2020 was another hugely competitive season for the BRDC British F3 championship, once it got underway with a revised schedule in August, with 24 races across a packed seven-event schedule, including visits to the Grand Prix circuits at Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park in addition to fixtures at Oulton Park and Snetterton.
Nine different drivers won across the year, with the greatest number of wins going to this year’s champion Kaylen Frederick who won as many races as there were winners. We’re looking back at this year’s podium toppers ahead of the festive period.
Kaylen Frederick – CHAMPION – 9 wins
Nine wins was the most achieved by any driver in the 2020 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, and Kaylen Frederick was a consistent performer, winning at every race meeting with the exception of the Brands Hatch quadruple-header. The American took two race victories early on at Oulton Park to assert himself on the championship battle before slipping behind Maini after the Brands Hatch weekend. The winning momentum returned thereafter, however with Frederick ultimately taking the title by 51 points with Carlin.
Kush Maini – 3 wins
Kush Maini returned to BRDC British F3 this year, after winning a race in the championship back in 2018. Maini led the title challenge for Hitech GP, which joined the grid this year, winning three races and leading the standings for a good portion of the season before ultimately being overtaken by Frederick. Main also achieved an additional nine podium finished, standing on the podium as many times as champion Frederick across the year.
Ulysse de Pauw – 2 wins
Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse de Pauw won two races this year and, despite ultimately falling further away from the championship lead at the final meeting, was one of the season’s standout performers. The Belgian stood on the podium more times than any other driver in the championship and was enormously consistent throughout the middle section of the season in particular. Of his 10 rostrum finished, six were second places. He was unfortunate not to win a few more.
Louis Foster – 3 wins
This was an assured, impressive maiden campaign in BRDC British F3 for Louis Foster, who won three races in his first year at this level after graduating from British F4. Foster took pole position on debut at Oulton Park, and he didn’t have to wait too long after that for a first victory, which came in the first race next time out at Donington Park. Foster didn’t finish on the podium as often as his title rivals, but it was a season full of promise with several high points.
Nazim Azman – 2 wins
Malaysia’s Nazim Azman stepped up from his debut season in BRDC British F3 last year, winning two races with six podium finishes on top of that. It was a very strong season for the Carlin driver, who was rarely out of the top-ten and fifth place in the final standings was a deserved reward for his efforts.
Benjamin Pedersen – 1 win
Double R Racing’s Benjamin Pedersen enjoyed a strong finish to the season, with podium finishes in each of the final three meetings at Snetterton, Donington and Silverstone. The crowning moment was a reverse-grid race win on a tricky November weekend at the home of the British Grand Prix.
Piers Prior – 1 win
Piers Prior took what turned out to be Lanan Racing’s final win in BRDC British F3, for now at least, with the team withdrawing from the series at the end of this year. It came on a very strong weekend for the British driver who made a dream start to his campaign with a first and a third place on the opening weekend of the year.
Kiern Jewiss – 1 win
Kiern Jewiss won the opening round of the year for Douglas Motorsport before going on a run of eight fourth and fifth place finishes in 10 races, showing plenty of consistency but not quite making it back on to the podium.
Ayrton Simmons – 2 wins
Ayrton Simmons was a title contender for Chris Dittmann Racing in 2019, and returned briefly as a super sub at Brands Hatch. Simmons won two of the weekend’s three races before returning for another double podium cameo at the Silverstone finale.
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