2019 F4 British Championship calendar announced

13 JUNE, 2018 – The provisional calendar for the 2019 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost has been announced. The UK’s leading junior single-seater series will once again visit the country’s finest race circuits. For the first time since its inception it will visit Thruxton, the UK’s fastest race circuit, on two occasions with Rockingham dropping off the roster.

The Indy circuit of Brands Hatch remains the curtain-raiser on 6/7 April, followed by Donington Park three weeks later. The first of the season’s meetings at Thruxton will take place on 18/19 May.

Oulton Park and Croft have swapped places in the schedule. The latter will provide the stage for motorsport’s future stars on 15/16 June, a fortnight prior to visiting Oulton Park.

The season recommences at Snetterton five weeks later at the beginning of August, before the field heads to Thruxton for the second time in 2019.

The F4 British Championship will then make its annual pilgrimage north of the border to Knockhill. Silverstone, home of the British Grand Prix, is the next on the cards, with the season finale set to take place at the GP configuration of Brands Hatch on 12/13 October.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost will be contested over 30 races in 2019 as the sole single-seater support series to the UK’s premier motorsport package, the live televised British Touring Car Championship.

It will see some of motorsport’s brightest young talents compete for the prestigious title of FIA British Formula 4 Champion and coveted Super Licence points to enable their progression up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

2019 Provisional Calendar

Rounds           Date                                          Circuit, County
1,2,3                Sat 6/Sun 7 April                         Brands Hatch (Indy), Kent
4,5,6                Sat 27/Sun 28 April                      Donington Park, Leics
7,8,9                Sat 18/Sun 19 May                      Thruxton, Hampshire
10,11,12           Sat 15/Sun 16 June                     Croft, North Yorkshire
13,14,15           Sat 29/Sun 30 June                     Oulton Park, Cheshire
16,17,18           Sat 3/Sun 4 August                     Snetterton, Norfolk
19,20,21           Sat 17/Sun 18 August                  Thruxton, Hampshire
22,23,24           Sat 14/Sun 15 September             Knockhill, Fife
25,26,27           Sat 28/Sun 29 September             Silverstone, Northants
28,29,30           Sat 12/Sun 13 October                 Brands Hatch (Grand Prix), Kent

DRIVER NEWS: Damage limitation for Sebastian Priaulx during bruising Thruxton weekend

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21 MAY, 2018 – Sebastian Priaulx salvaged some crucial championship points from the latest rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton this past weekend (19/20 May) after seeing contact derail his challenge in both of the opening two races.

The 1st Central Insurance supported driver secured a best finish of sixth position over the course of rounds seven, eight and nine in Hampshire, with two more top ten finishes ensuring he ended the weekend only one point shy of the championship top three.

The annual visit to the fastest circuit in the UK provides some unique challenges for drivers and teams, with a single free practice session on Friday afternoon allowing Priaulx to get reacquainted with the 2.36 mile circuit in his Arden Motorsport machine.

Unfortunately some brake problems in that session would put the Guernseyman firmly on the backfoot heading into the weekend, which would show in qualifying as a frustrating session saw him end up eleventh on the grid for races one and three.

The opening race of the weekend that afternoon would start in nightmare fashion for the Ravenscroft backed racer. A brilliant launch off the line propelled him into a gap between the two drivers in front, however there was contact.

Priaulx was left with a broken front wing and therefore had to pit for a replacement, which left him in a distant eleventh position when he returned to the action. With no-one to battle with on track, it was a lonely drive to an eventual finish of tenth place.

The seventeen year old headed into Sunday determined to bounce back strongly in races two and three, both of which were televised live on ITV4, and a strong start to the second race saw him rise from tenth to seventh on the opening lap alone.

Following a short safety car period, Priaulx’s challenge for the front would sadly unravel when a move from another driver heading through the complex sent him spinning down to the rear of the field in eleventh place.

Fortunately the reappearance of the safety car shortly after allowed him to close onto the back of the pack, and from there a strong fightback saw him rise to seventh position at the chequered flag – a confidence boosting result heading into race three.

Priaulx would produce his best performance of the weekend in the final encounter, with a mature, calculated drive seeing him overcome some continued issues with the car to climb from eleventh on the grid to a seventh top six finish of the season so far.

The weekend’s results have maintained Priaulx’s position in the top four of the championship standings heading into the fourth meeting of the season at the picturesque Oulton Park circuit in Cheshire in three weeks’ time (09/10 June).

