CDR continue points-scoring run in British F3 at Donington Park

  • Tewkesbury-based team maintain enviable points-scoring record in British F3 at Donington Park.
  • Fores’ debut in the UK’s premier motorsport series a highlight; Skelton’s consistency keeps title bid afloat.
  • Championship resumes at Snetterton, Norfolk on 03-04 October.

Chris Dittmann Racing continued their consistent, points-scoring form in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship on a tough weekend at Donington Park, Leicestershire [19-20 September].

The Tewkesbury-based team travelled back to the East Midlands in buoyant mood on the back of a double victory and career-best result for Josh Skelton at Brands Hatch last time out, and bolstered by the addition of F3 Cup title contender Alex Fores to the squad.

Fores’ debut weekend in the UK’s premier motorsport category proved to be one of the highlights of the triple-header.

The Brit scored his maiden points in the opening race, and arguably could have contended for a first podium in the reverse-grid contest, but for contact at Coppice from another competitor whilst battling for position that left Fores on the sidelines.

Nevertheless, Fores can take plenty of positives forward as he switches focus back to his F3 Cup title bid at Snetterton this coming weekend.

A few issues in pre-event testing put Skelton – consistently a front-runner in the series this year – on the back foot for qualifying, and in an ultra-competitive grid, moving forward in race trim proved tricky.

He still took a hat-trick of points finishes to keep his title chances afloat, and maintained his enviable record as one of the few drivers in the field to have scored in every round, no mean feat for a Rookie!

His pace after a front wing change in the finale, mixing it with the front-runners, showed there is definitely more to come when the series returns to Donington later in the campaign.

The BRDC British Formula 3 Championship resumes at Snetterton, Norfolk, over the weekend of 03-04 October.

Chris Dittmann, Team Principal:

“It’s been a challenging weekend for the team, but there are still plenty of positives for us to take away from it.

“Alex performed well on his debut; it’s easy to underestimate how difficult it is to come into a championship as competitive as British F3 is, but his first points in the championship with such minimal testing were a just reward, and he acquitted himself well.

“It’s been a tough weekend for Josh; we were on the back foot after a few issues in testing, and being further down than we’d like in qualifying made it an uphill task from there.

“But the pace he showed – particularly in race three – gives us a lot of confidence we’ll be able to bounce back at Snetterton in a fortnight.”

Josh Skelton (#43) said:

“It was a difficult weekend at Donington Park for me, we had a few issues throughout the weekend which put us on the back foot a little heading into the races.

“Nevertheless, we never gave up even when the results weren’t what we wanted; we managed to get there pace wise in the end and can hopefully take the positives out of the weekend to move forward in the future.

“As always a massive thank you to CDR for all the hard work over the weekend and we will bounce back stronger at the next one.”

Alex Fores (#90) said:

“My first British F3 weekend was a great experience, each time I was out in the car I was learning so much.

“A highlight for me has to be starting on the front row for Race 2. We looked comfortable for a 4th place finish until contact (which the other driver was penalised for), which would have been a brilliant result on my debut weekend.

“Plenty of positives to take, hopefully into my next British F3 event, should the opportunity arise! Together, Dave Bromfield and I know it’s the place we want to be, so I massively appreciate the chance he has given me to compete for the first time at this level.”

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