Jewiss and Double R set the pace in opening test

  • Jewiss records quickest time of first pre-season test.
  • Hauger and Arden top afternoon session.

13 FEBRUARY, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost took to the track for the first time in 2018, with official pre-season testing kicking off at Brands Hatch. During a day plagued by inclement weather which meant the entire field conducted all its running on Hankook wet tyres, it was Kiern Jewiss and Double R Racing who set the pace.

A time of 52.976s from Jewiss put him 1.871s clear of Arden’s Sebastian Priaulx in the morning and would not be beaten. The two Ginetta Junior graduates showcased plenty of pace and made use of their experience, having run alongside British F4 on the support package for the ever-popular British Touring Car Championship.

Priaulx could be consistently found at the sharp end of the times along with Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard. The latter recording more laps than any other driver and lapping quicker than Priaulx by just 0.016s in the afternoon.

Next on the combined timesheets were the familiar faces of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports). Both drivers competed in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series last season, with Ericsson’s previous visit to Brands Hatch holding plenty of fond memories as he clinched the Ford F4 Challenge Cup in the final race of 2017.

Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger (Arden) wound up sixth overall, courtesy of his performance following the lunch break. The 14-year-old Norwegian was the only driver to break the 56-second barrier with a time of 55.868s to top the afternoon session.

Paavo Tonteri proved to be Double R’s second-fastest runner, finishing seventh on the combined timesheet and bouncing back from a trip to the barriers in the morning.

Hauger was one of only three drivers to improve upon their morning’s best effort, with fellow Arden runners Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan finishing fourth and fifth quickest respectively in the afternoon. They ended the day inside the top 10 and sandwiched Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez, with Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) in 11th.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Testing times Brands Hatch Indy, 13 February, 2018 (am/pm)
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 52.976 / 57.669
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 54.847 / 56.124
3 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 55.234 / 56.108
4 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 55.294 / 58.085
5 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 55.417 / 59.133
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 56.654 / 55.868
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 55.902 / 1:01.201
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 58.228 / 56.557
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 56.976 / 57.977
10 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 59.464 / 57.096 etc.

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Piastri and TRS Arden end British F4 pre-season testing on top

  • TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri fastest in both sessions in test at Rockingham.
  • Top eight drivers covered by just over half a second.

21 MARCH, 2017 – Oscar Piastri and TRS Arden finished official pre-season testing for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford in the best way possible; setting the pace at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Piastri topped both the morning and afternoon sessions. The Australian recorded his best lap of 1m 18.817s in the afternoon to put him a tenth clear of the field, which saw the top eight drivers covered by little more than half a second.

Carlin’s Logan Sargeant proved to be Piastri’s closest challenger. The American was the only other driver able to break the 1m 19s barrier, posting the second quickest time in both sessions.

Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports continued their fine run of testing form, earning third courtesy of a 1m 19.120s lap in the first session.

Another top pre-season testing performer, Linus Lundqvist, was quickest of the Double R Racing charges. A time of 1m 19.140s earning him fourth fastest overall. Team-mate Karl Massaad also wound up inside the top 10 in ninth.

Ayrton Simmons and Alex Quinn were just three tenths behind fellow TRS Arden runner Piastri, ending the test fifth and sixth respectively; separated by a mere four thousandths of a second. Meanwhile Olli Caldwell was a further half second adrift.

Patrik Pasma (Carlin) made significant gains in the afternoon. Having gone into the lunchbreak 12th fastest, the Finn climbed five places in the afternoon to seventh.

Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) was the day’s marathon man, completing more laps (126) than any other driver on his way to eighth. He was just over half a second off the quickest time, as he completed a comprehensive programme in a bid to further develop his understanding of the Hankook slick tyres.

Jamie Sharp had arguably his best day of pre-season testing behind the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer. The Sharp Motorsport driver found himself consistently amongst the top 10 and was less than eight tenths of a second away from Piastri’s best when the chequered flag fell.

Daniel Cao continued to make progress with Double R. Finishing the test within a second of the fastest time, having been one of the top 10 quickest drivers in the afternoon.

Jacky Liu and GW Motorsport made the biggest improvement in terms of lap time. Liu’s best of 1m 21.034s came in the afternoon, 1.426s faster than his quickest time from the morning.

Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy was another big improver, finding over a second during the course of the day’s running, finishing just ahead of Liu on the timesheets in 13th.

