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Caroline hoping strong Knockhill will keep gap to championship rivals

British Formula 4 championship leader Jamie Caroline hopes he can keep his rivals at bay with two strong rounds at Knockhill and Rockingham.

Despite taking a record breaking ninth win at Snetterton, Caroline has lost the domination he saw at the start of the season. He is now only 46.5 points ahead of Arden’s Oscar Piastri.

“It was alright until the last two rounds where I ended up on my roof,” he told Overtake Motorsport at Snetterton.

“We had a bad weekend at Croft so we’ve lost a few points but I’m sure we’ll get them back.”

Caroline struggled at Snetterton, where he qualified 9th for the first and last race, but believes he’ll be able to bounce back at Knockhill.

“It’s a really balls out track, proper drivers track,” he said.

“I really enjoy Knockhill, really enjoy Rockingham, Brands GP. Don’t enjoy here. Don’t enjoy Silverstone so I’ll make the most I can for the next two rounds after here and Brands GP.”

Piastri has made the most of Caroline’s difficulties, taking three wins – including two at Snetterton – and six podiums over the past three rounds.

“The championship’s certainly still up for grabs,” he said.

“I think I’ve reeled in about 40 points on Jamie in the last two rounds. The gap is about 40 at the moment so hopefully if he has more weekends like this and I have a couple more like this hopefully the championship will swing my way.”

Piastri isn’t the only one closing in on Caroline, with Croft winner Linus Lundvist and regular podium visitor Logan Sargeant both reducing the gap to the championship leader. 250 points are still available before the end of the season, meaning the top 10 drivers in the points standings all have a mathematical chance at the title.

Feature image credit: Caroline Rhea


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