The BRDC British F3 Championship heads to Snetterton this weekend (18-19 May), with an international field of young F1 aspirants determined to impress after an exciting start to the season at Oulton Park.
Three different winners in Cheshire, and three other podium finishers during the course of the event indicate that this year’s title battle and this weekend’s races will be wide open.
Carlin’s Clement Novalak is the championship leader after the Oulton opener, with the British-Swiss driver taking his first British F3 win and another podium to propel him to the top of the pile.
Fortec’s Johnathan Hoggard is just 11 points behind though, and with race experience at Snetterton from his F4 days, and a British F3 win under his belt already, is a likely challenger this weekend, as is former F4 rival Ayrton Simmons. The Chris Dittmann Racing driver was a contender throughout the season opener, and his brace of podiums at Oulton Park could have been even more having led for half of the final race.
Belgian Ulysse De Pauw was another who impressed on his F3 debut for Douglas Motorsport. The 17-year-old claimed three top-seven finishes while team mate Kiern Jewiss, the reigning British F4 champion, was close to a podium with two fourth place finishes.
American Neil Verhagen claimed a podium finish for Double R Racing on his first weekend in the series, while Fortec’s returnee Manuel Maldonado secured another Oulton Park podium and now heads to a circuit where he was a winner in 2018.
Carlin’s Kaylen Frederick had an up and down weekend at Oulton Park, having qualified on pole for race one only to lose out on a top result after picking up a puncture following contact with Verhagen. He made amends in race two with victory from pole, and will be hoping for a bit less misfortune this time around.
Hillspeed’s Sasakorn Chaimongkol had a consistent showing at Oulton Park, and scored his first British F3 podium here last year. The Thai driver has potential for rapid pace, and should be at the sharp end this weekend.
Nazim Azman completes the top 10 in the early standings for Chris Dittmann Racing, with the Malaysian driver enjoying a weekend full of progress at Oulton Park, and will be keen to build further on that at Snetterton.
Lanan Racing’s Josh Mason sits just outside the top 10 at present after securing a best result of fifth at Oulton Park, while Double R’s Hampus Ericsson, an F3 podium finisher on his debut last year, is looking to show his true pace this weekend after a tricky opening round.
Douglas Motorsport’s Benjamin Pedersen was one of three drivers caught up in a dramatic incident in the first race of the year, but recovered his weekend well with a double top 10, while near namesake Lucas Petersson was also caught up in the incident, but still logged a best result of ninth for Carlin.
Fortec’s Kris Wright was on the cusp of the top-10 with 11th on the first race, and sits 15th in the early standings ahead of Double R’s Pavan Ravishankar, who was another caught up in the race one drama. He has podiums and a win under his belt from last year though, so expect more from him this weekend.
The BRDC British F3 field will again race three times this weekend, with the grid for races one and three determined in qualifying, while the exciting race two line-up will be a complete reverse of race one finishers, providing they set a lap time within 103% of the overall fastest.
Qualifying takes place at 11.10 on Saturday morning, ahead of the opening race at 15.15. The final two races of the weekend at 09.55 and 14.10 on Sunday will be streamed live on the British F3 website and official Facebook page.
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19 July 2019 - What they said: Spa qualifying
19 July 2019 - Maldonado quickest in Spa session three
19 July 2019 - Chaimongkol scythes to top of second Spa practice
19 July 2019 - Verhagen tops opening Spa practice
18 July 2019 - Varrone returns to Hillspeed for majority of final rounds