JEWISS IN COMMAND AS BRITISH F4 HEADS TO SNETTERTON
It’s 15 races down, 15 to go as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost returns this weekend (28/29 July) following the summer break. Snetterton is all set to stage the latest instalment of a scintillating season.
With five race wins, five second-place finishes and two third-place finishes, Kiern Jewiss begins the second half of the season in pole position for the UK’s most coveted single-seater title.
The Double R ace has been rapid from the outset and proved he can win from anywhere on the grid. His 2018 campaign has gained plenty of momentum and he will look to extend his 57 point lead in the standings over closest rival Ayrton Simmons.
Simmons has his sights set firmly on regaining his spot at the top of the championship however. The JHR Developments driver got his season off to a stellar start with two wins and tasted further victory at Oulton Park, but a tough weekend at Croft leaves him with a point to prove.
Dennis Hauger put together a near-perfect weekend last time out, converting two pole positions into two victories and bagged a brace of fastest laps. The Red Bull Junior Team driver looks to have found his feet in the championship and is sure to be a contender for top honours once again.
His Arden team-mate and fellow Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan also grabbed headlines at Croft, following on-track heroics which saw him carve his way through the field from the back of the grid into podium position.
Paavo Tonteri (Double R) and Patrik Pasma (Arden) go into the second half of 2018 still on the hunt for their maiden wins, but given their performances it is surely just a matter of time.
The summer break couldn’t have come soon enough for Sebastian Priaulx. His first win in the opening weekend of the season seems like a distant memory and he will have used the holidays to regroup and come back stronger with the Arden team.
The same can be said of the Fortec Motorsports camp. Johnathan Hoggard doubled up with wins in April, but since then his and the team’s season hasn’t quite reached the same heights. Hoggard, Hampus Ericsson and Lucca Allen have found themselves bringing home top-10 finishes as opposed to silverware. It will be fascinating to see if they can turn the tables and finish the season with a flourish.
Josh Skelton equalled his best result of the season just before the summer break and JHR Developments team-mate Manuel Sulaiman is on a fine points scoring run which spans the last six races. Meanwhile, Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport are on the cusp of being regular top 10 finishers along with Double R’s Sebastian Alvarez.