TEAM NEWS – Double R ace Goddard wraps up maiden British F4 season with eighth in standings & four wins

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  • Two points results help Goddard conclude rookie UK season P8 .
  • Double R departs ‘home’ circuit Brands Hatch satisfied with season.
  • Woking team ends F4 British Championship with tally of four wins.

3 OCTOBER, 2016 – Zane Goddard concluded his first season of racing on UK soil eighth in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford driver standings at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday, 2 October, after securing two more points results – with a best finish of sixth place – for the Double R Racing team.

The rapid teenager, from Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast of Australia, headed into the final event of the 2016 season at the Woking squad’s ‘home’ track in confident mood after a double victory at Silverstone a fortnight ago. While he did, unfortunately, miss out on adding another podium to his tally at Brands Hatch, Goddard concludes the year with four wins and four other rostrum finishes.

“It’s been a strong first year in the UK for Zane, he’s a very quick young driver with a lot of potential and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with him”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “If qualifying had gone our way then I’m sure Zane would have been capable of challenging for the podium again this weekend as his race pace was right up there and a match for anyone.”

The final qualifying session of the season on Saturday, 1 October, took place in wet conditions and Goddard ended the run with the 11th fastest time. He was, though, elevated onto the fifth row of the grid for race one when Jamie Caroline had all of his times deleted.

With rain showers coming and going throughout Saturday, the first F4 race of the weekend was also affected by the weather but Goddard put together an impressive first lap on the tricky damp circuit to slice his way through into seventh position before the Safety Car was called into action.

Racing resumed on lap five with the Double R driver holding an improved sixth place, as a result of compatriot Luis Leeds dropping down the order, but Goddard’s hopes of challenging for even more went awry after an excursion in the final sector of the lap.

Rejoining the track in 15th position, having lost 10 seconds in the process, the multiple category race winner managed to battle his way back through into 13th place when the chequered flag fell at the end of lap 11.

From the seventh row in round 29 on Sunday morning, Goddard made a very good start and again put together a terrific opening lap to slice his way into the top 10. Pressuring Nicolai Kjaergaard, the Double R racer tried everything to find a way past but he spent the rest of the 14 lap contest sandwiched between the Danish driver and Luis Leeds – just a few tenths of a second splitting them.

For the last race of the season, Goddard lined-up eighth on the grid and made swift progress into the top six before then becoming stuck behind Leeds. Circulating nose-to-tail throughout the 14 lapper, a mere 0.4 seconds separated the compatriots at the chequered flag as they pulled well clear of the pack behind.

Proving what might have been possible from a higher starting slot, Goddard’s fastest lap at the wheel of his No.93 Ford-powered Mygale was quicker than that managed by race winner, and eventual champion, Max Fewtrell and less than three hundredths of a second shy of the best of all.

Carrie Schreiner, who wasn’t in action this weekend but did contest four events with Double R Racing in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford this year, ended the campaign 17th in the driver standings with a best result of fourth position from the Thruxton race meeting in May.

Zane Goddard doubles up for Double R at Silverstone

  • Goddard overtakes Fielding and Leeds to win thriller.
  • Fielding’s podium ensures he leaves Silverstone leading the championship.
  • Simmons triumphs in Rookie class for third time this season.

SILVERSTONE 18 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – For the second time this weekend Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard proved to be the class of the field on his way to victory in Round 27 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Goddard had his work cut out starting from third on the grid behind formidable title contenders Sennan Fielding and Luis Leeds, but he made it look easy with two superb overtaking manoeuvres.

After the start it seemed that compatriot Leeds might well scamper off into the distance. The Red Bull Junior making a lightning getaway off the line from pole, the best of any driver, and set about trying to build a gap.

Fielding and Goddard were having none of it though. Leeds was unable to escape their clutches and perhaps with no title fight to worry about, Goddard was the driver to seize the initiative dispatching Fielding. The Australian then made full use of his Ford EcoBoost power to pull alongside Leeds on Wellington straight and take the decisive inside line into Brooklands for the lead. Once clear Goddard looked calm and in control on his way to victory number four of the season.

“I thought I was going to have to pull something pretty special out of the bag before the race,” explained Goodard. “I had to make two big lunges. Thankfully they both worked out. I didn’t know if I was going to pull them off or not. I tried to get past as soon as I could and fortunately I did. I was then able to stay in the lead.

“Unfortunately we had a lot of bad luck in the first part of the year, but we have turned things around. We have really shown our speed again here. The team did a great job and now we have another two wins to add to the tally. Hopefully we can finish the year with some more.”

TRS Arden’s Leeds and JHR Developments’ Fielding once again staked their claims for the title, putting in measured performances to finish on the podium and bring home valuable points.

Leeds taking points out of Fielding’s advantage over him in the standings and Fielding crucially doing enough to leave Silverstone with the championship lead. A remarkable turnaround for Fielding after he struggled for pace in pre-race testing. Testament to the fantastic work done by the Chesterfield star and his JHR Developments team.

Commented Leeds: “I had a really good start to pull away from everyone. I knew what I had to do this race, but unfortunately I couldn’t quite get across the line in the lead.

“I’m still happy to bring home good points though. I was thinking about the championship and to finish two out of three races in front of Sennan this weekend means it’s been a good weekend.”

Added Fielding: “I really had to look after my rear tyres because I was struggling for grip. Once I had broken away from the Carlin drivers I was quite happy to bring home this result. Fingers crossed we can keep this up. I think Brands Hatch is a stronger circuit for me, but we will see when we get there.”

“I had a bit of cramp in my leg at the start and nearly stalled off the line, but I think everyone apart from Luis didn’t get the best of starts. During the race I struggled a little bit with rear end grip as they tyres grained.

