Piastri puts it on pole, as TRS Arden secures front row lock out at Silverstone

  • Piastri takes double pole.
  • Third front row lock out for TRS Arden.
  • Championship leader Caroline sixth fastest.
  • Entire field covered by just over a second.

16 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Oscar Piastri carried his front-running Friday form into qualifying on Saturday at Silverstone for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost with a sublime double pole position. Team-mate Alex Quinn left it late to qualify second and in doing so ensured TRS Arden secured its third front row lock out of the campaign.

Piastri could be found at the top of the timesheet for much of the 20 minute session. However, he was pushed hard, not only by team-mate Quinn, but Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York. The Andy Priaulx Sports Management backed rising star enjoyed a spell on provisional pole, briefly breaking Piastri’s stranglehold on the session with a 57.873s lap with just under five minutes remaining.

Piastri promptly responded with a 57.743s lap and then proceeded to better it on his following flying laps. A 57.610s would prove to be his best and his string of fast laps earnt him pole for the final race of the weekend based on second-fastest times.

“I went out there and did exactly what I needed to do,” said poleman Piastri. “It’s going to be tough to get the championship now with the gap to Jamie Caroline. All I can do is get pole positions and wins and we’ll see what happens.

“I’ve been fast every time I’ve been here and we were fastest for pretty much the whole session. I’m really pleased with my performance and as a team we’re performing so well.

“I knew my pace was pretty strong because I was able to close up to Jamie pretty comfortably when I was behind him on track earlier in the session.

“We were P2 in the dry yesterday and P1 in the wet, and this morning I have put it on pole so I think we’re in a very good place whatever the conditions will be during the rest of the weekend.”

Quinn crashed the front row party in the dying seconds of the session on his final run with a lap of 57.826s, demoting York to third alongside team-mate Hampus Ericsson. The latter putting in his best qualifying performance of the season to earn a front row grid slot in the final race of the weekend.

“It was very difficult out there, the track was improving every lap and I managed to pull a lap out of the bag on my final flyer,” explained Quinn. “It’s great that Oscar got pole and we have another front row lock out for the team.”

“It’s going to be a close race, particularly the battle between myself at Oscar and especially at the start. Hopefully we can bring home big points for the team.

“I was a bit worried when the red flag came out because I wasn’t sure I could get the temperature in the tyres in time, but I stayed calm, brought the tyres in and just got the temperatures right on my final lap to hook things up.”

Behind the all-Fortec second row, can be found an all-Carlin third row with Logan Sargeant beating championship leader Jamie Caroline to fifth on the grid by just 0.009s.

“I’m feeling pretty relaxed,” said Caroline. “We can afford to start sixth given where we are in the championship. I’ll be sending it around the outside in the race to climb up the order!

“Our tyres went off towards the end and I struggled for front end grip whereas others got quicker.

“I know my race pace is strong and our best is yet to come this weekend. We’ll be up there fighting for the top spots.”

Karl Massaad was Double R’s highest qualifier in seventh, with Friday pacesetter Linus Lundqvist only capable of 15th after making contact with the wall in the pit lane.

Johnathan Hoggard ensured all Fortec Motorsports-prepared cars qualified inside the top 10 ahead of Patrik Pasma and Olli Caldwell.

The first F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the Silverstone weekend follows at 1600.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Silverstone 16 September 2017
Round 25 grid order 
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 57.610s
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.826s
3 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 57.873s
4 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 58.028s
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 58.084s
6 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 58.093s
7 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 58.141s
8 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 58.158s
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 58.290s
10 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 58.321s etc.

Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Piastri – Ericsson – Quinn – Caroline – Sargeant – York – Hoggard – Simmons – Pasma – Massaad etc.

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Lundqvist and Piastri share the British F4 testing spoils at Silverstone

  • Lundqvist posts quickest time of the day in dry morning session.
  • Piastri tops wet afternoon running.
  • Top 12 drivers covered by half a second.

15 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist set the pace in testing at Silverstone ahead of the upcoming rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend.

Lundqvist was the only driver to break the 57 second barrier in the morning session with a lap of 56.975s; a time that would remain unbeaten with rain prior to the afternoon session seeing drivers take to the track on wet tyres for the duration.

In a frenetic opening 40 minutes which saw drivers jostle for top spot, Lundqvist just edged out TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri and Alex Quinn. The top three drivers covered by a mere 0.180s.

