Johnathan Hoggard Back On The Top Step And Patrik Pasma Wins Again At The Speedway

//Johnathan Hoggard Back On The Top Step And Patrik Pasma Wins Again At The Speedway

Johnathan Hoggard Back On The Top Step And Patrik Pasma Wins Again At The Speedway

13 AUGUST, 2018 – The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost provided plenty more action and thrills as rounds 20 and 21 of the season took place at Rockingham Motor Speedway on Sunday 12 August.

Fortec Motorsports ace Johnathan Hoggard made a welcome return to the top step of the podium for the first time since April to take his third win of 2018.

In round 21 Patrik Pasma was at it again from pole position. The Finn took another superb victory, having done so in a similarly impressive fashion for the first time in his single-seater career just 24 hours earlier. He led home an Arden one-two with team-mate Sebastian Priaulx in hot pursuit.

Chief title protagonists Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments) fought tooth and nail with each other much to the delight of spectators.

A titanic tussle between the pair set up a grandstand finish which saw Jewiss overtake Simmons at the final corner on the very last lap of the meeting to steal a spot on the podium. This coupled with the Double R racer’s second place in round 20 means he extends his championship lead to 45 points with nine races left on the calendar.

Meanwhile, the battle for the Rookie Cup looks just as intense with Arden’s Jack Doohan leaving the Northamptonshire circuit at the the top of the standings, but only by a single point from team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Team driver Dennis Hauger.

ROUND 20FORD ECOBOOST-POWERED WIN NUMBER THREE FOR HOGGARD AT ROCKINGHAM

  • Hoggard tastes victory for the first time since April.
  • Second place for Jewiss sees him extend championship lead as Simmons doesn’t finish.
  • Doohan stars on podium once again and takes lead in Rookie class.

Fortec Motorsports’ Johnathan Hoggard made a welcome return to the top step of the podium to take his third win of the season in round 20 of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham Motor Speedway.

Hoggard last tasted victory in April, but looked very much at home out front around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire circuit. Leading from pole he had enough to keep his pursuers at bay for the duration, most impressively mastering a Safety Car restart on the way to the chequered flag.

“It feels really good to be back on the top step of the podium,” said a thrilled Hoggard. “It’s been a while since I’ve been on the podium, let alone winning.

“I knew after the start of the race when Priaulx got really close to me that I had to excel at the Safety Car restart otherwise I would be under serious pressure due to the tow.

“I got a good restart, kept my head down and built a gap.

“We’ve found a big chunk of pace between qualifying and the races this weekend. It’s all about getting everything together when it matters really.”

Added Fortec Motorsports British F4 team manager Ollie Dutton: “This win has been a long time coming. Johnathan deserves this. He’s raced and driven well this season, but he’s just not had the luck.

“He got a good start, handled the Safety Car restart well and then built a bit of a gap. He looked really good out there.

“I’m over the moon for him and his family. This win is also a good morale boost for the team.”

While it was smooth running out front for Hoggard from the outset, there was drama behind with a tangle at Deene involving Kiern Jewiss (Double R Racing), Sebastian Priaulx (Arden) and Ayrton Simmons (JHR Developments). It led to Priaulx and Simmons’ races coming to a premature end and the Safety Car deployed for several laps.

After the race Jewiss was handed a 10-place grid penalty to be taken in the next race for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety. It means he starts round 21 from 12th.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) was disqualified for the same misdemeanour due to contact with Hampus Ericsson (Fortec Motorsports).

Following the opening lap skirmishes on track, Jewiss and Dennis Hauger (Arden) were left as Hoggard’s closest challengers. However, at the Safety Car restart Doohan was keen to stake his claim for the podium places with a brave lunge down the inside of team-mate Hauger at Deene and completed the overtake through Yentwood.

Hauger then had to endure another attack from a team-mate. This time in the form of Saturday’s race winner Patrik Pasma who pulled off an overtake at Deene and proceeded to light up the timing screens with his rapid pace, recording fastest lap on his 10th tour of the circuit.

Doohan was able to hold off the advancing Pasma in the closing stages to take third. He also finished as the highest placed rookie to earn his eighth Rookie class win and with it the lead in the standings from rival Hauger who wound up fifth overall and second in class.

“The aim for that race was to get into the top three and we did that,” explained Doohan.

