British F3 - Hillspeed boss Ollerenshaw reflects on team’s 50th anniversary year

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Hillspeed boss Ollerenshaw reflects on team’s 50th anniversary year

Hillspeed boss Ollerenshaw reflects on team’s 50th anniversary year

Tuesday 15 December 2020

Hillspeed, which has raced in the BRDC F3 championship since its inception in 2016, and BRDC F4 before that celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020.

After the team's golden anniversary celebrations were put on hold by the COVID-19 situation, the season got underway in August. Hillspeed's drivers for the team's landmark season were young Briton Oliver Clarke and Thai racer Sasakorn 'Cutter' Chaimongkol achieved a number of podium finishes between them to secure eighth and seventh in the standings respectively.

The season was also notable for the team in that it moved to brand new premises at Markham Vale, Derbyshire.

Hillspeed team principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: "Overall, taking everything into consideration, I think everyone at Hillspeed was satisfied with our 50th anniversary season. Yes, we would have liked to have been back on the top step of the podium as we know we had the capability to do that. We certainly had the car to achieve it, but a few things did go against Ollie and Cutter at times.

“I was very impressed with Ollie’s performances right from the start of the championship, even more so when you consider the lack of testing he had with a tight budget. To claim two podiums in his rookie year at this level, and to end the season just 10 points behind Cutter in the standings, was a superb achievement. He is very much one to watch for the future.

“With only a couple of weeks to go before the start of the rescheduled season, we still weren’t sure if Cutter would be racing but we managed to put a very late deal together with a lot of hard work. Having been out of a car for a full year, with no testing at all, he did a good job and was certainly very unlucky to miss out on more podiums.”

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