The trio led the way in the afternoon too, but in slippery conditions it was Piastri who proved quickest with a 1m 04.752s lap, ahead of Lundqvist and Quinn.

“It was a lot of fun out there today and my first time driving around Silverstone in the wet,” said Lundqvist.

“It was a very good Friday for us. We weren’t quite where we wanted to be in testing last week, but we came here confident that we could improve and we’ve done that.

“We have a good base setup for the wet so those conditions didn’t faze us and we were immediately on the pace.

“I’m fifth in the championship right now so I have nothing to lose and everything to gain. I think the pressure is on the other guys really. I’m just going out there to win.

“I feel very comfortable in the car and that’s key. It means you can be relaxed and focus on pushing the limit.

“If you are comfortable in the car and it’s behaving predictably you can focus on taking the best lines and performing at your optimum. This gives you that extra bit of confidence and that can help you to find that extra tenth which is even more important around a relatively short lap like this.”

Added Piastri: “It’s been a really good start to the weekend and great to build on our performance in testing last week when we were P2.

“In the morning Linus was obviously very quick, but we know where we can improve in the dry and in the wet Alex was very strong the whole time. I managed to do a fast lap before the end and that put me P1.

“In the wet there is a lot more variation in terms of lines you can take. It’s a lot more about feeling the car and finding the limit.

“I don’t mind what the weather brings based on the pace we have shown today in both conditions. Hopefully we can build on today and bring home some excellent results.”

Ayrton Simmons underlined TRS Arden’s strength around the Northamptonshire circuit to go fourth quickest in the morning.

Fortec Motorsports were another team to have a solid day’s running, particularly excelling in the dry conditions with all three of their drivers comfortably inside the top 10 and within four tenths of Lundqvist’s time. Fifth, sixth and seventh going the way of Oliver York, Hampus Ericsson and Johnathan Hoggard respectively.

Behind the Fortec Motorsports runners came Carlin’s title contenders Jamie Caroline and Logan Sargeant; the latter faring well in the damp conditions to be sixth quickest in the afternoon. Team-mate Patrik Pasma is another who enjoyed the wet running going fourth quickest.

Meanwhile, JHR Developments driver Manuel Sulaiman bounced back brilliantly from no running in the morning to go eighth quickest by the time the chequered flag fell on the day.

Sam Smelt put in a time good enough for the top 10; his Friday running suggesting he is more than capable of continuing both his and GW Motorsport’s point-scoring form.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost qualifying gets underway at 1055 tomorrow, with the lights due to go out for Round 25 of the championship at 1600. Two further races follow on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 from 1630.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Leading testing times Silverstone 15 September 2017 (AM/PM)
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 56.975 / 1:04.864
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 57.104 / 1:04.752
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 57.155 / 1:04.908
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 57.259 / 1:05.083
5 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 57.291 / 1:05.315
6 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 57.294 / 1:06.891
7 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 57.328 / 1:05.613
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 57.332 / 1:05.804
9 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 57.383 / 1:05.136
10 Sam SMELT / GBR / GW 57.406 / 1:05.946 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist braced for close racing at Silverstone

Supplied by driver’s PR.

14 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Out of Britain’s range of tradition-steeped motorsport venues, there is one more dressed in historic significance than any other: Silverstone. The home of Formula 1’s first-ever world championship race in 1950, the Northamptonshire circuit will help shape new chapters of a much younger story this weekend, playing host to the penultimate round of the F4 British Championship – and Linus Lundqvist arrives with wind in his sails.

The Double R Racing Swede stormed to a lights-to-flag victory last time out at Rockingham, winning the first race of that meeting from pole position and underlining his pace with the fastest lap of the event.

Powering on to Silverstone, Lundqvist is determined to maintain that kind of momentum.

“We had great pace last time out at Rockingham, and I hope we can build on that this weekend,” said Lundqvist. “There was an official day of testing at Silverstone last week and that proved really close, so I’m sure it will be competitive. I’m going all out to try and win more races and end this season on a high.”

Staging this weekend’s battles is Silverstone’s 2.6 km National circuit, which utilises parts of the full-length Grand Prix track made famous by the stars of Formula 1 in the annual British Grand Prix. The F4 field will use the national pits and paddock, commencing their sub-60-second lap with the ultra-fast Copse Corner.

As always in British F4, the weekend gets underway with two free practice sessions on Friday, followed on Saturday by qualifying and the first of the weekend’s trio of races. The remaining two heats then take place on Sunday.

