|ROUND 29: CHAMPION JEWISS CELEBRATES WITH RACE TWO WIN AT BRANDS HATCH
Kiern Jewiss celebrated his title success in fine style with a sixth win of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost season in the second race of the Brands Hatch season finale.
Double R driver Jewiss had taken an unassailable lead in the standings with a top six finish in race one on Saturday, which earned him a place on pole for race two under the reverse grid regulations.
Lining up alongside the man he has battled all season for the title, JHR’s Ayrton Simmons, Jewiss made the perfect start when the lights went out and was untroubled out front for the entire 14 lap race; taking the flag nearly two seconds clear of the chasing pack.
“After yesterday, I sat on the grid with a smile on my face and no pressure on my shoulders for the first time,” he said. “It was an enjoyable race and it might be the final time that the ‘Green Arrow’ crosses the line first as I think we’ll struggle in the dirty air in race three. However, I’ll do my best to end the season with another strong result.”
In what would prove to be a quiet affair at the sharp end of the grid, the podium positions would ultimately be decided at the start.
A slow getaway for Simmons saw him lose out off the line with Patrik Pasma (Arden) jumping up into second spot and Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec) into third.
Unable to keep pace with Jewiss out front, Pasma was able to defend the position from Hoggard throughout to cement his place in the top six in the championship standings.
A ninth podium of the season for Hoggard meanwhile brings him within 15 points of the top three in the championship going into the season final at 16:00.
“I hope we can get into the top three,” he said. “I’ll be starting race three from pole with the other two guys further down the order so I have a chance of taking it. I didn’t take any real risks in that race and was focused on the points when it became clear I couldn’t get ahead of Patrik.”
Having finished on the podium in race one, Paavo Tonteri (Double R) took fourth spot having battled ahead of Simmons heading onto the Grand Prix for the first time, with the Finn securing his second Rookie Cup victory of the weekend and eighth of the season.
Simmons would ultimately end the race in fifth spot, just ahead of race one winner Sebastian Priaulx who was unable to make his way through the field from his starting position.
The two Rookie Cup contenders, Arden pair Dennis Hauger and Jack Doohan, would again end the race together on the results sheets although it was a race of mixed fortunes for the pair.
Hauger would run ahead of Doohan throughout and kept Priaulx honest in the fight for a top six finish before eventually crossing the line in seventh, with Doohan forced to fight back from a brief trip off track to take eighth.
Doohan now takes a nine point lead into the season finale, although it is Hauger who is seven points clear in the fight for third overall.
“I had a mis-shift on lap two into turn seven and ran wide so I lost ground to Dennis,” Doohan said. “The race was over from there really in terms of the result but we found something overnight and the balance in the car was a bit better than yesterday. We have to work for race three if we want to get third in the standings and I’ll do my best to beat Dennis for the Rookie Cup.”
“I’m going to be pushing as hard as I can in the final race,” Hauger added. “That’s all I can do and I just have to hope it’s enough.”
Outside the top eighth, Lucca Allen had run strongly throughout the race for Fortec but a late penalty for exceeding track limits meant he dropped behind Manuel Sulaiman (JHR) in the end results to complete the points finishes, with Sebastian Alvarez (Double R) holding off race long pressure from Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) for eleventh.
Josh Skelton (JHR) was the only driver not to make the finish, retiring after an early race pit stop.