Fewtrell off to a flyer in Silverstone testing

  • Championship leader Max Fewtrell gets weekend off to brilliant start.
  • TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins masters the wet to top the morning session.
  • Top 15 covered by a second at the home of British motorsport.

SILVERSTONE 16 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Championship leader Max Fewtrell got his Silverstone weekend off to a flying start in F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford pre-race testing. The Carlin driver came out on top in an incredibly competitive test with the top 15 drivers covered by a second.

Fewtrell was one of only two drivers to break into the 56 second bracket, building on a strong showing in the morning. His time of 56.808s just 0.046s quicker than Zane Goddard’s best.

Said pacesetter Fewtrell: “It’s nice to be P1 again. It’s a good confidence booster going into qualifying. I’m sure people will do a lot of work overnight so I need to keep pushing for tomorrow too.

“If the team and I keep working how we have been all year it should go well this weekend. It’s also really important to carry the momentum over from Rockingham which was really good for us.

“Everyone is so close. Qualifying is going to be key because it’s going to be tricky to overtake around here. It’s going to be about getting that lap in, but also a quick second fastest lap too. I want to be up there on the grid.”

Explained Double R’s Goddard: “We had good speed straight away. We used a new set of tyres towards the end. Max just pipped us, but we know where we need to find the time. We’ll find it and hopefully we will have a battle for pole on our hands. If we can have a good qualifying we can set ourselves up for some great results.

“Having confidence through the high speed corners and then getting a good exit onto the straights because they are so long here is crucial. If you can get this combination you are on for a good lap.

“It’s very cool to be able to say we are racing at Silverstone where Formula 1 comes to race.”

The tussle for testing supremacy was fierce with TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds and Rafael Martins, as well as Carlin’s Petru Florescu and James Pull also getting in on the act at the top in the dry afternoon session. Leeds proved to be the closest of Fewtrell’s title challengers.

Martins was the star of the show in the morning session. Torrential rain meant a delayed start, but it was more than worth the wait. The young Brazilian star clearly revelling in the wet conditions.

Said Martins: “We have struggled a little bit in the wet in the last few races so it’s good to see that we are competitive in the wet as well now. In the dry I did a pretty good lap, but I think we put on the second set of new tyres a little bit late in the session, so I couldn’t get the maximum from them. We’ll see how much we can improve for tomorrow, but I think it’s looking good.

“So many great drivers have raced at Silverstone over the years and that makes this weekend very special.”

Fellow TRS Arden runner Ayrton Simmons was quickest of the Rookie class drivers and will look to carry on this strong form around the Northamptonshire circuit.

Simmons’ performance capped off a positive day for TRS Arden, suggesting that Carlin will have their work cut out to bring home the F4 British Championship Teams’ Cup this weekend.

Fortec Motorsports and JHR Developments had a comparatively quieter day’s testing. Rookie class leader Alex Quinn proved to be fastest Fortec driver and inside the top ten, whilst JHR’s Billy Monger was just over a tenth quicker than team-mate Sennan Fielding.

The latter is sure to put on an even stronger showing when it really matters tomorrow in his bid for the title.

Fortec’s Jamie Caroline and JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen appeared to fare better in the rain, ending the morning session eighth and ninth respectively.

Other notable performances included Frank Bird (Fortec) and Carrie Schreiner (Double R) who were within a second of the quickest time. Meanwhile Andrew Richardson impressed in his first pre-race test behind the wheel of a Ford EcoBoost-powered racer this season for Richardson Racing.

Commented Schreiner: “The morning session was difficult because it was my first time driving around Silverstone in the wet, but in the second session I was able to improve a lot and there’s still more to come. I can be happy with my testing performance. I have tested here in the dry so that was a big help in the afternoon and I felt increasingly confident in the car.”

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford qualifying gets underway at 1030 tomorrow, with the lights due to go out for Round 25 of the championship at 1510. Two further races follow on Sunday, the second of which will be screened live on ITV4 from 1515.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Leading testing times Silverstone 16 September 2016 (am/pm)
1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:05.756 / 56.808
2 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:06.496 / 56.854
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:06.064 / 57.016
4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:05.665 / 57.162
5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:06.155 / 57.189
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:05.670 / 57.193
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:06.202 / 57.326
8 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:05.984 / 57.345
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:06.725 / 57.348
10 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:06.344 / 57.388 etc.