Linus Lundqvist currently sits fifth in the overall standings, bidding to improve on that position over the concluding two rounds of the championship.

Can Ford EcoBoost-powered Caroline take the crown at Silverstone?

14 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Half a point. That’s all Carlin’s Jamie Caroline needs to have extended his championship lead of 74.5 points by at the conclusion of this weekend to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion at Silverstone, the home of the British Motor Racing.

It sounds easy, but five other drivers could steal the crown. Chief amongst those are Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin). The two had vastly differing fortunes three weeks ago at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Piastri, who had finished every race this season in the points, saw his run halted with two non-finishes and a solitary point for his efforts.

Sargeant has clawed his way into contention, scoring more points than any other driver since the summer break, finishing no lower than fifth and claiming his maiden victory last time out.

If official testing at Silverstone a week ago is anything to go by, we’re in for a titanic battle between the title protagonists. Caroline set the pace, but Piastri was his closest challenger and a mere 0.082s adrift. The rivals were the only men to lap below the 57 second mark.

Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) and Linus Lundqvist (Double R Racing) were the other victors at Rockingham, taking their second and fourth wins of the campaign respectively. Elsewhere, Fortec’s Oliver York followed up his maiden win at Knockhill with a brace of podiums. The trio will need to bring home big points to stand a chance of fighting for the title.

Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Patrik Pasma (Carlin) also starred on the podium several weeks ago, the latter coming tantalisingly close to his first British F4 win having led from pole.

Double R’s Karl Massaad was brought back down to earth following his podium exploits north of the border by scoring only two points.

Hampus Ericsson took a hat-trick of Ford F4 Challenge Cup wins at Rockingham. The Fortec driver will want to do the same  at Silverstone in a bid to move to the top of the Class standings. Standing in his way this weekend will be TRS Arden’s Olli Caldwell and Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen.

In the overall standings, Caldwell is defending a slender 2.5 point lead from fellow Young Racing Driver Academy product Jamie Sharp. The Sharp Motorsport racer put in an inspired performance at the Speedway to climb five places and into a points-paying position.

Manuel Sulaimán (JHR Developments) and Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin) made welcome appearances in the points, meanwhile Sam Smelt and GW Motorsport maintained their top 10 form.

Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard returns after a brief pause in his campaign, while Harry Dyson will aim to join the top 10 party for JHR Developments on his Ford EcoBoost-powered debut.

DRIVER NEWS: Eyes on the prize for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing

Supplied by driver’s PR. 

12 SEPTEMBER, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will look to add another title to his resume this weekend when the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost heads for Silverstone for the penultimate meeting of the year.

The talented teenager picked up a brace of podium finishes at Rockingham last time out in his Carlin-run car to extend his lead at the head of the championship standings to 74.5 points.

That means that, for the first time this season, Jamie goes into a race weekend aware that he could secure the 2017 title if results go his way – with the two remaining meetings offering a maximum of 75 points each.

Jamie was unlucky to miss out on a podium finish in the corresponding event last year after he was run off the road on the final lap of race one, but he has enjoyed success at the Northamptonshire circuit in the past – taking a race win back in 2015 en-route to the Ginetta Junior Championship title.

Having also topped the times in official testing at the circuit earlier this month, the newly-appointed BRDC Rising Star heads into the weekend in confident mood and aware that another strong showing could be enough to pick up the championship crown.

“There’s no doubt that the results at Rockingham have put me in a great position going to Silverstone this weekend,” he said. “Everyone is saying I have one hand on the title now, but I’m trying not to think about it too much and am just focused on what I need to do on track.

“We went well in testing last week and if we can carry that pace into the weekend then we’ll be in a great position to challenge towards the front in qualifying, and to be in the mix for a win or two.

“If we can do that, then the title should take care of itself, but it would only take a small mistake this weekend to lose me points.

“Even with the lead I have, the main focus has to be to stay out of trouble and when the weekend is over, what will be will be.”

After qualifying on Saturday 16 September at 10.55, the first of three British F4 races will be that afternoon at 15.10.

Race two follows on Sunday morning at 11.15, with race three being featured in ITV4’s extensive live coverage of the BTCC at 16.30.

Swedish single-seater champion Linus Lundqvist joins 2017 F4 British Championship

  • Linus Lundqvist becomes first Double R Racing signing of 2017.
  • Rapid 17-year-old aiming to mount major British F4 title bid.
  • Formula STCC Nordic and NEZ Champion relishing UK debut.

