F4 - Caroline gets British F4 season off to a flyer as Simmons claims maiden win

03.04.17

2017 British F4 season began this weekend (31 March – 2 April) at Brands Hatch

The F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford burst back into life at Brands Hatch this weekend for the opening rounds of the 2017 season.

Having recorded the fastest ever lap by a Ford EcoBoost-powered F4 car in qualifying on his way to pole position, there was no doubting the pace of Carlin’s Jamie Caroline heading into Saturday’s (1 April) opening round of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. The Pirtek Racing and Duo Motorsport backed rising star duly delivered with a lights to flag victory at Brands Hatch.

A blockbuster Sunday of Ford EcoBoost-powered action saw TRS Arden's Ayrton Simmons claim an emotional maiden race win. It was the highlight of the Banbury outfit's day which also saw Oscar Piastri and Alex Quinn finish on the podium in round three.

Carlin's Jamie Caroline was the star of the show from pole in the final race of the weekend, with an almost carbon copy performance of his round one victory just 24 hours earlier. Two victories and a fifth place this weekend ensuring Caroline leaves Brands Hatch with a 19 point lead in the standings.

It was a positive day for another British F4 returnee, with JHR Developments driver Billy Monger on the podium in round two and recording a clean sweep of Ford F4 Challenge Cup class wins.

F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford

Provisional results Round 1 Brands Hatch Indy 1 April 2017
24 laps / 28.99 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 20m 26.854s / 85.06mph
2 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +0.290s
3 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +1.042s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +3.981s
5 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +5.950s
6 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +6.441s
7 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +6.754s
8 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +8.237s
9 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec + 9.138s
10 Karl MASSAAD / LBN / Double R +11.296s etc.

Fastest lap: Quinn 46.325s / 93.87mph

Challenge Cup: 1 Monger; 2 York; 3 Webb

Provisional results Round 2 Brands Hatch Indy 2 April 2017
26 laps / 31.40 miles
1 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden 20m 31.522s / 91.80mph
2 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +4.960s
3 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +6.022s
4 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +7.857s
5 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin +12.169s
6 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +12.759s
7 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +12.921s
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +13.675s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +13.971s
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +14.031s etc.

Fastest lap: Pasma 46.663s / 93.19mph

Challenge Cup: 1 Monger; 2 York; 3 Webb

Provisional results Round 3 Brands Hatch Indy 2 April 2017
23 laps / 28.78 miles
1 Jamie CAROLINE / GBR / Carlin 18m 08.691s / 91.86mph
2 Oscar PIASTRI / AUS / Arden +1.691s
3 Alex QUINN / GBR / Arden +2.064s
4 Patrik PASMA / FIN / Carlin +9.504s
5 Ayrton SIMMONS / GBR / Arden +10.481s
6 Logan SARGEANT / USA / Carlin +14.596s
7 Billy MONGER / GBR / JHR +15.029s
8 Oliver YORK / GBR / Fortec +15.215s
9 Manuel SULAIMAN / MEX / JHR +17.486s
10 Harry WEBB / GBR / Richardson +18.116s etc.

Fastest lap: Quinn 46.690s / 93.13mph

Challenge Cup: 1 Monger; 2 York; 3 Webb

Provisional championship standings
1 Caroline 60 points; =2 Simmons 41; =2 Piastri 41; 4 Pasma 40; 5 Quinn 39; 6 Sargeant 32; 7 Monger 29; 8 York 10; 9 Sulaiman 8; 10 Webb 2 etc.

Provisional Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings
1 Monger 75 points; 2 York 54; 3 Webb 45

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