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Having thrilled fans a fortnight ago with some of the most memorable races in the championship’s recent history, featuring frenetic battles for position throughout the field, Formula 1’s stars of tomorrow are back! They are set to provide a spectacle to savour as the F4 British Championship certified by FIA takes to the track at Cheshire’s picturesque Oulton Park this weekend (20/21 May).

Carlin’s Jamie Caroline is in the ascendancy. At Thruxton the championship leader became the first driver to win all three British F4 races in one meeting, taking his victory tally to seven for the season. Caroline’s success has been all the more remarkable given that he has had to produce performances from the very top-drawer, with some of the world’s most talented junior single-seater racers pushing him to the limit.

TRS Arden’s Oscar Piastri sits second in the standings having visited the podium more than any driver with the exception of Caroline, while team-mate Ayrton Simmons is one of only three drivers to win a race this season. The other having been clinched by Double R’s Linus Lundqvist who broke the lap record at Thruxton. All have consistently shown front-running pace going toe-to-toe with Caroline and they will seek to make inroads on his advantage at the top of the table.

Oliver York (Fortec Motorsports) has emerged as a leading player, heading the Ford F4 Challenge Cup standings and battling for overall race victory after claiming a maiden pole at Thruxton. It came following countless hours of hard work with Richard Dutton’s team and Andy Priaulx Sports Management. With qualifying seemingly mastered, the international kart champion will have turned his attention to race pace ahead of his trip to Cheshire.

Another driver on the up is Logan Sargeant (Carlin). Thruxton was his strongest weekend to date. The highlight being his first podium in the series. The American shone during pre-season, setting the pace in the test at Oulton Park at the beginning of February.

His team-mate Patrik Pasma is a mere two points behind him in the standings with a brace of podiums to his name. Karl Massaad (Double R) starred on the rostrum for the first time at Thruxton, bringing home his biggest haul of points of the campaign so far. Alex Quinn (TRS Arden) joined him with second in the same race and like Massaad the 2016 Rookie Champion is gunning for wins this weekend.

Jamie Sharp (Sharp Motorsport) and Harry Webb (Richardson Racing) were inseparable on track last time out, providing an exhilarating battle which saw Daniel Cao (Double R) also get in on the act. Sharp will intend to make home advantage count, with the Rochdale racer just an hour up the road from the circuit. Jacky Liu (GW Motorsport) is looking to record his first point score of the campaign; meanwhile Lucas Alecco Roy (Carlin) aims to return to the top 10 after a fruitless weekend at Thruxton.

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Jamie Caroline’s stellar start to the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA –campaign shows no sign of relenting as F1’s stars of tomorrowhead to the fastest circuit in Britain, Thruxton, over the weekend of 6/7 May. The Carlin ace added another two wins to his name at Donington Park and extended his margin at the top of the standings to 40 points.

His fourth victory of the season was vintage Caroline and wheel-to-wheel racing at its very best. The Pirtek Racing-backed star went from sixth to first in one lap, scything through the order with some audacious overtaking. Should Caroline not find himself at the front expect more of the same.

There are plenty of challengers aiming to stand in Caroline’s way. Oscar Piastri has shown consistent front-running pace in his TRS Arden-prepared racer. The Aussie has visited the podium more than any other driver with the exception of Caroline, but is yet to stand on the top step. He’ll be looking to change that, as will Carlin’s Patrik Pasma who already has a brace of podiums.

Ayrton Simmons (TRS Arden) and Linus Lundqvist (Double R) have both been crowned winners this season and can lead the pack once again.

Simmons made his British F4 debut at Thruxton last year having had to wait for his 15th birthday. This time he arrives as one of the most experienced drivers on the Ford EcoBoost-powered grid, despite only turning 16-years-old last weekend.

Lundqvist was quickest in testing around the 2.3-mile Hampshire circuit and is on the comeback trail after a frustrating start to his campaign. His team-mate Karl Massaad and Carlin’s Logan Sargeant impressed at the same test and are eager to venture on the podium.

Oliver York’s (Fortec Motorsports) season continues to gain momentum. A maiden Ford F4 Challenge Cup win helping to propel him to the summit of the class standings. Richardson Racing’s Harry Webb is knocking on the door of his first podium, while newcomers Jamie Sharp and Sharp Motorsport brought home points for the first time at Donington Park.

TRS Arden’s Alex Quinn had a weekend to forget several weeks ago and the Cornish racer will want to return to the front. Meanwhile team-mate Yves Baltas, Double R’s Daniel Cao and Carlin’s Lucas Alecco Roy achieved their first point scores last time out and will try to carry that momentum to Thruxton. Elsewhere, Jacky Liu and GW Motorsport hope to get off the mark for 2017.

