JAMUN OUT OF F4 AS SMALL TEAMS FIGHT

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Jamun Rac­ing has no plans to con­test the re­main­der of the Bri­tish F4 sea­son, leav­ing JTR as the only re­main­ing team from the cat­e­gory’s Bri­tish For­mula Ford days com­pet­ing at Croft this week­end.

Driv­ers Jamie Caro­line and Harry Hayek have both left Jamun, which was a pow­er­house of Bri­tish For­mula Ford, win­ning seven-straight driv­ers’ ti­tles be­tween 2005 and 2011.

Caro­line has switched to Fortec Mo­tor­sports to fill the seat va­cated by Ross Martin while Hayek has left af­ter a dis­pute.

Jamun boss James Mundy said the team would fo­cus on other projects: “We’re not plan­ning on run­ning any F4 cars. We would quite like to fo­cus on Kent cars. We’re con­vert­ing a cou­ple of [Du­ratec] My­gales to Kent en­gines and we’re look­ing to run a cou­ple.”

Jamun’s with­drawal leaves a lack of smaller teams in the Bri­tish F4 pad­dock. Since in­ter­na­tional teams Car­lin, Ar­den and Fortec en­tered the se­ries in 2015 – when the FIA F4 My­gale car was in­tro­duced – the smaller teams have strug­gled. None of the ex-for­mula Ford teams have won a race since the switch.

Fal­con Mo­tor­sport and Richard­son Rac­ing com­peted in the cat­e­gory last year but are yet to field a driver in 2016 – al­though Richard­son is con­tin­u­ing to test po­ten­tial driv­ers.

Mundy added it’s dif­fi­cult to com­pete away from the track with the big teams. “Man­ag­ing a driver’s ex­pec­ta­tions when faced with out­fits like Car­lin and Ar­den makes it a no-go,” he said. “The F4 car and se­ries is good and as we showed at Oul­ton Park you can com­pete with lim­ited re­sources.”

Bri­tish F4 cham­pi­onship man­ager Sam Roach said the Jamun sit­u­a­tion was a unique one, but added he is not wor­ried the larger teams are be­com­ing dom­i­nant.

“It’s some­thing we are al­ways look­ing at,” he said. “It’s hap­pened many times in mo­tor­sport that the mar­ket moves and the big teams are best placed to cap­i­talise on that.”

But Roach has high­lighted the suc­cess of JHR De­vel­op­ments – a team that has taken two wins and three other podi­ums this sea­son – that proves smaller teams can still achieve good re­sults. “JHR is show­ing that smaller non-in­ter­na­tional teams are still able to com­pete,” he said. “I am proud that Jamun and JHR have been on the podium this year.”

Mundy: times are tough Caro­line (left) led Jamun charge in F4

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