hounded Simmons lap after lap, a better run through the final chicane on the very last lap set Jewiss up with the opportunity to steal third in the dying moments. He did so superbly as he used the momentum from a better exit onto the straight to out-drag Simmons in the run to the finish line. An unquestionably sweet moment for the Double R ace who has now extended his championship lead to 45 points.

“I got a really good start for the first time this weekend after two not very good ones,” explained Jewiss.

“I got a good launch and ran around the outside into turn two, but I found myself in the middle of everything with the two Red Bull Juniors making contact ahead and then people trying to get up my inside as I braked.

“I had to back out so there wasn’t any contact to stay in the race. I then just set about picking my way through the field and the Safety Car definitely helped. It was just a shame it had to come out due to one of the Double R-prepared cars.

“I knew once someone caught Hoggard it would give him something to think about and when that happened that’s when I really started to pressure Simmons.

“I felt that if I could get my nose in there it might be enough to put Ayrton off a bit and that’s what I did coming into the chicane.

“I thought he would shut the door immediately which he didn’t do quite as much as I expected. His tyres were obviously coming to the end of their life so he had a big slide up the banking through the last corner whereas I had a lot of traction and I got him on the run to the line.

“It was a really exciting race and it feels good to be on the podium, as well as have the last laugh in the championship battle this weekend.

“Let’s see what happens at Knockhill. We need to remain focused and try to do what Pasma did this weekend. We need to get on pole, win the first race, have a steady second race and then pick up the win in the third one.

“That’s what we will be aiming for and if we can take the reverse grid race as well to win the Ford Triple Crown Award and the £10,000 that goes with it then even better!”

It was incredibly close over the line with Hoggard just a couple of tenths adrift of Simmons and Josh Skelton only a further three tenths further back having been in mix for the final podium spot.

The JHR Developments driver still had plenty to celebrate though, having claimed his first Rookie class win after coming out on top in a skirmish with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing). The Mexican lost out after the Safety Car restart following contact, but did well to pick up the final points paying position, behind Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

Elsewhere, a 10 second time penalty for a false start for JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman put him on the back foot for the rest of the race, leaving him finishing in 11th despite coming home eighth on the road.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 21 Rockingham, 12 August, 2018
14 laps / 27.16 miles
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 20m 16.891s / 80.34 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.229s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +12.201s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +12.377s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.603s
6 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +12.910s
7 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +14.293s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +15.548s
9 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +18.132s
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.666s etc.

Fastest lap: Priaulx 1m 19.991s / 87.30 mph

Rookie class: 1 Skelton, 2 Alvarez

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 319 points; 2 Simmons 274; 3 Hauger 258; 4 Doohan 234; 5 Tonteri 209; 6 Pasma 188; 7 Priaulx 186; 8 Hoggard 173; 9 Skelton 76; 10 Sulaiman 58 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 367 points; 2 Hauger 366; 3 Tonteri 339; 4 Skelton 278; 5 Alvarez 199

Full results

Ford EcoBoost-powered win number three for Hoggard at Rockingham

  • Hoggard tastes victory for the first time since April.
  • Second place for Jewiss sees him extend championship lead as Simmons doesn’t finish.
  • Doohan stars on podium once again and takes lead in Rookie class.

12 AUGUST, 2018 – Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard made a welcome return to the top step of the podium to take his third win of the season in round 20 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Hoggard last tasted victory in April, but looked very much at home out front around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire circuit. Leading from pole he had enough to keep his pursuers at bay for the duration, most impressively mastering a Safety Car restart on the way to the chequered flag.

“It feels really good to be back on the top step of the podium,” said a thrilled Hoggard. “It’s been a while since I’ve been on the podium, let alone winning.

“I knew after the start of the race when Priaulx got really close to me that I had to excel at the Safety Car restart otherwise I would be under serious pressure due to the tow.

“I got a good restart, kept my head down and built a gap.

“We’ve found a big chunk of pace between qualifying and the races this weekend. It’s all about getting everything together when it matters really.”

