<![CDATA[Sebastian Priaulx - News]]>Tue, 22 Jan 2019 02:06:27 +0000Weebly<![CDATA[Sebastian Priaulx Caps Off 2018 In Style With Second British F4 Win]]>Mon, 01 Oct 2018 10:27:08 GMThttp://sebpriaulx.com/news/sebastian-priaulx-caps-off-2018-in-style-with-second-british-f4-win
Sebastian Priaulx converted his maiden F4 British Championship pole position into a masterful lights-to-flag victory to bring his first season in single-seater racing to an end in superb style around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit this past weekend (29/30 September).
The 1st Central Insurance racer continued his love affair with Brands Hatch as he returned to the scene of his maiden British F4 win back in April and extended his run of taking at least one victory in each of his last five race meetings at the iconic Kent circuit.

On top of his win, Priaulx posted the fastest lap in two races as he set a new British F4 lap record around the world-famous GP circuit, while a second place finish in the final race of the season made it nine podium finishes for his maiden campaign.

Qualifying had generally proven to be Priaulx’s Achilles heel over the course of the season, however his persistence was rewarded on Saturday as he sensationally stormed to the top of the timesheets in his Arden Motorsport-prepared machine.

After instantly feeling at home around the Grand Prix layout during free practice on Friday, Priaulx went on to produce a blistering effort of 1m 25.822s to edge a closely fought qualifying session, with his first series pole filling him with confidence ahead of race one.

That showed as the Ravenscroft driver stormed off the line to lead the field into Paddock Hill Bend and build an advantage of half a second by the end of the opening lap; a gap that would steadily grow as he set the pace with consecutive fastest laps.

Pulling over a second and a half clear by the halfway mark of the race, Priaulx expertly controlled that gap over the remainder of the race to complete a truly faultless drive to victory – the twelfth success of his car-racing career so far.

The final two races of the year came on Sunday in front of a huge trackside crowd under the Kent sunshine, with the first of those ending up as a relatively subdued affair as Priaulx showed competitive pace throughout to run in sixth position from start-to-finish.

The 2018 British F4 campaign came to a close in front of the live ITV4 television cameras, with a great launch off the line seeing the Guernseyman maintain second position through the opening laps before an early safety car period.

Once the action resumed, Priaulx quickly broke clear of the pack behind and kept within a second of the leader throughout the race, however despite posting the fastest lap of the race he was unable to forge a clear overtaking opportunity and took second at the flag.

That result capped off a fantastic finale weekend to complete a first season of British F4 competition in which he has made huge strides forward as a racing driver both on and off track, with a final tally of nine podium finishes including two race victories.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m really happy to end the season with a win and a second place finish. Heading into the weekend, I certainly didn’t expect this level of success so I’m delighted to have ended the season this way and it is a massive confident boost going into the winter.

“It all came together in qualifying for the first time this season and I had so much confidence in the car. To convert my first pole into a lights-to-flag win felt amazing and to then add another podium and a top six finish seals a hugely positive weekend all-round.

“It’s been a tough season, we’ve had some terrible luck and I’ve not always had the car underneath me to battle at the front, but I’ve given it everything and had plenty of highs along the way, with nine podium finishes being a tally I’m pleased with.

“A huge thank you to 1st Central Insurance and Ravenscroft for their fantastic support. They joined us at Brands Hatch this weekend and I’m proud to have been able to share this success with them. Thank you also to Arden Motorsport for all their hard work through the year. I’m excited to see what 2019 will bring.”
The images included are from Jakob Ebrey Photography.
<![CDATA[Sebastian Priaulx Fights To Top Ten Treble From Tricky Silverstone Meeting]]>Tue, 18 Sep 2018 05:20:25 GMThttp://sebpriaulx.com/news/sebastian-priaulx-fights-to-top-ten-treble-from-tricky-silverstone-meeting
Sebastian Priaulx is determined to end his maiden F4 British Championship on a high at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time after a difficult outing in the penultimate meeting of the 2018 campaign at Silverstone this past weekend (15/16 September)
The 1st Central Insurance driver showed front-running pace throughout Rounds 25, 26 and 27 at the home of British Motor Racing, however contact on the opening lap in both the first and third races blunted his challenge for leading results and left him with a best result of eighth.

With podium finishes in each of the last three meetings contested, Priaulx was in a good run of form in the championship heading to Silverstone, a circuit that holds fond memories for the Guernseyman as the scene of his maiden car-racing victory in 2016.

The meeting started in strong fashion for Priaulx as he showed top six pace throughout the two official free practice sessions on Friday. Ending the day only a quarter of a second off the top, he went into the weekend in a confident mood.

It unfortunately didn’t go his way in qualifying the next day however, with a best effort of 57.285s leaving him a lower than anticipated ninth and tenth on the grid for races one and three of the weekend, the first of which followed that afternoon.

Priaulx’s hopes of moving up the order were quickly dashed on the first lap though, as contact from behind at Becketts on the opening lap forced him off circuit and dropped him back to eleventh position in his Arden Motorsport machine.

Quickly getting onto the tail of those ahead, Priaulx picked off two cars over the first half of the race to take ninth place, before showing impressive speed as he closed down a two second gap to the next driver to less than four tenths of a second by the chequered flag.

