Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Infinity Drivers Lead The Way

Refreshed and rejuvenated from the short summer break, it’s been an exciting two weeks for the Infinity squad. Whilst the action resumed in F2 and GP3, with some stand-out results, we also enjoyed some strong performances in FIA F3 and Renault Eurocup.

Returning to the GP3 paddock, we were trackside in the majestic setting of Spa-Francorchamps. As the grid geared up for the second half of the season, David Beckmann was quick to put his Trident machinery to work, posting the fastest times in free practice. Turning attention to qualifying, the German driver continued his upward form, as he traded times at the sharp end of the timing screens. Fending off the efforts from points leader Anthoine Hubert he posted 2:04.355 on his final flying lap. Securing Trident’s first pole position of the season, in only his second outing with team.

Delivering a masterclass performance in Race 1 the eighteen year old pulled a 2.2 second gap to the chasing pack by the end of the first lap. With DRS and slipstream to his benefit, Tveter began to close in however David held off his teammates advances at every opportunity. Misjudging his breaking trying to make a dash for the lead, Tveter ran wide into Les Combe, providing David with some breathing space he crossed the line taking his maiden GP3 series victory.

Speaking on his faultless victory, David Beckmann commented:

“For me, the win is pretty amazing. I saw Ryan (Tveter) was a bit faster, so I went quicker and kept the gap pretty constant between us to keep the 1-2 for the team. Claiming victory in the main race, especially against the other drivers where the quality is so high in this competition, it’s just amazing.”

Moving to Monza, just one week on from his win at Spa, David hit the ground running once again. Despite a disrupted weekend schedule due to a deluge of rain forcing the mornings Free Practice to be canceled. Rescheduling for a much shorter 10 minute session immediately before the afternoon’s qualifying session. Undeterred by this lack of track time, David conquered the Temple of Speed by claiming his second pole position in succession.

Geared up with wet tyres on a damp track for Race 1, the pressure was on as David lined up on pole position on Saturday morning. Spinning wheels as the lights went out, the German driver managed to defend his place as the field stormed into the tight first chicane. With battles behind and the challenge of a damp track beneath him, he pushed himself almost five seconds clear of the rest of the field by the fifth lap, controlling the race comfortably. In supreme style, David crossed the line with six seconds the better of Hubert, to take his second victory and enjoy the unique podium celebrations that Monza has to offer.

Battling from 8th on Sunday’s reverse grid, we enjoyed some thrilling battles as the German went wheel-to-wheel with his rivals. Taking 7th at the flag, David was later promoted to 5th place following post-race penalties ahead of him.

Off the back of another strong weekend, Infinity Director Harry Soden praised Beckmann’s efforts:

“It’s been an exceptional few weeks for David, with poles, wins and fastest laps galore! His level of performance in all conditions has been second to none, credit to him and all the team at Trident for forming such a strong relationship so quickly and getting such strong results”

After an extended break in the season, we returned to the Formula Renault paddock at the Hungaroring, where Max, Logan and Frank took to the track for a challenging outing battling against the elements.

Quick out of the gate, despite it being his first outing at the Hungaroring, Logan opened the weekend with strong pace, posting the fastest time in the collective tests on Friday morning. Whilst Max and Frank weren’t far behind, Frank enjoyed one of his strongest outings, with promising pace ahead of the competitive field.

Under bright sunshine, the drivers were split into two qualifying groups on Saturday morning. Despite strong pace, Logan was narrowly pipped to the fastest time in the fiercely competitive first group. But with the track improving, the second group appeared to have the upperhand, which saw Max take 3rd on the grid for Race 1, whilst Logan’s flying lap saw him starting from P6.

Following a thunderous downpour between the sessions, the track was dry as the race got underway. Maintaining position into the first corner, Max held off the challenge behind whilst Logan managed to pick his way up to 5th, a position he held till the flag. But at a track that offers little chance for overtaking, the race ran on without much way for change in positions. Running his own race, Max crossed the line in 3rd to add another podium to his championship tally. Whilst Frank’s initial pace in testing struggled to transfer under race conditions, he put together another clean race to finish just shy of the points in 12th.

Battling against a wet track, the R-ace GP drivers were back out trading times in qualifying sessions on Sunday morning. With Logan sealing a front row start and Max starting from P3 on the grid. As rain clouds rolled in overhead, the final race got underway. Getting the better of Logan at the start, Max managed to clinch second place and set after Lundgaard’s lead, in a repeat of the previous race. But as the rain began to soak the Hungarian track, it provided tricky conditions for the field, who battled to keep the car on the track. Halting his ability to take the fight to Lundgaard, Max took the flag in P2, earning himself another strong podium position. Struggling in the conditions, Logan crossed the line in 7th and Frank in 13th.

Speaking of his weekend, Max Fewtrell:

“At the start, I was able to get the better of Logan before tucking in behind Christian. Once it began to rain again, his pace was better than mine and he was able to pull away. All I could do was try to stay on the track until the finish. I think we are leaving Budapest with the best results we could have gotten. We were just a bit off the pace throughout the weekend, but I have full confidence in my team to return to the top of the order at the Nürburgring.”

Director of Infinity Sports Management, Gary Catt comments:

“Mixed conditions over the weekend made it difficult for all the drivers. Max was able to score to podiums which keeps him in the title race. Logan and Frank unfortunately weren’t able to transfer their pace in testing and qualifying into results in the race. We have two races back to back coming up so they will be important for the boys to gain some results there and finish the season well.”

As the competition really revs up in the single-seater arena, we’ve enjoyed some championship defining performances for Infinity alumni in F2 and F3.

In a chaotic weekend out in Misano, the FIA Formula 3 championship saw Dan Ticktum extend his title lead, with a strong point scoring outing. Racing on a later schedule as the support series for the DTM night race, Dan faced a new challenge with the added variable of stormy weather. Battling against his rivals the British driver earned 32 points, narrowly missing out on a podium. With 222 points, Dan leads the championship by 12 points over Vips, with 3 race meetings left to run.

Bouncing back after the summer break, George Russell really spearheaded his championship charge in F2. Qualifying on the front row in Spa-Francorchamps, undeterred by the DRS advantage and slipstream of his rivals, George battled to take a podium in Race 1. Taking to the track just a few days later as the championship moved to Monza, George stormed to celebrate his fourth pole position of the season, with a thrilling final lap. Despite struggling off the line initially in Race 1, George scored a strong points finish just shy of a podium position. But with supreme pace, in Race 2, the crowds were treated to a masterclass as George powered to claim victory. Extending his lead to 219 points, there’s every chance that George can wrap up the championship at the penultimate round in just 2 weeks time.