26 / 27 June
Carlin’s Christian Mansell had set the fastest time in practice ahead of qualifying, but a record-breaking performance from Chris Dittmann Racing's Simmons ensured he claimed a double pole position. His quickest time of 1m20.298s is the fastest lap ever recorded on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit by a BRDC British F3 car.
The race two grid is formed by each driver’s second best time and Simmons also topped that classification, meaning he again started from the front in race two.
Oliver Bearman was second fastest in the session, just over a quarter of a second away from Simmons, and just 0.006 seconds quicker than Zak O’Sullivan in third.
Simmons made an ideal start from pole position to lead the field down to Paddock Hill Bend, before extending his lead to over a second by the end of the first lap. Bearman trimmed that to seven tenths of a second by lap three, but Simmons stretched the gap back to over a second by the end of the race. This was the sixth British F3 win of Simmons’ career and his third at Brands Hatch.
Bearman, in his first UK car racing appearance settled for second, the 16-year-old finishing just four tenths of a second clear of Carlin’s F4 runner-up O’Sullivan.
Hitech GP duo Bart Horsten and Reece Ushijima finished in fourth and fifth, while Frederick Lubin ensured Arden Motorsport claimed sixth place in their first BRDC British F3 race.
Simmons started from pole, but was challenged on the way down to Paddock Hill Bend on lap one, going three wide with Hitech’s Bart Horsten and O’Sullivan.
At Druids, Simmons and Horsten collided in spectacular fashion, promoting O’Sullivan to the lead and necessitating a safety car with Simmons and Horsten retiring.
Bearman challenged O’Sullivan at the restart, with the Fortec driver right behind him as the field returned to racing. The Carlin driver managed to hold off his advances and then pulled out a margin of a couple of tenths a lap to take the flag over two seconds clear, with Bearman repeating his second place result from race one.
Reece Ushijima claimed his first podium of the year in third for Hitech GP, with Arden duo Frederick Lubin and Alex Connor next up, and Fortec’s Roberto Faria completing the top-six.
A stunning start in the reversed grid race three saw Christian Mansell slice his way from the fourth row of the grid to the lead by the first corner.
Drama further down the field brought out two safety car periods, but the Australian made excellent restarts and pulled away in the final seven minutes of the race to claim his first victory.
Javier Sagrera claimed a maiden podium for the Elite Motorsport team in British F3 with his second place, while Patterson held off a sustained challenge from Carlin’s Bryce Aron, who finished just under three tenths further behind the Sauber Academy driver.
Mikkel Grundtvig (Fortec) and Ushijima completed the top-six.
In the early championship standings, O’Sullivan holds a four point lead over Bearman, with both drivers standing on the podium twice across the weekend, while consistent results from Ushijima puts him third overall after the first event of the year.
Circuit: Brands Hatch GP
Length: 2.433 miles/3.908 km
Address: Brands Hatch Circuit, Fawkham, Longfield, Kent, DA3 8NG
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Session 1 - 10.10-10.40
Session 2 - 11.55-12.25
Session 3 - 14.35-15.05
Session 4 - 16.20-16.50
Practice - 09.00-09.20
Qualifying - 11.50-12.10
Race 1 - 15.30-15.50
Race 2 - 11.10-11.30
Race 3 - 16.15-16.35