Carlin pick up where they left off in British F3 – The Checkered Flag


Carlin have been a dominant power within the BRDC British Components 3 Championship lately, and have new honours to combat for this season.

Profitable three of the final 4 Drivers’ titles with Enaam Ahmed, Clément Novalak and Kaylen Frederick, the Farnham group is arguably the best-placed to take the brand new Groups’ Championship.

Hitech GP pushed Carlin all the way in which final season, with Frederick solely securing the Drivers’ title forward of Kush Maini within the penultimate race at Silverstone.

The brand new standings are decided by every group’s finest two outcomes from every race, thus not disadvantaging two-car entries corresponding to new entrants Arden Motorsport.

They bought off to a near-perfect begin on the 2021 season opener at Manufacturers Hatch GP, leaving Kent with the lead in each championships.

O’Sullivan bounces again shortly

Zak O’Sullivan leads the Drivers’ Championship after the primary of eight triple-headers this season.

In taking a third-place, a maiden win, and producing a powerful drive from seventeenth to seventh within the reverse-grid Race 3, the 16-year-old has seen his identify writ giant on the prime of the desk.

He’s 4 factors forward of part-time entry Ollie Bearman (Fortec Motorsports), and 17 forward of second-placed Hitech’s second-year driver, Reece Ushijima.

Though he’s made speedy progress in current seasons, O’Sullivan has been the bridesmaid in each Ginetta Junior (2019) and F4 British Championship (2020).

He completed his Ginetta Junior season over 150 factors forward of the following rookie, 2020 British F4 title rival Casper Stevenson, lacking out on the F4 title by 4 factors to Luke Browning.

He, maybe greater than most, will likely be determined to make amends this 12 months.

He stated of his first weekend in British F3: “Qualifying gave us begin to the weekend and although I didn’t have the perfect begin in race one, I used to be nonetheless capable of get the rostrum…

“The complete reverse-grid race three was a bit thrilling! I didn’t need to be too dangerous however there have been just a few gaps I went for and was then as much as seventh from seventeenth.

“General a extremely good begin to the 12 months.”

Mansell Mania again at Manufacturers

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Australian Christian Mansell could be no relation to 1992 Components One World Champion Nigel, however had loads of motive to revive ‘#MansellMania’ on Twitter all through the weekend.

His World Champion namesake received on the Kent circuit in 1985 and 1986, and to not be outdone, Carlin’s #21 took Race 3 honours in beautiful model.

He moved from seventh to first by the underside of Paddock Hill as Reema Juffali and Max Marzorati tangled, and, aided by two security automobiles, he wouldn’t relinquish the result in go away Manufacturers Hatch fourth within the standings.

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Race 1 and a pair of introduced 24 factors after beginning thirteenth in each, a good factors haul after two races which noticed him acquire locations to eighth and tenth respectively.

“That begin was simply one thing else and I actually don’t assume I may have requested for extra from that race,” he stated afterwards.

“We had security automobiles however all the pieces simply went our approach on the market.

“It’s only a surreal expertise to be successful races already and I couldn’t be any happier actually.”

Aron steadily enhancing

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An American driver in a blue and fluorescent yellow Carlin took the title final season, and however for quantity and helmet, the set-up is identical in 2021.

Whether or not Bryce Aron can ship the punchline stays to be seen over the remaining 21 races, however he confirmed clear progress all through the weekend at Manufacturers Hatch.

Qualifying thirteenth for Race 1 and twelfth for Race 2 made issues tough, however he improved each occasions, to take tenth and ninth-place finishes earlier than the reverse-grid shook issues up on Sunday afternoon.

The rule change to base the reverse-grid on qualifying for this 12 months proved to be a blessing for Aron, who began eighth and profited from the retirements of Juffali and Marzorati forward of him to take fourth place in Race 3, simply two tenths behind Dexter Patterson (Douglas Motorsport).

He was optimistic concerning the progress he revamped the three days from testing on Friday to the ultimate race on Sunday.

“I’m actually proud of how we’ve progressed – I need to say due to the group and my engineer Jimmy for all the pieces we’ve achieved this weekend,” he stated.

“I struggled at he begin of that ultimate race however I used to be capable of make positions across the exterior the place I may.

“Sadly, we simply missed out on the rostrum, however I’m nonetheless so happy with the outcome.”


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