15 APRIL, 2017 – Jamie Caroline defied the odds in the second race of the weekend at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. The Carlin racer overtook five cars in one lap to double up with victories, having secured the race one win just hours earlier.

The Pirtek Racing-backed rising star’s spellbinding performance sees him extend his championship lead to 47 points from team-mate Patrik Pasma who recorded his second podium of the season.

It all means that Caroline stands on the brink of making history heading into the ITV4 live-televised final race of the weekend at 1220 on Sunday. He has the chance to achieve the “grand slam” – winning every race in a British F4 weekend. A feat that has never been achieved before.

Despite Caroline’s dominance there were brilliant performances throughout the field, including the Fortec Motorsports’ duo of Oliver York and Hampus Ericsson scoring a maiden podium and Ford F4 Challenge Cup podium respectively.

Elsewhere Jamie Sharp brought home points for the first time for new team Sharp Motorsport and proceeded to do so again after another fantastic drive in race two. While Harry Webb and Richardson Racing recorded their best result of the season in race one only to better it hours later.

ROUND 4: CAROLINE MAKES IT THREE FOR THE SEASON WITH BRITISH F4 WIN AT DONINGTON PARK

  • Caroline takes the spoils following brave overtake.
  • First podium of season for Lundqvist and Double R Racing.
  • Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport claim landmark first points.
  • Hampus Ericsson climbs nine places to score points on British F4 debut.

Carlin’s Jamie Caroline made it three wins from four this season in the opening race of the weekend at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

The Pirtek Racing-backed rising star pulled away off the line better than pole sitter Linus Lundqvist, but Lundqvist refused to give an inch and relinquish his lead as Caroline attempted to squeeze past around the outside of turn one.

Despite not making the move stick, Caroline persevered and pulled off what proved to be the race-winning overtake on Lundqvist, with a brave lunge down the inside of the Swedish racer at Old Hairpin on the opening lap.

With clear air ahead Caroline broke away from the chasing pack, recording fastest lap of the race just past the halfway stage on the way to the fourth Ford EcoBoost-powered win of his career and an enhanced championship lead.

“I knew Linus wouldn’t let me go around the outside of him at the first corner,” said Caroline. “There was a little bit of rubbing which is always good fun.

“When I did get past, the move was all about selling him a dummy. I went to the outside and then switched back to the inside of the corner. I had to really get the car stopped to prevent him from getting the cut-back. It was a sweet Caroline lunge.”

“Once in front I pushed hard for about four laps and then in the last four laps I focused on looking after tyres.

“It’s the first win I have ever had at Donington in my career so it’s great to tick it off the list. I’ve been wanting to for a while now.”

Although unable to quite match the pace of Caroline, Lundqvist brought his Double R-prepared racer comfortably home in second to record his first points of the season and kick start his championship bid following a difficult weekend two weeks ago.

“This podium is a good way to bounce back after Brands Hatch,” said Lundqvist. “I didn’t get the best start, but I managed to hold off Caroline who eventually got past me. He was very quick and we didn’t quite have the pace to match him.

“I didn’t expect Jamie to make the move he did. It was pretty risky, but he made it stick and that’s racing. I expect it to be tough. It’s British F4!”

Lundqvist finished ahead of the fast starting Billy Monger (JHR Developments) who had a storming opening lap which saw him climb several places, helped by Alex Quinn and Karl Massaad getting caught up in an incident at McLeans.

“Qualifying wasn’t ideal for us with the yellow flags at the end, because we were on a lap good enough to put us on the front row,” explained Monger. “It meant I had to start seventh, but I had a mega first lap getting up to fifth and managing to get past York and Piastri up the hill which put me into third.

“I nearly overtook Linus into the final chicane on the last lap so almost had second, but I think it would have been too close and could have been game over for both of us so I backed out, focusing on bringing home the points.”