“It’s a great result for us. To come away leading the championship. I cannot ask for anything more especially after how slow we were on Friday and fair play to Zane who I think has been awesome this weekend. A very big well done to him.”

Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, Max Fewtrell and James Pull provided plenty of entertainment, showing off their wheel-to-wheel prowess whilst not only battling each other, but also passing Billy Monger who had managed to get the jump on Fewtrell at the start for fourth.

Before Fewtrell overtook the JHR racer, DeFrancesco capitalised on Fewtrell’s attempts to overtake, sneaking past his team-mate before overtaking Monger in quick succession. Fewtrell and Pull didn’t make life easy for the Canadian however, forcing DeFrancesco to use all his guile to keep them behind.

Unfortunately for Carlin team-mate Petru Florescu his race came undone when battling with Caroline for ninth and with it his title aspirations.

Rafael Martins showcased his overtaking prowess with an inch perfect manoeuvre on Monger in the closing laps to net seventh.

Monger crossed the line in eighth after a determined drive to finish in the points, ahead of TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons who proved triumphant in the Rookie class once more from Alex Quinn who fought his way up to tenth from last on the grid.

Said Simmons: “I had a bit of a poor start, but then I managed to come back at drivers who got past me and finish higher than I started. I’m really happy with my race craft and this weekend in general. We managed to maintain positions and keep moving forward in the race which was great.”

Jack Martin claimed the final Rookie podium spot. A perfectly judged move down the inside of Kjaergaard at Brooklands on his way to 12th overall a particular highlight.

Meanwhile Jack Butel came incredibly close to scoring points just ahead of Martin in 11th.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 27 Silverstone 18 September 2016
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 16.340s / 101.96mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +2.680s
3 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +4.359s
4 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +5.863s
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +6.211s
6 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +6.675s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +10.521s
8 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +11.181s
9 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +15.045s
10 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +15.411s etc.

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 57.208 / 103.23mph

Rookie class: 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Martin; 4 Kjaergaard

Provisional championship standings: 1 Fielding 308; 2 Fewtrell 303; 3 Leeds 289; 4 DeFrancesco 259; 5 Pull 248; 6 Quinn 240; =7 Florescu 230; =7 Goddard 230; 9 Martins 180; 10 Caroline 148 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 535; 2 J Martin 357; =3 Kjaergaard 355; =3 Simmons 355; 5 R Martin 130

Full results

Goddard romps to British F4 victory at Silverstone

  • Goddard capitalises on storming opening lap to take lead and break clear of field.
  • Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn crowned Rookie Champion for Fortec Motorsports.

SILVERSTONE 17 SEPTEMBER, 2016 – Zane Goddard took full advantage of a superb start at Silverstone to climb from fourth on the grid to first. Seizing his opportunity as front row starters Sennan Fielding and Luis Leeds squabbled for the lead. Once out in front the Double R racer was untouchable on his way to his third F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford victory of the season; finishing over seven seconds clear of the field.

“It was a great race,” said Goddard. “It was an amazing start. I couldn’t even imagine that happening. It all just worked out so well. We got into the lead and kept on pumping in fast laps. We were able to build up a good gap.”

“I got a really good start, getting past Monger straight away. Then Luis and Sennan seemed to focus on each other on the inside and I was able to speed around the outside of them both. The car was a pleasure to drive. I’m lost for words. It was fantastic.”

There was no shortage of drama elsewhere. Championship leader Max Fewtrell and Billy Monger made contact on the opening lap forcing Monger to retire and leaving the championship leader at the back of the field. Fewtrell putting on a determined drive, recording fastest lap in the process, to try to haul himself back into the points paying positions.

As the race drew to a close Leeds was all over the rear of Sennan Fielding’s JHR prepared racer but a coming together left Leeds with a puncture and on the final lap he had to fend off a train of cars headed by Jamie Caroline. The latter had survived race long pressure from Carlin’s Devlin DeFrancesco, having gained three places at the start.

Commented Fielding: “Fair play to Zane, he did an excellent start. I just couldn’t get the traction off the line. We played a bit of a lottery with the car in terms of finding the right setup after a difficult day yesterday. We didn’t quite know how it was going to be so to come away with second is a great result.”

Caroline made a bid to pass Leeds’ wounded Ford EcoBoost-powered racer around the outside, but they came to grief with Leeds’ punctured tyre causing unexpected amounts of understeer resulting in contact.

DeFrancesco gained most from the drama that unfolded in front, enabling him to claim a precious podium and valuable points for his title bid. Team-mates James Pull and Petru Florescu were close behind, also making inroads on Fewtrell’s lead in the standings. Meanwhile Rafael Martins made excellent progress up the order having started in tenth to finish sixth.

Commented DeFrancesco: “It was a tough race, especially at the start. Jamie did a great job to keep me behind. In the end he was quite unlucky, but you have to take the luck when you can. He raced really well.

“I think we made a big step in performance from yesterday and I think we will be quite strong in the other two races this weekend.”

British F4’s Rookie class drivers once again put on an entertaining display of driving. Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn climbing 10 places after an out of sorts qualifying to put him in a Rookie class podium battle between team-mate Kjaergaard and TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons.

Simmons, the youngest driver on the grid, emerged victorious for the second time this season. A well-deserved win after climbing five places amid all the action, and by finishing second in class Quinn did enough to be crowned Rookie class champion.

Despite only finishing ninth overall, the Racing Steps Foundation backed star did it in style showcasing excellent race craft with some exceptional overtakes. A move which involved going from the outside of Kjaergaard at Brooklands to the inside for Luffield a particular highlight and display of absolute precision behind the wheel.

Explained Simmons: “Qualifying wasn’t ideal. It was quite tricky conditions, but I’m really happy with this race. I made up a lot of places from 12th and we have got a really good reverse-grid race position too.”

