Tewkesbury’s Chris Dittmann Racing (CDR) ended its BRDC British F3 championship action for the season with three points-scoring finishes, and pace to challenge for the top-ten, despite beginning the weekend on the back foot at Donington Park last weekend (23-24 September).
The team fielded a single car for Jeremy Wahome in the championship finale, and the young Kenyan performed well to qualify 13th after only arriving at the circuit on Saturday morning. Jeremy’s travel from Kenya was delayed, preventing him from benefitting from any pre-event testing, so it was an impressive display to set a competitive lap time and even achieve the fastest speed through the first sector split.
Later on Saturday afternoon, Wahome made the first of three lightning quick starts to challenge for the top ten, before ultimately coming home to a 13th place finish upon his return to the team after missing the previous event.
Wahome made arguably his finest getaway of the meeting during the second race of the weekend on Sunday morning, as he surged from 13th on the grid to ninth at the start. Unfortunately, further rapid progress was stifled by contact at the Old Hairpin, and this dropped him to the back of the pack. From here, Wahome set about taking any further opportunities to climb the order, eventually coming home in 12th position.
Jeremy claimed his best result of the weekend for the final race of the season though after surging from 13th on the grid to 11th on the opening lap. Unfortunately, the CDR driver was shuffled back a couple of positions thereafter, but he was able to regain lost ground late in the race and secure 11th position.
These three results ensured that Jeremy secured 14th place overall in the standings. CDR’s other regular driver, Omar Ismail, missed the final event to attend the first week of university but had already banked enough points to secure 11th place in the championship.
Team Principal Chris Dittmann said: “Given that we were on the back foot this weekend after Jeremy’s return to the UK was delayed, we’ve got to be pretty happy with our pace throughout the weekend. Jeremy’s consistency and pace have improved this season working with CDR and I think he did a very solid job this weekend in the circumstances.
“Overall, it’s been a very challenging season but one in which we can be proud of the job we’ve done. There have been some really promising results along the way and we were only a bit of bad luck short of tasting victory and grabbing a few more podiums this year!
“We’re now focused on assessing potential drivers ahead of 2018, and we’ll be looking to test a few candidates in the coming months.”
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