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.

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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

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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.”

Maiden win for flying Finn Tonteri

  • Brave move into turn one tees up Tonteri for fantastic first single-seater win.
  • Priaulx and Simmons double up with podium finishes on the day.

28 JULY, 2018 – At the 17th time of asking Infinity Sports Management-backed rising star Paavo Tonteri claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Starting from the front row, Tonteri’s daring overtake around the outside of poleman and Double R Racing team-mate Sebastian Alvarez into turn one proved decisive.

Out in front the Finn withstood pressure from Sebastian Priaulx and Ayrton Simmons, the trio matching each other for pace throughout.

“It feels really good to finally win,” said a beaming Tonteri. “It has been a long time coming.

“I had a number of different scenarios in my mind regarding how the run down to turn one would go.

“I got away quite well and managed to pull off the move around the outside which is not something that happens too often at this track.

“I built a good gap at the start and just tried to maintain it from there. I felt comfortable in the lead and was just counting the laps down.

“At the top part of the standings coming into the weekend I was the only driver without a win so now it feels so good to have that win to my name.”

Added Priaulx: “It’s always good to be on the podium twice in one day. It would have been nice to get the win in that one, but our pace was so similar. Both Paavo and Ayrton did a great job.

“At the start I got down the inside, which set me up well for turn two to pick up some places and that provided the foundation for my race.

“I would love to have a clean sweep of podiums for the weekend, but we’ll take tomorrow as it comes and try to maximise the opportunities in the race.”

Commented Simmons: “It’s another great haul of points for the championship. I got a good start and managed to get past Alvarez into the second corner.

“It was quite a relaxed race from there. I tried to push as much as I could to catch Priaulx, but the top three were evenly matched in terms of pace.

“It feels good to close the gap in the championship. The team have done an exceptional job to bounce back from the difficulties on Friday. I’m really happy with how today has gone and let’s see what we can achieve tomorrow.”

Priaulx made plenty of headway in the opening exchanges to climb up to second place from fifth, while Simmons followed him past Doohan. The latter in thick of the action for much of the race, but ultimately relegated down the order due to having to pit as a result of front wing damage. A similar fate befell JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman.

Championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) had plenty to do from the penultimate row of the grid and rose to the challenge by carving his way up to fourth place. The pick of his overtakes a dive around the outside of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) on lap seven at Riches.

Sharp’s opening lap was pure brilliance, as the Rochdale racer flew up the order from ninth to fourth and found himself locked in battle with the likes of Jewiss and Doohan for much of the race. However, a wide moment and spin at Wilson in the closing stages saw him miss out on what would have been his best result of the season.

Patrik Pasma got the better of Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger to take fifth. The latter bouncing back from a five-place grid penalty which left him starting the race from 11th, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) wound up seventh and eighth respectively.

Alvarez’s race was thwarted by an off on the opening lap. The Mexican doing well to salvage ninth ahead of Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) who claimed his ninth top-10 finish of the season.

The final race of the weekend is set to get underway at 1430 tomorrow and will be screened live on ITV4. Poleman Pasma will want to emulate fellow flying Finn Tonteri by scoring his first win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

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Provisional results Round 17 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 20m 56.062s / 93.60 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +0.780s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.634s
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.230s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.240s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +12.137s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +18.728s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +19.279s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.527s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 23.011s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 52.773s / 94.77 mph

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

Round 18 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Pasma – Jewiss – Simmons – Hoggard – Doohan – Hauger – Tonteri – Priaulx – Alvarez – Skelton etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 279 points; 2 Simmons 240; 3 Hauger 215; 4 Tonteri 184; 5 Doohan 176; 6 Priaulx 154; 7 Hoggard 120; 8 Pasma 118; 9 Skelton 63; 10 Ericsson 48 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Hauger 312 points; 2 Tonteri 294; 3 Doohan 292; 4 Skelton 219; 5 Alvarez 149

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Hauger leads Arden one-two finish at Snetterton

  • Hauger makes it four wins for the season.
  • Priaulx back on the podium for first time since April.
  • Simmons scores third place to close gap to championship leader Jewiss who finishes outside the points.

