Fantastic five for Caroline in British F4 at Thruxton

  • Championship leader Caroline bounces back in Thruxton thriller to snatch victory.
  • TRS Arden’s Quinn returns to the podium.
  • Double R’s Massaad records maiden podium and Lundqvist breaks lap record.

6 MAY, 2017 – Jamie Caroline put in yet another inspired performance at Thruxton Circuit in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to take his victory tally to five for the season.

The Carlin racer had things far from his own way though. A good start from third on the grid failed to pay dividends due to an off-track excursion, only to see him bounce back.

Having fallen to seventh, Caroline was already up to fourth heading into Club towards the end of the fourth lap. The Pirtek Racing-backed star got in on the high-speed, slipstreaming action which has become a hallmark of Ford EcoBoost-powered British F4 races around the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit.

Caroline then dispatched poleman Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports), Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) and Logan Sargeant (Carlin) in one fell swoop on the very same lap. As the three drivers squabbled through Club, Caroline pounced with a better exit from the chicane, boldly running around the outside of the trio and into the lead of the race by the time he crossed the line to commence lap four.

Caroline immediately set about breaking the tow to the cars behind, building a gap of over two seconds which he carefully protected on his way to the chequered flag.

“Trevor [Carlin] said to me on the grid that it’s a long race and it will be the sort of race where you can drop to about eighth and still win, but that wasn’t actually what I wanted to do,” said Caroline.

“My reaction to the lights going out at the start wasn’t so good, but my launch was mega and I got a better run than Quinn and York. I managed to get past Quinn through turn one. He came back at me though and I then tried to go around York, but I had to take to the grass which put me down the field.

“My move to take the lead was mega. I tried to get a better exit on the guys in front of me. It was so close and I nearly made contact with Sargeant. That forced me to swerve out the way and I decided to try to go around the outside of all three drivers ahead of me. Thankfully it worked!

“At Thruxton it’s all about breaking the tow to get clear. If you can do that it becomes much easier. I knew I had to push so hard once I was in front. I built the gap and then concentrated on maintaining it until the end.

“I enjoyed the race a lot. This win means a lot to me and I want to dedicate it to Billy Monger.”

Quinn made a welcome return to the podium, at one point dropping to fourth as others benefited from the slipstreaming effect. The Cornish racer kept his cool and turned the tables to make his way back up to second and pull clear of the field.

“I got a bit of luck, but I think I drove a good race,” said Quinn. “At the very beginning when I was at the front it was hard to keep people behind because of the slipstream, but when I was further back down the order I could use the slipstream to get past.

“I think second is the best we could have done in that race. Jamie managed to break the tow to get clear, but I was gradually closing him down in the final laps which was positive.

“From about half race distance I managed to get away from the pack and could get a better feel for the car in clear air which was good.”

“We start from fifth in the reverse grid race which is a good place to be with the tow being such a key factor here.”

Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad claimed the final podium spot, his first in British F4 after an excellent drive from eighth on the grid. The Lebanese driver rapidly making his way up to fourth by the end of the fourth lap and then squeezing past York on lap on six.

“It feels great to get my first British F4 podium and prove I have the pace to be up there,” commented Massaad. “This result gives me a lot of confidence and I’m looking forward to showing more of what I’m capable of in the next races when I hope to do even better.

“This track creates so many passing opportunities with all the slipstreaming. During the first six laps there were so many position changes.

“I had a good start and then took advantage of the tow where possible while staying out of trouble. Once I got into third I was able to keep up a good pace to get clear of the rest of the pack.”

Massaad’s team-mate Linus Lundqvist staged an impressive fight back following a spin early in the race due to contact at Club. It left the Swedish single-seater champion down in eleventh. However, he climbed his way up to fifth by the time the chequered flag fell, setting a new lap record of 1m 13.756s on lap eight with a staggering average speed of 114.99mph.

