British F3 – De Pauw fastest in first test session

Belgium’s Ulysse De Pauw was fastest in the first official BRDC British F3 test session at Snetterton.

De Pauw, whose relationship with Douglas Motorsport continues for a second year in the series, led home Jordan Dempsey of Chris Dittmann Racing and Guilherme Peixoto of Carlin Motorsport, both of whom looking to make their British F3 debuts in 2020.

The returning Benjamin Pedersen was fourth at a damp Snetterton ahead of British F3 debutants Ollie Clarke and Josh Skelton.

American Kaylen Frederick is back at Carlin for a second season and was seventh ahead of the improving Josh Mason in eighth for Lanan, while a glut of potential debutants in Manaf Hajjawi, Louis Foster and Bart Horsten filled out positions nine to 11.

Kiern Jewis, one of the favourites for this years championship, was 12th for Douglas Motorsport ahead of more debutants in Christian Olsen and Piers Prior, with Nazim Azman 15th having joined Carlin from Chris Dittmann Racing and Mexican Sebastian Alvarez in 16th.

 

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W Series: David Coulthard – I’d like continental based W Series Championships

David Coulthard has said that he would like to see more, regional W feeder Series in the future ahead of the launch of W Series season two later this year.

Coulthard, 48, has played an active role in the series since it was announced back in 2018 and believes it is important that the championship that acts as a feeder series to Germany’s DTM builds on a successful first season.

“I personally would like to see a North American Championship, an Asian Championship, a number of championships which could then come together for one world championship over a number of races.

“We have tapped into the available talent that recognised W Series in its first year and grown from that, but actually having a feeder championship, that would be good as longer term view. Right now, we’ve got to focus on this championship and grow the reach we have and continue the journey. The year one foundations we currently have in place, we’re very happy with.”

During the first year there was a gap between those who had more single seater experience such as Jamie Chadwick and Alice and those without much single seater experience such as Esmee Hawkey and Caitlin Wood.

“We can do the selection process, which was done fantastically and Alex Wurz is an FIA affiliated selection processor and we felt that we gave everyone as fair an opportunity as possible to really show themselves before getting behind the single seater wheel, of course those that have been doing the single seaters will have an advantage.

“It is a little bit like my journey, when I started at 17 in cars I had no experience of cars and I was going up against people who had three or four years experience but we can’t drive the cars for them, we can’t control what they do away from the championship.”

The 13-time Grand Prix winner is of the belief that those who are quick enough will gravitate towards the front of the grid while suggesting some drivers may decide to test other single seaters.

“This is a free to enter championship, any funding they build up they can put into their programme or test in other cars. Some may choose to invest that in other forms of racing in conjunction with W Series. It is up to them to make that decision, but they have got to make that decision and if you believe in cream rising to the top through hard work, endeavour and all the rest of it then in the same way that Max Verstappen ended up in Formula One at the age of 17.

“That was not by accident it was because of a whole series of testing and planning and having everything set up for it. You’re never going to have it completely fair in terms of the experience they have and how many miles they have done because there is that age discrepancy.”

Hoggard: GT and single seaters on the table for 2020

Sunoco Whelen Challenge and Aston Martin Autosport award winner Johnathan Hoggard says he has interest from a variety of series for 2020.

Hoggard, who was also runner up for Fortec Motorsport in BRDC British F3, suggested he wasn’t far from confirming his plans for 2020.

“Nothing has been confirmed just yet but we are in talks with a variety of teams and we have different options including single seater, but off the back of the Autosport Award there has been a few GT offers. It’s down to me to decide what to do and what is best for my future.

“I enjoyed both at the Autosport challenge, so anything is good for me.”

While he is used to short sprints in the British F3 series and previous junior formulae, Hoggard has suggested that there are more similarities between the LMP2 car that he will drive in January at the Daytona 24 Hours and single seater formulae.

“The Sunoco Whelen Challenge includes a fully funded Rolex 24 Hour drive in the LMP2 category at Daytona. I’m really looking forward to the race and experience. The British F3 and the LMP2 are quite similar in that they both have a lot of downforce but the LMP2 car obviously has a lot more power. Obviously having a roof over your head and there is a lot more adjustability with things like traction control and power steering so you work more with the car than against it.”

And there are few more obvious challenges to overcome driving in a 24 Hour race, and Hoggard has admitted that long runs have been in short supply in testing.

It is mainly getting used to finding the different reference points and getting used to the lack of visibility that comes with night time driving. Daytona is very well lit so that shouldn’t be as much of a problem. We have had a few issues which have limited running to 7 laps at the Raw event, but they should hopefully be out of the way now.”

 

British F3 – Simmons races to victory ahead of Jewiss, Novalak closes in on the title

Ayrton Simmons beat a frustrated Kiern Jewiss to Race Three victory to complete a fine Sunday performance.

The Chris Dittmann Racing man was fourth in Race Two after charging through the field in wet conditions, and passed Jewiss off the line in Race Three where he was never more than mildly uncomfortable in the face of a fierce Jewiss challenge.