Added Quinn: “It was kind of like Snetterton. Having to bounce back after a bad qualifying. I pulled off a few brave moves around the outside at Brooklands. At the beginning of the season it would have been my weakness to overtake and now it’s a strength so I’m really happy with my performance.

“We had to put qualifying behind us. With a lot of the help of the team we did that and now I’ve got reverse grid pole for tomorrow so hopefully things are coming together.

“It’s a relief to finally become Rookie champion. We’ve been dominant in the class for quite a few races now. It wasn’t clear-cut when we were going to win it. We had a good chance and it’s good to get it done now, so we can focus on just winning races now.”

The British F4 racers are back on track at 0940 tomorrow for the reverse-grid race when newly crowned Rookie champ Quinn will start from pole, with the Silverstone finale to be televised live on ITV4 at 1515.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 25 Silverstone 17 September 2016
21 laps / 34.45 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 06.969s / 102.75mph
2 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +7.397s
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +18.530s
4 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +18.868s
5 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin +19.239s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +19.993s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +20.171s
8 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +20.448s
9 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +20.718s
10 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +21.758s etc

Fastest lap: Max Fewtrell / Carlin 56.820 / 103.93mph

Rookie class: 1 Simmons; 2 Quinn; 3 Kjaergaard; 4 Martin

Provisional championship standings: 1 Fewtrell 287; 2 Fielding 281; 3 Leeds 256; 4 Pull 240; 5 DeFrancesco 237; 6 Florescu 230; 7 Quinn 214; 8 Goddard 197; 9 Martins 156; 10 Caroline 146 etc.

Rookie class: 1 Quinn 492; 2 Kjaergaard 343; 3 J Martin 327; 4 Simmons 312; 5 R Martin 130

Grid for round 26: Quinn – Leeds – Simmons – Martins – Florescu – Pull – DeFrancesco – Fielding – Goddard – Kjaergaard

Full results

TEAM NEWS: Schreiner scores points for Double R on her British F4 return

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29 AUGUST, 2016 – German starlet Carrie Schreiner marked her welcome return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford with a richly deserved second points finish of the season for Double R Racing at Rockingham International Super Sportscar Circuit over the weekend, 27th/28th August.

The 17-year-old, who is only contesting a part campaign on UK soil this year as she concentrates on her full-season challenge in the ADAC Formula 4 category in her native Germany, produced a terrific drive in a rain affected opening race on Saturday afternoon to finish inside the coveted top 10 in only her seventh race on British shores – and first in the wet.

Double R team-mate Zane Goddard finished just ahead of Schreiner in round 22, taking ninth place, before adding a second top 10 score in round 23 on Sunday morning and then finishing in 12th spot during the final race of the weekend, round 24, three places ahead of the German.

“Rockingham was definitely a bit of a mixed weekend overall but it was fantastic to see Carrie climb into the points in race one, especially in those conditions, on her first time back in the championship since Thruxton”, commented the Woking team’s boss, Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt.

“After the recent podium success we’ve had with Zane at Croft and Knockhill, this weekend wasn’t quite what we’d hoped but we’ll be aiming to be back fighting at the sharp end when we head to Silverstone next month.”

Although lapping seventh fastest in both practice sessions on Friday, 26th August, Goddard had to settle for 13th on the grid for race one in a rain affected qualifying session while Schreiner, on her first outing in the F4 British Championship since May, qualified just three places further behind.

In a fully wet opening contest for the F4 drivers both Goddard and Schreiner made up good ground on the first tour, moving up into 11th place and 13th position respectively.

Although edged back to 14th place on lap two, Schreiner profited from a couple of incidents – one involving her team-mate – to leap into 11th place on the third tour and she climbed as high as ninth position a couple of laps later.

Goddard dropped back to 14th on lap three, and lost significant time, after the aforementioned tangle involving Devlin DeFrancesco but he mounted a great recovery to battle his way through into an eventual finish of ninth, passing Schreiner at Deene on lap 10 en-route. Post-race, though, he was handed a five place grid penalty for race two for his part in the incident with DeFrancesco.

Schreiner ultimately ended her first British race in four months, and first track session at Rockingham in fully wet conditions, just outside the top 10 in 11th place when the chequered flag fell on lap 13 after a strong drive. As a result of a time penalty for Patrik Matthiesen, though, the German starlet was elevated into the points-paying top 10 after the race.

For round 23 on Sunday morning, Schreiner made a good start from ninth on the grid but a first lap skirmish resulted in the Double R driver running wide off the track on entry to Steel Straight and after a minor rotation on the grass she recovered, albeit down in 18th place. Goddard, meanwhile, started the contest in 14th spot and ended the opening lap in 13th before the Safety Car appeared.

Racing resumed on lap three but the Safety Car was required again just two laps later, so the second re-start came on lap six with Goddard holding 11th place and Schreiner 16th position as the close action continued.

Although edged back to 12th on lap nine, Goddard moved back into 11th place on the next tour and ended the race just outside the top 10 – post race, however, winner James Pull was excluded so the Double R car was elevated into 10th place. Schreiner, meanwhile, unfortunately retired on lap nine.

Both Double R drivers faced a big challenge in round 24 with Goddard starting 15th on the grid and Schreiner in 17th place. Making a great start, Goddard put together an excellent first lap to climb into 13th position and after breaking into the top 12 on lap two he stayed there for several laps.

Running tight in the wheeltracks of compatriot Luis Leeds, and latterly Matthiesen after Leeds got ahead of the Danish driver, Goddard tried absolutely everything to make the pass for 11th place but he had to ultimately settle for 12th spot. Schreiner moved into 16th position on the opening tour and spent the bulk of the race there, before moving into the top 15 on the final lap.

Silverstone National Circuit in Northamptonshire will host the penultimate event of the F4 British Championship season three weeks from now on 17th/18th September.

