DRIVER NEWS: Challenging times for Jamie Caroline at Snetterton

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Fortec Motorsports’ rising star Jamie Caroline will look to bounce back from a tough weekend on track at Snetterton after the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford roared back into life with the sixth meeting of the season.

Jamie was keen to impress at the wheel of his Pirtek Racing liveried race car after a challenging weekend at Croft prior to the summer break, and further showed his speed with an impressive fourth best time in qualifying on Saturday morning.

Unfortunately, an incident at the start of race one saw Jamie forced to retire with a damaged car, and left him with work to do from the back of the grid in race two.

A demon start when the lights went out for race two saw Jamie jump up from 19th on the grid to 13th by the end of the first lap, and the teenager would continue to race well throughout the ten-lap race, fighting his way up to seventh by the finish despite a brief Safety Car period that blunted his charge.

Starting seventh on the grid for race three, Jamie was hopeful of a strong result to end the weekend but lost places at the end of the opening lap when he suffered a spin at the final corner.

Unfortunately, an issue with the brakes on his car then resulted in contact with one of his rivals at Agostini and forced him to retire on the second lap, leaving him ninth in the championship at the end of the weekend.

“It’s not been the weekend I was hoping for to start the second half of the season, but I’ll put it behind me and look to the future,” he said. “Qualifying went well to start from P4 but then the accident at the start put me on the back foot.

“The team did a great job to repair the car in time for race two but the set-up wasn’t quite right and it didn’t feel as good as it had done, so to finish P7 was a decent result.

“In the third race, I got a good start again but then coming through the final corner, the car bottomed out on the kerb and I had a spin. Then as I tried to fight back, I was coming into the hairpin and the rear brakes locked and I ended up colliding with someone, which put me out.

“Obviously I’m disappointed with the way it’s gone but I’m going to look forward and focus on the races to come.”

DRIVER NEWS: Two more podiums for Pull in F4 British Championship

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James Pull took two podiums as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford got back underway after its six week summer break.

The 16-year-old Carlin racer was quickly back into the groove at Snetterton after the mid-season break, with excellent times in testing and qualifying.

He then made it count when it mattered with a brilliant second-place and third-place finish.

It meant the ADD Motorsports-supported driver closed the gap to the top of the standings to just 19 points.

He said: “It was a really good weekend. I got a good qualifying lap in and was back among the podiums.

“But for me the most pleasing thing about the weekend was that I showed good race craft in the second race.

“I set up the move to take second for around a lap, pressuring the driver in front to make a mistake before taking him on the inside with a lap to go.

“To get two podiums straight away after this long break was a good result and has put me in a great place in the Championship.”

English driver Pull, born in Singapore, now living in Herts, cut a determined figure from the off – finishing third fastest in the first testing session and fastest in the second.

He took this pace into qualifying, finishing third on the only clear lap he was able to put in – but felt pole was there for the taking had he not been forced onto the wet on his flying lap.

Race one was interrupted by several safety cars, leaving only four racing laps.

When the racing resumed, Pull attempted to attack the driver in front who defended well, but he had to settle for third place at the flag.

Pull finished just behind DeFrancesco – with Carlin’s double podium bringing the jubilant team’s total podium count to an impressive 800.

The driver started the reverse grid of race two in sixth place and had moved into fifth early on after a good start.

He took advantage when the drivers in front clashed to move into third and then spent a lap setting up an attack to try to take second.

His patience and pressure paid off, with Pull making a brilliant move to take the position with a lap to go.

Pull began the final race in fifth place but lost 10 positions when he had to take evasive action onto the grass at the first corner. His race was then brought to a premature end due to contact from behind.

Pull started the weekend 31 points behind the championship leader, but now lies just 19 points behind in fifth.

He added: “I’m in a really good position now. I’m a lot closer to the top and after this weekend I am even more confident that I can challenge for the title.

“Obviously there’s a long way to go, but I plan to keep picking up the podiums to keep me up there.”

DRIVER NEWS: Formidable Fewtrell bounces back to claim ninth F4 British Championship podium

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Max Fewtrell gave a superb demonstration of his resolute determination and supreme skill, to fight back from a disappointing start to the weekend. Standing on the podium for the ninth time this season.

After a long break the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford roared back into action, where championship leader Max Fewtrell was raring to get back on track. Qualifying in tricky conditions, Fewtrell battled to qualify in sixth for Race One. His pace however, was consistent throughout the session; netting second on the grid for race three.

