Maldonado, Simmons share wins at Silverstone
Fortec Motorsport’s Manuel Maldonado and Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons (pictured) both secured victories on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit, as a four way title decider at Donington Park on 14-15 September was confirmed.
In Race two Maldonado started from pole position and led every lap in this morning’s reverse grid encounter, quickly establishing a lead of over four seconds and maintaining that advantage to the chequered flag, despite wet conditions. He became the 13th different winner of the year, after Sasakorn Chaimongkol became the 12th different victor yesterday. Maldonado finished ahead of Hillspeed’s Nico Varrone, while Clement Novalak stretched his championship lead to 50 points after claiming a podium from ninth on the grid, while main rival Johnathan Hoggard could only manage 14th after an early incident. Simmons also boosted his championship hopes with a strong drive from 12th on the grid to fourth. Kris Wright (Fortec) and Ulysse De Pauw (Douglas Motorsport) completed the top-six.
In the third race Douglas Motorsport’s Kiern Jewiss started on pole for the second time this weekend, but was again beaten off the line and on the approach to Copse, with Simmons grabbing the lead from second on the grid. Simmons led throughout but had to keep his cool with Jewiss constantly in his mirrors, with the pair separated by 0.546 seconds at the end of the 10 lap race. Double R’s Neil Verhagen joined them on the podium, but outside the top three, the main talking point was Novalak’s rise from seventh on the grid to fourth, and ahead of Hoggard once more. Hoggard had to settle for fifth despite pressuring the championship leader at the end of the contest. Hampus Ericsson completed the top six for Double R Racing.
Results across the weekend mean there’s a four way title shootout to look forward to at Donington Park in a month’s time. Novalak leads Hoggard by 52 points, with Simmons just nine points further back. Jewiss is 103 points behind Novalak, with 106 points available at Donington based on a 17 car grid.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Silverstone race two: 1. Manuel Maldonado (Fortec Motorsports) 10 laps; 2. Nico Varrone (Hillspeed) +4.001s; 3. Clement Novalak (Carlin) +6.451s; 4. Ayrton Simmons (Chris Dittmann Racing) +6.803s; 5. Kris Wright (Fortec Motorsports) +17.897s.
BRDC British F3 Championship, Silverstone race three: 1. Ayrton Simmons (Chris Dittmann Racing) 10 laps; 2. Kiern Jewiss (Douglas Motorsport) +0.546s; 3. Neil Verhagen (Double R Racing) +3.808s; 4. Clement Novalak (Carlin) +4.453s; 5. Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) +4.808s.
BRDC British F3 Championship standings after race 21 of 24: 1. Clement Novalak (Carlin) 463pts; 2. Johnathan Hoggard (Fortec Motorsports) 411pts; 3. Ayrton Simmons (Chris Dittmann Racing) 402pts; 4. Kiern Jewiss (Douglas Motorsport) 360pts; 5. Ulysse De Pauw (Douglas Motorsport) 301pts.