Carlin’s Jamie Caroline got a brilliant start off the line in the opening British F4 race at Oulton Park. The Pirtek backed racer got away from pole position and never looked back. The circuit was beginning to dry out during round ten of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford EcoBoost. Caroline’s victory increased his win tally to eight, equalling the record for the number of wins in a season which belonged to 2015 champion Lando Norris.
TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn was chasing Caroline throughout the race after getting the better of Carlin’s Logan Sargeant off the start along with Double R’s Linus Lundqvist and Carlin’s Patrik Pasma.
Caroline did not waste any time, instead he just got his head down and built up a gap of several seconds as the race progressed.
As well as Sargeant, Lundqvist managed to pass Piastri at the start of the race to get himself into third, he was quick in the late stage of the race which saw him setting consecutive fastest laps in his pursuit of Quinn.
Another podium finish was out of reach for Pasma, he did fantastically to withstand the pressure from his Carlin teammate Sargeant to come out top from their battle to take fourth with Sargeant in fifth.
The most thrilling battle of the race was that between Piastri and Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb. The latter made up two places during the opening tour of the circuit and pressured Piastri for most of the race. He tried to force the Australian into making a mistake but Piastri was defending perfectly and did well to keep Webb at bay.
Webb finished in seventh, ensuring he took his tenth consecutive points score of the season and his first Ford F4 Challenge Cup win of the campaign. This allowed him to close the gap down to Oliver York in the Cup standings.
TRS Arden’s Ayrton Simmons also got a fast starter, he made up a few places but then contact with Fortec’s Oliver York meant that both had an uphill battle for the remainder of the race. Simmons had to pit for a nosecone change which put him out on contention straight away. York did well to fight back into the points before the chequered flag came out to take tenth. Eighth place went to Double R Racing’s Karl Massaad ahead of Carlin’s Lucas Roy in ninth. Massaad and Sharp had been embroiled in an entertaining battle throughout the first half of the race. Eleventh across the line was Sharp Motorsport’s Jamie Sharp behind Oliver York. Double R Racing’s Daniel Cao narrowly missed out on a point finishing in twelfth. Ayrton Simmons finished the race in thirteenth.
GW Motorsport’s Jacky Liu got a great start, he broke into the points on the opening lap of the race after climbing five places. This charge came to an end after he went straight on at Lodge Corner into the gravel trap.
The fastest lap of the race went to Linus Lundqvist with a 1:33.561.
For round 11 tomorrow the grid will be;
Due to some delays in the schedule at Oulton Park the second race of the weekend was postponed, now to take place at 14:05 tomorrow. The race will be shown live on ITV4 with Piastri on pole position. The date and time that round twelve will take place is unknown at the moment but will be confirmed in due course.
Photo Credit: British F4.
©Fay Tilley 20th May 2017