Monger was pushed hard throughout for the final podium spot and the Ford F4 Challenge Cup class win by Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports), who in turn found himself defending from Oscar Piastri. The TRS Adren racer having been shuffled a couple of places down the order on the opening lap despite a strong start.

Patrik Pasma (Carlin) got in on the act too, closing in on Piastri as the race progressed, but the young Aussie was robust in his defence as he held on to fifth from Pasma in sixth. A reverse grid pole coming as some consolation for Pasma as he bids for his maiden British F4 win.

Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb put in a great drive to record his best finish of the season so far in seventh, bringing home more valuable points and yet another Challenge Cup podium.

Behind him could be found Jamie Sharp who climbed six places to score his first points of the season in eighth in a landmark race for new team Sharp Motorsport.

“It was so hectic at the start, but if anything it got even more hectic towards the end,” commented Sharp. “Our pace in the race was really good. I managed to find a decent rhythm. I pulled off some great overtakes. It was such close racing.

“It feels so good to finally get these points and it’s nice to prove that we can be right up there in the mix.”

If there was an award for driver of the race it would most probably go to Hampus Ericsson who, in only his first race in cars, kept his cool to rise up a remarkable nine places from his grid position to score points on his British F4 debut.

It was a stunning performance from the 15-year-old who pulled off some excellent overtakes which belied his relative lack of experience. A last lap cracker saw him emerge ahead of Logan Sargeant and Ayrton Simmons having been three abreast down the back straight.

“It was an unbelievable race,” said Ericsson. “I played it smart and finished ninth after starting at the back in my first race in a formula car so I’m really happy. It felt so good to pull off those overtakes and I learnt so much from that race.

“That move on the last lap was crazy. I had one wheel on the grass, but I stayed full throttle to overtake two guys. I had to go for it. It was the last lap!”

ROUND 5: CAROLINE DOUBLES UP AT DONINGTON

  • Caroline and Carlin win again in spectacular fashion.
  • York claims maiden podium and Ford F4 Challenge Cup victory.

Jamie Caroline and Carlin made is two wins in quick succession at Donington Park in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost following a masterful drive from sixth on the grid.

A trademark Caroline opening lap saw him scythe through the order with some truly audacious overtaking. The Warlingham racer running around the outside of Linus Lundqvist and Billy Monger into turn one, and immediately setting his sights on Oscar Piastri and Oliver York who he dispatched seconds later at McLeans.

Not content with second, the Pirtek Racing-backed star then snatched the lead of the race from poleman Patrik Pasma with an opportunistic lunge going into the final chicane. Vintage Caroline and British F4 at its very best.

Following his double win at Brands Hatch the championship leader proclaimed that he had his sights set on winning all three races in a single British F4 meeting. A feat never achieved in the series before. Yet on the back of this performance he stands on the brink of history going into the final race of the weekend.

“I cannot believe it really,” said Caroline. “I nearly went off at the first corner, locking up on the way in, but managed to overtake two cars around the outside and then two more at McLeans, and then Patrik into the chicane at the end of the back straight.”

“I was very shocked to say the least when I realised I was at the front. We know how competitive it is in this championship, but I just seem to have the edge on cold tyres in the opening stages.

“Hopefully I can get the third win of the weekend, but Linus starts alongside me from pole. He is very quick so it’s not going to be easy at all. I would like it to be wet so I can show off a bit more Jamie Caroline magic.”

Caroline’s opening lap heroics were far from the only wheel-to-wheel exploits in the race. Having got past Piastri at the start, York diced with Pasma in an entertaining battle for second. The Fortec Motorsports driver triumphed and impressively matched the pace of Caroline out front on his way to a maiden podium and his first class win in the Ford F4 Challenge Cup,

“The first few laps were really exciting; then things kind of plateaued from there with Jamie and I pretty much matching each other in terms of lap times,” explained York.  “This second place is not bad for only my second race weekend.

“I didn’t expect Jamie to come around so quickly on the outside. It was a good race. Obviously I want to win, but hopefully that can happen in race three.”