Sebastian Priaulx: “It’s been a really tough weekend and it quickly became apparent that it was a case of damage limitation and trying to come away with as many championship points as possible, so I was satisfied to get three top ten finishes in the end.

“We just didn’t have the performance in the car over the weekend that we expected, which meant I never really got the chance to attack in the races, but I gave it my all and I feel sixth place in race three was a solid way to end the weekend.

“Myself and the Arden Motorsport team both want to win, so we’re going to be working hard to find and solve the problems ahead of Oulton Park, so we can get back on-form and be battling at the front of the field once again.”

TEAM NEWS: Two wins from three for Jewiss and Double R Racing at Thruxton

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•    Superb weekend in British F4 for Kiern Jewiss with two wins.
•    Fantastic 1-2 for Double R in Rd8 with Jewiss & Paavo Tonteri.
•    Tonteri adds brace of Rookie wins to season-best P2 overall.
•    More points for Sebastian Alvarez plus season-best P8.

21 MAY, 2018 – Double R Racing celebrated yet more F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost success at ultra-fast Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend, 19/20 May, with Kiern Jewiss taking two excellent victories from three races.

Including a fabulous one-two result for the Woking squad in round eight on Sunday morning, where Jewiss headed home team-mate Paavo Tonteri for the latter’s best overall result yet in British F4, the third race meeting of the campaign produced more sparkling performances from Double R.

Jewiss departed Thruxton just five points shy of the championship lead, Tonteri has moved up into seventh in the points and third in the Rookie Cup – having taken two class wins – and Sebastian Alvarez took a season-best eighth overall in race two. The Mexican youngster was on for better still with a top five challenge in race three, until contact from a rival ended his hopes.

“Two wins out of three isn’t bad, we’ll happily take that any weekend”, said Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “Kiern had a cracking weekend and is easily the best racer out there in my book – he puts the car in the right place all the time, he’s quick and really goes for any opportunity.

“Obviously the one-two finish in race two was fantastic, it was great to see Paavo up there in P2 and taking some more Rookie wins as well, he’s really coming on strong. Sebastian was very unlucky in race three, he did a fantastic job in that race and deserved a lot more from it than he got. I’m really looking forward to the next rounds, I think our set-up will prove to be bang on it again at Oulton.”

Silverware galore for Double R at super-fast Thruxton
In Saturday’s qualifying Jewiss was the quickest of the Double R trio, lapping fourth fastest a fraction ahead of Tonteri, while Alvarez was an excellent ninth. However, due to penalties for a couple of drivers, Jewiss was promoted into third, Tonteri fourth and Alvarez seventh.

Round seven later in the day took place under glorious Hampshire skies, with track temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius, and Jewiss and Tonteri both got away from the grid cleanly to maintain their positions. Alvarez, though, wasn’t as fortunate with an early tangle leading to a pit-stop for a new front wing. Despite rejoining, he eventually retired to the pits at mid-distance.

Jewiss and Tonteri, meanwhile, ran close behind the top two and the former moved up into second at the end of lap three before grabbing the lead from Dennis Hauger into Allard at the beginning of the subsequent tour. Edged back to second at the end of lap six, Jewiss then stayed close in the wheeltracks of Hauger lap after lap and ran side-by-side on several occasions into the chicane.

With nothing to separate them, on the 16th and final lap Jewiss made his move after getting alongside again into Club Chicane and despite contact from Hauger, which resulted in the Norwegian crashing out, Jewiss emerged unscathed to grab his second win of the season.

Tonteri climbed into third on lap six before being edged back to fourth again on lap eight. Staying there throughout the second half of the race, following Hauger’s departure on the final lap Tonteri moved up into third to take his second outright podium and also his second Rookie class victory.

Round eight on Sunday afternoon began with Tonteri third on the partially reversed grid, Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place – due to his non-finish in race one – and the weather was again extremely pleasant and warm.

At the start Tonteri was edged back to fourth into Allard before Jewiss also got ahead of the Finn through the mid-point of the complex. As a result of an incident just behind in the pack, the Safety Car was then deployed in time for lap two.

Racing resumed on the fourth tour with Jewiss fourth, Tonteri fifth and Alvarez in 11th position and all three maintained their respective positions. At the complex on lap five, though, contact between Alvarez and Sebastian Priaulx dropped the Double R driver to 12th again.

Dramatically, at the chicane at the end of the lap, a tangle between the second and third placed drivers opened the door for Jewiss to move up into second place, with Tonteri following him through into third, and it also elevated Alvarez into the top 10. With Patrik Pasma’s car stranded following the aforementioned incident, the Safety Car then reappeared on lap seven.