30 JANUARY, 2017 – Highly rated Swedish single-seater champion Linus Lundqvist will race in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in 2017, competing for Double R Racing.

17-year-old Lundqvist stormed to glory in the Scandinavian-based Formula STCC Nordic championship in 2016, winning 10 out of 14 races, as well as the North European Zone title.

In 2017 the Stockholm resident will set about his biggest challenge to date, leaving the Swedish arena to go head to head with some of motor racing’s most promising prospects in the UK’s official FIA Formula 4 series.

Lundqvist will take to the grid with Woking-based outfit Double R Racing and is eager to make a name for himself in the UK’s leading single-seater championship.

“It’s great to be able to take this step and to measure myself against the competition in the F4 British Championship,” said Lundqvist.

“This has been my target since winning the Formula STCC Nordic title last autumn, and I’m equally thrilled and grateful that we’ve made this happen along with Double R Racing.

“To be competing in single-seaters in Britain, in the heart of motorsport, is definitely a dream come true for me.”

Lundqvist has already got plenty of Ford EcoBoost-powered miles under his belt having tested the British F4 racer for three days at Silverstone, topping the times on each occasion at the home of the British Grand Prix.

“Testing has been very, very positive,” added Lundqvist. “It was all brand new to me; the car, the track, the tyres and the team, but the guys at Double R Racing have been fantastic and really helped me to acclimatise.

“This will be a big challenge for me, having only raced on the narrow tracks in Scandinavia, but I hope to be fighting for wins before too long.

“I want to establish myself abroad and prove what I can do, and to that end I’m sure British Formula 4 is the right path. I really am extremely excited and I can’t wait for the first race!”

Formed in 2004, Double R Racing currently fields cars in British F4 and F3; winning the F3 drivers’ title with British F4 graduate Matheus Leist in 2016.

The crack Double R Racing team claimed four wins last year in the F4 British Championship with Australian youngster Zane Goddard, who also added four more podium finishes to his tally over the course of the season.

Among those to have raced for the squad are the likes of Bruno Senna, Felipe Nasr and Lundqvist’s countryman Marcus Ericsson of the Sauber F1 team.

“I have to say that I’m genuinely impressed by what I’ve seen of Linus this winter,” said Double R Racing team boss Anthony ”Boyo” Hieatt.

“Testing went incredibly well. He turned up for the first time at Silverstone, a tough track with a lot of fast corners, and he immediately set the pace.

“He comes highly recommended by some people and I firmly believe that we’ll be running right at the front with Linus this year.

“I’d expect us to fight for race wins and the title, and we’re all excited to have Linus on board.”

A packed pre-season testing schedule begins in earnest this week on Friday 3 February at Oulton Park. Drivers will aim to get to grips with their Ford EcoBoost-powered machines ahead of the first meeting of the season which will take place at Double R’s ‘home’ track Brands Hatch, on 1/2 April.

2017 will once again see the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford star alongside the BTCC, as the sole single-seater support series on the live-televised TOCA package.

Images by Mattias Persson / Linus Lundqvist Racing.

Zane Goddard doubles up for Double R at Silverstone

  • Goddard overtakes Fielding and Leeds to win thriller.
  • Fielding’s podium ensures he leaves Silverstone leading the championship.
  • Simmons triumphs in Rookie class for third time this season.

SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – For the second time this weekend Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard proved to be the class of the field on his way to victory in Round 27 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Goddard had his work cut out starting from third on the grid behind formidable title contenders Sennan Fielding and Luis Leeds, but he made it look easy with two superb overtaking manoeuvres.

After the start it seemed that compatriot Leeds might well scamper off into the distance. The Red Bull Junior making a lightning getaway off the line from pole, the best of any driver, and set about trying to build a gap.

Fielding and Goddard were having none of it though. Leeds was unable to escape their clutches and perhaps with no title fight to worry about, Goddard was the driver to seize the initiative dispatching Fielding. The Australian then made full use of his Ford EcoBoost power to pull alongside Leeds on Wellington straight and take the decisive inside line into Brooklands for the lead. Once clear Goddard looked calm and in control on his way to victory number four of the season.

“I thought I was going to have to pull something pretty special out of the bag before the race,” explained Goodard. “I had to make two big lunges. Thankfully they both worked out. I didn’t know if I was going to pull them off or not. I tried to get past as soon as I could and fortunately I did. I was then able to stay in the lead.

