Thursday, June 14, 2018

From Silverstone to Le Mans - Thrilling Firsts for Infinity Drivers

June has proven to be a month of thrilling firsts for the roster of Infinity drivers, we have joined our talented racers trackside as they celebrated some stunning first wins, and rev up to contest in their first 24 Hours of Le Mans event. Join us as we recap on what’s been an exciting few weeks for our guys…

Jordan Collard - MINI Challenge

Last weekend, back in the Silverstone paddock, we joined Jordan (Collard) as he continued to make great strides in MINI Challenge. A newcomer to the series this year, Jordan has wasted no time in making a name for himself and a true title contender, this weekend was no exception. 

Turning heads after taking his maiden pole position in the season-opener at Oulton Park, the 18-year-old rookie continued his strong qualifying form in a thrilling session on Saturday afternoon. Pushing to the limit throughout, Jordan set a final storming lap to seal pole position and earning himself the lap record, shaving 4 seconds off the existing time. 

Despite suffering off the line, with his eyes firmly set on converting his pace into victory, Jordan put his skills into practice to make up lost ground as the race got underway. Managing to hold off the challenge from Harrison, he turned his attention to championship rival Whorton-Eales, as the pair went wheel-to-wheel in the opening laps until the appearance of the safety car halted his charge. Eager to pounce, Jordan was hot on the heels of the leader as they swept into Vale, but with the door closing up on him, it offered Harrison a chance to sneak by. With the race far from over, Jordan’s talent shone as he made the most of the tow to claim back the position, before narrowing the gap to the Whorton-Eales. In a thrilling final dash, the pair fought fair in a tight side-by-side battle to take the lead, where Jordan came out on top to take his first overall win in the MINI Challenge and his first career victory. With another solid result in Race 2, we’re sure Jordan will continue his momentum next time out. 

“Jordan did a great job in quali with pole and then a comfortable win in race 1 shows he will be a serious title contender” commented Director Harry Soden

Pavan Ravishankar - British F3

New to Infinity in 2018, Pavan Ravishankar has improved in leaps and bounds since taking to the wheel for his first season in Europe. Teamed with Double R Racing, the Singaporean driver has worked tirelessly to make continual improvements to his race craft, which paid off with a sensational result at Silverstone. 

Battling his way back from first lap damage in Race 1, Pavan’s pace netted him pole position for the reverse grid race. As the lights went out, with a clean run, Pavan pulled on all the experience gained in previous rounds to capitalise on his best grid position of the season. Making a faultless start, he lead into Copse on the first lap and set about managing the race from the front. Pulling a gap by lap 2, he further extended his lead out to 3.4 seconds from the chasing pack by only the third loop of the circuit. With great precision, Pavan led his way to take a lights-to-flag victory in first visit to the historic track. Scaling the podium with wide smiles, the 18-year-old celebrated his maiden win and his first British F3 podium in style. With a hard-earned result under his belt, we’re sure Pavan’s confidence and success will continue as the championship progresses. 

“I’m over the moon with Pavan’s weekend at Silverstone, with his best quali of the year and earning a lights to flag victory in race 2, it was a big step forward in his development.”
“We’re really pleased for both of our British F3 drivers, they have worked really hard this season and are now starting to see the rewards.”  Commented Director Harry Soden

Fresh from a successful weekend for our drivers at home, this weekend we make the journey to the historic Circuit de la Sarthe for the 86th running of 24 Hours of Le Mans. We join Charlie Eastwood as he takes on his first outing at the prestigious event, with TF Sport in the GTEAm class. 

After earning second place in the team’s debut into the World Endurance Championship at Spa-Francorchamps, Charlie mounts his attack in the No. 90 Aston Martin Vantage GTE shared with Euan Hankey and Salih Yoluc. The thrilling marathon race offers drivers the ultimate challenge, which we’re sure Charlie will relish and we can’t wait to see how the team fairs. 

From France to Italy, Olli Caldwell is back at the wheel in Italian F4, where he looks to continue his run of podium success in Misano this weekend.