Doohan wins, Jewiss pips Simmons to third


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Jack Doohan claimed his third British Formula 4 victory of the season as championship leader Kiren Jewiss jumped from sixth to third in the final lap of the second race at Silverstone.

Jewiss had already passed race one winner Jonathan Hoggard at the start of the lap when he joined Ayrton Simmons and Dennis Hauger in the battle for the final podium position. The Double R Racing driver passed Hauger at the final corner and ran side by side with his title rival in a drag race to the chequered flag.

He finished just six thousandths of a second ahead of Simmons to extend his championship lead by a further three points.

Simmons had started the reverse grid race from pole, alongside Hauger, but the pair were both passed at the start by Doohan and Patrick Pasma. Doohan took the race lead but was unable to stretch his legs as a safety car was called out at the end of the first lap to clear Sebastian Alvarez and Luca Allen, who were both stranded in the gravel.

The race restarted with 11 minutes on the clock and Doohan immediately pulled away from Pasma. He was untroubled for the remainder of the race, finishing 2.899s ahead of his team-mate, who also enjoyed a quiet run to the chequered flag.

Simmons spent the second half of the race scrapping with Hauger. The Red Bull junior was able to pull alongside Simmons on a number of occasions, but the championship contender was always able to put his JHR Developments run machine in the right place to fend off Hauger.

Behind them, Jewiss was battling to find a way past Hoggard for P5. Neither battle resulted in any change of position until the final lap, where Jewiss made a dash for the final podium position.

His impressive 16th podium of the season puts Jewiss 41 points ahead of Simmons with just 100 points still up for grabs.

Hauger finished fifth, just 0.09s behind Jewiss, ahead of Hoggard and Manuel Sulaiman.

Sebastian Priaulx, Josh Skelton, and Jamie Sharp rounded out the points paying positions while championship newcomer Christian Lester was the final finisher.