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SILVERSTONE 16-18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 — The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to the home of British motorsport with the title race still wide open. Carlin’s Max Fewtrell leads the way, but his team-mates James Pull, Devlin DeFrancesco and Petru Florescu, as well as JHR’s Sennan Fielding and and Arden’s Luis Leeds are all within touching distance.

Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn looks set to be crowned FIA British Formula 4 Rookie Class Champion this weekend, meanwhile Carlin have a chance to wrap up up the Teams’ Cup.

Here’s everything you need to know to stay in touch this weekend.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA -powered by Ford timetable
Friday 16 September
1100-1140 & 1505-1545 Testing

Saturday 17 September
1030 Qualifying; 1510 Race 1

Sunday 18 September
0940 Race 2; 1515 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4
Driver Autograph Session at Ford Race Centre 1300-1330

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1515

Live timing: Follow the live timing screen and download results via TSL Timing

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British F4 to star at Silverstone

  • Max Fewtrell leads the way going into Silverstone meeting with title race still wide open.
  • Alex Quinn on course for Rookie class title.
  • Carlin looking to retain status as British F4 teams’ champions.

15 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Just six races remain to decide who will claim this year’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford title and the battle for supremacy continues to intensify.

Max Fewtrell arrives at Silverstone on the back of his second victory of the season and having finished on the podium in all three races a fortnight ago extended his championship lead.

He is by no means clear out front. It’s possible to make a realistic case for five other drivers. Namely JHR’s Sennan Fielding who recently recorded his fifth win of 2016 and will want to follow-up here.

Not for the first time this season Luis Leeds was hampered by a qualifying that didn’t go his way at Rockingham. He will be aiming for a straightforward qualifying to maximise his points haul.

Behind Leeds in the standings can be found the rest of the Carlin quartet. James Pull is riding high having claimed his maiden victory in the series, whilst Devlin DeFrancesco and Petru Florescu had an exercise in damage limitation.

Silverstone has all the makings of a historic weekend for Carlin. The reigning British F4 teams’ champions have the chance to retain their title at the home of the British Grand Prix if results go their way following another stellar season for Trevor Carlin’s outfit.

The Rookie class title is almost certain to be decided this weekend, such is the domination of Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn, the class victor 15 times already this season.

The Rookie runner-up spot looks set to be between Quinn’s Fortec team-mate Nicolai Kjaergaard, as well as Arden’s Jack Martin and Ayrton Simmons.

Their team-mate Rafael Martins has finished in the points for the last five races. Expect more of the same and possibly his second win of the year.

It was heartbreak for JHR’s Billy Monger who lost the lead of the race on the final lap last time out, but he proved he can hold his own at front. His team-mate Jack Butel is strong around this circuit so will be on course for one of his best results.

Double R’s Zane Goddard had a relatively quiet time at Rockingham. The double British F4 race winner is looking to return to form. Team-mate Carrie Schreiner was in the points and is more than capable of repeating this feat, whilst JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen was unlucky to miss out on the top ten.

Jamie Caroline had an exhilarating wet race two weeks ago when he climbed an astonishing 14 places. Meanwhile Frank Bird continues to improve, with Andy Richardson lining up on the grid for Richardson Racing having previously competed in Formula Ford.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford action gets underway with two test sessions tomorrow, followed by qualifying and Round 25 of the championship at 1030 and 1510 respectively on Saturday. The weekend reaches its climax on Sunday with another race at 0940 and the Silverstone finale at 1515 televised live on ITV4.

Silverstone timetable
Friday 16 September
1030-1110 & 1500-1540 Testing

Saturday 17 September
1030 Qualifying; 1510 Race 1

Sunday 18 September
0940 Race 2; 1515 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4
Driver Autograph Session at Ford Race Centre 1300-1330

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1515
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.

