Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Silverstone success and three maiden poles for Infinity's roster

It was a busy weekend for the Infinity squad as Logan Sargeant became the first American Formula 2 winner, and other drivers saw success from Monza to Croft.

British Grand Prix
FIA Formula 2

After scoring his best Formula 2 result yet with a second place in Baku in June, Logan Sargeant went one better in Silverstone to claim his first pole and victory in the series.

Logan is the first ever American to win an F2 race and the first to win in the top tier of junior single seaters since Alexander Rossi, seven years ago. Having signed to the Williams Formula 1 team’s academy programme at Circuit of the Americas last year, Logan is a very credible candidate to be America’s next F1 star.

It was far from a straightforward Silverstone round, with changing conditions proving a real challenge for drivers. Logan claimed pole position by more than a tenth of a second, setting a 1’38.432 lap to be over a second faster than the previous year’s polesitter.

He maximised his result by moving from tenth to seventh in the partially-reversed-grid sprint race on Saturday but it was on Sunday when Logan really shone. Starting from pole he moved away from the pack, holding the lead despite an early safety car period putting him under pressure.

Logan calmly defended from Théo Pourchaire in the final laps, moving out of DRS range and extending a half second gap to cross the line more than one-and-a-half seconds ahead. His third career win at Silverstone (where he also took the top step in FIA Formula 3 and British F4) showed his consistency and confidence as a driver.

"Ever since Logan has been in single seaters he’s always been super quick at Silverstone so knowing that we were very hopeful coming into the British GP weekend. He didn’t disappoint! His performance over the weekend was incredible and we were immensely happy to see him win his first Formula 2 race… hopefully it will be the first of many Formula 2 wins." – Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management

Olli Caldwell also enjoyed the chance to race at Silverstone, ahead of his and Infinity’s home crowd. Although he was frustrated by a puncture in the sprint and contact in the feature race, Olli showed his mettle by seeing the chequered flag in front of the British Grand Prix crowds both times.

4h Monza
European Le Mans Series

Charlie Eastwood scored another podium in the European Le Mans Series, taking class second place and extending Racing Team Turkey’s lead in the Pro-Am prototype championship.

Alongside his team mates, Charlie scored a 10th overall place in qualifying and second in class, just six tenths off Pro-Am pole. During the race he put in strong stints, showing his outright pace and skill in avoiding incidents, to improve the team to overall seventh and maintain second place in class.

A tricky race in very hot conditions saw other teams struggle with tyre and car management but Charlie and his team mates were able to maximise their result and now have a 16 point lead in the Pro-Am title, at the halfway point of the season.

"Charlie and the team did an amazing job at Monza to continue their momentum in Pro-Am championship. They’re at a great place in the standings as the season reaches the halfway stage" – Harry Soden, Director of Infinity Sports Management

Croft Circuit
British F4 and Ginetta Juniors

It was another fantastic outing last week at Croft in the British F4 and Ginetta Junior championships with both Infinity drivers securing a pole position and a win each in their respective championships.

In British F4, Aiden took pole by three hundredths of a second, getting an important result in the title and an incredible 16th birthday present for himself. Despite massive pressure in the race, Aiden didn’t let go of his maiden pole position and came home with a victory in race one, taking crucial points and keeping his rivals at bay.

"The last couple of rounds of the series Aiden seems to have built some momentum and his pace has been very good at Oulton Park and Croft. Aiden put in an impressive qualifying performance at Croft to seal a double pole. With how his performances have been at the last couple of rounds we hope we can build on that and secure more wins in the races ahead of us." – Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management

In Ginettas, Sonny had shown his pace by topping both practice sessions, before doing the same in qualifying. He didn’t let being a rookie put him under any pressure bringing home his first win in the series nearly a second ahead of the field.

"Sonny has shown great potential from the start of the season since moving to cars so its' fantastic to see him convert his speed into a race win at Croft. With still a long way to go in the season we are excited to see what the second half of the season brings for him." – Gary Catt, Director of Infinity Sports Management