Caroline Storms Field after Blistering Opening Lap


Caroline pulls the impossible with a reverse grid win (Credit: JEP)

An outstanding opening lap from F4 British Championship leader Jamie Caroline, saw him leap five places, eventually going on to win the reverse grid event at Donington Park.

As the lights went out, it was Patrik Pasma who came on top going into the first corner holding the race throughout the opening lap.

No-one expected Caroline to jump up to the front of the order though. The Pirtek sponsored driver was untouchable in the opening two laps, eventually out-dragging Pasma as the pair went into the second lap having effectively overtaken the rest of the competition around the outside.

From there, he seemed untouchable, breaking away as the battle for second saw Oliver York follow Caroline though as the fastest Challenge Cup driver. Elsewhere, Billy Monger was forced to retire after damage.

Logan Sargeant had worked his way up to fourth, but deranged his front wing in his defence of the position. The American dropped below Oscar Piastri and the poor starting Webb, failing to keep up before eventually pitting later in the race.

The battle for third kept the fans on their toes during the race, with Pasma and Piastri swapping positions while Webb and the recovering Ayrton Simmons made it a four car train.

Piastri was clearly frustrated and started forcing the Carlin driver’s hand until Pasma ran him wide, losing a position to Richardson Racing‘s lone driver, Harry Webb, as a result.

Caroline would take the flag by over two seconds, setting himself up for a unique opportunity to take both poles and all three victories over a single weekend.

York would eventually finish a lonely second as Pasma held off the train of five cars to hold on to third place overall. Webb would inherit fourth after losing out at the start, while Piastri dropped to fifth, further hampering his championship hopes.

Behind them, Simmons recovered to take sixth and helping reduce the deficit to Piastri. Meanwhile Jamie Sharp went one better than race one, with Karl Massaad rounding out the top eight after Sargeant dropped to the back due to his damage.