American ace Chase Owen secured their first podium silverware to round off a successful season for the Hathersage-based Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing team.
In his maiden campaign, Owen finished a richly deserved second in the penultimate race of the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship at Donington Park on Sunday.
And it meant that he ended up a highly respectable seventh in the overall standings with 302 points. Hillspeed teammate Nick Worm was 15th with 159 points.
Delivering searing pace all weekend, Owen was quick throughout testing at the East Midlands circuit and went on to deliver his most competitive qualifying performance of the year with the third fastest time -– just 0.3 seconds shy of pole.
He finished sixth in the opening encounter and after setting the fourth fastest time on his way to the runner-up spot, he then posted the third quickest lap en route to another top-six position in the final race.
“Finishing the championship on the podium is absolutely fantastic and the ideal way for the team to head into the post-season,” said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw. “Chase was very quick all weekend and the car was working well.
“It’s great to end the year so positively. Chase has developed exceptionally well in F3 and especially during the second half of the season when we’ve been there or thereabouts. Sometimes we just haven’t had the rub of the luck this year, but that’s how it often works in motor racing!”
Owen was Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing’s sole representative at Donington because Worm had schooling commitments back home in Germany. But he was rapid from the outset and in sparkling form. He gained his second place after a dramatic incident on the final lap involving the first two cars.
With the British F3 season now complete, the Hillspeed team’s focus turns swiftly to 2018 and its upcoming winter testing programme across Europe.
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