Lundqvist almost stole fourth from York who won the drag race to line. It saw five drivers, including Sargeant, Piastri and Simmons covered by just over half a second; Sargeant having pulled off a beautiful overtake on Piastri at the final chicane in the latter half of the race.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) finished in the points for the third time this season on the back of his best qualifying result in ninth, while Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb picked up the final point having started 13th.

Elsewhere, Lucas Alecco Roy’s race came to an end on the first lap following contact with Daniel Cao at Club, the latter narrowly missing out on the points paying positions ahead of Jacky Liu and Patrik Pasma.

Fans are in store for a blockbuster Sunday of Ford EcoBoost-powered action with two more British F4 races, both of which will be shown live on ITV4. The lights go out for round eight of the season at 1252, with the final race of the weekend scheduled for 1625.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 7 Thruxton 6 May 2017
16 laps / 37.69 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 20m 02.312s / 112.87mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +2.085s
3 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +4.730s
4 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +9.482s
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +9.678s
6 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +9.886s
7 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +9.935s
8 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +10.183s
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +11.415s
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +16.907s etc.

Fastest lap: Lundqvist 1m 13.756s / 114.99mph

Ford F4 Challenge Cup: 1 York; 2 Webb

Grid for round 8: Sargeant – Lundqvist – York – Massaad – Quinn – Caroline – Piastri – Simmons – Sharp – Webb

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 135 points; 2 Piastri 76; 3 Pasma 63; 4 York 59.5; 5 Quinn 58; 6 Simmons 53.5; 7 Sargeant 47; 8 Monger 44; 9 Lundqvist 40.5; 10 Webb 26 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 York 134.5 points; 2 Webb 105; 3 Monger 100; 4 Ericsson 34.5

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Oliver York flies to maiden British F4 pole with Ford EcoBoost power

  • Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports come out on top in closely-fought qualifying.
  • Alex Quinn and TRS Arden take pole for final race of weekend.

6 MAY, 2017 – Fortec Motorsports’ Oliver York claimed a fantastic maiden pole position at Thruxton in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. An incredibly close-fought session saw almost the entire field covered by no more than one second around the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit.

The pole protagonists came to fore with five minutes of the session remaining. York, Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) and Jamie Caroline (Carlin) all trading fastest sector times and the only drivers to break the 1m 14s barrier.

Championship leader Caroline took provisional pole with a 1m 14.073s which was almost immediately bettered by Quinn who recorded a lap of 1m 13.908s.

Ford F4 Challenge Cup runner York was flying though and had the last laugh pumping in a 1m 13.790s, despite Caroline improving his time with a 1m 13.974s and Quinn setting fastest first sectors.

“It feels really good to get my first pole in British F4,” said a thrilled York. “The car was amazing. We got the track positioning and timing right and we were so quick.

“I’ve improved so much since I joined the championship. Between every weekend I have gone away and worked on various aspects to help make me stronger both inside and outside the car.

“Working with Andy Priaulx Sports Management has really helped in this respect. I’ve been doing so much qualifying practice with them in the simulator and that’s really helped here on a weekend where we have gone straight into qualifying.

“I feel confident starting at the front. Hopefully I can get a clean start, break the tow to the cars behind and drive off into the distance to my first win.”

“I couldn’t get a tow on any of my fast laps so I think if I can work my way to the front I should be able to convert it into victory,” explained a confident Caroline.

“It’s the first weekend we have not been on the front row in qualifying, but we’ll be alright. I had a bit too much oversteer on my first run so we made a little change and that made the car feel mega.

“We’re always a little bit faster in the races which is when I’m sure we will find more time.”

Quinn’s efforts were far from in vain, his second fastest lap quicker than York’s and ensuring that he will start from pole in the final race of the weekend, from York and Caroline behind.

“I’m really happy with that qualifying,” commented Quinn. “We were so quick in sector one and even sector three. Sector two we weren’t quite quickest in, but that’s just because we couldn’t get the benefit of a tow like York did.

“I think our race pace should be good and I’m very confident for the race. Hopefully I can get a good start and that should make things easier.