Race one saw drama off the line, Max narrowly missing a clash ahead of him, the race was neutralised before it had began as the safety car was called to recover a stricken car on the pit straight. Struggling for grip at the restart, Max battled to stay in the fight, but with an unlucky venture off the track, the young driver collided with the wall. A difficult start to the weekend, Max had his work cut out starting from the back row of the gird for race two. Never one to give up and encouraged by the supreme power of Ford EcoBoost-powered racer, determined Max beautifully fought his way through the field to clinch valuable points in race two. Allowing him to minimise the championship gap to race winner Florescu to just 9 points.

With a tough Saturday behind him, Max set his sights firmly on a podium position heading into race three. With team-mate Devlin DeFrancesco flying off the line, Max remained confident his pace could fight off the chase from behind. Sweeping around the 3-mile circuit, cutting the perfect racing line, the talented young racer drove a superbly controlled race. Taking the chequered flag, only 0.4 seconds behind DeFrancesco, Max expertly powered his Carlin charger to his ninth podium of the season.

In a weekend that saw Carlin make it’s historic 800th podium appearance, the championship fight tightens as Max minimizes the gap to leader Florescu down to just 4 points – with Carlin taking the top three positions in the championship.

Bouncing back from his arduous start to the weekend, Max focuses attention to the next round:

“I think the podium softens the blow following the first race. I didn’t get a great start so Devlin got me off the line. I’m looking forward to Knockhill now to get some better results. There is still a long way to go.”

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Knockhill, Scotland on 13-14th August. Where Fewtrell will look to take back the lead in the standings.

TEAM NEWS: Mission accomplished for Marinescu on British F4 debut

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The Richardson Racing team enjoyed a solid return to single-seater action as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season resumed at Snetterton, with rookie driver Alexandra Marinescu exceeding expectations on her debut with the team.

The 16-year-old Romanian driver headed into the weekend on the back of a busy testing programme in recent weeks, with the Corby-based team optimistic about her potential on track.

Securing 17th place on the grid in her first qualifying session, Alexandra stayed out of trouble in race one to bring her car to the finish in 15th, keeping fellow debutant Alexandra Mohnhaupt at bay and improving her lap times by nearly seven-tenths of a second.

Further improvements in lap time followed in race two as Alexandra avoided a number of clashes around her on track to secure an impressive twelfth place, putting in a mature performance to keep quicker drivers behind in the closing stages.

A 16th place finish in race three, where she also posted her fastest lap of the weekend, meant three solid finishes for the teenager and valuable experience that she will now seek to build on during the remainder of the season.

“I’m really happy with how the weekend has gone and I think it’s been better than I expected,” she said. “The result in race two was a little bit lucky because of problems for other people, but I made good progress throughout the weekend in terms of my speed and was quicker every time I went on track, which is what I wanted to do.

“I’ve certainly learned a lot this weekend from being on track with other people and seeing what they do, as it’s totally different to going round and round in testing by yourself. There are lots of little things I’ve picked up that have helped me get quicker from working with the team and from following other drivers, and I feel confident that I can get closer to the pace of the cars ahead in the races to come.”

Team boss Gwyn Richardson was also happy with Alexandra’s performance on her debut with the team.

“I think it’s been a fantastic start for Alexandra this weekend,” he said. “She has driven well, has stayed out of trouble and has made good progress, as we can see by the fact that she set her best lap on the final lap of race three.

“She had luck on her side to finish twelfth in race two and we know that was the case, but at the same time, she had to do well to keep faster drivers at bay and the experience she has gained here will set her up well for the remainder of the season.”

TEAM NEWS: Top four for Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard as F4 British Championship resumes at Snetterton

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•    Australian just misses F4 British Championship podium at Snetterton.
•    Double R Racing 16-year-old climbs into top eight in driver standings.

Zane Goddard moved up into the top eight of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford title race at Snetterton 300 Circuit over the weekend, 30th/31st July, with a best result of fourth place for Double R Racing in the first of the event’s three contests.

Arriving in Norfolk after the lengthy summer break aiming to build on the outstanding triple podium finish he achieved at Croft in June, which included a magnificent maiden win for the Woking team, the 16-year-old Australian just missed out on adding to his rostrum tally in round 16 on Saturday.

Although an action-packed round 17 ended in disappointment after a late race tangle, Goddard hit back in Sunday’s 18th round with a return to the points-paying positions and a competitive seventh place finish, just a fraction of a second shy of the top six.

“It’s good to see Zane move up the championship into the top eight and just a shame we couldn’t quite get onto the podium in race one”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt. “After such an incredible weekend at Croft last time out it was always going to be a big ask to follow that up, but Zane did a good job and hit back well in race three.

