- Kiern Jewiss tops free practice one with quickest time of the day.
- Sebastian Priaulx fastest in the afternoon.
27 JULY, 2018 – Kiern Jewiss and Sebastian Priaulx shared the spoils in free practice at Snetterton for the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost.
Jewiss recorded the fastest time of the day in the morning session, picking up from where he left off after his timesheet topping exploits in last week’s two day test. The Double R ace and championship leader proved to be the only driver capable of breaking the 1m 52s barrier and heads into the weekend full of confidence despite a technical problem curtailing his free practice two running.
“It was really good to pick up from where we left off in testing to set the quickest time this morning,” said Jewiss. “It’s very promising for the weekend ahead and let’s see what tomorrow brings.
“We were a bit unfortunate in the second session because we had a technical problem which meant we couldn’t show our true pace, but I’m still pleased with time we recorded on old tyres.
“To only be about two tenths off is very encouraging. It’s also better to have problems happen on a Friday than on a Saturday or Sunday when there are points up for grabs.
“I really enjoy this circuit with its combination of high and low speed corners. Seb is going to be up there this weekend so it should be an interesting battle between us like we had in our Ginetta Junior days.”
Priaulx looks to have come out the blocks for the second half of the season firing on all cylinders. The Arden driver followed up being second fastest in free practice one by setting the pace in a fiercely contested afternoon session.
“I’m happy to be back where I want to be at the top of the timesheets,” said Priaulx. “We had a really good session in the afternoon. We had a little off at turn one at the end, but overall I’m really happy with how the session went.
“We’ve been working really hard over the winter to make the car better and also myself. We’ve got to keep working to improve every day because it’s incredibly competitive in this championship.
“I’m not going to take anything for granted at this stage of the weekend. Everything could change tomorrow. Things can change so quickly in this sport. It’s all about keeping calm, working hard and continuously improving.
“Due to the hot weather, it’s a really high temperature in the car which is only going to add to how mentally tough this weekend is going to be around the longest circuit on the calendar. It’s all part of the challenge if you want to be on the top step of the podium.”
Priaulx led an Arden one-two-three in the afternoon with Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger both within two tenths of their team-mate.
However, Double R Racing’s Paavo Tonteri secured third on the combined classification courtesy of his best lap which came in the morning.
Jack Doohan (Arden) did well to finish just half a second adrift of the fastest time of the day, having been hindered by technical gremlins throughout both free practice sessions. His race pace looking particularly strong.
Manuel Sulaiman (JHR Developments) edged out Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports) by only 0.040s to take seventh in the combined classification, while Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) and Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) completed the top-10 ahead of JHR Developments runner Ayrton Simmons.
Fans are in for a treat tomorrow with a blockbuster day of action. Official qualifying is scheduled to get underway at 1030. The first race of the weekend follows at 1400, with round 17 of the season taking place at 1625. It’s then lights out at 1430 on Sunday for round 18 which will be screened live on ITV4.