In what has been a busy few weeks for the Infinity squad join us as we recap on their successes in FIA F3, British F4 abs GT World Challenge Sprint Cup.…
Logan Sargeant ends his 2021 FIA Formula 3 campaign in style with a victory at Sochi. Logan returned to the top step of the podium at Sochi where heavy rain forced organisers to cancel one of the three races.
An outstanding performance from Logan Sargeant in Race 1 saw the American take a well deserved victory. Sargeant got off to a great start from the front row managing to take the lead within the first corners. Defending his position in spectacular wheel- to – wheel duel with Hauger. The result gave a boost in the Drivers Championship meaning Charouz were able to take P5 in the Teams’ Championship, a best finish for the team.
After taking his first win of the year in Race 1, Sargeant was able to make up six positions in Race 3 for fourth with another outstanding performance, placing him 7th in the drivers championship.
‘Race 1 went just the way we planned. I had a proper good start, grabbed the lead and I was then able to build a decent gap. In the last lap we withheld the late attack from Hauger and took the chequered flag in P1. I’m so happy that I’ve been able to give the team a victory this season. The Feature Race was again exactly what we needed. We went from P11 to P4 to seal the 5th place in the constructor’s championship and 7th in the drivers championship. So much progress has been made this year and we showed that this weekend.’ - Logan Sargeant
Croft - 18th/19th September
Back in action at iconic Croft circuit Infinity Drivers Aiden Neate and Matias Zagazeta ended the weekend with a double podium giving Neate his Maiden Podium. With nine rounds left to run, new leader Zagazeta bagged a strong haul of points – plus a podium finish – to annex top spot at the summit by 5 points.
It was a strong start to the race weekend at the iconic Croft circuit, with Aiden Neate racing ahead in qualifying to secure a fourth place start in Race One. Neate completing the race in seventh after an intense midfield battle whilst Zagazeta powered ahead to cross the line in fourth.
Race 2 with Matias successfully climbing up the grid to race pass the chequered flag in seventh. Unfortunately, it was a DNF for Neate in the second race. With not so much luck in Race 2 both drivers had a phenomal performance in the final race of the weekend ending the weekend side by side on the podium.
In the final race, Zagazeta pulled away from the rest of the grid to challenge against pole sitter McKenzy Creswell. Zagazeta successfully sustained his second-place position right up until the chequered flag flew to conclude the racing at Croft, placing him at the top of the championship standings with a slim five-point lead.
Aiden Neate’s weekend was rounded out nicely, showing great pace and holding his third position on the grid. Impressive driving from Neate meant he achieved a podium finish, the rookie driver’s biggest achievement in the British F4 championship to date.
Silverstone - 25th / 26th September
Another great weekend in British F4 for the two Infinity drivers Matias Zagazeta and Aiden Neate. Zagazeta was able to extend his advantage out front in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost to 17 points, whilst Neate secured another Podium following suit from the week before.
Ford’s rising stars arrived at the 1.6-mile Northamptonshire venue for the only back-to-back event on this season’s schedule, with Argenti racer Zagazeta having moved into a slender championship lead over Matthew Rees (JHR) at Croft a week prior. The Peruvian left it late to secure pole position in one of the hardest-fought sessions of the season to-date, a benchmark time of 56.090 seconds enough to narrowly beat team-mate Aiden Neate, with Rees and McKenzy Cresswell occupying the second row.
Rees made the best start from third in the opening race, out-dragging Neate before mounting a challenge on the inside line at Copse for the race lead versus Zagazeta. The pair ran side-by-side for virtually the entire opening tour, with Rees forced to eventually concede and slot into second. Rees was forced to concede into second with Zagazeta taking chequered flag 0.9 seconds clear and registering a fourth victory of the campaign, with Neate third to mark a second successive trip to the rostrum.
Zagazeta’s win boosted his advantage over Rees in the standings to 11 points, which he was able to extend further by virtue of six overtaking points in a reverse grid race won by Arden Motorsport’s Georgi Dimitrov.
“Very pleased with the last two weekends taking some good points in every race and getting another 1st place and Silverstone. The team has done a fantastic job all weekend and I can’t be more thankful to each one of the guys! Now we’re heading towards the end of the season with a good lead in the points and I just need to continue to collect the points and podiums’– Matias Zagazeta
“Last weekend [18-19 September] gave me my first podium finish of the season, so in that respect I’m really happy. A small issue prevented us from having an outstanding performance over all three races. Every single lap I do in the car I feel more comfortable, and I know I can do a good job if I apply myself. To have two weekends back-to-back and be on the podium both weekends has been amazing and I can’t wait to keep the momentum going’– Aiden Neate
GT World Challenge Sprint Cup - Valencia
The Silver Cup and Pro-Am titles were decided in the final Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup race of 2021 at Valencia. The weekend's second contest marked the 100th Sprint Cup race since the series was established in 2013 and brought the curtain down on the season. Team WRT – Frank Bird and co driver Ryuichiro Tomita secured runner – up honours in the Silver Cup this weekend. Difficult qualifying sessions and race incidents prevented harvesting any overall results during the weekend at Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia but the season placing was a great end to the GT World Challenge Sprint Cup.
Frank Bird: “It is a great result to finish the Gt World Challenge Sprint Cup as Runners up, Big Thanks to the team for the hard work over the season. We didn’t maximize qualifying this weekend and that made things difficult. In Race 1, we were lucky, given a slow puncture, and in Race 2, we could finish 6th. Now onto the remaining rounds of the Endurance Cup and see what we can do there”
“It was a good couple of weekend for our drivers in British F4. Matias did a good job all weekend and scored a good amount of points. He is now leading the championship but things are close as we enter the final couple of meetings. It’s been good to see Aiden getting closer to the front and challenging for poles and wins in just his first season in car racing. We are extremely happy with his development and I’m sure an overall win is not too far away for him.
In FIA F3 Logan grabbed his first win of the season. Again, a fine reward for the effort he’s put in this year. In the last few races of the year he’s done a fantastic job.” - Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management