News 26 Sep 2017

Triple podium at Spielberg

  • 5 Tadasuke #11
  • 11 Jake #34
  • 12 Ralf #7
  • DNF Nikita #99
  • 3 Nikita #99
  • 6 Ralf #7
  • 13 Jake #34
  • 17 Tadasuke #11
  • 2 Nikita #99
  • 3 Tadasuke #11
  • 16 Jake #34
  • 18 Ralf #7

The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria provided the picturesque backdrop for the penultimate round of FIA F3 European championship. With a 65m height difference from the lowest to highest point on the track, the short 4.318-kilometre circuit expects high speeds and keen skills from the drivers who challenge it. Coming off the highs of our last round out at the demanding Nürburgring, the team were looking for another successful weekend.

Recovering Start to the Weekend
After a mixed day on Friday, the boys were ready to take to the track for the first race on Saturday. Jake’s race was made a little more difficult from the start as he was handed a ten-place grid drop for changing his engine during Friday’s Free Practice.

Not letting this set-back affect him our Brummie wonder made a lightning hard, pushing hard, climbing up to thirteenth in the opening laps. Jake kept the pressure on the rest of the field throughout the race with only the chequered flag halting his progress, forcing him to settle for eleventh, with Ralf coming home just behind in twelfth.

An incident with Harrison Newey whilst defending seventh position saw Nikita’s strong race come to a swift and un-timely end.

Meanwhile, Tadasuke’s wing mirrors were full of Lando Norris, with the British driver looking for a way around our Japanese star. Keeping his cool, our Honda protege defended his position valiantly, with Norris finally squeezing up the inside on the penultimate lap. Racing wheel to wheel with Norris he kept the Brit on his toe and stayed on the rear wing of Norris until the chequered flag.

Ready to make our comeback in qualifying, we pushed our Mercedes-powered chargers to the max. As the times came tumbling it, it was our Russian ace Nikita that lead the pack with a P3 in the first session and P4 in the second. We rubbed our hands together in anticipation of a promising race later this afternoon after the entire squad finished the second session within the top 10.