Hauger and Arden on top again in British F4 testing

  • Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger quickest in Norfolk for Arden.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard proves Hauger’s closest challenger.

21 MARCH, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger picked up where he left off by setting the pace in official pre-season testing for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Snetterton today, having topped the times in the test at Rockingham last week.

Similarly to the Rockingham test, it was Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard who was Hauger’s closest challenger. The two drivers traded blows at the top of the times for much of the day.

Hoggard proved the quicker of the two in the afternoon session with a 1m 52.228s lap, but it was not enough to beat Hauger’s lap of 1m 52.074s which was set by the Norwegian in the morning.

Hauger’s Arden team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan joined the front-running party too. A lap of 1m 52.308s over half a second quicker than his morning’s best and enough to see the Aussie go third on the combined timesheet.

Patrik Pasma and Sebastian Priaulx ensured all of Arden’s runners broke the 1m 53s barrier around the 3-mile Norfolk circuit, ending up fifth and sixth respectively.

Ayrton Simmons was the quickest JHR Developments driver, occupying fourth on the timesheet having recorded a lap half a second faster than team-mate Manuel Sulaiman.

Behind Sulaiman could be found the Fortec Motorsports duo of Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) in 10th.

The start of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost is now just weeks away, with the season opener set to take place at Brands Hatch on 7/8 April.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Snetterton, 21 March, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:52.074 / 1:52.309
2 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:52.490 / 1:52.228
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:52.863 / 1:52.308
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:53.471 / 1:52.624
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:52.697 / 1:52.971
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:53.037 / 1:52.702
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:53.546 / 1:53.161
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:53.339 / 1:53.351
9 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec 1:55.970 / 1:54.393
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 1:56.227 / 1:54.994

Full times

DRIVER NEWS: Piastri on the charge at Snetterton

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3 AUGUST, 2017 – Aussie single-seater ace Oscar Piastri dominated the sixth meeting of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign at Snetterton Circuit, adding two more wins and raising his tally to 10 podium finishes as we tick past the halfway point of the season.

After setting a blistering time in official practice, almost three tenths faster than his nearest rival and team mate Ayrton Simmons, Piastri backed it up in qualifying with the two fastest laps of the 20 minute session, taking a career first double pole.

Race one was a textbook lights to flag win, with Piastri breaking away from the field then managing the tyres home for an easy victory over team mate Simmons securing Arden’s first one-two finish in British F4. Race three was looking like another breakaway win, but a couple of mistakes in the early laps allowed Piastri’s former karting teammate Sargeant to close the gap. An intense but clean racing battle ensued for the remaining laps seeing Piastri hold on for the win in another lights to flag victory.

“It’s been a great weekend, fastest in practice, double pole in qualifying and two race wins leading from lights to flag – it doesn’t get much better. The Arden Motorsport team has done a fantastic job with the car.

“I was really happy to back up my speed in practice with double pole in qualifying because you never know how things might go with the weather or red flags during a session. To have all four TRS Arden-prepared cars inside the top six and lock out the front row for the team was amazing.

“Race one turned out pretty easy. I got a good start, made a gap and then managed the tyres home without too much drama so it was nice to get that win and the points.

“In Race two, I started in P9 behind Ayrton and I knew it would be tough to pass him, we had a few good battles but in the end he held on. Racing on used tyres when the front runners are on their new tyres is always a challenge in the reverse grid races and the safety car period also made it difficult to gain places.

“I made a few mistakes in the opening laps of Race thee. A big slide coming onto the main straight meant I dropped a lot of time on lap two which let Logan back into the tow. Then I managed to pick up the pace and defend when required. I knew I was stronger in the first two sectors but he was faster in sector three and the tow down the straight into the wind was helping him. I was really happy to come away with the win and the points.”

Piastri is currently second in the championship, 46.5 points behind leader Caroline.

“I’ve halved the gap to Jamie over the last two rounds while extending my lead over third, so hopefully I can continue this trend over the remaining four rounds.

HP Tuners co-founder and American Trans Am series racer, Keith Prociuk was also impressed: “It’s always great to see Oscar winning races. I have no doubt we’ll see him continue to score points and fight to the end for this championship. As a performance tuning company, we live and breathe high performance vehicles and racing so it’s great to see him on the top step this weekend.”

 

DRIVER NEWS: Record breaking success for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Snetterton

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2 AUGUST, 2017 – Young gun Jamie Caroline secured his place in series history with a ninth win of the year as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season resumed at Snetterton.

Caroline went into the weekend looking to consolidate his lead at the head of the championship standings having enjoyed a fine campaign to date at the wheel of his Carlin-run car.

