BRIT PACK DRIVERS OF THE WEEKEND – 3rd June 2018

A slew of super performances from the Brit Pack over the course of the weekend, making it very difficult to choose who stood out above the rest. Head on over to our Twitter feed to cast your vote for the performance of the weekend.

The race of the weekend was undoubtedly the Blancpain Endurance event at Paul Ricard, with the GT racers again disproving the theory that the French circuit is boring is nonsense. There was a fine second place for the #7 Bentley, with Steven Kane putting in a solid shift. Surpassing his efforts though, it has to be said, were the two Garage 59 McLaren Brits who came home in third – Andrew Watson and Ben Barnicoat (above). If it wasn’t for an errant pit crew member, which gave rise to a penalty, victory would have been theirs. Their own performances marked their point of arrival amongst the top echelons of GT drivers, particularly Watson, who also turned in a stunning qualifying lap to go with his metronomic race routine. Hat-tips too to Adam Christodoulou and Matt Parry, who came home fourth and fifth respectively.

Over at the Hungaroring, the DTM boys had a mixed weekend. Paul Di Resta deservedly won the first race and was the highest-placed British driver in the madcap second race too. Gary Paffett kept himself in the title hunt with sixth in the first race, while Jamie Green and Audi had another disappointing weekend.

It was a British cakewalk in the FIA Formula 3, also at the Hungaroring, with Dan Ticktum winning the first race and fellow countryman Enaam Ahmed winning races 2 and 3, as well as taking the overall lead in the title race. One wonders if this was confirmation that the wide-open title battle is starting to whittle down the number of challengers, with these two at the front.

It was a quiet weekend for the three Brits in IndyCar action, with only a 6th place by Ed Jones worth shouting about. Elsewhere in single-seaters though there was a fine string of performances from young Olli Caldwell, who recorded three podiums in the Italian Formula 4 Championship at Monza, propelling the Prema pilot right back into the title hunt.

Speaking of title hunts, it appears there will not be one in the inaugural TCR UK series, such is the domination of Daniel Lloyd, who won both races at Brands Hatch and remains unbeaten this season.

 

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