Elsewhere, Ford F4 Challenge Cup entrant Lucca Allen ended the test 15th after another solid day’s work for Falcon Motorsport.

Attention now turns to the opening rounds of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford which will take place at Brands Hatch Indy circuit on 1-2 April, in front of bumper trackside crowds and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Rockingham 21 March 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:18.939 / 1:18.817
2 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:18.964 / 1:18.917
3 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:19.120 / 1:19.261
4 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:19.260 / 1:19.140
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:19.311 / 1:19.143
6 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:19.276 / 1:19.147
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:20.047 / 1:19.293
8 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:20.028 / 1:19.365
9 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:19.524 / 1:20.095
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 1:19.593 / 1:20.030
11 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:19.856 / 1:19.677
12 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 1:19.797 / 1:20.059
13 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:21.360 / 1:20.274
14 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:22.460 / 1:21.034
15 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:21.251 / 1:21.062

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Caroline comes to the fore in British F4 testing

  • Late flyer to claim top spot rounds off excellent testing performance from Jamie Caroline.
  • Lundqvist, Piastri, Sargeant and Simmons continue impressive testing form.
  • Monger and JHR immediately on the pace, as they take part in their first official pre-season test of 2017.

6 MARCH, 2017 – A sun-kissed Donington Park was the scene for the latest act in the battle for pre-season testing honours in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. All signs suggest another remarkably competitive season and on this occasion it was Jamie Caroline’s turn to star at the top of the timesheet; courtesy of a late flyer which put him just under two tenths of a second clear of Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist.

Caroline’s time of 1m 8.106s would have earned him a front row grid slot in qualifying at Donington Park last season, just 0.094s off pole. The Warlingham racer has been testing with reigning champions Carlin during pre-season and he once again underlined his credentials.

Swedish single-seater champion Lundqvist continued his fine testing form and the same can be said of fellow newcomers Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin). The latter fastest in the morning session.

Billy Monger wasted no time getting reacquainted with his JHR-prepared Ford EcoBoost-powered racer in his first official pre-season test of 2017. Third fastest and a spell at the top of the times suggests that the Barnardo’s children’s charity ambassador has lost none of his speed during the winter break.

Another British F4 returnee, TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons, also impressed. Third quickest in the morning. The 15-year-old ended the test sixth overall.

Meanwhile, 2016 British F4 Rookie Champion Alex Quinn was on hand in the afternoon to conduct evaluation work for TRS Arden, recording the seventh quickest time.

The Fortec Motorsports pre-season testing double-act of Oliver York and Johnathan Hoggard wound up eighth and ninth fastest respectively, whilst Harry Webb also finished inside the top 10. The 19-year-old demonstrated his speed in both wet and dry conditions testing with Richardson Racing.

The progress of 2017 Ford F4 Challenge Cup contender Olli Caldwell shows no sign of relenting after another strong showing, with Carlin’s Patrik Pasma just over a tenth behind him in 12th.

The latest driver to officially join the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford, Manuel Sulaimán, put in a solid day’s work for JHR, just under a second and half off of the quickest time.

Elsewhere Double R’s Daniel Cao racked up an impressive 136 laps, equalling team-mate Lundqvist’s tally for the day, with stablemate Karl Massaad just 0.025s slower than Cao.

GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu made consistent progress throughout the day’s running and recorded his best time on his very last lap, putting him just over a tenth adrift of Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy.

Jamie Sharp was a big improver. The Sharp Motorsport driver’s best time came in the afternoon and put him over a tenth clear of Falcon Motorsport’s Lucca Allen as both gathered valuable mileage and data for their teams.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford teams and drivers have a quick turnaround following the excitement of Donington Park, with the next official pre-season test taking place tomorrow at Brands Hatch Indy circuit.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Donington Park 6 March 2017 (AM/PM)
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:09.251s / 1:08.106
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:09.552 / 1:08.298
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:08.853 / 1:08.407
4 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:09.740 / 1:08.409
5 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:09.200 / 1:08.423
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:09.2016 / 1:08.636
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden No time set / 1:08.674
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:09.856 / 1:08.758
9 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:10.752 / 1:08.931
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 1:10.446 / 1:08.962
11 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 1:10.451 / 1:09.012
12 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:10.365 / 1:09.146
13 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:11.026 / 1:09.526
14 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 1:12.249 / 1:09.810
15 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 1:09.825 / No time set
16 Lucas Alecco ROY / GER / Carlin 1:11.615 / 1:10.392
17 Jacky LIU / CHN / GW Motorsport 1:14.787 / 1:10.444
18 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp Motorsport 1:15.678 / 1:10.600
19 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 1:11.698 / 1:10.757

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Piastri powers to the top in British F4 test

  • Oscar Piastri and Jamie Caroline shine in second official pre-season test.
  • Top seven drivers covered by just over two tenths of a second.

