LONDON — Five-time British karting champion and 2017 Ginetta Junior Rookie Champion Kiern Jewiss will make the step up to British Formula 4 this year to contest his first season in single seaters with Double R Racing.
Last year saw Jewiss make the long-awaited switch to cars after an enviable karting career that saw the youngster collect over 220 wins, five British championships and a memorable victory from the back of the grid at the 2016 WSK Champions Cup. During his first year in cars, the FM Conway sponsored youngster made an immediate impression on the BTCC paddock as he starred in the Ginetta Junior Championship. Eventually finishing 4th in the Drivers’ Championship, he closed the year with a commanding rookie title to his name – thanks to his one win, three poles, twelve podiums and a record-breaking seventeen rookie wins.
Continuing his rise up the motorsport ranks, Jewiss will now join forces with Double R Racing as he moves into single-seaters for the first time.
The F4 British Championship certified by FIA, powered by Ford Ecoboost, is the UK’s premier single-seater series – the only championship open to 15-year-old drivers and the first step on the FIA single-seater pyramid to F-1.
“I’m very excited,” Jewiss said. “It’s a big step but it’s an exciting step in the right direction for my development. I’m really looking forward to the challenge that we have ahead and hopefully we can get up to speed quickly so we can be performing right from outset.”
Part of the MBP Academy, Jewiss follows in the footsteps of MB Partners stablemate, Mike Conway, as he inherits the No. 26 Double R Racing car, a number used by Mike on his way to the British F3 title with Double R in 2006. Jewiss is excited to be working with a team with a proven track record such as Double R and is ready to embark on his next chapter.
“Double R have proved themselves as a top team, not just in F4 but across several championships. They were a front running team last year and with the way testing has started this year, it seems we’ll still be performing at the highest level. Anthony and the team have made me feel really welcome so we’re all looking forward to the year ahead.”
Double R Racing enters the new British F4 season aiming for another strong year after a successful 2017, which saw the squad win five races with Sweden’s Linus Lundqvist. Teaming up with the proven Double R squad, Jewiss is keen to get up to speed so he can be fighting for race wins and picking up points from the get-go.
“Obviously, I’m here to win so that’s the main goal but in order to do that I need to develop and learn every time I get into the car. I don’t expect to walk into the championship and instantly be at my best, but I’m a quick learner so I hope to be fighting at the front as quickly as possible.”