Clement Novalak claimed the 2019 BRDC British F3 Championship title by 23 points from Johnathan Hoggard, but aside from the main championship, there are plenty of other statistics worthy of recognition.
Most fastest laps – Johnathan Hoggard, nine
Fortec Motorsport’s Hoggard showed plenty of pace in 2019, demonstrated by his tally of nine fastest laps across the season, four more than any other driver. Ayrton Simmons was next up with five fastest laps, with Kaylen Frederick taking three across the season. Lucas Petersson, Clement Novalak, Hampus Ericsson, Sasakorn Chaimongkol and Manuel Maldonado claimed one apiece.
Most pole positions – Johnathan Hoggard, seven
See Hoggard and pace above. Hoggard was also clearly the fastest driver on Saturdays, claiming a total of seven pole positions for races one and three each weekend, four more than any other driver. Hoggard’s tally ensured he earned £1,400 in individual prize money for the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, as well as securing the end of year £1,000 prize. Simmons took three poles across the year, Novalak and Kiern Jewiss two, with single poles for Kaylen Frederick and Neil Verhagen.
Most race wins – Johnathan Hoggard, seven
Hoggard converted most of his pole positions into a win, standing on the top step of the podium seven times across the year. Again he was three clear of anyone else, with Simmons taking the next highest tally with three. Eleven other drivers claimed wins in a wide-open season, with Novalak, Frederick and Nazim Azman winning twice, and single wins for Petersson, Ericsson, Benjamin Pedersen, Josh Mason, Nico Varrone, Jewiss, Maldonado and Chaimongkol.
Most laps led – Johnathan Hoggard, 75
With the most wins it’s probably no surprise that Hoggard also led the most amount of laps this year. A total of 266 racing laps were completed in 2019, and Hoggard led 75 of them. Simmons was again his closest challenger with 31 laps led, with champion Novalak leading 25. 15 drivers led races, with only Verhagen and Pavan Ravishankar not taking wins, though this is a slight anomaly in the case of Verhagen, who led several laps at Silverstone in June, and won the race on the road, only to lose it immediately with a time penalty due to a track limits infringement.
Best average finishing position – Clement Novalak & Ayrton Simmons, 4.7
Proof, certainly in the case of Novalak, that consistency pays. While Hoggard may have grabbed more headline results, Novalak plugged away and was utterly dependable all year, finishing every race, and all bar one inside the top-10. Simmons also had an average finish of 4.7, while Hoggard’s average was actually 5.3, owing to more difficult races at places like Spa and Silverstone.
Most podium finishes – Johnathan Hoggard, 12
Hoggard leads the way on most podium finishes too, with a total of 12. Simmons runs him close in this particular statistic, having stood on the rostrum 10 times, while Kiern Jewiss claimed nine, with many of those coming in the second half of the season. Novalak claimed eight ahead of Verhagen, who may not have won, but was definitely a regular on the podium with seven trophies to show for his efforts in 2019.
Most points earned for positions gained in race two – Clement Novalak, 48
This was one of the key areas for Novalak, who kept his nose clean in the frequently manic race two each weekend, and steadily picked off his rivals, with some explosive opening lap gains too! He earned 16 more points for positions gained than any other driver, a key statistic bearing in mind his championship winning margin of 23 points. Simmons earned 32 points for positions gained, Jewiss 30 and Hoggard 29, a total of 19 less than Novalak.
Win from furthest back on the grid, Nico Varrone, eighth to first
Argentinean Varrone was in just his second weekend of BRDC British F3 action, but delivered one of the star drives of the season. In the second race at the legendary F1 venue, he surged from eighth on the grid to victory. He pulled off some superb overtakes, including two places in one move at the Bus Stop Chicane as he surged past Andreas Estner and Ravishankar, before another great pass on race leader Mason to take the lead at Les Combes.
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