16 FEBRUARY, 2017 – A drying Brands Hatch Indy circuit provided the stage for an entertaining second official pre-season test for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. As track conditions improved, times tumbled with numerous drivers taking turns at the top. TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri took the main testing honours, but with the seven quickest drivers covered by just over two tenths of a second there was an intriguing battle for supremacy.

Piastri caught everyone’s attention after his testing performance at Oulton Park earlier this month and he followed up with a similarly impressive display at Brands Hatch. The Aussie was rapid in all conditions, his best lap of 46.030s coming in the afternoon when conditions were at their best. It was enough to ensure he saw out the remainder of the test as quickest driver. The time was just two tenths shy of the 2016 pole lap.

Jamie Caroline got another taste of working with reigning champion squad Carlin. Brands Hatch has happy memories for Caroline, having been the scene of his maiden victory in the Ford EcoBoost-powered series last season, albeit around the Grand Prix circuit. His affinity with the track shone through. Fastest in the first session, further improving in the afternoon with his best of the day (46.080s) putting him just half a tenth off Piastri.

Fortec Motorsports ran two drivers. Oliver York fared better than Matthew Hoggard. Third fastest overall for York and the highest tally of laps of any driver (221 in total) the highlights of a very productive day. Hoggard had limited running in the afternoon and the best of the conditions, suggesting there is more pace up his sleeve.

Oulton Park test pacesetter Logan Sargeant put in another assured performance for Carlin. Fourth fastest in both sessions and just over a tenth away from quickest overall. His team-mate Patrik Pasma ended the day sixth fastest and the biggest improver; the Carlin drivers sandwiching TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons who wound up fifth on the timesheets.

Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist and TRS Arden’s Yves Baltas impressed yet again ending up seventh and eighth fastest respectively. Baltas pumping in some excellent laps before the lunch break to end the first session as second quickest driver.

Harry Webb and Richardson Racing proved to be something of a surprise package, particularly in the first session when conditions were trickier. The 19-year-old revelled in the car on a damp track, mixing it at the top and proving that a Webb-Richardson combination could be a potent force should they strike a deal for the 2017 British F4 season.

Karl Massaad was another driver who appeared to enjoy the trickier first session, finishing just outside the top 10 as the test came to its conclusion. The Lebanese karting champion has been announced as Double R’s second 2017 British F4 signing and looks to be an exciting prospect for this year’s campaign.

Ahead of Hoggard in the timesheets could be found Zhuo Cao (Double R Racing), Lucas Roy (Carlin) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport). The latter finally got a chance to get some meaningful dry running before the lunch break, running inside the top 10, but his momentum came to an abrupt halt just as the chequered flag was shown to end the first session. A visit to the barrier enough to put an end to 15-year-old’s test.

Ford F4 Challenge Cup entrant Lucca Allen put together a strong day behind the wheel of his Ford EcoBoost-powered racer for Falcon Motorsport. The Irish karting champion ended up just over a second off the fastest time.

Fellow Challenge Cup entrant Olli Caldwell made a fantastic official testing debut for TRS Arden. He was often found towards the top of the times in both wet and dry conditions, finishing the day inside the top 10.

Jacky Liu and GW Motorsport completed a comprehensive testing programme, gathering a wealth of data. Although there was no official timing information for Liu, team owner Gary Ward was thrilled with his driver who recorded a best of 47.778s on used tyres late in the afternoon.