28 JULY, 2018 – Dennis Hauger took an excellent fourth win of the season in round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost and led home an Arden one-two with Sebastian Priaulx finishing second.

Having started from the front row of the grid, Hauger was embroiled in the skirmish for victory from the outset, battling it out with poleman Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), as well as the Double R pair of Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri, plus Arden team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Jack Doohan.

Jewiss’ bid for the win came undone on lap three when hunting down Simmons for first place, having got the better of Hauger after the latter attempted to pass Simmons on lap two.

As Jewiss sized up Simmons, there was contact with Hauger behind which sent Jewiss into a spin and down the order. It left the championship leader coming home in 12th with fastest lap his only consolation.

Simmons looked his usual calm and collected self despite pressure from Hauger behind, but dust kicked up by a car running wide hindered his vision and Red Bull Junior Hauger boldly passed Simmons for the lead. Priaulx also snuck through to take second, having expertly worked his way up through the order from seventh.

“It’s great to be back on the top step of the podium immediately after the Croft meeting when we won twice,” said Hauger.

“I think it was a good race with a lot of things happening out on track. I just had to try to stay calm.

“Simmons was slower through turn one at one point so I managed to squeeze past to take the lead.

“It’s always tough to pass Ayrton so I was pleased to take advantage when I could and take maximum points with the championship leader finishing outside the top-10.”

Added Priaulx: “Everything seemed to fall into place in that race.

“We didn’t make use of our new tyres because of where we were starting from, but I still had great race pace.

“I’m happy to be back on the podium. It’s been a while so it’s great to be fighting at the front again.

“I’ve got new tyres for the next race so I’m looking forward to what’s ahead this weekend. We can achieve more great results.”

“I was a bit unlucky once out in the lead,” explained Simmons. “Someone ran wide in turn one and kicked up a load of dust. I was the first driver to go through it and before I knew it Dennis was alongside me.

“I lost my left mirror which made things pretty interesting, but still managed to bring home good points.

“It would have been better to get the 25 points which I think we deserved, but it’s good to take 15 points out of Jewiss’ championship lead.”

Just missing out on a podium spot was Doohan, who had pulled off a brilliant move earlier in the race. The Aussie squeezing past Priaulx at Murrays. He chased down Simmons until the chequer, the pair seemingly inseparable and Simmons doing well to keep Doohan at bay.

Paavo Tonteri came home fifth and was the highest placed Double R runner, while team-mate Sebastian Alvarez followed him home in sixth to record his best result of the season ahead of Patrik Pasma who picked up several spots on his way to seventh.

Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) had to settle for eighth, having been shuffled down the order, with Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) in ninth and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) making a welcome return to the top-10 for the first time since the Thruxton meeting in May.

After the race Hauger was handed a five-place grid penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, meaning an 11th place grid slot for round 17.

Manuel Sulaiman was also handed a five-place grid penalty for the same infringement and it will be taken at the next available opportunity in which the full penalty can be applied.

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Provisional results Round 16 Snetterton, 28 July, 2018
11 laps / 32.65 miles
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 20m 53.819s / 93.76 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.413s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +5.245s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +5.573s
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +7.391s
6 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +9.290s
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +9.956s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +11.078s
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +13.023s
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +16.343s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 52.053s / 95.38 mph

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

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Jewiss and Priaulx share the free practice spoils at Snetterton

  • Kiern Jewiss tops free practice one with quickest time of the day.
  • Sebastian Priaulx fastest in the afternoon.

27 JULY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Sebastian Priaulx shared the spoils in free practice at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss recorded the fastest time of the day in the morning session, picking up from where he left off after his timesheet topping exploits in last week’s two day test. The Double R ace and championship leader proved to be the only driver capable of breaking the 1m 52s barrier and heads into the weekend full of confidence despite a technical problem curtailing his free practice two running.

