02 Jun Meisner and Gilbert learn from Hungaroring
After a two-day test back in April, the FIA F3 European Championship returned to the Hungaroring this weekend for three action packed races. Fortec drivers John Bryant-Meisner and Mitch Gilbert had a positive weekend taking home some more points towards the championship.
The first race of the day at the F1 circuit saw Gilbert have a great start, rocketing off the start-line from 16th and hunting down the pack ahead. The young Australian was on the charge and soon found himself inside the top ten, eventually taking the chequered flag in ninth.
Meanwhile Bryant-Meisner had also had a good start to his race from 18th and, after various battles crossed the line in 14th.
Saturday’s second race saw Bryant-Meisner start from 14th, with teammate Gilbert just in front in 13th. Both drivers had a fraught race, with Gilbert crossing the line in 11th. Bryant-Meisner had a superb run taking a tenth place finish.
Sunday’s third and final race of the weekend took place in damp conditions. Bryant-Meisner and Gilbert started the race mid-pack in 14th and 15th respectively and both were careful to stay out of trouble on the opening laps as rain begun to fall.
The rain soon got heavier and a safety car was called out. The bad weather continued and on lap 18 the race was ended due to the worsening conditions. Gilbert crossed the line in 23rd whilst Bryant-Meisner took 12th.
Reflecting on his race weekend Bryant-Meisner commented:
“For me it felt like I stepped up my game a little bit but both Mitch and I struggled with speed. Budapest is a pretty special track and I think everyone was a bit disappointed with the weekend because we know we shouldn’t be down this far on the results. We still learned a lot, but the kit didn’t suit us as well here as in for example Pau.
I managed to get a top ten finish in race two which felt better than nothing, but we are aiming higher!”