Wednesday, 2 May 2018

Jewiss and Hoggard Share Wins in Donington Sunday Thrillers


29 APRIL, 2018 – Rounds five and six of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost promised much and they unquestionably delivered.

Kiern Jewiss kicked proceedings off with what will be remembered as one the finest drives in the history of the series. The Double R racer battled his way from the last row of the grid to take his maiden single-seater victory in spectacular fashion at Donington Park.

Fortec Motorsports' Johnathan Hoggard was back on the top step of the podium less than 24 hours after his maiden win. The racer from Spalding finished his weekend with another flawless performance.

Elsewhere, JHR Developments ace Ayrton Simmons celebrated his 17th birthday with some excellent comeback drives to stay in the lead of the championship, while Jack Doohan edged ahead of Arden team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger in the race for the Rookie Cup.
  • Jewiss and Double R Racing take spectacular win at Donington Park.
  • Simmons secures second place after thrilling battle with Jewiss for the win.
  • Hauger forced to settle for third due to time penalty, despite finishing first on the road.
Kiern Jewiss took victory at Donington Park in round five of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost after pulling off what will be remembered as one of the finest drives in the history of the series.

Starting from the last row of the grid the Double R racer stormed his way up to sixth by the end of the opening lap.

Jewiss had plenty more in store for spectators, lapping quicker than any other driver and by lap six was up to fourth and in the hunt for the lead which was occupied by Dennis Hauger. The Arden driver having boldly run around the outside of poleman Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) at turn one to take charge of the race.

Ericsson soon had to settle for third behind another fast-starter in the form of Ayrton Simmons who had wasted no time in making his way from sixth on the grid to fight for the win. The JHR Developments ace dived down the inside of Ericsson into Redgate with a perfectly judged late braking manoeuvre on lap six.

Three laps later it was Jewiss’ turn to try to pass Ericsson and he did so in spectacular fashion with a move that’s an early contender for overtake of the season. It saw him run around the outside of Ericsson through the long right hander at Coppice, Jewiss bravely hanging on at the limit of adhesion. The race would later become even more frustrating for Ericsson, with an off at Roberts just two laps from the end.

Jewiss’ third place soon turned into second after on-track leader Hauger received a five second time penalty for exceeding track limits. Hauger was unable to build a gap over the hard charging Simmons and Jewiss behind and the stage was set for a thrilling finale. It didn’t disappoint, as the pair jostled for position. Simmons defending brilliantly.

MB Partners and FM Conway backed Jewiss was relentless however. On lap 14 he got a better exit out of Roberts onto Wheatcroft Straight to power past Simmons on the run down to Redgate. From then on he kept Hauger in his sights and Simmons at bay to secure a memorable maiden British F4 win.

“This win feels amazing,” said an ecstatic Jewiss. “I couldn’t have done any of this without Double R Racing. Big thanks to them, MB Partners, FM Conway and HCL.

“We’re really good at getting the tyres up to temperature so we can perform really well from the outset.

“I got as much heat in my tyres as I could for the opening lap and pushed as hard as possible. I threw caution to the wind and went all the way around the outside at the start to make up places.

“I realised Ericsson wasn’t carrying as much speed as me through Coppice so kept my foot in and went on the outside. I just had enough momentum to get by him before the chicane at the end of the straight.

“I didn’t know who was in the lead. My pitboard was showing P2, but I didn’t know whether it was Ayrton or Dennis who had the penalty. Then once I overtook Ayrton the board showed P1 so there was plenty of emotion going on in the cockpit.

“I tried to get Simmons at the Craner Curves, but waited patiently, got a better drive out of the last chicane and took my opportunity to pass him.

“For the next race everyone is going to be on scrubbed tyres so it’s going to be about getting the moves done early and then looking after tyres at the end. It will be easy to make mistakes and it will be all about avoiding them."

Added Simmons: “It was a pretty hectic race starting from sixth and it’s great to get a podium.

“At the start of the weekend we weren’t sure about our pace. Qualifying P10 wasn’t ideal, but we’ve improved during the weekend and we’ve now shown that in the dry we’ve got excellent pace.

“We were four or five tenths off Jewiss in free practice and now we’re able to match him so that just shows how far we have come.

“It’s really nice to get this podium on my birthday. I went from sixth to third on the first lap and to be honest I wanted to get past Ericsson as well because I had thoughts of Senna’s amazing opening lap at Donington, even though that was in the wet. I wanted to emulate his heroics.”

Commented Hauger: “It’s really sad to lose out on a win in this way, but I’m proud of the fact that I finished first on track. Hopefully we can get the win in race three.

“The start was really good. I discussed it with the team beforehand and we had a plan going into the race. It was great to pull it off.

“I pushed on track while not taking any risks out front. Fifteen points from this race is good for the championship, but I’m disappointed because it could have been more.”

Behind the leading trio finished Jack Doohan (Arden) and yesterday’s race winner Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports). The latter stealing fifth from Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) with a move at Redgate on the final lap.

Meanwhile, Double R Racing had another driver fly up the order with Paavo Tonteri performing brilliantly from last on the grid to finish seventh and ahead of fellow Finn Patrik Pasma by just 0.001s. Although Pasma finished sixth on the road, he dropped back to eighth as a result of a five second penalty for exceeding track limits.

