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BRDC British F3 chargers go for Norfolk quadruple

Friday, October 02 2020

The BRDC British F3 Championship returns to action at Snetterton this weekend, kicking off a ten-race final run of races across three events to decide this year's champion. An international grid of 19 drivers will race four times this weekend as part of a revised meeting format ahead of triple-headers at Donington Park and Silverstone later this autumn.

India's Kush Maini leads the standings heading into the weekend after two enormously impressive weekends in his Hitech GP entered machine. Maini took the championship lead at Brands Hatch with three podiums and a win, and continued his momentum last time out at Donington Park with another victory.

Leading the chasing pack is Kaylen Frederick, the young American who seized the early initiative in the championship, leading the way after the Oulton Park opener and the first Donington visit. A tough weekend at Brands Hatch saw Frederick drop down the standings, but he bounced back into the top two with a resurgent race-winning weekend a fortnight ago.

The championship has produced a number of successful British drivers over the years, with alumni including McLaren F1 star Lando Norris, whilst Williams Grand Prix racer George Russell was champion when the series was known as BRDC F4. Louis Foster is leading the homegrown charge this year, and he's third in the standings after an impressive maiden season in British F3. Foster claimed pole on debut at Oulton Park and has since won twice for Double R Racing.

Other race-winners to look out for this weekend will include Malaysia's Nazim Azman, racing for Carlin, and Belgium Ulysse de Pauw, driving for Douglas Motorsport. De Pauw's teammate Kiern Jewiss is another winner this year, his only victory of the season coming back at the opening round in Cheshire. Jewiss has been very consistent this season, but he'll be hoping for a big weekend to thrust himself back into the title fight.

Piers Prior is another British driver looking for his second win of the season, whilst the series' only other race-winner was Ayrton Simmons, who won twice whilst returning as a guest driver with Chris Dittmann Racing. The championship has race winners from last season on the grid too, notably Lanan's Josh Mason and Hillspeed's Sasakorn Chaimongkol, so it wouldn't be a surprise if the list of victors in 2020 did expand this weekend.

Josh Skelton has led Chris Dittmann Racing's campaign this year, achieving a best result of second on two occasions. Skelton has been a regular top-six runner throughout the campaign and could be another one in contention for podiums and wins as the weekend progresses.

Reece Ushijima and Bart Horsten are two more drivers with multiple podiums to their name this year who will be aiming to climb on to the top step as soon as possible, whilst Benjamin Pedersen is looking for his first rostrum finish after just missing out thus far this year.

Manaf Hijjawi made history this season when he became the first Jordanian driver to race at this level of British single-seater racing, and he did it again two weekends' ago when he became the first person from his homeland to stand on a British F3 podium. He'll be hoping that's a sign of things to come, and aiming to go one better than his third place at Donington Park, as will Snetterton local man Oliver Clarke, who also finished third at the same venue earlier in the season.

The grid will expand this weekend to accommodate JHR Developments once again with part-time entrants Max Marzorati and Carter Williams returning to the action, while Alex Fores is back for another go at British F3 after making his debut at Donington with Chris Dittmann Racing.

Fortec Motorsport will be represented by Roberto Faria for a second meeting in succession after he initially appeared at Donington Park last time out.

This weekend's quadruple header is the third event of its kind on this year's calendar, after the events at Oulton Park and Brands Hatch ran with an extra race. This was to make up for the series running one meeting fewer on a reconfigured calendar. The grid for the extra race will be determined by fastest laps, with race two remaining a full reverse grid. The series will run the established three-race format at the remaining two events.