“It was really good to pick up from where we left off in testing to set the quickest time this morning,” said Jewiss. “It’s very promising for the weekend ahead and let’s see what tomorrow brings.

“We were a bit unfortunate in the second session because we had a technical problem which meant we couldn’t show our true pace, but I’m still pleased with time we recorded on old tyres.

“To only be about two tenths off is very encouraging. It’s also better to have problems happen on a Friday than on a Saturday or Sunday when there are points up for grabs.

“I really enjoy this circuit with its combination of high and low speed corners. Seb is going to be up there this weekend so it should be an interesting battle between us like we had in our Ginetta Junior days.”

Priaulx looks to have come out the blocks for the second half of the season firing on all cylinders. The Arden driver followed up being second fastest in free practice one by setting the pace in a fiercely contested afternoon session.

“I’m happy to be back where I want to be at the top of the timesheets,” said Priaulx. “We had a really good session in the afternoon. We had a little off at turn one at the end, but overall I’m really happy with how the session went.

“We’ve been working really hard over the winter to make the car better and also myself. We’ve got to keep working to improve every day because it’s incredibly competitive in this championship.

“I’m not going to take anything for granted at this stage of the weekend. Everything could change tomorrow. Things can change so quickly in this sport. It’s all about keeping calm, working hard and continuously improving.

“Due to the hot weather, it’s a really high temperature in the car which is only going to add to how mentally tough this weekend is going to be around the longest circuit on the calendar. It’s all part of the challenge if you want to be on the top step of the podium.”

Priaulx led an Arden one-two-three in the afternoon with Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger both within two tenths of their team-mate.

However, Double R Racing’s Paavo Tonteri secured third on the combined classification courtesy of his best lap which came in the morning.

Jack Doohan (Arden) did well to finish just half a second adrift of the fastest time of the day, having been hindered by technical gremlins throughout both free practice sessions. His race pace looking particularly strong.

Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) edged out Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) by only 0.040s to take seventh in the combined classification, while Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top-10 ahead of JHR Developments runner Ayrton Simmons.

Fans are in for a treat tomorrow with a blockbuster day of action. Official qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 1030. The first race of the weekend follows at 1400, with round 17 of the season taking place at 1625. It’s then lights out at 1430 on Sunday for round 18 which will be screened live on ITV4.

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Free practice times Snetterton, 27 July, 2018 (FP1/FP2)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:51.723 / 1:52.274
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.049 / 1:52.020
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:52.104 / 1:52.245
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.129 / 1:52.125
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.796 / 1:52.213
6 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:53.348 / 1:52.261
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:52.394 / 1:52.335
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:52.375 / 1:53.395
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.425 / 1:52.499
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:52.651 / 1:53.309 etc.

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Jewiss sets the pace in Snetterton testing

  • Kiern Jewiss quickest on day one of testing in Norfolk.
  • Dennis Hauger and Arden run him closest.

17 JULY, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost got back into gear with testing at Snetterton following the summer break and it was Kiern Jewiss who set the pace.

Championship leader Jewiss showed his hand late in the afternoon to rattle off a succession of rapid laps in the 1m 51s bracket. The Double R ace the first man to break the 1m 52s barrier. His best time of 1m 51.625s put him 0.247s clear of closest challenger Dennis Hauger.

It was yet another strong showing from Hauger who wound up second fastest in both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Arden team-mate Sebastian Priaulx’s morning pacesetting time of 1m 52.230s was enough to secure him third on the combined classification, edging out Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) by a mere 0.026s.

The Arden pair of Jack Doohan and Patrik Pasma wound up next on the combined classification in fifth and sixth respectively, ahead of Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments).

Late flurries from Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports), Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) ensured top 10 spots on the timing sheet for the trio, ahead of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) in 11th who improved upon his morning’s best time by over two seconds in the afternoon.

Testing continues tomorrow ahead of the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Snetterton on 28/29 July.

