Young Driver Academy

Jewiss heads to high speed Thruxton

15th May 2018

Kiern Jewiss will continue his debut season in the British F4 Championship this weekend as the series rolls into the high-speed Thruxton Circuit for the third outing of the 2018 campaign.

Getting his maiden F4 season off to a blistering start withone win and four podiums from the first six races of the 2018 season, Kiern sits in 2nd place in the Drivers’ Championship as the series heads into Thruxton.

Kiern’s last race weekend was one to remember. After dominating practice, by finishing the two sessions top of the time sheets, Kiern then experienced a difficult qualifying as he suffered a broken front anti-roll bar that left him way off the pace. A wet race one ended in a DNF, after he was struck by another driver - with the perpetrator picking up penalty points.

Kiern then had to start the second race from the back of the grid and he stormed through the field to collect his first win in the British F4 Championship! Kiern then drove through the grid one again in the final race to go from 10th place up to 3rd to round off a sensational weekend.

With the highest average speed of any circuit visited by the paddock, Thruxton in Hampshire undoubtedly provides some of the biggest thrills and spills around the 2.356-mile circuit. Kiern’s visit to the circuit last year in the Ginetta Junior Championship saw the 15-year old collect points in both of the weekend’s races but fell just one position short of the podium.

After completing a successful test at the circuit in March, Kiern heads to the circuit looking to build on his recent success but remains aware of the challenges ahead.

“I’m really excited to get back out on track after such a great race weekend at Donington. Hopefully, we won’t run into issues again and can get off to a good start without any setbacks. We need to be switched on from the first session as Thruxton is a quick circuit with limited overtaking opportunities so qualifying is very important - although you can get a huge slipstream through almost all of the track.”   

“I’m yet to qualify on pole this year so we’ll be working really hard to try to secure it at Thruxton. We know the field is tight so it will be tough but I’m ready for the challenge.”

The weekend gets started with free practice at 15:30 on Friday, with qualifying following on Saturday morning at 11:25. Saturday’s race will see lights out at 16:10, with Sunday playing host to the final races of the weekend at 12:50 and 16:25.