DRIVER NEWS: Monger eyes maiden British F4 win whilst flying flag for Barnardo’s children’s charity at Silverstone

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14 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – After a weekend full of highs and lows for JHR Developments driver Billy Monger at Rockingham, he now plans to take his newfound confidence into the upcoming meeting at Silverstone in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Having led from pole, Monger controlled the final race of the Rockingham meeting in style; fending off championship leader Max Fewtrell and JHR team-mate Sennan Fielding until a technical problem cost Monger certain victory on the last lap, dropping him to third place.

“Following what happened at the last race at Rockingham initially I was devastated. I should have been happy with a podium finish, but I really wanted that win,” explained Monger.

“I worked so hard for it and was challenged by some very quick drivers. It was a tough blow to take at first, but looking back now I can only see positives from the entire experience. I cannot wait to be back behind the wheel.”

Monger has achieved multiple podiums in his maiden season in the fiercely contested F4 British Championship and is undoubtedly one to watch going into the Silverstone weekend.

Said Monger: “I am really looking forward to the challenge a demanding track like Silverstone will bring and feel like I have done enough so far this season to earn enough respect from my competitors to expect tough but clean racing this weekend. I am ready to go out and grab my maiden win in British F4!

“I have been working hard with all my sponsors Baylis and Harding, Metro Deconstruction and Reigate Environmental. I want to thank them for their support because without them I would not be able to finish the season.”

Monger has also recently become a Barnardo’s children’s charity ambassador in association with Nick Armstrong.

Commented Monger: “We have a lot of the Barnardo’s kids coming to Silverstone. I can’t wait to share my race weekend with the kids and hopefully do them proud. It will be a tough weekend and I’m sure all the drivers will want to up their game at the home of the British Grand Prix.”

In the three week break between Rockingham and Silverstone, Monger has worked with Lewis Hall’s kart team Virtus Motorsport; coaching the team’s drivers at Super One and club level in the Honda Cadet class in which Monger was British Champion.

“I really enjoy coaching the Virtus kids. It’s very rewarding watching their lap times come down,” said Monger.

“It’s a great way to promote both myself and the F4 British Championship, as well as help young aspiring racers out there. It lets me give back to the sport which has given me so much in my short career so far.

“It’s certainly going to be an entertaining weekend at Silverstone. The championship is close and so is the racing! Let the fun begin…”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford action gets underway with official testing on Friday 16 September, followed by qualifying and Round 25 of the championship at 1030 and 1510 respectively on Saturday. The weekend reaches its climax on Sunday with another race at 0940 and the Silverstone finale at 1515 televised live on ITV4. Fans will also get the chance to meet Billy Monger and the rest of the British F4 cohort during the Driver Autograph Session at 1300 on Sunday.

Butel and F4 British Championship star at British Grand Prix

14 JULY, 2016 – The F4 British Championship once again played a starring role alongside Formula 1; on this occasion during the British Grand Prix weekend at Silverstone. JHR Developments driver Jack Butel’s Ford EcoBoost-powered racer was on display at the Silverstone Racing Club and unsurprisingly grabbed plenty of attention.

Commented Mike Norton manager of Ford Performance technical, sporting and programmes: “Having the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford car showcased at the British Grand Prix weekend further reinforces the F4 British Championship as the first step to Formula 1 on the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“Ford have supported young motorsport talent for almost 50 years and it has been great for F1 fans to get up close and personal with the series where the next stars of the pinnacle of the sport are coming from.”

Reflected Jack Butel’s father Derek Butel: “We had an excellent response at Silverstone. People loved Jack’s British F4 car. It was amazing to see how many people know about Jack and are following him in the series.

“At times you couldn’t even see the car because so many people were stood around it. From Saturday morning until Sunday night people were flocking to see the car.

“Silverstone Racing Club were over the moon to have Jack’s car on display and we’ve got their full support. Their logo will be on the nosecone for the remainder of the season.

“Nigel Mansell, Derek Warwick and Jerseyman James Walker were also really pleased for Jack’s car to be there. They are supporting Jack as much as they can in terms of advice. They’re really happy with what he is doing and they are excited to see where he is going to go next.”

It was undoubtedly a happy return to Silverstone for the Jack Butel camp. The circuit proving a happy hunting ground for the Jersey racer who claimed a brace of strong points scoring finishes in his maiden Ford EcoBoost-powered season last year.

