Keirn Jewiss Extends Championship Advantage On Dramatic Silverstone Weekend

//Keirn Jewiss Extends Championship Advantage On Dramatic Silverstone Weekend

Keirn Jewiss Extends Championship Advantage On Dramatic Silverstone Weekend

16 SEPTEMBER 2018 – He might not have secured a race win at Silverstone, but Kiern Jewiss heads away from the penultimate weekend of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost having extended his lead in the standings with just three races left to run.

The Double R Racing driver won a dramatic drag race to the line in the second race of the weekend to extend his lead over title rival Ayrton Simmons and then moved further clear when the JHR racer failed to finish race three.

It means he now leads the way by 62 points with only 75 still to play for.

Sunday’s action at Silverstone saw Jack Doohan take his third win of the season with an impressive drive at the front of the pack in Round 26, with the Australian enjoying a strong weekend that allowed him to move back into the head of the Rookie Cup standings.

Round 27 then went the way of Jonathan Hoggard, who maintained his strong form through the second half of the season with win number seven of the campaign – making him the driver with the greatest number of wins during 2018.

The season finale will take place on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on the last weekend of the month.

ROUND 26: DOOHAN BATTLES TO RACE TWO WIN AS JEWISS EXTENDS ADVANTAGE

Jack Doohan produced a fine performance in the second F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Silverstone to pick up his third win of the 2018 campaign.

Arden’s Australian racer led the majority of the race to pick up maximum points ahead of team-mate Patrik Pasma, whilst the battle for third spot would be decided in the most dramatic of fashions on the run to the line.

The race had kicked off with Ayrton Simmons (JHR) on pole position but he would lose places on the run to Becketts for the first time as the fast-starting Arden car of Dennis Hauger went side-by-side for the lead.

That allowed both Doohan and Pasma to slip up the inside, with the pair banging wheels as they entered the Wellington Straight before Doohan got ahead into the lead.

An early Safety Car period to recover the cars of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Lucca Allen (Fortec) from the gravel at Copse at an incident on lap two prevented Doohan from trying to pull away, but the perfect restart when the race resumed allowed the Red Bull Junior to break away.

From that point onwards, Doohan was unchallenged to take victory nearly three seconds ahead of Pasma as Arden wrapped up a 1-2 finish.

“The conditions were a bit cooler today and I managed the warm-up procedure well and got my tyres working well,” Doohan said. “We found some more pace overnight which was good and it’s great to win.

“The opening lap was a bit dramatic with Patrik and we banged wheels on the exit of Becketts but it was a fair battle and we came out of it running first and second which is good for the team.

“The restart was key for me as I knew I had to time it right to break the tow. Luckily I managed to do that and I’m going to keep taking things race-by-race and see where we end up when we get to Brands Hatch.”

Whilst Pasma’s run to second was a somewhat lonely affair, the same certainly couldn’t be said of what would prove to be a titanic battle for third place.

Simmons had slotted back into third on the opening lap with Hauger giving chase, with the two drivers then battling throughout the race when the action resumed in a bid to secure the final place on the podium.

Despite the best efforts of Hauger, Simmons was making his car as wide as possible in a bid to retain the position, being forced to defend hard into Becketts on lap 18 when Hauger got alongside on the exit of Copse.

The battle would rage until the final lap but the pair hadn’t factored in the possibility of being joined in the fight for third by championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R), who had spent the entire race stuck behind the Fortec run car of race one winner Johnathan Hoggard.

Entering the final lap, Jewiss managed to sweep round the outside of Hoggard into Copse and then set about chasing down the pair ahead, closing in as the pair went into Brooklands with Simmons being forced wide as Hauger tried to go up the inside.

Into the following right-hander at Luffield, Simmons had the inside lead to try and keep third from Hauger but Jewiss was able to slip his car inside both to leave the trio running side-by-side on the run to the line.