The next official pre-season test will take place at Donington Park during the Media Day for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford on 6 March, 2017. For more details about the Media Day email championship press officer Alex Battipaglia.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Testing times Brands Hatch Indy 16 February 2017 (Session 1/Session 2)
1 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 46.610s / 46.030s
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 46.565s / 46.080s
3 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 47.112s / 46.133s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 46.632s / 46.179s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 46.696s / 46.208s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 53.535s / 46.234s
7 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 46.870s / 46.278s
8 Yves BALTAS / USA / Arden 46.603s / 46.509s
9 Olli CALDWELL / GBR / Arden 47.524s / 46.584s
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson 47.084s / 46.685s
11 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R 47.364s / 46.864s
12 Lucca ALLEN / IRL / Falcon 47.888s / 47.219s
13 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 47.267s / No time set
14 Lucas ROY / GER / Carlin 48.688s / 47.304s
15 Zhuo CAO / CHN / Double R Racing 49.875s / 48.039s
16 Matthew HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 51.590s / 48.072s

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Pull leads the way in Ford MSA Formula pre-race test at Donington Park

  • James Pull heads incredibly evenly matched Ford EcoBoost-powered field.
  • Alex Quinn and Luis Leeds at the front of the chasing pack.

DONINGTON PARK 14 APRIL, 2016 – Carlin’s James Pull topped the times in Ford British F4’s pre-race test at Donington Park today, just as he did at the Brands Hatch opener a fortnight ago. He headed a super-close field where the top 15 drivers were covered by just a second.

Fresh from a hat-trick of podiums at the season opener, Pull was fifth fastest in the morning and let loose in the afternoon, posting the quickest time of 1:08.195 halfway through the session.

It was a time that left Pull over three tenths clear of the field, but Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn and TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds hit back in the final minutes to see them finish second and third fastest respectively, with Quinn just over a tenth off of Pull.

Said Pull: “I really enjoy driving this circuit and it’s my favourite on the calendar. We hooked up a great lap. There’s still more in the bag, but it felt really good and I’m very happy.

“It’s all about getting in the groove at Donington. Finding a rhythm, staying smooth and not overdriving. The goal is to get the win this weekend. Qualifying will be tense. I just need to stay calm and focus.”

Quinn added: “I think we are quick enough to be fastest. In the second session I was really improving towards the end and the chequered flag came just too soon. I learnt loads at Brands and now it’s time to put it into action.”

Said TRS Arden team manager Ben Bloomfield of Leeds’ performance: “It was disappointing that Luis got held up in traffic at the end of his run, but from the sector times we know that we’ve got the pace in the car. He’s already feeling quite confident which is very impressive given that he’s never driven around this circuit before.”

An entertaining morning session saw the track move from wet to dry and it was Quinn who grabbed the attention by topping the times, but only just. JHR’s Sennan Fielding was less than three thousandths of a second away from the Racing Steps Foundation backed driver.

All drivers improved upon their morning’s best efforts thanks to far better track conditions, but Fielding was the exception to the rule due to technical problems.

TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins found himself third quickest in the morning and ended the day fifth fastest overall. “We were quick this morning”, said Martins. “I think a P2 or P3 grid slot is possible. We’ll obviously aim for pole, but James Pull was very fast today. We’ll look at the data to try to find something extra for qualifying and I’m sure our race pace will be even stronger.”

Harry Hayek was another who seemed to revel in the morning’s variable conditions ending up seventh and just dropping outside of the top ten by the time the chequered flag fell on the test, with his Jamun team-mate Jamie Caroline finishing several places ahead of him.

Said Hayek: “It’s been an up and down day. The first session was wet and then it was drying. We were right up there. In the second session we struggled a bit, but we’ll look at the data and aim to break into the top ten in qualifying.”

Championship leader Petru Florescu had a relatively quiet day in tenth, but after his emphatic performance just two weeks ago, it’s hard to believe that there’s not plenty more pace up the Romanian’s sleeve.

It was a premature end to the day for Patrik Matthiesen who brought out the red flags with 20 minutes remaining after beaching his car in the gravel at Coppice. Nevertheless, the Dane was quick early on suggesting he’s capable of bringing home his first points of the season.

With the field so evenly matched, everyone is eagerly awaiting qualifying at 1100 on Saturday and for the lights go out in the first of the weekend’s three races at 1500.

Leading testing times Donington Park 14 April, 2016 (am/pm)
1 James PULL / GBR / Carlin 1:09.297 / 1:08.195
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:08.966 / 1:08.337
3 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 1:09.205 / 1:08.407
4 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:09.515 / 1:08.571
5 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 1:09.085 / 1:08.674
6 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 1:09.813 / 1:08.773
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:09.448 / 1:08.792
8 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden 1:10.537 / 1:08.827
9 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Jamun 1:09.982 / 1:08.891
10 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 1:09.625 / 1:08.926 etc.

