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27 AUGUST, 2017 – Carlin driver Logan Sargeant claimed his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost this afternoon, in the final race of the weekend at Rockingham. The young American led from lights to flag to take his first series victory in dominant fashion as team mate and championship leader Jamie Caroline came home third. Patrik Pasma enjoyed some close racing and crossed the line 10th with Lucas Alecco Roy 12th.
Starting from pole position after an impressive qualifying performance yesterday, Sargeant made the perfect getaway to lead the field on lap one with team mate Caroline jumping from fifth to third into turn one. Pasma lost out slightly from his 11th placed grid slot and was 12th, while Roy had made up places to 13th.
While Sargeant looked perfectly in control in the lead, Caroline had a charging Linus Lundqvist to contend with, who was battling hard in the fight for third. As the duo fought, Aryton Simmons was able to close in and in turn challenged Lundqvist for fourth. As the order behind Caroline changed, the championship leader found himself under attack from the Simmons, with the Arden driver briefly claiming third before Caroline calming took the position back.
The racing action continued throughout the field, with Pasma and Jamie Sharp fighting for 11th place as Roy moved up to 13th place. At the front of the field, Sargeant drove the perfect race, managing to pull away from second placed man Oliver York and claim his first victory of the season by 3.2 seconds.
Caroline extended his lead in the standings by 74.5 points and with Sargeant closing in on Oscar Piastri for the second place spot in the Drivers’ standings.
Speaking about his victory, Sargeant said, “It’s taken a long time but we’ve got the win. We’ve had quite a few podiums and it was only a matter of time really. First of all I want to thank Carlin, for always putting together a great car. I got a good start off the line today and after that I could put my head down and just focus on my race. I didn’t have too much pressure behind me, so I just took it easy in the last few laps, it was a lot of fun.”
Team mate Caroline added, “The second I got into third and I saw Piastri get taken out, I wanted to take as many points as I could. Now we’ve got a 74.5 point lead, so that’s good. I sat right behind Oliver [York] in case he made any mistakes, but I didn’t want to make any myself. But I’m mega happy for Logan today who did a great job to take the win.
“Hopefully we can go into Silverstone and get a few wins there, it would be nice to get over a 100 point lead so we can go to our home race at Brands Hatch and celebrate [the title]. But I’ve learnt not to lose points by making silly mistakes, so we’re focusing on maintaining our advantage.”
The British F4 drivers head to the penultimate round of the season at Silverstone on 16/17 September.