Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Racing returns with podium success in Austria

The Infinity Sports Management drivers celebrated success on track at the Austrian Grand Prix last weekend (03-05 July), with podiums in both FIA F2 and FIA F3. After a nine-month break from racing due to COVID-19, duties resumed at the Red Bull Ring in Austria where racing got the green lights under strict health and safety guidelines. ISM had five drivers competing over the weekend, including several driving making their debuts.

Debut trip to rostrum for Ticktum

FIA F2 rookie driver Dan Ticktum got his 2020 campaign off to a stellar start with a third-place podium and a points finish in the Austrian hills.

Partnering with DAMS, Ticktum got his weekend off to a solid start by qualifying inside the top-10.

He started the Feature Race from ninth on the grid and worked his way up to cross the line in fifth which marked an impressive first outing for the 21-year-old.

The Sprint Race proved to be even more successful and Ticktum truly marked his arrival to the Formula 1 feeder series by making up one place to finish third.

After the first weekend of racing, Ticktum sits fifth in the championship standings with a debut to be proud of.

“It was a strong first weekend here in Austria,” he said. “I hope it’s the first of many podiums! The team gave me a great car to start the campaign in a good never ceases to amaze me how hard these guys work. Also must say thank you to all of the organisers for enablings us to go racing again. Believe me, it was great to get in the car again!”

Young talent shines in F3

Logan Sargeant celebrated his first FIA F3 podium with a second-place finish in Race 1, making an impressive start to his campaign.

For the first practice session of the year, the drivers had to cope with tricky wet conditions around the 4.318-kilometre circuit.

David Beckmann shone through and it was the German driver who topped the time sheets in the session with a lap time of 1:20.434s.

The conditions improved for qualifying where Sargeant set a time that put his Prema on the second row of the grid. Beckmann qualified strongly too in seventh, with Cadwell on his debut in 25th and Max Fewtrell in 17th.

For the first race of the season, all drivers made up places from their grid positions. Alongside Sargeant’s impressive podium, Beckmann claimed a solid haul of points for his P7 finish.

In Race 2, Beckmann narrowly missed out on silverware after finishing tantalisingly close in P4. Fewtrell additionally earnt his first points of the season with a top-10 finish.

“We kicked the season off in a great way,” said Sargeant. “We worked hard throughout the weekend and we got some good results. I’m happy with my podium in the first race and there were lots of positives to take from it overall. I’m looking forward to seeing what we can do this weekend!”

Garry Catt, Director at ISM, commented:

“It’s a very encouraging start to the season. Everyone’s been working hard behind the scenes so it was great to get some good results for the drivers. It’s a long and congested season ahead but we’re very excited to see what everyone can achieve together.”

Racing returns this weekend (10-12 July) at the Red Bull Ring, Austria once again.