Jamie Caroline completed a hat-trick of wins at Thruxton this weekend, becoming the first driver in the history of the F4 British Championship to win all three races in a single weekend. The Carlin driver once again made one his customary lightning starts in race three to take the lead by the end of lap one and dominated to the chequered flag. Team mate Logan Sargeant drove a mature race and made it a Carlin 1-2 with his first podium in the series. Patrik Pasma crossed the line seventh after a brave comeback, while Roy was unable to finish following contact with another car.
For the final race of the weekend late on Sunday afternoon, Caroline lined up third, just ahead of team mate Sargeant. Pasma was in the seventh gird slot, with Roy starting 12th. When the race got underway, Caroline made his third strong start of the weekend, immediately passing York off the line and pole sitter Quinn a few corners later. From then on the 18-year-old set about building a gap to the gaggle of cars behind.
Rookie Sargeant was on a mission as well, the young American was fighting hard to make up places. After holding fourth at the start, Sargeant passed the squabbling duo of York and Quinn to follow his team mate and move up into second place.
Pasma meanwhile found himself on the back of a train of cars fighting for fifth but had to take avoiding action when two cars went off at the chicane. Losing momentum, the young Finn struggled to get back on the attack. Roy endured a difficult end to his weekend, the German rookie wasn’t able to avoid another car running wide at the chicane, clipping his right rear wheel, breaking the car’s right rear upright and putting him into retirement.
At the front, Caroline was controlling the pace, on course to take his seventh win of the season. Sargeant was running a strong second, looking under little pressure from York. At the chequered flag, a delighted Caroline made it three from three and set the fastest lap of the race. Sargeant took his first F4 British podium.
Speaking about his race, Caroline said, “I’ve come close before to pulling off three wins in a weekend and I thought Thruxton might be my best opportunity. Billy [Monger] told me I had to take all three wins this weekend, so this is for him.
“Thanks to the team for giving me a great car. I felt very comfortable and confident behind the wheel. A lot of drivers seemed to be quite hesitant on the opening laps this weekend and I was able to take advantage of it. I’m not sure why, but maybe this weekend will act as lesson for them that they can push a lot harder. I had fresh tyres for the final race of the weekend so it made it easier to pull a gap. It feels great to take three wins and make history. I’m over the moon I’ve done it for him [Billy], as well as the team.”
Team mate Sargeant added, “We’ve been knocking on the door of a result like this for a while. Thruxton is quite a unique track and if you can break the slipstream like we did it makes life a lot easier. I went from fourth to second on the first lap at the final chicane because Quinn and York had a bit of tangle.”
“Carlin are preparing a mega car every weekend so it’s all about making sure I do the right job to reach the top step. I’ll be doing lots of gym work and sim work to try to be one step higher next time.”
The British F4 drivers will be back out in action from the 20 – 21 May at Oulton Park in Cheshire.