Aussies solid in UK and US championships

Monday 28 June, 2021
Bart Horsten enjoyed his first British Formula 3 Championship podium for the year.

Formula Regional Americas Cup

Joshua Car has put in his best performance behind the wheel this season with the New South Welshman notching up a win during the Formula Regional Americas Championship’s third round.
 
Having entered the round in second place, the 2019 Formula 4 US Champion started the weekend on a high, posting the fastest time in practice, before being later rewarded with pole when weather caused unsafe driving conditions for qualifying.
 

Car then steered his way to a maiden race win in the championship, but it didn’t come easy as the race’s runner-up in Jacob Abel provided all kinds of challenges throughout the 17 laps.

Abel then managed to pass Car during the weekend’s second race with the duo once again going head-to-head throughout the 17 laps, while the championship leader in Kyffin Simpson overcame a tough opener to round out the podium. 

Car’s luck then ran out in the final race of the weekend as he failed to finish, completing 13 laps before retiring.
 
Fortunately for the 20-year-old, Simpson and the championship’s third placed driver in Jordan Missig both had a no-points race throughout the weekend, allowing the Australian to stay in second place, as well as close the gap slightly to Simpson.
 
It’s a small break for the championship as the fourth round takes place at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota on 16-18 July.
 

British Formula 3 Championship

The second round of the British Formula 3 Championship has seen Bart Horsten endure a mixed weekend behind the wheel, while Christian Mansell had a tough run of results too.
 
Taking place at Silverstone Raceway, Horsten continued his golden run at the famous circuit, grabbing his first podium for the season with a well-deserved third place finish in the opening race.
 

His most impressive outing for the weekend came in race two as he started all the way back in P15 and aggressively charged his way through the field to claim a P6 finish – his run including some spectacular overtakes on the penultimate lap.

Unfortunately, his good form came to a halt in the third and final race as the West Australian was forced to retire, ending what had been on track for a highly profitable pool of points.
 
Mansell on the other hand was unable to find the same good fortune as Horsten, with the Victorian finishing eighth, seventh and eleventh in the three races.
 
In both the opening races, Mansell was unable to hold off the drivers behind him as he crossed the line lower than where he started, while the final reverse grid race saw him finish in the same place as to where he started.
 

As a result of their weekends, Mansell dropped down from fourth to seventh on the standings, but still remains just seven points off the third placed Roberto Faria, while Horsten moved to equal eighth and a further six points off his 16-year-old compatriot.

The British Formula 3 Championship has just two weeks off before returning for the third round of the season at Donington Park on 11 July. 

British Formula 4 Championship

Marcos Flack has had a forgettable weekend in the British Formula 4 Championship, having been unable to score any points during the third round.
 
The frustrating weekend came after the Queenslander’s maiden championship podium during the previous round earlier this month – his promising climb up the standings also taking a hit after the weekend’s race meeting.
 
Taking place at Brands Hatch, a tough qualifying meant Flack had it all to do in the opening reverse grid race, bur it wasn’t to be as he eventually retired from the race.
 
It didn’t get any better on the Sunday as the 15-year-old finished outside of the points in both races – his best outing coming in race two where he finished in P13, before dropping down to P16 in the final race.
 

Despite his toughest weekend for the season thus far, Flack still gained a number of lessons ahead of the fourth round at Oulton Park at the end of July. 

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