#33 Jack Doohan (AUS – Arden Ford)
Qualifying 1: 4th – Race 1 Grid: 4th – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 4th – Race 2 Result: 1st
Qualifying 2nd time: 5th – Race 3 Grid 5th – Race 3 Result: 3rd
British F4 Championship position: 4th – 314 points – after 27 of 30 races (1st Rookie)
#24 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Arden Ford)
Qualifying 1: 8th – Race 1 Grid: 8th – Race 1 Result: 4th
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 3rd – Race 2 Result: 5th
Qualifying 2nd time: 7th – Race 3 Grid 7th – Race 3 Result: 4th
British F4 Championship position: 3rd – 317 points – after 27 of 30 races (2nd Rookie)
An excellent British F4 weekend at Silverstone for the Red Bull Juniors with Australian 15-year-old Jack Doohan scoring a win and two thirds while 15-year-old Norwegian Dennis Hauger was so close, two fourths and a fifth.
The Arden pair were often fighting over the same piece of tarmac but Doohan had done better in qualifying and had the upper hand from the start.
"Yes that was a pretty good weekend," enthused Doohan in his quiet way. "It was a little bit strange because we didn't really carry the pace that we had in Monday's test into the weekend and struggled a bit in practice. Things improved a bit for qualifying and P4 was not bad considering the way we were on Friday."
Hard won podiums for Doohan
"Race 1 was OK but I couldn't go after the first two and had to work hard to keep Dennis behind."
"Race 2 today (Sunday) was better, I got a good start, the opening lap was a bit dramatic with Patrik (Pasma), and we banged wheels on the exit of Becketts but it was a fair battle and we came out of it running first and second which is good for the team."
"The conditions were a bit cooler today and I managed the warm-up procedure well and got my tyres working well," Doohan said. "We found some more pace overnight which was good and it's great to win."
"In Race 3 I got another good start and I caught Johnathan (Hoggard) for first, he was defending very well though, that slowed us both a bit and allowed Kiern (Jewiss) to catch up. I could see he had pace and if I just blocked him that would slow us all and Dennis would catch us. I thought that if I let Kiern past then I could se what happened between him and Johnathan and maybe take advantage later on."
"But when they did make a mistake late on it actually closed us all up and at the last corners backed me into Dennis who had a go. I really had to get my elbows out to hang on to third," concluded Doohan with a grin.
Well fought by Hauger
"It wasn't a perfect weekend but I had some good races," explained Hauger with Scandinavian reserve. "Sorting the engine problem out that we had in the test on Monday cost us a lot of time in free practice, The guys swapped engines, but that was worse so they swapped back, they got it more or less sorted out for Race 1 but P8 and P7 from qualifying was a disappointment."
"So Race 1 started well, I got from eighth to fourth in three corners and was then chasing Jack for third. Unfortunately he managed to block me all the way so it was fourth."
"In Race 2 I was a bit unlucky, on the first lap the guy inside me locked up and went straight on taking me way out wide and I lost a lot of places, I fought back but then got stuck behind another guys and finished fifth."
"It was a bit the same in Race 3, I had a good start from P7 but everyone ran wide at Turn 2 and I went back to eighth. I pushed through again, got back to fourth, chasing Jack again for third and got really close at the end. In the last few corners I could have had a go but it probably would have ended in a crash so better not," concluded Hauger.
#33 Jack Doohan (AUS – Arden Ford)