Ayrton Simmons claimed third place in the BRDC British F3 Championship at the season finale at Donington Park, and reckons that the 2019 season has been one of his most enjoyable in his racing career so far.
The Chris Dittmann Racing driver took three wins at Silverstone and Spa Francorchamps, as well as seven additional podiums across the year, to put him in the championship top three with Clement Novalak and Johnathan Hoggard, and entered the final weekend still with a chance of claiming the title.
The championship wasn’t to be, but he still delivered a reminder of the fighting qualities that has propelled him to the front of the grid on several occasions this year, with a thrilling battle in race two with teammate Nazim Azman.
“It was a pretty good season, probably one of the best seasons I’ve had,” the Essex driver summarised. “It’s been such a competitive grid this year and we’ve had people fly in from all over the world to compete and the level has gone up. From speaking with all the other drivers, they all agree that this is the toughest championship. Overall, we’ve had pace everywhere, we lacked a bit of consistency which cost us a bit but I’m happy with P3.
“I’ll have great memories from this year, and shared some special times with Chris Dittmann Racing, they’ve provided me with an amazing car. Every time I’ve stepped in it’s been a top-five car, I couldn’t thank them enough, and I couldn’t have done it without them.”
The 18-year-old will now spend the winter months planning for his next step, and admits that a return to British F3 could be on the cards.
“British F3 could be an option again next year but again we won’t really decide until December time. I might be back, I may not be but we will have to wait and see.”
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