Carlin’s Jamie Caroline has taken an incredible victory at Donington from sixth on the grid following an astonishing first lap which saw him blitz past his rivals to take the lead. The victory marks Caroline’s second of the day and his fourth F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost victory of the 2017 season. Championship leader Caroline was joined on the podium by team mate Patrik Pasma who took a brilliant third position following a supreme display of defensive driving. However it was opposite fortunes for Logan Sargeant who suffered damage requiring a pit stop leaving him to cross the line in 13th while Lucas Alecco Roy unfortunately retired following damage to his car.
As the lights went out race one winner Caroline got a lightning start to take his Carlin car from sixth to fourth – pushing hard around the outside to gain positions. However the British racer was not yet finished; he continued to carve his way up through the grid and amazingly was soon up with pole-sitter and race leader Pasma, his Carlin team mate, who had enjoyed a solid start himself. Caroline with full confidence placed his car perfectly and stormed past the Finnish racer to take the lead as his own – incredibly all within the space of the first lap.
Pasma continued to follow his team mate with Sargeant sitting nicely in the top five as well however over the next few laps multiple battles developed and Pasma came under pressure from Oliver York who stole second place. Sargeant was dicing with Oscar Piastri and Pasma in the top five however picked up front wing damage and was forced to pit for a replacement – in turn, losing him valuable track positions.
Meanwhile rookie Roy had also got off the line well however his race was brought to a premature end following contact which left him with damage to the front of his car; sadly, this saw him retired and out of the running.
However at the front Caroline was holding his own well and pulling a gap over York who despite trying was unable to get close enough to make a move. Just behind, Piastri started to pile pressure on Pasma ahead as the pair ran incredibly close over the next few laps. This soon became the battle to watch and lasted for the remainder of the race with Pasma placing his Carlin car perfectly while defending. Doing a brilliant job, Pasma held on to his position to claim the final spot on the podium.
Caroline meanwhile was untroubled in his efforts at the front and took his second victory of the weekend, and fourth of the season, in dominant style – further extending his championship lead. Sargent recovered well to 13th following his front wing replacement and set the fastest lap of the race upon his return to the track.
Caroline said of victory, “I got a really great start and was able to push hard going in to the first corner – taking two cars around the outside. I then had momentum from there taking two further positions in one corner before I came up against Patrik [Pasma]. We had a bit of a drag race and I was able to cut back and take the lead of the race. From there on it was really a case of maintaining the lead and pushing only when I needed to – at one point Oliver [York, Fortec] got a little close so I had to push somewhat but held on well and was able to relax a little.
“I’ve had a great weekend so far with the two wins however my approach tomorrow is to be safe and keep getting those valuable points. I’ve got a fantastic gap over my rivals in the championship fight with the two victories this weekend so I’d like to carry that momentum.”
The third and final race of the weekend gets underway tomorrow at 12.20.