Jack Doohan has claimed his maiden Race Win in the third round of the British Formula 4 Championship in Thruxton this past weekend.
Round 7 – Position 4
Doohan began the Thruxton weekend quickest in free practice, eclipsing the times of the remainder of the field by half a second two-thirds of the way through the session.
Doohan began second on the grid for Round 7, locking the front-row out for the Arden and Red Bull Junior Team.
The Red Bull Junior Team Driver was rapid throughout the race, and despite falling as far back as tenth, fought back to fourth.
Doohan set the fastest lap of the race in the process of hunting for a podium, with a time of 1m 13.854s, which was just 0.102s off the lap record.
Round 8 – Position 9
After taking the lead on lap four with a perfectly judged move to get by team-mate Pasma on the inside at Church, Doohan was faultless out front.
The Red Bull Junior Team driver again recorded the fastest lap of the race, but heartbreak struck the Australian when the exhaust broke on the final lap while in the lead and Doohan was forced to cross the line in ninth.
Round 9 – Position 1
Starting second on the grid, Doohan got the better of the driver sitting in pole on the exit of Club chicane at the end of Lap 5, pulling off his move for the lead at the perfect time.
Once out in front, Doohan pulled away from the remainder of the field with incredible pace, looking absolutely flawless out front on the way to the chequered flag.
As well as his first win in British F4 in only his third weekend of competition, Doohan claimed the Ford Super Rookie Award which sees him leave Thruxton with £5,000 in prize money as the first Rookie class driver to win a race this season.
Doohan remains 5th in the British F4 Standings and now also leads the Rookie Cup Standings with 123 points.
“Yes it was a pretty good weekend. I’m happy with the win, of course we could still do better. I had an incident with Dennis in Race 1, got spun around and had to come back from last. In Race 2 we were leading and the exhaust broke on the last lap.It all came together in Race 3 though, Dennis was in front for a few laps by I kept the pressure on him and he made a mistake, got wide and I got the run on him down the next straight. It was good, we had really good pace from the start of the weekend.”
Doohan will now turn his focus to Rounds 10-12 of the British Formula 4 Championship at Oulton Park, Cheshire on June 9-10.
British F4 Championship Standings
1 – Aryton Simmons, GBR/ESP – 153 points
2 – Kiern Jewiss, GBR – 148 points
3 – Jack Doohan, AUS – 101 points
4 – Sebastian Priaulx, GBR – 100 points
5 – Johnathan Hoggard, GBR – 86 points