20 MAY, 2018 – Bumper crowds at Thruxton were treated to plenty of sublime single-seater action in rounds eight and nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Kiern Jewiss led home Paavo Tonteri to secure Double R Racing a superb one-two finish at the expense of long time leader Jack Doohan. It was heartbreak for the Arden driver who saw victory slip through his fingers on the final lap due to a technical gremlin.

However, Doohan – son of five-time 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan – hit back in spectacular fashion in the final race of the weekend with a masterful drive to take his maiden win and with it the £5,000 Ford Super Rookie Award.

Meanwhile, a third and second place finish for Ayrton Simmons means he leaves Thruxton still leading the championship, just five points ahead of Jewiss.

ROUND 8JEWISS LEADS DOUBLE R RACING ONE-TWO AT THRUXTON

  • Second win of weekend for Jewiss sees him take championship lead and set sights on winning the £10,000 Ford Triple Crown Award.
  • Double R Racing score first one-two finish of season.
  • Heartbreak for Doohan who sees victory slip away on final lap due to technical gremlin.

Kiern Jewiss led home a one-two finish for Double R Racing ahead of Paavo Tonteri in round eight of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.

Jewiss was in the right place at the right time following last lap heartbreak for long-time leader Jack Doohan. The Arden racer suffering a technical gremlin which saw him plummet down the order to ninth.

Having taken the lead on lap four with a perfectly judged move to get by team-mate Patrik Pasma on the inside at Church, Doohan was faultless out front. The Red Bull Junior Team driver recording fastest lap of the race just as he had done in the first race of the weekend.

Such was the Aussie’s pace that he was able to break the tow from Jewiss who had expertly stayed out of trouble to make his way up to second place ahead of Paavo Tonteri and Ayrton Simmons.

The latter having an eventful race involving contact with poleman Patrik Pasma at Club which saw the Finn go out of the race. Simmons did well to continue, but Tonteri needed no invitation to take advantage.

In something of a landmark race for Double R Racing, Jewiss’ win and Tonteri’s second place secured the team the first one-two finish of the season and saw Jewiss propelled into the championship lead.

Jewiss’ second win of the weekend meant he had the Ford Triple Crown Award firmly in his sights. If the MB Partners backed rising star were to win the final race of the weekend he would bag a lucrative £10,000 prize for becoming the first driver to win all three races in one meeting this season, emulating 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion Jamie Caroline, who also achieved the feat at Thruxton.

“To get this win is something of a bonus for us,” said Jewiss. “If we can get three wins then we win the Ford Triple Crown so we’ll be pushing incredibly hard in the final race.

“This was a a brilliant race. I stayed calm and collected throughout. There was a bit of contact between Simmons and Pasma, but I just managed to get away unscathed.”

Added team-mate Tonteri: “This is another good result which I’m really happy with and I’m pleased about scoring so many points.

“Despite the end result, the race wasn’t actually that good for me because I had a bad start and I gained positions through other people crashing. I didn’t quite have the pace of Kiern, but I’ll work hard to turn things around.

“It’s a big thing for everyone at Double R Racing to be the first team to get a one-two finish this season so I’m really pleased for them.”

Commented Simmons: “I got up to second on lap one, but Doohan got past so I had to settle for third.

“It was unfortunate the contact with Pasma and there was nothing else I could have done. It left me with damaged steering so to come home with P3 and a good points haul is great.

“JHR Developments have been doing an amazing job this season and I’m confident that we can achieve many more great results in 2018.”

Manuel Sulaiman did brilliantly to pick his way up the order from last on the grid to finish fourth – his best result of the season – and just reward following the pace he showed in Friday free practice.

His JHR Developments team-mate Josh Skelton wasn’t far behind in fifth, the pair separated by only 0.609s when they crossed the finish line. Skelton equalling his best finish of the year to cap a strong performance from the JHR Developments squad.

Hauger made swift progress from 12th on the grid, climbing three places on the opening lap and by the end of lap nine was running in fourth. However, he came off worse in a skirmish with Ericsson which relegated him several places to eighth, that would become seventh as Ericsson lost places following his dice with Skelton.

Sebastian Priaulx’s luckless weekend continued. Contact with Sebastian Alvarez scuppered his chances of a strong result. The Arden racer did well fight on and stay in contention, picking up a handful of points in sixth.

Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson was in the thick of the action climbing from 11th to fifth, but an off track excursion as a result of battling with Skelton meant a point was his only reward in 10th. The Swede finished ahead of Lucca Allen who refused to throw in the towel after contact at Club left his race in tatters.

Jamie Sharp and Johnathan Hoggard were opening lap casualties. Sharp collecting Hoggard and forcing both to retire from the race.

ROUND 9: SUPER ROOKIE JACK DOOHAN SCORES MAIDEN BRITISH F4 WIN

  • Doohan and Arden bounce back from race two heartbreak to win in style.
  • Victory sees Doohan win £5,000 Ford Super Rookie Award.
  • Simmons finishes second to regain championship lead.

