Two dominant, race-winning drives from Ayrton!
Chris Dittmann Racing enjoyed one of their best weekends of racing in recent years, in the latest GB3 Championship rounds at Silverstone last weekend (14/15 August).
The Tewkesbury-based team claimed two victories at the home of the British Grand Prix with Ayrton, plus a pole position
After encouraging pace in the two days of testing leading up to the event, the team was optimistic heading to Saturday morning’s qualifying session, and that was justified in another tricky damp session. Ayrton almost took pole for race one, but did secure P1 for the race two grid.
At the start of the first race on Saturday, Ayrton got an immediate jump on pole-sitter Oliver Bearman and built a massive lead of 2.3 seconds after just the first lap. That was wiped out when the safety car was deployed after Bearman’s car stopped early on, but undeterred, Ayrton immediately rebuilt that advantage on the restart lap, and was comfortable enough to cruise home to secure his third win of the season ahead of Brazilian driver Roberto Faria.
Entering Sunday, and the team were optimistic of another strong result, with Ayrton on pole for race two. He made another perfect start and again led the entire race, completely unfazed by Bearman behind to claim his fourth win of the year, at that point, the most of any driver on the grid, his second successive victory of the weekend, and his third win of the season at Silverstone.
Undefeated, the team headed into the final race chasing a clean sweep of victories. Ayrton completed his best weekend of the year with a solid drive to 11th place. He scored a massive 77 points across the weekend and moved up to fourth in the championship standings as a result.
Team Principal Chris Dittmann said: “This is the sort of weekend we always felt we could deliver in the GB3 Championship this season, and to do it at a track like Silverstone makes it all the more sweeter. Ayrton was simply faultless all weekend, I think you’ll struggle to see a better performance all season. He had the first two races totally under control and was utterly dominant. He’s now firmly in the fight for wins again on every weekend, and the entire team is massively excited for the final two rounds.
Ayrton: “It was a brilliant weekend, it slightly mirrored what we had at Brands but with an extra win this time! I’m very happy with how far we’ve come from our little dip in form, but I still think we have some areas to work on. But our hard work has really paid off, we’ve only got two rounds left now, so we need to try and keep this momentum as much as we can, and I’ll keep pushing and working harder.”