The 2021 GB3 Championship visits Donington Park this weekend (16/17 October), with the Leicestershire circuit web hosting what is unexcited mathematically a title speed going into the closing assembly of the season.
The series supports the Vivid Money British GT Championship, which has quite loads of titles of its enjoy unexcited up for grabs this weekend.
TCF takes a seek on the reports going into the season finale, and what they imply for next season.
What occurred final time at Donington?
Wins in Escape 1 & 2 for O’Sullivan, Mikkel Grundtvig took most keen purchase of the season to this point for Fortec Motorsport in Escape 3.
GB3’s first visit to Donington this season in July, when the series became once unexcited known as British F3, introduced two wins for Champion-elect Zak O’Sullivan after the Carlin man took pole for Escape 1 and a pair of, striking him final for Escape 3 which introduced retirement after a clash with then-title rival Reece Ushijima in Sector 3.
Ushijima and Alex Connor executed the podium in Escape 1, with Connor and Roberto Faria becoming a member of O’Sullivan in Escape 2.
The reverse-grid podium, topped by Grundtvig, became once executed by Max Marzorati and Tom Lebbon.
The 4.020km GP circuit comprises 11 corners, seven estimable and four left, and can host a Qualifying session and three races.
The quickest speed lap the final time GB3 visited in July became once region by Escape 3 winner Grundtvig, with a 1: 25.047.
Sector 1 takes in Redgate, Hollywood, the enduring Craner Curves, the Feeble Hairpin and the flee as much as Starkey’s.
Schwantz Curve, McLeans and Coppice get up Sector 2, while the slower-meander Sector 3 comprises the Fogarty Esses, the Melbourne Hairpin and Goddards.
What to hunt down for this weekend
At time of writing, in spite of the entirety 21 drivers will expend allotment within the speed weekend itself, with 23 autos expected to be on track in pre-match checking out on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 October.
Ought to 21 autos get the grid on Saturday, it might presumably perchance perchance be a joint-document commence list since the Tatuus BF3-020 became once launched to the Championship in 2016, a becoming send-off earlier than the Tatuus MSV-022 arrives next season.
This season to this point has introduced 19 loads of podium finishers, and ten loads of speed winners from 21 races.
Zak O’Sullivan has led the Championship since Escape 2 within the season-opener at Brands Hatch, extending his lead over the likes of Reece Ushijima, Ayrton Simmons and Carlin crew-mate Christian Mansell at nearly every spherical.
5 wins, seven extra podiums and most keen two retirements enjoy given the 16-year-earlier a commanding lead, and helped the 2019 Ginetta Junior and 2020 F4 British Championship runner-up save one hand on the foremost title of his automotive racing career with three races last.
For Simmons or Mansell to enjoy any probability of taking the title, they are going to favor to expend pole on Saturday to present themselves an opportunity to expend maximum parts for positions gained within the reverse-grid Escape 3.
Simmons has four wins to this point this season, with Australian Mansell correct three parts within the attend of him with two wins and four total podiums.
Followers got their first survey of quite loads of drivers in GB3 equipment in pre-match checking out on Thursday.
Flynn Jackes became once launched at Hillspeed on Sunday, one in all many Australian drivers that comprises in checking out. He executed the foremost day of checking out with a most keen attain in 15th within the morning classes.
F4 British Championship runners Eduardo Coseteng and James Hedley turned out for Fortec and Elite Motorsport respectively, with most keen finishes of 18th and ninth.
Tommy Smith returns to Douglas Motorsport this weekend, the Australian making his first appearance within the Championship since two rounds ago at Silverstone.
Alex Fores will bookend the season at Chris Dittmann Racing, showing for the foremost time since the season-opener at Brands Hatch. The Championship’s visit to Kent became once sick-fated for the 2020 F3 Cup runner-up, as he retired from two races and overlooked the commence of the totally different.
The 23-automotive checking out line-up became once augmented by two more British F4 contenders.
Australian Marcos Flack got his first taste of GB3 equipment with Douglas Motorsport on Thursday, sitting 13th within the British F4 standings with three podiums and two quickest laps to this point this season.
Checking out on Thursday introduced 11th, 21st, 16th and eighth-blueprint finishes over the four classes.
Within the period in-between, Tasanapol Inthraphuvasak turned out in a fourth automotive for Carlin, as he does in F4.
The Thai driver has two podiums to this point this season, as well to quite loads of races within the French F4 Championship.
What’s the time desk?
Thursday 14 October – Checking out
Friday 15 October – Checking out
Saturday 16 October
10: 50am – Qualifying
3: 10pm – Escape 1
Sunday 17 October
10: 10am – Escape 2
4: 00pm – Escape 3
How can I maintain with the prance?
The Checkered Flag will be bringing you the total prance from every session on Saturday and Sunday.
Stay timing is supplied by TSL Timing from Thursday morning by to Sunday afternoon, with legit dwell-streams of Races 2 and 3 on the GB3 Championship YouTube channel.