Det ble en tredjeplass, en femteplass og et brutt løp for Dennis Hauger under helgens runde av det britiske formel 4-mesterskapet på Rockingham. Han ligger fortsatt på tredjeplass sammenlagt i mesterskapet, men mistet ledelsen i Rookie-cupen til sin egen temkollega Jack Doohan.
Pressemelding fra Red Bull Jr Team
#24 Dennis Hauger (NOR – Arden Ford)
Qualifying 1: 4th – Race 1 Grid: 4th – Race 1 Result: 3rd
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 5th – Race 2 Result: 5th
Qualifying 2nd time: 4th – Race 3 Grid 3rd – Race 3 Result: DNF (Incident)
British F4 Championship position: 3rd – 258 points – after 21 of 30 races (2nd Rookie)
#33 Jack Doohan (AUS – Arden Ford)
Qualifying 1: 2nd – Race 1 Grid: 2nd – Race 1 Result: 2nd
Reverse Race 2 Grid: 6th – Race 2 Result: 3rd
Qualifying 2nd time: 3rd – Race 3 Grid 2nd – Race 3 Result: DNF (Incident)
British F4 Championship position: 4th – 234 points – after 21 of 30 races (1st Rookie)
The Red Bull Juniors made a great start to the British F4 Championship weekend at Rockingham. 15-year-old Australian Jack Doohan scored a very good second and third in the opening races while Dennis Hauger, the 15-year-old Norwegian, took a third and fifth. That gave the two Arden a decent points haul. A first lap coming together between the two cars in Race 3 though left them unhappy spectators.
Doohan’s podium double
The Australian looked set to continue to trim the gap to the championship points leader after winning at Snetterton. “It wasn’t a bad start to the weekend, second in qualifying and in Race 1 things went OK but I didn’t have the pace to challenge Patrik (Pasma). Second wasn’t a bad start to the three races.”
“In the reverse grid Race 2 I got ahead of Dennis (Hauger) after the safety car restart but when I got close to Jewiss (Kiern Jewiss) I was just losing to much downforce and was losing the front so I couldn’t pass him and that left me in third.”
“Then in the last race I got a good enough start but Dennis T-boned me and that was it. A shame, we needed to score good points in every race for the championship, that would have been good points, I was second on the grid, it could have been a win. Not a good way to end the weekend, it leaves a bad taste in the mouth,” concluded the Aussie. Small consolation then that Doohan has taken the Rookies points lead from Hauger as both suffered in the overall points chase.
Hauger’s podium and error
After taking a big leap in points at Snetterton Hauger was keen to continue at Rockingham and Qualifying went well enough. “Yeah not too bad, P4 and I think it was possible to improve myself and a bit with the car as well but not too bad.”
“In Race 1 I think the pace was good but it was really hard to stay behind because of the aero so I had a lot of understeer, I also lost just a little down the straights and they found something with the gearbox. But good points in that race.”
“I had a good start in Race 2, came up to third place but then had engine issues so lost a lot with that. So ended P5, the pace just wasn’t there because of the issue.”
“Then in Race 3 I got a good start and came up behind Jack into T2. He was on the outside. I tried to brake and go to the inside but it was damp, I touched the inside curb and went straight into his back wheel. That was the race over for me, not really a perfect weekend but I just have to learn from my mistake and move on! And sorry for Jack because I ruined the race for both of us but sometimes that’s racing and I’m just gonna have to move on and focus on the next race.”
Provisional championship standings
1 Jewiss 319 points; 2 Simmons 274; 3 Hauger 258; 4 Doohan 234; 5 Tonteri 209; 6 Pasma 188; 7 Priaulx 186; 8 Hoggard 173; 9 Skelton 76; 10 Sulaiman 58 etc.
Provisional Rookie Cup standings
1 Doohan 367 points; 2 Hauger 366; 3 Tonteri 339; 4 Skelton 278; 5 Alvarez 199
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