03 Aug Hat Trick of Class Wins for Nicolai Kjaergaard in British F4 at Snetterton!
2 August, 2016: Fortec Motorsports Danish driver Nicolai Kjaergaard not only celebrated his 17th birthday, but also a hat trick of trophies from his sensational Scholarship Class wins in each of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford rounds at Snetterton circuit last weekend, where the series returned for the second half of the 2016 season after a six-week summer break.
Kjaergaard immediately displayed his ever improving race craft when the series took to the Norfolk track for the first time on Friday. He narrowly missed out on a top ten position in the second free practice session and continued to show his mettle on a damp and greasy circuit on Saturday morning when he posted the eighth quickest lap time as the fastest rookie and Fortec driver. The Dane kept his head during an incident filed race one in the afternoon to not only set the fastest lap in class, but take the chequered flag in P6 to collect the top Scholarship Class accolade.
Round 17 of the F4 British Championship was actioned pack from lights-out, with plenty of overtaking in a rapidly evolving race. Kjaergaard’s excellent weekend continued with a fourth place finish, his best single-seater performance to date, and another Rookie class win for his Fortec Motorsports team. Starting from P9 on the grid for race three (with positions determined by the second fastest lap times taken from the qualifying session), Kjaergaard once again drove an impeccable race; he made up three positions and achieved his third class-winning trophy to conclude a stand-out weekend for the birthday boy!
Team-mate Alex Quinn was the quickest Fortec driver and top rookie in FP2 on Friday, however, the tricky track conditions the following morning caught out the usually consistent Quinn in qualifying along with a few of his rivals. From the back of the grid for the start of race one Quinn put in a valiant drive to cross the finish line ten places higher in P9. He mustered another assured performance to take the chequered flag in sixth place at the end of race two and came home in P15 from the back of the grid in the weekend finale whilst setting the fastest rookie lap of the race.
It was a weekend that team-mate Jamie Caroline will want to forget, however, with two DNF’s in rounds 16 and 18. Nevertheless a strong outing in race two on Saturday afternoon saw him climb through the field from P19 to take the chequered flag in a respectable seventh.
Ginetta Junior’s graduate and single-seater rookie Frank Bird once again produced a solid weekend in the #5 Fortec Motorsports Mygale-Ford. His trio of races produced two thirteenth placed finishes and a P10 in race two, rounding off all four Fortec challengers finishing inside the points to conclude a strong round for the Daventry based team.
Dan Mitchell, team manager, Fortec Motorsports British F4 Team:
“It was a mixed event for the team, but great for Nicolai who drove consistently well all weekend. It was unfortunate for Alex and Jamie, but we’ll keep pushing ahead as we turn our attentions to Knockhill later this month.”
Nicolai Kjaergaard, #63 Fortec Motorsports
“I think going away over the summer has helped me. I have new found confidence in the car to lean on the tyres in the corners and I can just go for it now. I’m really happy; I tried to get a good start off the line for all three races and I gained three positions in the final round, so it was a good race. I have had consistency in my races without many mistakes and I hope to carry on this good form at Knockhill and get an overall podium soon.”
The F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford heads to Knockhill circuit, Fife, Scotland for rounds 19, 20 and 21 on 13-14 August 2016.