The second half of the 2016 BRDC F3 season began at Oulton Park with more consistent points for Chris Dittmann Racing’s international contingent.
During a close qualifying, American teenager Quinlan Lall claimed 13th, just over 1.1-seconds slower than pole. Krishnaraaj Mahadik, who came back from a heavy off in Friday testing, lined up a one row further back in 16th, with Jeremy Wahome 21st.
The opening race was brought to an early close following a dramatic crash in the midfield after just six laps, but all three were able to improve on their starting positions. Lall rounded out the top 10, two places ahead of Mahadik who managed to jump two places on the opening lap. Wahome collected 18th.
Lall and Wahome went one better in race two, securing ninth and 17th respectively, while Mahadik claimed his second 12th of the weekend. Lall’s consistent weekend was completed with a ninth-placed finish in race three, his seventh top-10 finish in eight races.
Mahadik slipped back on the opening lap from a promising starting slot but recovered to 13th.
Lall also took home his second Sunoco Driver of the Weekend award of the season, handed to the driver who gains the most places during the weekend.
Lall’s continued consistent points-scoring pace leaves him in tied-12th in the BRDC Formula 3 Championship standings, just 18 points off 10th. Mahadik meanwhile lies 19th, having missed the first three races of the season, two spots above Wahome.
Chris Dittmann, team principal, said: “It was another promising weekend for us, with some good points scored. It was a hard night for the guys rebuilding Krish’s car and they did a great job.
“The crash put him on the back foot a bit again by missing some sessions, but thankfully it was in testing this time not qualifying. Both Krish and Quinlan were slowed by traffic in qualifying which meant they weren’t able to get as high as it looked like they would. The top six was definitely achievable. For them to come through the pack like they did to score good points was brilliant.
“Quinlan is really going well, he’s pushing the top six guys and it will only be a matter of time until he breaks through. We’re working with him to make that happen and he is only getting better.
The next three rounds of BRDC British F3 take place at the home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone, on June 11-12.