Ford’s young stars ready to rock

  • Eight drivers still in with a realistic chance of the title as Max Fewtrell leads the way going into Rockingham meeting.

25 AUGUST, 2016 – Just nine races remain to decide the outcome of this year’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. The title fight is wide open with no less than eight drivers still having a realistic shot at top honours.

Championship leader Max Fewtrell arrives at Rockingham Motor Speedway battling to defend his slender points lead after keeping cool amid the fireworks out on track at Knockhill and adding yet another valuable podium to his tally.

Fewtrell is part of the formidable Carlin quartet which includes Devlin DeFrancesco, James Pull and Petru Florescu. The squad were dominant in pre-season testing at Rockingham. Don’t be surprised to see more of the same.

During a dramatic weekend of Ford EcoBoost-powered junior single-seater racing just a fortnight ago, it was Australians Luis Leeds (TRS Arden) and Zane Goddard (Double R Racing) who came out on top with a win apiece. As others around them faltered, the Aussies were in the ascendancy and in doing so put themselves into thick of title fight; Red Bull Junior Leeds now sitting just five points adrift of Fewtrell.

Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn also made strides in the standings, finally having a weekend where he could showcase his true pace; claiming a race victory and romping further clear in the Rookie Class.

JHR’s Sennan Fielding is another serious contender for the title and despite a Knockhill weekend that didn’t quite come together, he showed flashes of speed which if unleashed consistently could prove devastating. Team-mates Billy Monger and Jack Butel have no shortage of talent behind the wheel either so are also likely to be in the mix.

Elsewhere, TRS Arden’s Rafael Martins, as well as star rookies Jack Martin and Ayrton Simmons all have the potential to compete towards the sharp end.

Jamie Caroline and Frank Bird are hungry for more strong point scoring success, with Nicolai Kjaergaard wanting to rediscover the form he showed at Snetterton last month.

Compatriot Patrik Matthiesen (JTR) returns after missing out on Knockhill and Richardson Racing’s Alexandra Marinescu re-joins the cohort of Ford EcoBoost-powered young talent.

Carrie Schreiner also returns for Double R; the highlight of her last British F4 outing a fantastic fourth place at Thruxton.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered action gets underway with two test sessions tomorrow ahead of official qualifying at 1020 and Round 22 of the Championship at 1415 on Saturday. The action then ramps up even more on Sunday with the second race of the weekend at 1050 and the final race starting at 1552 which will be screened live on ITV4.

Rockingham timetable
Friday 26 August
1205-1305 & 1655-1755 Testing

Saturday 27 August
1020 Qualifying; 1415 Race 1

Sunday 28 August
1050 Race 2; 1552 Race 3 LIVE ON ITV4

On TV – Live on ITV4 & itv.com/btcc Sunday 1552
On Radio – Listen to live circuit commentary on British F4 Radio.
Listen to interviews throughout the weekend here.

TEAM NEWS: Dominant second British F4 win and triple podium for Goddard on Knockhill debut

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•    Zane Goddard delivers faultless drive in Round 21 to seal second victory.
•    Double R driver sets impressive pace on maiden visit to Knockhill.
•    Australian chalks-up second podium hat-trick of F4 British season.

15 AUGUST, 2016 – Super competitive F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford racer Zane Goddard eased to a dominant second win of the season for Double R Racing at Knockhill in Scotland on Sunday, 14 August, to cap a sensational triple-podium finishing weekend for the rapid Australian.

For the second time this year, the previous occasion coming at Croft in North Yorkshire in late June, the 16-year-old from Surfers Paradise chalked-up podium finishes in all three contests and has now climbed into seventh place in the championship standings as a result.

Although taking the chequered flag in fourth place during round 19 on Saturday, 13 August, Goddard was elevated into third post-race due to an exclusion for a rival. Going on to deliver a fantastically competitive second place finish on the road in round 20 on Sunday morning, he then starred in round 21 to take an unchallenged victory from third on the grid.

“It’s a great track and I really enjoyed it from the start”, said an elated Goddard, “The fans have been fantastic, I really enjoyed their support, and it’s been an awesome weekend with three trophies to go home with – I’m stoked! It seems like our luck has turned, the team has been fantastic and it’s been a picture perfect weekend.”

Saturday morning’s qualifying session proved frustrating for Goddard and Double R with the drying track not working in their favour in the end. But despite qualifying eighth fastest for round 19, the Australian lined-up an improved sixth for race one of the weekend as a result of a grid penalty for one rival and with Rafael Martins’ car having to be wheeled off the grid due to a problem.

Making an absolutely electric getaway off the line, Goddard immediately leapt ahead of Devlin DeFrancesco and then swept around the outside at Turn One to take fourth place. Following an early Safety Car period, between laps three and six, he swarmed all over the back of Nicolai Kjaergaard.

At the end of lap six a shake-up at the hairpin resulted in DeFrancesco moving up into the top three with Kjaergaard dropping back behind Goddard, so the Double R driver remained fourth as the contest entered the seventh tour.

Another Safety Car period was called on lap 10 and when racing resumed on lap 13 Goddard again did a superb job at the re-start. Tight under the rear wing of DeFrancesco’s car, Goddard shadowed the Canadian to the finish on lap 20 to just miss out on the podium by a mere 0.389 seconds. He also lapped within a single tenth of a second of the race’s fastest lap.

Beginning round 20 on Sunday morning from third on the grid, Goddard immediately moved up into second place ahead of Jamie Caroline and ran within 0.6 seconds of compatriot Luis Leeds before the Safety Car was deployed in time for the start of lap three.

Racing resumed on lap five and Goddard really made his presence felt, pressuring Leeds and reeling off a series of fastest lap times. Closing to within just 0.5 seconds of the race leader by the end of lap nine, the Double R driver continued to circulate extremely quickly and in the end just missed out on the fastest lap of all by less than three-hundredths on his way to second place.