Added Fortec Motorsports British F4 team manager Ollie Dutton: “This win has been a long time coming. Johnathan deserves this. He’s raced and driven well this season, but he’s just not had the luck.

“He got a good start, handled the Safety Car restart well and then built a bit of a gap. He looked really good out there.

“I’m over the moon for him and his family. This win is also a good morale boost for the team.”

While it was smooth running out front for Hoggard from the outset, there was drama behind with a tangle at Deene involving Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). It led to Priaulx and Simmons’ races coming to a premature end and the Safety Car deployed for several laps.

After the race Jewiss was handed a 10-place grid penalty to be taken in the next race for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety. It means he starts round 21 from 12th.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) was disqualified for the same misdemeanour due to contact with Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports).

Following the opening lap skirmishes on track, Jewiss and Dennis Hauger (Arden) were left as Hoggard’s closest challengers. However, at the Safety Car restart Doohan was keen to stake his claim for the podium places with a brave lunge down the inside of team-mate Hauger at Deene and completed the overtake through Yentwood.

Hauger then had to endure another attack from a team-mate. This time in the form of Saturday’s race winner Patrik Pasma who pulled off an overtake at Deene and proceeded to light up the timing screens with his rapid pace, recording fastest lap on his 10th tour of the circuit.

Doohan was able to hold off the advancing Pasma in the closing stages to take third. He also finished as the highest placed rookie to earn his eighth Rookie class win and with it the lead in the standings from rival Hauger who wound up fifth overall and second in class.

“The aim for that race was to get into the top three and we did that,” explained Doohan.

“Points mean prizes. We’re closing the gap on the guys in front and we’ve now just taken the lead in the Rookie standings.

“I’m now just going to try to build on that and keep the momentum going.

“I got a really good Safety Car restart. Johnathan went for it a little bit earlier than I expected, but I got a really good exit out of the last corner, tracked Dennis down the straight and opened the steering to head towards the outside. He mirrored that and that’s when I dived down his inside.

“I tried to manage the tyres as best possible to minimise degradation. I saw Patrik coming in the closing stages and he was so fast in the clear air, but once he got closer to me he found it more difficult.

“Most of the corners where you overtake here are preceded by high or mid-speed corners and that’s where it’s harder to follow a car in front and that’s what makes it hard to overtake.”

Jewiss’ second place could prove pivotal in the title fight with chief rival Simmons failing to score a point. The Double R ace able to extend his championship lead to 45 points.

“I’m pleased to get all these points for my championship,” said Jewiss. “Extending my lead at the top takes a bit of pressure off my shoulders.

“It was a good race, but it was pretty tough too. We’re not completely happy with the setup of the car, but we’re chipping away at making it better.

“Rockingham is not one of our strongest tracks so we’re just trying to maximise our opportunities here and then look ahead to the next meetings.”

Jewiss’ team-mate Paavo Tonteri picked up a couple of places to finish eighth and scored his 17th Rookie class podium, ahead of JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman.

Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) were locked in an entertaining battle for the final points paying positions. The trio completing the top-10.

The ITV4 live-televised Rockingham finale follows at 1550.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 20 Rockingham, 12 August, 2018
14 laps / 27.16 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 13.645s / 80.56 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.941s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.532s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +1.869s
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.248s
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +8.931s
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.555s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +12.633s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +15.672s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +17.517s etc.

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 20.087s / 87.21 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 307 points; 2 Simmons 262; 3 Hauger 258; 4 Doohan 234; 5 Tonteri 209; 6 Priaulx 168; =7 Hoggard 163; =7 Pasma 163; 9 Skelton 68; 10 Sulaiman 57 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 367 points; 2 Hauger 366; 3 Tonteri 339; 4 Skelton 253; 5 Alvarez 181

Full results

Arden 1-2-3 at the Rock as Pasma takes maiden win

  • Lights-to-flag win for Pasma.
  • Arden lockout the podium with Red Bull Juniors Doohan and Hauger finishing second and third respectively.
  • Storming opening lap enables Simmons to reduce Jewiss’ championship lead.

