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Palou wins Indycar title as GB3 graduates excel in world motorsport

Monday, September 27 2021

Graduates of the GB3 Championship's predecessors (BRDC British F3 and BRDC F4) excelled on the world stage last weekend, with previous drivers of the UK's leading single-seater championship claiming the IndyCar title, an IndyCar race win, and coming within three laps of a maiden F1 victory.

Alex Palou, who drove for Sean Walkinshaw Racing in the 2014 BRDC F4 Championship at Silverstone, took this year's IndyCar title, with fourth place in the Long Beach Grand Prix. The Spaniard won three races across the year, with five additional podium finishes to secure one of the most coveted prizes in world single-seater motorsport. He finished 38 points clear of Josef Newgarden in the final standings.

The winner of the last IndyCar race of the year was Colton Herta, a 2016 BRDC British F3 race winner with Carlin. Herta also claimed three race victories this year, as he continued to build his reputation as one of the category's brightest young stars.

Another 2016 British F3 graduate, Lando Norris, came within three laps of a first F1 triumph at Sochi in Russia. The McLaren driver claimed his maiden F1 pole position on Saturday, and then led almost every lap in the Grand Prix until a late rain shower cruelly denied him a thoroughly deserved breakthrough win, having finished second to teammate Daniel Ricciardo just a fortnight previously.

2014 BRDC F4 Champion George Russell meanwhile claimed his fourth points finish in five races for the improving Williams F1 squad, with a strong drive to 10th place, having qualified a superb third.

In the FIA F3 Championship, 2019 BRDC British F3 champion Clement Novalak claimed his fourth podium of the season to secure third overall in this year's standings, and also helped his Trident team to secure the Teams' Championship. Johnathan Hoggard, who was runner-up to Novalak in British F3, was also a points scorer with sixth place in the final race, while there was a strong debut performance for Ayrton Simmons, who went into the event with no seat time in the car, but still finished ahead of several contenders.

Dan Ticktum, a contender in the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy in 2016, took his second FIA F2 win of the season in Russia, and lies fourth overall in the standings, while 2013 BRDC F4 Champion Jake Hughes claimed fourth in the first race of the weekend, for a team that hadn't previously finished higher than 10th all season.

Finally, BRDC British F3 graduates fill the top-three positions in this year's EuroFormula Open standings after the most recent rounds at Monza. Cameron Das, who finished fifth overall in British F3 in 2017, leads the championship after winning each race at Monza, while Louis Foster and Nazim Azman, who both raced in British F3 as recently as 2020, sit second and third overall, each having claimed victories this season.