October 2, 2018
The Brands Hatch GP circuit is a hugely tricky track and the fast-middle section requires huge bravery to get the most out of the car. Realistically that was where qualifying was going to be decided and Ayrton finished 6th place with Jewiss just ahead. From 6th winning the championship was going to be tough, but he had his rival right alongside and at arm’s length.
However, the fight could be over after the first race with the points distance between Simmons and Jewiss. With overtaking looking difficult around a cold Brands Hatch Simmons got straight past Jewiss but making any more places from there was going to be difficult. As the laps ticked by the gap between Ayrton and the top four started to extend with the whole field spread out in terms of lap times.
A big part of this was due to the pressure he was being put under from Jewiss and Hauger, but he was able to hold them off successfully to finish 5th. The result meant Jewiss was the champion and it gave Simmons nothing to lose for the rest of the weekend!
The reverse grid for race two left Simmons on the front row and a chance to get a win in his final weekend racing in British F4. However, the JHR Developments driver had a tricky first lap dropping him to 5th place right in the middle of a pack battling for 2nd. Similar to race one being in such a close and competitive field overtaking opportunities rarely presented themselves which would force Simmons to settle for 5th once again.
The final race of the season presented one final opportunity for Simmons to go out on a high. It was a big ask from the third row of the grid but Ayrton was going to give it all he had! As the race got underway Simmons immediately settled into 5th place for the first few laps.
Seven laps in and Simmons made his move on Jewiss to get into 4th and started to close the gap to 3rd place. The MABA nominee was taking huge chunks out of the drivers ahead but would run out of time and finished his season with a 4th place. It ended what had been a hugely consistent weekend and seen Simmons confirmed as the Vice Champion.
Overall the season has been a successful one for Simmons. He may not have won that title which looked on at several points in the season, but he has dealt with all the bad luck superbly to still walk away the Vice Champion. Having already achieved some brilliant results in British F3 in the last couple of months there’s no doubt 2019 promises to be an exciting one.
Now we wait to find out if he has become a finalist for this year’s McLaren Autosport BRDC Award!
South Garda Trofeo d’Autunno Champions!! Brilliant performance by Josh Irfan. Yet another trophy to add to the cabinet
Vinnie Phillips - 7th
Luke Watts - 10th
Ivan Lomliev – 2nd
Luke Whitehead - 5th
Tommy Foster - 4th
A clean sweep of top ten finishes and a championship podium!