22 / 23 May
Douglas Motorsport’s Dexter Patterson makes his UK single seater debut in BRDC British F3 this year, and the 17-year-old Scotsman is counting down the days until the season opener at Brands Hatch.
The former World Junior Karting champion comes with backing from the Sauber F1 operation, and has enjoyed productive running in testing so far.
“I’m just learning the car and have had a good couple of days under my belt now and I’m learning more every time I get out,” he comments.
The Glaswegian raced in Italian F4 last season and is expecting the racing to be much tougher in British F3, and highlights the variety of circuits as the biggest difference.
“It’s mainly the tracks. They’re quite different just in terms of run-off and everything is a bit tighter, so it keeps you on your toes a bit more. That means the racing will be a bit more difficult as a result.”
Patterson has enjoyed backing from Sauber for a couple of seasons, and will retain their support this season in British F3.
“In my European karting days, I got to know the guys at Sauber and started in their karting team and was with them for a year. They backed me in Italian F4 last year as well and it’s good to be continuing with them.”
He’s holding back on expectations for now, but is looking forward to the season opener at Brands Hatch in just under a month’s time, where the competitive order will become clear.
“We’ll just see what happens, obviously you want to do the best possible that you can do, but I’ll keep pushing and we’ll see where we end up.
“We’ll be able to give it a proper judge of where we are [at Brands Hatch]. Obviously testing is always a bit up and down and it’s hard to know exactly what everyone is doing, but once you get to the first race it’s a lot easier to see.”
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