Again producing an electric getaway at the start of round 21 on Sunday afternoon, Goddard cut across to the outside of the track into the first corner and brilliantly grabbed second place from Leeds around the outside.

Then latching on to the tail of leader Alex Quinn, the Double R racer pressured his rival into the hairpin at the end of the lap and as Quinn locked-up and ran wide, Goddard was able to slice up the inside and on the run up the hill over the line he moved into the lead of the race.

From then on he didn’t look back as he reeled off fastest lap after fastest lap, utterly dominating the final race of the weekend. With a lead of two seconds at one third distance, the Double R ace increased his advantage to a huge 6.2 seconds into the final tour before taking the chequered flag on lap 24 some 5.8 seconds to the good. He also set fastest lap with a time of 50.232 seconds.

“It’s been a great weekend, fantastic to win again”, reflected Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, Double R Racing team principal, “Qualifying was alright, with the drying track it was always a question of do we pull Zane in while he’s P1 or stay out? In the end it didn’t work out but he raced fantastically.

“Knockhill is a new circuit for him but he learnt it pretty well in testing, he kept calm and out of trouble and probably had the pace to win more than one race really. He did a fantastic job, set fastest lap in the last race and it was a great team effort from the boys. It’s nice to beat Carlin, Fortec and Arden again – I’m confident we had the best set-up and driver combination this weekend.”

Rockingham in Northamptonshire will host the next three races of the F4 British Championship season a fortnight from now, on 27th/28th August. German starlet Carrie Schreiner, who is focusing on commitments in ADAC Formula 4 in her homeland, will bring Double R’s entry back up to two cars at Rockingham as she rejoins the British series for the first time since the Thruxton event in May.

Zane Goddard blitzes British F4 field for Knockhill win

  • Goddard in a league of his own as he flies to second British F4 win of the year.
  • Quinn makes it a hat-trick of Rookie class victories at Knockhill.
  • Leeds pulls off stunning overtake on his way to second in the race and the standings.

KNOCKHILL 14 AUGUST, 2016 – Zane Goddard claimed an emphatic win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford feature race at Knockhill. He led home compatriot Luis Leeds and Racing Steps Foundation backed Alex Quinn.

Goddard had been exceptional off the line in the preceding British F4 races this weekend and it was the same story for Round 21 of the Championship, as he flew past Leeds for second place into turn one.

The Australian then set about Quinn who led from pole. The breakthrough came sooner than he perhaps imagined. Quinn locked up on tyres that weren’t quite up to optimal temperature into Taylor’s Hairpin and Goddard needed no encouragement to scythe his way up the inside.

His Double R-prepared race car looked like it was on rails around the 1.27 mile Fife track; the team clearly having set the car up perfectly. Goddard maximised the Ford EcoBoost-powered machinery at his disposal and was simply untouchable, unsurprisingly recording fastest lap on the way to his second British F4 victory.

Said Goddard: “I was super consistent. It felt perfect. The whole race played out perfectly. It couldn’t have been any better. I’m really happy. Huge thanks to the team and the fans. They’ve been great and cheering me on as I crossed the line.

“The car was so good it was hard to actually do anything wrong in it. The car was hooked up and fantastic.

“The starts have been so good lately. We keep nailing them and hopefully we can keep this up in the future.”

“Knockhill is a track where there isn’t too much braking which means you’re pushing the car quite hard most of the time and to the limit which is tricky to do, but it’s rewarding when it works out.

Despite losing out to Goddard at the start there was no let-up from Leeds who focused on getting past Quinn and he did so with arguably the overtake of the weekend.

The Red Bull Junior ducking to the outside of Quinn into Taylor’s Hairpin forcing him to cover and then making a split-second switch down the Fortec racer’s inside under braking without locking up. A beautiful move, showcasing extremely fair and respectful driving from both drivers who exhibited true class.

Explained Leeds: “We had a lot of pace. This weekend started off pretty average in qualifying when we were unfortunate not to be on slicks at the right time, but we didn’t lose our focus.

“We got pole for race two and turned things around from there. We’re pretty close to leading the championship now and we must keep moving forward.

“This morning I was 48 points off the lead and now I’m only five away which is the beauty of this sport.

Speaking about his epic overtaking manoeuvre: “I learnt that move from Daniel Ricciardo when he did something very similar to Vettel at Monza when they were team-mates and I really hope he gets to watch my move today.

“I saw Alex make a mistake and I was originally going to go around the outside, but I thought I would make it look cool and switch to going down the inside. It looks pretty cool on camera I think.”

Quinn was solid in third and rounded out a strong weekend with yet another Rookie class victory. His 12th of the campaign.

Said Quinn: “I lost the lead to Zane on the opening lap and I think that was just down to tyre temperature which we have been struggling with all weekend, but I’m still really happy with this. A win (following’s Florescu’s exclusion from the meeting) and a podium is not a bad thing to be coming out of the weekend with.

“I’m really happy with my performance and the team’s performance. It’s definitely been a step higher after the summer break. It’s great to be back at the top here and I’m looking forward to the next round.”

A cracking battle for fourth emerged as the race progressed as JHR’s Sennan Fielding found himself fending off Max Fewtrell, Rafael Martins and James Pull. The latter having already pulled off superb move to overtake Kjaergaard.

Commented Fielding: “We made quite a drastic change to the car before the race which didn’t seem to work so I did well to get fourth. I’ve not felt too well in myself all weekend so I think this is one of those weekends you just have to brush under the carpet.

“We could have capitalised more on what happened this weekend [to other title rivals]. We had good pace in the car, but I know we have good pace in the car for Rockingham too and we were quick there last year. We’ve made a lot of improvements since then and I know we can do a really good job.”