Sebastian Alvarez’s ninth place meant that all Double R Racing-prepared cars finished in the points, while Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top 10 having emerged triumphant from an entertaining scrap with Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports), Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments).
Pictured: Feature shot - Double R Racing's Kiern Jewiss was sublime as he battled from the last row of the grid to take victory in the fifth round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost. Above, clockwise from top left: Jewiss and birthday boy Ayrton Simmons put on a captivating display in the fight for the round five win; There was little to separate Jewiss and the Arden trio of Patrik Pasma, Jack Doohan and Sebastian Priaulx in round six; Johnathan Hoggard was dominant in his Fortec Motorsports-prepared racer on the way to his second victory in the space of 24 hours; Round six Rookie Cup podium (from left to right): Paavo Tonteri, Jack Doohan and Josh Skelton. Images by Jakob Ebrey Photography. 
  • Fast-starting Hoggard faultless out front on the way to victory.
  • Pasma and Jewiss take podium spots after dramatic race.
  • Doohan takes third Rookie win to lead chase for Rookie Cup.
Less than 24 hours after taking his first single-seater victory, Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard was back on the top step of the podium after another flawless drive in round six of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Donington Park.

Starting from second on the grid, Hoggard made a better getaway than poleman Patrik Pasma (Arden) and flew around the outside of the Finn into turn one to lead the way on the opening lap.

There was plenty of drama behind with championship leader Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports), Jack Doohan (Arden) and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) tripping over each other at Craner Curves. All four drivers took to the grass, but all were able to re-join the race safely.

More action followed moments later as Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) and Manuel Sulaiman’s (JHR Developments) race came to an end after coming together at the Roberts chicane. Meanwhile Lucca Allen’s race was halted at the same corner.

The Safety Car was deployed to enable the stricken cars to be removed, with the racing getting underway again on lap seven.

Hoggard did well to keep Pasma at bay at the restart and as the race progressed was in a league of his own as he pulled away from the chasing pack, crossing the finish line with a winning margin of 11.575s.

“Getting the lead off the line and building that gap as soon as possible was key,” explained Hoggard.

“I didn’t get the best of restarts after the Safety Car, but still managed to defend well and then set about building a gap.

“It would have been nice to win all three races this weekend, but I’ll take two wins after what happened at Brands Hatch.

“I’m over the moon with the result. I cannot thank the team enough. They’ve done a great job all weekend. Wet or dry we’ve had the pace.

“We’ve definitely shown how good we can be. Hopefully there are many more weekends like this to come.

“I’m looking forward to Thruxton in a few weeks. Preparation will be crucial so we can qualify well and get more good results.”

Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) stayed out of trouble on the adrenaline-fuelled opening lap to make his way up to fifth behind Arden’s Dennis Hauger and Sebastian Priaulx.

As Hauger attempted to overtake Pasma on lap seven, Priaulx saw an opportunity to pounce, but in doing so left the door open to Jewiss.

The next target for Jewiss was Hauger who put up a resolute defence, but ultimately succumbed to Jewiss’ attack on lap nine. The Double R racer pulling off a forceful move through the Roberts chicane which saw Hauger skip through the gravel and relegated to 10th.

Jewiss found himself surrounded by Arden runners, with Pasma defending second place robustly and Priaulx and Doohan snapping at his heels.

“That wasn’t the result that we wanted, but I’m pleased to have scored all these points,” said Pasma.

“Although we couldn’t get the win, it’s another podium which means plenty of points at this early stage in the championship.

“We’ve made a lot of progress, especially in terms of qualifying. We’re getting quicker and quicker and that bodes well for the rest of the season.”

Commented Jewiss: “I got another good start and made up a lot of places, although it wasn’t quite as many as the last race.

“I got through the field well, but when I got to Patrik he defended so hard and at times I was on the grass.

“I was in a bit of an Arden sandwich and it was tough, because I was trying to attack and defend at the same time. It was a hard battle, but I held my nerve.

“It’s been another really good weekend with regard to scoring points. The first race didn’t go so well, but the second and third races were brilliant and I put that down to everyone at Double R Racing and Ford for putting together an excellent car and championship.”

Doohan bounced back brilliantly from his opening lap off track excursion to finish fourth after getting the better of Priaulx in the closing stages and almost Jewiss. The Aussie also recorded his third Rookie class win of the season to leave Donington Park leading the chase for the Rookie Cup.

Although Hoggard was clear out front, Pasma’s defence created a grandstand finish as the entire field from second to 10th was covered by just several seconds.

Championship leader Simmons profited most, recovering from the back of the field after his opening lap travails to finish second and salvage valuable points for his championship hopes.

Sharp was another who recovered well to finish in the points, ahead of Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing), with Ericsson’s race ending two laps from the finish at McLeans.

Following the race Pasma was awarded a five place grid penalty for unsafe manoeuvres and Simmons was awarded a 10 place grid penalty for contact. Both are to be taken at the next available opportunity.
F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoostProvisional results Round 5 Donington Park, 29 April, 2018
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 21m 07.080s / 101.10 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +0.826s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +3.694s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +3.808s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +10.982s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +20.914s
7 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +21.492s
9 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +21.493s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +30.161s
10 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +30.905s etc.

Fastest lap: Jewiss 1m 08.682s / 103.73 mph

Rookie class: 1 Hauger, 2 Doohan; 3 Tonteri; 4 Alvarez; 5 Skelton

Provisional results Round 6 Donington Park, 29 April, 2018
15 laps / 29.68 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 54.573s / 85.07
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +11.575s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +11.799s
4 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +12.262s
5 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.395s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +13.475s
7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +13.916s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.072s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +14.127s
10 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +15.425s etc.

Fastest lap: Hauger 1m 08.781s / 103.58 mph

Rookie class: 1 Doohan, 2 Skelton, 3 Tonteri, 4 Hauger

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 102 points; 2 Jewiss 88; 3 Priaulx 85; 4 Hoggard 78; 5 Doohan 62; 6 Hauger 51; 7 Pasma 40; 8 Tonteri 33; 9 Ericsson 19; =10 Skelton 15; =10 Sharp 15 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 123 points; 2 Hauger 110; 3 Skelton 83; 4 Tonteri 73; 5 Alvarez 39

Full results