26 / 27 June
Chris Dittmann Racing’s Max Marzorati is preparing for his first full season in the BRDC British F3 Championship in 2021, and the 20-year-old is expecting to be a competitive force.
The British contender competed in 13 races last year, and moved to CDR for the final two weekends of the season. He’s had a busy winter as he worked around the clock to fund his racing exploits, and can’t wait for the new season to start.
A relatively late addition to this year’s entry, Marzorati hasn’t had as much running on track as his rivals so far, but has made up for lost time with a handful of testing runs over the last few weeks. Full days have been utilised at Donington Park and Silverstone, and he will be in action again on Thursday at Brands Hatch.
“We’ve only had a few days [of testing] in general and we know everyone else has been doing around two tests a week! So we know we’re up against it, but we’re already on the pace and in that top scrap,” he comments.
“Hopefully we can carry what we’re doing into that first round, into qualifying and do the job. I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get started.”
To fund his 2021 campaign, Marzorati has been doing 12 hour days across numerous jobs, including in a biscuit factory and a local authority door-to-door survey operative. He admits it has given him extra determination to do well this year.
“It gives a different look to it. I’ve worked three or four jobs over the winter to pay for this season’s racing. So every lap I’m in the car I’m feeling just so grateful to be doing this, to have this lap, and inside the helmet it just smells that bit sweeter.
“It gives me more drive because I’ve worked so hard just to be on the grid itself. Just to be in the car, let alone working on the times, just to be here I’ve had to really, really work hard for it. I’m not sure the others have had to do that to get onto the grid, and I’m here for one reason, and that’s to beat the rich kids!”
While confident of his pace so far in testing, the Harrow resident is keeping his expectations in check but has his eyes set on one goal.
“We’ll see where we are in a couple of weeks’ time, but I’m here to win. I come from a working class family, I’ve worked three jobs to be on the grid and I’m competing with people that are able to put a lot more money into it. But I’m here to beat them, I’m not just here to be going around in last place, stepping out the car and saying ‘that was really fun.’
“I’m extremely grateful to be here because there are a lot of people who are fighting as hard I was to be on the grid, just to stay alive and to keep their family alive. It’s been really hard for the past two years for everyone, but I’m here to beat the people who can just show up and spend another five grand on another day.”
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