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.
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.”