At the re-start on lap nine, Jewiss and Tonteri both got away well and managed to pull a gap over the rest of the pack but race leader Jack Doohan looked to be too far ahead as the laps counted down. On the 14th and final tour, though, Doohan dramatically slowed and Jewiss swept past to make it back-to-back wins with Tonteri taking a best-yet second and another Rookie victory.

After his earlier dramas, Alvarez resumed his battle with Priaulx and the pair traded places during the second half of the contest. Holding 10th place into the penultimate lap, problems for Hampus Ericsson and, of course, Doohan enabled the Mexican to take eighth place, fourth best Rookie.

Tonteri again started ahead of Jewiss for the final race, lining-up third and fourth on the grid respectively, with Alvarez beginning the encounter in ninth spot. Making a great start, Jewiss was able to see off his challengers out of Allard to then move up into third.

Quickly looking for second on the outside at Noble, he was held out on the wide line and the next time around he was edged back to fourth just ahead of Tonteri. Securing third on lap two, Jewiss was then passed by Tonteri on the subsequent tour and after clipping the kerbs at Segrave, Jewiss did lose some momentum.

Dropping to fifth, he got back ahead of Tonteri on the fourth tour when the Finn lost out while trying to mount a bid for second and they circulated fourth and fifth until lap six when Tonteri’s race took a knock after a part spin when clipping the kerbs at Cobb. He eventually fought back to finish ninth.

Jewiss continued to try and break back into the podium placings and on lap seven he produced some fantastic driving to grab third and then second in quick succession through Allard and into the complex. Unfortunately though, after running wide out of Segrave, he dropped to fourth and two laps later was back to sixth behind the impressive Alvarez who had risen superbly though the order.

Alvarez, looking quick and committed, was on for a season best but huge drama mid-lap on the ninth tour undid those hopes – contact in a tight pack of cars pitching him wildly across the grass on the inside. Fortunately able to recover to the pits, he eventually ended the race a lap down in 14 position. Jewiss, meanwhile, concluded the race in fifth just 1.5 seconds shy of another podium.

Rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the British F4 season will take place at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire on 9/10 June.

Super rookie Jack Doohan scores maiden British F4 win

  • Doohan and Arden bounce back from race two heartbreak to win in style.
  • Victory sees Doohan win £5,000 Ford Super Rookie Award.
  • Simmons finishes second to regain championship lead.

20 MAY, 2018 – Jack Doohan and Arden bounced back brilliantly to win round nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton. It was a masterful performance just hours after victory in round eight slipped through Doohan’s fingers on the final lap.

Starting second on the grid, Doohan – son of five-time 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan – got the better of poleman Dennis Hauger on the exit of Club chicane at the end of lap five. Once out in front the Red Bull Junior Team driver pulled away with aplomb, looking absolutely flawless out front on the way to the chequered flag.

Doohan had even more reason to celebrate thanks to winning the Ford Super Rookie Award which sees him leave Thruxton with £5,000 in prize money as the first Rookie class driver to win a race overall this season.

“Race two was so disappointing for us,” said Doohan. “We should have won that race too, but we bounced back, did a similar job to race two and got away from the pack.

“I tried to do the best I could every lap. Just pushing to the maximum, going as fast as possible to escape down the road.

“I knew I had the pace, so I was calm about making my move for the lead and pulled it off at the right time.

“I’m really happy with this result. To have my team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger on the podium with me means it’s a great end to the weekend for us.

“This win is just the start. Anything is possible. We’ve got to keep pushing so we can try to win the title.

“It’s really special to win the Ford Super Rookie Award as well. I’m delighted to come away with such a lucrative prize which I can put towards my racing.”

Behind Doohan it was far from calm on track as a host of drivers jostled for second place. Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) came out on top in an epic battle with Arden’s Hauger and Patrik Pasma, as well as Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The quartet swapped positions on countless occasions and thrilled the bumper trackside crowd.

Simmons’ second place means he has regained the lead in the standings from the weekend’s double winner Jewiss. The pair separated by just five points heading into the Oulton Park meeting in three weeks.

“I’m happy with this result and to leave here still leading the championship,” said Simmons. “I think Jack deserved the win after what happened to him in the previous race.

“I had to settle for second because he was miles ahead. It was such an intense race and I’m exhausted.

“I feel like I deserve a holiday after that race. It was a lot of fun out there though. Every time we come here it’s always about battling everywhere, every lap. It’s so exciting.

“I thought I got to the front of the pack too early, but I didn’t want to give up the position and had a really intense 10 minutes of defensive driving.”

