TEAM NEWS: Two wins from three for Jewiss and Double R Racing at Thruxton

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•    Superb weekend in British F4 for Kiern Jewiss with two wins.
•    Fantastic 1-2 for Double R in Rd8 with Jewiss & Paavo Tonteri.
•    Tonteri adds brace of Rookie wins to season-best P2 overall.
•    More points for Sebastian Alvarez plus season-best P8.

21 MAY, 2018 – Double R Racing celebrated yet more F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost success at ultra-fast Thruxton in Hampshire over the weekend, 19/20 May, with Kiern Jewiss taking two excellent victories from three races.

Including a fabulous one-two result for the Woking squad in round eight on Sunday morning, where Jewiss headed home team-mate Paavo Tonteri for the latter’s best overall result yet in British F4, the third race meeting of the campaign produced more sparkling performances from Double R.

Jewiss departed Thruxton just five points shy of the championship lead, Tonteri has moved up into seventh in the points and third in the Rookie Cup – having taken two class wins – and Sebastian Alvarez took a season-best eighth overall in race two. The Mexican youngster was on for better still with a top five challenge in race three, until contact from a rival ended his hopes.

“Two wins out of three isn’t bad, we’ll happily take that any weekend”, said Double R team principal Anthony Hieatt, “Kiern had a cracking weekend and is easily the best racer out there in my book – he puts the car in the right place all the time, he’s quick and really goes for any opportunity.

“Obviously the one-two finish in race two was fantastic, it was great to see Paavo up there in P2 and taking some more Rookie wins as well, he’s really coming on strong. Sebastian was very unlucky in race three, he did a fantastic job in that race and deserved a lot more from it than he got. I’m really looking forward to the next rounds, I think our set-up will prove to be bang on it again at Oulton.”

Silverware galore for Double R at super-fast Thruxton
In Saturday’s qualifying Jewiss was the quickest of the Double R trio, lapping fourth fastest a fraction ahead of Tonteri, while Alvarez was an excellent ninth. However, due to penalties for a couple of drivers, Jewiss was promoted into third, Tonteri fourth and Alvarez seventh.

Round seven later in the day took place under glorious Hampshire skies, with track temperatures of around 40 degrees Celsius, and Jewiss and Tonteri both got away from the grid cleanly to maintain their positions. Alvarez, though, wasn’t as fortunate with an early tangle leading to a pit-stop for a new front wing. Despite rejoining, he eventually retired to the pits at mid-distance.

Jewiss and Tonteri, meanwhile, ran close behind the top two and the former moved up into second at the end of lap three before grabbing the lead from Dennis Hauger into Allard at the beginning of the subsequent tour. Edged back to second at the end of lap six, Jewiss then stayed close in the wheeltracks of Hauger lap after lap and ran side-by-side on several occasions into the chicane.

With nothing to separate them, on the 16th and final lap Jewiss made his move after getting alongside again into Club Chicane and despite contact from Hauger, which resulted in the Norwegian crashing out, Jewiss emerged unscathed to grab his second win of the season.

Tonteri climbed into third on lap six before being edged back to fourth again on lap eight. Staying there throughout the second half of the race, following Hauger’s departure on the final lap Tonteri moved up into third to take his second outright podium and also his second Rookie class victory.

Round eight on Sunday afternoon began with Tonteri third on the partially reversed grid, Jewiss fifth and Alvarez in 13th place – due to his non-finish in race one – and the weather was again extremely pleasant and warm.

At the start Tonteri was edged back to fourth into Allard before Jewiss also got ahead of the Finn through the mid-point of the complex. As a result of an incident just behind in the pack, the Safety Car was then deployed in time for lap two.

Racing resumed on the fourth tour with Jewiss fourth, Tonteri fifth and Alvarez in 11th position and all three maintained their respective positions. At the complex on lap five, though, contact between Alvarez and Sebastian Priaulx dropped the Double R driver to 12th again.

Dramatically, at the chicane at the end of the lap, a tangle between the second and third placed drivers opened the door for Jewiss to move up into second place, with Tonteri following him through into third, and it also elevated Alvarez into the top 10. With Patrik Pasma’s car stranded following the aforementioned incident, the Safety Car then reappeared on lap seven.

At the re-start on lap nine, Jewiss and Tonteri both got away well and managed to pull a gap over the rest of the pack but race leader Jack Doohan looked to be too far ahead as the laps counted down. On the 14th and final tour, though, Doohan dramatically slowed and Jewiss swept past to make it back-to-back wins with Tonteri taking a best-yet second and another Rookie victory.

After his earlier dramas, Alvarez resumed his battle with Priaulx and the pair traded places during the second half of the contest. Holding 10th place into the penultimate lap, problems for Hampus Ericsson and, of course, Doohan enabled the Mexican to take eighth place, fourth best Rookie.

Tonteri again started ahead of Jewiss for the final race, lining-up third and fourth on the grid respectively, with Alvarez beginning the encounter in ninth spot. Making a great start, Jewiss was able to see off his challengers out of Allard to then move up into third.

Quickly looking for second on the outside at Noble, he was held out on the wide line and the next time around he was edged back to fourth just ahead of Tonteri. Securing third on lap two, Jewiss was then passed by Tonteri on the subsequent tour and after clipping the kerbs at Segrave, Jewiss did lose some momentum.

Dropping to fifth, he got back ahead of Tonteri on the fourth tour when the Finn lost out while trying to mount a bid for second and they circulated fourth and fifth until lap six when Tonteri’s race took a knock after a part spin when clipping the kerbs at Cobb. He eventually fought back to finish ninth.

Jewiss continued to try and break back into the podium placings and on lap seven he produced some fantastic driving to grab third and then second in quick succession through Allard and into the complex. Unfortunately though, after running wide out of Segrave, he dropped to fourth and two laps later was back to sixth behind the impressive Alvarez who had risen superbly though the order.

Alvarez, looking quick and committed, was on for a season best but huge drama mid-lap on the ninth tour undid those hopes – contact in a tight pack of cars pitching him wildly across the grass on the inside. Fortunately able to recover to the pits, he eventually ended the race a lap down in 14 position. Jewiss, meanwhile, concluded the race in fifth just 1.5 seconds shy of another podium.

Rounds 10, 11 and 12 of the British F4 season will take place at Oulton Park Island Circuit in Cheshire on 9/10 June.