Qualifying saw Caroline post the ninth quickest time, with the team then working to make a series of changes to his car ahead of the opening race of the weekend.

Going quicker in race one than he had in qualifying, Caroline crossed the line in eighth place to secure a front row start for race two thanks to the reverse grid draw.

Moving into the lead at the start, Jamie was able to control that second race from the front despite the deployment of the Safety Car mid-way through backing up the field behind, with the teenager also picking up the fastest lap as he secured win number nine of the year.

That means Caroline moved ahead of 2015 champion Lando Norris when it comes to wins in a year, with little more than half of the season run.

Seventh place in the final race means Caroline leaves Snetterton with a 46.5 point lead in the standings ahead of the next round of the season at Knockhill, where the British F4 field will be in action no fewer than four times.

That includes the race that was postponed due to time constraints at Oulton Park earlier in the year.

“Qualifying was really tough this weekend and it left us with work to do in the races,” he said. “We made changes to the car ahead of the opening race and it was much improved, but my focus was on making sure we picked up a good position on the grid for race two.

“Having got a place on the front row, I knew I had the chance to take the victory and when I got into first spot, it was all about staying in control and just maintaining the position out front; even when the Safety Car in.

“I’d hoped to get more out of race three but we put more points on the board which is what we need to do every time we go out. We can now look forward to Knockhill and hopefully we can challenge at the front in what is going to be a busy weekend on track.”

TEAM NEWS: Two more podiums for Lundqvist as British F4 resumes at Snetterton

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•    Double R’s Linus Lundqvist increases 2017 podium tally to eight.
•    Lundqvist takes strong points haul to maintain third in standings.
•    Karl Massaad top 10 in Roubd 16 on otherwise luckless weekend.

31 JULY, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist made a consistent and competitive start to the second half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend (29th/30th) July, with two more podium finishes during the sixth meeting of the campaign.

After a lengthy summer break for British F4 since Lundqvist’s memorable double victory at Croft back in mid-June, the Swedish racer maintained his top three championship placing at Snetterton with third position in round 16, fifth in round 17 and third again in round 18.

Unfortunately for team-mate Karl Massaad, a top 10 finish in the weekend’s first race was the highlight of his weekend after two highly frustrating retirements in the subsequent contests, each a result of contact from rivals. Double R Racing’s third British F4 driver Daniel Cao wasn’t in action this weekend but is scheduled to return at Rockingham in August.

“It’s been a good consistent weekend for Linus and we’re obviously happy with two podiums”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “We needed a bit more pace though, so we’ll get some testing done before Knockhill to get back on it and try and be back challenging for wins.

“Karl didn’t have much luck this weekend, being punted out of two races is never great, but his top 10 in race one was competitive and the pace was pretty strong. We didn’t take away as many points as we wanted from Snetterton, but it wasn’t a bad weekend really.”

Lundqvist was the fastest Double R driver in qualifying, securing fourth on the grid for round 16, just 0.4 seconds shy of the front row, with Massaad only just missing out on the coveted top 10 with the 11th best time, only 0.1 seconds shy.

Following a good start to the first of Saturday’s two races, Lundqvist made his intent clear and after taking third place he piled on the pressure to Ayrton Simmons. Remaining within 0.4 seconds of his rival, the pair circulated pretty much nose-to-tail for the first half of the race and into lap seven he was just a tenth of a second shy over the line.

On Bentley Straight Lundqvist momentarily got stuck in fifth gear which allowed Logan Sargeant to move past. Determined to retake his podium placing, Lundqvist hit back on lap 10 to once again assume third which he then held to the flag a lap later.

In the sister Double R Racing machine, Massaad quickly moved up into the top 10 and began to apply significant pressure to Manuel Sulaiman. In a race where overtaking proved to be at an absolute premium, Massaad also had to have his eyes keenly focused on his mirrors to keep Patrik Pasma at bay, which he achieved with aplomb to secure 10th place – just 0.2 seconds shy of ninth.

For round 17 later in the day, Lundqvist started seventh on the partially reversed grid but quickly moved into sixth and set about making more inroads. Taking fifth on lap two, the Swede then broke into the top four on lap four as another podium became increasingly likely.

Racing then fell under Safety Car conditions on lap five as a result of an incident involving team-mate Massaad. Having started on the fifth row, the Lebanese driver maintained position initially before moving up into ninth on the second tour.

Well placed to make more gains, his hopes were then hit on lap four after contact from the car of Hampus Ericcson which resulted in retirement for Massaad. With the Double R machine depositing fluid on the track, the cautionary period was called.