Added third place man Hauger: “We should have had a win in race one. We deserved it. Then in the second race this weekend the pace wasn’t quite there because we were on the back foot as a result of repairing the car from the off in race one.

“I cannot be disappointed with the final race though. It was such a huge fight to get on the podium. It was really close racing up against drivers with a lot more experience than me at a track where it’s really tough.

“I come away from here having learnt so much and I need to now take what I have learnt this weekend to Oulton Park.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky so far this season. We should have had at least two wins already, but hopefully the luck will change for us and results will start to go our away because we’ve certainly got the pace.”

Sebastian Priaulx put in an excellent recovery drive to salvage more points from what has been a frustrating weekend for the Arden driver. Having started the race 11th, he made another excellent getaway and climbed up to sixth place and ahead of Josh Skelton.

JHR Developments driver Skelton was another who caught the eye on track, making plenty of progress from 12th on the grid to finish seventh ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing).

Despite finishing fifth on the road Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was relegated to 11th as a result of a 10-second penalty for an out of position start, which meant he just missed out on the final points paying position which went to Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen.

Team-mate Johnathan Hoggard’s race was ruined as a result of damage from contact. It forced him to take to the pits and finish in 13th behind Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing).

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Provisional results Round 9 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.69 miles
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 20m 06.458s / 112.48 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +6.733s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.696s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +7.854s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.232s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +9.768s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +10.112s
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +11.738s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +13.791s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +15.633s etc.

Fastest lap: Skelton 1m 12.055s / 117.71 mph

Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Skelton, 4 Tonteri, 5 Alvarez

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 153 points; 2 Jewiss 148; 3 Doohan 101; 4 Priaulx 100; 5 Hoggard 86; 6 Hauger 74; 7 Tonteri 68; 8 Pasma 62; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 24 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 176 points; 2 Hauger 143; 3 Tonteri 135; 4 Skelton 131; 5 Alvarez 61

Full results

Jewiss leads Double R Racing one-two at Thruxton

  • Second win of weekend for Jewiss sees him take championship lead and set sights on winning the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award.
  • Double R Racing score first one-two finish of season.
  • Heartbreak for Doohan who sees victory slip away on final lap due to technical gremlin.

20 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss led home a one-two finish for Double R Racing ahead of Paavo Tonteri in round eight of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss was in the right place at the right time following last lap heartbreak for long-time leader Jack Doohan. The Arden racer suffering a technical gremlin which saw him plummet down the order to ninth.

Having taken the lead on lap four with a perfectly judged move to get by team-mate Patrik Pasma on the inside at Church, Doohan was faultless out front. The Red Bull Junior Team driver recording fastest lap of the race just as he had done in the first race of the weekend.

Such was the Aussie’s pace that he was able to break the tow from Jewiss who had expertly stayed out of trouble to make his way up to second place ahead of Paavo Tonteri and Ayrton Simmons.

The latter having an eventful race involving contact with poleman Patrik Pasma at Club which saw the Finn go out of the race. Simmons did well to continue, but Tonteri needed no invitation to take advantage.

In something of a landmark race for Double R Racing, Jewiss’ win and Tonteri’s second place secured the team the first one-two finish of the season and saw Jewiss propelled into the championship lead.

Jewiss’ second win of the weekend meant he had the Ford Triple Crown Award firmly in his sights. If the MB Partners backed rising star were to win the final race of the weekend he would bag a lucrative £10,000 prize for becoming the first driver to win all three races in one meeting this season, emulating 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Jamie Caroline, who also achieved the feat at Thruxton.

“To get this win is something of a bonus for us,” said Jewiss. “If we can get three wins then we win the Ford Triple Crown so we’ll be pushing incredibly hard in the final race.

“This was a a brilliant race. I stayed calm and collected throughout. There was a bit of contact between Simmons and Pasma, but I just managed to get away unscathed.”

Added team-mate Tonteri: “This is another good result which I’m really happy with and I’m pleased about scoring so many points.

“Despite the end result, the race wasn’t actually that good for me because I had a bad start and I gained positions through other people crashing. I didn’t quite have the pace of Kiern, but I’ll work hard to turn things around.

“It’s a big thing for everyone at Double R Racing to be the first team to get a one-two finish this season so I’m really pleased for them.”

Commented Simmons: “I got up to second on lap one, but Doohan got past so I had to settle for third.

“It was unfortunate the contact with Pasma and there was nothing else I could have done. It left me with damaged steering so to come home with P3 and a good points haul is great.

