Our talented racers were back on the podium, this last weekend we celebrated some stand out performances for Frank Bird at Brands Hatch and Logan Sargeant at Spa-Francorchamps. Join us as we recap on their successes in GT and single-seater racing...
FIA Formula 3 - Spa-Francorchamps
Logan Sargeant, Olli Caldwell, Hunter Yeany
With the weather dampening the action for much of the weekend, that didn’t stop our F3 drivers putting in some strong comebacks and demonstrating wet weather mastery when they took to the track.
Making his F3 debut with Charouz Racing – Hunter Yeany certainly put on a show in his first outing in the FIA Formula 3 machinery, as he powered through the field from P26 to P18 in the opening race of the weekend. Whilst despite a tricky weekend for the Brit, Olli Caldwell showed his speed with a charge from 18th to 11th in Race 3.
Logan Sargeant definitely proved his speed and on-track bravery, to punch in his best results of the season, scoring points in all three races. His feats continued his impressive form with Charouz Racing System – who are enjoying their best season to date in the series.
Putting in another strong qualifying performance he placed himself fifth on the grid, whilst a late red flag to the session halted him from making one final fast lap; he was in prime position for a good points finish.
Taking notes from Race 1, Logan was determined to be more aggressive in the first lap of the race, capitalising when the spray was heavy. Putting this into practice, he made a great start to jump from 5th to 3rd and held off any charge behind. With conditions worsening, the safety car was called which halted him making any further progress in the closing stages of the race. Logan held his own against rivals and the driving rain to bring the car home in 3rd place, claiming himself another podium.
Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management spoke on the weekend:
“Logan had one of his best scoring weekends of the season and he definitely proved his ability to race in the trickiest of conditions. I’m sure he’ll bring the pace he had at Spa forward to Zandvoort this weekend”
“Hunter made a mega debut in difficult conditions, he definitely has the talent and we’re looking forward to seeing him progress as his experience increases.”
“Olli was unlucky with the red flag in qualifying that cut short his run, but he definitely increased in pace as the weekend progressed. I’m sure he’ll be back fighting at the front this weekend”
GT World Challenge Europe – Brands Hatch
Frank Bird & Nicolai Kjaergaard
Back in action in GT racing, both Frank and Nicolai were out on track for the fourth round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup powered by AWS.
It was a tricky weekend for Nicolai as the #159 squad, who started on the back foot after a Free Practice shunt for his teammate had meant the gearbox casing had to be replaced. Unfortunately despite their strong efforts in Race 1, a pit-lane speeding penalty saw them finish 9th in class. Determined to make progress in Race 2 Nicolai made up positions on the opening lap, but unfortunately some on-track skirmishes meant they took 9th in class at the flag. But confident in their pace despite their bad luck in the race, Nicolai will be back fighting next time out.
Racing in front of the British crowds was a homecoming for Frank Bird, as the Cumbrian driver took to the stage at Brands Hatch. The historic circuit always offers up some thrilling battles and last weekend was no exception, as Frank and his teammate powered to a sensational Silver Cup victory and third place overall in the opening race, followed by a second Silver Cup podium.
Charging from the P7 in Silver class, Frank soon made his way up to P4 in class and P8 overall before handing over to his teammate Tomita. Converting Frank’s great start, they further powered to cross the line in P4 overall which was then promoted following a post race penalty for another car. Which saw their #31 Audi inherit P3 – a place on the overall podium and the Silver Cup win.
Following their success in the opening race, Frank and his teammate scored an impressive 5th overall in Race 2, earning their place on the podium once again with P2 in Silver class. Sealing a fantastic weekend for the #31 car, the pair added to Team WRT success as the outfit sealed the Team Championship with one round left to run.
Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management said:
“What a fantastic weekend for Frank at his home race, taking P1 and P2 in the Silver Cup but also making his way to an overall podium too! They had strong pace all weekend and it’s great to see Frank fighting at the front, I’m sure it will continue.”
“It was an unlucky weekend for Nicolai and sometimes that happens in motorsport, but they definitely put in some good fightback performances”
Our determined racers will be back on track this weekend at Zandvoort (FIA F3) and Nürburgring (GT Endurance Cup) respectively.