Chris Dittmann Racing displayed impressive pace during last weekend’s BRDC British Formula 3 Championship event at Snetterton (6-7 August), the second to last event of the 2016 season.
The team was quick from the off at the Norfolk circuit, with American Quinlan Lall lapping the challenging 300 circuit very quickly during Friday morning practice. The 16-year-old was only edged out by championship leader Ricky Collard during the session, to kick the weekend off impressive style.
Lall’s fine form continued into qualifying where the US-native secured eighth position on the grid, with team-mates Krishnaraaj Mahadik and Jeremy Wahome 16th and 19th respectively. Indian Mahadik’s qualifying performance was notable given that he was driving a car with unfamiliar parts following an accident in free practice.
Lall had the pace to match the top-six in all three races across the weekend, but was unfortunate to spin from eighth mid-way through the opening race which dropped him to the back for the second encounter. Quick laps in the second race of the weekend secured ninth on the grid for race three, however, ultimately resulting in a top-ten finish.
Despite suffering a setback in practice, Mahadik capably set about picking up more points for the Tewkesbury-based outfit, collecting 16th and 15th place finishes in the opening two races of the weekend. His charge was scuppered by contact in the final fixture of the meeting whilst scrapping for more points.
Kenyan Wahome scored points in all three races, continuing his upward trend in form during the second half of the season. He was particularly impressive in the second race, where he secured 13th position following a well executed charge from the penultimate row of the grid.
Team principal Chris Dittmann commented: I’m pleased with the pace the team has shown throughout the weekend and, as Quinlan showed during practice and qualifying, we’ve got a very good race car.
Unfortunately we didn’t get the results that our speed deserved, but that’s sometimes how it goes in motor racing. I’m certain that Quinlan had the pace to challenge the top-six, Jeremy did a fantastic job to bring home three points finishes, and I think Krish coped well despite not enjoying the smoothest weekend.
We’ve got one weekend to go in BRDC British F3 for this season and we’re focused as a team on ending the season on a high with the best results possible.
Chris Dittmann Racing’s 2016 British F3 campaign will conclude at Donington Park on 10-11 September. Ahead of that, the team will take its F3 Cup team to the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit on 27-28 August where Stuart Wiltshire will aim to add to his Spa Francorchamps win and build on his fourth place in the championship standings.