Caroline Controls Class During Media Day Testing


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Despite having not officially signed a contract for the new season, it was Jamie Caroline who left Monday’s F4 British Championship Media day on top of the time sheets. This was not the first time he’s stepped foot into the Carlin car this year and with one space left in the team, is in line to take the seat.

Both the morning and afternoon threw up some surprises with drivers getting use to the machinery. The morning ended with a red flag as Linus Lundqvist beached his car, while the afternoon’s late running was reduced thanks to birthday boy Lucas Alecco Roy.

Caroline’s time of a 1min 08.106, put him almost two tenths ahead of Lundqvist during the afternoon, the Swede also put in the most laps, completing 136 circuits of Donington Park. Both competitors also finished inside the top four during the morning and will be the duo to keep an eye on when the season rolls around.

Third overall was another returning star in the shape of Billy Monger. He’ll be keen to jump out of Sennan Fielding‘s shadow as he leads the JHR Developments line-up. Monger though was only two thousandths of a second in front of Oscar Piastri ensuring four teams filled the top four.

After being the man to beat in the morning with a time of 1min 09.200, Logan Sargeant failed to threaten the top four with the same being said for his TRS Arden rival Ayrton Simmons in sixth.

Alex Quinn, is yet to commit to 2017 and his test for Arden could open some doors, with his former team Fortec Motorsport also yet to fill their squad. Fortec though could be putting their commitment into two rookies as Oliver York and Jonathan Hoggard finished eighth and ninth in front of Harry Webb.

With Karl Massaad swapping slots for Quinn during the afternoon session, in total, 19 drivers made it onto the track, as the season starts on 1-2 April at Brands Hatch.

POSNO.NAMETEAMNATTIMELAPSGAP
138Jamie CarolineCarlinGBR1min 08.106103
226Linus LundqvistDouble RSWE1min 08.2981360.192
323Billy MongerJHR Dev.GBR1min 08.407720.301
481Oscar PiastriTRS ArdenAUS1min 08.409970.303
531Logan SargeantCarlinUSA1min 08.4231130.317
612Ayrton SimmonsTRS ArdenGBR1min 08.6361020.530
746Alex QuinnTRS ArdenGBR1min 08.67445*0.568
85Oliver YorkFortecGBR1min 08.7581280.652
933Jonathan HoggardFortecGBR1min 08.9311280.825
102Harry WebbRichardson RGBR1min 08.9621000.856
1164Olli CaldwellTRS ArdenGBR1min 09.0121000.906
1221Patrik PasmaCarlinFIN1min 09.146891.040
1322Manuel SulaimanJHR Dev.MEX1min 09.5261041.420
1492Daniel CaoDouble RCHN1min 09.8101361.704
1527Karl MassaadDouble RLBN1min 09.82561*1.719
166Lucas A. RoyCarlinGER1min 10.329812.223
1791Jacky LiuGW MotorsportCHN1min 10.444822.338
1889Jamie SharpSharp M/SportGBR1min 10.600742.494
1929Lucca AllenFalconIRL1min 10.760672.651

*Karl Massaad only ran in the morning session, while Alex Quinn only appeared in the afternoon.

All of the personal best times, except Massaad’s, were set in the afternoon session.