Caroline extends British F4 lead
Jamie Caroline extended his championship lead in the F4 British Championship, as he finished third in the first race of the weekend at the Rockingham circuit.
The Carlin racing driver started fifth on the grid whilst championship rival Oscar Piastri suffered a broken wing. Logan Sargeant kept the pressure on Caroline to the line, taking fourth at the chequered flag. Patrik Pasma made up a place to come home seventh while Lucas Alecco Roy was 13th despite being struck down with food poisoning yesterday.
As the lights went out for the first time this weekend, Caroline made a lightening start to take third, with team mate Sargeant dropping back from third on the grid to fourth. Pasma retained eighth with Roy 14th.
Pasma made up a place when Piastri dropped down the order with a broken wing to take seventh place. Towards the front of the field Caroline was holding third but was coming under pressure from Sargeant who was closing in on the final podium spot. The duo would be separated by the smallest of margins in the final laps of the race, which also allowed fifth placed man Simmons to close in on the battle.
At the chequered flag, Caroline was able to stay ahead and take important points for his championship campaign in third with Sargeant a very close fourth. Pasma held seventh with Roy taking 13th.
“It was a perfect race for us. I managed to make up some positions at the start and took some really good points for third. Our main rival didn’t score any points so from a championship perspective it was a strong race for us. We’ll be pushing for some more big points tomorrow”, Caroline said.
The British F4 drivers will contest two further races this weekend, at 10.05 tomorrow morning, with the final race of the weekend at 15.12.
(source Carlin media)