Neil Verhagen recovered from a tough run of form to take third place and underline his top-five championship credentials, while in a potentially key move regarding the destiny of the British F3 championship, series’ leader Clement Novalak took fourth ahead of second-placed Johnathan Hoggard.

Hoggard had started third on the grid but lost out in a battle with Ulysse De Pauw to lose ground early on lap one, and the man from Lincolnshire failed to recover from there.

Hampus Ericsson climbed to sixth to put a difficult weekend behind him ahead of Belgium’s De Pauw, with Lucas Petersson’s eighth place cemented this weekend as the Swede’s strongest of 2019 for Carlin Motorsport.

Another man who will be pleased with his pace this weekend is Josh Mason.

The Lanan Racing driver took ninth place in Race Three at the circuit where he won last year after showing solid midfield pace all weekend, while Kaylen Frederick will best remember this weekend for an overtake around the outside of Race Two winner Manuel Maldonado to finish tenth.

Nazim Azman was twelfth behind Maldonado, with Nico Varrone 13th and Pavan Ravishankar a disappointing 14th place. Kris Wright and Ben Pedersen were 15th and 16th after receiving penalties, and Sassakorn Chaimongkol was 17th after a collision with Pedersen on the opening lap.

NEWS: Manuel Maldonado dominates BRDC British F3 reverse grid Race Two

Fortec Motorsport’s Manuel Maldonado took a lights to flag victory from pole position on Sunday’s Race Two reverse grid race.

The Venezuelan recovered from a difficult Saturday where he took damage and finished 16th in Race One to take an easy victory in changeable Silverstone conditions.

Maldonado led home Nico Varrone, second on his return to the to series, with Clement Novalak climbing up to third after starting ninth as championship rival Johnathan Hoggard toiled to finish in 14th.

Kris Wright put in his best performance of the year so far to finish fifth behind a hard-charging Ayrton Simmons, who was at times 2s per lap faster than anyone else.

Ulysse De Pauw was a strong sixth for Douglas Motorsport ahead of a somewhat resurgent Pavan Ravishankar in seventh.

Kiern Jewiss was eighth after starting fifteenth following a second-placed finish on Saturday afternoon ahead of Race One winner Sasakorn Chaimongkol.

Benjamin Pedersen completed the top ten ahead of Lucas Petersson and Nazim Azman, with Kaylen Frederick dropping to thirteenth from eighth after a starting infringement dropped him back 10s.

 

British F3 – Jewiss takes overdue first win

Douglas Motorsport’s Kiern Jewiss took his first British F3 win of the season and became the 11th man to win a race this season.

Johnathan Hoggard was second after losing out to Jewiss at the start of the race, which proved decisive as a clearly quicker Hoggard couldn’t land a blow.

Ulysse De Pauw made it a 1-3 with his second podium of the year in third place ahead of championship leader Clement Novalak and Carlin teammate Kaylen Frederick, who held off Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons in fifth.

Neil Verhagen was seventh ahead of Sassakorn Chaimongkol and Lucas Petersson in the final Carlin in ninth.

Hampus Ericsson rose to tenth from 15th, paying for a difficult Saturday ahead of a solid eleventh place from Josh Mason and Race Two winner Nazim Azman. Kris Wright and Ben Pedersen rounded out the finishers, while PAvan Ravishankar was lapped and Manuel Maldonado retired.

The race was settled at the start as Brands Hatch once again proved to be difficult to overtake at as Jewiss jumped Hoggard and made it stick at Paddock Hill Bend, while De Pauw repeated the trick on Novalak behind.

Jewiss was rarely more than three tenths clear of Hoggard, who at times feigned a move to attempt to set up the leader for a move that never came.

The result means that Hoggard is now just 40 points behind Novalak in the title race, with six races remaining at Silverstone and at Donington Park.

 

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British F3 – Azman leads home Simmons in Chris Dittman One-Two at Brands Hatch

Malaysia’s Nazim Azman claimed his first ever victory in British F3’s reverse grid Race Two at Brands Hatch.

He led home Ayrton Simmons, who was never more than half a second behind his teammate during an intriguing race interrupted by an early Safety Car.

That was brought about on lap one after a slow-starting Kris Wright made contact with Pavan Ravishankar at Paddock Hill bend on the opening lap – Singaporean driver had passed the American from the start-line.

Lanan’s Josh Mason was third to make it three straight Race Two podium positions, with Double R’s Neil Verhagen fourth having started from ninth on the grid.

Hampus Ericsson was fifth to recover from a difficult Saturday and having taken evasive action from the incident at the start, with Benjamin Pedersen sixth.

Ulysse De Pauw and Manuel Maldonado were next after better races on Saturday, with Lucas Petersson another to have lost out early on to finish in ninth place.

Clement Novalak was the first of the usual front runners but could only finish tenth on what has proven to be a difficult track overtake on, but he did manage to usurp Sassakorn Chaimongkol – the Thai driver taking 11th.

Kiern Jewiss and Johnathan Hoggard, yesterday’s top two, were 12th and 13th as both men were happy to take pain in Race Two rather than risk their cars.

Kaylen Frederick ended his race four laps early, in the gravel at Paddock Hill bend.

