Scything his way through at the start, Jamie Caroline broke away to win the first F4 British Championship race by over five seconds. His get away was synonymous of his wet start last year, not looking back after the second tour of Donington Park.
The first lap proved to be dramatic as Caroline had an excellent start, going wheel-to-wheel with pole sitter Linus Lundqvist. Caroline ran alongside for much of the first sector before cutting inside at Redbridge and sliding into the lead.
It wasn’t so clean behind though as Alex Quinn and Karl Massaad collected each other, both were forced into retirement. The incident also collected Daniel Cao, with the Chinese star hobbling back to the pits.
Caroline continued to break away from Lundqvist as the Swede built his own advantage against Billy Monger who made a lightning start from ninth.
Monger though had his own problems to deal with as fellow Challenge Cup competitor Oliver York had closed him down, running under half a second from the JHR Developments driver. Behind them, Oscar Piastri and Patrik Pasma made it a four car battle, as the former held the fastest lap during the much of the race.
In the end it was Caroline who took three wins from the first four races, five seconds clear from the rest. Lundqvist excelled to hold on to second, recovering from his disappointing Brands Hatch.
Completing the podium was Challenge Cup winner Monger, who spent the race under pressure from York. The result will help secure Monger’s role as the Cup leader and also put him one step closer to taking on the overall championship.
Piastri would fall back later in the race, finishing under a second from Pasma. Both will be disappointed to have lost ground to the series leader but will confident come race two in which they both start in the top three.
Rounding out the top seven and claiming the reverse grid pole will be Harry Webb, who fell 14 seconds back from the car in front.