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Testing times Snetterton, 17 July, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:52.618 / 1:51.625
2 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.594 / 1:51.872
3 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:52.230 / 1:52.403
4 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:53.302 / 1:52.256
5 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.692 / 1:52.335
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.791 / 1:52.404
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:52.681 / 1:52.499
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.951 / 1:52.775
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:53.566 / 1:52.803
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:53.330 / 1:53.166 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Sebastian Priaulx makes top six return with battling Croft display

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25 JUNE, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx has brought the first half of his maiden F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign to a close with a return to the top six, as a strong race three performance provided a positive end to an otherwise challenging weekend at Croft (23/24 June).

The 1st Central Insurance driver would find himself with an uphill struggle following a difficult qualifying session on Saturday, but he responded well with some battling displays in the races to secure a hat-trick of top ten finishes.

Priaulx would produce some strong pace during an official two-day test at the circuit at the start of the month, and he further hinted at a competitive weekend ahead as he stormed to third fastest overall during the second free practice session on Friday afternoon.

Unfortunately a change in the car’s balance for qualifying the next day would stop Priaulx from maximising his potential in the session, as he came away with eighth and seventh on the grid for races one and three of the weekend, the first of which followed that afternoon.

Priaulx got a great launch off the line in his Arden Motorsport machine to rise to seventh, although it was sadly short-lived as he got run out wide across the gravel at the first corner, with the subsequent loss of momentum leaving him powerless to prevent himself dropping to tenth.

Settling into a rhythm from there, Priaulx closed onto the tail of the driver ahead and gave it everything he had to try and get the place, however despite his best efforts he would have to settle for tenth position at the chequered flag.

Some changes to the car overnight left the Guernseyman confident there would be an upturn in performance during races two and three on Sunday, both of which would take place live on ITV4 and in front of a huge trackside crowd.

Priaulx would make some strong progress in the opening race of the day as he climbed three places over the first half of the race, however following a short safety car period, he was unable to gain further ground and brought the Ravenscroft machine home in seventh.

The seventeen year old would start the final race from the same position and a brilliant start saw him move up to fifth place on the opening lap. Immediately pulling clear of the pack behind, his attention turned to challenging title contender Ayrton Simmons for fourth.

Unfortunately the introduction of the safety car slashed his near four second gap to those behind, and at the restart he soon found himself in the difficult position of trying to defend and attack at the same time as he fought with Simmons and team-mate Jack Doohan.

After losing out to Doohan, Priaulx would maintain the pressure on Simmons throughout the remainder of the race, however a clear overtaking opportunity would not present itself and he took the finish in sixth.

With an eighth top six finish of the season so far under his belt, Priaulx now heads into the championship’s mid-season summer break focused on ensuring he’s back fighting at the front of the field in the next rounds at Snetterton in Norfolk on July 28/29.

Sebastian Priaulx: “After showing so much promise in free practice on Friday it is obviously very disappointing that we couldn’t be battling at the front this weekend, but we pushed hard throughout and I’m pleased we could end on a positive note with a top six finish.

“Unfortunately the car felt different on Saturday and I couldn’t quite get to grips with it across qualifying and the first race, however the team worked hard to find a solution and it feels like we made some great progress with the car in the final race.

“The summer break has come at an ideal time for us. We want to be back fighting for podium finishes, so we’ve got five weeks until Snetterton to work with the team to ensure we have the best package possible to take into the second half of the season.”

DRIVER NEWS: Damage limitation for Sebastian Priaulx during bruising Thruxton weekend

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21 MAY, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx salvaged some crucial championship points from the latest rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton this past weekend (19/20 May) after seeing contact derail his challenge in both of the opening two races.

The 1st Central Insurance supported driver secured a best finish of sixth position over the course of rounds seven, eight and nine in Hampshire, with two more top ten finishes ensuring he ended the weekend only one point shy of the championship top three.

The annual visit to the fastest circuit in the UK provides some unique challenges for drivers and teams, with a single free practice session on Friday afternoon allowing Priaulx to get reacquainted with the 2.36 mile circuit in his Arden Motorsport machine.

