|ROUND 16: HAUGER LEADS ARDEN ONE-TWO FINISH AT SNETTERTON
- Hauger makes it four wins for the season.
- Priaulx back on the podium for first time since April.
- Simmons scores third place to close gap to championship leader Jewiss who finishes outside the points.
Dennis Hauger took an excellent fourth win of the season in round 16 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost and led home an Arden one-two with Sebastian Priaulx finishing second.
Having started from the front row of the grid, Hauger was embroiled in the skirmish for victory from the outset, battling it out with poleman Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments), as well as the Double R pair of Kiern Jewiss and Paavo Tonteri, plus Arden team-mates Sebastian Priaulx and Jack Doohan.
Jewiss’ bid for the win came undone on lap three when hunting down Simmons for first place, having got the better of Hauger after the latter attempted to pass Simmons on lap two.
As Jewiss sized up Simmons, there was contact with Hauger behind which sent Jewiss into a spin and down the order. It left the championship leader coming home in 12th with fastest lap his only consolation.
Simmons looked his usual calm and collected self despite pressure from Hauger behind, but dust kicked up by a car running wide hindered his vision and Red Bull Junior Hauger boldly passed Simmons for the lead. Priaulx also snuck through to take second, having expertly worked his way up through the order from seventh.
“It’s great to be back on the top step of the podium immediately after the Croft meeting when we won twice,” said Hauger.
“I think it was a good race with a lot of things happening out on track. I just had to try to stay calm.
“Simmons was slower through turn one at one point so I managed to squeeze past to take the lead.
“It’s always tough to pass Ayrton so I was pleased to take advantage when I could and take maximum points with the championship leader finishing outside the top-10.”
Added Priaulx: “Everything seemed to fall into place in that race.
“We didn’t make use of our new tyres because of where we were starting from, but I still had great race pace.
“I’m happy to be back on the podium. It’s been a while so it’s great to be fighting at the front again.
“I’ve got new tyres for the next race so I’m looking forward to what’s ahead this weekend. We can achieve more great results.”
“I was a bit unlucky once out in the lead,” explained Simmons. “Someone ran wide in turn one and kicked up a load of dust. I was the first driver to go through it and before I knew it Dennis was alongside me.
“I lost my left mirror which made things pretty interesting, but still managed to bring home good points.
“It would have been better to get the 25 points which I think we deserved, but it’s good to take 15 points out of Jewiss’ championship lead.”
Just missing out on a podium spot was Doohan, who had pulled off a brilliant move earlier in the race. The Aussie squeezing past Priaulx at Murrays. He chased down Simmons until the chequer, the pair seemingly inseparable and Simmons doing well to keep Doohan at bay.
Paavo Tonteri came home fifth and was the highest placed Double R runner, while team-mate Sebastian Alvarez followed him home in sixth to record his best result of the season ahead of Patrik Pasma who picked up several spots on his way to seventh.
Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) had to settle for eighth, having been shuffled down the order, with Josh Skelton (JHR Developments) in ninth and Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) making a welcome return to the top-10 for the first time since the Thruxton meeting in May.
After the race Hauger was handed a five-place grid penalty for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety, meaning an 11th place grid slot for round 17.
Manuel Sulaiman was also handed a five-place grid penalty for the same infringement and it will be taken at the next available opportunity in which the full penalty can be applied.