Despite losing out to York, Pasma was still content with third, especially after a thrilling race-long duel with Piastri, Harry Webb and Ayrton Simmons, which was also joined by Jamie Sharp in the final stages.

“It was really close racing out there and it wasn’t easy,” explained Pasma. “It’s a long championship and I just wanted to bring home as many points as possible.”

“I’ve struggled to find the speed at Donington and third was probably the maximum I could do. I need try to find more speed for the next race to try to get to the top step of the podium.”

Piastri looked favourite for the final podium spot for much of the race, his TRS Arden-prepared racer had no shortage of pace as the young Aussie tried to fashion a deft overtaking manoeuvre to overcome Pasma’s robust defence.

However, in Piastri’s bid to get past, it was an opportunistic Harry Webb who seized the chance to squeeze by Piastri for fourth and then take the fight to Pasma. Although Webb couldn’t quite reach the podium is was a fantastic result for the Richardson Racing team. The best of the season for both them and their talented racer. A just reward following a pre-season full of promise.

Like his team-mate Piastri, Simmons showcased excellent pace, climbing five places from his starting position to bring home solid points in sixth. Meanwhile, having had his first taste of points in race one, Jamie Sharp was at it again, gaining a place to finish seventh for Sharp Motorsport to round off a fantastic day for Joe Sharp’s fledgling team.

Karl Massaad and Danial Cao scored precious points for Double R in eighth and ninth respectively after Lundqvist succumbed to a technical problem, while Hampus Ericsson finished in the final points paying position for Fortec Motorsports, denying Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport) his first points score of the season.

JHR Developments driver Billy Monger was another who succumbed to a technical glitch on the opening lap. Elsewhere, Logan Sargeant (Carlin) and Yves Baltas (TRS Arden) looked contenders for the top 10, Sargeant running as high as fourth at one point. However, damaged front wings scuppered their chances, with Lucas Alecco Roy succumbing to a similar fate from accident damage.

Sargeant was rapid following his front wing change. Fastest lap and the only man to pass Jamie Caroline (albeit to un-lap himself) coming as some consolation as he finished behind JHR’s Manuel Sulaiman.

The final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend takes place at 1220 on Sunday and will be televised live on ITV4. It sees Lundqvist start from pole with Caroline alongside, as the latter bids to make history by winning all three races in one British F4 meeting.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 4 Donington Park 15 April 2017
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 20m 41.930s / 103.15mph
2 Linus LUNDQVIST / SWE / Double R +5.432s
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +8.556s
4 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +10.645s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +15.232s
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +15.595s
7 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +30.488s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +34.605
9 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / +47.894s
10 Logan SARGEANT / USA / +48.240s etc.

Fastest lap: Caroline 1m 8.055s / 104.68mph

Challenge Cup: 1 Monger; 2 York; 3 Webb; 4 Ericsson

Provisional results Round 5 Donington Park 15 April 2017
18 laps / 35.62 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 20m 45.763s / 102.83mph
2 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +2.769s
3 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +16.877s
4 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +17.793s
5 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +18.342s
6 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +18.874s
7 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +19.194s
8 Karl MASSAAD / LEB / Double R +24.823s
9 Daniel CAO / CHN / Double R +25.125s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +25.491s etc.

Fastest lap: Sargeant 1m 8.007s / 104.76mph

Challenge Cup: 1 York; 2 Webb; 3 Ericsson

Grid for round 6: Lundqvist – Caroline – Quinn – Massaad – Piastri – Simmons – Monger – Sargeant – York – Pasma etc.

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 110 points; 2 Pasma 63; 3 Piastri 61; 4 Simmons 49; 5 Monger 44; 6 York 40; 7 Quinn 39; 8 Sargeant 33; 9 Webb 20; 10 Lundqvist 18 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Monger 100 points; 2 York 97; 3 Webb 78; 4 Ericsson 27