Hillspeed’s Sasakorn ‘Cutter’ Chaimongkol had an up and down weekend at Oulton Park, but still banked strong points and arrives at Snetterton in confident mood having taken his first British F3 podium at the circuit last year.
Despite missing much of the pre-event testing, Chaimongkol quickly got up to speed at Oulton Park, having also impressed at the Donington media day test, and showed front-running pace in the Friday sessions. He then placed himself eighth on the grid for the opening race of the year, just half a second away from pole position.
Making up a place on the opening lap, he then gained two more on lap seven to take fifth place in race one. Starting ninth on the reverse grid for race two, he again set about making progress up the order, and gained three places on the opening lap. He then found his way past Josh Mason around the outside of Knickerbrook to take another fifth on the road, but was given a time penalty for a false start, which meant he dropped down to 13th in the final classification.
An exciting fight with Manuel Maldonado in the final race saw Chaimongkol take seventh place to complete his weekend, and is now eyeing a move up the order at Snetterton this weekend.
“We tried to push forward as much as we could at Oulton Park, and it would have been nice to have taken two P5s and a P7 from the weekend,” Chaimongkol commented. “The false start in race two didn’t help us in terms of the championship in any way and I didn’t race well in the final race. I made a mistake, it happens, and I just had to get my head down.
“Hopefully we’ll have some better results to come at Snetterton and we can get some podiums there. We test at lot at Snetterton, it’s probably one of my most visited tracks, and personally I like the circuit. I can see we will go well as a team there."
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