TEAM NEWS: Jewiss stars again at Oulton to earn British F4 points lead

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  • Jewiss wins in British F4 at Oulton and takes points lead.

11 JUNE, 2018 – In Cheshire at Oulton Park, Double R celebrated yet more success with F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost racer Kiern Jewiss moving to the top of the driver standings with a hat-trick of podiums, including his fourth victory of the season in round 12.

Finnish team-mate Paavo Tonteri also departed the North East track with another clutch of silverware, having taken one outright podium and three Rookie podiums, including a class win in the third and final race of the weekend on Sunday evening.

“What an amazing weekend!”, said ecstatic Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “It’s obviously fantastic to be leading the championship and it shows what an incredible job everyone is doing this season with our set-up, reliability and overall performance.

“Kiern was in outstanding form again in F4 at Oulton – three podiums, another win and the championship lead is tremendous – and Paavo was really strong again too with another Rookie win. What a fantastic job by everyone.”

Double R aced the pre-event British F4 test day at Oulton Park on Friday, Jewiss topping the times in both sessions with team-mate Tonteri second in each run, and the former went on to secure pole position in qualifying on Saturday by 0.3 seconds.

Although slipping to third at the start of round 10, Jewiss hit back quickly and after taking second on the run down to Cascades on lap two he closed down leader Dennis Hauger by reeling off a series of fastest laps. Making a move for the lead on the penultimate tour at Island Bend, and taking the win on the road, post-race officials penalised Jewiss and dropped him to second in the amended results.

Tonteri was edged back from fourth to fifth off the start but after retaking the place on lap two, he spent the remainder of the contest pressuring for third – ending up just 0.5 seconds shy as the second highest placed Rookie. Alvarez too lost out at the start, dropping from 11th to 13th place, and stayed there race-long, fifth in the Rookie class.

For round 11 on Sunday, Tonteri started from third on the grid with Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place and all three Double R drivers got away from the line well. Keen to make progress, Jewiss produced a great pass into Lodge to take fourth and after pressuring Tonteri he then delivered another superb move to take third into Old Hall on lap four.

With nothing between the lead quartet, Jewiss and Tonteri ran nose-to-tail behind Ayrton Simmons and Jack Doohan but try as they might, particularly Jewiss in his bid to unsettle Doohan, no clear-cut passing opportunities were presented. Despite applying immense pressure, Jewiss had to settle for third at the flag with Tonteri just behind – the Finn securing second in the Rookie class too.

Alvarez was edged to 14th on the opening lap but then moved back into 13th place after an excursion for Hampus Ericsson. Piling huge pressure on Jamie Sharp ahead, Alvarez swarmed all over his rival before finally making the breakthrough on lap 10 to take 12th and fifth in the Rookie class.

Jewiss lined-up on pole position for round 12 and, after making a terrific start, he never looked back as he went on to utterly dominate. Reeling off fastest laps and never putting a wheel wrong, he claimed his fourth victory – and the series lead – with a phenomenal winning margin of 7.7 seconds.

Tonteri, from third at the start, held the podium placing throughout and applied huge pressure to Patrik Pasma race-long. Driving impeccably, he secured his fourth outright podium and another Rookie class win. After an opening lap drama, Alvarez battled back superbly from a deficit of 14 seconds to the pack to finish inside the top 10 and lap within just 0.3 seconds of Jewiss’ pace.

Double R Racing’s British F4 team will be back in action a fortnight from now on 23/24 June at Croft in North Yorkshire.