News 16 Oct 2017

Hitech seal the season at Hockenheim

  • 6 Nikita #99
  • 8 Ralf #7
  • 9 Tadasuke #11
  • 11 Jake #34
  • 5 Jake #34
  • 6 Nikita #99
  • 9 Tadasuke #11
  • 10 Ralf #7
  • 7 Nikita #99
  • 8 Jake #34
  • 11 Tadasuke #11
  • 19 Ralf #7

After 10 thrilling rounds, across 8 countries, contesting 30 nail-biting races, the 2017 FIA Formula 3 European Championship came to a close this weekend. But not before the Hitech squad took to the track for the final 3 races at Hockenheim’s 4.574-kilometre long circuit. Where our formidable foursome gave it gusto, fighting hard for each inch of asphalt, in a bid for every last point up for grabs.

Our weekend kicked off bright and early on Friday morning, where we revved up for back-to-back practice sessions, before qualifying got underway. Boosted by his debut podium at Red Bull Ring, Tadasuke hit the ground running as he placed highest in 6th for Race 1. Pushing hard as ever, Jake explored every line to maximise his chances, but with his fastest lap deleted for track limits, had to settle for 8th. Back on track for the second qualifying session, the squad put in solid performances to all qualify in the top 10 for the remaining races.

Tasty team-mate tussles

With the Saturday morning sun shining down on the classic German circuit, the early-risers were treated to a classic close battle served up by the FIA Formula 3 championship. With our Hitech heroes nestled right in the thick of the action, as the pack headed into the first corner. Gaining extra traction, Nikita seared ahead to claim 7th on the first lap, followed by Tadasuke, Ralf and Jake respectively. With Nikita finding his way by Piquet to claim P6, it wasn’t long before we were treated to a tasty inter-team tussle between Ralf and Tadasuke. We barely blinked as both drivers left a hairsbreadth between them as they ran side by side, Ralf edging out just ahead through Parabolika down to the hairpin. Not one to give up, Tadasuke was quick to put the power down in an attempt to clinch the place back, but relented to successfully hold off Günther behind. Ralf led an eager pursuit of Piquet to the flag, but had to settle for 8th, followed by Tadasuke in 9th and Jake just shy of the final points paying position.

Points all round

The hoards of spectators weren’t left disappointed as the grid of talented young racers engaged in a action-packed battle in Race 2. Rocketing off the line, Jake defended his fourth place from Eriksson, expertly holding off every advance, in a superb display of control.

As the race ran on, with the benefit of the slipstream down the straight, Eriksson narrowly edged by Jake. Formidable and fearless, our Brummie wonder was quick to challenge his rival, timing his moves to perfection he pulled alongside in the run to the hairpin.

With hopes of performing the cutback, the pair ran tantalisingly close, Eriksson narrowly sealing his position ahead. Meanwhile, Ralf capitalised on every opportunity holding off Beckmann and Norris in a push for points.

Finding his way past Jake in the final laps, Tadasuke led the squad across the line in P6, followed by Jake and Nikita, with Ralf sealing the final point. Despite Tadasuke gaining a post-race penalty for grid placement, the squad managed to secure full point-scoring result for the team.