Kiern Jewiss is one of the in-form drivers over the second half of the 2019 BRDC British F3 Championship season. The Douglas Motorsport driver has scored five podiums in the last seven races including a breakthrough victory at Brands Hatch.
Having languished in the lower reaches of the top-10 for the first half of the year, he's shot up the order and arrives at Donington still mathematically in with a chance of taking the title, sitting 103 points behind championship leader Clement Novalak with a maximum of 105 available this weekend.
He needs a minor miracle though to claim the title though, mainly down to a bundle of misfortune earlier in the year when he was either taken out or severely delayed in three consecutive races at Snetterton and Silverstone. With the pressure off, here's how he is feeling ahead of the Donington Decider.
What’s been the key to the improved run of results in the last few rounds, or is it just a case of misfortune earlier in the year masking your pace?
"At the start of the year, I was still understanding the car and how to get it to suit my driving style, so a lot of the early rounds we were having to put a lot of work in to get an understanding of how the package worked. Compared to the start of the season, the car is completely different! I now feel it's where I need it to be and that is evident in the results. Obviously, we were unlucky at the start of the year with contact in a few of the races but that's the risk you run when you're in the middle of the pack."
You head to Donington with a mathematical chance of winning the championship, but do you have any thoughts on the title or are you just taking it as each race comes?
"Although mathematically the championship title is there, I'm not going to change my approach. We're taking it one session at a time and I'm just trying to deliver the best job I can. I want to end the year on a high and continue the momentum we have built up over the previous few rounds."
How optimistic are you of another podium or even a win at Donington to end the year?
"I go into every weekend with the same approach and that is to always aim for the top step. Donington will be a good circuit for me to prove how much we've improved over the year as we have already driven here - at the media day and back in June for round four. It's one of my more favourable tracks on the calendar as I was on the podium here in June and won here in F4 last year."
What’s been the thing you’ve learned the most this year?
"I'd say I have learnt a lot about the engineering side of the cars. It wasn't as simple as it was in British F4 when I could just jump in and drive it to the limit, I've had to work really hard in and out of the car in order to be battling at the front. The car is a lot more complex compared to F4 and now, compared to the start of the year, I feel confident that I understand it and know what we need to do to get to the front."
Total podiums: 7
Top-10 finishes: 17
Fastest laps: 1
Pole positions: 2
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