After a four week break, the GB3 Championship heads to Cheshire’s Oulton Park this weekend (10-11 September), and Tewkesbury’s Chris Dittmann Racing heads to the circuit in confident mood after a scintillating weekend at Silverstone last time out.
Ayrton Simmons claimed a double victory at the home of the British Grand Prix to reinvigorate his season, while teammate Branden Oxley enjoyed his strongest performance so far with two top-six results, and very nearly won the final race.
With that fresh in the mind, the team sets course for one of the most challenging circuits in the UK with high hopes of challenging at the front once more, and both drivers have recent experience of the track following a productive test day last week.
Simmons is no stranger to Oulton Park, having raced at the venue in F4 and with CDR in 2019 when the championship was known as BRDC British F3, scoring two podiums and a pole position.
Oxley meanwhile had his first taste of the circuit in testing last week, meaning he heads to Cheshire with greater track knowledge compared to his Snetterton and Silverstone visits so far in GB3.
The pair’s combined performances at Silverstone saw CDR amass a colossal score of 111 points, and Team Principal Chris Dittmann is optimistic of more strong performances as the season nears it’s conclusion.
Team Principal Chris Dittmann said: “We’re all looking forward to resuming the GB3 Championship season this weekend at Oulton Park, which is a really special circuit. It’s a proper old school track that really tests the drivers, but I’m confident of another strong weekend with Ayrton and Branden.
“Ayrton has shown well there before; we were close to wins at Oulton Park when we raced together in 2019. Our recent test has helped to rekindle that knowledge and will hopefully give us a head start, especially after the Silverstone double win which has given everyone a massive confidence boost.
“Branden heads to this venue knowing its very different to the Snetterton and Silverstone layouts he’s raced the car at so far, and I’m pretty sure there isn’t a circuit like this over in Spain! So it’ll be a case of getting up to speed for him, but that’s something he’s done exceptionally well so far with us.”
Ayrton Simmons said: “I’m really excited to be racing again at Oulton Park, a track I’ve not raced at for over two years. It’s a very technical and fast circuit, so I’m really looking forward to it and aiming to bag some more good points like we did last time at Silverstone.”
Branden Oxley said: “Oulton Park is quite different to any track I’ve raced at before, a very typically British race track. However after having such a productive test there last week, I must say it is also one of the most exciting and intense tracks I’ve been to, as you’re always on the edge and there’s no room for error.
“With the pace both me and the team has shown since I joined the championship, and now with a bit more experience, I expect to deliver strong results this weekend.”