At the re-start on lap seven, Lundqvist ran very close behind Alex Quinn but a challenge for the podium went awry on the ninth tour when he was edged back to fifth. At the chequered flag on lap 10 he was just 0.2 seconds shy of the top four.

Massaad’s terrible misfortune showed no sign of abating in the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday afternoon when opening lap contact resulted in another highly unfortunate retirement for the No.14 Double R car, which started 10th on the grid.

Team-mate Lundqvist didn’t have an entirely drama-free race himself, but he managed to overcome early worries to secure his seventh podium of the season and the Swedish talent also recorded the fastest lap of the contest – a time of 1m 52.949 seconds.

Starting the race from fourth on the grid, Lundqvist held position through Riches and into the hairpin he made a late attempt on the brakes to grab third on the inside. Despite a slight lock-up, and minor contact with Sargeant’s car, Lundqvist emerged from the turn in third and he stayed there race-long.

Just 0.8 seconds behind the lead duo into lap three, Lundqvist remained in touch initially but then had a fairly lonely race in third. Confirming his pace with the fastest race lap, the Double R driver did his championship placing the world of good with another well-deserved rostrum result.

Knockhill Circuit in Fife, Scotland, will host the next three rounds of the British F4 season just a fortnight from now, over the weekend 12th/13th August.

2017 British F4 Championship Standings 
3rd Linus Lundqvist, 192.5pts; 10th Karl Massaad, 47pts; 16th Daniel Cao, 7pts

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist bags double Snetterton podium

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30 JULY, 2017 – Linus Lundqvist kicked off the second half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign with a pair of podium finishes at Snetterton this weekend.

The Swedish Double R Racing ace powered to third place in both the first and third race of the meeting, completing his score with a P5 result in the reverse-grid Race two.

Lundqvist also set the fastest lap of the final race, and remains third in the overall drivers’ championship with 17 out of the season’s 30 races completed.

“It’s been a decent weekend, neither more nor less,” said Lundqvist. “My target at this stage of the season is to win as many races as possible, but I think a pair of podiums still marks a good way to kick off the second half of the year.”

Lundqvist’s Snetterton weekend was hampered to some degree by a number of technical glitches, complicating matters in two of the three races.

“We probably had a few issues too many to really achieve our full potential this weekend,” Lundqvist concludes. “It was nothing major. I did manage to adapt my driving to compensate for most of it, and we did set the fastest lap in Race three, so I think we could have challenged for victory on a faultless day. Three top five finishes mean a lot of good points for the championship, though, so I’m reasonably pleased.”

The next rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost takes place at Knockhill in Scotland on 12-13 August.

DRIVER NEWS: Quinn aiming for more Ford EcoBoost-powered wins at Snetterton

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27 JULY, 2017 – 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn is looking forward to returning to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost grid this weekend at the Snetterton circuit in Norfolk.

Alex is very pleased to confirm the support of Total Rail Solutions allowing him to continue with TRS Arden.

Before the summer break, Alex secured his first race win of the 2017 season in the TRS Arden-prepared British F4 car. A second place in race three at Croft cemented good points to move Alex up the championship leaderboard.

“To leave Croft with a podium and a win has given me a lot of hope for the second half of the season”, he said.

“Things are looking up in the championship which is very positive.  It meant a lot to me to get the first win of the year with TRS Arden.

“There has been a lot of hard work from both myself and the team so far in 2017.  I hope the win at Croft will be the first of many and I can stand on the top step of the podium again this weekend.”

Snetterton Timetable
Friday 28 July, 2017
0900 – 0945
1340 – 1425

Saturday 29 July, 2017
1030 – 1050 Qualifying
1400 – 1420 Race 1
1715 – 1735 Race 2

Sunday 30 July, 2017
1450 – 1510 Race 3 – Live on ITV4

 

Ford’s young stars all set for Snett

27 JULY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost roars back into life this weekend at Snetterton following the summer break and it’s Carlin’s Jamie Caroline who heads the field. It comes on the back of a stellar first half of the campaign which saw him achieve a record-equalling eight wins in one season.

His margin over the chasing pack is 67.5 points with regular podium fixture Oscar Piastri in second. The TRS Arden racer is hunting Caroline down, with Double R’s Linus Lundqvist in hot pursuit having gone into the summer break on a spectacular high with two emphatic wins at Croft. His team had further reason to celebrate before the holiday, with team-mate Karl Massaad recording a strong fourth place finish.