Unfortunately some brake problems in that session would put the Guernseyman firmly on the backfoot heading into the weekend, which would show in qualifying as a frustrating session saw him end up eleventh on the grid for races one and three.

The opening race of the weekend that afternoon would start in nightmare fashion for the Ravenscroft backed racer. A brilliant launch off the line propelled him into a gap between the two drivers in front, however there was contact.

Priaulx was left with a broken front wing and therefore had to pit for a replacement, which left him in a distant eleventh position when he returned to the action. With no-one to battle with on track, it was a lonely drive to an eventual finish of tenth place.

The seventeen year old headed into Sunday determined to bounce back strongly in races two and three, both of which were televised live on ITV4, and a strong start to the second race saw him rise from tenth to seventh on the opening lap alone.

Following a short safety car period, Priaulx’s challenge for the front would sadly unravel when a move from another driver heading through the complex sent him spinning down to the rear of the field in eleventh place.

Fortunately the reappearance of the safety car shortly after allowed him to close onto the back of the pack, and from there a strong fightback saw him rise to seventh position at the chequered flag – a confidence boosting result heading into race three.

Priaulx would produce his best performance of the weekend in the final encounter, with a mature, calculated drive seeing him overcome some continued issues with the car to climb from eleventh on the grid to a seventh top six finish of the season so far.

The weekend’s results have maintained Priaulx’s position in the top four of the championship standings heading into the fourth meeting of the season at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire in three weeks’ time (09/10 June).

Sebastian Priaulx: “It’s been a really tough weekend and it quickly became apparent that it was a case of damage limitation and trying to come away with as many championship points as possible, so I was satisfied to get three top ten finishes in the end.

“We just didn’t have the performance in the car over the weekend that we expected, which meant I never really got the chance to attack in the races, but I gave it my all and I feel sixth place in race three was a solid way to end the weekend.

“Myself and the Arden Motorsport team both want to win, so we’re going to be working hard to find and solve the problems ahead of Oulton Park, so we can get back on-form and be battling at the front of the field once again.”

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.

Hoggard flying high following maiden British F4 win at Donington Park

  • Lights-to-flag win for Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard.
  • Sebastian Priaulx makes superb start to secure second.
  • Jack Doohan comes out on top in thrilling battle with Arden team-mate Dennis Hauger for final podium spot and Rookie class win.

28 APRIL, 2018 – Johnathan Hoggard was flawless from start to finish to convert pole into a maiden victory in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park.

Having taken his first pole position in the series just hours earlier, Hoggard followed up with a sublime lights-to-flag win around the wet Leicestershire circuit.

A clean getaway saw him escape the clutches of the chasing pack into turn one and he quickly set about building a margin over second place man Sebastian Priaulx (Arden). The latter making an excellent move at the first corner to swoop past team-mates Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger.

A Safety Car to enable the recovery of Kiern Jewiss’ stricken racer following contact further down the field on lap seven saw Hoggard’s two second lead wiped out. However, he continued to not put a foot wrong, mastering the restart to put daylight between himself and Priaulx and take the chequered flag several laps later.

“It feels great to get pole and the win in the same day,” said Hoggard. “I’m over the moon with the result.

“Brands Hatch was a bit of a heartbreak really, finishing first on the road, but losing out on the win due to a time penalty for a false start.

“It was tricky out there today. I had to make sure I didn’t make any mistakes, but push at the same time to try to build a gap.

“The Safety Car restart made things harder, bringing everyone closer to me, but I managed to pull a little bit of a gap again and hold it.

“Getting this first win is definitely a weight off my shoulders and hopefully there will be a lot more wins to come.”

Added Fortec Motorsports team owner Richard Dutton: “Brands Hatch was disappointing because Johnathan went off the track in qualifying which meant he was down the order and on the back foot; even though he won a race on the road, but lost out due to a penalty.

“It was very frustrating so it’s nice that Johnathan has been able to win the first race this weekend and I’m sure there will be many more.

