F4 British Championship

Knockhill weather allowed Simmons to “show how dominant” he can be

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JHR Developments Ayrton Simmons believes his performance in the wet at Knockhill shows how dominant he can be when “power doesn’t make a big difference”.

Simmons closed the gap to championship leader Kiren Jewiss to 31, picking up a win and a third place finish in slippery conditions.

Having struggled to keep up with his championship rival in recent rounds, Simmons has claimed he may have a power deficit to Jewiss – something both Jewiss and the championship organisers have denied – but he believes he may have overcome the problem at Knockhill.

“I think, in these conditions where power doesn’t make a big difference, we just show home dominant we are,” he told The Checkered Flag.

“We’ll carry on working. We’ll carry on pushing that side of things but all I can do is drive as quickly as I can and that’s what I do every day.”

Simmons’ race two victory was his first since the fourth round of the championship at Oulton Park. He started from pole and led from lights to flag, finishing more than five seconds ahead of Sebastian Priaulx in second.

In a race where a number of drivers suffered retirements, Simmons said his first victory in 12 races was a relatively easy affair.

“It was pretty tricky for the first couple of laps, heading into all the corners first, but after two or three laps I managed to settle in and the car was absolutely unbelievable.

“It was just quite an easy race from there on, believe it or not. So it was good.”

With just two rounds remaining, third year driver Simmons will need to repeat his Knockhill performance at Silverstone and Brands Hatch to close the gap to Jewiss and take the British F4 title.

 

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