Hillspeed has confirmed Thai driver Sasakorn Chaimongkol as their third driver for the 2018 BRDC British F3 Championship.
Chaimongkol, known as ‘Cutter’, is no stranger to the team or the championship, having tested with them prior to competing in three races of the 2016 Autumn Trophy series, finishing 10th overall.
Most recently, the 19-year-old has competed in six races of the Formula 4 South East Asia category, finishing inside the top six on four occasions.
Prior to commencing his car racing career, ‘Cutter’ had enjoyed a strong karting career which saw him win the 125 Junior OpenAsian Karting Open Championship in 2011 and finishing runner-up in the ROK Cup International Field in the Mini category the same year. He then raced in Europe in the WSK Euro Series, and has also raced in the CIK-FIA European and World KF Championships, with strong results.
With good experience of the Tatuus Cosworth BRDC British F3 car, Chaimongkol has shown good pace in testing at Oulton Park this week, setting a best time just 1.3 seconds away from the overall fastest of the two days, which included topping Friday’s opening session in extremely tricky conditions.
Hillspeed Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw commented: “We are really happy to get Cutter in our third car for the full season. We’ve got to know him very well and he’s shown really strong progress, especially in the last few weeks. We’re equally pleased to complete our capacity line-up for the 2018 season, and with Jusuf Owega joining us from Rockingham onwards, we’re hopeful of another very positive year.”
Sasakorn ‘Cutter’ Chaimongkol added: “I’m really excited to be joining the Hillspeed team for the full BRDC British F3 season. I’ve been driving with them for a while now and they’ve really helped my development. I think my pace is now very strong and I’m ready to challenge in British F3 this season. I can’t wait to get on the grid this weekend.”
Chaimongkol’s participation this weekend brings the field up to 17 cars for this weekend’s BRDC British F3 season opener, though the field will increase in size for the next round at Rockingham, with Josh Mason, Harry Webb and Jusuf Owega set to join.
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