Added Derek Butel: “Jack has gone really well at Silverstone in the past. It’s one of his best tracks. He’s been doing a lot of training during the summer break on the beaches of Jersey and has got some testing lined up to help him further up his game for the rest of the year.”

Despite it being the traditional summer break in the F4 British Championship calendar, Butel’s JHR Developments prepared racer has hardly stood still. In the run up to the British Grand Prix the car was on display at Longueville Manor and Jersey’s town centre in aid of Jersey Teenage Cancer Trust. It then had pride of place during a promotional night for customers of one of Butel’s sponsors Express Auto Parts.

Jack Butel and the rest of the F4 British Championship field will hit the track at Snetterton on 30/31 July, when the title battle will go up another gear as the UK’s leading junior single-seater series embarks upon the second half of its campaign.

Silverstone results amended following exclusion of Dan Ticktum

Lando Norris & Colton Herta / Carlin

28 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Following investigations into on-track incidents in Round 27 of the MSA Formula Championship, the results from all three Silverstone races have today been amended.

For overtaking under the safety car and causing a collision with another car, Daniel Ticktum has been excluded from the meeting and had six penalty points recorded on his licence. Details of the incident involving Ticktum have been referred by race officials to the MSA for further action.

Toby Sowery has been penalised with a five-position grid drop at a future race for his part in a collision with race leader Lando Norris; he has had three penalty points applied to his licence.

James Pull was reprimanded for his part in a collision with the car of Dan Baybutt, and was given two licence penalty points.

Amended provisional results Silverstone 26/27 September 2015
Round 25: 21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 20m 00.491s / 103.30mph
2 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin +0.403s
3 Toby SOWERY / GBR / MBM +3.929s
4 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +6.144s
5 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +6.415s
6 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +14.878s
7 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +15.440s
8 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden +15.595s
9 James PULL / GBR / Fortec +16.292s
10 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB +19.002s etc
Fastest lap Herta 56.607s / 104.32mph Est Rec
Rookie class 1 Baybutt; 2 Mitchell; 3 Martins; 4 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden; 5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin; 6 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon; 7 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec

Round 26: 21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 COLLARD 20m 21.285s / 101.54 mph
2 FIELDING +0.693s
3 LEIST +1.889s
4 BAYBUTT +5.661s
5 HERTA +8.467s
6 MARTINS +8.954s
7 NORRIS +9.307s
8 Jack BUTEL / GBR / JHR +11.206s
9 MITCHELL +13.718s
10 FLORESCU +14.299s etc
Fastest lap Collard 57.110s / 103.40mph
Rookie class 1 Baybutt; 2 Martins; 3 Mitchell; 4 Florescu; 5 Ahmed; 6 Karbaley; 7 Smith

Round 27: 18 laps / 29.53 miles
1 LEIST 19.298s / 87.18mph
2 HERTA +0.671s
3 AHMED +5.394s
4 KARBALEY +12.535s
5 Louise RICHARDSON / GBR / Richardson +13.140s
6 BUTEL +14.348s
7 FLORESCU +15.432s
8 BAYBUTT +25.386s
9 Greg HOLLOWAY / AUS / Richardson +30.964s
10 NORRIS 17 laps
Fastest lap Herta 57.365s / 102.94mph
Rookie class 1 Ahmed; 2 Karbaley; 3 Florescu; 4 Baybutt

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Provisional championship standings

Leist claims his second win in eventful Silverstone finale

  • Crashes galore but Matheus Leist steers clear to claim the win ahead of Colton Herta
  • Enaam Ahmed third and Rookie class victor
  • Dramas for title hopefuls Lando Norris and Ricky Collard

SILVERSTONE 27 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Through the drama of a chaotic third and final Silverstone round of the MSA Formula weekend, young Brazilian Matheus Leist picked his way carefully to victory – his second of the season for the Double R team – ahead of Carlin driver Colton Herta.

Only 10 of the 19 starters made it to the chequered flag, with championship protagonists Lando Norris and Ricky Collard both in the wars; Collard’s race ended in the pits and Norris finished 10th and last after a pit call following contact. As a result, the title fight will go down to the wire next month at Brands Hatch with just 13 points separating them.

