Jamie Caroline took a dominant victory at Donington this afternoon, in the second event on the 2017 F4 British Championship. A stunning move on lap one put the Carlin man in the lead, and from there Caroline looked untouchable as he controlled his race to make it three out of four wins so far this season. Team mate Patrik Pasma enjoyed some close wheel to wheel action on his run to sixth, while Logan Sargeant endured a race long battle with a damaged front wing following a lap one incident. Lucas Alecco Roy unfortunately saw his race come to an early conclusion with rear suspension damage.
As the lights went out for the first race of the weekend at Donington, Caroline made the most of his second placed grid slot, fighting for the lead in the run down to Redgate before snatching the lead from Linus Lundqvist going into the Old Hairpin. Behind him, both Pasma and Sargeant had made up positions, running sixth and seventh respectively.
In the opening laps, Caroline and Lundqvist were trading fastest laps, but the Carlin man soon started to pull out a healthy gap. Sargeant meanwhile was struggling with the handling of his F4 machine, with a badly damaged front wing making it difficult to hold onto seventh, as he came under attack from Webb and Sharp on lap eight.
Rookie Roy saw his racing experience of Donington reduced when he had to pit and retire with rear suspension damage, leaving just three Carlin cars out on track in the racing action. Leader Caroline was still on fine form, setting another fastest lap on 12 while Pasma was also flying just 0.14 seconds behind Oscar Piastri in the fight for fifth.
At the chequered flag, Caroline made it three out of four wins so far this season to extend an early championship lead. Pasma couldn’t quite make a move stick on Piastri and took a strong sixth place, while Sargeant managed to reach the chequered flag in 10th, despite his front wing damage.
Race winner Caroline said, “I didn’t feel like I got such a good start, Piastri made a good get away and it was pretty hectic for a while there! I tried at Redgate which didn’t work but then just sent it up the inside at the Old Hairpin to take the lead. Then it felt like the longest 20 minutes of my life!”
The British F4 drivers will take part in two further races tomorrow, with Pasma starting from pole in reverse grid race two.