Ayrton Simmons gets off to a flyer at Brands Hatch!

April 10, 2018

British F4

It was a dream start to the British F4 season for Ayrton Simmons with the JHR driver taking two wins and a podium at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. Now competing in his third season, Ayrton is aiming for nothing less than a win this year and things couldn’t have gone much better as he leaves Brands the championship leader.

The weekend got off to a perfect start with Ayrton qualifying on pole position for both race one and three. The session saw the drivers greeted with a drying track meaning it would all come down to the last couple of laps and Ayrton was able to stay calm under pressure to take both the fastest and second fastest lap times putting him on pole for both races.

Race one saw Ayrton get off to a perfect stat and he led from the front as the season officially got underway. With pressure from Kiern Jewiss behind, Ayrton managed to focus on his own race and made no mistakes leaving Jewiss no option but to follow him all the way to the flag!

Race two saw a reverse grid with Ayrton having to start from 7th. A good start to the race saw him immediately make places as the tough task of trying to make more overtakes then came. However, Ayrton’s raw pace and skill saw a few chances to present themselves as he would go on to finish 4th on track. With both 2nd and 3rd receiving penalties for a jump start Ayrton would inherit a podium and with it a huge haul of points.

For race three Ayrton would be back in pole position but this time he did not get off to such a good start. Losing the lead to Jewiss Ayrton was in no mood to finish 2nd and immediately took the lead back on lap two. From there Ayrton would once again control the race in even more dominant fashion as he was unchallenged to the flag taking the victory by just under one second!

The brilliant performance puts Ayrton in the lead of championship heading into Donington Park National at the end of April.

Two podiums for the #YRDAFamily at Super One season opener

There were podium finishes for both Luke Whitehead and Ivan Lomliev at the opening round of Super One at PFI in the Junior and Mini X30 classes.

Racing in Junior X30 at what he considers his ‘weakest track’ Luke put in a hugely consistent weekend to recover from a difficult qualifying and walk away 2nd in the championship. After qualifying 17th overall Luke was put in a slight danger zone for his grids in the heats but he drove with huge confidence as well as patience to take two 4th place finishes and secure an inside row three start for final one.

From there Luke was able to capitalise and escape from the chaos behind to go on and finish 2nd. Starting from the front row in a wet final two cost Luke some time off the start, but he quickly settled in to 3rd which is where he’d eventually finish with the top three so evenly matched. It’s an overall podium for Luke and 2nd in the championship, bring on Whilton Mill!

As for Ivan Lomliev his weekend was a bit more straight forward although he was probably in the most chaotic class in Mini X30. Qualifying 4th was a good start to the weekend and his 3rd in heat one was a great start to the racing although he would be harshly penalised post-race for a formation change. With no penalties in heat two Ivan secured 3rd just one second away from the win.

Final one saw Ivan put on a brilliant drive from 5th on the grid to take the win! It was a dramatic race to say the least with everyone having their issues through the race but Ivan kept the cleanest pair of heels to take the first final win of the season. Final two ended in slightly unfortunate circumstances with drivers battling a little bit too hard for victory but Ivan was still able to bring the kart home in 3rd and leave in the lead of the championship.

 

Remaining drivers

William Macintyre – 4th

A strong start to the season with 6th and 4th in the finals including a fastest lap in final two! Strong heat results leaves William 4th in the championship!

Luke Watts – 14th

Being 4kg overweight cost Luke a lot of time on Saturday. However, in the rain on Sunday he used it to his advantage finishing 5th in final one. A front fairing penalty in final two unfortunately cost Luke 4th place!

Vinnie Phillips – 19th

A very unlucky weekend for Vinnie overall, wasn't given the opportunity to show what he could really do! But his 7th in heat two shows he is capable of good results this season.

Tommy Foster – 9th 

Qualified 3rd out of 70 drivers for final one. A power valve issue made his 7th place in that race very impressive and after his front fairing went on the rolling up lap in final two (with someone's engine cutting out ahead) Tommy fought on his feet and came in to the pits before the race to put it back in. From the pit lane Tommy went on to finish 9th and is 6th in the championship.

 

YRDA Weekend Results

East Midland Racing Association Round 2

Jodie Fieldhouse – 1st

Jodie was out for her first East Midland Racing Association (EMRA) appearance this year at Mallory Park Circuit this weekend! It was a rollercoaster weekend for Jodie but she left with happy with a win in the bag already! Full results:

Race 1- 1st  
Race 2 - 6th
Race 3 - 5th overall + 1st in class!
Race 4 - 10th

Brilliant racing all weekend in very challenging conditions at times! 

 

WSK Super Master Series Round 4 

Josh Irfan – 7th

Josh wrapped up his WSK Super Master Series season with a brilliant drive through to 7th from 16th on the grid! The result at Sarno leaves Josh 10th in the championship out of the 119 drivers who took part this season! Not a bad debut season... 

 

Red Lodge

Kian Bennett – 1st

It certainly wasn't a bad weekend for Kian! A win at Red Lodge followed by a 13th place at Kimbolton More trophies in the cabinet and more progress! #YRDAFamily