Horsten and Mawson end international year in top 10
Monday 09 November, 2020
Bart Horsten and Joey Mawson were the latest Aussies abroad to wrap up their seasons.
Bart Horsten has finished the 2020 British Formula 3 Championship in 10th place after claiming a mixed bag of results during the season finale at Silverstone Circuit.
As it had all year, the Championship’s final round of the season consisted of three races and it was a slow start for Horsten as he qualified in P14, but kicked into gear in the race to climb up five spots and finish ninth before being elevated
to eighth post-race.
The West Australian then enjoyed one of his best performances for the year with a runner-up finish in the round’s second race after having started eight spots down the order in P10 – with the young Aussie taking a gamble in tyre preference.
Despite qualifying in P14 for the final race, Horsten would have gone into it with lots of momentum and confidence off the back of his overtaking from the previous two races.
However, his charge up the field lasted just one lap after some contact in the opening stages of the race saw him forced to retire and unable to continue his challenge to finish the season in sixth outright.
Meanwhile, Joey Mawson put in a consistent weekend in Germany thanks to finishing both of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland’s final races within points paying positions.
Taking place in Oschersleben, the New South Welshman went into the round in eighth place on the outright standings and did his chances of jumping the seventh placed Rudy van Buren no harm after finishing the opening race in fourth place.
Having trailed van Buran by 27 points, Mawson’s result coupled with the Dutchman’s P13 saw him close the gap to just 16 points ahead of the final race – one that van Buran was forced to sit out of due to significant car damage.
Starting in P10, the 24-year-old had a world of work to do but as he did in the first race, he worked hard to move up the field and overtake a number of drivers, finishing in an impressive seventh.
Unfortunately he fell short of the required 16 points needed to pass van Buran, but solid results saw him finish the year on a high and with a wealth of confidence for 2021.