Meanwhile Caroline and DeFrancesco resumed battle after the day’s earlier race as they jostled for eighth in entertaining fashion.

Kjaergaard rounded out the top ten claiming a well-deserved point and closing the gap to Jack Martin for second in the Rookie class, with Martin crossing the line less than three tenths behind the Dane.

Said Kjaergaard: “It’s been a tough weekend really. We’ve struggled with the setup of the car and I haven’t managed to adapt to this track as well as I would have hoped. I still managed to keep some of the rookies’ behind me though which has given me good points for the rookie championship.”

Ayrton Simmons and Frank Bird also showcased their wheel to wheel prowess with an enthralling battle for much of the race, whilst Monger was unfortunate to spin having been as high as sixth.

Provisional results Round 21 Knockhill 14 August 2016
24 laps / 30.4 miles
1 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 20m 18.396s / 89.84 mph
2 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +5.815s
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +8.354s
4 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +11.276s
5 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +11.593s
6 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +12.092s
7 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +12.533s
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +21.287s
9 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +21.603s
10 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec +26.364s etc.

Fastest lap Zane Goddard 50.232s / 90.80 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Fewtrell 232, 2 Leeds 227, 3 DeFrancesco 214, =4 Fielding 210, =4 Pull 210, 6 Florescu 202, 7 Goddard 178, 8 Quinn 174, 9 Martins 128, 10 Caroline 122 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 399, 2 J. Martin 288, 3 Kjaergaard 283, 4 Simmons 236, 5 R. Martin 130

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Red Bull Junior Leeds charges to British F4 victory as fireworks fly

  • Luis Leeds shines on his way to third British F4 win.
  • Championship leaders Florescu and DeFrancesco crash out.
  • Enthralling 13 car battle for the final podium place.

KNOCKHILL 14 AUGUST, 2016 – Luis Leeds stood on the top step of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford podium for the third time this season after a perfect drive from pole.

The Red Bull Junior star made a clean getaway off the line and had enough pace in hand to keep Double R’s fast starting Zane Goddard at bay. Goddard having leapt past Jamie Caroline who stuttered off the line due to making a false start fractions of a second beforehand.

The two Aussies sped away from the field unaware of the drama that was to unfold behind them. Leeds recording fastest lap in the process and bringing home a victory which puts him right in the thick of the championship battle.

Said a beaming Leeds: “We’ve had a tough run of things lately, but we’ve worked so hard as a team. The car feels pretty perfect this weekend. We’re really on it and really starting to get things together now so we can be a real contender for this championship.

“I was pushing hard every lap out there. I was pretty chilled out at the start. I knew what I had to do. I then just kept my head down and pushed lap after lap.

“Everyone has had their share of bad luck this season. Hopefully we’ve had all of ours and we can get this championship.

“Big thanks to Dr Marko, the Red Bull team and Arden who are behind me. Things are going really well and we just need to keep this form going now.”

Commented Goddard: “I got a good start again. Not quite as good as yesterday, but fortunately Jamie didn’t get a good start so I got past him straight away and then I was behind Luis. I was quicker than him in some parts of the track and he was quicker in others. Second is great with really good points.

I think the team and I have done a fantastic job to be fighting at the front against the bigger teams so all credit to Double R. This result is well deserved. Hopefully we can get another good start in the final race and be on the podium again.”

Caroline received a 10 second time penalty for his false start but in typical Caroline fashion fought tooth and nail with a plethora of cars behind. It quickly became a 13 car battle for the final podium place as a train of Ford EcoBoost-powered cars raced nose to tail around the 1.27-mile Knockhill circuit.

Carlin’s DeFrancesco and Petru Florescu were in the pound seats swarming all over the back the back of Caroline. DeFrancesco ducking and diving in his attempts to get past the Fortec racer. It was to no avail however and as the race drew ever closer to its conclusion it ended in tears for the Carlin pairing.

Caroline’s robust defence unsettling DeFrancesco at Taylor’s hairpin, allowing Florescu to move alongside his team-mate down the main straight. The title rivals made contact, sliding into the tyre barriers and blowing the title race wide open.

Following the incident the officials chose to exclude Florescu from the meeting due to a trackside altercation, whilst DeFrancesco and Caroline were handed ten place grid penalties to be taken when possible to do so.

Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn found himself surrounded by the Carlin quartet for much of the race. Petru Florescu sneaking past early on, but then found James Pull and Max Fewtrell all over him. Fewtrell eventually found a way past and the fireworks between his team-mates provided him with a valuable third place.

Said Fewtrell: “Starting eighth I knew it would hectic around a track like this. It was kind of like karting all over again. I did a few good moves to get myself up the order and then I knew it would kick off so I was just waiting, ready to pounce.

“I think I did well and I’m happy with the podium after a difficult day yesterday. You’ve always got to keep an open mind and try to place yourself in the right position to be in the right place at the right time. Sometimes it goes your way and sometimes it doesn’t. Thankfully today it did.”

Despite just missing out on the podium, Quinn found consolation in claiming his 11th Rookie class win of the year. Ayrton Simmons joined him on the podium for the second time of the weekend taking sixth overall, whilst Kjaergaard made a welcome return to the rookie celebrations with third in class.

Explained Quinn: “It was a harder race compared to yesterday because we weren’t on new tyres and others were. The car has improved though, but I would like a little bit more for the race this afternoon.

“I’m starting from pole so I think we have a good opportunity to take the win, but it’s going to be all about getting a good start and building a gap which I think we can do.

“All the Carlin cars have been so strong this season so it was tough against them. I struggled with a bit of understeer in turn six which had an impact down the back straight where there is a good opportunity to overtake so I had to defend really hard, but I did my best and still got fourth.”

