F4 British Championship

Caroline Sweeps Weekend with Seventh Win from Nine

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Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Carlin driver Jamie Caroline took his third F4 British Championship win of the Thruxton weekend to become the first driver to take the flag in all the races during a meeting. He jumped into the lead on the opening lap and leaves the weekend on 185 points, 86 ahead of his nearest rival.

Going into the race, all eyes were on Caroline, gunning for a record-breaking three wins in a single weekend. A strong qualifying had seen the Pirtek driver line up on third, but his biggest challenge would appear to come from polesitter Alex Quinn.

It would only take two corners for Caroline to take the lead though, as for the third race in a row, no-one watched him blast down the inside of the Complex.

Both Quinn and Oliver York had started on the front row and continued their escapades on the opening lap, blocking each other before contact sent Quinn over the grass at the chicane. This allowed Logan Sargeant to nip through into second as the pair continued to battle.

York was left with the track position on the following lap as Quinn was forced to defend from teammate Oscar Piastri and the Double R Racing cars. This would end in disaster, with Quinn clipping the kerb too sharply and spinning at the chicane.

Race one had seen a justly deserved drive from Karl Massaad to take a maiden podium, with the Lebanese driver once again joining the battle for the podium. He initially held the place before being run wide by a defensive York and dropping behind Piastri and Linus Lundqvist.

Lundqvist though had already used his best tyres in race two and on wearing rubber was clearly holding back his teammate as Patrik Pasma slowly caught the group that was still led by Piastri.

No-one though could catch Caroline, eventually taking his seventh victory in just the ninth race of the year, a truly dominant performance.

Sargeant finally took his maiden podium of the year, five seconds behind his teammate and only narrowly ahead of the charging York, who regained momentum in the dying laps. Lundqvist though would pull off a penultimate lap overtake on Piastri around the outside of the chicane as Massaad followed him through.

Pasma came home for a lonely seventh, during a race weekend he’ll hope to forget. Elsewhere, Jamie Sharp made a strong getaway to lead the remaining pack in eighth.

Championship points; Caroline – 185; Piastri – 105; York (CC) – 78.5; Sargeant – 77; Pasma – 75; Lundqvist – 70.5; Quinn – 65; Simmons – 63.5; Monger (CC) – 44; Massaad – 30

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