Chris Dittmann Racing's Ayrton Simmons has taken three wins and six additional podiums to keep himself well in the title fight heading to the final rounds of the year at Donington Park.
He sits 61 points behind title leader Clement Novalak and just nine behind Johnathan Hoggard, and a good weekend at Donington could well surge him up the order.
The 18-year-old has been a contender right from the off, having taken a double podium at Oulton Park and then a breakthrough win at Silverstone in June. Additional victories have followed at Spa Francorchamps and then again at Silverstone last time out. A couple of unfortunate retirements means he's a little further behind in the title race, but he's full of optimism heading to the final event of the year.
What is your approach for the final round? Are you aiming for the title or just taking each race as it comes?
"Yes of course I’m going for the title! I know it’s a bit of a long shot but I’ve seen lots of things happen in motorsport so I will be pushing to at least put as much pressure as possible and of course to score as many points as I can."
How pleased are you with the year as a whole? Has it met expectations?
"For sure! To move up to British F3 and be within the title fight in the last round is definitely an achievement, seeing how competitive this championship is this year.
"Of course there are many things I look back on, things that could have improved but considering all that I think me and the CDR boys have had a mega year!"
Donington was a tricky weekend for you last time, was it a case of bad luck or have you done anything different this time around?
"Yes, it wasn’t a great weekend. It started off so good for us getting P2 in race one but then a few decisions from my side didn’t put me in a great position in race two and then the unfortunate DNF in race three. Luckily for me I have a chance to change that this time round, and me and the team have been working on that behind the scenes."
How would it feel if you left Donington as the champion at the end of the weekend?
"It would be a dream come true. Just to see some of the drivers that have won this championship and to be part of that history would be amazing."
Total podiums: 9
Top-10 finishes: 15
Fastest laps: 5
Pole positions: 3
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