Skelton claims Rookie victory as Simmons keeps title hopes alive
JHR Developments enjoyed a successful weekend in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA - powered by Ford EcoBoost at Rockingham in Corby last weekend (August 11/12). Josh Skelton continued to impress in his first season out of karting with his first Rookie victory in race three, matching his season-best result of sixth overall.
Ayrton Simmons recorded two fourth-placed finishes to keep himself firmly in the hunt for the drivers’ championship, though had disappointment in race two as he was taken off while challenging for third position on the opening lap.
Manuel Sulaiman continued his upturn in form over the weekend with eighth in race one and went one better in race two, finishing seventh. He ran well in race three on Sunday afternoon but was adjudged to have jumped the start and given a ten second time penalty, so despite his eighth-place finish he was classified a disappointing 11th.
Josh made up one spot to score championship points in race one and was part of a three-car battle with Lucca Allen and Seb Alvarez in race two, coming home ahead of both to finish eighth. In race three he recorded his first Rookie victory after besting Alvarez and finishing sixth.
Ayrton made a lightning start in race one and passed championship rival Kiern Jewiss with a late move into Tarzan, before staying ahead for the rest of the race. He was caught in a tangle with his rival on the opening lap of race two as he tried to take third place, which put him out of the race. In race three Ayrton once again had Jewiss on his tail for much of the race and was forced into a slight error on the final lap, being out dragged across the line and finishing fourth.
The JHR Developments drivers will return to action over the weekend of August 25/26 as the championship travels to Knockhill in Scotland for rounds 22, 23, and 24 of the 2018 campaign.
Race one: Grid 7, Race 4
Race two: Grid 4, Race DNF
Race three: Grid 6, Race 4
Championship: 2 (274 points)
Race one: Grid 11, Race 10
Race two: Grid 10, Race 8
Race three: Grid 11, Race 6
Championship: 9 (76 points)
Rookie championship: 4 (278 points)
Race one: Grid 10, Race 8
Race two: Grid 8, Race 7
Race three: Grid 4, Race 11
Championship: 10 (58 points)