Strange to think that the British F3 2009 season is already over, but so is, coming to an end on a gloriously sunny day at Brands Hatch. Whilst all around were packing up, over in the Litespeed F3 camp, there were reflections on the day /season and discussions on the plans for 2010.
The day had had mixed blessings. Victor Corrêa retired in the first race, having driven over the green line close to the Paddock Hill Bend and mistakenly not taken his drive-through penalty. The young driver from Brazil has had an interesting first year in F3, climbing onto the podium in most races, with a first at Hockenheim, and finishing the National class championship in 3rd place. ‘He has learnt a great deal this year,’ said Steve Kenchington, Technical Director of Litespeed F3. ‘Victor’s car control is always evident and comes to the fore in adverse conditions. An intense winter testing programme should put him in a good position for next year’s F3 Championship.’ Corrêa finished 4th in the second race.
Jay Bridger had a steady weekend, finishing 10th in both races. It has been a year of highs and frustration for last year’s National class champion in his Mygale. Evidently an extremely talented driver, he and the team took the car as far as it could go, with a range of outcomes.
‘Irrespective of this year’s results,’ said Kenchington, ‘the good thing is that Jay was driving. There are countless young drivers with natural aptitude, who have been left on the side-lines this year because of the economic climate. Having a ‘year out’ inevitably makes it harder for a driver to reach their potential and Jay is still in a position to attain his goals. We very much look forward to a long collaboration.’
As the sun started to set at Brands, the conversation moved to 2010, with Kenchington expressing a desire to focus on Championship class, but not at the exclusion of National.
‘Everyone knows that Litespeed is a team that doesn’t sit still. We always look to move forward quickly, but at the right time. Having completed our first full season in British F3, the time to challenge for the championship will be next year. We have not made a final decision as to which cars we will run, but will be making an announcement about this shortly.
‘In addition, we of course now have each circuit’s set up data for the SLC, which we will run, if we consider it to be more suitable for a particular driver.
‘This has been an exceptionally busy and exciting year. We are looking forward to testing some exceptional drivers through the winter and a championship winning season next year.’