Caroline Jumps Six Places in One Lap for Spectacular Victory


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A hard-fought victory from Jamie Caroline saw him take his fifth win of the year in an F4 British Championship race where he jumped from seventh to first within a lap.

The Carlin driver had made a poor start at Thruxton, being pushed out wide during the opening four corners. Despite falling to seventh, he was quick to retake positions driving around the outside of the three-car battle for first, going into the lead through Campbell.

Oliver York had the pleasure of starting on pole after a spectacular qualifying from the Ford F4 Challenge Cup driver. He made a strong start, pulling out a few lengths with Logan Sargeant battling with Alex Quinn.

Starting in third, many would have bet on Caroline to take an easy podium, but a tough opening lap saw him knocked back to seventh after running off track.

All eyes were on Linus Lundqvist as he picked the drivers off one-by-one eventually challenging York for the lead. York ran wide at the chicane allowing Lundqvist and Sargeant alongside.

They pushed each other to the pit wall as Caroline took the opportunity to drive round the outside of all three and take the lead on the fourth lap. Lundqvist would have followed him through, but he was knocked back before spinning during a battle with Quinn.

This allowed Caroline to break away with Quinn now back up to second as York fell back. From here the race settled down, with only Lundqvist forcing his way back up the order.

Caroline would lose some time to Quinn as the race went on, but he managed the gap for a calm and collected fifth win of the year. Rounding out the podium would be Karl Massaad, keeping out of trouble in the opening lap and benefiting from the troubles that affected his rivals.

The battle for fourth went to the final lap as York was forced to once again hold off the recovering Lundqvist who had dropped as low as eleventh. The Swede will be frustrated to have spun away his chance at a win but did set the fastest lap as consolation.

Behind them, Sargeant took sixth having dropped two places from his grid position, only just holding off a late attack from the TRS Arden cars of Oscar Piastri and Ayrton Simmons.