“JHR Developments have been doing an amazing job this season and I’m confident that we can achieve many more great results in 2018.”

Manuel Sulaiman did brilliantly to pick his way up the order from last on the grid to finish fourth – his best result of the season – and just reward following the pace he showed in Friday free practice.

His JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wasn’t far behind in fifth, the pair separated by only 0.609s when they crossed the finish line. Skelton equalling his best finish of the year to cap a strong performance from the JHR Developments squad.

Hauger made swift progress from 12th on the grid, climbing three places on the opening lap and by the end of lap nine was running in fourth. However, he came off worse in a skirmish with Ericsson which relegated him several places to eighth, that would become seventh as Ericsson lost places following his dice with Skelton.

Sebastian Priaulx’s luckless weekend continued. Contact with Sebastian Alvarez scuppered his chances of a strong result. The Arden racer did well fight on and stay in contention, picking up a handful of points in sixth.

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the thick of the action climbing from 11th to fifth, but an off track excursion as a result of battling with Skelton meant a point was his only reward in 10th. The Swede finished ahead of Lucca Allen who refused to throw in the towel after contact at Club left his race in tatters.

Jamie Sharp and Johnathan Hoggard were opening lap casualties. Sharp collecting Hoggard and forcing both to retire from the race.

Round nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1625 and will be broadcast live on ITV4.

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Provisional results Round 8 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
14 laps / 32.98 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 54.825s / 94.62 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.842s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.580s
4 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.278s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +9.887s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.009s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +10.512s
8 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.219s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +19.118s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +41.68s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 14.098s / 114.46 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Skelton, 3 Hauger, 4 Alvarez, 5 Doohan

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 138 points; 2 Simmons 135; 3 Priaulx 92; 4 Hoggard 86; 5 Doohan 76; 6 Tonteri 66; 7 Hauger 5; 8 Pasma 50; 9 Skelton 31; 10 Ericsson 20 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 151 points; 2 Hauger 125; 3 Tonteri 123; 4 Skelton 115; 5 Alvarez 51

Full results

Jewiss leaves it late to take victory

  • Jewiss and Double R Racing emerge victorious after enthralling battle with Arden’s Hauger.
  • Simmons stays at the top of standings after brilliant damage limitation drive.
  • Tonteri scoops final podium spot and Rookie class win.

19 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss took his second win of the season in round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton, following a patient and tactical drive from third on the grid.

Jewiss found himself locked in a battle for victory with poleman Dennis Hauger (Arden), after the duo had got back ahead of the fast-starting Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) who had made his way up to the lead in the space of four corners on the opening lap from fifth on the grid.

Hauger defended valiantly, but Jewiss looked to be playing a tactical game. Having got the better of Hauger on lap four, Hauger hit back on lap eight to regain the lead.

Jewiss refused to let Hauger escape his clutches and positioned himself perfectly to benefit from a powerful slipstream down Brooklands straight.

The Double R ace left it until the last lap to pounce, getting the run on Hauger down Brooklands and into the final chicane. Hauger immediately tried to retaliate, but the two drivers made contact. It left the Arden racer careering into the tyre barriers while Jewiss maintained momentum through the chicane to take the chequered flag.

“I knew as long as he didn’t pull away from me all I had to do was stay calm,” said Jewiss. “I had a big enough gap behind me which meant that I didn’t have to worry too much about defending and I could focus on how I was going to get into the lead.

“It was a long race and I had a long time to think about how I would pull off an overtake and manage my race.

“I could see that Hauger was sliding around and using up his tyres. That was perfect for me because I felt I was able to manage my tyres better. I drove smoothly while keeping him under pressure.

“I gave the overtake a go on the penultimate lap and lost a bit of momentum so I gave it my all on the last lap to give myself a chance to get by at the very end. Hauger got on the grass, hit the brakes and made contact with the rear of my car.

“Big thanks to Double R Racing, FM Conway, HCL and MB Partners for making this possible. We’re trying to score as many points as we can and hopefully we can come away from this weekend leading the championship.”

Ayrton Simmons performed an excellent exercise in damage limitation, having started 12th due to a 10-place grid penalty for causing contact at the Donington Park meeting three weeks ago.

The JHR Developments driver picked his way through the field expertly at the circuit in which he made his debut two years ago to stay at the top of the standings.

“I got a brilliant start,” said Simmons. “I tried to stay away from all the incidents and keep my head cool.

“I was hoping to get a top four finish in the race in an attempt to minimise the damage. I went from 12th to sixth on the first lap and that certainly helped make my life easier.