“It’s definitely going to be an exciting race and consistency is going to be key too.”

Caroline’s team-mate Logan Sargeant took his testing form at Thruxton into qualifying to earn himself a second-row grid slot ahead of Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist who was the session’s early pacesetter.

Current second place man in the standings Oscar Piastri (TRS Arden) wound up sixth and did enough to move up a grid slot to fifth for race three, with Patrik Pasma (Carlin) just over a tenth adrift of Piastri’s best.

Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad broke into the top 10 just after the session’s halfway point. The Lebanese racer ended up eighth ahead of Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) who followed up his maiden point scoring exploits at Donington Park with his best qualifying result of the year in ninth, just 0.086s quicker than fellow Young Racing Driver Academy-backed start Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden).

Lights go out for the first Ford EcoBoost-powered race of the weekend at 1505 which will see Oliver York bid the become the first Ford F4 Challenge Cup driver to win a race overall and with it a one-off £5,000 cash prize courtesy of Ford Motor Company.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional qualifying times Thruxton 6 May 2017
Round 7 grid order
1 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:13.790
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:13.908
3 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:13.974
4 Logan SARGENAT / USA / Carlin 1:14.021
5 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:14.140
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:14.238
7 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin 1:14.369
8 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R 1:14.467
9 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp 1:14.553
10 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:14.689 etc.

Round 9 grid order (based on second-fastest times)
Quinn – York – Caroline – Sargeant – Piastri – Lundqvist – Pasma – Massaad – Sharp – Simmons etc.

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British F4 all set for Ford EcoBoost-powered Thruxton thriller

3 MAY, 2017 – Jamie Caroline’s stellar start to the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost campaign shows no sign of relenting as F1’s stars of tomorrow head to the fastest circuit in Britain, Thruxton, over the weekend of 6/7 May. The Carlin ace added another two wins to his name at Donington Park and extended his margin at the top of the standings to 40 points.

His fourth victory of the season was vintage Caroline and wheel-to-wheel racing at its very best. The Pirtek Racing-backed star went from sixth to first in one lap, scything through the order with some audacious overtaking. Should Caroline not find himself at the front expect more of the same.

There are plenty of challengers aiming to stand in Caroline’s way. Oscar Piastri has shown consistent front-running pace in his TRS Arden-prepared racer. The Aussie has visited the podium more than any other driver with the exception of Caroline, but is yet to stand on the top step. He’ll be looking to change that, as will Carlin’s Patrik Pasma who already has a brace of podiums.

Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Linus Lundqvist (Double R) have both been crowned winners this season and can lead the pack once again.

Simmons made his British F4 debut at Thruxton last year having had to wait for his 15th birthday. This time he arrives as one of the most experienced drivers on the Ford EcoBoost-powered grid, despite only turning 16-years-old last weekend.

Lundqvist was quickest in testing around the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit and is on the comeback trail after a frustrating start to his campaign.

His team-mate Karl Massaad and Carlin’s Logan Sargeant impressed at the same test and are eager to venture on the podium.

Oliver York’s (Fortec Motorsports) season continues to gain momentum. A maiden Ford F4 Challenge Cup win helping to propel him to the summit of the class standings.

Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb is knocking on the door of his first podium, while newcomers Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport brought home points for the first time at Donington Park.

TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn had a weekend to forget several weeks ago and the Cornish racer will want to return to the front.

Meanwhile team-mate Yves Baltas, Double R’s Daniel Cao and Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy achieved their first point scores last time out and will try to carry that momentum to Thruxton.

Elsewhere, Jacky Liu and GW Motorsport hope to get off the mark for 2017.

British F4’s high-speed thriller at Thruxton kicks off with qualifying on Saturday 6 May at 1055, followed by round seven of the championship at 1505. Two further 20-minute Ford EcoBoost-powered races will take place at 1252 and 1625 on Sunday, with both scheduled for transmission during the ever-popular live BTCC show on ITV4.