The Ravenscroft supported driver hoped fortune would turn in his favour for Sunday’s two races, however it would prove to be another tricky day of competition, starting with a relatively subdued second race as he battled in the top ten throughout on his way to eighth at the finish.

The final race of the weekend started in tremendous fashion in front of the live ITV4 television cameras as a superb start saw Priaulx launch himself from tenth into the top six through the first two corners, however his charge would be quickly blunted.

Contact into Brooklands would send him spinning to the rear of the field, however the 17 year old highlighted his clear raw speed once again as he battled his way back to eighth, with only four other drivers in the field posting a lap time faster than his best.

The 2018 F4 British Championship season comes to a close at Brands Hatch in two weeks’ time (29/30 September) around the world-famous Grand Prix layout, with Priaulx heading to Kent having impressively won on each of his last four outings to the circuit.

Sebastian Priaulx: “It’s not been the weekend we wanted ultimately. Our practice pace was strong, but qualifying proved to be our achilles heel again and that left us in a position where we ended up receiving crucial contact in two of the three races.

“We had a good day in free practice on Friday and we headed into the weekend with a strong package, but qualifying didn’t go the way we expected. I just didn’t get the lap together and I was disappointed to end up at the bottom of the top ten.

“It’s hugely frustrating to once again be on the receiving end of contact. For the third meeting in succession we’ve had contact on the opening lap end our chances of strong results, and to have it happen twice this weekend has really cost us.

“Our race pace was generally strong though and we made progress each time out, so by race three our lap-times were hugely competitive. Unfortunately our results didn’t match that, but at least we’ve come away with some more championship points.

“I love Brands Hatch and the Grand Prix circuit in particular, it’s a real driver’s track and I’m looking forward to tackling it in a single-seater for the first time. We’re going to be work hard in the next couple of weeks to ensure we can go there and end the year on a high.”
The images included are from Jakob Ebrey Photography.
<![CDATA[Sebastian Priaulx Tames The Rain For Brilliant Knockhill Podium]]>Tue, 28 Aug 2018 10:07:46 GMThttp://sebpriaulx.com/news/sebastian-priaulx-tames-the-rain-for-brilliant-knockhill-podium
Sebastian Priaulx has made it four podium finishes in three meetings in the 2018 British F4 Championship with a fantastic drive to second position in ultra-challenging conditions at Knockhill in Scotland this past weekend (25/26 August).
The 1st Central Insurance driver converted one of his strongest qualifying performances of the season into a pair of hard-fought top five finishes, which keeps him in the battle for the top six in the championship heading into the final two meetings of the season.

With his podium successes in the previous two outings at Snetterton and Rockingham, Priaulx made the annual trip north of the border to Scotland with confidence high as he prepared to race on the unique, undulating Knockhill circuit for the first time in a single-seater.

Quickly getting up to speed with the track during an official pre-event test on Tuesday, the Guernseyman continued building a good platform for the weekend ahead as he posted fast, consistent lap-times across the traditional free practice sessions on Friday.

Priaulx carried that promising pace into qualifying the next day, with a brilliant lap-time of 49.172s putting him less than two tenths of a second off pole as he secured top five starting positions for both the first and third races of the weekend.

The opening encounter on Saturday afternoon proved to be a relatively quiet affair for the Ravenscroft supported driver, with a faultless drive seeing him run in a comfortable fifth position from start-to-finish; a result that secured him a front-row start for the reverse grid race two.

A dramatic change of weather overnight meant he would be greeted by a tricky wet circuit for race two, with Priaulx adapting superbly to the conditions in his Arden Motorsport machine as he held second position in the early stages.

Maintaining a great pace throughout the 20 minute encounter, the 17 year old pulled clear of the pack behind and enjoyed a trouble-free run to the chequered flag for a richly-deserved sixth podium finish of his maiden British F4 season so far.

Unfortunately Priaulx’s weekend ended on a sour note though in the live televised final race, as following a great launch off the line, contact from another car heading through McIntyre’s corner spun him around and left him stuck on the edge of the circuit.

A helpful hand from the marshals ensured his race could continue, however by this stage the Walero brand ambassador was a lap down on the remainder of the field, which meant he lapped the remainder of the race in eleventh position.

Sebastian Priaulx: “I’m really pleased to have continued our podium run in the championship this weekend. We were very racy and our pace was consistently strong from start-to-finish, which is a good sign heading into the final two meetings of the year.

“Our qualifying performance is something we've been working hard on and this weekend it felt like we made a step forward with it, having been consistently in the top five in both wet and dry conditions in testing.

“I gave it everything I had in the opening race and fifth was a good result. It gave us a great platform with the reverse grid for race two and I’m delighted to convert that into the podium, especially with a visor issue hampering my visibility immensely. 

“The final race was unfortunate and it was frustrating to be the innocent party in contact once again. We won’t dwell on that though as we leave the meeting with plenty of positives and we’re hoping to enjoy some more success in the final two meetings of the year.”

The penultimate rounds of the 2018 F4 British Championship are coming up at the ‘Home of British motor racing’ Silverstone in three weeks’ time (15/16 September), before the season finale around the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit (29/30 September).
The images included are from Jakob Ebrey Photography.