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DeFrancesco sets the pace in Ford MSA Formula test at Thruxton

  • Devlin DeFrancesco maintains Carlin’s run of form in Thruxton test.
  • Luis Leeds and Max Fewtrell prove to be Canadian’s closest challengers, with Rafael Martins and Billy Monger also impressing.

THRUXTON 07 APRIL, 2016 – Devlin DeFrancesco took advantage of the best of the day’s weather to top the times for Carlin in Ford British F4 testing at Thruxton. The test was beleaguered by damp and cold conditions, as drivers sought to lay down a marker ahead of the Thruxton race weekend on 7-8 May.

After a quiet start, the Canadian bettered his morning time by over a second to post a 1:13.500 in the dying minutes of the second session. It was a time that would remain unbeaten as more inclement weather set in at the 2.4 mile Hampshire circuit.

His closest challengers were TRS Arden’s Luis Leeds who was within two tenths of the DeFrancesco’s time and Max Fewtrell who once again impressed in the final session when the track was at its wettest.

There was drama 20 minutes into the second session as Ayrton Simmons, who had just recorded his fastest time of the day, got caught out while pushing on slick tyres through Goodwood on the damp asphalt. The Essex-based driver hurtled into the tyre barriers but walked away unscathed, testament to the safety of the FIA F4 homologated Ford EcoBoost-powered racer.

A number of drivers elected to sit out the final session due to the bad weather, including pacesetter DeFrancesco. JHR’s experienced pairing of Jack Butel and Sennan Fielding also followed suit, the former breaking into the top 10 overall and 2016 race winner Fielding finishing the day a strong sixth.

Fellow JHR Developments driver Billy Monger caught the eye throughout, ending both the morning and late afternoon sessions in third. Whilst TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins was star of the show in the first session going fastest and ending the day fourth, with Carlin’s James Pull less than a tenth away in fifth.

It was a difficult day for Fortec Motorsports, with early leader in the Rookie Cup Alex Quinn posting their fastest time of 1:14.334 to go ninth. Team-mate Ross Martin found himself stuck in the pits for much of the first session due to technical problems, while Frank Bird had a frustrating end to the test, bringing out a red flag after making contact with the barrier at Club.

Ford British F4 teams now have a week’s respite before testing at Donington Park gets under way on Thursday, 14 April, ahead of the next three rounds of the Ford EcoBoost-powered series.

Leading testing times Thruxton 7 April 2016 (Sessions 1 / 2 / 3)
1 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CAN / Carlin 1:14.887 / 1:13.500 / No time set
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / TRS Arden 1:15.012 / 1:13.665 / 1:21.248
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin 1:14.803 / 1:13.713 / 1:20.030
4 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / TRS Arden 1:14.683 / 1:13.909 / 1:21.666
5 James PULL / GBR / JHR 1:16.053 / 1:13.995 / 1:20.141
6 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR 1:14.945 / 1:14.047 / No time set
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 1:15.148 / 1:14.065 / 1:21.298
8 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 1:14.859 / 1:14.120 / 1:20.455
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 1:16.738 / 1:14.334 / 1:21.565
10 Jack BUTEL / GBR / JHR 1:15.990 / 1:14.404 / No time set etc.

Torque Speed – Driver reaction from Donington Park Ford MSA Formula test

  • Fewtrell revelling in Ford British F4 experience and eager for first race of the season.
  • Goddard ecstatic with level of consistency.
  • Quinn enjoys highly productive day behind the wheel.

22 March, 2016 – After another enthralling collective pre-season test for the Ford EcoBoost-powered series, here are the thoughts of the drivers who topped the times.

The man who grabbed the Donington Park test headlines and top spot was Carlin’s Max Fewtrell:

“In the morning session I was just trying to find my feet because I hadn’t driven around the track for about five months.

“After lunch we looked at some data, made use of some new tyres and were straight on the pace right away which was really encouraging.

“It was very important to build up the temperature in the Hankook tyres properly to get the best lap time and not grain them straight away.

“I’m loving the car. I’m loving all the testing we are doing and I cannot wait for the first race.

“I feel really close to everyone in team and I’m enjoying working with everyone at Carlin. It really is a brilliant team.

“Hopefully we can maintain this momentum into the Rockingham test and beyond.”

