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10/08/2016 | Racing

Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will hope to return to the front-running form he displayed earlier in the year when the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads north this weekend for the seventh round of the year.

Having taken four podium finishes in the opening third of the season, recent events have proved to be more challenging for the 17-year-old, who makes the trip to the Knockhill circuit near Edinburgh keen to bounce back from tough weekends at both Croft and Snetterton either side of the summer break.

Despite continuing to show the impressive speed and battling qualities that have marked him out as one of the spectacular drivers on the grid, a run of misfortune has left Jamie playing catch-up in the championship standings, although he is just seven points away from the top seven in the title race.

Having enjoyed success in Scotland in the past, including last year when he took victory en-route to the Ginetta Jr title, Jamie will hope to challenge for strong points in each of the three races, with at least one podium finish being the ultimate goal.

“Even after a tough weekend at Snetterton, I’m going to Knockhill in confident mood and hopefully I can come away from Scotland with some good points on the board,” he said. “Even though it might not be shown in some of the results on paper, I’ve been quick at every circuit so far this season and I just need some luck on my side this weekend.

“Knockhill is an exciting circuit that is spectacular to drive and I think it’s one where I can do well. I won there in Ginettas and there is no reason why I can’t be at the front again this year in the F4 car and challenging for podiums – and hopefully more.

“Qualifying will be important because of the fact that the circuit is quite tight and it isn’t as easy to overtake, but I think my qualifying performances have improved as the season has gone on and if I can get myself near the front of the grid, I’ll be in a good position to take advantage in the races.”

After qualifying on Saturday 13 August at 11.05, the first of three F4 British Championship races will be at 16.35 later that day. Race two follows at 11.00 on Sunday, with race three at 16.25 featuring in ITV4’s extensive BTCC coverage. Live timing and results from the weekend will be available at www.tsl-timing.com.

 

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