JAMIE CAROLINE CROWNED BRITISH F4 CHAMPION
Jamie Caroline secured the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost title at Brands Hatch to cap a spectacular season for the Carlin racer.
Jamie capitalised on a sensational debut season to become the 2017 champion in fine style – Photo: Jakob Ebrey
An eighth-place finish in a dramatic opening race was enough to see him clinch the title with two races in hand. It comes on the back of a record-breaking campaign for the 18-year-old who has topped the standings since winning the opening race of the season.
A further nine victories would follow, seeing him record the most wins for a driver in a British F4 season, and also helping him surpass the record for points scored in a season set by Lando Norris in 2015.
Carlin had even more to celebrate by winning the Teams’ Cup for the third consecutive year. Trevor Carlin’s outfit recording an impressive 30 podiums, including 12 race wins across the season, with one race still remaining.
Round 28 saw Linus Lundqvist return to the top step after a scintillating start to take his fifth win of 2017 for Double R Racing, and banish memories of a disastrous opening weekend earlier in the year at Brands Hatch.
Meanwhile, in the penultimate race of the season Oliver York and Fortec Motorsports seized the initiative to emerge victorious.
Said the 2017 FIA British Formula 4 Champion: “It would have been nice to secure the title with another victory but I’m delighted to wrap it up with a few races to space.
“To become the British F4 champion is a good thing to add to my CV, and I’m proud to have taken my second title for Pirtek Racing.
“On top of that I’m proud to have made it a hat-trick of British F4 drivers’ titles for Carlin, as well as play a key role in bringing home a historic third consecutive Teams’ Cup for them.
“Going into this season, my aim was to fight for the title but I didn’t expect to enjoy the level of success I’ve had. To break the points record and to set a new record for wins in a season is fantastic, and hopefully before the weekend is over I can add to that win tally.
“So many people have supported me to get to this point and I have to thank all of my family, Phil Glew, Edge Sporting Management, Carlin, everyone at Pirtek UK and all my other sponsors, as I wouldn’t have been able to take this title without them.”