CDR looking to bounce back at Brands

The penultimate rounds of F3 Cup see another new face at CDR as a four-strong team visits the Grand Prix circuit at Brands Hatch.

Monoposto winner and historic single-seater victor Jonathon Hughes joins the team for the first time for what will be his second F3 Cup event. He will contest the remaining races in a Dallara F312 with CDR having earlier raced at Silverstone with Topmarx Racing.

The best-placed of the quartet in the championship standings is Irishman Cian Carey, who heads to Brands Hatch in sixth. He lost some ground in the title race at Snetterton, leaving with a sixth place and brace of sevenths after a blown engine hampered his build up. He’s twice been on the podium this year and is chasing his first F3 Cup win.

Gino Ussi, racing in support of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund this year, enjoyed his most consistent weekend at Snetterton last time out and continues his rise up the points table. He lists Brands Hatch GP among his favourite circuits and can be expected to run well.

Phillip Jeans will make his first foray onto the difficult GP circuit in Formula 3 machinery as he continues his first year of F3 Cup. The ex-bike racer crashed heavily out of qualifying at Snetterton and will be looking forward to getting a full weekend under his belt. He heads to Brands Hatch in 18th place in the standings.

Team principal Chris Dittmann said: “Brands Hatch is a great track, everyone knows how special it is to race on the GP circuit. You don’t get the chance often and it really is a great experience in an F3 car.

“We didn’t have the best of weekends at Snetterton, points-wise, but I’m sure the guys will be back on the pace. Cian is in a tight fight near the top three and we’ll be doing all we can to help him finish inside there.

“Gino’s getting back to his old self and should be good at Brands, he knows the circuit well and that makes a big difference around the GP track. It’s our job to make sure Phillip is ready for his return, I’m confident he’ll do just that.

“I’m glad to welcome Jonathon to the team, too, and it’s great that he’ll be with us for the rest of the year. He has good experience, and should adapt quickly to his new car.”


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