BRIT PACK DRIVERS OF THE WEEKEND – 10th June 2018

After the successes of last weekend, it was a quiet one for the British drivers competing internationally. Yet there were a number of stand-out performances on the domestic front. As always, have a read of the article, then cast your vote for your Brit Pack Driver of the Weekend on out Twitter feed (and below).

A below par performance from Lewis Hamilton in a below par Canadian Grand Prix did not do much to enhance his Brit Pack ranking points total on Sunday. A lowly fifth place finish is very unlike Hamilton, who is finding his Formula 1 title challenge in 2018 anything but a stroll in the park.

One man looking to continue his title fight is Sam Bird in Formula E. Despite a fortuitous second place in the end due to a string of drive-through penalties for those around him in the Zurich E-Prix, the DS Virgin driver continues to wring the neck out of a car that is punching above its weight. Also on the international scene, Ed Jones continued a decent run of results in IndyCar, finishing as the highest-placed Brit with a 9th at Texas on Saturday evening.

The bulk of the action though was on home shores. The British Touring Car Championship is starting to take shape after some bizarre results in the opening rounds. At Oulton Park, it looked like these were going to continue but Matt Simpson was good value for his maiden victory, while Colin Turkington (above) won race two and took the championship lead thanks to some strong, consistent drives at the Cheshire track.

Over in British GT there was another win for Mark Farmer, thanks mainly to his ‘Dane Train’ partner, Nicki Thiim. On the same bill was the British Formula 3, where it has been difficult for the local heroes to stand out against the international contingent so far this season. That’s why the performances of Tom Gamble impressed over the weekend, following his race two podium with a win in the final race. It leaves him as the highest-placed Brit in the standings in fourth, with this run of results hopefully acting as a spur to challenge as the season continues.

One of the busiest British drivers this year is Olli Caldwell, who somehow managed to combine a weekend of ADAC Formula 4 action with sitting one of his GCSE examinations on Friday. He had a productive weekend too, finishing fourth in two races despite missing Friday’s practice sessions. The best Formula 4 performances of the weekend though were by teenager Kiern Jewiss, who recorded two wins and a third to take the lead in the British F4 title race.

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