“We go to Knockhill next where it’s an entirely different challenge to Snetterton, the shortest circuit of the season compared to the longest this weekend. Hopefully we’ll be able to qualify a bit stronger there and try and get back onto the podium.”

Goddard began round 16 on Saturday afternoon from the fifth row of the grid in 10th position and instantly gained places, smartly catapulting up the order to conclude the opening lap in sixth position.

Following an early Safety Car period, racing resumed on lap four with Goddard challenging compatriot Luis Leeds and he was able to get ahead of his fellow Australian prior to the emergence of the Safety Car once again – triggered when a rival ahead went off the circuit at the newly renamed Wilson Hairpin.

Holding fourth place at the re-start, Goddard initially pressured James Pull but then had to focus on his mirrors during the closing stages to keep a resurgent Leeds at bay. In the end, on lap nine, Goddard took the chequered flag in fourth place just a second shy of the podium.

Beginning round 17 later in the day from an improved fifth on the grid, the Double R driver instantly moved ahead of Leeds into the top four but was shuffled back to fifth soon after. On lap two, though, Goddard’s hopes took a hit, literally, when he clattered the kerbs at the Esses and dropped to 10th place as a result.

The Safety Car was required on lap seven and after the re-start, two laps later, a pair of cars went off at the first corner while battling over second place. Enabling Goddard to move into eighth, into the last lap he swarmed all over the back of Ayrton Simmons’ car but into Agostini the pair tangled and the Double R racer recovered to take the finish in a frustrating 14th place.

Beginning round 18 from 11th on the grid, Goddard made a good start and smartly worked his way into the top eight by the time the field exited the hairpin. Holding position to the end of the lap, a dramatic spin for Jamie Caroline at the exit of Murrays then elevated Goddard into seventh place.

Sandwiched between Nicolai Kjaergaard and Simmons, the Double R driver didn’t put a wheel wrong for the remainder of the eight lap contest but couldn’t quite manage to make the breakthrough with a pass on Kjaergaard and took the flag in seventh, a mere 0.4 seconds shy of the top six.

Goddard and Double R’s F4 British Championship season resumes just a fortnight from now, over the weekend 13th/14th August, at Knockhill Circuit in Scotland.

DRIVER NEWS: Jack Butel makes progress at sunny Snetterton

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The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford burst back into life at sunny Snetterton on 30/31 July. Jersey driver Jack Butel along with his team – JHR Developments had found a turn of speed over the six-week break with the Yuasa-backed driver claiming two 13th, place finishes and a 14th in the fiercely competitive one-make single-seater series.

The 2.97-mile, Snetterton 300 layout played host to rounds 16, 17 and 18 of the Ford EcoBoost powered series and with summer sunshine, this attracted a sizeable crowd over the two-day race weekend.

20 year-old Butel was eager to turn his season around in the second half of the year and right from the off he showed his intent with one of his best qualifying results to date, just outside the top-ten in 12th. The Channel Islander has notoriously struggled with qualifying in the past and was buoyant after his improvement.

On the Saturday afternoon, Jack lined up for the first of his three races. A trademark fast-start from the St Saviour resident put him into the mix from the off. As the race settled down, Butel slipped back to a disappointing 14th at the fall of the flag, but due to the competitive nature of the serious, Jack was only 13 seconds behind the overall winner in the long train of cars.

The second race of the weekend was to be the final race of the Saturday track action. It was to be a rollercoaster for Jack on the lap charts. Starting from 16th, the JHR Developments driver launched off the line to gain a place from the off. In the thick of the action, Butel got shuffled to the back of the pack and had to regroup. On lap six, the single-seater exponent began his charge, picking up positions lap after lap as his rivals faulted. As the clock hit zero, the Jerseyman just missed out on a points paying position with 13th on the results sheet.

The British F4 series supports the hugely popular British Touring Car Championship and the final contest of the weekend was to be held in front of a packed crowd and hundreds of thousands more in homes across the country watching live coverage on ITV4. The Hankook-shod driver had a largely uneventful race and enjoyed a long battle with JHR teammate Billy Monger with Butel taking another 13th at the end of the weekend.

Reflected Butel: “We had good pace in qualifying and everything clicked –I just got my head down and went for it. There was a red flag towards the end of the session which effected our plans as I think we could have snatched a top ten.

“Our target as always is the top ten and we were flying in the second race of the weekend. Somebody dropped a lot of oil on track and I couldn’t avoid it, which sent me off onto the grass. I got back on and got the bit between my teeth, but couldn’t quite make up enough places for some points today.”

