The British F4 Championship returned to action at Snetterton on the 27-29 July, following a month long ‘summer break.’
Qualifying saw the Arden quartet all at the sharp end, with Patrik Pasma setting the fastest time of the session to take pole position. The Finn also would line up on pole for Race 3, after setting the fastest 2nd-best time of the session as well. Dennis Hauger took 3rd in qualifying, with fellow Red Bull Junior Jack Doohan setting the 5th fastest time and teammate Sebastien Priaulx setting the 8th fastest time.
They would start the third race from 6th, 5th and 8th respectively.
Pasma unfortunately had a grid penalty from the previous race in Croft, meaning he would start from 11th instead of from pole position in the opening race.Hauger made a great start and was all over the back of rival Ayrton Simmons for the race lead, along with Kiern Jewiss. The latter span which made it a two-horse race at the front, with the fast starting Priaulx up to 3rd position just in touch with the leading battle.
Hauger made a bold move to take the lead from Simmons, with teammate Priaulx following through as well. These two held on to the flag to claim a 1-2 finish for Arden in the first race of the weekend.
Doohan just missed out on making it a 1-2-3 for Arden, finishing in 4th position just 0.3s off the podium. Pasma recovered to 7th after his grid penalty, making it all four Arden’s in the points.
Race two saw Priaulx again making head way early on, moving into 3rd position and chasing the leading pair in the early laps. The Guernsey-born driver took 2nd position and was now hounding the
leader for victory in the closing stages – just coming up 0.7s short at the finish in a strong 2nd position.
Pasma and Hauger were in a race long battle which coming through the field, with Pasma just holding off his Red Bull Junior teammate to take 5th position. Doohan was the less fortunate of the four Arden’s, as earlier race conflicts and a broken front wing in the battle for the top 5, dropped him down to the back of the pack – where he recovered to 11th at the chequered flag.
The third and final race of the day took place in damp and challenging conditions. Pasma led from pole position early on, but hit a damp patch on the circuit which relegated him down the order in the tricky conditions. Doohan was the main beneficiary, the Red Bull Junior revelling in the conditions, as he overtook Johnathan Hoggard for the lead at Riches Corner on Lap 6, as Hauger repeated the move to get himself into 2nd position.
The two Red Bull Juniors moved away from the rest of the pack, sealing another 1-2 for Arden at Snetterton. Pasma and Priaulx crossed the line in 6th and 7th to give Arden a very healthy points score in the Team’s Championship.
The championship battle see’s Hauger leading the Arden charge in 3rd overall in the points standings, with Doohan in 4th, Priaulx 6th and Pasma 8th overall in the table.
The F4 British Championship is next in action at Rockingham in just a fortnights time on the 11-12 August.