11 AUGUST, 2018 – Arden and Patrik Pasma took victory in round 19 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway in emphatic fashion. Pasma recorded a lights-to-flag maiden win in the series ahead of team-mates Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger. The two rookies also securing an Arden one-two in the Rookie class.

Poleman Pasma was flawless from the outset and found an excellent rhythm out front after a textbook getaway to finally score his first single-seater win and record fastest lap in the process.

It was plain sailing out front for Pasma who was chased home by Doohan and Hauger, as Arden stamped its authority all over proceedings.

“It feels so good to win my first race in single-seaters,” said an elated Pasma. “It was quite lonely out front. It was a pretty straightforward race.

“In the first few laps Jack was able to get a tow from me, but after that I managed to build a little gap and that was key.

“The car felt really good. The whole team has done an amazing job and this result is the reward.

“We’ve got two more races tomorrow. It might well be wet, but I still think we’ve got a great chance for more excellent results.”

Added Doohan: “We were missing a little bit of pace compared to Pasma, but that’s something I hope we can find overnight. I think we need to find something in sector three.

“I’m still pleased to pick up the podium and all these points for the championship. I need to have a few more consistently high-scoring races and then everything is possible with regard to the title.

“It looks like the conditions will be different tomorrow with the weather. We start slightly further back in the reverse-grid race so we need to adapt quicker than the others in those conditions to make our way to the front.”

Said Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield: “This is a fantastic result and I couldn’t really ask for much more.

“Everyone in the team has done a phenomenal job this weekend. We’ve got really good pace and I’m so pleased for everyone. We can go out and celebrate now and enjoy the rest of the weekend.

“We’re looking forward to seeing what we can achieve tomorrow. We start from pole again in race three. Race two will be a little bit trickier, but hopefully we should come away from this weekend with a very decent haul of points.

“For Patrik to get his first win is absolutely fantastic. He’s had his ups and downs and probably had more than his fair share of bad luck so he’s understandably over the moon.

“We’ve got really good momentum now in the championship. It’s so competitive in this series. It always has been and always will be.

“There are three or four drivers who still have a really good chance of winning the title this year so that bodes well and we’re already excited for what’s to come next year too.

“The level of competition is so high, especially when you look at the times here with the leading drivers separated by just thousandths of a second.”

Hauger earnt third place after getting the jump on Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) off the line. However, Jewiss refused to relinquish the podium place and made the Norwegian work hard for third. The two dicing through the opening sequence of corners and Hauger finally making the move stick through Yentwood.

“I got a really good start and then I tried to go around the outside of Jewiss into turn two,” explained Hauger. “I kept my position alongside Jewiss after that and then got down his inside at the next corner and that was pretty much my race really.

“A 1-2-3 is a really fantastic result for Arden which I’m really proud to be a part of and I’m also pleased to score all these points for the championship, outscoring Simmons and Jewiss.

“It will be wet tomorrow I think. I like those conditions so it should be a lot of fun.”

Fast-starter Ayrton Simmons pounced on Jewiss with a late dive down the inside of his championship rival at Tarzan on the opening lap. The JHR Developments ace snatching fourth place and went on to keep Jewiss at bay for the duration to reduce his gap to the championship leader to 27 points.

Jewiss then had to contend with fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Sebastian Priaulx in his mirrors. Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard reeled in Messrs Simmons, Jewiss and Priaulx in the closing stages, but was unable to make any further progress up the order having started eighth. His seventh place finish earning him reverse-grid pole for round 20.

JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman picked up a couple of places to finish eighth and in doing so broke into the top-10 in the standings, while Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) bagged the final points paying positions. The latter prevailing after an entertaining battle for 10th place with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing), Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), as well as the Fortec Motorsports pair of Lucca Allen and Hampus Ericsson.

Ford’s rising stars are back on track at Rockingham at 1045 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race. The Rockingham finale, in which Pasma will go from the pole, is set to be televised live on ITV4 at 1550.

