24 / 25 July
Mikkel Grundtvig, Max Marzorati and Tom Lebbon were the top-three finishers in race three at Donington Park, with each driver claiming their maiden podium finishes. Here’s how each reacted at the end of the race.
Winner, Mikkel Grundtvig, Fortec Motorsports:
“It was an amazing race, and I think it was a really good performance from my side, especially from our first race at Brands Hatch where I started third and I ended up fifth. So I knew this time I had an extra shot to do it and when I was in P1 I was just fully focused on driving it safely home. It’s just amazing.
“When I was P2 I was getting closer and closer. It was a good overtake [on Marzorati] but also well driven from both sides, it was really really good.
Second, Max Marzorati, Chris Dittmann Racing:
“It feels amazing. It feels really good but I’m slightly disappointed that we didn’t get the win, but I’m so, so happy that I still managed to bring home something with P2. I have to thank my sponsors Rich Energy and Adrian Flux and a big shout out to Ben, the automotive charity and all the hard work they do.
“We were so close, we led for quite a long time. I had the dream start and the dream safety car restart, but unfortunately I was struggling in that last sector and Grundtvig managed to pounce when I didn’t think he was close enough. Everyone keeps telling me not to look in my mirrors and the one time I didn’t, someone went for it! But I made sure I didn’t make that mistake again, I kept Alvarez behind me who is obviously so quick. He finished second in British F4 and has so much experience with slicks and wings. Even Ayrton [Simmons] had a go and he’s had something like six years with slicks and wings so I think I did well to hang onto that. It’s a shame we didn’t get the P1, but we’ve kept up the team’s record of a podium at every event. We’ll take this and go on to Spa.”
Third, Tom Lebbon, Elite Motorsport:
“It was so tough out there today. Coming through the pack round here is really difficult but I managed to take advantage of some incidents on the track and then backing up on the inside of the first lap. It was really hard but I managed to keep my head towards the end of the race and it’s a really good result.
“I looked for the spaces and looked ahead, looked who was around me and what sort of drivers and the stuff that goes on with different drivers. I took advantage of people and it worked.
“It’s a massive step from Ginetta Juniors, people don’t realise how different the technique, the driving, the racing, the dirty air and it’s so different to what I’m used to. But we’re really getting there and going forward with the team, the set-up and the development."
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