Chris Dittmann Racing’s BRDC British F3 duo Ayrton Simmons and Max Marzorati head to the epic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium this weekend (23-25 July), for the series’ traditional trip across the English Channel.
The pair head to the home of the Belgian Grand Prix with good reason for optimism. Simmons is the only driver to have won at the circuit in a BRDC British F3 car, while Marzorati claimed a richly deserved podium last time out at Donington, his maiden top-three result in British F3.
As well as being the only driver on the grid to have won a British F3 race at Spa, Simmons is the only driver to have raced the car at the circuit too, having competed with the team in 2018 and then in 2019, when he won and claimed an additional podium.
The Donington result for Marzorati meanwhile maintained CDR’s record of claiming a podium result at every circuit visited so far this year, and with the team’s previous form at Spa in mind, Team Principal Chris Dittmann is hopeful of more positive results this weekend.
He commented: “This is always one of our favourite events of the season, and having gone well at Spa last time we raced there in 2019, we really hope we can repeat those performances again this weekend.
“The whole field is going there having not tested at the circuit during the winter, which is unusual. So it’s a level playing field and that should hopefully give us an advantage heading into the event.”
Ayrton Simmons said: “Spa is my favourite circuit, so I’m really looking forward to it and looking forward to bouncing back up the standings.
“At Donington we had some potential but the lack of testing really caught up with us, with it being one of the main test tracks for most of the teams. It should play into our hands that there’s not a lot of testing available at Spa, the same as at Brands GP. We’ll be giving it our all, we’ve been working extremely hard in the week we’ve had off, and I can’t wait for that to pay off. I’m really looking forward to enjoying the weekend, we’re racing at one of the best race tracks in the world, so you have to enjoy it!”
Max Marzorati said: “Although it has always been a lifetime dream for me to race at Spa, at this time all of my thoughts are with the people of Belgium and Western Germany who have suffered so much from the recent flooding. When we race, it will be a tribute to the spirit of those people and I will think of that all weekend.
“The team have great experience at the circuit and I hope that I can learn as much as possible. Everyone can rest assured I will as always, fight for everything.”
The Spa weekend starts with three test sessions on Friday ahead of qualifying at 18.15. Saturday’s action includes two races before the final contest on Sunday morning. Live timing will be accessible via the British F3 website, and races will be live streamed too.