It was a spate of crashes on the opening lap which shaped the race. The first saw Josh Smith’s Fortec car spear off the circuit after contact with Enaam Ahmed’s TRS Arden machine. Then, at Luffield, Collard tagged Dan Ticktum into a spin which set off a chain reaction involving the cars of Sandy Mitchell, Rafael Martins and Tarun Reddy which led to their elimination also.

Carlin man Norris had made an impeccable start from pole position to lead the race ahead of fast-starter Toby Sowery (MBM Motorsport) but, as they headed into Brooklands on lap two towards the scene of the earlier accidents, Norris slowed and Sowery did not, and the resulting contact between them led to Sowery’s retirement and Norris’s pit visit for repairs. Said Lando: “I’m not sure what happened, really. I took my normal line, not too wide, not too tight and I was at least half-way around the corner when I got a big hit in the side.”

Sowery was at a loss also: “I don’t know what happened. Lando didn’t really back off a noticeable amount but then I guess he must have seen something that I didn’t and braked hard. I took my normal line and that’s how we met…”

With the safety car called into play while all the cars involved were retrieved to safety, it was Leist heading the train ahead of Herta, Collard, Baybutt and Ahmed. Racing did not resume until the seventh lap, by which time there had been further contact between Collard and Ticktum; the latter retired to the pits and an investigation of the incident by the stewards of the meeting. This second contact left Collard’s front wing flapping; he was summoned to the pits for attention to the damage but did not act upon the warning flags, leading to him being black-flagged.

Leist mastered the restart and built a 0.9s lead over Herta, with Ahmed slotting into third after his team-mate’s removal from proceedings. Leist’s tyres were well past their best in the latter stages and Herta set fastest lap in his pursuit, narrowing the Brazilian’s advantage to 0.6s at the line. “It was mad, a crazy race,” said Colton, “but it all helped me because I had a poor start. Maybe if we’d had a couple more laps I could have done something about Matheus because his tyres were going off… I was pushing at the end but I just didn’t have enough.”

Said a delighted Matheus, who had to settle for fourth after starting Saturday’s race from the pole: “This makes up for yesterday. We worked hard on the car and made some changes and I had a very good set-up. I’m really happy with my second win, and a bit surprised – but that is motor racing, that’s how it is sometimes, people crash and you are lucky. It’s been a long time since my first win at Donington and I’m so happy with this.”

Ahmed cruised home for third overall (and his third Rookie class victory) despite some damage picked up in his first-lap incident: “I had a bent front wing because of contact with Josh Smith on the first lap – he didn’t give me much room and we touched. That was the most mad race I’ve ever had the pleasure of being a part of. I had a lot of problems in qualifying and I had pretty much written off the weekend, I’m just so happy to finish with a podium.”

The battle for fourth between James Pull (Fortec) and Dan Baybutt (JTR) came to a sticky end on lap 16 when they touched. Pull joined the growing list of retirees and Baybutt dropped down the order, with Falcon Motorsport’s talented rookie Darius Karbaley profiting from the carnage to move into fourth for his and the team’s best result of the year. “I must have lucked in somewhere!” said Darius. “I really didn’t expect this sort of result. People kept falling off in front of me…”

Richardson Racing’s Louise Richardson was another to stay out of trouble and her reward was fifth place: “I think I’m about the only one who didn’t pick up any damage. It all happened in front of me and it was just a case of driving through the debris and avoiding it.” She finished just ahead of JHR Developments driver Jack Butel, for whom sixth was a season’s best.

With Sennan Fielding out of the race after just a lap with gearbox issues, the finishing order was completed by Carlin’s Petru Florescu, Baybutt, Richardson Racing man Greg Holloway and pit-stopper Norris.