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Provisional results Round 19 Rockingham, 11 August, 2018
15 laps / 29.1 miles
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 20m 05.030s / 86.93 mph
2 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +2.183s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +2.951s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +11.187s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +11.703s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.319s
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.751s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +16.231s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +18.922s
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +23.811s etc.

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 19.619s / 87.71 mph

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

Grid for Round 20: Hoggard – Priaulx – Jewiss – Simmons – Hauger – Doohan – Pasma – Sulaiman – Tonteri – Skelton etc.

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 289 points; 2 Simmons 262; 3 Hauger 248; 4 Doohan 219; 5 Tonteri 201; 6 Priaulx 168; 7 Pasma 151; 8 Hoggard 138; 9 Skelton 64; 10 Sulaiman 51 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 348 points; 2 Doohan 342; 3 Tonteri 324; 4 Skelton 241; 5 Alvarez 171

Full results

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.

Full times

Jewiss and Pasma fastest in ultra-competitive Rockingham free practice

  • Kiern Jewiss beats Patrik Pasma to top spot by three-thousandths of a second.
  • Top 5 covered by less than a tenth of a second at the Speedway and top 9 drivers by half a second.

10 AUGUST, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing came out on top in a closely fought battle for supremacy in free practice at Rockingham Motor Speedway for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The championship leader recorded the fastest lap of the day with just moments to spare in free practice two. A time of 1m 18.655s denied Arden’s Patrik Pasma a clean sweep by a mere three-thousandths of a second. The Finn having set the pace in the damp first session.

“It’s been a pretty positive day and we’re pretty happy,” said Jewiss. “We were a bit unfortunate in practice one with a little technical niggle, but the rest of the day was good.

“I’m looking forward to tomorrow and we’ll see what happens in qualifying. I think we’re in a good place with the car. There are a few areas I can find a little more time. It’s looking very close and I expect it to be that way for the rest of the weekend.

“We probably went a bit early in free practice one. We did some running at the beginning when the track was still pretty wet and that’s partly why we didn’t figure quite as high in the first session.

“Snetterton was disappointing for us, but we’re looking to bounce back and I think we can here.

“The weather conditions look like they will be pretty mixed as well so we’ve got to try to maximise every opportunity when we can.

“It’s great to come into the weekend as a British Racing Drivers’ Club Rising Star. I’m hoping to celebrate my induction with a win and to represent the Club in the best way possible.”

Added Pasma: “It’s been a good day. It could have been better in FP2. I made a few mistakes which cost me a few tenths. I got caught in traffic as well which didn’t help.

“I think we have got the car in the right place for tomorrow. We’ll get a good rest tonight and use our pace to fight for top honours.

“We’ll be aiming to get a double pole like we did a fortnight ago at Snetterton. I like the profile of Rockingham, particularly its fast corners and long straight.”

It wasn’t solely the top two on the combined timesheet who shone out on the Northamptonshire track. As the chequer fell on proceedings, Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team drivers Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger were within in a tenth of Jewiss’ time, along with Jewiss’ Double R team-mate Paavo Tonteri.

“It was difficult out there due to the track being wet and then drying out,” explained Doohan. “When the track was dry I was able to push more to find more time, but it wasn’t quite enough compared to my team-mate so we ended up just a small margin off him.

“Our race pace is looking really good and that was our main goal today to ensure that we have a strong pace for the races.

“Rockingham is an interesting circuit because it has a very abrasive surface, but is also pretty low on grip. The banking is really cool. Coming onto the main straight and making sure you carry enough speed through the final chicane is a fun challenge. It’s all about how much you can be on the limit without hitting the wall!”

Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx, as well as the JHR Developments trio of Ayrton Simmons, Manuel Sulaiman and Josh Skelton were all in touch of the pacesetting time to ensure that the top nine drivers were covered by just half a second. Simmons very much at the fore in free practice one, just 0.061s slower than pacesetter Pasma.

Johnathan Hoggard fractionally got the better of Fortec Motorsports team-mate Lucca Allen by 0.039s to break into the top-10.

