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Race winner Chaimongkol returns to BRDC F3 with Hillspeed

Wednesday, July 22 2020

Race-winning BRDC British Formula 3 Championship driver Sasakorn 'Cutter' Chaimongkol has today (Wednesday) finalised a deal with Hillspeed to remain with the squad for the delayed 2020 season - which begins just 10 days from now.

The 20-year-old Thai, who resides in Nottingham, won his first race in the championship with the Markham Vale-based team last year. 

The Bangkok-born racer can look forward to his third full season in car racing thanks to the continued backing of long-term sponsors MAXIMA Motorsport, MAXIMA Motor Oil and Chiratec.

One of the consequences of the COVID-19 situation, added to budget restrictions earlier in the year, has been a distinct lack of testing for Chaimongkol. In actuality, he hasn't climbed behind the wheel of a race car since the end of the 2019 season. His first run in the upgraded and re-profiled Tatuus BF3-020 car which will be raced during the rescheduled 24-round campaign will only come during the practice session before the opening event of the season at Oulton Park, which takes place on 1-2 August.

Chaimongkol, said: "It's great to come back to British F3 and work with Hillspeed again, we've established a fantastic relationship over the last few years and we proved last year we can win in this championship. I'm very grateful to everyone who has been working so hard to make this deal happen, not least my manager John Kirkpatrick and Richard and Morgan [Ollerenshaw] at the team.

"Even though we'll be going into the new season on the back foot compared to everyone else who has had the budget to go testing, I know we can hit the ground running and mount a really strong challenge. I'm proud to be representing Thailand again in British F3, my ultimate goal is to be the first Thai-born driver in Formula One since Prince Bira. Winning British F3 would be a perfect start."

Hillspeed Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: "We're absolutely delighted Cutter is back with us for the new season. It's been a long slog to get the budget together, and if it wasn't for Cutter's long-term sponsor MAXIMA Oils he would have been spending 2020 on the sidelines which would have been a travesty.

"It's unfortunate he hasn't been able to test, but we know what he's capable of and we're all aiming for big things this season. We're making a real push now to fill our third seat, it'd be fantastic to complete a capacity line-up and we'd be delighted to speak to anyone looking for a cost-effective drive in the UK's top single-seater championship - whether for the full season or selected rounds."

Chaimongkol will join young British driver Oliver Clarke in Hillspeed's line-up, and the team is still working hard to fill its third seat before the opening four races of the rescheduled season at Oulton Park at the beginning of August.