“It was all about planning my moves in what was a tricky race. It was really hot too so I had to focus on looking after the tyres as well.

“It was a very strategic race, but our strategy ended up paying off so I’m very pleased.

“I was a bit fortunate with what happened to Hauger, but I was in the right place at the right time and that’s what matters.”

Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing) was back on the podium having been involved in frenetic battles with the likes of Simmons, Patrik Pasma and Johnathan Hoggard. The Finn beating the hard-charging Jack Doohan by just 0.194s to take third, as well as the Rookie class win.

“It was a pretty eventful race,” explained Tonteri. “I got a decent start. I made up some places to run as high as P3, but then Ayrton passed me.

“I was waiting for an opportunity to make a move and then on the last lap we saw some action up ahead with the leaders and that promoted me back up to third.

“The pace was really good, but we just weren’t quite in the right places at the right time to fight for the win.

“I lost some ground in the championship and the Rookie class standings at Donington Park with results not going my way, so it’s great to come back stronger here. It feels good to be back on the podium.”

Doohan was rapid and despite falling as far back as 10th, fought back to fourth. The Red Bull Junior Team driver set fastest lap of the race in the process, with a time of 1m 13.854s, which was just 0.102s off of the lap record.

The Aussie finished ahead of Arden team-mate Pasma who recovered well from a five-place grid penalty to end up fifth, having started 13th. His fifth place also earning him pole for tomorrow’s reverse-grid race.

Hoggard had to settle for sixth despite his opening lap heroics, ahead of third place rookie Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport).

Sebastian Priaulx was a victim of his own success at the start. He flew off the grid from ninth, but found himself squeezed between Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments). It resulted in all three taking to the pits, with Sulaiman and Alvarez eventually forced to retire. Priaulx persevered to score a point, ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) who just missed out on a top 10 finish.

Racing resumes at Thruxton tomorrow, with the reverse-grid race at 1250 and the final race of the weekend at 1625. Both will be shown live on ITV4.

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Provisional results Round 7 Thruxton, 19 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.96 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 04.348s / 112.67 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +1.049s
3 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +1.405s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.599s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +4.342s
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +5.688s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +16.813s
8 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +20.928s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +25.648s
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +50.264s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 13.854s / 114.84 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Doohan, 3 Skelton

Grid for Round 8: Pasma – Doohan – Tonteri – Simmons – Jewiss – Hoggard – Skelton – Allen – Sharp – Priaulx etc.

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest qualifying times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 120 points; 2 Jewiss 113; =3 Hoggard 86; =3 Priaulx 86; 5 Doohan 74; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 50; 8 Tonteri 48; 9 Skelton 21; 10 Ericsson 19 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 141 points; 2 Hauger 110; =3 Tonteri 98; =3 Skelton 98; 5 Alvarez 39

Full results

Front row lock-out for Arden and Red Bull Junior Team as Dennis Hauger smashes qualifying record

19 MAY, 2018 – Arden’s Dennis Hauger has taken his maiden pole in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton and has done so in spectacular fashion.

The Red Bull Junior driver smashed the British F4 qualifying lap record at the Hampshire circuit with a lap of 1m 13.183s. The record had previously been held by Sandy Mitchell who took pole in 2015 for Arden with a lap of 1m 13.264s.

“It was a great session,” said poleman Hauger. “I wasn’t really sure which lap was my quickest because I couldn’t see it on the timer on my dash.

“The car was working really well. I managed to pump in quite a few good laps and took advantage of a tow when it mattered.

“It’s really warm so the tyres are working incredibly hard here and that means managing the grip levels throughout the race will be key to converting my first pole into a maiden victory.”

Championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) was once again in the thick of the battle for pole and was on provisional pole for much of the session thanks to a lap of 1m 13.424s.

However, Simmons will miss out on a front row start and instead line up 12th as a result of a 10-place grid penalty for contact at the Donington Park meeting three weeks ago.

It means that third fastest driver and Friday pacesetter Jack Doohan is promoted to second on the grid and in doing so secures an Arden and Red Bull Junior Team front row lock-out.

Paavo Tonteri maintained his form from Friday free practice. Once again proving to be the fifth fastest man out on track. His Double R Racing team-mate Kiern Jewiss just getting the better of him by a margin of 0.045s.

“The track is really hot which means you don’t get much time with the tyres performing at their best,” explained Jewiss. “This track is hard on tyres too.

“I’m pleased with the result and happy to be on the second row. There’s plenty of opportunities to get a tow and fight your way up to the front on the field. We just need to make sure we can look after the tyres so we can be strong throughout the race.