JHR’s duo of Sennan Fielding and Billy Monger showed flashes front running pace, fighting up the order, but found themselves bottled up behind Simmons and Martins ahead. In a full blown TRS Arden vs JHR Developments duel, it was the resplendent red TRS Arden cars which came out on top.

Falcon Motorsports’ Alexandra Mohnhaupt drove brilliantly, equalling her best finish of her fledgling British F4 career.

Provisional results Round 20 Knockhill 14 August 2016
17 laps / 21.53 miles
1 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 16m 15.334s / 79.49 mph
2 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +0.467s
3 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +2.257s
4 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +3.026s
5 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +3.448s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +4.018s
7 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden +5.343s
8 Sennan FIELDING / GBR / JHR +6.188s
9 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +6.568s
10 Frank BIRD / GBR / Fortec +7.534s etc.

Fastest lap Luis Leeds 49.814s / 91.56 mph

Rookie class 1 Quinn, 2 Simmons, 3 Kjaergaard

Round 21 grid Quinn – Leeds – Goddard – Fielding – Monger – Fewtrell – Martins – Pull – Kjaergaard – DeFrancesco etc.

Full results

Florescu extends F4 British Championship lead with Knockhill victory

  • Lights to flag victory for Carlin’s Petru Florescu at Knockhill.
  • No shortage of entertainment as Messrs DeFrancesco, Goddard, Caroline, Leeds, Pull and Fewtrell all fought their way up the order.

KNOCKHILL 13 AUGUST, 2016 – Petru Florescu put in a textbook performance at Knockhill to claim his sixth victory of the season and extend his championship lead in round 19 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

Not for the first time this year the Carlin driver put in a flawless drive from pole. He controlled the race, looking after his tyres and expertly dealt with the pressure of two safety car restarts; slowing the pack right down at the apex of the final corner and flooring the throttle to get the jump on his pursuers.

Said race winner Florescu: “I was able to handle the safety car restarts well and I planned how I would attack them in my mind. I’m also happy for my team-mate Devlin [DeFrancesco] who came third.

“The race was a normal flag to flag race for me. It was pretty straightforward. It feels really good to extend the championship lead and I hope to do well for the rest of the weekend.”

Fortec Motorsports’ Alex Quinn chased the Romanian home, making a welcome return to the podium and ending Nicolai Kjaergaard’s run of consecutive Rookie class wins. His team-mate finding himself under attack for much of the race as title contenders DeFrancesco, Leeds, Pull and Fewtrell fought their way through the field having been caught out by the drying conditions in qualifying.

DeFrancesco was particularly impressive, overtaking both Goddard and Kjaergaard in one corner after the first safety car restart. He then set about hounding Quinn for second place in the latter stages.

However, Quinn was inch perfect in his defence to keep the Canadian at bay in an extremely tense final few laps for the Racing Steps Foundation backed youngster.

Explained Quinn: “It was really difficult to defend and attack at the same time, but I managed to pull it off. I worked out where Devlin was quick and that made me more relaxed because I knew where on the circuit I had to really push.

“Starting on pole tomorrow [in race three] means we have a good chance to win and hopefully we can do that. I’m looking forward to it. We’ve shown today that we are really quick.”

Added DeFrancesco: “It was a very hectic race. I made a mistake at the start which is unusual for me so we need to analyse that, but we had great pace. The car was fantastic.

“We were really pressuring Quinn, but he did a great job to keep me behind. I think we had the pace for second, but it was great to come through from sixth after making the mistake at the start.

“I’m now second in the championship. It was a great job by the team and all my engineers.”

Luis Leeds managed to fend off a ferocious pair of drivers in the form of title rivals Pull and Fewtrell for sixth who were all over the back of the Red Bull liveried race car towards the end. The latter posting the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap.

The sixth place for Leeds was made all the sweeter by the fact that it earns him the reverse grid pole for race two tomorrow, giving the TRS Arden racer the chance to make further inroads towards the title he craves.

Ahead of Leeds finished Double R’s Zane Goddard and Fortec Motorsports’ Jamie Caroline. Both put on spirited drives to climb several places.

Goddard’s jump up the order was particularly eye catching. The Australian making a lightning start off the line. He shot past DeFrancesco and then boldly hung around the outside of Frank Bird into turn one to take fourth behind Kjaergaard after Rafael Martins was forced to start from the pit lane due to technical gremlins.

Commented Goddard: “It was a mega start. It sort of felt like it bogged down a bit, but I think the others got a bit of wheel spin. I jumped Devlin and got around the outside of Bird which was tight, but I pulled it off.

“Devlin passed me later on, but I got Kjaergaard at the same time. I’m happy with fourth. Good points. It was a hard race, but very enjoyable. I love this track. We’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”

Martins wasn’t the only driver to suffer misfortune early on. Sennan Fielding’s race unfortunately brought to a premature end at Taylor’s Hairpin as a result of a mid-pack opening lap skirmish, ultimately bringing out the first safety car.

TRS Arden’s rookies Jack Martin and Ayrton Simmons rounded out the top ten, taking valuable points and another rookie class podium for their respective campaigns.

Meanwhile Falcon Motorsport’s Alexandra Mohnhaupt finished just outside the top ten after another solid and confidence boosting performance.

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford action continues tomorrow with two races – the reverse-grid race at 1100 and then the feature race, to be screened live on ITV4 at 1625, with Quinn starting from top spot.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 19 Knockhill 13 August 2016
20 laps / 25.3 miles
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 20m 44.367s / 73.30mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec +0.710s
3 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin +1.171s
4 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R +1.560s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec +3.812s
6 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden +5.388s
7 James PULL / GBR / Carlin +6.292s
8 Max FEWTRELL / GBR / Carlin +6.467s
9 Jack MARTIN / GBR / Arden +9.533s
10 Ayrton SIMMONS +10.908s etc.