Fantastic Fielding unstoppable at Snetterton in F4 British Championship

  • Fielding doubles up with Snetterton victories for JHR Developments.
  • Fortec Motorsports’ Nicolai Kjaergaard claims a hat-trick of Rookie Class wins.

SNETTERTON 31 JULY, 2016 – Following his flawless qualifying performance and lights to flag victory yesterday, many touted Sennan Fielding for the win once more. The JHR Developments driver didn’t disappoint from pole.

The Amigos backed star has been in the ascendancy all weekend and victory in Round 18 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford capped off a stellar 48 hours for the driver.

Said the weekend’s double race winner: “I had a great first lap and I was hoping to build a good lead, but when the gap got under a second the tow was big down the straights. I worked out where DeFrancesco was quicker and where I was quicker and used that to my advantage.

“It was a great race and it’s been a great weekend for us. The team have done a fantastic job and thank you to everyone who has been here this weekend. All the marshals and everyone who has given their spare time to make it possible for us to go racing. A massive thanks to everyone at JHR and Amigos.”

Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco and Fewtrell were in close pursuit of Fielding throughout with TRS Arden’s Red Bull Junior star Luis Leeds getting in on the act too, lapping quicker than anyone else for a large part of the race in fourth.

Explained Leeds: “We had a lot of good pace. I’ve got a lot of work ahead of me for the rest of this year to come out on top, but I’m looking forward to the last four race weekends and I will be working as hard as I can to win this championship.

“I don’t expect anything to come easy. It’s a great championship because all the drivers in it are so good. It’s what makes it tough, but it’s also what makes it one of the best championships in the world.”

DeFrancesco did well to leap past team-mate Fewtrell at the start, his second place making him the only driver to finish on the podium in all three races this weekend.

Commented DeFrancesco: “We had a good pace in the race, just not in the right places. We were all over Sennan in sector two in the tight and twisty bits, but there were a few other places where he was a bit better than me.

“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the year though. I think we did the maximum we could this weekend even though we didn’t get the win. I have made a massive gain in the championship.”

It was also a welcome return to the podium for Fewtrell, who endured a difficult Saturday, but bounced back brilliantly ensuring that he is only four points off the championship lead.

Added Fewtrell: “I think this podium softens the blow following the first race. I didn’t get a great start so Devlin got me off the line and then we just stayed in formation. I think the pace was fine and I’m looking forward to Knockhill now to get some better results. There is still a long way to go.”

Fastest lap of the race was snatched away from Leeds by fifth place man Petru Florescu on the penultimate lap. Championship leader Florescu went into the race seeking a strong points finish to ensure he left Norfolk at the top of the standings and he duly delivered.

Said the Romanian: “It was a good race. I managed to gain three positions and do the fastest lap on old tyres. I’m really happy to leave this weekend back in the lead of the championship. I think if qualifying had gone better we could have fought for more wins.”

Nicolai Kjaergaard made it a clean sweep of Rookie Class wins courtesy of an assured drive to sixth for Fortec Motorsports. The Dane has been a revelation following the summer break and has sent a message that he’s force to be reckoned with for the remainder of the season.

“I’m really happy,” said Kjaergaard. “I tried to get a good start off the line and be consistent and we did that. I gained three positions so it was a good race. I am confident behind the wheel. I have had consistency in my races without many mistakes and that’s how I can keep my positions and also gain some. I hope to carry on this good form at Knockhill.”

Fellow Dane Patrik Matthiesen has also enjoyed the best weekend of his season so far, finally achieving his target of finishing the points in all three races. A top ten finish a just reward for a driver who has been tireless in efforts to improve his performance and work his way up the grid with JTR.

Said 24 Hours of Le Mans winner and JTR team owner Nick Tandy: “It’s the best weekend we’ve had all year so far in the championship and the pace in the race looked good. We didn’t qualify well, but Patrik was able to run with the pack in front which shows good progress.

“It’s nice to be scoring points and getting in the top ten. We don’t want to be hanging out at the back. As long as we see improvement and we are going in the right direction we can be positive. If we keep going in this direction we will be knocking on the door of podiums.”

Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard endured a far from ideal Saturday, but put in a battling drive to climb four places and finish seventh.

Stated Goddard: “It was an interesting race. The start was good. I managed to get past a few people, but I would have liked to have got a few more. Seventh is not too bad points wise, especially after yesterday. That’s a positive, but as a race driver you always want to be higher up.

“It’s a bit annoying qualifying went the way it did because it would have helped being further up the grid. At Knockhill I think we will be on the pace and hopefully we can get some top results like we did at Croft.”

TRS Arden’s rookie double act of Ayrton Simmons and Jack Martin put in strong performances to finish inside the top ten and fulfil the promising pace they had shown in testing on Friday.

