|Chris Dittmann Racing were unlucky to miss out on the MSV F3 Cup title despite a podium triple – including two victories – for Alex Fores at the Donington Park season finale last weekend [24-25 October].
The Tewkesbury-based team arrived at the 1.97-mile Leicestershire circuit in with a shout of the honours after Alex Fores’ race-winning drive at Snetterton last time out.
After a positive day of pre-event testing, the Bromfield Precision Engineering-backed racer duly set a double pole position by nearly half a second in wet conditions on Saturday.
He then converted that into a third victory of the campaign on board his ex-Valtteri Bottas Dallara-Mercedes F3, and recovered from an early error at Redgate in race two to charge back up through the order to finish second.
That put him in with a shout of overhauling chief title rival Stefano Leaney for the crown in the season finale.
Fores duly delivered, completing a podium hat-trick with a dominant run to the winner’s circle by over 12 seconds, but second spot proved enough for Leaney to pip him to the post for the title.
Regardless, it brought down the curtain on a promising first campaign at this level for Fores, including two outings in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, leaving morale high for the future.
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Chris Dittmann, Team Principal said:
“The main thing to focus on, for us, is Alex’s performance this weekend. A hat-trick of podiums, including two race wins, is nothing short of exemplary.
“On another weekend, that might have been enough to get the title over the line, but regardless of that, we’ve had a fantastic season working together, and he can be very proud of how he’s performed.
“To set pole position by nearly half a second in conditions like that – the later British F3 race ended up being cancelled – and to show the resilience to come back through in race two were a couple of really standout moments for us, and it just shows the character he’s got.
“Everyone at the team has enjoyed the partnership, and here’s hoping we can continue to work together going forward in the future.”
Alex Fores (#90) said:
“It’s been a great year with CDR, with debuts in both F3 Cup and British F3; the learning curve has been immense.
“The journey we’ve been on together has been the best year of racing I’ve ever had which I can’t thank Chris, the boys and the main man David Bromfield for enough.
“From soaking wet Pembrey in February to a soaking wet Donington in October there hasn’t been a day I haven’t enjoyed, and working with each and every one of the guys – Chris, Stu, Aaran, Dan, Harry, Mark, Pete and more on an almost week in week out basis has been a massive pleasure.
“So thank you boys and I hope 2021 brings us back together!”