“Points mean prizes. We’re closing the gap on the guys in front and we’ve now just taken the lead in the Rookie standings.

“I’m now just going to try to build on that and keep the momentum going.

“I got a really good Safety Car restart. Johnathan went for it a little bit earlier than I expected, but I got a really good exit out of the last corner, tracked Dennis down the straight and opened the steering to head towards the outside. He mirrored that and that’s when I dived down his inside.

“I tried to manage the tyres as best possible to minimise degradation. I saw Patrik coming in the closing stages and he was so fast in the clear air, but once he got closer to me he found it more difficult.

“Most of the corners where you overtake here are preceded by high or mid-speed corners and that’s where it’s harder to follow a car in front and that’s what makes it hard to overtake.”

Jewiss’ second place could prove pivotal in the title fight with chief rival Simmons failing to score a point. The Double R ace able to extend his championship lead.

“I’m pleased to get all these points for my championship,” said Jewiss. “Extending my lead at the top takes a bit of pressure off my shoulders.

“It was a good race, but it was pretty tough too. We’re not completely happy with the setup of the car, but we’re chipping away at making it better.

“Rockingham is not one of our strongest tracks so we’re just trying to maximise our opportunities here and then look ahead to the next meetings.”

Jewiss’ team-mate Paavo Tonteri picked up a couple of places to finish eighth and scored his 17th Rookie class podium, ahead of JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman.

Josh Skelton (JHR Developments), Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports) and Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing) were locked in an entertaining battle for the final points paying positions. The trio completing the top-10.

ROUND 21: PASMA DOUBLES HIS FUN AT THE SPEEDWAY

  • Pasma wins again from pole position at Rockingham.
  • Priaulx scores fifth podium of season.
  • Jewiss snatches final podium spot at last corner after titanic battle with title rival Simmons.
  • Skelton takes first Rookie class win.

Having finally taken his maiden win in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost earlier in the weekend, Patrik Pasma was at it again in the final race of the Rockingham Motor Speedway meeting. The Finn leading an Arden one-two finish with Sebastian Priaulx second.

Just as he did in round 19, poleman Pasma led flawlessly from lights-to-flag. Perhaps the only blemish a slight lock-up into Deene hairpin on the opening lap.

The Finn can be forgiven for that though after what has been something of a breakthrough weekend which has seen him marry speed with consistency to enable him to have his most successful weekend in single-seaters. He was devastatingly quick around the 1.94-mile Northamptonshire track at times and is now on the hunt for plenty more silverware in the remaining races this season.

“It’s been a brilliant weekend with two victories,” said Pasma. “I’m so happy. Our pace has been really good since Friday. The team have done a fantastic job so big thanks to them.

“Priaulx was pushing me hard and then the Safety Car came. I managed to get a good restart and build a little gap.

“These results give me a great boost for the rest of the season. We need to work hard before Knockhill which is the next meeting to get even more wins.”

Behind Pasma at the start there was once again plenty of drama as the field charged into Deene hairpin. This time it was Arden’s Red Bull Juniors Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger who came to grief. The pair making contact and curtailing what had been a strong point scoring weekend for both of them.

Following the race, Hauger was handed a five place grid penalty to be taken at the next possible opportunity for driving in a manner incompatible with general safety.

The commotion ahead in the opening exchanges saw Priaulx profit most. After missing out on an excellent result in the preceding race due to contact at the very same corner, it was fitting that fortune favoured the Guernseyman. He duly picked up the pieces as his team-mates came unstuck and chased Pasma home untroubled on the way to second place and an Arden one-two.

“We got a good start and my team-mates tapped each other which meant I could capitalise,” explained Priaulx. “I got P2 on the first lap and that was the key to my race really.

“I had good pace at the start and I felt like I could try to overtake Patrik at some points, but I felt I didn’t quite have enough to pull it off with minimal risk.

“I got fastest lap which was really good and underlines the pace I have got.

“I’m really happy to finish on the podium after an up and down weekend. We got tapped off the circuit in race two which wasn’t our fault so I’m happy to end with a podium.

“We’ve had the pace for a podium all weekend so we deserved this result. We just need to improve a bit in qualifying, but we’ll learn and find a way to adapt.”