Fastest lap Max Fewtrell / Carlin 50.226s / 90.81mph

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

Grid for Round 20 Leeds – Caroline – Goddard – DeFrancesco – Quinn – Florescu – Pull – Fewtrell – Martin – Simmons etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Florescu 230, 2 DeFrancesco 212, 3 Fewtrell 205, 4 Fielding 194, 5 Pull 192, 6 Leeds 182, 7 Quinn 140, 8 Goddard 132, 9 Caroline 125, 10 Martins 114 etc.

Rookie class
1 Quinn 349, 2 J. Martin 273, 3 Kjaergaard 250, 4 Simmons 205, 5 R. Martin 130

Full results

Florescu leaves it late for British F4 pole at Knockhill

  • Carlin’s Petru Florescu claims thrilling last gasp pole.
  • All four of Fortec Motorsports’ drivers star after team’s inspired decision to switch to slicks.

KNOCKHILL 13 AUGUST, 2016 – Championship leader Petru Florescu was in the right place at the right time at Knockhill thanks to an expertly judged last gasp switch to slicks to claim his sixth pole of the season in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford.

With a dry line beginning to emerge after a sudden downpour at the start of qualifying Carlin’s Florescu and Fortec Motorsports’ quartet of runners boldly elected to come into the pits to fit slick tyres with just minutes remaining. The battle for pole rapidly becoming all about who could get their slick tyres up to temperature and cross the line last before the chequered flag fell.

Florescu used every ounce of his experience and guile to time his run to perfection. Having crossed the line with one second to spare, he proceeded to light up the timing screens to steal pole from Fortec’s Alex Quinn with a 51.447s lap.

Said the poleman: “I managed to get two flying laps on the slicks and I almost went off on the second lap because I was pushing so hard. It was a good qualifying and now we’ll see what we can do in the race.

“I made the call to change the tyres. I saw a dry line forming, but I didn’t know how dry it was in the first sector. I thought it was still going to be wet, but I saw it was dry and just pushed.”

The Fortec Motorsports runners were the first to make the inspired switch which paid huge dividends. Racing Steps Foundation-backed star Alex Quinn going second quickest and netting pole for the final race of the weekend courtesy of his second fastest lap time.

Commented Quinn: “I’m so excited. It’s really good to be back at the front after Snetterton and I’m looking forward to the next races. To be on the front row for race one and pole for race three is what we wanted, although it would have been nice to have pole for race one but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“The track was drying and I was always wondering when it would be possible to go to slicks. It was quite difficult on the slicks in the first sector because it was so wet and it was hard to judge how much I could push because the track was drying so quickly. I think we did really well to get on top of that.”

Jamie Caroline looked like a real contender in the dying minutes, twice posting times good enough for provisional pole, only to have them removed for track limits. A clean lap finally arriving on his last attempt, but leaving Caroline ruing a case of what might have been compounded by a five place grid penalty carried over from Snetterton a fortnight ago.

Said Caroline: “It could have been even better. I didn’t have enough time to warm the tyres up properly and I feel that if I hadn’t been so close to Petru on my final lap I would have been able to get a really good time in.

“It was such a fine line between the dry line and the wet line out there. I understeered onto a wet patch on my final lap and thankfully I didn’t spin, but that moment cost me pole. I was loving it out there though on a damp track with slicks.”

Added Fortec Motorsports team manager Dan Mitchell: “We tested here last year in November and Alex had 20 minutes in the sort of conditions we had today so we knew the crossover time. As soon as we hit that time we brought the cars in for slicks.

“The mechanics did an awesome job changing the tyres. To change tyres on all four cars so quickly to get them out there and qualify so well is brilliant.”

Rafael Martins was quickest of the TRS Arden drivers ahead of Fortec’s Nicolai Kjaergaard and Frank Bird; the latter having by far his best qualifying of the season.

Explained Bird: “It feels really good and it’s a great result for the Fortec team. Hopefully we can carry this through into the race.

“I didn’t know how well I was doing out there because the lap times weren’t showing on my dashboard. When I pitted for slicks I wasn’t sure if it was the right decision, but then there was a dry line on the last few laps and it paid off.”

Championship protagonists Leeds, Fielding, Fewtrell and Pull remained on wet tyres and this proved to be their undoing as the track conditions went away from them. They will line up 10th, 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively, but are sure to provide an entertaining spectacle as they try to fight through the field.

Fellow title contender Devlin DeFrancesco fared better in qualifying. He will start from the third row of the grid and look to take further points away from his rivals.

Double R Racing’s Zane Goddard’s ended up seventh fastest having been on provisional pole at various stages throughout the session. The slippery 1.27-mile track playing into the hands of Aussie who excelled in similar conditions during testing yesterday. Billy Monger also shone, at times also finding himself in P1. He will line up ninth in this afternoon’s race which gets underway at 1635.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford

Provisional qualifying times Knockhill 13 August 2016
Grid order for Round 19
1 Petru FLORESCU / ROU / Carlin 51.447s
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Fortec 51.871s
3 Rafael MARTINS / BRA / Arden 52.664s
4 Nicolai KJAERGAARD / DEN / Fortec 52.722s
5 Frank BIRD / GBR / Fortec 53.048s
6 Devlin DEFRANCESCO / CDN / Carlin 53.223s
7 Zane GODDARD / AUS / Double R 53.561s
8 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Fortec 52.415s (5 Place Grid Penalty)
9 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR 53.627s
10 Luis LEEDS / AUS / Arden 56.638s etc.

Round 21 grid order (based on second-fastest times): Quinn – Caroline – Leeds – Goddard – Fielding – Monger – Florescu – Fewtrell – Martins – Pull  etc.

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