Caroline takes his tenth win
Jamie Caroline has led an impressive Carlin 1-2 Saturday afternoon following the second race of the weekend at Knockhill, in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – Powered by Ford. Having lined up on pole position for the race, which had been rescheduled from the Oulton Park round earlier in the season, the Championship leader didn’t look back and soon enough had Logan Sargeant for company who followed his team mate home to secure the dominant team result.
The first race of the day got underway in slightly cloudy conditions with rain threatening. As the lights went out the two front runners were quick away, Caroline kept them well within his sights and had soon made his way up to third position keeping himself in the right place to challenge throughout the race.
Over the next few laps Caroline began hounding Alex Quinn ahead in his efforts to take second as his own; making a move he launched past Quinn however a hard charging Ayrton Simmons was soon looming in his mirrors having followed him through. By this point Sargent had also made progress and was up to fifth.
The race was neutralised following two incidents, one of which involved Lucas Alecco Roy, who was stranded on track. This brought the safety car out for the next few laps before the field was able to race once again with just six minutes left on the clock. Upon the restart the drama continued – this time it was Patrik Pasma who found himself in the gravel trap. Despite both Caroline and Sargeant chasing those ahead in the closing laps neither Carlin driver was able to make a move stick with the duo taking second and fifth respectively.
The cars were back out on track later in the day for the second race of the weekend – this being the running of the Oulton Park race that had to be abandoned earlier in the season. Having waited months for the race, Caroline was eager to get away fast from his pole position – which was exactly what he achieved. The British driver pulled a brilliant two second lead after just the opening lap and doubled that gap just a lap later before seeing Sargeant in his mirrors who had taken second position as his own from Australian Oscar Piastri.
At the front, Caroline continued to pull a determined gap, extending his advantage every single lap; setting multiple purple sectors the Championship leader continued to extend the lead over his team mate to 8.5 seconds at the mid-point of the race.
However it was bad luck again for Pasma who ensured a spin as Roy also suffered an incident before the safety car was brought on track slashing Caroline’s lead. Roy was able to continue on with his race however the accident was game over for Finnish racer Pasma.
Upon the restart a few laps later Caroline and Sargeant both got up to speed quickly and the pair were fast to pull a gap over third placed Karl Massad with just four minutes remaining in the race. Over the final laps little changed in the order with Caroline the first to take the flag – marking an impressive and dominant lights to flag victory – with Sargeant following him in second to claim another strong podium while Roy recovered to take tenth place.
Caroline said of his tenth win of the 2017 season, “I felt as though I had thrown the first race away a little bit even though I got a podium. We didn’t manage to show our pace in qualifying this morning however our pace was much better in the two races. In race one I had a chance at getting the win at the restart but didn’t quite manage it. But we bounced back with the second race to get victory – and that’s my tenth now so I’m pleased to get in the double digits! A Carlin 1-2 is a great result for the team as well and tomorrow our aim is to make the most of the races again, hope for another win and get some more great points.”