“Unfortunately we had a lot of bad luck in the first part of the year, but we have turned things around. We have really shown our speed again here. The team did a great job and now we have another two wins to add to the tally. Hopefully we can finish the year with some more.”

TRS Arden’s Leeds and JHR Developments’ Fielding once again staked their claims for the title, putting in measured performances to finish on the podium and bring home valuable points.

Leeds taking points out of Fielding’s advantage over him in the standings and Fielding crucially doing enough to leave Silverstone with the championship lead. A remarkable turnaround for Fielding after he struggled for pace in pre-race testing. Testament to the fantastic work done by the Chesterfield star and his JHR Developments team.

Commented Leeds: “I had a really good start to pull away from everyone. I knew what I had to do this race, but unfortunately I couldn’t quite get across the line in the lead.

“I’m still happy to bring home good points though. I was thinking about the championship and to finish two out of three races in front of Sennan this weekend means it’s been a good weekend.”

Added Fielding: “I really had to look after my rear tyres because I was struggling for grip. Once I had broken away from the Carlin drivers I was quite happy to bring home this result. Fingers crossed we can keep this up. I think Brands Hatch is a stronger circuit for me, but we will see when we get there.”

“I had a bit of cramp in my leg at the start and nearly stalled off the line, but I think everyone apart from Luis didn’t get the best of starts. During the race I struggled a little bit with rear end grip as they tyres grained.

“It’s a great result for us. To come away leading the championship. I cannot ask for anything more especially after how slow we were on Friday and fair play to Zane who I think has been awesome this weekend. A very big well done to him.”

Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, Max Fewtrell and James Pull provided plenty of entertainment, showing off their wheel-to-wheel prowess whilst not only battling each other, but also passing Billy Monger who had managed to get the jump on Fewtrell at the start for fourth.

Before Fewtrell overtook the JHR racer, DeFrancesco capitalised on Fewtrell’s attempts to overtake, sneaking past his team-mate before overtaking Monger in quick succession. Fewtrell and Pull didn’t make life easy for the Canadian however, forcing DeFrancesco to use all his guile to keep them behind.

Unfortunately for Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu his race came undone when battling with Caroline for ninth and with it his title aspirations.

Rafael Martins showcased his overtaking prowess with an inch perfect manoeuvre on Monger in the closing laps to net seventh.

Monger crossed the line in eighth after a determined drive to finish in the points, ahead of TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons who proved triumphant in the Rookie class once more from Alex Quinn who fought his way up to tenth from last on the grid.

Said Simmons: “I had a bit of a poor start, but then I managed to come back at drivers who got past me and finish higher than I started. I’m really happy with my race craft and this weekend in general. We managed to maintain positions and keep moving forward in the race which was great.”

Jack Martin claimed the final Rookie podium spot. A perfectly judged move down the inside of Kjaergaard at Brooklands on his way to 12th overall a particular highlight.

Meanwhile Jack Butel came incredibly close to scoring points just ahead of Martin in 11th.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 27 Silverstone 18 September 2016
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 16.340s / 101.96mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +2.680s
3 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.359s
4 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +5.863s
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +6.211s
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +6.675s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +10.521s
8 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +11.181s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +15.045s
10 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +15.411s etc.

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.208 / 103.23mph

Rookie class: 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Martin; 4 Kjaergaard

Provisional championship standings: 1 Fielding 308; 2 Fewtrell 303; 3 Leeds 289; 4 DeFrancesco 259; 5 Pull 248; 6 Quinn 240; =7 Florescu 230; =7 Goddard 230; 9 Martins 180; 10 Caroline 148 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 535; 2 J Martin 357; =3 Kjaergaard 355; =3 Simmons 355; 5 R Martin 130

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Quinn riding high after textbook Silverstone British F4 win

  • Lights to flag victory for Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn.
  • Max Fewtrell battles through field in bid to cling on to championship lead.

SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Alex Quinn celebrated being crowned Rookie class champion by winning Round 26 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in textbook fashion.

A flawless start from pole saw him stay ahead of fellow front row starter Luis Leeds, with the Racing Steps Foundation ace then proceeding to break away from the field. His progress was halted just under halfway into the race when the safety car was deployed to recover team-mate Kjaergaard’s stricken car. Quinn wasn’t fazed however, mastering the restart and pulling out a gap to Rafael Martins.