Jewiss would cross the line just 0.006s ahead of Simmons to steal third spot and extend his lead in the standings to 44 points, with Hauger just 0.084s further back in fifth.

“I was glad to get ahead of Johnathan with a good move round the outside at turn one and I could see the two ahead had been battling hard,” Jewiss said. “They ran wide out of turn two and I got a run into turn four and then ran wide trying to attack each other.

“When then ran wide, I don’t think Ayrton knew I was there and I got the car up the inside and we ran side-by-side. They tried to squeeze me a bit and we were all racing hard and I came away with third.

“I knew I’d got it when I crossed the line and with Ayrton having started on pole, I expected to lose points. Hopefully we can now extend the lead a bit further in race three.”

Behind the battle for third spot, Hoggard crossed the line in sixth spot, with Manuel Sulaiman taking a solid seventh spot for JHR.

The fight for eighth would be one of the main talking points of the race, with Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport), Paavo Tonteri (Double R), Seb Priaulx (Arden) and Josh Skelton (JHR) spending much of the race fighting for the position.

Sharp had moved up to eighth having avoided the drama of the opening laps but was left to defend hard to keep Tonteri at bay after the restart before the Finn was forced to retire at the end for the twelfth lap, which left Priaulx and Skelton to put pressure on Sharp for the position.

It looked like Sharp would hold on until two laps from the end when the pressure finally told and Priaulx managed to get ahead, with Skelton then following him through to take ninth – having been forced to pit early on for a new nose after contact with Alvarez that triggered the lap two incident.

Christian Lester completed the finishers in eleventh spot on what was his debut in the series – with hard work from the Rosso Verde/Scorpio team seeing his car repaired in order to take the start after an incident in qualifying.

ROUND 27: HOGGARD SECURES SEVENTH VICTORY AS JEWISS EDGES FURTHER CLEAR
Johnathan Hoggard maintained his record of winning every race where he has finished on the podium with victory in the final F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost race of the weekend at Silverstone.

Having emerged victorious from the opening race at the Northamptonshire circuit, Hoggard once again led from start-to-finish to take another win for Fortec, although it was a victory that was far from straightforward thanks to the pressure of the chasing pack behind.

Hoggard had started the race from pole position and headed the field into Copse for the first time, emerging from the opening lap with a handy advantage after championship leader Kiern Jewiss (Double R) lost ground following a touch from team-mate Paavo Tonteri.

That allowed Rookie Cup leader Jack Doohan (Arden) through into second spot and he set about chasing down Hoggard for the victory.

Whilst he would close to within a tenth of a second at one stage, Hoggard was able to hold on at the front and was then forced to defend from Jewiss in the closing stages when he managed to battle his way back into second place.

Jewiss would try hard but couldn’t make a move stick, allowing Hoggard to take a win that moves him up to fifth in the standings.

“That was one of the toughest races of the season,” he said. “There was a lot of pressure from Jack at the start and then from Kiern at the end and I can take a lot of satisfaction from that one.

“To have seven wins this season is something that I’m very proud of and I’m really happy with how the second half of the year has gone. It’s a shame for me that the season didn’t start in the summer!”

Second place for Jewiss came at the end of a dramatic race for the points leader, who slipped down to fourth after the moment on the opening lap.

Running behind title rival Ayrton Simmons (JHR) on track, Jewiss managed to find a way through on the seventh lap when the pair touched at Luffield before setting off to chase down Doohan.

Quickly dispatching the Arden man, Jewiss closed in on Hoggard but there was no way through and he had to settle for second.

“It wasn’t an easy race,” he said. “I had a little help from behind at the start which cost me places but it’s not a problem as we got back to where we should have been by the finish. I have to say thanks to Double R as we’ve come away from the race with an extended lead in the standings.

“I’ve got a good lead going to Brands Hatch but my approach going there isn’t going to change and we’ll have to see what happens.”