Said Simmons: “We finished in the points and it’s been a good result after yesterday. I’m really happy with the team effort in recent weeks. I want to say thanks to Arden for giving me such a great car over the weekend and I’m sure we will be even stronger at Knockhill. If we can get a good qualifying there we can do really well and I’m pretty sure we will arrive with good pace in the car.”

Added Martin: “It’s good to be back on the Rookie podium. It’s nice to end on a high after a frustrating weekend and recover some points in the Rookie class standings. I had really good pace on Friday and I think what the team have done over the summer break has been really good.”

Team-mate Rafael Martins was extremely unlucky to finish just outside the points and will look to feature at the sharp end in two weeks’ time at Knockhill.

The same can be said of JHR’s Billy Monger and Jack Butel who had an entertaining battle for 12th after Monger unfortunately fell back through the order having taken evasive action to avoid a heavy braking Leeds and Pull. His lightning reactions coming in handy, but scant consolation for a driver who has had the pace to be fighting for the podium.

“We’ve been fast enough to be on the podium battle in every race, but things haven’t turned out great for us this weekend. Hopefully we can bounce back and show our true pace.

“My sponsors Metro deconstruction, Reigate Environmental Services, as well as Baylis and Harding and Barnado’s children’s charity which I’m an ambassador for have been brilliant in supporting me.”

Newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motorsport) finished their weekends with further solid performances in their Ford EcoBoost-powered racers.

Said Marinescu: “Our lap times were even quicker today so that was good. I’m really positive I can do better in the next races. It’s been really fun and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”

Added Mohnhaupt: “It was a good race. We have improved a lot. I have learned so much with the help of the Falcon Motorsport team and I think Knockhill will be better. The highlight has been seeing my lap times get better and better.”

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 18 Snetterton 31 July 2016
8 laps / 23.75 miles
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 15m 14.464s
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +0.400s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +1.162s
4 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +1.662s
5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +4.915s
6 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +11.530s
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +11.990s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +12.203s
9 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +12.899s
10 Patrik MATTHIESEN / DEN / JTR +14.059s etc.

Fastest lap Petru Florescu / Carlin 1m 52.690s / 94.84 mph

Rookie Class 1 Kjaergaard, 2 Simmons, 3 Martin, 4 Quinn

Provisional Championship standings
1 Florescu 205, 2 Fewtrell 201, 3 DeFrancesco 197, 4 Fielding 194, 5 Pull 186, 6 Leeds 174, 7 Quinn 122, 8 Goddard 120, 9 Caroline 115, 10 Martins 114 etc.

Rookie Class
1 Quinn 324, 2 J Martin 255, 3 Kjaergaard 238, 4 Simmons 191, 5 R Martin 130

Full results

Petru powers to fifth British F4 victory of the season

  • Florescu leads home Carlin 1-2-3 and regains championship lead.
  • Kjaergaard’s excellent weekend continues with a fourth place finish and another Rookie class win for Fortec Motorsports.

SNETTERTON 30 JULY, 2016 – Round 17 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Snetterton was thrilling with action throughout the field. Whilst there was no shortage of overtaking in a rapidly evolving race, one thing remained constant; Petru Florescu powering away out front to claim his fifth win of the season and retake the lead in the standings.

An excellent start from the Romanian saw him run alongside pole sitter Rafael Martins into turn one, with Florescu boldly hanging on around the outside to take the lead. As has been the case on many occasions this year, once Florescu was out in front nobody could catch him.

Said Petru: “It was a really good comeback after the bad qualifying this morning. I feel really good about being back in the lead of the championship, but I need a good race tomorrow to stay in front.

“I didn’t really know how fast I could go around this track because in qualifying I missed my chance to push and this afternoon my fastest lap was quicker than the pole time. I’m also really happy for my team-mates with them being on the podium.

Florescu led home a Carlin 1-2-3 with James Pull and Devlin DeFrancesco completing the rest of the podium. However, the result was by no means a certainty for Carlin, their drivers taking full advantage as the drama unfolded during the race.

Commented second place man Pull: “Just one more step to go for the race win. The Arden situation at Riches helped me out a little bit, but I took the opportunity when it came. The same with passing Kjaergaard.

Up until then it was all about trying to hold off Sennan [Fielding] who was really fast, especially in sector one and sector three. I just had to hold him off, but I managed to do that.”

Added DeFrancesco: “it was a great race. Our pace has improved. It’s a step in the right direction. There are a few more things we need to work on, but we are going the right way as a team both on the driving and technical side of things. We can find more for sure. I cannot thank the team enough.