Jack Doohan and Arden bounced back brilliantly to win round nine of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Thruxton. It was a masterful performance just hours after victory in round eight slipped through Doohan’s fingers on the final lap.

Starting second on the grid, Doohan – son of five-time 500cc motorcycle world champion Mick Doohan – got the better of poleman Dennis Hauger on the exit of Club chicane at the end of lap five. Once out in front the Red Bull Junior Team driver pulled away with aplomb, looking absolutely flawless out front on the way to the chequered flag.

Doohan had even more reason to celebrate thanks to winning the Ford Super Rookie Award which sees him leave Thruxton with £5,000 in prize money as the first Rookie class driver to win a race overall this season.

“Race two was so disappointing for us,” said Doohan. “We should have won that race too, but we bounced back, did a similar job to race two and got away from the pack.

“I tried to do the best I could every lap. Just pushing to the maximum, going as fast as possible to escape down the road.

“I knew I had the pace, so I was calm about making my move for the lead and pulled it off at the right time.

“I’m really happy with this result. To have my team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger on the podium with me means it’s a great end to the weekend for us.

“This win is just the start. Anything is possible. We’ve got to keep pushing so we can try to win the title.

“It’s really special to win the Ford Super Rookie Award as well. I’m delighted to come away with such a lucrative prize which I can put towards my racing.”

Behind Doohan it was far from calm on track as a host of drivers jostled for second place. Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) came out on top in an epic battle with Arden’s Hauger and Patrik Pasma, as well as Double R Racing’s Kiern Jewiss. The quartet swapped positions on countless occasions and thrilled the bumper trackside crowd.

Simmons’ second place means he has regained the lead in the standings from the weekend’s double winner Jewiss. The pair separated by just five points heading into the Oulton Park meeting in three weeks.

“I’m happy with this result and to leave here still leading the championship,” said Simmons. “I think Jack deserved the win after what happened to him in the previous race.

“I had to settle for second because he was miles ahead. It was such an intense race and I’m exhausted.

“I feel like I deserve a holiday after that race. It was a lot of fun out there though. Every time we come here it’s always about battling everywhere, every lap. It’s so exciting.

“I thought I got to the front of the pack too early, but I didn’t want to give up the position and had a really intense 10 minutes of defensive driving.”

Added third place man Hauger: “We should have had a win in race one. We deserved it. Then in the second race this weekend the pace wasn’t quite there because we were on the back foot as a result of repairing the car from the off in race one.

“I cannot be disappointed with the final race though. It was such a huge fight to get on the podium. It was really close racing up against drivers with a lot more experience than me at a track where it’s really tough.

“I come away from here having learnt so much and I need to now take what I have learnt this weekend to Oulton Park.

“We’ve been a bit unlucky so far this season. We should have had at least two wins already, but hopefully the luck will change for us and results will start to go our away because we’ve certainly got the pace.”

Sebastian Priaulx put in an excellent recovery drive to salvage more points from what has been a frustrating weekend for the Arden driver. Having started the race 11th, he made another excellent getaway and climbed up to sixth place and ahead of Josh Skelton.

JHR Developments driver Skelton was another who caught the eye on track, making plenty of progress from 12th on the grid to finish seventh ahead of Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) and Paavo Tonteri (Double R Racing).

Despite finishing fifth on the road Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) was relegated to 11th as a result of a 10-second penalty for an out of position start, which meant he just missed out on the final points paying position which went to Fortec Motorsports’ Lucca Allen.

Team-mate Johnathan Hoggard’s race was ruined as a result of damage from contact. It forced him to take to the pits and finish in 13th behind Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing).

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 8 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
14 laps / 32.984 miles
1 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R 20m 54.825s / 94.62 mph
2 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +3.842s
3 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +4.580s
4 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.278s
5 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +9.887s
6 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +10.009s
7 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +10.512s
8 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +12.219s
9 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +19.118s
10 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +41.68s etc.

Fastest lap: Doohan 1m 14.098s / 114.46 mph

Rookie class: 1 Tonteri, 2 Skelton, 3 Hauger, 4 Alvarez, 5 Doohan
Provisional results Round 9 Thruxton, 20 May, 2018
16 laps / 37.69 miles
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 20m 06.458s / 112.48 mph
2 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +6.733s
3 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.696s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +7.854s
5 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +8.232s
6 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +9.768s
7 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +10.112s
8 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +11.738s
9 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +13.791s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +15.633s etc.

Fastest lap: Skelton 1m 12.055s / 117.71 mph

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

Provisional championship standings
1 Simmons 153 points; 2 Jewiss 148; 3 Doohan 101; 4 Priaulx 100; 5 Hoggard 86; 6 Hauger 74; 7 Tonteri 68; 8 Pasma 62; 9 Skelton 37; 10 Ericsson 24 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 176 points; 2 Hauger 143; 3 Tonteri 135; 4 Skelton 131; 5 Alvarez 61

Full results