Thruxton timetable
Saturday 6 May
1055 Qualifying; 1505 Race 1

Sunday 7 May
1252 Race 2; 1625 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com Sunday from 1252.
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.
Follow live timing and results here.

Event details & tickets
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British F4 to show support for Billy Monger at Thruxton

3 MAY, 2017 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost returns to the track on 6-7 May at Thruxton Circuit and thoughts remain with Billy Monger following his saddening accident at Donington Park.

In the weeks that have followed, the motorsport community has rallied in a touching display of solidarity in support of the 17-year-old. A myriad of fundraising activities have taken place and the F4 British Championship would like to wish the best of luck to all those who are raising funds for Billy this weekend and beyond.

The F4 British Championship will show its support for Billy with prominent #ForzaBilly signage set to adorn all British F4 cars at Hampshire’s Thruxton Circuit. Ford Motor Company has agreed that the message of support will take over its branding on the rear wing of each British F4 car.

The British F4 Virtual Reality Experience has proved a real hit at the opening rounds of the season. At Thruxton fans will once again get the chance to experience life as a British F4 driver in the Ford Race Centre in the Support Paddock. This time it’s all in aid of Billy, with everyone who enters into the Ford EcoBoost-powered virtual world encouraged to kindly make a donation which will go towards his recovery.

A crowdfunding site has been set up to raise funds for Billy and his family, to contribute towards the specialist treatments that will be needed for his recovery. To donate to this fund please visit: http://bit.ly/2pggxoJ.

Lundqvist quickest at Thruxton in British F4 test

  • Lundqvist and Caroline share testing honours, as both lap quicker than last year’s pole time.

20 APRIL, 2017 – Double R Racing’s Linus Lundqvist was fastest in testing at Thruxton circuit for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost, ahead of the next rounds of the season which will take place at the 2.4- mile Hampshire circuit on 6-7 May.

Lundqvist was one of only four drivers to break the 1m 14s barrier. The Swedish racer recorded his best time of 1m 13.256s in the morning session; quicker than last year’s pole lap and just over two tenths faster than championship leader Jamie Caroline’s best. The Carlin ace would later top the afternoon session with a time of 1m 13.657s.

Logan Sargeant (Carlin) and Karl Massaad (Double R Racing) joined Lundqvist and Caroline in the 1m 13s bracket in the afternoon to end the day third and fourth respectively.

Oscar Piastri was quickest of the TRS Arden runners in fifth, ahead of Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports), Daniel Cao (Double R Racing) and Alex Quinn (TRS Arden). All four drivers were covered by just over one tenth of a second.

Ayrton Simmons and Yves Baltas were next up on the time sheets, ensuring that all four TRS Arden runners ended the day in the top 10, with Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy just missing out by 0.031s, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) 12th and Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport) 13th.

“Testing today has gone very well and it’s really important ahead of the race weekend here. We knew we had a good car and testing today has helped prove that again,” said Lundqvist.

“There’s no words to describe what happened to Billy Monger [at the weekend]. All my thoughts are with him and his family.

“It’s positive to see the motorsport family come together in the way that it has. One day I hope Billy will come back to race just like Alex Zanardi has.”

“In the first session I was P2. Linus and I were quite a bit quicker than anyone else,” explained Caroline. “Then we swapped places in session two. The car was good throughout both sessions and improved as testing progressed.

“It’s so fast here. I had my first win in cars at Thruxton so I’ve always liked it. It’s one of a kind and I’m looking forward to racing around here. It’s a circuit I enjoy and the only track where you brake twice and are then pretty much flat out the rest of the way around.

“It was good to put go P1 this afternoon for Billy. Pole positions, race wins and hopefully even championships; they will all be for Billy now.”

