Simmons seals second while JHR Developments wraps up third
JHR Developments capped its F4 British Championship season with positive results at Brands Hatch as Ayrton Simmons sealed second place in the championship, while the team itself finished third in the standings.
Ayrton came into the weekend with an outside chance of becoming champion, but results in race one meant he had to focus on the runner-up slot, which he made sure he collected in race two, taking off the pressure in the final event in which he just missed out on a podium finish.
Team-mate Manuel Sulaiman continued his strong second half with two more points finishes, though he was ruled out of race one after contact. He was joined in the top-ten in the standings by rookie Josh Skelton who was unlucky not to finish race two after damage to his wing, but he fought back to score points in race three which also secured him fourth in the Rookie cup.
JHR Developments will now assess its options for 2019 and announce its intentions in due course.
Race one: Grid – 6, Race – 5
Race two: Grid – 2, Race – 5
Race three: Grid – 6, Race – 4
Championship: 2 (374 points)
“It was a tough weekend. We knew the chances of the championship weren’t high, so we turned up as normal and tried our best. Kiern won the title after race one but we sealed second after race two. It’s weird going into race three knowing everything is wrapped up but it meant we could try some different things in race three, though we just missed the podium.”
Race one: Grid – 7, Race – DNF
Race two: Grid – 13, Race – 9
Race three: Grid – 7, Race – 9
Championship: 9 (94 points)
“Friday was tricky because there is no testing on the GP circuit. We qualified well but in race one I had contact so I didn’t finish and had to start from last in race two. To finish ninth was really good. There were possibilities for race three, starting sixth and I scored more points.”
Race one: Grid – 12, Race – 11
Race two: Grid – 12, Race - DNF
Race three: Grid – 11, Race – 10
Championship: 10 (84 points)
Rookie cup: 4 (352 points)
Teams’ cup: 3 (566 points)
“Coming from the back of the grid to ninth was good for Manuel, which put him in the points on a circuit that is hard to overtake on. Ayrton unfortunately got a bad start but maintained his position and secured second in the championship in the process, which illustrates what a good job he has done this season. Josh got side-swiped and lost his front wing, requiring a pit stop which put him out of the running.
“Overall it was a positive weekend. Wed have preferred better results but the overall performance from all three drivers has been exceptional.”