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Epping racer Ayrton Simmons takes his first Formula 3 win at Silverstone GP Circuit

Epping’s Ayrton Simmons finished off his 2019 British Formula 3 campaign at Silverstone with an impressive first ever F3 win for both him and his team, Chris Dittmann Racing. The weekend had begun following a challenging round 2 race weekend at Snetterton which saw him smash the circuit record. He then gathered some good points but a poor qualifying session meant that no podiums were gained, however a fastest lap proved his pace.

 

Ayrton arrived to an extremely wet Silverstone and set the fastest lap time prior to qualifying.

After qualifying for race 1 in 2nd  Ayrton soon dropped to 3rd place behind the experienced American Neil Verhagen. There was then an incredibly fierce battle between the two drivers where their precision driving going wheel to wheel meant that no contact was made. Just before the mid-way point Ayrton went around the outside of Silverstones famous Stowe corner and overtook Verhagen but was then penalised with a post race 4 second penalty which saw him relegated back to 3rd. Ayrton was both confused and disappointed by the stewards decision as onboard footage showed that there was very little he could have done any different, nevertheless both a  podium and fastest lap were achieved.

Race two (reversed grid) saw Ayrton start 2nd from last in 17th position. He made the very best of this situation slicing through the field to complete the race with 12 places gained and into 5th position.

Race 3 saw Ayrton start in 3rd with the American Verhagen on pole and French Swiss driver Novalak just in front in 2nd and British driver Hoggard just behind in 4th. A good start and first part of the race saw the top four easily pull away from the rest of the field. Just after the midway point, Verhagen and Novalak received warning flags for abuse of track limits. On lap 6 the leader Verhagen was given a 5 second penalty which was followed 2 laps later by Novalak receiving the same penalty. This now meant that ,although Ayrton was in 3rd position on the track, he was actually  the race. Ayrton received the signal on his pit board that he was leading and controlled his pace until the chequered flag to take his first ever victory in BRDC Formula 3, again with the fastest lap of the race.

An emotional podium showed what the victory had meant to him and all of the Chris Dittmann Racing team. Ayrton remains 3rd in the championship.

For more information on the BRDC British F3 Championship, visit the official championship website www.britishf3.com

 

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Simmons smashes new Snetterton benchmark on fast Friday

Chris Dittmann Racing’s Ayrton Simmons was the latest driver to set a fastest ever recorded time by a BRDC British F3 car at Snetterton today (Friday), setting a 1m42.284s in the final session at the Norfolk circuit.

It’s the third session today in which the previous benchmark of 1m42.581s, set by Enaam Ahmed in 2017 has been broken, with Sasakorn Chaimongkol the first to break it in session one and Johnathan Hoggard lowering it further in session two.

Simmons’ effort was two hundredths of a second quicker than Hoggard’s session two time, and was 0.018s quicker in the final session than Chaimongkol, who posted the second fastest time of the day.

Double R’s Hampus Ericsson was an encouraging third fastest for Double R Racing, 0.171s off Simmons’ time, having topped much of the final half of the session. Fortec Motorsport driver Manuel Maldonado was fourth, a tenth further back, with Kiern Jewiss 0.015s behind in fifth for Douglas Motorsport.

Session two topper Johnathan Hoggard was sixth for Fortec, less than a tenth clear of championship leader Clement Novalak (Carlin), with Double R’s Neil Verhagen half a tenth behind in eighth.

Carlin duo Kaylen Frederick and Lucas Petersson completed a top-10 covered by just over six tenths of a second, with Nazim Azman (Chris Dittmann Racing) and Benjamin Pedersen (Douglas) also within a second of the fastest time.

In the combined times, an incredible 0.019s covered the top-three drivers of Simmons, Chaimongkol and Hoggard, while 0.412s covered the top-eight. Full times are shown below.

The BRDC British F3 field are next back in action tomorrow with qualifying at 11.10 UK time.

BRDC British F3 Championship, Snetterton Friday session four result:

1. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, 1m42.284s
2. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +0.018s
3. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +0.171s
4. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +0.276s
5. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +0.291s
6. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, +0.438s
7. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +0.525s
8. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +0.577s
9. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +0.601s
10. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +0.636s
11. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.755s
12. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +0.799s
13. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +1.324s
14. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +1.530s
15. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +1.555s
16. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +1.825s

Friday test sessions combined result:

