Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Podiums from Le Mans to Azerbaijan for Infinity drivers

It was a busy weekend for Infinity drivers, with podiums at Le Mans, Baku and Oulton Park...

24 Hours of Le Mans (LMP2 Class)

Ed Jones made his debut at Le Mans in just his third World Endurance Championship race. The fearsome challenge of the 24 Hours, in the highly competitive LMP2 category, saw Ed get to stand on the legendary podium on his first outing there.

Qualifying was a tricky affair, with multi-class traffic always difficult to gauge around the Circuit de la Sarthe. Ed and his JOTA Sport teammates started 18th but with such a long race ahead, there was everything to race for.

As other teams succumbed to reliability issues and mistakes, from the very first corner of the course and all through the night, Jones moved up the order. Ed ran 100 laps of the race, 847 miles of track covered and was able to reap the rewards when he, Oliver Rasmussen and Jonathan Aberdein got to spray the champagne for a third-place finish.

Harry Soden, Director of Infinity Sports Management reflected:

‘Le Mans deserves its reputation as one of the hardest races around, so to see Ed take on the challenge and turn an 18th place start into his first WEC podium is incredible. The LMP2 field this year was incredibly competitive, with a lot of really experienced drivers and seeing Ed fight up the order in only his fourth prototype race is a mark of how much potential he has in the class.’

FIA F2 & Formula 1 (Baku GP)

Logan Sargeant took to the Formula 2 feature race podium for the first time in Baku, avoiding the walls around the high-speed street circuit to come home second and place himself fourth place in the current championship standings.

Formula 2 in Baku is a dramatic affair, with drivers liable to make race-ending mistakes. Red and yellow flags during qualifying and the races can make it difficult to progress, with every safety car seeming to prompt another.

Still, having started seventh Logan was able to keep his head and move up the order. While other drivers made mistakes that lost them places or ended their race, Logan was patient and played a strategy game to make clean overtakes.

Second place in the feature race pays out important points for the F2 title and means Logan is now within touching distance of the top three championship positions, a really important place to be before four rounds in July.

‘It was a good weekend for Logan and he was fighting for podiums in both races which exactly where we want to see him. Things seem to be coming together for him and we are looking forward to the next races in the season that are coming up.’ – Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management

Olli Caldwell also celebrated his 20th birthday during the Azerbaijan Formula 2 round and despite a frustrating DNF, was able to fight wheel-to-wheel around the streets of Baku.

In the Azerbaijan Grand Prix, George Russell kept on top of car trouble and the risk of making an error to make sure he came home with another podium, in third, keeping his record of finishing in the top five at every race this season.

British F4 (Oulton Park)

Another Infinity driver to have to fight up the order was Aiden Neate, whose British F4 campaign now also sees him fourth in the standings.

Qualifying at Oulton Park was a rain stricken and tricky affair, with Aiden missing out on a front row start for race one by just two thousandths of a second. He made good on qualifying third, however, by bringing it home on the podium in race one.

It was a weekend of consistency for Aiden, also collecting an important points haul by holding on to a fifth-place starting position in race three and staying ahead of winner Louis Sharpe in the championship standings.

Reflecting on the weekend Gary Catt commented:

'Aiden was hindered by the rain in qualifying which was unfortunate after showing good speed on Friday in the practices. He did well in the races to still secure a couple of top 5 finishes. We now look forward to Croft where we hope to convert his good pace into results.’