Elite Motorsport are certainly one of two groups of their first BRDC British Formulation 3 Championship season in 2021, however they’re adapting rapidly.
They’re removed from a brand new staff, although, having changed Lanan Racing.
The Norfolk squad have gained the final 4 Ginetta Junior titles with Tom Gamble, Adam Smalley, James Hedley and Tom Lebbon.
Lebbon was the staff’s second driver introduced for its debut British F3 marketing campaign, between Javier Sagrera and José Garfias.
Their line-up has introduced a wide range of expertise to the grid, although the staff had its first podium end inside three races.
Sagrera got here house second within the reverse-grid Race 3 at Manufacturers Hatch in Might, after Twelfth-place finishes within the first two outings of the season.
Garfias took 14th and fifteenth in Races 1 and three, whereas reigning Ginetta Junior champion Lebbon put collectively a strong opening weekend, ending seventh, ninth and tenth.
The Championship rolled into the Silverstone GP circuit on June 26/27, with the house of British motorsport yielding much more optimistic outcomes for a staff solely in its second weekend in single-seaters.
Mexican driver Garfias began and completed Race 1 in Twelfth place, adopted by fifteenth on Sunday morning. He took a formidable fifth-place end in Race 3 from sixth on the grid, giving him a helpful haul of factors which depart the 16-year-old in seventeenth place within the championship.
Tom Lebbon began Race 1 at Silverstone in tenth place, and although his race ended early, he recovered to take eighth in Race 2, holding place from the beginning. Race 3 was his better of the weekend, transferring up from eighth on the grid to complete sixth, his finest results of the season.
He heads into the season’s first go to to Donington Park in Twelfth place, between Bryce Aron (Carlin) and Sebastian Alvarez (Hitech GP), each in groups with extra British F3 expertise.
Javier Sagrera has taken some spectacular outcomes in addition to his podium at Manufacturers Hatch. He set the quickest time within the remaining pre-event testing session on Friday afternoon, earlier than equally-strong qualifying tempo.
Qualifying fifth for Race 1 and ending fourth was a optimistic effort, with the locations reversed in Race 2 on Sunday morning.
His fourth-place end in Race 1 positioned him thirteenth on the reverse-grid for Race 3. It appears the Spanish driver was squeezed coming into Maggotts on Lap 1, retiring after spinning into the gravel. A disappointing finish to what was an encouraging weekend as much as that time.
Regardless of the DNF in Race 3, the reverse-grid race arms out fewer factors than Races 1 and a couple of so he solely slipped to eighth within the standings. As such, he stands because the highest-placed Elite driver within the Championship going into Donington Park.
The Leicestershire circuit shall be new to Garfias and Sagrera however for restricted testing earlier within the yr.
Lebbon, although, could profit from expertise taking pole positions, quickest laps and a second-place end there on the first spherical of his crowning Ginetta Junior season in 2020.
British F3’s fellow debutants, Arden Motorsport, sit 15 factors forward of Elite within the new Groups’ Championship, providing a potentially-fascinating battle all through the season.
Although Arden have extra expertise, and success, in single-seaters, each being new to British F3 is simply the type of leveller that may make for a compelling battle for fourth.
Third may even be on the playing cards later within the season, ought to Fortec Motorsport be dragged into the midfield battle. They’re solely 15 factors forward of Arden, and 30 away from Elite. With factors out there for the highest two finishers from every staff per race, and 18 races remaining, count on a decent combat on the high of the midfield.
Staff Proprietor and Supervisor Eddie Ives is happy with what he’s seen from his drivers to this point this season.
“I feel for under our second British F3 occasion, Silverstone was a profitable weekend,” he mentioned.
“We have been within the top-five each race and it was mega to complete a [testing] session on the entrance.
“I’ve little question that these sparks will progressively grow to be extra common as we get into the season.
“All three drivers are comparatively inexperienced and are making good progress each time they’re within the automotive.
“It’s solely a brief break however we at the moment are totally targeted on Donington.”
The 2021 BRDC British Formulation 3 Championship heads to Donington Park for the third spherical of the season on 10/11 July, supporting the Clever Cash British GT Championship.
The Checkered Flag shall be bringing you all of the motion from each sequence all through the weekend.