1. Ayrton Simmons, Chris Dittmann Racing, 1m42.284s (session 4)
2. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +0.018s (session 4)
3. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec, +0.019s (session 2)
4. Hampus Ericsson, Double R Racing, +0.171s (session 4)
5. Clement Novalak, Carlin, +0.182s (session 2)
6. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +0.196s (session 3)
7. Manuel Maldonado, Fortec Motorsports, +0.225s (session 2)
8. Neil Verhagen, Double R Racing, +0.270s (session 2)
9. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +0.412s (session 2)
10. Lucas Petersson, Carlin, +0.636s (session 4)
11. Benjamin Pedersen, Douglas Motorsport, +0.680s (session 1)
12. Nazim Azman, Chris Dittmann Racing, +0.755s (session 4)
13. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, +1.142s (session 1)
14. Pavan Ravishankar, Double R Racing, +1.202s (session 2)
15. Kris Wright, Fortec Motorsports, +1.555s (session 4)
16. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +1.825s (session 4

 

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Pinnacle Motorsport show improved pace at F3 Asian in Buriram

Pinnacle Motorsport maintains its strong momentum in the F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA since the 2019 season began a month ago. This time Irish-licensed team further improved its performance and achieved a top five finish during the series’ second event at the Chang International Circuit last May 11/12.

The revised driver lineup saw newcomer Ayrton Simmons head the team’s assault and surprise with his early pace in practice. He would later secure P8 and P6 in Qualifying, while his teammate Thomas Smith from Australia ended both sessions in P12.

Race 1 got off to a thunderous start as the entire 14-car field funnelled into the first turn. Simmons grabbed the opportunity to make up several places and slotted into P6. The young British driver enjoyed a fierce three-way battle for P5, but settled for a strong 6th place finish on his maiden F3 Asian race. Regrettably, Smith wasn’t able to show his full potential when his race ended after a single lap due to a turbo issue.

Simmons resumed his charge on Sunday and immediately gained a place in the opening laps of Race 2. He then successfully defended his place for more than half the race distance before mounting a challenge for P4. Simmons repeatedly attempted a pass and nearly took the position on the run to the finish line where he secured 5th place. Sadly, his teammate didn’t see the chequered flag as issues on his #16 car forced him to retire. The two Pinnacle Motorsport drivers worked in tandem for the final race of the weekend. Smith pushed hard to get himself from the back of the grid to get as high up as P9 and was only a few tenths behind his teammate. Only one car separated him and Simmons as the Australian began to close in for a possible formation finish. Simmons and Smith eventually took the chequered flag in 6th and 10th places, respectively to conclude a strong weekend for the team.

John O’Hara, Team Director: “Ayrton impressed the team with his performance on his F3 Asian debut and and hope to see more from him in the future. Also happy with Thomas’ progress so far. Unfortunately we had some technical issues that limited his time on track, but he has shown big improvements since the season opener in Malaysia. Likewise, our B-Max Racing Team driver Miki Koyama did really well to bring the fight to the boys to score solid results.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools, Motorsport Ireland, B-Max Racing Team, and Seth Ascetic.

Organized by Top Speed, F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA is a new single-spec F3 championship designed to provide a stepping stone for regional drivers into Formula 2 and ultimately Formula 1. It focuses on performance, safety, and cost control for up-and-coming talent in the world’s most dynamic region.

For more info and the latest updates, follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.

 

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Epping racer Ayrton Simmons 2nd in Formula 3 Opening Round

Epping’s Ayrton Simmons kicked off his 2019 British Formula 3 campaign with impressive 2nd & 3rd place podiums, an amazing pole position and now sits firmly in third place in the championship after round 1 at Oulton Park over the Easter weekend. In fact, after suffering a DNF in race two due to a rear wheel nut failure, Ayrton could have had even more championship points but what was a somewhat difficult weekend ended as a very happy one!

After qualifying for race 1 in 3rd place Ayrton took full advantage of a safety car restart by overtaking USA driver Frederick on the inside of the hairpin to take second place behind 2nd year F3 Swiss-French driver Clement Novalak.

Race two (reversed grid) saw Ayrton start in 12th and after charging his way up to 9th position the Epping ace suffered at 130 mph the rear wheel nut failure which, after immense car control, saw him retire out of the race safely.

Race 3 saw Ayrton’s first pole position of the year. However, after leading for half of the race following another perfect start, our talented racer and Novalak found themselves wheel to wheel and subsequently wide off track, in a fierce battle which let through the eventual race winner Jonathon Hoggard. Although Ayrton finished in 2nd place, his defensive drive was seen to be ‘unfair’ but ‘unintentional’ and he was penalised by race officials with a minor 1 second penalty which demoted him to third. Nevertheless a great, if perhaps unlucky, start to the season for the gutsy 17-year-old Epping racer. After being out of the car for 6 months and with only 7 days testing, the British Racing Drivers Club 2019 Rising Star and current Formula 4 vice-champion continues to impress in what is a truly highly rated international field.