Alex Quinn also stood on the top step at the last meeting. His first win for Garry Horner’s TRS Arden outfit adding to the three Ford EcoBoost-powered victories he claimed during his successful rookie season in 2016.

Within touching distance of Quinn in the standings are Carlin’s Logan Sargeant and Patrik Pasma. Both have podiums to their name and one senses it’s just a matter of time before they claim maiden victories. Meanwhile team-mate Lucas Alecco Roy will look to join them on the rostrum.

TRS Arden’s quartet is completed by race winner Ayrton Simmons and Olli Caldwell who became the youngest F4 driver in history at Croft, as well as point scorer. Caldwell has been busy during the summer, racking up mileage in the sister Italian and German F4 series and collecting a handful of rookie class podiums along the way.

Oliver York arrives as leading rookie, as well as Ford F4 Challenge Cup driver. However, the Fortec Motorsports charge has set his sights firmly on the overall championship for the remainder of 2017.

Fortec has a full complement of drivers at Snetterton with exciting Swedish youngster Hampus Ericsson, British karting ace Johnathan Hoggard and Mexican starlet Alexandra Mohnhaupt taking to the grid. The latter has already had a taste of British F4 action having contested the Snetterton and Knockhill rounds last season.

Hoggard is one of three drivers making their competitive single-seater debut this weekend, along with GW Motorsport’s Sam Smelt who has caught the eye in testing and Falcon Motorsport’s talented Irish teenager Lucca Allen.

JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaimán returns for the first time since April after a spell competing in Mexican F4. During his time away Jamie Sharp has edged ahead of him in the standings by 11.5 points following some excellent performances for Sharp Motorsport.

DRIVER NEWS: Battle resumes for Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing at Snetterton

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27 JULY, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will seek to consolidate his advantage in the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost when the series heads for Snetterton this weekend for the sixth meeting of the year.

The talented teenager has been the stand-out driver on the grid this season thanks to a series of stunning performances at the wheel of his Carlin-run car, with eight victories in 14 starts giving him a 67.5 point lead in the standings.

Caroline heads for the longest circuit on the calendar looking to bounce back to form after a challenging outing at Croft prior to the summer break, where he had to settle for a best finish of fourth spot.

Having been on the pace during testing at Snetterton earlier in the year, Caroline will be seek to return to the podium positions to maintain his current lead, whilst also chasing another British F4 record.

Should Caroline – who became the first driver to take all three wins on a weekend at Thruxton – add a ninth victory of the season this weekend, he would surpass the record for wins in a year that he currently shares with 2015 champion Lando Norris.

“After a difficult weekend at Croft, the summer break seems to have gone on for ages and I can’t wait to get back in the car at Snetterton,” he said. “It’s a circuit where I’ve been quick in the past, and hopefully we can have a strong showing this weekend and challenge for more silverware to kick-start the second half of the year.

“There’s no point in doing something stupid with the advantage we have in the standings, but I also can’t relax too much and get complacent as that is when mistakes start to creep in.

“I’m going to take the same approach I have done all year and focus on myself, and if we can qualify well and be in the mix towards the front, then we’ll be in the best position to maintain the lead that we’ve worked so hard to build.”

After qualifying on Saturday 29 July at 10.30, the first of three British F4 races will be at 14.00 later that day, with race two following at 17.15. Race three then takes place on Sunday at 14.50

That third race will be broadcast on ITV4, with live timing and results from the weekend being available at www.tsl-timing.com

DRIVER NEWS: Linus Lundqvist bids to keep up winning momentum in second half of British F4 season

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26 JULY, 2017 – Thanks to an emphatic double win right before the summer break, Linus Lundqvist brought the first half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to a resounding close. Seven weeks later, racing is now about to resume in the UK’s most competitive junior single-seater series – and Lundqvist is determined to pick up where he left off back in early June.

“Finally time to go racing again,” said Lundqvist with a sigh of relief. “We enjoyed a very strong run of results before the break, and the aim now is to continue in much the same way. The second half of the season shall belong to us!”

Debuting in international single-seater racing this season, Lundqvist lived through a wave of emotions in the first five meetings (out of ten) contested so far in British F4.

A frustrating curtain-raiser at Brands Hatch, in which he was forced to retire from all three races, left Lundqvist initially on the back foot – but the Double R Racing Swede has since recovered much of the lost ground and won three races en route to third place in the current standings.

Fittingly, Lundqvist’s best result to date came just before the summer break, as he soared to a double win at Croft and simultaneously signalled his intentions for the second half of the season. As racing gets back underway this weekend at Norfolk venue Snetterton, Lundqvist duly aims to maintain his winning momentum.