Doohan made it three podium finishes from the weekend – and a hat-trick of Rookie Cup wins – having fended off the challenge of fellow Red Bull Junior Dennis Hauger on the final lap.

Hauger had battled his way through from seventh on the grid to challenge Doohan into Brooklands, with the pair touching wheels as Doohan then defended the position into Luffield; holding on for a result that extends his Rookie Cup lead and brings him to within three points of Hauger in the battle for third overall.

“It’s been a good weekend and our pace has progressed through the three races,” he said. “I think I could possibly have pushed for the win in that one but there was never really a clear chance to go for the lead and I was thinking about the points for the championship.

“When Dennis came up behind me, I wasn’t going to let him get that position and it means we’ve got a little bit of a lead in the Rookie Cup and have closed up in the fight for P3 so I’ll head for Brands Hatch feeling better than ever.”

Hauger had to settle for fourth place with Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) capping a solid weekend on track with fifth spot that gives him his best weekend score of the season.

Patrik Pasma (Arden) saw his chances of fighting at the front ended by a poor opening lap where he dropped down the order, with the Finn taking sixth spot ahead of Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) and Seb Priaulx (Arden); the latter losing time early on with a spin after contract from Tonteri and then being forced to take avoiding action to avoid Josh Skelton (JHR) when he suffered a spin late in the race.

Lucca Allen (Fortec) had crossed the line in seventh on the road but a ten second penalty for a false start meant he was classified in ninth, with the points scorers completed by Tonteri after his action-packed race.

Skelton and Christian Lester (Rosso Verde/Scorpio) rounded out the twelve finishers.

Whilst Jamie Sharp (Sharp) was an early retirement, the big loser from the race was Simmons, who saw his title challenge take a major hit when he also failed to finish.

Having lost position to Jewiss in the battle for third, Simmons then came under attack from Hauger on the eighth lap and would plummet down the order when he found himself out of position and vulnerable to the pack behind.

A spin at Copse whilst running side-by-side with Alvarez dropped him outside the points before he came in to retire five laps from the end, meaning he has now slipped to 62 points behind Jewiss with 75 still to play for.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost

Provisional Results, Round 26, 16 September, 2018
1 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden 20m 40.276s / 90.46mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +2.899
3 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +6.392
4 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / JHR +6.398
5 Dennis HAUGER  / NOR / Arden +6.482
6 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec +6.950
7 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +8.140
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.669
9 Josh SKELTON / GBR / JHR +14.260
10 Jamie SHARP / GBR / Sharp +14.622 etc

Fastest lap:
Doohan 56.990s / 103.62mph

Rookie Class:
1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Skelton, 4 Lester

Provisional Results, Round 27, 16 September, 2018
1 Johnathan HOGGARD / GBR / Fortec 20m 20.032s / 101.65mph
2 Kiern JEWISS / GBR / Double R +0.388
3 Jack DOOHAN / AUS / Arden +1.098
4 Dennis HAUGER  / NOR / Arden +1.227
5 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +6.166
6 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Arden +6.436
7 Sebastian ALVAREX / MEX / Double R +8.922
8 Sebastian PRIAULX / GBR / Arden +12.465
9 Lucca ALLEN / GBR / Fortec +17.049
10 Paavo TONTERI / FIN / Double R +17.295 etc

Fastest lap:
Jewiss 57.407s / 102.87mph

Rookie Class:
1 Doohan, 2 Hauger, 3 Alvarez, 4 Tonteri. 5 Skelton, 6 Lester

Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 404 points; 2 Simmons 342; 3 Hauger 317; 4 Doohan 314; 5 Hoggard 281; 6 Pasma 275; 7 Priaulx 224; 8 Tonteri 224; 9 Sulaiman 91; 10 Skelton 83; etc.

Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 500 points; 2 Hauger 485; 3 Tonteri 396; 4 Skelton 327; 5 Alvarez 254; 6 Lester 20

Full results

2018-09-17T08:05:16+00:00September 17th, 2018|F4 British Championship|