Under typical British summer skies, Infinity drivers were out showcasing their talents once again this weekend, on the best of British tracks. From the Thruxton to Silverstone, the British F4 and F3 guys were putting in some strong podium performances.
Thruxton - Sebastian Alvarez
Carrying his championship momentum through from Snetterton, this weekend was another points paying outing for Sebastian at Thruxton, which saw him move into 2nd place in the standings.
From the dry conditions on Friday morning, a rain soaked afternoon session forced the field to opt for wet tyres, practice proved to be a mixed affair, without really getting a chance to put in some true pace. When qualifying got underway on Saturday morning, Sebastian was first to show his speed upon the damp track. However, as conditions improved, times began to topple in the final runs. With a late improvement Sebastian managed to put himself firmly in the fight by qualifying 3rd on the grid, getting the better of his fellow title contenders, his hunt for points got off to a good start.
As racing began on Saturday afternoon, Sebastian immediately found himself under pressure, as Zane Maloney made his way through to 2nd on the road in the opening lap. Engaging himself into a thrilling battle with Skelton, Sebastian showed supreme skill in dicing for position throughout much of the race. Spurred by his talents, he eventually pulled a move on Maloney for 2nd place, taking valuable haul of points and another piece of silverware for his efforts.
Despite struggling off the line in Race 2, the Mexican racer put his head down, focussed and began to work his way back through the field to further claim a 3rd place podium.
Focussing on his own battles throughout the weekend, Sebastian narrowed the title gap down to just 37 points with 9 races left to run, with an upswing in momentum for the Double R Racing driver, the fight is firmly on.
Speaking about Sebastian’s weekend, Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management said:
“It was another good weekend for Seb at Thruxton, in a year where he continues to make big progress. Seb didn’t get the results his speed probably deserved but its always very hard to race around Thruxton with slipstreaming making such a big difference.
His speed at the last two rounds at Thruxton and Snetterton have been encouraging and leaves us all confident he can achieve more race wins this season.”
Silverstone - Neil Verhagen and Pavan Ravishankar
Back in action, the British F3 field took to the infamous home of British motorsport, Silverstone this weekend. With the track a firm favourite among drivers, Neil and Pavan were eager to get out and test their talents on this unforgiving track.
Hot out of the pits, Neil was quick to show his pace on Friday, topping the timings for the opening practice session. But with a deluge of rain drenching the circuit, a red flag saw track time cut short as afternoon running was abandoned.
Despite bright skies on Saturday, qualifying was not a true showing of potential for the Double R Racing drivers, as Neil qualified 6th and 9th, whilst Pavan ran to 14th on the grid respectively.
As the lights went out for Race 1, Neil climbed to 5th, before further improving to 4th place by only Lap 3. But slightly too eager to get away, he was deemed to have jumped the start and was handed a 10 second penalty. Meanwhile Pavan climbed from 14th to 11th in the opening laps, but with Ericsson finding a way by, he finished the race in 12th.
Starting 5th for the reverse grid race, Pavan had a tasty battle lined up on Sunday morning and put his head down. Pushing hard, Neil found himself in trouble, as he span at Club Corner on the opening lap, which unfortunately curtailed his efforts for the race. Crossing the line in 7th ensures another points scoring performance for Pavan.
Bouncing back from his disappointment, Neil was eager to make progress as Race 3 got underway, but starting from 9th he knew he had his work cut out. In a sensational storm through the pack, the American driver powered his way to the podium by the time the chequered flag fell.
Harry Soden, Director of Infinity Sports Management recapped:
“Pavan did a fantastic job in tricky conditions in Race 2, another few laps and he might have been on the podium. Neil had a tough weekend but managed to work through it and ended on a high with a superb podium in Race 3”
Sealing off the weekend with podiums in both championships, our talented bunch of drivers look forward to pushing for more next time out.