Said a jubilant Quinn: “I cannot express my feelings. I’m so happy. I need to say a huge thanks to the Racing Steps Foundation and Fortec because without them I wouldn’t be here, let alone at the front.”

“I’m really happy with the car and the performance of myself. I pushed as hard as I could to get the win. I’ve shown this weekend that I can race through the field and lead from the front which is great.”

Martins had looked strong all weekend and after an excellent sixth place finish yesterday was full of fight today, leaping past TRS Arden team-mate Ayrton Simmons off the line and then scything past Luis Leeds on the following lap at Becketts.

“I think it was quite a good race on the first few laps for me,” said Martins. “I couldn’t catch Alex. He did a great job. I thought after the safety car I could have a chance, but he did a great job at the restart.

“I think in the beginning I was quicker than Luis and then towards the end he was a bit quicker, but I had it under control. Since Friday we have been quick. Qualifying we struggled a little with the mixed weather, but we are doing a great job this weekend.”

Leeds was understandably cautious in the early stages; not completely sure of the car underneath him following his puncture and damage sustained in the first race of the weekend, as well as being mindful of preserving tyres. However, as the race progressed his confidence behind the wheel came back in full force as he hounded Martins for second until the end.

Explained Leeds: “I got good points in the championship and scored more points than any of the other contenders although it wasn’t my greatest of races.

“With the puncture I had yesterday we didn’t have the best of tyres for this race. Two tyres were scrapped so we had to use some new tyres, but I had to preserve them for the race this afternoon when we start from pole.”

JHR’s Sennan Fielding made impressive progress up the order throughout the race, from eighth up to fourth. One of his victims was Ayrton Simmons who was under attack for much of the race, but put on a credible defensive display suggesting the youngest driver on the grid can mix it with the best. A spirited battle with Carlin’s Max Fewtrell a particular highlight.

Said Simmons: “It was pretty exciting. The first five laps especially. I had quite a lot of cars behind me. I managed to keep with the fast guys. I had a good battle with Fewtrell. It was a great experience racing up the front. Hopefully next time we start at the front we can do an even better job.”

There was no stopping Fewtrell however. The championship leader going into the race had it all to do starting from the penultimate row of the grid and he picked his way through the field expertly. His move around the outside of Simmons at Brooklands thrilling spectators. It set up an entertaining battle between himself and team-mates DeFrancesco and Pull, as well as Fielding and Goddard.

Pull was awarded a five second penalty for exceeding track limits costing him a points finish, but team-mate DeFrancesco fared better. A move down the inside of Goddard as they headed towards Becketts earning him fifth and the chance to take the fight to Fielding.

Fielding wasn’t prepared to relinquish fourth to his title rival, holding off the Canadian to bring home enough points to become joint leader of the championship with Fewtrell heading into Round 27.

Double R’s Carrie Schreiner put in another great performance to break into the top 10 and add another championship point to her tally for the season, whilst Jack Martin made a welcome return to the Rookie podium.

Billy Monger suffered a spin early on having been one of the fastest cars on track, but struck back to get up to 11th place at the fall of the chequered flag, tantalisingly close to the points.

Petru Florescu’s race was thwarted before it even began with a technical gremlin rearing its head on the formation lap and resulting in the Romanian losing ground in the standings.

Lights go out for the Silverstone finale at 1515 which will be screened live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 26 Silverstone 18 September 2016
20 laps / 32.8 miles
1 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 20m 41.423s / 95.14mph
2 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +1.215s
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +1.876s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.639s
5 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +4.858s
6 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +5.163s
7 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +5.655s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.333s
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +9.362s
10 Carrie SCHREINER / GER / Double R +9.751s etc.

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.221 / 103.20mph

Rookie class: 1 Quinn; 2 Simmons; 3 Martin

Provisional championship standings: =1 Fewtrell 293; =1 Fielding 293; 3 Leeds 271; 4 DeFrancesco 247; 5 Pull 240; 5 DeFrancesco 237; 6 Quinn 239; 7 Florescu 230; 8 Goddard 205; 9 Martins 174; 10 Caroline 148 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 517; 2 Kjaergaard 343; 3 J Martin 342; 4 Simmons 330; 5 R Martin 130

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Goddard romps to British F4 victory at Silverstone

  • Goddard capitalises on storming opening lap to take lead and break clear of field.
  • Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn crowned Rookie Champion for Fortec Motorsports.

