Caroline extends F4 championship lead at Rockingham

Jamie Caroline extended his lead at the top of the British Formula 4 championship whilst title rival Oscar Piastri could only take a single point from the difficult weekend at Rockingham.

It was a less than perfect weekend for Caroline, but the Carlin driver was still able to take a pair of podiums whilst Piastri suffered two retirements.

Linus Lundqvist and Alex Quinn took the first two wins of the weekend, before Logan Sargeant claimed his first victory of the year in the final race.

After taking pole, Lundqvist held off attacks from Oliver York early in the opening race. He maintained a steady gap to the Fortec man to finish with a gap of nearly two seconds.

Caroline jumped from fifth to third at the start of the race, but team-mate Sargeant kept him under pressure. A strong exit from Brooke Chicane put Caroline just out of reach from the 16-year-old.

Piastri was forced to retire from the race after making contact and suffering front wing damage early in the race.

It seemed he was going to make up for a disappointing race one when he jumped from the back of the field to seventh on the opening lap of race two. But contact with title rival Caroline dropped him back down the order.

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He slowly picked his way back up through the order to finish 10th.

Caroline was forced to retire from the race after making contact with Lundvist.

Up at the front of the field, Quinn was trying to find a way past pole-sitter Patrik Pasma. The Carlin driver defended well, but Quinn was able to find a way past in the closing stages of the race.

Managing old tyres, Ayrton Simmons managed to hold onto third, defending against Sargeant and York.

Having run at the front of the field for the majority of the season, Sargeant finally managed to take the top step of the podium after leading the final race of the weekend from lights to flag.

York took second at the first corner, but wasn’t able to challenge Sargeant. He finished with a comfortable gap to third more than three seconds behind the Carlin driver.

Caroline had to defend against Lundqvist early in the race, but the Double R Racing driver was forced to focus on defending against Simmons and Caroline was able to break away.

Simmons found a way past Lundqvist to finish fourth.

Piastri, who started alongside Caroline, was span on the opening lap. He was able to continue, but his engine gave out the following lap and he was forced to retire again.

Image credit: Caroline Rhea

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