Official qualifying is set for 1020 tomorrow ahead of a 1415 start for the championship’s 19th round. There are two further races on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1550.

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Free practice times Rockingham, 10 August, 2018 (FP1/FP2)

1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:20.399 / 1:18.655
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.731 / 1:18.658
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:20.147 / 1:18.684
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:20.156 / 1:18.725
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:19.902 / 1:18.749
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:20.119 / 1:18.873
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.972 / 1:18.962
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:20.398 / 1:19.028
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:21.487 / 1:19.181
10 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:30.331 / 1:19.601 etc.

Full times

ROCKINGHAM PREVIEW: Rookies on the rise

9 AUGUST, 2018 – Having been the fastest driver in testing and free practice at Snetterton, for Kiern Jewiss to only come away from the previous meeting with 12 points is far from what the leader of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost would have expected. The weekend proved his lowest scoring of 2018 and by some margin, as very little went the Double R ace’s way. Nevertheless, he’s sure to be back with a vengeance at Rockingham Motor Speedway this weekend (11/12 August) as he bids to escape the chasing pack.

Leading that chase is JHR Developments driver Ayrton Simmons. A brace of podiums a fortnight ago have done his title chances no harm and he has trimmed Jewiss’ advantage down from 57 to 29 points. He will want to make further inroads yet again.

Rookies stole the show following the summer break with Arden’s Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, as well as Double R’s Paavo Tonteri, taking a win apiece at Snetterton. Tonteri scored a popular maiden single-seater victory at the 17th time of asking and in round 18 the trio made history by becoming the first “all-rookie” overall podium in the F4 British Championship.

Not content with letting his fellow rookies take all the limelight, Sebastian Alvarez also shone. The Double R racer recorded his best result of the season in the form of a hard-earned sixth place.

Sebastian Priaulx made a welcome return to the rostrum for the first time since April. Not content with doing it once, he did it twice! His Arden team-mate Patrik Pasma had to settle for points as opposed to silverware, despite a superb qualifying performance which saw him take pole position.

Both Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) equalled their best results of the year two weeks ago, meanwhile Hampus Ericsson endured another luckless weekend. His Fortec Motorsports team-mate Johnathan Hoggard fared better to make it six consecutive races in the points. Fourth in round 18 his highest finish since his race wins at Donington Park in April.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) salvaged a couple of points at Snetterton, while it was a case of what might have been for Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) who looked on course for a top five finish after a brilliant opening lap in round 17.

Hauger heads super-close Rockingham test

  • Arden’s Dennis Hauger beats team-mate Patrik Pasma to top spot by three-hundredths of a second.
  • Top 10 covered by less than a second at the Speedway.

2 AUGUST, 2018 – Just days after taking his fourth win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, Dennis Hauger found himself on top once again in testing at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Arden’s fine run of form showed no sign of letting up on the back of two wins and a one-two finish at the weekend, with Hauger recording the quickest time of the test in the morning – a lap of 1m 19.515s. Team-mate Patrik Pasma followed up by setting the pace in the afternoon with a time just 0.030s adrift of Hauger.

The battle for supremacy on the timesheet was a closely fought affair among the leading protagonists, with Kiern Jewiss and Jack Doohan (Arden) completing the top four and both within less than two tenths of a second of Hauger’s time.

Jewiss’ Double R Racing team-mate and the newest member of the British F4 winners’ club Paavo Tonteri completed the top five, edging out Manuel Sulaiman and Johnathan Hoggard. The latter pair the quickest runners for their respective teams, JHR Developments and Fortec Motorsports.

Sebastian Priaulx and Sebastian Alvarez ensured that all Arden and Double R Racing prepared cars wound up in the top-10. The two drivers sandwiching Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson on the timesheet.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will be back in action at Rockingham Motor Speedway in just over a week on 11/12 August for the upcoming rounds of the season.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Rockingham, 2 August, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:19.515 / 1:19.902
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.572 / 1:19.545
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:19.595 / 1:19.732
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:19.662 / 1:19.891
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:19.943 / 1:20.264
6 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:20.059 / 1:20.157
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:20.463 / 1:20.072
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:20.118 / 1:20.156
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:20.765 / 1:20.244
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:20.443 / 1:20.344 etc.