“As a driver you push as hard as you can in qualifying, but you have to remember that it’s an entire weekend of running so looking after the tyres is really important.”

Donington Park race winner Johnathan Hoggard continued to lead the Fortec Motorsports charge by recording the sixth fastest time, with team-mates Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen seventh and 13th fastest respectively.

Meanwhile, Patrik Pasma (Arden) just dipped under the 1m 14s mark with a 1m 13.972s to record a time good enough for eighth, which becomes a 13th place grid slot courtesy of a five-place grid penalty handed to him for unsafe manoeuvres at the previous Donington Park meeting.

The top 10 fastest drivers were completed by the Mexican duo of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments).

Round seven of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost follows at 1610.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Thruxton, 19 May, 2018
1 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:13.183
2 Ayrton SIMMONS* / GBR / JHR 1:13.424
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:13.458
4 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:13.588
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:13.633
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 1:13.704
7 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec 1:13.929
8 Patrik PASMA** / FIN / Arden 1:13.972
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double 1:14.030
10 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:14.123 etc.
*10-place grid penalty
**5-place grid penalty

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Hauger – Doohan – Tonteri – Jewiss – Hoggard – Simmons – Ericsson – Pasma – Alvarez – Sulaiman etc.

Full times

Doohan and Arden top the times at Thruxton in British F4 free practice

  • Doohan and Arden quickest at Thruxton by almost half a second.
  • All three Double R drivers finish the session in the top five, with Jewiss quickest and proving Doohan’s closest challenger.

18 MAY, 2018 – Jack Doohan and Arden were quickest in free practice at Thruxton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Doohan rose to the top of the times with two thirds of the session left on the clock, and would stay there until the chequer.

The Aussie remained one step ahead of the field. Although the times set by his rivals tumbled, so did his. The Red Bull Junior driver consistently improved and wrapped up the session in style with a final flourish. A lap of 1m 13.175s with five minutes remaining saw him go 0.420s faster than his closest challenger Kiern Jewiss, as well as 0.089s quicker than the qualifying lap record set by Sandy Mitchell and Arden in 2015.

“This has been a really good start to the weekend for us,” said Doohan. “It’s only practice of course, but I feel like I’m driving well.

“I didn’t really know where I was on the timesheet. I was just focusing on getting the best out of myself and going as fast as possible.

“There’s definitely more in the tank, because my quickest lap wasn’t perfect. I got a tow behind Priaulx after recording a really strong time in the first sector and just pieced the lap together, using the tyre in the right way.

“We kept on getting better and better out on track. We set our best time on older tyres so there should be more to come on new tyres if we can hook the lap up.

“I know there’s more to come from me too. This is only my third race weekend in British F4 and it’s my first season racing cars. I’m confident I will only get stronger as the year goes on.”

It was another strong start to the weekend for Double R Racing’s Jewiss, who looks increasingly accustomed to occupying the top spots on the timesheets and showcasing front-running pace.

“It was a good session for us,” commented Jewiss. “That was a really quick lap from Doohan. It’s been a while since we’ve seen a time similar to that here. I feel that if they’ve gone for a very stiff setup to get that time, it’s going not going to work around here in the races because it’s going to work the tyres too hard.

“We’ll see what we can do tonight. The car felt pretty good on track so let’s see what happens. I think the pace is there and the team is working really well.

“At Donington Park we were able to attack really well and I think we are definitely capable of doing the same here.

“At Thruxton it’s possible to get a really good tow which means that you can come up through the order and perhaps being on pole isn’t the biggest advantage because you risk being under more pressure from drivers behind in the slipstream.

“Nevertheless, the goal is always to be quickest and to secure pole in qualifying. We’ll certainly give our all tomorrow to achieve that.”

Jewiss’ team-mate Sebastian Alvarez and Arden driver Dennis Hauger recorded identical times in third and fourth, while Paavo Tonteri ensured all three Double R-prepared cars finished the session in the top five.

Next on the timesheet could be found the JHR Developments pair of Ayrton Simmons and Manuel Sulaiman. The duo left it until later in the session to show more of their hand and look very likely to be in the fight for honours this weekend. Meanwhile, team-mate Josh Skelton wound up eighth, sandwiched between Arden’s Patrik Pasma and Sebastian Priaulx.

Hampus Ericsson was best of the Fortec Motorsports trio in 11th, ahead of Donington Park race winner Johnathan Hoggard and Lucca Allen, with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) in 14th.