“Towards the middle of the race we were lacking a bit of pace to Sennan, but I saw my opportunity and went for it. It was the same with Kjaergaard. I got in his tow and managed to pull past him before turn one.”

Explained Carlin team manager Martin Knapman: “We thought we were struggling a little bit this morning. This result has been given to us a little by other people going off, but we just try hard and stick hard at it.

“It’s teamwork which makes the dream work. We all pull in the same direction and work hard to get the results.”

Further down the order Jamie Caroline made amends for a disastrous start in the first race of the weekend by climbing from last on the grid to 13th on the opening lap, later working his way up seventh in sublime fashion.

Another driver with a point to prove was Carlin’s Max Fewtrell. The title protagonist was his usual calm and composed self as he gradually picked his way through the field and into the points. Most notably gaining two places in quick succession on lap three, scything past Jack Butel and Frank Bird.

A couple of laps later the safety car ventured out on track to allow Jack Martin’s TRS Arden to be recovered at Agostini after it had suffered technical difficulties.

The restart was heart stopping as an unfortunate coming together between Martins and Leeds in the battle for second place scuppered their chances of the podium.

It meant Kjaergaard found himself running in second, but Pull and DeFrancesco were swift in their attack, the latter squeezing past Fielding at the restart after Fielding had got the upper hand on the opening lap.

Take nothing away from Kjaergaard though; his fourth place rounding off the best day in the Dane’s single-seater career to date as he brought home victory in the Rookie Class once more and a tidy sum of points for his Fortec Motorsports team.

Commented Kjaergaard: “The race was going well up until the safety car. My pace was getting better and better. The guys behind me pushed so hard when I was in second and I made a couple of mistakes.

“I’m proud of how I raced before the safety car. My plan was to hold my own and drive my own race and score more points for the championship. I hope to keep this level of performance up and get an overall podium soon.”

Kjaergaard’s team-mate Quinn put in another assured performance, climbing several places to come home sixth; whilst Frank Bird capped off a strong race for Fortec with all its cars finishing inside the points.

JTR’s Patrik Matthiesen was another who crossed the line pleased with his work; taking a well deserved points score in eighth having showcased some great defensive skills when in front of Fewtrell.

JHR’s Billy Monger was unlucky to finish just outside the points having started 17th. Meanwhile Richardson Racing’s Alexandra Marinescu appeared to have made a step forward following her first race of the season earlier in the day, working her way up to 12th, keeping cool amid all the drama.

Said Marinescu: “I’m really happy. I wasn’t expecting to finish 12th in my second race. I was a little bit lucky with other people going off, but I also did my best lap times in the last few laps so I’m really happy that we are improving.

“Top ten would be unbelievably great [in tomorrow’s race], but I’m trying to stay realistic. It’s really fun to be behind the wheel of the British F4 car and working with Richardson Racing.”

The finale to the F4 British Championship weekend commences at 1450 on Sunday. It will be televised live on ITV4 with Sennan Fielding starting from pole once again.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 17 Snetterton 30 July 2016
10 laps / 29.68 miles
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 20m 29.799s
2 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +2.741s
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +4.484s
4 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +6.454s
5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +6.578s
6 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +6.647s
7 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +8.372s
8 Patrik MATTHIESEN / DEN / JTR +9.010s
9 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +9.209s
10 Frank BIRD / GBR / Fortec +9.782s etc.

Fastest lap Petru Florescu / Carlin 1m 52.156s / 95.29 mph

Rookie Class 1 Kjaergaard, 2 Quinn, 3 Simmons

Provisional championship standings 1 Florescu 195; =2 Fewtrell 186; =2 Pull 186, 4 DeFrancesco 179; 5 Fielding 169; 6 Leeds 162; 7 Quinn 122; 8 Caroline 115; =9 Goddard 114; =9 Martins 114 etc.

Rookie Class 1 Quinn 312; 2 J Martin 240; 3 Kjaergaard 213; 4 Simmons 173; 5 R Martin 130

Full results

Flawless Fielding scores superb British F4 win at Snetterton

  • Fielding claims commanding third win of the season for JHR Developments.
  • Carlin achieves its 800th podium thanks to DeFrancesco and Pull.

SNETTERTON 3O JULY, 2016 – Sennan Fielding’s fine form at Snetterton this weekend continued in round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford; the JHR Developments star converting pole position to victory in style.

The race was far from short of drama. Caroline trying to make a move and unfortunately hitting the pit wall.

The safety car was called upon whilst Caroline’s stricken Pirtek Racing liveried Fortec was removed from the pit straight. Fielding wasted no time at the restart. The experienced driver left the field trailing in his wake as the safety car peeled into the pits.

