Whilst many series’ were on their summer break, many of our squad where still right in the thick of the action. Join us as we recap on a stellar few weeks in WEC, Mini UK Challenge and BRDC British F3 Championships.
WEC - 6 Hours of Silverstone
Motorsport, can be harsh sometimes, and Charlie (Eastwood) learnt this the hard way last weekend at the WEC round at Silverstone. He and his TF Sport Aston Martin Racing team-mates Jonathan Adams and Salih Yolac had been leading the LMGTE AM class before a penalty for entering the pits fractionally early dropped them back into second place.
Charlie, having driven the second and fourth stints of the six hour race, drove superbly, closing the gap to the lead from sixteen seconds to right on the tail #56 car in front. Handing over the Jonathan in a great position, he was able to make a pass for first place, but in a cruel bout of luck, the notification for the penalty came through just moments later.
Although it wasn’t that elusive victory just quite yet, the team emulated their best result of the season, grabbing their 2nd podium in only 3 races rising to 5th in the series overall.
ISM Director Harry Soden commented: “Although P2 was a great result we are all disappointed not to get the win after the team received a stop go penalty. Nevertheless Charlie drove really well and his pace was fantastic all weekend in front of a big crowd at Silverstone. He is now looking forward to the fly away races later in the year."
Mini Challenge - Brands Hatch
Shooting back a week, we joined Jordan Collard and season debutant Alex Morgan as they headed out for the sixth round of the Mini Challenge. Alex played his cards perfectly to end Race 1 in 8th securing the reverse grid pole for the second race. Converting this to front-row start to a podium finish despite never having tested the car, the Welshman more than proved his worth. Meanwhile Jordan was having an equally strong weekend, netting two strong fourths minimising the gap to 2nd overall to just 18 points.
With two rounds to go there’s still everything to play for as the championship heads back to the Kent circuit’s indy layout this weekend .
Reflecting on the weekend Harry Soden commented: “It was great to see Alex come back and race on UK soil and grab a podium, it was a one off race and he only stepped in to the car for the first time just before qualifying making his performance even more impressive.
Jordan had another solid weekend with two solid points finishes keeping him in the title race with two races to go”
BRDC British F3 - Brands Hatch
Switching back to single-seaters we joined Nicolai Kjaergaard in the BRDC British F3 paddock as he triumphantly climbed the podium twice with a fantastic win and third place.
After securing pole in the third race, it was a masterclass performance from the Dane with a lights to flag victory, holding his nerve as teammate Jamie Caroline tried to find a way past. This victory, his third of the season, alongside his third place in race one and 5th in Race 2 netted the Carlin driver 66 points keeping him comfortably in second and reducing the points lead to the championship lead.
Reflecting on one of his standout performances of the season so far, race three, Kjaergaard said:
“Jamie (Caroline) was always close to me, especially at the start of the race when he didn't let me go even though I was pushing quite hard. In the end he wasn't quite fast enough to challenge for the lead so I was really happy about that and Carlin have given me and my team mates a fantastic car this weekend, we've been really fast and it's been a great weekend.”
Harry Soden added:
“This was a strong weekend for Nicolai after a difficult weekend in Spa. A win, 3rd, Pole and fastest lap put him back in the championship race.”
A special mention for a pair of Hometown Heroes…..
With Charlie battling out in the 6 hours of Silverstone we had a chance to catch up with two friends of Infinity Dan Ticktum & Harry Tincknell who were also competing the weekend in FIA F3 and WEC LM GTE Pro. With Dan taking the championship lead and his third FIA F3 podium and Harry securing his best result of the season so far in second there was plenty to celebrate.