|Chris Dittmann Racing added another brace of podium finishes to their trophy haul as the MSV F3 Cup returned to action at Donington Park last weekend [12-13 September].
After an extended break – the season-opening double-header at Snetterton was as long ago as late July – the Tewkesbury-based team headed to the 2.4-mile Leicestershire circuit in buoyant mood, aiming for a repeat of their race-winning performance last time out.
A strong qualifying put then-championship leader Alex Fores on the front row, and he duly delivered another brace of podium finishes with the runner-up spot in the two opening contests.
Whilst debating the lead in Sunday’s finale, contact gave Fores’ Dallara Mercedes F3 a puncture. A combination of a safety car intervention and some sublime work in the pits by the team put him back out into the race, and he duly delivered a series of overtakes to round out the weekend with solid points in fourth.
A slight arm injury forced Patrick Jeans to miss the start of the opening race, and to retire early from the second, but he returned for the final contest and delivered another solid points finish in sixth.
Phillip Jeans rounded out another positive weekend for the squad, taking seventh and eighth respectively in races one and two before an unlucky DNF in the final race, contact from another competitor forcing him to spin out with a puncture.
The MSV F3 Cup heads back to Snetterton for its next event on 26-27 September.
Chris Dittmann, Team Principal said:
“I think, overall, we have plenty to be pleased about this weekend. Alex has scored another two podium finishes to keep himself in the championship hunt, and could well have won the third race but for that contact.
“I have to give a huge shout out to the entire team for their quick work in getting his car turned around, that really put him a position to recover and he made the most of it.
“Both Patrick and Phillip had their own bad luck at times this weekend, but we’re really pleased with their progression and both scored more good points.
“Now we’ll shift focus to the next event at Snetterton in two weeks’ time and aim to get back on the top step!”
Alex Fores (#90) said:
“We took a good points haul from the weekend, but would have been nice to top it off with a win in the final race.
“Getting hit and given a puncture from the lead was frustrating to say the least. However a great pit stop from the boys meant we stayed on the lead lap, and a safety car brought us back into the race. Recovering back to fourth, with fastest lap, was a decent result all things considered.
“Here’s hoping for some more luck come Snetterton to push for more wins!”