SILVERSTONE 17 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Zane Goddard took full advantage of a superb start at Silverstone to climb from fourth on the grid to first. Seizing his opportunity as front row starters Sennan Fielding and Luis Leeds squabbled for the lead. Once out in front the Double R racer was untouchable on his way to his third F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford victory of the season; finishing over seven seconds clear of the field.

“It was a great race,” said Goddard. “It was an amazing start. I couldn’t even imagine that happening. It all just worked out so well. We got into the lead and kept on pumping in fast laps. We were able to build up a good gap.”

“I got a really good start, getting past Monger straight away. Then Luis and Sennan seemed to focus on each other on the inside and I was able to speed around the outside of them both. The car was a pleasure to drive. I’m lost for words. It was fantastic.”

There was no shortage of drama elsewhere. Championship leader Max Fewtrell and Billy Monger made contact on the opening lap forcing Monger to retire and leaving the championship leader at the back of the field. Fewtrell putting on a determined drive, recording fastest lap in the process, to try to haul himself back into the points paying positions.

As the race drew to a close Leeds was all over the rear of Sennan Fielding’s JHR prepared racer but a coming together left Leeds with a puncture and on the final lap he had to fend off a train of cars headed by Jamie Caroline. The latter had survived race long pressure from Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, having gained three places at the start.

Commented Fielding: “Fair play to Zane, he did an excellent start. I just couldn’t get the traction off the line. We played a bit of a lottery with the car in terms of finding the right setup after a difficult day yesterday. We didn’t quite know how it was going to be so to come away with second is a great result.”

Caroline made a bid to pass Leeds’ wounded Ford EcoBoost-powered racer around the outside, but they came to grief with Leeds’ punctured tyre causing unexpected amounts of understeer resulting in contact.

DeFrancesco gained most from the drama that unfolded in front, enabling him to claim a precious podium and valuable points for his title bid. Team-mates James Pull and Petru Florescu were close behind, also making inroads on Fewtrell’s lead in the standings. Meanwhile Rafael Martins made excellent progress up the order having started in tenth to finish sixth.

Commented DeFrancesco: “It was a tough race, especially at the start. Jamie did a great job to keep me behind. In the end he was quite unlucky, but you have to take the luck when you can. He raced really well.

“I think we made a big step in performance from yesterday and I think we will be quite strong in the other two races this weekend.”

British F4’s Rookie class drivers once again put on an entertaining display of driving. Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn climbing 10 places after an out of sorts qualifying to put him in a Rookie class podium battle between team-mate Kjaergaard and TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons.

Simmons, the youngest driver on the grid, emerged victorious for the second time this season. A well-deserved win after climbing five places amid all the action, and by finishing second in class Quinn did enough to be crowned Rookie class champion.

Despite only finishing ninth overall, the Racing Steps Foundation backed star did it in style showcasing excellent race craft with some exceptional overtakes. A move which involved going from the outside of Kjaergaard at Brooklands to the inside for Luffield a particular highlight and display of absolute precision behind the wheel.

Explained Simmons: “Qualifying wasn’t ideal. It was quite tricky conditions, but I’m really happy with this race. I made up a lot of places from 12th and we have got a really good reverse-grid race position too.”

Added Quinn: “It was kind of like Snetterton. Having to bounce back after a bad qualifying. I pulled off a few brave moves around the outside at Brooklands. At the beginning of the season it would have been my weakness to overtake and now it’s a strength so I’m really happy with my performance.

“We had to put qualifying behind us. With a lot of the help of the team we did that and now I’ve got reverse grid pole for tomorrow so hopefully things are coming together.

“It’s a relief to finally become Rookie champion. We’ve been dominant in the class for quite a few races now. It wasn’t clear-cut when we were going to win it. We had a good chance and it’s good to get it done now, so we can focus on just winning races now.”

The British F4 racers are back on track at 0940 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race when newly crowned Rookie champ Quinn will start from pole, with the Silverstone finale to be televised live on ITV4 at 1515.

