Following a second place podium on Sunday morning at Donington for Litespeed F3 and the team’s Brazilian driver Victor Corrêa, all eyes in British F3 were on the weather, intermittently changing from torrential downpours to blasts of sunshine.
Donington is well known for the speed at which the track can dry out and as the second race approached, the wind picked up and the bets were laid as to when or if the clouds would break.
‘Litespeed’s R1 is naturally suited to certain circuits and certain conditions,’ said Steve Kenchington, Director of Engineering. ‘Victor has always performed best in the wet, so combining those two factors, we anticipated an exciting afternoon.’
Corrêa started in 3rd position on the grid, in National Class. It wasn’t long before the heavens opened and the capacity of Litespeed’s R1 became evident, with Corrêa not only moving to 1st position, but setting lap times that were up to a second faster than the International cars.
As the race progressed, Corrêa lost track position due to an accident in front of him. In an effort to regain 1st position, he got caught out by the conditions, slid from the track at Old Hairpin and was forced to retire.
Whilst the team did not achieve their first win on home soil, Nino Judge, Team Principal, was satisfied with the day’s results. ‘You can’t be on the podium all the time and Victor had driven a solid race in the morning,’ said Judge. ‘In the afternoon, he soared around the track, setting repeated fastest lap times and showing everyone both what he and the car can accomplish.’
Litespeed F3 will be racing again this weekend at Spa, a favourite circuit with many drivers and spectators, and certainly one of the most challenging in the world. It will be the first time that the team will have taken it’s R1 to Belgium, but it is anticipated that the car’s set up will suit the fast, hilly and twisting track.
It was hoped that the new aero package being developed by Mygale would be ready for Spa and Jay Bridger’s International car. This is now expected in time for Silverstone on 16th August. That said, Bridger won at Spa last year when racing in National class, it is his circuit of choice and he, Victor and Litespeed are looking forward to a successful couple of days.
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