Following an incident in a British F4 race at Donington Park on 16 April, 2017, Billy Monger sadly suffered life changing injuries. A crowdfunding site has been set up to raise funds for Billy and his family, to contribute towards the specialist treatments that will be needed for his recovery. To donate to this fund please visit: http://bit.ly/2pggxoJ.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Leading testing times Thruxton 20 April 2017 (am/pm)
1 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R 1:13.256 / 1:13.882
2 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 1:13.485 / 1:13.657
3 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin 1:14.411 / 1:13.942
4 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R No time set / 1:13.965
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden 1:14.022 / 1:14.256
6 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec 1:14.028 / 1:14.125
7 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R 1:14.088 / 1:14.751
8 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden 1:14.145 / 1:14.283
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 1:14.441 / 1:14.659
10 Yves BALTAS / USA / Arden 1:14.919 / 1:15.289 etc.

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DRIVER NEWS: Plenty of points for Pull after strong performance in British F4

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10 MAY, 2016 – James Pull was satisfied with his consistency after picking up plenty of points at Thruxton in the F4 British Championship.

The 16-year-old Carlin driver was unlucky to finish just outside the podium in each race of the recently rebranded competition.

But after finishing fourth, sixth and seventh, his haul of points still left him fighting for the title and just 14 points off the leader.

Now the ADD Motorsports-supported racer hopes to add some wins to his performances as the Championship hots up.

He said: “The third race was difficult but fantastic to be involved in. I had used my newer tyres in the previous race so to be running in a tight front five thriller and finishing fourth, with older tyres, was pleasing.

“I was satisfied with my consistency and it’s nice to get a load of points on the board, but now I want to push on for some wins.”

With testing taking place last month, it was straight into qualifying for James – the English driver, born in Singapore, now living in Herts.

Unfortunately, he was unable to get a clear lap in, ending up in sixth place.

James got off to a good start in the first race, moving into fourth from sixth and soon battling to get into third.

But a collision with another driver put him back in sixth and he was unable to get back into a podium-fighting position.

James began the next race in second place on the reverse grid and kept his position going into the second lap. Frustratingly, he was hit and spun by another driver which pushed him down to fifteenth place. With a number of incidents requiring safety cars though, the racer did well to pull himself back to seventh by the end.

James started sixth but finished fourth in what was the most thrilling race of the weekend.

One of five drivers battling for the lead, James playing his part in what was to become a much talked about race.

The points left James in fifth in the standings and just 14 points off the leader.

He added: “Now I just want to keep looking forward, learn from my mistakes, focus on the positives and hopefully the win is just around the corner.”

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing with Jamun return to British F4 podium

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09 MAY, 2016 – Jamun and Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline returned to the podium with another impressive on-track performance in the third round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Thruxton.

The teenager went into the weekend seeking to build on a hat-trick of top ten finishes at Donington Park at the wheel of his Jamun Racing-run car, with the ultimate aim being to challenge for a second podium finish of the campaign.

Qualifying around the quickest circuit on the calendar saw Jamie post the ninth quickest time, with his best lap being just half a second away from pole.

A small issue with the brakes on his car saw him finish the opening race of the weekend in tenth place, with race two on Sunday morning providing the 17-year-old with the chance to shine.

Starting from tenth place, and carrying ITV4’s onboard camera, Jamie produced another astonishing start to rocket up to fourth place on the opening lap and then made up two further places on lap two before setting about chasing leader Luis Leeds.

Two Safety Car periods would disrupt his challenge as Jamie secured second place; matching the result he secured in the season opener at Brands Hatch.

An incident on the way to the grid in race three that caused damage to the nose of his car would ultimately lead to a retirement, with Jamie leaving Thruxton sitting seventh in the championship standings.

“It’s good that I’ve come away from the weekend with another podium finish, although I’m also a little bit disappointed that I wasn’t able to get the win,” he said. “I was hoping we could pick up a good result in race one but unfortunately there was a bit of an issue with the brakes that left me in P10 and that meant I had work to do in race two.

“I’ve always been confident when I’m on cold tyres and that meant that when the lights went out, I was able to push hard and make up places, although I didn’t expect to get up so far so quickly. I was keeping the pressure on Leeds ahead and without the second Safety Car, I think I could have pushed him for the win.