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Hauger and Arden lead the way on Rockingham test day

  • Hauger and Hoggard share testing spoils.
  • Ginetta Junior graduates Jewiss and Priaulx continue to impress.

14 MARCH, 2018 – Dennis Hauger set the quickest time in yesterday’s official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

14-year-old Hauger completed a superb testing performance around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire circuit for Arden, climbing to the top of the times with a 1m 18.547s lap with less than an hour of the test remaining.

It put the Red Bull Junior Team driver 0.044s clear of morning pacesetter Johnathan Hoggard, who pumped in a time of 1m 18.591s just before the lunch break.

“Today has been a really good,” said Hauger. “I really enjoy driving around this circuit and I’m looking forward to coming back here to race in August.

“To set the fastest lap was fantastic, especially now there is not long until the first race. We only have one more test before the start of the season so it’s great to see that the pace is there.

“We have worked very hard to find a setup that enables us to produce consistently quick lap times, while looking after the tyres. I think we have found it and that’s going to prove so important for the races.

“This is only my first year racing in cars so to have test days like today when there are a mix of track conditions really helps with the learning process. The track started off quite wet and then dried out. That gives you the chance to improve your understanding of how the car behaves in different conditions.”

Said morning pacesetter Hoggard: “It’s been a really positive test for us with P1 in the morning and top three in afternoon.

“Compared to last year I’ve had a lot more time to prepare and really focus on what I’m doing. Everything feels more natural. There is still room for improvement, but I’ve come a long way since last season and I’m feeling much stronger.

“There’s some more work we need to do back at base and on the simulator to be completely ready, but we’ll get there in time for the start of the season.

“The winter break was a great opportunity to recharge the batteries, but it’s brilliant to be back behind the wheel on days like today to showcase the excellent pace we have.”

It was another impressive showing from Kiern Jewiss who arrived having set the pace in the first official pre-season test at Brands Hatch last month. The Double R driver finished second quickest in both the morning and afternoon sessions. His best lap of 1m 18.758s came in the afternoon and was just over two tenths shy of Hauger.

Behind Jewiss on the timesheet could be found fellow Ginetta Junior graduate Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) who completed the leading quartet of drivers capable of breaking the 1m 19s barrier.

2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup champion Hampus Ericsson looked assured out on track, completing a comprehensive programme for Fortec Motorsports and improved upon his morning’s best time by over half a second in the afternoon.

The experienced Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) came to the fore when conditions were at their most difficult during the initial morning’s running. It saw the field having to contend with a very damp circuit and called for the use of Hankook’s wet tyres. A solid day’s work followed for the British F4 race winner on the way to sixth in the combined classification.

Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan ensured that all four Arden-prepared cars were inside the top 10. The latter completing a mammoth 133 laps – more than any other driver.

The Double R duo of Paavo Tonteri and Sebastian Alvarez sandwiched 10th place man Lucca Allen on the combined classification. Allen finding plenty of room for improvement between the two sessions, much like team-mate Ericsson.

Manuel Sulaiman and Jamie Sharp completed less laps than they would have liked. Their running was limited due to an off and a technical gremlin respectively, while Sulaiman’s JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wound up 14th.

Ford’s young stars are back in action in just seven days, with the next official pre-season test taking place at Snetterton on Wednesday 21 March. All roads then lead to the season opener at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

Testing times Rockingham, 13 March, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:18.976 / 1:18.547
2 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:18.591 / 1:18.776
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:18.862 / 1:18.758
4 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:19.063 / 1:18.953
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:19.694 / 1:19.089
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:19.217 / 1:19.098
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:19.337 / 1:19.239
8 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:19.267 / 1:19.269
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:19.330 / 1:19.310
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 1:20.137 / 1:19.383 etc.

