Provided by Team PR
1 October 2018 – Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss won the coveted F4 British Championship certified by FIA powered by Ford crown on home ground at Brands Hatch over the weekend, 29th/30th September, securing the Woking team its maiden title victory in the series.
Wrapping-up the championship with two races to spare in round 28 at the Kent venue’s full-length Grand Prix Circuit on Saturday afternoon, Maidstone 16-year-old Jewiss went on to secure a textbook lights-to-flag win in round 29 on Sunday morning and then finished sixth in the finale. He ends the season with six race wins and 18 podiums in total for the year.
Paavo Tonteri made a welcome podium return in race one, finishing in third place, and also made it seven Rookie class wins for the year in Saturday’s contest. Adding another Rookie win with fourth overall in round 29, he then made it a hat-trick of class victories in round 30 and also bagged his ninth overall podium of the year with third place. Tonteri ends 2018 third in the Rookie Cup title battle.
Mexico’s Sebastian Alvarez had more of a mixed weekend at Brands Hatch GP Circuit, finishing fourth in the Rookie class in rounds 28 and 29 and taking an overall best of 10th position in the opening race on Saturday.
Elated to add a maiden British F4 crown to is multiple championship wins in Formula 3, Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt says the title victory is testament to the ultra-hard work of the team’s mechanics and engineers, as well as the immense skill and ability of star-in-the-making Jewiss.
“This is what we’ve been working towards since the end of last season” said Hieatt, “I’m so proud of Kiern and all the boys at the team for doing such a fantastic job. It’s been a tragic and tough year with the loss of our beloved JJ [Wilson – chief mechanic], every win and podium has been for him and he is never far from our thoughts.
“Obviously, Kiern has been outstanding all year. We knew he was a great talent, but some of the performances he’s delivered this season have been incredible. It’s been fantastic working with him this year, he genuinely is one to watch for the future.”
Hieatt added: “Paavo’s had an amazing weekend with three Rookie wins and two outright podiums, the perfect way to end his season after a very competitive weekend in testing, qualifying and the races. It’s a shame things weren’t as straightforward for Sebastian, but it’s been a solid first year to build-on with some good highlights along the way.”
Jewiss achieves dream of F4 title as Tonteri absolutely shines
Fastest in the first of two free practice sessions on Friday, 28th September, Jewiss was third in the second run 0.045 seconds behind team-mate Tonteri who was an excellent second quickest on the timesheets. In qualifying on Saturday morning, Tonteri again bested Jewiss with the Finn securing third on the grid for race one, the Rookie Cup pole, with Jewiss fifth and Alvarez 10th fastest.
Although edged back to sixth position at the start by chief title rival Ayrton Simmons, the placing was always going to be enough for Jewiss to claim the championship crown with an unassailable lead and he spent the entire 14-lap duration shadowing his challenger, taking no unnecessary risks.
“The boys have done a fantastic job this season and I can’t thank them enough for everything they’ve done”, said Jewiss after Rd28, “It has been a tough year, particularly the second half of the season, but I’m delighted to wrap-up the title with two races to go.”
Round 28 was largely a processional affair throughout the field, with Tonteri holding third at the beginning and maintaining his excellent starting slot throughout to chalk-up his eighth overall podium of the year and also his seventh Rookie class victory.
Alvarez held 10th on the first lap and did move up into ninth position the next time around, where he remained for the bulk of the encounter. On lap 12, though, an unfortunate moment dropped the Mexican back to 10th overall where he went on to finish the race – fourth in the Rookie Cup.
From pole position in round 29 on Sunday morning Jewiss made a good launch to lead into Paddock Hill Bend, fending off the very fast-starting Patrik Pasma. Almost doubling his lead from 0.7 seconds to 1.2 seconds over the first couple of laps, Jewiss pulled nearly two seconds clear by mid-distance and went on to take a textbook sixth victory of the year by 1.9 seconds at the end of lap 14.
As on Saturday, Tonteri impressed again in Sunday morning’s contest and only just missed out on another outright podium. Qualifying fourth on the grid, he was edged to fifth momentarily by Simmons at Graham Hill Bend but swiftly hit-back into Surtees to reclaim fourth.
Swarming all over Johnathan Hoggard in the battle for third, Tonteri couldn’t find the gap he needed to muster a realistic challenge and instead ensured he saw off Simmons to secure fourth and his second Rookie win of the weekend.
Alvarez was shuffled to the tail of the 13-car field on the first lap, but after moving into the top 12 when Josh Skelton pitted on lap two he also then passed Jamie Sharp for 11th on lap three. Initially pressured by Sharp, the Mexican then managed to pull away but into the final tour Sharp had closed back in. Alvarez, though, had enough in hand to finish as fourth highest Rookie in 11th overall.
For the final race of the season, round 30, Tonteri and Jewiss both made great starts from third and fifth on the grid respectively with the Finn staying close behind the top two while Jewiss moved up into fourth. Alvarez, from 12th on the grid, was initially edged back to 13th before gaining two places on lap two when a couple of rivals tangled at Paddock Hill Bend.
Disappointingly, though, his race was short-lived after an incident further around the lap at Hawthorns. Running alongside Lucca Allen into the right-hander, Alvarez lost grip on the outside line and the ensuing spin ended with the car in the barriers and instant retirement.
Triggering the deployment of the Safety Car, when racing resumed on lap six Tonteri and Jewiss maintained third and fourth although the latter did slip to sixth on lap eight after a slight moment. With no other changes to the finish on lap 12, Tonteri wrapped-up his ninth outright podium of the year and ninth Rookie win while Jewiss had to settle for sixth position.