“Unfortunately, I had some understeer going into the chicane on the restart which meant I lost the gap and I had to focus more on defending from the car behind, so while it was good to be back on the podium, I know it could have been more.

“Race three is one that is best forgotten so I’ll just turn my focus to Oulton Park and hopefully I can challenge for the win I really want.”

DRIVER NEWS: Fearless Fewtrell fights back in British F4 at Thruxton

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9 MAY, 2016 – Max Fewtrell gave a fearless performance, to fight back to a podium following a disastrous first two races at Thruxton. Heading into the weekend as the championship leader, Max battled hard to claim back valuable points, in thrilling Round 9. Minimising the championship gap to just 5 points.

A sun-soaked Thruxton, offered the first fully dry weekend of the year, setting the championship up for a fast and furious three rounds. With a promising third place on the grid for the first race of the weekend, Fewtrell lined up behind Carlin team-mates Petru Florescu and Devlin DeFrancesco.

In a calamitous race one, a fantastic launch from the line, shot Max to P2. Before unfortunately, losing out to a fierce encounter with Fielding and DeFrancesco. But a wheel-to-wheel battle for P4 with James Pull, saw an alarming clash between the two youngsters. A lunge from Pull, to maintain the position, spectacularly launched Fewtrell through the air. His Ford EcoBoost-powered car perilously tumbled head-over-tyres, eventually landing on top of the tyre barrier.  Escaping unharmed, the valiant racer Max turned his attention to the remaining races and closing the championship gap to race winner Petru Florescu.

A fraught start to the weekend, led to further disappointment in a hectic race two. Engaging in last lap battle for position with Fielding and Hayek, the trio collided, leaving Max stranded at Club chicane.

Undeterred by previous incidents, the 16-year-old showed his bold racing spirit and confidence in the final race. A thrilling 5-way challenge to the flag, expertly showcased the raw talent of the young drivers in the British F4 championship. Max engaged right in the thick of the action, skillfully both chasing and defending at every turn. His ability and determination saw him triumph to the final step of the podium, behind Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco and JHR’s Billy Monger in 2nd.

“I hung in there and kept going. I think that last race wasn’t really about pace because of the slipstream effect around here. It’s all about using that slipstream to your advantage and timing moves to perfection which is what I tried to do.”

A chaotic weekend for the Carlin outfit saw victory and misfortune, with the championship lead slipping away. But excellent final performance from Fewtrell, ensured just 5 points separate him from championship leader Sennan Fielding.

Reflecting on a difficult weekend, Max commented:

“To grab a podium after a really tough weekend and the big incidents in races one and two is a good confidence booster”

As the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Oulton Park on 4-5th June, for the next round of exceptional wheel-to-wheel racing. Max sets his sights firmly on re-claiming the championship lead.

TEAM NEWS: Schreiner & Goddard shine at Thruxton for Double R in British F4

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  • Schreiner and Goddard shine under glorious Thruxton skies
  • Sensational return to British F4 for Schreiner with season-best fourth
  • Goddard mounts stunning round eight drive into top five from back of grid

9 MAY, 2016 – Double R Racing’s Carrie Schreiner made an impressive return to action in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford at ultra-fast Thruxton over the weekend, 7th/8th May, with a sensational top four finish in round eight of the season – her best result yet and first points score on UK soil.

The 17-year-old German starlet, who is only contesting selected rounds of the British series this year due to existing commitments in the ADAC Formula 4 Championship in her homeland, faced a huge challenge visiting Thruxton for the first time but absolutely starred in race two of the weekend.

Beginning the contest from 13th on the grid, as a result of her race one finishing position, Schreiner produced a remarkable drive and only missed out on a maiden podium result by 0.2 seconds after a stunning performance.

Schreiner was shadowed home by team-mate Zane Goddard, the Australian also recording his best finish of the weekend with fifth position to put the bitter misfortune of the non-scoring Donington Park event last month firmly behind him. Notably, the 16-year-old achieved the outstanding result after a supreme drive from the back of the grid – having been knocked into retirement in race one.