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Provisional results Round 25 Silverstone 17 September 2016
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 06.969s / 102.75mph
2 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +7.397s
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +18.530s
4 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +18.868s
5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +19.239s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +19.993s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +20.171s
8 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +20.448s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +20.718s
10 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +21.758s etc

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 56.820 / 103.93mph

Rookie class: 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Kjaergaard; 4 Martin

Provisional championship standings: 1 Fewtrell 287; 2 Fielding 281; 3 Leeds 256; 4 Pull 240; 5 DeFrancesco 237; 6 Florescu 230; 7 Quinn 214; 8 Goddard 197; 9 Martins 156; 10 Caroline 146 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 492; 2 Kjaergaard 343; 3 J Martin 327; 4 Simmons 312; 5 R Martin 130

Grid for round 26: Quinn – Leeds – Simmons – Martins – Florescu – Pull – DeFrancesco – Fielding – Goddard – Kjaergaard

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Fielding comes to the fore in damp British F4 qualifying at Silverstone

  • Fielding and Leeds lock out British F4 front row at Silverstone.
  • Entire field covered by just over a second in super-close session.

SILVERSTONE 17 SEPTEMBER, 2016: Sennan Fielding flew to a fantastic pole in damp conditions at Silverstone in F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford qualifying. Testing suggested there would be a fierce battle for pole and it proved to be the case with the entire field covered by just over second.

In tricky damp conditions drivers were put to the test, but not for the first time this season JHR Developments driver Fielding came to the fore in the wet. With five minutes of the session remaining the title contender posted a time of 1m 04.795s, to snatch provisional pole from title rival Luis Leeds.

The TRS Arden racer hit back though, improving his time by nearly two tenths as the clocked ticked down, but it wasn’t quite enough to top Fielding, leaving him just 0.010s off pole.

Round 27 of the championship sees the two drivers switching places on the front row however; with Leeds’ second quickest time netting him pole by just 0.027 seconds from Fielding.

Said poleman Fielding: “People keep saying I’m a master of these wet conditions and I really didn’t want to jinx it. I just go out there and try to do my job. It’s been a tough year and I just keep working hard. I think people can easily put too much pressure on themselves at this time of season. But I’ve just said to myself that I’m going out to enjoy it and do the best that I can by getting some great results.”

Added Leeds: “That’s one of our better qualifying sessions. We wanted to make amends for qualifying at Rockingham and the team have given me a really good car for this weekend to get P1 and P2. We’re really going for it this weekend.

“These conditions weren’t expected, and not what I’m used to as an Aussie. There’s been a lot of sacrifice leaving my friends and family back home and things do get tough sometimes, but we work hard and weekends like this make it all worth it. Hopefully we can top it off with a win.”

Billy Monger gave JHR Developments even more to celebrate with an excellent third place grid slot for this afternoon’s race.

“I’m gunning for the win after the disappointment of Rockingham,” said a bullish Monger. “I’m feeling more motivated than ever now and I’m looking forward to the race today. The wet conditions in testing yesterday definitely helped me hit the ground running in qualifying because I had never been around here in the wet before.”

Double R’s Zane Goddard and Carlin’s Max Fewtrell carried their strong testing pace into qualifying, just several tenths off of pole earning them fourth and fifth place grid slots respectively, as well as second row starts for tomorrow’s finale.

Behind them could be found Devlin DeFrancesco who looked very assured out on track, whilst Caroline was his usual exuberant self in the wet on the way to the seventh quickest time. The Fortec Motorsports driver finds himself in a Carlin sandwich on the grid with Petru Florescu and James Pull just behind him.

Commented DeFrancesco: ““The session went OK. We did quite a solid job. The conditions have definitely shaken up the order, but P6 is good. I’m confident in both conditions. There’s more work to do on my side in the dry, but I’m looking forward to race one and we will see what we can do.”

Explained Caroline: “The rear was sliding around and I did the best that I could with the car underneath me, but unfortunately it was only good enough for seventh. I got a bit held up in traffic on my last lap so I think I could have gone quicker. As long as it’s not really hot for the races this weekend I can hopefully battle my way through the field.”

Rafael Martins rounded out the top ten, whilst Frank Bird’s progression continues to catch the eye, having just missed out on the top 10 by fractions of a second.

Ayrton Simmons proved to be quickest of the Rookie class drivers maintaining his Rookie leading pace from testing yesterday, whilst class leader Alex Quinn had a session to forget in his Fortec Motorsports prepared racer.

Today’s race is due off at 1510.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional qualifying times Silverstone 16 September 2016
Grid order Round 25
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:04.795
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:04.805
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:05.007
4 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:05.033
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:05.114
6 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:05.179
7 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec 1:05.258
8 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:05.392
9 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:05.491
10 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:05.554 etc

Round 27 grid order (based on second-fastest times): Leeds – Fielding – Goddard – Fewtrell – Monger – DeFrancesco – Caroline – Pull – Martins – Florescu etc.

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