Qualifying gets underway at 1125 tomorrow with the first race of the weekend taking place at 1610. Two more races follow on Sunday at 1250 and 1625, with both being broadcast live on ITV4.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Free practice times Thruxton, 18 May, 2018
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 1:13.175
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 1:13.595
3 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R 1:13.674
4 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden 1:13.674
5 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R 1:13.721
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR 1:13.762
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR 1:13.848
8 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 1:14.033
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR 1:14.043
10 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden 1:14.219 etc.

Full times

THRUXTON PREVIEW: Simmons still on top as chasing pack closes in

17 MAY, 2018 – After scoring a brace of race wins and a further two podium finishes in the opening two meetings of the 2018 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, Ayrton Simmons is looking to extend his lead at the top of the standings at Thruxton this weekend (19/20 May).

The JHR Developments driver bounced back from a tricky qualifying at Donington Park to bring home a valuable haul of points. However, he was outscored by Kiern Jewiss (Double R), Sebastian Priaulx (Arden), Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec) and Jack Doohan (Arden). Ultimately seeing his championship lead reduced to 14 points.

Of that chasing quartet, Jewiss and Hoggard shone bright three weeks ago. Jewiss won spectacularly from the back of the grid and Hoggard doubled up with victories following his maiden pole in the series.

With the exception of Simmons, Priaulx is the only driver to have not finished a race outside the top six. The 17-year-old has a taste for victory having won the second race of the season and is already showing the kind of measured performances which are the hallmarks of a title contender.

Not only did Doohan star on the overall podium several weeks ago, just as he did at Brands Hatch, he added a further two Rookie class wins to his name to edge ahead of team-mate Dennis Hauger in the Rookie Cup standings.

Hauger came away from Donington Park with a podium and Rookie class win, but it could have been more if things had gone his way. The Norwegian finished first on the road in round five, only for a time penalty for exceeding track limits to rob him of victory.

A strong qualifying performance last time out led to Patrik Pasma (Arden) recording his first podium of the campaign, while fellow Finn Paavo Tonteri’s weekend didn’t hit the heights his pace promised. The Double R racer will want a change in fortune this time around.

Hampus Ericsson (Fortec) achieved his best result of the season so far, while JHR’s Josh Skelton continued to finish in the top 10 to score a handful of points.

Jamie Sharp once again showcased his aptitude for battling up the order, picking up a pair of seventh place finishes for Sharp Motorsport.

Elsewhere, Lucca Allen (Fortec) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) finished in the points, along with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) who also made his first trip to the Rookie podium.

DRIVER NEWS: Jewiss heads to high speed Thruxton

Supplied by driver’s PR.

15 MAY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss will continue his debut season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this weekend as the series rolls into the high-speed Thruxton Circuit for the third outing of the 2018 campaign.

Getting his maiden F4 season off to a blistering start with one win and four podiums from the first six races of the 2018 season, Kiern sits in 2nd place in the Drivers’ Championship as the series heads into Thruxton.

Kiern’s last race weekend was one to remember. After dominating practice, by finishing the two sessions top of the time sheets, Kiern then experienced a difficult qualifying as he suffered a broken front anti-roll bar that left him way off the pace. A wet race one ended in a DNF, after he was struck by another driver – with the perpetrator picking up penalty points.

Kiern then had to start the second race from the back of the grid and he stormed through the field to collect his first win in the British F4 Championship! Kiern then drove through the grid one again in the final race to go from 10th place up to 3rd to round off a sensational weekend.

With the highest average speed of any circuit visited by the paddock, Thruxton in Hampshire undoubtedly provides some of the biggest thrills and spills around the 2.356-mile circuit. Kiern’s visit to the circuit last year in the Ginetta Junior Championship saw the 15-year old collect points in both of the weekend’s races but fell just one position short of the podium.

After completing a successful test at the circuit in March, Kiern heads to the circuit looking to build on his recent success but remains aware of the challenges ahead.

“I’m really excited to get back out on track after such a great race weekend at Donington. Hopefully, we won’t run into issues again and can get off to a good start without any setbacks. We need to be switched on from the first session as Thruxton is a quick circuit with limited overtaking opportunities so qualifying is very important – although you can get a huge slipstream through almost all of the track.

“I’m yet to qualify on pole this year so we’ll be working really hard to try to secure it at Thruxton. We know the field is tight so it will be tough but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The weekend gets started with free practice at 15:30 on Friday, with qualifying following on Saturday morning at 11:25. Saturday’s race will see lights out at 16:10, with Sunday playing host to the final races of the weekend at 12:50 and 16:25.