After a Safety Car period triggered by the need to retrieve Paavo Tonteri’s stricken Double R-prepared racer on lap five following contact with the wall on the exit of the final corner, there was no shortage of excitement behind the Arden duo.

As the race progressed spectators were treated to a grandstand finish with Ayrton Simmons attempting to fend off championship rival Kiern Jewiss and Johnathan Hoggard. The latter getting passed by Jewiss on lap nine as he attempted to make a move of his own on Simmons. Instead it was Jewiss who had the last laugh, expertly making his way up the order from 12th on the grid and finishing with a flourish.

Having hounded Simmons lap after lap, a better run through the final chicane on the very last lap set Jewiss up with the opportunity to steal third in the dying moments. He did so superbly as he used the momentum from a better exit onto the straight to out-drag Simmons in the run to the finish line. An unquestionably sweet moment for the Double R ace who has now extended his championship lead to 45 points.

“I got a really good start for the first time this weekend after two not very good ones,” explained Jewiss.

“I got a good launch and ran around the outside into turn two, but I found myself in the middle of everything with the two Red Bull Juniors making contact ahead and then people trying to get up my inside as I braked.

“I had to back out so there wasn’t any contact to stay in the race. I then just set about picking my way through the field and the Safety Car definitely helped. It was just a shame it had to come out due to one of the Double R-prepared cars.

“I knew once someone caught Hoggard it would give him something to think about and when that happened that’s when I really started to pressure Simmons.

“I felt that if I could get my nose in there it might be enough to put Ayrton off a bit and that’s what I did coming into the chicane.

“I thought he would shut the door immediately which he didn’t do quite as much as I expected. His tyres were obviously coming to the end of their life so he had a big slide up the banking through the last corner whereas I had a lot of traction and I got him on the run to the line.

“It was a really exciting race and it feels good to be on the podium, as well as have the last laugh in the championship battle this weekend.

“Let’s see what happens at Knockhill. We need to remain focused and try to do what Pasma did this weekend. We need to get on pole, win the first race, have a steady second race and then pick up the win in the third one.

“That’s what we will be aiming for and if we can take the reverse grid race as well to win the Ford Triple Crown Award and the £10,000 that goes with it then even better!”

It was incredibly close over the line with Hoggard just a couple of tenths adrift of Simmons and Josh Skelton only a further three tenths further back having been in mix for the final podium spot.

The JHR Developments driver still had plenty to celebrate though, having claimed his first Rookie class win after coming out on top in a skirmish with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R Racing). The Mexican lost out after the Safety Car restart following contact, but did well to pick up the final points paying position, behind Fortec Motorsports’ Hampus Ericsson, Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Lucca Allen (Fortec Motorsports).

Elsewhere, a 10 second time penalty for a false start for JHR Developments’ Manuel Sulaiman put him on the back foot for the rest of the race, leaving him finishing in 11th despite coming home eighth on the road.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional results Round 20 Rockingham, 12 August, 2018
14 laps / 27.16 miles
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 13.645s / 80.56 mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.941s
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.532s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +1.869s
5 Dennis HAUGER / NOR / Arden +7.248s
6 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +8.931s
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +9.555s
8 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +12.633s
9 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +15.672s
10 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +17.517s etc.

Fastest lap: Pasma 1m 20.087s / 87.21 mph

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

Provisional results Round 21 Rockingham, 12 August, 2018
14 laps / 27.16 miles
1 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden 20m 16.891s / 80.34 mph
2 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +1.229s
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +12.201s
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +12.377s
5 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +12.603s
6 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +12.910s
7 Hampus ERICSSON / SWE / Fortec +14.293s
8 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +15.548s
9 Lucca ALLEN / IRE / Fortec +18.132s
10 Sebastian ALVAREZ / MEX / Double R +19.666s etc.

Fastest lap: Priaulx 1m 19.991s / 87.30 mph

Rookie class: 1 Skelton, 2 Alvarez

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 319 points; 2 Simmons 274; 3 Hauger 258; 4 Doohan 234; 5 Tonteri 209; 6 Pasma 188; 7 Priaulx 186; 8 Hoggard 173; 9 Skelton 76; 10 Sulaiman 58 etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 367 points; 2 Hauger 366; 3 Tonteri 339; 4 Skelton 278; 5 Alvarez 199

Full results

2018-08-13T10:06:26+00:00August 13th, 2018|F4 British Championship|