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Rockingham to host British F4 Media Day as teams and drivers gear up for 2018 season

6 FEBRUARY, 2018 – This year’s Media Day for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will take place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Tuesday 13 March.

The UK’s leading junior single-seater series is set to take to the Speedway for its annual pre-season Media Day event, having previously done so at the Northamptonshire circuit in 2015 and 2016.

This will allow for filming/photography of, and interviews with, all the ‘runners and riders’ ahead of the opening rounds of the season at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

In 2018 the F4 British Championship will once again star alongside the British Touring Car Championship as the sole single-seater series on the UK’s premier motorsport package; meaning huge trackside crowds plus regular live free-to-air television coverage on ITV4.

Media wishing to attend the F4 British Championship Media Day should inform championship PR and communications manager Alex Battipaglia via email.

The 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost provisional testing schedule has also been announced, with the first test taking place at Brands Hatch on Tuesday 13 February.

2018 Provisional Testing Dates

Date                                                             Circuit, County
Tue 13 February                                             Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
Tue 13 March (MEDIA DAY)       `                  Rockingham, Northants
Wed 21 March                                                Snetterton, Norfolk
Mon 23 April                                                  Donington Park, Leics
Mon 4/Tue 5 June                                          Croft, North Yorkshire
Tue 17/Wed 18 July                                       Snetterton, Norfolk
Thu 2 August                                                 Rockingham, Northants
Mon 3 September                                           Silverstone, Northants
Wed 19 September                                         Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent

Drivers and teams looking to compete in the F4 British Championship or acquire further details about the 2018 testing schedule should contact championship coordinator Eve Lake-Grange via email.

Prospective entrants are encouraged to download the F4 British Championship brochure for further information, as well as the 2018 registration and entry forms below.

BRITISH F4 2018 BROCHURE

Download the British F4 2018 brochure

 

BRITISH F4 2018 DRIVER REGISTRATION FORM

Download the British F4 2018 Driver Registration Form

 

BRITISH F4 2018 RACE ENTRY FORM

Download the British F4 2018 Race Entry Form

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing extend F4 advantage

Supplied by driver’s PR.

29 AUGUST, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline enjoyed a solid weekend on track at Rockingham to extend his lead in the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings.

Jamie went into the weekend leading the way by 45.5 points over closest challenger Oscar Piastri, and he put his Carlin-run car fifth on the grid for the opening race of the weekend around the high-speed Northamptonshire circuit.

A strong start when the lights went out saw Jamie climb up to third place on the opening lap, and he would then produce a masterful defensive drive to keep fellow Carlin racer Logan Sargeant at bay; earning a strong haul of points whilst running on used tyres.

Race two would prove to be one of frustration for the teenager when contact in the early stages damaged the front wing of his car and forced him into retirement, although any potential points loss was off-set by the fact that Piastri would only pick up a single point for tenth place.

With the Australian then failing to finish again in race three, Jamie was able to bank more strong points with another podium finish; his pace being reflected by the fact that he would post the quickest lap of the race.

It means Jamie has extended his lead in the championship standings heading to Silverstone for the penultimate meeting of the year.

Now leading the way by 74.5 points, Jamie will be crowned champion if he can extend his lead to at least 75 points during the Silverstone weekend.

“Overall we’ve had a good weekend in terms of the points that we’ve scored, although I’d be happier if we could have come away from Rockingham with a win,” he said. “I was happy with the points we put on the board in race one with Piastri not scoring, but race two was just unfortunate and one of those things that happens.

“The pace in the car was clear to see in race three with the fastest lap, but there was no need to take a risk in pushing to try and get ahead of [Oliver] York on track because I knew we were well placed to extend our lead a bit more.

“We’re in a really good position now in terms of the championship with two meetings still to go and I know that if we have a clean weekend at Silverstone and pick up some strong points then we could wrap up the title.

“It’s mission accomplished this weekend and now we can just focus on maximising the results at Silverstone and see where it leaves us.”