CDR ends F3 Cup season with victory

Chris Dittmann Racing capped an impressive season of F3 Cup with victory at the final rounds at Oulton Park to wrap up second place in the Teams’ Championship.

In the opening race of the weekend, Cian Carey scored his first ever F3 Cup win to take the team’s tally to five victories this season. The Irishman claimed a total of five podiums in 2017, helping him to an excellent third place in the Drivers’ standings.

Carey was made to wait for his maiden win, but he stormed through to victory in the penultimate race of the season. Starting third, he was into second thanks to a brilliant start and run down to turn one. He hit the front on lap two with a superb pass at Lodge and was never headed, controlling the race from then on for the victory.

Another fine start in the final race of the year saw Carey make up three places before the first corner, and then claim second by the end of the first lap from fifth place. He held on from pressure from behind for second place to end the season on a high.

Team-mate Jonathon Hughes made his debut with the team, lining up alongside Carey on row three for the opener ahead of many season regulars. He spent much of the race in fifth place but problems in the closing stages saw him drop back to seventh place at the flag.

He was unable to take the start in race two, but showed great promise for 2018.

Team principal Chris Dittmann said: “It was a big ask for Cian to finish third in the championship coming into the weekend but he did so in brilliant fashion. I’m really pleased he was able to convert his speed into the win, it’s been coming all season. He’s been working hard and luck hasn’t always been on his side but this sets him up perfectly for next year. He’s going to be right up there and the man to beat.

“It was a shame for Jonathon that it didn’t work out in race two but he was hugely impressive in the first race to be on it straight away.

“I’m really pleased to finish second in the Teams’ Championship and have to thank Cian, Jonathon, Gino, Peter and Phillip for their hard work in what has been a great season.”

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