“Race two definitely showed what Carrie and Zane are capable of, absolutely fantastic racing from the pair of them to finish fourth and fifth”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “It wasn’t an easy start to the weekend for Zane after he was shunted out of race one, to bounce back like he did from the back of the grid was outstanding.

“Thruxton isn’t a track for the faint hearted and Carrie was so impressive in the second race, to come back into the championship after missing the previous round and do so well at such a challenging and high-speed track is fantastic.”

In a very closely matched qualifying session on Saturday morning, Goddard ended the run with the eighth fastest time – just 0.3 seconds shy of the second row of the grid. Team-mate Schreiner, meanwhile, lined-up 20th on the grid for the first race at the uniquely demanding Hampshire venue.

Exasperatingly for Goddard, the unbelievable misfortune which blighted his whole Donington Park weekend last time out continued in round seven. Although making a decent start, the Australian was edged back down to 11th place on lap one but he looked well set to climb back up the order.

At the end of lap two into the chicane, though, his car was rammed from behind which ripped the rear wing away. With zero downforce at the back of the car, Goddard had no option but to pit at the end of the subsequent tour and his car was clearly far too damaged to rejoin the race.

German racer Schreiner gained two places on the first lap to move into 18th position and as a result of the incident ahead at the chicane, which ultimately eliminated the sister Double R car, Schreiner was able to pick her way through into the top 15.

Moving up into 14th place on lap six, Schreiner then profited from a rival making a mistake at the chicane at the end of lap eight and then climbed further up the order into the top 12 following a dramatic clash ahead. With just over three laps to run, the Double R racer was pitched into a spin on the run into the chicane but she recovered to finish in 13th place.

For round eight on Sunday afternoon, Schreiner lined-up in 13th place with Goddard on the back row of the grid as a result of his enforced retirement from race one. Both Double R drivers made excellent starts and put together a superb opening lap, with the German starlet rising into the top 10 and Goddard carving his way through the order supremely into 13th position – a gain of six places.

As a result of two cars making contact at the complex on lap two, Goddard was able to climb into 11th position as Schreiner held her top 10 placing just ahead. Then, on lap three, a further incident triggered the deployment of the Safety Car in time for the start of lap four with Schreiner holding an elevated seventh and Goddard ninth.

The action got back underway on lap seven but at the chicane two cars tangled which enabled Schreiner to leap into fifth and Goddard into seventh. Soon after, an issue for Petru Florescu then elevated the Double R cars into fourth and sixth prior to the re-emergence of the Safety Car.

Racing resumed again on lap 11 with just enough time for a couple of laps with Schreiner glued to the back of third placed Billy Monger. Into the final lap, she was only 0.3 seconds shy of the top two battle and took the chequered flag in a superb career best fourth only 0.2 seconds adrift. Goddard, meanwhile, took fifth on the penultimate tour to cap an absolutely remarkable drive from the back.

In the final encounter of the weekend, Goddard started in ninth place and ran for the first quarter of the race glued to the back of Alex Quinn’s car before making his move on lap six to take eighth, a result of a good run out of the chicane at the end of the previous tour.

Due to a rival ahead spinning at mid-distance, the Australian then climbed into the top seven and swiftly broke into sixth place at the expense of Luis Leeds. Although under major pressure out of the chicane on the 12th and final lap, the Double R driver just held on to sixth on the drag to the line.

Schreiner, from the back row of the grid, put together another stunning first lap to scythe her way through into 14th position – a gain of five places. Unfortunately bundled back to 17th place on lap four, and then 18th several laps later, the German battled back into 16th position before the finish.

There is now a four week break in the F4 British Championship calendar with rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the season set to take place at Cheshire’s Oulton Park over the weekend 4th/5th June. One week earlier, Double R’s BRDC British Formula 3 squad will be back in action for the fourth race meeting of its season – also at Oulton Park – over Spring Bank Holiday weekend, 28th/29th/30th May.