Provisional results Round 27 Silverstone 27 September 2015
18 laps / 29.53 miles
1 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 20m 19.298s / 87.18mph
2 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin +0.671s
3 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden +5.394s
4 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon +12.535s
5 Louise RICHARDSON / GBR / Richardson +13.140s
6 Jack BUTEL / GBR / JHR +14.348s
7 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +15.432s
8 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +25.386s
9 Greg HOLLOWAY / AUS / Richardson +30.964s
10 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 17 laps
Fastest lap Herta 57.365s / 102.94mph

Rookie class 1 Ahmed; 2 Karbaley; 3 Florescu; 4 Baybutt

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Provisional championship standings
1 Norris 357 points; 2 Ricky Collard 344; 3 Herta 301; 4 Sennan Fielding 286; 5 Leist 266; 6 Daniel Ticktum 242; 7 Sandy Mitchell 165; 8 Ahmed 124; 9 Florescu 95; 10 James Pull 93 etc
Rookie class 1 Ticktum 408; 2 Ahmed 358; 3 Mitchell 350; 4 Baybutt 327; 5 Florescu 319 etc

Collard on top in Silverstone thriller

  • Win number six for Ricky Collard to narrow points gap to championship leader Lando Norris
  • Collard snatches the win away from Sennan Fielding three laps from home

SILVERSTONE 27 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Ricky Collard fought his way to the front to claim his sixth Ford EcoBoost-powered win of the MSA Formula season this morning, overpowering Sennan Fielding near the end of a tense and dramatic race played out in front of a bumper Silverstone BTCC crowd.

After a relatively low-key day in his TRS Arden machine yesterday, 19-year-old BRDC Rising Star Ricky was in no mood for compromise despite the disadvantage of a fifth-place grid slot for the 20-minute reverse-grid race. He claimed two scalps on the opening lap and then followed Fielding past early leader Dan Baybutt to hit second by the seventh lap. The ensuing 14 laps kept spectators enthralled as JHR Developments driver Fielding and Collard battled to decide the outcome.

Ricky’s first serious challenge came at the end of lap 17 as they entered Luffield, Collard drawing alongside his rival before Fielding closed the door to maintain his advantage. Ricky regrouped and staged another Luffield assault next time around as Sennan took a slightly wider line; it was enough of a gap for Collard to impose himself on the inside and run side by side with Fielding down the pits straight, crossing the line one-thousandth of a second ahead before Ricky made his overtake secure through Copse at the start of the 19th tour.

An unsettled Fielding had no time to think about repassing: his mirrors were suddenly full of the Fortec car of Dan Ticktum, which had battled back to third after losing ground in the early laps. Collard crossed the line six-tenths clear of Fielding, with Ticktum a further four-hundredths behind for third place. Ticktum was later excluded from the results of the Silverstone meeting.

“I made a really good start,” said a jubilant Collard, “I think the best start I made all season. I knew it really had to count. The first 10 minutes of the race was absolutely frantic – I had Sowery attacking me really hard from behind, and so was Ticktum, and I was trying to attack Fielding… It was a really, really enjoyable race. I knew I had one shot at taking the lead and I was trying to work out where I was stronger than him. Luffield had to be the place. He made a bit of a mistake going into Brooklands and I managed to get inside him – one of my best moves of the season – and we were rubbing wheels all the way around Luffield and all the way down the main straight at 120mph. These Ford EcoBoost cars absolutely awesome to drive. All credit to Sennan, too – we raced hard but we raced fair.”

Added Sennan: “Ricky hit me quite hard a couple of times during the race, including on the first lap, which sent me wide – that caused quite a loss of rear-end grip. Then there was contact at Luffield, where he managed to get in front.”

Ticktum and MBM Motorsport driver Toby Sowery battled tooth and nail for much of the race. Sowery crossed the line behind him for fourth but alas was deemed to have exceeded track limits on several occasions, netting him 15 seconds in penalties to drop him well down the finishing order.

With Sowery’s penalty and Ticktum’s exclusion, third thus went the way of Double R’s Matheus Leist, with JTR’s Baybutt, who led the opening six laps after getting a better start from P2 on the grid than did pole man Sandy Mitchell, classified fourth. Colton Herta was Carlin’s leading finisher in fifth, just ahead of top-10 returnee Rafael Martins for SWB Motorsport.

Saturday race victor and championship leader Lando Norris took seventh for Carlin, with Jack Butel scoring a personal-best eighth at the wheel of his JHR Developments car. TRS Arden man Mitchell, who was penalised five seconds for track limits, completed the top nine ahead of Carlin’s Petru Florescu and Enaam Ahmed (TRS Arden). The penalised Sowery was classified 12th with the top 15 completed by Darius Karbaley for Falcon Motorsport, Tarun Reddy for Double R and Fortec’s Josh Smith.

