26 Jun Hoggard takes double donington win while maldonado enjoys race 2 podium!
Fortec Motorsport’s Johnathan Hoggard held off Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons to claim his third win of the season in race one at Donington Park this afternoon, with Kaylen Frederick completing the podium for Carlin.
Hoggard made a good start from pole and fended off a first corner challenge from Frederick and then held the lead throughout, despite an early safety car period.
The Fortec driver held a lead of 1.4 seconds at the end of lap one as Simmons found his way past Frederick.
Winner, Johnathan Hoggard
“It may have looked a bit easier than it was. It was a case of managing the gap to Ayrton behind me. When he pushed on a bit and got closer I put my head down and pushed a bit harder as well. When he dropped away it was a case of just managing the gap and relaxing a little bit but not too much so that I didn’t make a mistake and go off. It was quite a challenging race with the safety car restart as well, making sure I got the jump on them, but all in all it was a good race.
Josh Mason, Pavan Ravishankar and Manuel Maldonado were the top three drivers in the second BRDC British F3 race of the weekend at Donington Park.
Third, Manuel Maldonado:
“I really enjoyed that, it was good to get some overtakes done quite early on and every move was good. I’m quite happy with the podium, it’s the most we could have done in that race. We could maybe have got second but it would have been a bit risky in the last few laps but happy overall.
“It was very close at the end with just a tenth between us, and it was a good race coming from eighth. I had to push hard, especially as I was on old tyres as well, I think the people in front were on newer tyres so I had a bit of a disadvantage but nevertheless I’m quite happy with the podium.
“I’m looking to get more good points in the next race and close up the gap to the people in front of me, so I’m looking forward to it.”
Fortec Motorsports driver Johnathan Hoggard claimed his second win of the weekend with a superb drive in the final race of the weekend at Donington Park.
Hoggard controlled the race from lights to flag to take the win four seconds clear of Douglas Motorsport’s Ulysse De Pauw, with Sasakorn Chaimongkol third for Hillspeed. Championship leader Clement Novalak claimed fourth, half a second behind the podium trio, with Nazim Azman taking an excellent fifth place for Chris Dittmann Racing.
Hoggard maintained the margin on lap two, but then began to build an advantage, extending the lead to 1.5 seconds by the halfway point. From there he began operating a few tenths quicker than De Pauw, claiming his fourth win of the year by just over four seconds.
Winner, Johnathan Hoggard:
“It’s been a really good weekend apart from race two – not finishing there was quite disappointing and it was good points thrown away, but there was nothing I could really do about it. We just had to control what we could control and have a good race three like we did in race one, so this makes up for it.
“It was quite cold on track this time so I struggled a little with getting the heat in the tyres on the formation lap so it was a case of building it up on lap one and lap two and then we managed to get a pretty decent gap.
“It’s really close at the top in the championship, race two didn’t help with me not scoring points. It always seems to be like two steps forward and one step back, so it’s always quite frustrating thinking about what is going on in the championship, but we’ve come away with quite a few race wins so I think that’s a big positive. With so many points available for a win it helps reduce the gap.
“I’m really looking forward to Spa now and really enjoy it. We had a good test day in the winter and I loved it, so I’m hoping for a good weekend. Two wins this weekend and hopefully more of the same at Spa!”