Caroline Masters Mixed Weather to Take Eighth Win


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Jamie Caroline took his eighth win of the year at Oulton Park. The F4 British Championship points leader was almost untouchable throughout the mixed weather event, further extending his lead.

Caroline was looking to continue his dominant run at the front of the grid and with the Cheshire weather dampening the circuit it was yet more of an opportunity for the rain master to break away.

After two green flag laps, Caroline led the field away, with a dry line starting to emerge with the drivers on all wet tyres.

The first major incident saw Oliver York banging wheels with Ayrton Simmons, sending them both onto the grass and down to the back. Meanwhile, Caroline made a lightning start, sprinting away from the opposition.

Logan Sargeant had bogged down at the start, allowing Alex Quinn to take second, though even he couldn’t do anything about his Carlin rival in the opening laps. Caroline continued to maintain the advantage, stretching his gap to over four seconds.

As the halfway point approached, Quinn responded adamantly, setting two consecutive fastest laps and reducing the gap. Caroline was having none of it though, with the pair swapping fastest laps.

Behind them, Oscar Piastri had made a poor start and was struggling to hold on to sixth as he came under increasing pressure from Harry Webb. The Richardson Racing driver was on a mission, but lost momentum as Piastri edged him onto the grass through the second corner.

The final podium fight was far from over either, with Linus Lundqvist and Patrik Pasma dicing over the position as their tyres continued to wear. A mistake for Pasma, eventually saw him drop back into the clutches of his teammate.

Despite a mid-race challenge, Jamie Caroline held on to take another victory with Quinn falling back in second. Lundqvist would set a late fastest lap to finish a comfortable third.

Pasma fell back to finish under a second in front of Sargeant in fourth, while Piastri broke away to take sixth and thus reverse grid pole. The top eight was rounded out by Ford F4 Challenge Cup winner Webb and Karl Massaad, who fell sixteen seconds behind the Norfolk-based racer.