British F4’s high-speed thriller at Thruxton kicks off with qualifying on Saturday 6 May at 1055, followed by round seven of the championship at 1505. Two further 20-minute Ford EcoBoost-powered races will take place at 1252 and 1625 on Sunday, with both scheduled for transmission during the ever-popular live BTCC show on ITV4.

First British F4 podium for Massaad in Race 1 at Thruxton

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Karl Massad scored his first podium result in British F4 after claiming third in Race 1 at Thruxton, Which is hosting the third round of the 2017 FIA British Formula 4, on Saturday.

Strong pace in testing had sent positive vibes ahead of this weekend, so eighth place in morning qualifying was a little lower than hoped.

However, he was able to fight through the field in the early laps in Race 1, quickly making places and showing great consistency to take third behind race winner Jamie Caroline and Alex Quinn.

“Qualifying didn’t go as planned, we had a bit of oversteer and a car balance I wasn’t comfortable with in the last sector, even if I was quite fast,” he admitted.

“I had to start eighth but it was awesome battle from the first lap to the last lap with the best drivers, managing to get to third position by Lap 5 before pulling out a gap to the guy in fourth.

“It was great to get the first podium and will give me confidence going forward,” Karl added.

“I can’t wait for Race 2 and 3 tomorrow!”

Looking ahead to Sunday, Massaad will start fourth for Race 2, but the difficult qualifying means he will slip down to eighth again on the grid for the final race of the weekend.

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Round Three of the 2017 CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will visit Western Australia this weekend for the first time in the Championship’s history. Supporting the Supercars Perth SuperSprint at Barbagallo Raceway, the event will be the home round for West Australian racers Nick Rowe (AGI Sport) and Aaron Love (Team BRM).

Rowe, who was Sandown’s Round Two winner in April, will be looking to catch up on current points leader Liam Lawson (Team BRM). The New Zealander impressed on his Australian Formula 4 debut by claiming victory in Round One and second in Round Two at Sandown. 

Zagame Autosport’s Ryan Suhle is the leading Burson Auto Parts Rookie and CAMS Foundation Rising Star driver in third place overall, ahead of fellow Rising Star Cameron Shields (Team BRM) in fourth. Aaron Love is the next best placed Burson Auto Parts Rookie (sixth overall), with JRD’s Jordan Mazzaroli the third best (eighth overall).

 The four CAMS Foundation Rising Stars – Simon Fallon, Cameron Shields, Zane Morse and Ryan Suhle -  will regroup in Barbagallo, with Shields’ third place finish in Round Two the best result so far from the group.

A preview from the CAMS Foundation Rising Stars is available at the CAMS Foundation website by following this link here. The CAMS Jayco Australian Formula 4 Championship will explore its first laps around Barbagallo on Friday morning with two practice sessions to be held at 9:00am and 11:25am AWST

The drivers will then qualify for pole position at 2:00pm Friday, with the fastest driver to be awarded with a $500 Virgin Australian flight credit prize. Three races will be held across Saturday and Sunday, with all sessions to be broadcast live on Fox Sports 5 (506) and on Foxtel Play.

Entry List (13)

#5 – Ryan Suhle (QLD) (R) – Zagame Autosport – Ray White/CAMS Foundation Rising Star

#7 – Tyler Everingham (NSW) – Zagame Autosport – JetGo

#11 – Zane Morse (ACT) (R) – Team BRM – Charman Earthmoving/CAMS Foundation Rising Star

#21 – Harley Haber (NSW) – AGI Sport – CEJN

#27 – Simon Fallon (VIC) – Team BRM – CoolDrive/Fallon Developments/CAMS Foundation Rising Star

#30 – Liam Lawson (NZ) – Team BRM –

#44 – Sage Murdoch (NSW) (R) – AGI Sport – Racesah

#61 – Jordan Mazzaroli (NSW) (R) – JRD – Real Equity Real Estate/Mr Moto

#73 – Cameron Shields (QLD) – Team BRM – McDonald’s Toowoomba/Dependable Sheds/CAMS Foundation Rising Star

#76 – Zakkary Best (VIC) – AGI Sport – Best Leisure Industries

#78 – Aaron Love (WA) (R) – Team BRM – Coco’s

#91 – Josh Denton (SA) – Team BRM – Pink’s Mitre 10

#97 – Nick Rowe (WA) – AGI Sport – SCT Logistics

(R) = Rookie

Championship Standings

#1 – Liam Lawson: 122

#2 – Nick Rowe: 112

#3 – Ryan Suhle: 65

#4 – Cameron Shields: 61

#5 – Josh Denton: 57

#6 – Aaron Love: 38

#7 – Harley Haber: 34

#8 – Jordan Mazzaroli: 32

#9 – Zakkary Best: 26

#10 – Tyler Everingham: 23

#11 – Simon Fallon: 17

#12 – Zane Morse: 17

#13 – Sage Murdoch: 2