DRIVER NEWS: Podium potential for Jack Butel at Thruxton in British F4

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THRUXTON 08 MAY, 2016 – Jersey driver Jack Butel almost took his first podium position at Thruxton last weekend (7/8 May) in the second race of the weekend. Butel was running in the podium seats before a racing incident denied Jack of a career best finish. The British F4 driver has had one of his best weekends to date taking seventh overall in race one to add more points to his championship tally and to round out the weekend Butel overcame injury to gain more mileage around Britain’s fastest race circuit with 18th overall.

In Qualifying under the scorching summer sunshine, Butel instantly dialled himself into the Hampshire venue by putting his JHR Developments prepared single-seater on the cusp of the top-ten in 12th position.

The opening race of the weekend took place on Saturday afternoon around the former aerodrome. The 20-year-old made one of his trademark good starts to instantly put himself into the top-ten mix.  Pounding around the 2.35-mile circuit at speeds north of 120mph, Butel went about climbing the order at his ‘home circuit’. Getting stuck into the thick of the action the Yuasa-backed driver worked his way past several rivals to claim a fine seventh overall at the fall of the flag to add further points to his championship tally.

With Jack finishing seventh, the first seven cars got reversed for the second contest of the weekend resulting in Butel starting on pole for the first time in the Ford EcoBoost powered series.

Sunday morning saw the temperature sore and the pressure increase on the young shoulders of the St Saviour resident. In front of thousands of race goers lining the banks of Thruxton and hundreds of thousands watching live on ITV4, Jack flew the flag for Jersey ahead of Liberation Day as he took to his starting slot with a clear road ahead of him. As the lights went out, Jack once again made a rocket-like start, leading into the first complex of corners.

In his resplendent red and white Yuasa liveried single seater, Butel immediately had to get his elbows out and fight for his position as his more experienced rivals began to gang-up on the Jerseyman. Briefly dropping down to fifth, Butel got back into the hunt and went three abreast into the final complex – braking as late as he dared Jack made a position but damaged his front wing in the process.  In and amongst the chaos a safety car was thrown as marshals resolved other incidents.

When the safety car peeled back into the pitlane, the JHR driver went on another charge with just nine minutes left on the clock. Jack had a good run through the final long straight and had passed third placed Devlin Defrancesco coming into the final chicane –going around the outside of the Carlin driver. As the corner tightened both drivers collided, damaging Jack’s car, which sent the Channel Islander into a disappointing retired.

Butel’s pace had made many sit-up and take note including ITV4 commentators Phil Glew and Richard John Neil who said Butel had done a good job as his pace was fantastic and it was good to see him running at the front of the field.

Dusting himself off and with a rebuilt car, Butel went into the final race to try and gain more mileage, experience and to shake the car down after an incident in the previous race. Jack was nursing an arm injury for the entire 20-minute race and whilst in agonising pain wrestled the FIA-certified single-seater around Britain’s most southerly circuit – crossing the line in 18th as the clock hit zero.

As the bumper crowd filtered out of the Thruxton speed bowl circuit, Jack reflected on his fast and furious weekend:

“Our weekend went really well as we had the pace from the off. We just need to find a bit more for qualifying as our race pace was a match for anyone,” enthused Butel.

“There are no words to describe what it meant to sit on pole. It was awesome to run at the front and I felt more and more comfortable as the race went on. I would love to be there more often and with this experience I know I can challenge for a podium again this season.

“I would like to thank all my sponsors and the whole team at JHR Developments for getting my car back into one piece for the final race. At one point there were seven team members working on the car, they are a phenomenal team. I was in so much pain for the last race but all I wanted to do was to get to the finish as a thank you for their hard work.

“I have a spring in my step, now that I know I can fight at the front. We want to do our best at Oulton Park and bring home more points. I have had limited testing there but points have to be the target every weekend and I will give it my all to achieve more once again.”

Jack Butel will return to action on the 4/5 June at Oulton Park in Cheshire.