Lights-to-Flag Performance Gives Hoggard Fourth Win

by Connor Jackson

Johnathan Hoggard continued to be the man to beat on Saturday, with the Fortec Motorsports driver leading the pack throughout the 25 lap Knockhill race. The result is his fourth F4 British Championship win, securing the fastest lap for a clean sweep in race one.

The result moves Hoggard up to seventh in the overall standings, with the midfield battle remaining close between a number of drivers.

In what proved to be a safety car-free race, the 16-year-old from Spalding made a good start, eventually holding the lead by the end of the first lap. From there he broke away slightly from the TRS Arden drivers, as Patrik Pasma and Jack Doohan battled over the remaining podium places.

Pasma had been a threat in the middle of the race as he escaped from Doohan, but the Australian proved to be faster throughout the event. Despite this, Pasma held on, crossing the line 1.175 seconds behind Hoggard, who only had to maintain the gap, with Doohan almost side-by-side on the run to the line.

The result still secured Doohan the rookie win, moving him further ahead of Dennis Hauger, who after starting eleventh due to a penalty from Rockingham, worked his way up to seventh quickly becoming the star of the race as he tried to reduce the championship damage.

As for the championship leader Kiern Jewiss, he found himself having an anonymous run to fourth. Holding position on the opening lap, he dropped back from the top three early on, eventually shaking off Seb Priaulx to finish over three seconds behind the winner.

Priaulx would be fifth with Ayrton Simmons only managing to hold his ground for a sixth place finish. While the JHR Developments driver drops four points to Jewiss in the series, will be bolstered by the fact he starts on pole for race two tomorrow.

Hauger and Paavo Tonteri‘s race-long battle entertained those watching, though it would be the Norwegian who came out on top, after the pair displaced Josh Skelton in the closing laps. Skelton himself, would eventually fall to tenth behind teammate Manuel Sulaiman.

The result is the first time since April that a podium has not featured either Jewiss, Simmons or Hauger.

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