Photos: Oulton Park, Rd.1

Ayrton said after the races ‘A big thanks to Chris Dittman Racing for the hard work and for the amazing car. In what was a difficult weekend I take my two podiums with a big smile. Roll on the next round at Snetterton’.

The race can be seen again on the official F3 youtube site https://youtu.be/zHdLvDZtwKw

For more information on the BRDC British F3 Championship, visit the official championship website www.britishf3.com. For more information on Ayrton, visit the official his official website www.ayrtonsimmons.com.

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Ayrton Simmons confirmed as a British Racing Drivers Club (BRDC) ‘Rising Star’

On the 5th April, after a meeting with officials at the BRDC headquarters at Silverstone,  the British Racing Car Club have confirmed that Ayrton Simmons has been recognised and will join many greats with BRDC rising star status.

Ayrton Commented: After giving my career absolutely everything since I began racing go-karts at the age of 5, I am absolutely delighted to been recognised by an elite club. When you see the list of names displayed the BRDC clubhouse at Silverstone it is very, very moving. The list of BRDC membership names there range from many greats such as Stirling Moss, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Nigel Mansell, Derek Warwick, James Hunt and Lewis Hamilton. It is such an honour for me to be to part of such a historic and special club, I’m delighted. I would like to thank everybody who has helped me on my journey including my family, DWS Ltd, Adrian Flux Insurance and many others who know who they are.

The BRDC commented “We are delighted to welcome Ayrton to the BRDC Rising Star scheme” said Club Operations Executive, Luke Evans.  “Over the past few seasons, the Club’s Scouts have been following Aryton’s progress with great interest and it has been very pleasing to see him establish himself as a front runner in two of the country’s most high profile junior single seater championships.  It is hoped that Ayrton will continue climbing up the ranks of the sport and in due course qualify for Full Membership of the BRDC, something which he has clear determination to achieve.  We wish Ayrton the very best of luck in this year’s BRDC British Formula 3 Championship and look forward to welcoming him and his supporters to the Clubhouse throughout the course of the season.”

The all-time highest points scorer in British F4 history will compete this year in BRDC Formula 3 for Chris Dittmann Racing, which begins at Oulton Park over the easter weekend. Team principal Chris Dittmann commented on Ayrtons BRDC recognition as ‘historic’.

For more information on the BRDC British F3 Championship, visit the official championship website www.britishf3.com. For more information on Ayrton, visit the official his official website www.ayrtonsimmons.com.

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Ayrton Simmons targets title in full BRDC British F3 campaign with Chris Dittmann Racing (CDR)

Ayrton Simmons has confirmed he will return to the BRDC British F3 Championship in 2019, with the Chris Dittmann Racing team with whom he contested selected rounds with last year.

The all-time highest points scorer in British F4 history competed in British F3 at Spa Francorchamps, Donington Park and Silverstone in 2018, making an immediate impression with fourth on the grid at the legendary Belgian circuit, just 0.142s off pole position despite no testing beforehand. He went even better at Donington Park with third on the grid, while race results were also very strong with a best of fourth at Spa in a supremely competitive field.

The 17-year-old’s excellent debut performances came in a year where he claimed the runner-up spot in the F4 British Championship, taking four wins along the way including a double at the opening round at Brands Hatch, and eight further podiums.

His single seater career started in 2016, when he was vice-champion of the British F4 Rookie Cup, despite missing the first six races. His first full season came in 2017 where he was placed seventh overall with a maiden victory at Brands Hatch and five additional podium finishes. This followed a strong karting career that saw him win the Copa Iberica and Rotax World Finals in 2012.

Simmons commented: “I’m really looking forward to my first full season in BRDC British F3 and I’m very happy to be returning with Chris Dittmann Racing (CDR) in what is a fantastic car to drive. CDR really helped me to make a very quick adaptation to the car last year, and our results were incredible when you consider the amount of testing we were able to do compared to the other drivers. With a bit of seat time and good experience of the car, I hope we can challenge for wins and maybe even the title in 2019.” I am also extremely grateful to DWS Ltd for their continued support and Adrian Flux for their help.

Team Principal Chris Dittmann said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have completed this deal with Ayrton for the 2019 BRDC British F3 Championship. In the races he did with us last year he showed some amazing speed, and a demonstration of what our car is capable of. It’s a pleasure to be working with a driver of his potential and we believe we’re going to be scoring some very strong results this year.”

For more information on the BRDC British F3 Championship, visit the official championship website www.britishf3.com. For more information on Ayrton, visit his official website www.ayrtonsimmons.com.