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Johnathan Hoggard gets British F4 title challenge back on track with Donington Park victory

by Ida Wood

Johnathan Hoggard triumphed in the first British Formula 4 race at Donington Park, which came off the back of his first pole.

A difficult opening weekend at Brands Hatch left Hoggard seventh in the points and although he now sits in fourth, his margin to the top still exceeds the amount of points available in one race.

Hoggard was imperious at Donington, never looking truly under threat up front from Seb Priaulx, who overtook Arden team-mates Patrik Pasma and Dennis Hauger at the start.

His lead gap was shrunk by a safety car period, required to remove the stricken car of Kiern Jewiss, but it grew once again when the cars were released and he finished with 1.215 seconds in hand.

Jewiss took fastest lap for Double R Racing, which otherwise had a poor race as both Jewiss and team-mate Paavo Tonteri retired. Sebastian Alvarez finished ninth.

The safety car restart proved to be the end of Pasma’s race, and the final podium spot became a fight between Red Bull juniors and team-mates Hauger and Jack Doohan.

Doohan won that battle, getting past on the penultimate lap and keeping the position to the flag, which now means Doohan is the higher placed of the two in the standings.

Hampus Ericsson finished fifth, and took race two pole as a result, with championship leader Ayrton Simmons sixth from 10th on the grid.

Jamie Sharp, Lucca Allen, Alvarez and Manuel Sulaiman rounded out the points.


Race results (12 laps)
Pos Name Team Time
1 Johnathan Hoggard Fortec Motorsports 17m12.680s
2 Seb Priaulx Arden +1.215s
3 Jack Doohan Arden +7.061s
4 Dennis Hauger Arden +7.331s
5 Hampus Ericsson Fortec Motorsports +9.965s
6 Ayrton Simmons JHR Developments +10.216s
7 Jamie Sharp Sharp Motorsport +10.595s
8 Lucca Allen Fortec Motorsports +11.830s
9 Sebastian Alvarez Double R Racing +12.126s
10 Manuel Sulaiman JHR Developments +12.442s
11 Josh Skelton JHR Developments +13.401s
Ret Patrik Pasma Arden
Ret Kiern Jewiss Double R Racing
Ret Paavo Tonteri Double R Racing
Pole: Hoggard, 1m24.357s

Fastest Lap: Jewiss, 1m20.988s

Championship Standings
Simmons 76 ??2 Priaulx 67 ??3 Jewiss 48? ?4?Hoggard 43 ??5?Doohan 38 ??6?Hauger 35 ??7?Tonteri 25 ??8?Ericsson 19 ??9 Pasma 18 ??10?Skelton 10