A buoyant Zane Goddard finished the test second quickest. He was keen to underline the positives that both he and his Double R Racing team could take from away from Donington:

“We wanted to complete as many laps as possible and then see what we were capable of in the latter part of the test. The point of the day was to make sure everything with the car is in perfect order and that I fully understand the track.

“The car felt good and the team has done well. It’s now all about the little details which will no doubt make the difference with the field so close.

“P2 is a good result, although I would obviously like to go forward one more position, but we’ll hopefully do that when it really matters.

“Our consistency has been fantastic. It’s been really strong and that’s a major positive for us to take away from the Donington as we head to Rockingham. I’m really looking forward to seeing how we get on at that circuit.”

Third fastest man was Fortec Motorsports’ Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn who put into words what was a very enjoyable day behind the wheel of his Ford British F4 racer:

“The test went really well. I really enjoyed the Donington Park circuit. The first sector especially with the downhill element and Craner Curves.

“It took a little while to get the tyres in the zone, but we worked hard to prepare them properly.

“We did a lot of work with Sodemo in the morning, running the engine at 75 per cent to test some new sensors, but the Ford EcoBoost engine proved as reliable as ever.

“Then in the afternoon we really pushed the car which was a lot of fun.

“I’m really looking forward to the next test at Rockingham. It’s where the Racing Steps Foundation shootout took place so it brings back a lot of happy memories for me.”

You can find out how Alex Quinn and his Ford British F4 comrades will fare at Rockingham both today and tomorrow as the final collective test sessions of pre-season get underway.

Fewtrell fires warning shot in Ford MSA Formula test

  • 16 year-old Carlin driver Max Fewtrell quickest at Donington Park circuit.
  • Top 10 drivers covered by less than a second.

16 March, 2016 – The second collective Ford British F4 test of the season at Donington Park was a thrilling tale of two halves. Jamie Caroline lit up the timing screens throughout the morning; whilst Messrs Quinn, Goddard and Fewtrell stole the plaudits in the afternoon. The latter storming his way to the quickest time of the test.

Jamun Racing’s Jamie Caroline was the unquestionable star of the morning session, going fastest with a time of 1:07.866. He was the only driver to break into the 1:07s; clearly putting his previous experience at the circuit from Ginetta Juniors to good use. However, the Pirtek Racing and Keltbray backed driver’s morning time was only good enough for fourth when the chequered flag fell at the end of the day.

Max Fewtrell dominated much of the afternoon session. In the final 10 minutes he used a set of new tyres to stamp his authority all over proceedings with a 1:07.391. A time that was quicker than the 2015 Donington Park MSA Formula pole lap and a clear signal that both he and reigning champions Carlin will be a force to be reckoned with in 2016.

Fewtrell was also one of the test’s biggest improvers following a quiet morning which saw him lie seventh at the lunch break. Yet the driver who progressed the most in terms of sheer lap time was Fortec Motorsports’ Frank Bird who improved upon his best morning time by over a second and a half.

Bird’s teammate Alex Quinn shone throughout. The Racing Steps Foundation driver clearly revelling in the cold conditions at the circuit. The 15 year-old dropped to third with just four minutes remaining as Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard swooped in with a 1:07.719, claiming second just as he did at Brands Hatch several weeks ago.

Although Goddard once again missed out on the bragging rights, his tally of 190 laps for the day was second only to TRS Arden’s Jack Martin on 196. Both drivers demonstrating the sheer reliability of both the 1.6 litre Ford EcoBoost engine and the Mygale chassis.

Ford British F4 heads to Rockingham on Tuesday 22 March for its next collective test.

Testing times Donington Park 16/03/16 (am/pm)

1 Max FEWTRELL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.284 / 1:07.391

2 Zane GODDARD / AUS Double R / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.166 / 1:07.719

3 Alex QUINN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.465 / 1:07.818  

4 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR Jamun / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:07.866 / 1:07.912

5 Sennan FIELDING / GBR JHR / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.171 / 1:07.896

6 James PULL / GBR Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.033 / 1:07.966

7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA Arden / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.039 / 1:08.048

8 Devlin DeFRANCESCO / CAN Carlin / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.806 / 1:08.078

9 Ross MARTIN / GBR Fortec / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.141 / 1:08:303

10 Billy MONGER / GBR JHR / Ford British F4-EcoBoost / 1:08.464 / 1:08.160 etc.

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