The F4 British Championship – certified by FIA powered byFord headed to Rockingham for the seventh round and Races 19-21 of the 2018 Championship.
Qualifying saw Patrik Pasma continue his brilliant run ofform, taking a double pole position by setting the fastest lap and fastestsecond-best time in the crucial session.
Red Bull Juniors Jack Doohan and Dennis Hauger qualified in 2nd and4th respectively, with the pair starting the final race from 3rdand 4th on the grid based on second-fastest lap times.
Sebastien Priaulx qualified 7th on the grid to round out the Ardenquartet and would also start the third race from 6th position.
The opening race of the weekend on Saturday saw Pasma fireaway from pole position and immediately set about opening an advantage on thechasing pack. The Finnish driver reeled off the laps well, setting the fastestlap in the process on his way to taking his maiden British F4 victory indominant style.
Behind him, Doohan also got away well and maintained 2nd position –keeping Pasma honest throughout the race to finish in a comfortable 2ndat the chequered flag. Teammate Hauger got the jump on championship leader KiernJewiss off the line, as the two battled side by side for most of the lap,before Hauger made the move stick and pulled away to lock out a 1-2-3 on thepodium for Arden.
Priaulx stalked the championship leader throughout the race in the battle for 4thposition, however Jewiss and Simmons defended hard which meant Priaulx finishedthe opening race in 6th position.
Race two took place early on Sunday morning. Heading intothe ‘Deene’ hairpin on the opening lap, a three-way collision involving Jewiss,Simmons and Priaulx saw one of the Arden’s eliminated through no fault of hisown early on.
Hauger survived the opening lap carnage to run in 3rd position earlyon and before the Safety Car was deployed. At the restart, Doohan made a boldmove on the inside of his fellow Red Bull Junior to take 3rdposition and the Rookie lead of the race.
Pasma joined the battle as the three Arden’s battled for the final spot on thepodium. Hauger dropped to 5th as Pasma moved up into 4thposition – as the Arden trio got close on track.
Doohan held off Pasma to take 3rd position, leading an Arden 3-4-5in the partially reversed grid race to bag a solid haul of points for theTeam’s Championship.
The final race took place not long after a rain shower atlunchbreak had soaked the track. When the British F4 boys hit the track, thecircuit was dry but low grip off line.
Pasma once again made a great start from pole position as he led the pack awayinto ‘Deene’ hairpin. Hauger misjudged his braking and made contact withteammate Doohan – sending them both into race retirement due to damage, puttingan end to a great weekend for both Red Bull Juniors until then.
Priaulx survived the opening lap skirmishes to move himself into 2ndposition, latching onto the back of Pasma as the two red Arden’s began to moveaway from the field.
A Safety Car was deployed due to a stopped car on the pit-straight, theiradvantage was wiped out. Nevertheless, on the restart the pair once againpulled away from the chasing pack – with Pasma leading and Priaulx still in histow to keep the pressure on.
Pasma took the chequered flag to bag his 2nd victory of the weekendby 1.2s from teammate Priaulx, completing an Arden 1-2 in the final race of theweekend.
After Rockingham, Hauger is the lead Arden driver in thechampionship standings, currently sitting 3rd overall on 258 points.Doohan is 4th with 234 points, Pasma 6th with 188 pointsand Priaulx 7th on 186 points.
The next round of the F4 British Championship takes place atKnockhill in Fife, Scotland in a fortnights time, on the 24-26 August.