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BRDC British F3 heads to Donington Park this weekend

Wednesday, August 12 2020

The BRDC British Formula 3 Championship at heads to Donington Park for the first of three visits to the East Midlands circuit on the revised schedule this weekend (15/16 August). The UK's leading single-seater series will race on the Grand Prix circuit alongside British GT this weekend, ahead of a standalone event on the National circuit and another on the longer layout alongside the GTs. Each of the three events at Donington will feature a trio of races in the usual race weekend format.

The season got off to a fine start with a quadruple-header at Oulton Park two weekends ago, and it's Kaylen Frederick, hailing from the USA, who has seized the early championship lead. Carlin's American driver won the opening race of the season on the road, before a subsequent penalty for a false start, but made amends with victories in races three and four to top the standings.

Douglas Motorsport's Kiern Jewiss benefitted from Frederick's penalty to claim his first win of the season, and put together a strong run across the weekend's remaining three races to leave Cheshire second in the table. The opening weekend's other race-winner was Lanan Racing's Piers Prior, whose victory in the reverse-grid race and third in race four were enough to secure fifth in the standings heading into this weekend.

The others sitting in the top-five ahead of the three races on the full Donington Park Grand Prix circuit are Malaysia's Nazim Azman and India's Kush Maini, who claimed two podium finishes apiece at the opening event.

Ulysse de Pauw, Louis Foster, and Bart Horsten also sampled life on the podium at the picturesque Little Budworth circuit. Eight different drivers achieved top-three positions in all across the first four races of the season, highlighting just how competitive this year's line-up is.

Foster was the weekend's early pacesetter in his Double R Racing prepared machine, taking pole position for races one and three. He was another to make a false start and miss out on a Saturday podium, but he made up for it later in the weekend with third in Sunday's first race.

Others with strong weekends included Josh Skelton, Sasakorn Chaimongkol and Guilherme Peixoto, who all scored top-ten finishes in all four races. Chris Dittmann Racing's Nicolas Varrone, who won the series' iRacing Championship earlier in the year, finished in the top-ten in both of the races he finished too.

Two more British drivers, we've not thus far mentioned, raced last time out too in Oliver Clarke and Josh Mason. Clarke achieved a best result of sixth in his Hillspeed-run car, whilst Mason will be hoping to repeat the victory he achieved at this venue last year.  There is strong American representation on the grid too, including drivers like Benjamin Pedersen who picked up a best result of fourth a fortnight ago.

Other storylines at Oulton Park included the debut of Hitech GP, which ran Reece Ushijima alongside Maini in its two-car effort. Ushijima's best result was sixth as he featured in and around the top-ten in all four encounters. Manaf Hijjawi was another debutant, becoming the first Jordanian driver to race in UK single-seater competition with Douglas Motorsport. 

The entry expands slightly this weekend with the first appearance of JHR Developments' two part-time entries, as Carter Williams lines up alongside Max Marzorati in a transatlantic pairing.

The championship returns to its traditional three-race format this weekend with the reverse grid action coming in race two as normal. The grid for race three will be set by determined by fastest lap times in the prior races.