 

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British F3 – Hoggard wins comfortably in Race One

Johnathan Hoggard took his first win of the weekend at Brands Hatch to reignite his charge for the British F3 Championship.

Kiern Jewiss took second after closing on Hoggard towards the end of the race while Clement Novalak couldn’t land a blow on the Douglas Motorsport man to complete the podium in third.

Sassakorn Chaimongkol backed up his improving mid-season form to take fourth ahead of Kaylen Frederick, with Manuel Maldonado and Ulysse De Pauw next ahead of Double R’s leading driver Neil Verhagen.

Ayrton Simmons failed to climb from 11th as he came home behind Lucas Petersson and Benjamin Pedersen, while Hampus Ericsson’s three overtakes on the first lap to climb to twelfth accounted for three-quarters of the overtaking action during a tense opening race of the weekend.

Ericsson should have started last after an off in qualifying, but Pavan Ravishankar started from the back after ignoring red flags in qualifying.

Hoggard, who earlier took a commanding pole position in Saturday morning qualifying,  cleared off early in the race as Jewiss was left to fend off Novalak and the improving Chaimongkol.

Chaimongkol had to keep the fast-starting Frederick behind him at Paddock Hill bend on the opening lap, but once the American was dealt with the Thai driver was seldom troubled as the meat in what was to be a Carlin Motorsport sandwich.

Hoggard got his lead up to 2.5s midway through the race, before the tide began to turn for Jewiss, who until this point had had a frustrating season for Douglas Motorsport.

Second was to be as good as it got for Jewiss, who still took him his best result of the season.

Meanwhile it was a desperate Saturday for Ayrton Simmons, whose championship aspirations took a major blow. A finish of 11th after a disappointing qualifying has left the Chris Dittman Racing driver with a mountain to climb over the next eight rounds.

British F3 – Josh Mason takes popular reverse-grid victory

Lanan Racing’s Josh Mason won the second British F3 race of the weekend to take his second career victory in the series.

After winning the same race behind the Safety Car at Silverstone last year, Mason calmly picked off Pavan Ravishankar and Kris Wright ahead of him to take a memorable victory at Donington Park.

Ravishankar had initially led away from pole position as Wright once again made a false start to compromise himself as the lights went out. The American would go on to receive a 10s penalty.

Manuel Maldonado took third place for Fortec Motorsport while Championship leader Clement Novalak claimed fourth place from eleventh on the grid to claim valuable overtaking points that are on offer in Race Two.

Three podium finishers from yesterday’s first race all found it much tougher going on Sunday morning.

Kiern Jewiss and Kaylen Frederick came to blows at the first corner, with Ferederick retiring and Jewiss fortunate to require only a front wing change, with the incident forcing Ayrton Simmons, second yesterday, to take to the gravel to avoid further traffic with Johnathan Hoggard also compromised.

That incident brought about the Safety Car, and it was after that period that the decision move for the win came about, as Ravishankar locked up and ran well wide at Redgate and Mason slipped through on the inside.

Mason would never relinquish the lead, but it got worse for yesterday’s race-winner, as suspected contact with Simmons at the Old Hairpin forced Hoggard off into the gravel and out of the race with three laps to go.

Benjamin Pedersen took sixth for Douglas Motorsport ahead of Double R’s Hampus Ericsson, Ulysse De Pauw ended the race seventh ahead of Double R’s Neil Verhagen  while Sassakorn Chaimongkol and the recovering Jewiss completed the top ten.

Nazim Azman was running third for much of the race, but ran wide on two occasions to drop back to eleventh, with Lucas Petersson ending the race twelfth.

 

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British F3 – Hoggard converts pole into victory at Donington Park

Johnathan Hoggard took a trouble-free victory in the opening race of the British F3 weekend to complete a perfect Saturday for Fortec Motorsport.

Hoggard claimed pole position early on Saturday morning, and led away from the start as drivers behind struggled to slot in on a competitive first lap.

Ayrton Simmons made a good start and eventually passed Kaylen Frederick for second on the first lap after three attempts, and both men would stay in their respective positions for the duration of the race.

Simmons would go on to apply light pressure to Hoggard throughout the race, looking slightly quicker but never being in a position to land a blow on the man from Lincolnshire.

A Safety Car for Lucas Petersson’s spin down at the Melbourne hairpin allowed Simmons to close up on Hoggard once more, but the gap stayed at around eight tenths of a second, with Frederick in close attendance but never a threat.

Kiern Jewiss was fourth after starting eighth to make an impressive recovery following a disappointing qualifying earlier in the day.

Championship leader Clement Novalak was fifth after holding off the rejuvenated Belgian Ulysse De Pauw in sixth.

Neil Verhagen recovered to seventh for Double R racing after a below-par ninth in qualifying this morning, Manuel Maldonado was a solid eighth ahead of Hampus Ericsson and Benjamin Pedersen.

Sassakorn Chaimongkol will be disappointed with eleventh having started sixth, Nazim Azman was twelfth with Josh Mason and Kris Wright 13th and 14th.

Pavan Ravishankar fell to 15th having ran as high as tenth, while Lucas Petersson failed to finish.

 

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