This month the Infinity team calendar truly kicked off for 2018, with many series taking to the track for the first time. Join us as we recap on the stories in the single-seater arena so far…
Paul Ricard (Round 1) & Monza (Round 2)
Returning to the Renault Eurocup paddock for 2018, we joined Max (Fewtrell), Logan (Sargeant) and Frank (Bird) as the field of young drivers geared up for a thrilling season opener, against the backdrop of Paul Ricard. Teaming up with Race GP, Max and Logan wasted no time in marking their names firmly in the title hunt. Confidently improving his racecraft ahead of his second season, the 2017 rookie-of-the-year Max soon proved his pace, taking the first pole position of the year. But with Logan gaining better traction from the start, it was an all-out battle between teammates in Race 1, the American-rookie taking the opening victory ahead of Max in P2. With a point to prove, Max went on to claim his comeback with a faultless, lights-to-flag victory in Race 2. His efforts boosting him to the championship lead heading into the second round.
Next up, the guys hit the track at Monza for Round 2. New to Infinity, Frank gave a skilful performance in his first visit to the revered Italian track. Gaining confidence from his debut, he powered his way to claim a hard-fought P9, proving there is even more to come from the Brit. But in a tough weekend for Max, he suffered an unfortunate tangle in Race 1, which hampered his points lead.
“Max started the season very strongly. He had a great weekend at the first round of the championship in Paul Ricard, he was then very unlucky in Monza as he was taken off in both races. He has already shown he will be one of the ones to beat this season. Logan had an amazing start to the season, in Monza he continued to perform with some great drives and is also right up there in the championship fight.”
With a promising start for all the guys, we're sure it'll be another exciting battle when we head to Silverstone on 18-20th May.
ADAC & ITALIAN F4
Oschersleben (Round 1) & Adria (Round 1)
Joining Infinity this year, Olli (Caldwell) made his first turn of the wheel in his dual-campaign contesting German and Italian F4 with PREMA Theodore Racing. Launching his season at Oschersleben for the first round of ADAC German F4, the talented youngster took to the track with full focus on striving for title honours. The British driver pushed to two promising results, climbing to P10 and P8 respectively. Before sealing off with a stunning maiden victory from pole position in the final race.
Moving to Adria for the opening round of Italian F4, Olli fought against the odds to earn a trio of top-10 finishes. Despite suffering a first lap incident in Race 3, which dropped him all the way down to 18th, the spirited racer gave a sensational recovery to fight back to 8th. The highlight of the weekend came with his best finish in the Italian championship, in the form of a 4th place in Race 2.
With talent and speed on his side, it’s set to be a thrilling year for the 15-year-old.
Rockingham (Round 2)
Back to the UK and the action for round two, the BRDC British F3 championship took to the track at Rockingham, where Nicolai (Kjaergaard - Carlin) and Pavan (Ravishankar - Double R Racing) looked to gain more ground on the competition.
Making only his second outing in single-seaters, Pavan’s focus remains on making continual improvements to his race craft and confidence. But that didn’t stop him from earning his highest point scoring result in Race 1, finishing P11.
“It’s been a tough start for Pavan but we knew this would be the case with it being his first season in Europe, he’s making progress all the time and I am confident it’s only a matter of time before the results start to come”
Fresh from a strong performance at Oulton, Nicolai’s weekend got off to a tricky start, but bouncing back from disappointment, the formidable driver gave a strong performance across the two remaining races. Challenging for the win, in relentless fashion, the Carlin driver scaled the podium with two 2nd place finishes.
“Nicolai has started the season really well, being on the podium in 4 out of the 6 races, he is right up there in the championship. There is no reason why he can’t stay there for the whole season and challenge for the title”
Brands Hatch (Round 1) & Donington (Round 2)
As always, we enjoy joining the British F4 paddock, this year we’re back with rookies Paavo (Tonteri) and Sebastian (Alvarez) who hit the ground running with Double R Racing. Paavo impressed from the off with a thrilling first qualifying session at Brands Hatch, lapping just 0.06s off pole position. Taking to the track for the first time at the wheel of F4 machinery, he crossed the line in 5th, placing 2nd on the rookie podium. Showing no signs of slowing, he stormed Race 3 to take not only the rookie win, but 3rd overall.
“Paavo has shown that he can be fast in his first season of car racing. Once he gets some race experience under his belt, I'm sure we will see him challenging for a race win in Formula 4 soon.”
Whilst Sebastian had a tricky start to the season, his determination saw him make a strong comeback when the field returned to Donington Park this weekend. Rewarding his efforts with his first rookie podium, we’re sure it’ll be the first of many for the Spaniard.
“Seb is very young and in his first season in car racing. He is improving rapidly and already showing he can be close to the front runners in terms of speed. With more time and experience in the car, I’m sure Seb can turn his speed into results in the races.”
With podiums, poles and trophies a-plenty, it’s been a positive start for all our drivers in single-seaters. As we move onto the next rounds, the hard work never stops and all the guys are geared up for an exciting season ahead.