Amended provisional results Round 26 Silverstone 27 September 2015
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 20m 21.285s / 101.54 mph
2 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +0.693s
3 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +1.889s
4 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +5.661s
5 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin +8.467s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB +8.954s
7 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin +9.307s
8 Jack BUTEL / GBR / JHR +11.206s
9 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden +13.718s
10 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +14.299s etc
Fastest lap Collard 57.110s / 103.40mph

Rookie class 1 Baybutt; 2 Martins; 3 Mitchell; 4 Florescu; 5 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden; 6 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon; 7 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec

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Seventh heaven for Ford-powered Lando at Silverstone

  • Norris extends his championship lead with win number seven
  • Lando leads home a Carlin 1-2 ahead of Colton Herta
  • Toby Sowery third for MBM Motorsport’s maiden podium finish

SILVERSTONE 26 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Lando Norris boosted his MSA Formula Championship title hopes in style this afternoon, the Ford EcoBoost-powered driver claiming his seventh win of the season to extend his points lead. Fifteen-year-old Lando’s Carlin-prepared car led all the way from the first turn despite intense pressure from his team-mate Colton Herta to win by four-tenths of a second.

Norris seized the advantage off the line, getting away more smartly from P2 than did Double R’s Matheus Leist, who was starting from the pole for the first time after showing Norris and the rest the way to tackle a qualifying lap on the 1.6-mile Silverstone National circuit. Worse was soon to come for Leist, who out-braked himself into Maggotts and slipped to fourth behind Herta and MBM Motorsport’s Toby Sowery.

By the end of the second lap and thanks to Leist’s error, Norris led Herta by nine-tenths of a second, but that was as comfortable an advantage as Lando would be allowed for the duration of the race as the American, the youngest in the field, posted fastest lap after fastest lap in his pursuit. By the end of the fifth lap Colton was a car’s length behind and looking to take advantage of any errors which Lando might make.

The long slipstream down Wellington straight offered Herta the chance to close in on his team-mate, and twice he tried to carry that momentum through with a challenge at Luffield. Norris was equal to the moves, however, and fended him off each time.

Said Norris from the podium after the second successive Carlin 1-2: “It was mainly down to the start and managing to get in front, and then I had Colton pressuring me for the whole race. There were a couple of times he had a good go at me; he did a good job. Winning today is good for my championship hopes; it will be hard for me in race two, and then hopefully race three tomorrow [from which Lando will start from pole] can be just like this…”

Added Herta: “It’s hard to pass here; I thought it would be easier. These are such fast corners. I had two or three goes at it but Luffield is really not a great passing place.”

After his first-lap error, Leist quickly composed himself to put pressure on third-placed Sowery but his pace faded as the race wore on, allowing Toby a relatively easy run to the MBM team’s maiden MSA Formula podium finish. “It was a bit of a dull way to get my first podium,” said Toby, “because I was on my own for most of the time. The start was quite hard and Matheus was close to me early on but then he dropped back. I’m really happy for the team to get their first podium.”

Norris’s closest championship rival, TRS Arden man Ricky Collard, started fifth and finished fifth, shadowing Leist to the line and finishing comfortably clear of Fortec driver Dan Ticktum in sixth. Ticktum was later excluded from the results of the Silverstone meeting.

JHR Developments driver Sennan Fielding made steady progress in the early laps after a troubled qualifying to improve to sixth from his 11th-place start slot but could do little about reeling in those in front. JTR’s Dan Baybutt collected seventh, his best finish since Oulton Park in June, ahead of TRS Arden man Sandy Mitchell; with Ticktum’s exclusion, Baybutt was the Rookie class winner, ahead of Mitchell.

James Pull battled through from 15th on the grid for Fortec to take ninth, ahead of Rafael Martins (SWB Motorsport), Enaam Ahmed (TRS Arden), Jack Butel (JHR), Petru Florescu (Carlin) and Louise Richardson (Richardson Racing).

With Double R’s perennially unlucky Tarun Reddy the only non-finisher after a seventh-lap retirement, the finishing order was completed by Falcon returnee Darius Karbaley; Josh Smith, whose Fortec car spun to last on the opening lap after contact from Ahmed; and Richardson Racing man Greg Holloway.