“It was great to get that result at Croft, and it really did make the summer break a little shorter and easier to handle,” Lundqvist added. “That said, it’s now in the past and I can’t go around and just lean on that. The difficult part is to try and repeat it, and that’s what we’re focused on. My aim from now until the end of the season is to win as many races as possible, improve my position in the standings and to underline the pace we’ve had so far.”

While Lundqvist has been out of F4 competition for near enough two months, he has still found ways of keeping busy during the lengthy in-season hiatus. A late call to join Double R Racing’s British Formula 3 arm at Spa-Francorchamps three weeks ago provided valuable proficiency, and allowed Lundqvist to maintain race sharpness while away from his main arena.

“The F3 outing at Spa is something I will never forget,” commented Lundqvist. “I learned so much and I’m really grateful to the team for giving me that shot. It was great to get some experience of the F3 chassis, and it also came about halfway through the F4 break, which was pretty much perfect. The car was very different to the F4, but hopefully it won’t take too long to re-adapt. I’m sure it will be no problem. I’m really thrilled that we’re finally going back to racing again!”

Lundqvist will commence the second half of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost 85.5 points behind overall leader Jamie Caroline (GBR), and just 18 shy of second-placed Oscar Piastri (AUS). There are still 400 points up for grabs during the remaining five meetings of the campaign.

Priaulx helps British F4 drivers reach the top step

  • Priaulx inspires British F4 grid with driver coaching session at Snetterton.
  • F1 teams taking keen interest in British F4 and its drivers according to Priaulx.

8 AUGUST, 2016 – Drivers in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford returned from the summer break joined by none other than triple World Touring Car Champion and Ford GT World Endurance Championship star Andy Priaulx MBE at Snetterton.

Aside from a list of motorsport achievements almost as long as Snetterton’s Senna straight, Priaulx has been a coach to a number of drivers who have made it to F1 stardom such as Marcus Ericsson and Bruno Senna; so there was no better person to lead a driver coaching session with the 2016 British F4 cohort.

Priaulx’s masterclass acting as yet another fine example of how British F4 and Ford continues to provide the best learning and developmental opportunities for young motorsport talent.

His session covered a variety of topics; ranging from optimising performance both on and off the track to the importance of leading the team and pulling everyone together around you. All areas which the dedicated team of experts at Priaulx’s iZone Driver Performance facility encourage drivers to focus upon.

“I hope after meeting all the British F4 drivers I have been able to provide an insight into where they will go on to in their careers,” said Priaulx.

“It’s important to realise that Formula 1 teams are looking at British F4. That’s a really good accolade for the series and testament to where it is going.

“British F4 is affordable and offers a high level of competition which is what young drivers need.

“It is a brilliant starting point for youngsters. It’s on the TOCA package which is excellent and it’s a great series to graduate from.

“Drivers in British F4 are in one of the most high profile championships with Ford’s support and a host of major partners [such as Snap-On Business Solutions and Samsung].

“I think a series like British F4 which is supported by a major manufacturer like Ford is invaluable. You can build a relationship with the blue oval and it’s a big brand. There is a staircase of talent forming here at Ford with British F4, the GT programme and NASCAR.”

Priaulx was also keen to emphasise the increasingly important role played by fuel economy in motorsport with Ford’s EcoBoost technology at the forefront: “What we do is all about fuel economy. Optimising performance with good economy. So the more laps we can do on one tank of fuel and the quicker it takes to refill, the quicker we will be at the end of the race.

“The EcoBoost technology is amazing. The power that we are producing from that little V6 engine [in the Ford GT in the WEC and the 1.6 litre turbocharged unit in British F4] combined with the fuel economy and performance of the vehicles is unbelievable.

“Learning about this kind of technology in junior single-seaters with Ford in British F4 is great. Learning how it all works and how to optimise fuel burn is very interesting and as a driver it’s always very good to have a technical understanding of this.”

Priaulx also cast an eye on the future of his son Sebastian who is beginning to work his way up the motorsport ranks; currently making waves in the Ginetta Junior Championship with the JHR Developments team which also competes in the F4 British Championship.

“I would love Seb to join British F4”, said Priaulx. “He’s done really well in such a short space of time. British F4 is an absolute must for him and if I can find a way next year to bring him in I will do. I think he would be really quick. It would be such a great story with my strong relationship with Ford.

“Without wanting to put any pressure on him I think it would be a great opportunity. Every driver needs single-seater experience. It’s so important.”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford title battle rolls on to Knockhill on 13/14 August as the season draws ever closer to its climax.