However, Fielding’s breakaway was shortlived as the safety car almost immediately made another appearance following Fewtrell going off.

By the time the safety car returned to the pits once more there were only several laps remaining. Fielding was calm and composed out front however, keeping his Carlin pursuers Devlin DeFrancesco and James Pull at bay until the chequered flag.

Said the race winner: “It was a great restart. The second one was a little bit more difficult because the guys behind knew what I would likely do so I tried to mix it up a little bit. It was a fun race. It was good to get the first win of the weekend and we need to carry this on.

“I felt very comfortable out there. Credit to the team, they’ve made the car amazing so huge thanks to them. I think in the second half of the season we are really going to show what we can do and get our championship back on track.”

DeFrancesco and Pull’s podiums had added significance for Carlin as they secured its 800th podium since the team’s inception. A phenemonal achievement for a team that has been pivotal to careers of so many of motorsport’s leading lights, a number of whom having driven in British F4.

Commented DeFrancesco: “Sennan has been really quick all weekend. He’s really found his rhythm around here. We really struggled in FP1 and FP2 yesterday so we’ve made a great comeback as a team. We were cathching Sennan at some points of the race. There are some things we need to analyse for race two and three.

“It’s amazing to get 800 podiums for Carlin. They are such a great team and a major name in motorsport which makes me very proud to race from them.”

Added Pull: “It was a shame there were so many safety cars. I was just trying to pick up as many points as I could so third place is good. I cannot complain. 800 podiums for Carlin now so that’s a great milestone to achieve and hopefully we can do even better in the next races.”

Zane Goddard was a standout performer at the start, seizing the initiaitive jumping from tenth to sixth on the opening lap, and later working his way up to fourth for Double R Racing.

Nicolai Kjaergaard put in his best performance of the season to finish sixth for Fortec. The Dane has returned from the summer break reinvigorated and after a strong showing in qualifying took no prisioners on his way to a Rookie Class win.

Said Kjaergaard: “I think going away over the summer and coming back has helped me. I have confidence in the car to lean on the tyres in the corners and I can just go for it now. It will be difficult to catch Alex [Quinn] in the Rookie Class. He’s a really good driver, but I will do my best.”

Team-mate Alex Quinn had it all to do starting last after a frustrating qualifying and he put in a determined drive to finish ninth. The highlight of his race coming in the final two laps. He opportunistically snuck past Simmons as the TRS Arden racer tried to pass Matthiesen, and then proceeded to bravely pass Matthiesen on the outside of Riches who held off Simmons for tenth.

Stated Quinn: “It was a fun race. It was really good battling, but obviously I would prefer to be doing that at the front. I think it’s shown that we have really good place coming from 19th to ninth so I’m happy with this. Hopefully we can move up a bit more in the next race starting from a bit higher up. We will try to take as many opportunites as we can.”

Ahead of Quinn finsihed Petru Florescu and Rafael Martins in seventh and eighth respectively. The latter earning the reverse grid pole in the process and the former taking valubale points out of Fewtrell’s championship lead.

Newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motorsport) rounded out the finishing classification, both drivers putting on an entertaining battle and seperated by just 4 tenths of a second as they crossed the line.

Lights go out on round 17 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at 1715 this afternoon. TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins will be hoping take full advantage of pole to claim his second win of the season.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 16 Snetterton 30 July 2016
9 laps / 26.72 miles
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 21m 4.243s
2 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +0.532s
3 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +1.707s
4 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +2.778s
5 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +3.116s
6 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +4.382s
7 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +4.836s
8 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +5.432s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +9.808s
10 Patrik MATTHIESEN / DEN / JTR +10.428s etc.

Fastest lap James Pull / Carlin 1m 52.668s / 94.86 mph

Rookie class 1 Kjaergaard, 2 Quinn, 3 Simmons, 4 Martin

Grid for round 17 Martins – Florescu – Kjaergaard – Leeds – Goddard – Pull – DeFrancesco – Fielding – Quinn – Matthiesen

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Fielding off to a flyer at Snetterton in British F4

  • JHR’s Fielding leads the way in super-close testing at Snetterton, with the majority of the field covered by less than a second.

SNETTERTON 29 JULY, 2016 – Sennan Fielding and JHR Developments got their weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford off to a flying start by topping the times in testing. A time of 1m 52.254s from Fielding in the morning session proved to be enough to see him reign supreme at the end of the day’s proceedings by over two tenths of a second.