“He has progressed a lot over the winter. He has come on leaps and bounds and he has been quick everywhere he’s been.

“As long as he can qualify like he did this morning, then the race weekends should be a lot easier for him.”

“I had a good start,” commented Priaulx. “I went around the outside and I wanted to try to keep the others tight on the inside. I stuck to the outside, had grip and just powered around them to take P2.

“It all comes down to feeling in situations like that. I didn’t want to run anybody onto the grass and I was fair with the room I gave. I’m really happy with the move and my race.

“Hoggard and I were pretty close in terms of pace so it was hard to pass and I didn’t want to risk making a move that would take us both out.

“It’s all about finishing and scoring strong points. It’s not always about winning every race. To win the championship you need to be consistent and constantly up there. The wins will come.”

It was an unfortunate end for Jewiss (Double R Racing) who had lit up the timing screens throughout in his efforts to climb up the order from ninth, having dropped a couple of places from seventh on the grid. The MB Partners-backed rising star recording the fastest lap of the race, a 1m 20.988s, on lap six.

Front row starter Patrik Pasma had been running in third for much of the race, but lost out in the skirmish that ensued after the Safety Car restart. The Finn was forced to retire, cruelly taking away his chance of what would have been a hard-earned podium.

It left Arden’s Red Bull Junior Team duo of Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger to battle it out for the final podium spot and the Rookie class win. The pair swarming all over each other and swapping positions repeatedly in the closing stages. Doohan ultimately got the better of Hauger on the penultimate lap and fended him off to take the spoils.

“At the start of the race I had to contend with Ericsson who was defending really well and made it hard to get past,” explained Doohan.

“After I got past him and the Safety Car came out I knew it was my time to shine and that I had to take advantage of it.

“I got a run around the outside of Hauger into turn four at the restart and got pretty close to Pasma in turn eight, but he ended up pushing the entry a bit and dropping a wheel on the dirt which gave me the upper hand.

“Then I had Hauger coming back alongside me down the main straight so it was really close and we battled it out until the end which was exciting.

“It was a really good battle with lots of fair racing and it feels great to get another podium.”

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) scored his best result of the season so far with fifth at the circuit at which he made his car racing debut a year ago, and in doing so achieved pole position for the partially reversed grid race on Sunday.

Championship leader Ayrton Simmons was able to bring his JHR Developments-prepared racer home in sixth to score valuable points in his quest for the title, recovering well from 10th on the grid.

As had been the case at Brands Hatch, Jamie Sharp had it all to do after a difficult qualifying. The Sharp Motorsport racer once again rose to the challenge. He picked his way through the order to take seventh despite starting from the back of the grid and going off the track at the first corner with Josh Skelton. Meanwhile Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was a first lap casualty after being forced to take to the gravel at McLeans.

Lucca Allen ensured all Fortec Motorsports runners achieved top 10 finishes by crossing the line in eighth, while the sole remaining Double R Racing driver Sebastian Alvarez finished ninth ahead of the JHR Developments pair of Manuel Sulaiman and Josh Skelton.

Round five of the season gets underway at 0925 tomorrow. At 1520 the lights will go out for round six which will be shown live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 4 Donington Park, 28 April, 2018
12 laps / 23.74 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 17m 12.680s / 82.65 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.215s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +7.061s
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.331s
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +9.965s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +10.216s
7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +10.595s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +11.830s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.128s
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +12.442s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 20.988s / 87.97 mph

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

Grid for Round 5: Ericsson – Hauger – Doohan – Priaulx – Hoggard – Simmons – Sharp – Allen – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 76 points; 2 Priaulx 67; 3 Jewiss 48; 4 Hoggard 43; 5 Doohan 38; 6 Hauger 35; 7 Tonteri 25; 8 Ericsson 19; 9 Pasma 18; 10 Skelton 10 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 80; 2 Hauger 73; 3 Skelton 55; 4 Tonteri 43; 5 Alvarez 27

Full results