Amended provisional results Round 25 Silverstone 26 September 2015
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 20m 00.491s / 103.30mph
2 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin +0.403s
3 Toby SOWERY / GBR / MBM +3.929s
4 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R +6.144s
5 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden +6.415s
6 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +14.878s
7 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR +15.440s
8 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden +15.595s
9 James PULL / GBR / Fortec +16.292s
10 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / SWB +19.002s etc
Fastest lap Herta 56.607s / 104.32mph Est Rec

Rookie class 1 Baybutt; 2 Mitchell; 3 Martins; 4 Enaam AHMED / GBR / TRS Arden; 5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin; 6 Darius KARBALEY / GBR / Falcon; 7 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec

Grid for Round 26 Mitchell – Baybutt – Fielding – Daniel Ticktum – Collard – Leist – Sowery – Herta – Norris – Pull etc

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Leist laps it up in Silverstone qualifying

  • First MSA Formula pole for Matheus Leist and Double R
  • Lando Norris shares the honours to take pole for tomorrow’s finale

SILVERSTONE 26 SEPTEMBER, 2015 – Double R’s Brazilian star Matheus Leist earned his maiden MSA Formula pole position this morning at Silverstone, the 17-year-old beating championship leader Lando Norris to top spot by three-hundredths of a second.

Leist, sixth fastest in yesterday’s test, threw down the gauntlet early on in the 20-minute qualifying session; he was the first man to beat the one-minute mark around the tight 1.6-mile Silverstone National circuit and steadily worked on his pace to lower the mark to 56.665s with seven minutes of the session to run. Norris improved his speed to find a tenth and take P2, but could not match Leist’s time.

Matheus will start from the pole in this afternoon’s 25th round of the Ford EcoBoost-powered championship, and is pinning his hopes on staying in front all the way to the chequered flag in a bid to secure his second victory of the season. “It’s really good,” said Leist, who celebrated his 17th birthday earlier this month. “I was in sixth position yesterday in testing and we made some changes to the car… It was a proper lap – I did everything perfectly and it all worked out. I like this circuit very much, it reminds me of Brazilian tracks, short and fast. Now I have to work hard to try to get my second race victory.”

Norris was three-tenths away from his test-topping Friday lap time, but had the consolation of setting the leading second-best qualifying time, a fraction ahead of Leist’s, to claim the pole for tomorrow afternoon’s live-televised third MSA Formula race. Said Lando: “Yesterday the car felt perfect, today not quite. It was hotter out there today and I think that affected things slightly. We’ll make some tweaks to the car and I think my race pace should be good.”

Norris leads Ricky Collard in the championship stakes by 17 points thanks to six race wins. TRS Arden driver Collard was fifth quickest in qualifying behind Leist, Norris, Carlin’s Colton Herta and Toby Sowery; it was Toby’s best qualifying result of the year and also the best showing by the MBM Motorsport team.

Dan Ticktum was the leading Rookie qualifier for Fortec, sixth fastest, ahead of JTR’s Dan Baybutt, Double R’s Tarun Reddy, eighth equalling his best qualifying result, and Fortec’s Josh Smith, the 16-year-old Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver scoring his maiden top-10 qualifying result. TRS Arden’s Sandy Mitchell completed the top 10.

Today’s race is due off the grid at 1510.

Provisional qualifying times Silverstone 26 September 2015
Grid order for Round 25
1 Matheus LEIST / BRA / Double R 56.665s
2 Lando NORRIS / GBR / Carlin 56.695s
3 Colton HERTA / USA / Carlin 56.795s
4 Toby SOWERY / GBR / MBM 56.928s
5 Ricky COLLARD / GBR / TRS Arden 56.967s
6 Daniel TICKTUM / GBR / Fortec 57.055s
7 Daniel BAYBUTT / GBR / JTR 57.099s
8 Tarun REDDY / IND / Double R 57.145s
9 Josh SMITH / GBR / Fortec 57.210s
10 Sandy MITCHELL / GBR / TRS Arden 57.214s etc

Round 26 grid order (based on second-fastest times) Norris – Leist – Herta – Sowery – Collard – Baybutt – Ticktum – Reddy – Mitchell – Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR etc

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