It represents a welcome return to form for a driver whose quest for the title is in need of a shot in the arm after a frustrating outing at Croft before the summer break. The Chesterfield racer looked at ease around the Snetterton 300 circuit and on the basis of today’s performance is sure to be in the thick of the fight for top honours.

Said Fielding: “The [Ford EcoBoost] engine feels very good and the car felt extremely good which gives me a lot of confidence. I think the pace we have had today being P1 in the first session and P2 in the second session shows how consistent we are which is nice. We are quick on old and new tyres which gives us a lot of confidence for the weekend.”

Fellow championship protagonist TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds also looked very at home around the three mile circuit finishing second in the timesheets. A buoyant Leeds commented: “I haven’t been in the car for a while so it’s good to be back with Arden boys and I think we can have a good weekend.

“I like Snetterton a lot because it’s a long track and it’s really technical so it makes it more about the driver. I think this weekend is a big turning point in the season because it’s the start of the second half.”

Frequent Friday star James Pull stood out once more with the quickest time in the afternoon session ending up third fastest overall. He was just three one thousandths away from Leeds, with Jack Martin proving to be quickest of the Rookie Class drivers a mere 0.025s back.

A cautiously optimistic Pull stated: “The wind was a bit strong so that made it a bit harder to get the confidence through the high speed corners, but the car felt really good. I just need to forget about today now and try to get a good time tomorrow. Whenever we have had a good Friday we have always struggled a little bit on the Saturday. It’s going to be all about getting the optimum qualifying session because half a tenth could be worth one or two places. It’s so close.”

Both Max Fewtrell and Nicolai Kjaergaard celebrated their 17th birthdays this today and both caught the eye; Fewtrell finishing fifth and Kjaergaard narrowly missing out on a top 10 time.

Explained Kjaergaard: “The first session went alright, but on used tyres in the second session we were very close to where we want to be. We were struggling a little bit on new tyres in the second session, so we need to work on that for qualifying tomorrow. To come back strong like this after the break gives me confidence that I can score good points in all three races.”

Carlin’s Petru Florescu and Devlin DeFrancesco wound up sixth and tenth; the former just under three tenths off of Fielding’s pace and clearly in good shape for the rest of the weekend.

Ayrton Simmons and Alex Quinn both found themselves inside the top ten when the chequered flag fell; Quinn showing strong pace behind the wheel of his Racing Steps Foundation backed racer in the afternoon.

“I felt really confident in the car right from the green flag this morning,” said Quinn. “It’s been a really positive start to the second half of the season and I’m looking forward to the rest of this weekend. We had really good pace in the afternoon. Qualifying is going to be really important. I think we have shown we can do well in that tomorrow and that will make the races easier.”

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins and JHR Developments’ Billy Monger shone on old tyre runs, both running as high as fourth in the latter half of the afternoon session.

Meanwhile Croft race winner Zane Goddard, Fortec Motorsport’s Jamie Caroline and JHR’s Jack Butel had a relatively quiet day on track. However, they are sure to strike back with a vengeance when the action hots up tomorrow.

The majority of drivers posted their quickest time of the day in the morning session with only Patrik Matthiesen (JTR), Frank Bird (Fortec Motorsports) and newcomers Marinescu (Richardson Racing) and Mohnhaupt (Falcon Motrosport) finding time in the afternoon. British F4’s newest recruits improving a by a massive 1.4s and 2s respectively.

Said Matthiesen: “We’re still struggling a little bit with the lap time, but it was definitely better in the afternoon. Top ten this weekend is a realistic target. It would be nice to get some good points. I’m enjoying driving this circuit more and more. We’re working a lot on sector three. That’s the part of the track I need to improve in.”

Added Bird: “Points are definitely the aim this weekend. The summer break came at a bad time for me really because we were just starting to hit form, but hopefully we can carry it on this weekend. Snetterton is a track I like. I was struggling a bit today, but I’m sure I will get on top of it.”

With the top 13 drivers covered by less than a second all eyes are going to be on the F4 British Championship’s bumper Saturday at Snetterton. It kicks off with qualifying at 0900 ahead of rounds 16 and 17 of the championship at 1355 and 1715 respectively. The stage will be then set for a thrilling finale which will be screened live on ITV4 at 1450 on Sunday.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Leading testing times Snetterton 29 July 2016 (am/pm)
1 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:52.254 / 1:52.777
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:52.477 / 1:53.310
3 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:52.480 / 1:52.592
4 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:52.505 / 1.53.333
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:52.524 / 1:53.323
6 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:52.530 / 1:53.214
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:52.531 / 1:53.587
8 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:52.614 / 1:52.841
9 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:52.835 / 1:53.504
10 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:52.895 / 1:53.133 etc.

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