CDR reigns supreme at Brands Hatch

Chris Dittmann Racing dominated around the Grand Prix circuit of Brands Hatch with a double victory for team owner Chris Dittmann.

Cian Carey made it double joy in the first race with a fine podium from the fourth row of the grid.

The two wins for Dittmann, who replaced Jonathon Hughes at late notice, stretches his impressive unbeaten 2017 run to four races, having claimed a brace of wins at Snetterton when he filled in for Phillip Jeans.

The weekend began in impressive fashion, as Dittmann secured pole for both races. Carey, meanwhile, claimed seventh and eighth in qualifying, setting up a fine drive to the podium, with Gino Ussi qualifying ninth for both. Jeans, on his first race weekend on the difficult and technical GP circuit, lined up 13th and 12th for the two encounters.

When the racing got underway Dittmann was never headed, dominating the whole weekend. The Tewkesbury racer led every lap and claimed fastest lap in both to underline his superiority and to boost CDR’s teams’ championship chances.

He managed the many restarts of the two disrupted races perfectly, the second of which ended early due to a car in the gravel. The results promote him to 11th in the standings, despite just five appearances this year.

Carey in race one capitalised on dramas for two cars in front to move into the top four on the first lap before hitting the podium places on lap three. He couldn’t find a way onto the second step of the rostrum, but drove a controlled race for his first podium since round nine at Silverstone. The result moves him into fourth overall.

Ussi was locked in an excellent battle for fourth in the opener, eventually taking sixth place, but his second race lasted just a few corners. It ended in the Druids gravel after a clash with a rival on the opening lap. He heads to final round in eighth place.

Jeans enjoyed his best weekend of F3 Cup by claiming two top-10 finishes for the first time. That moves him up to 16th before the series heads to Oulton Park for the final rounds of the year.

Speaking after his double win, Dittmann said: “The car was in pieces last week, and the mechanics had to drive back to get a new fire extinguisher last night, three hours each way, so huge thanks to them. Despite all of that the car felt amazing and just kept getting better. I felt I had more pace in the second race than the first.

“Cian, Gino and Phillip did great jobs too. It was excellent to have shared the podium with Cian in the first race, the hard work in our simulator clearly paid off. I was impressed by Phillip, he kept a cool head on a really difficult circuit – as many others showed it’s easy to make a mistake here and end your race but he came away with his best yet.

“It was a shame for Gino in race two, he’s good here as we saw in the first. Hopefully he’ll be able to end the season on a high at Oulton.

“We’re second in the Teams’ standings, now we need to make sure we can secure that spot next month.”

CDR concludes its F3 Cup season at Oulton Park on October 28.

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