It’s been another great season in BRDC British F3, with Kaylen Frederick coming out on top for Carlin in his second full season.
Michael Callander sums up the season and looks ahead to what’s next for this year’s front-runners.
It couldn’t have started much closer. March’s media day at Snetterton saw Kaylen Frederick finish the day 0.016 seconds ahead of Fortec’s Christian Olsen, with Carlin team-mate Guilherme Peixoto a further tenth behind.
Round 1 – Oulton Park
It took until the third race of the season for the eventual champion to stand on the top step of the podium, with Kiern Jewiss, Ulysse de Pauw and Nazim Azman making up the rostrum in Race 1 at Oulton Park.
Race 2 saw Piers Prior take the win for Lanan Racing ahead of Kush Maini and team-mate Bart Horsten.
Frederick won Race 3 in Cheshire, with Azman making it a Carlin 1-2. Louis Foster came home third for Kimi Raikkonen-founded Double R Racing. He made it two in a row by winning Race 4 too, two seconds ahead of Maini and 11 ahead of Prior.
Round 2 – Donington Park
The Championship rolled into Leicestershire and Donington Park for a Round 2 triple-header.
Louis Foster took the win in Race 1 on Saturday, ahead of Hitech team-mates Reece Ushijima and Kush Maini.
Frederick was back on the podium in tricky conditions in Race 2, behind de Pauw and ahead of Hillspeed’s Oliver Clarke.
The American dominated Race 3 at Donington Park. Maini was 11 seconds behind in third, sandwiched by the Chris Dittmann Racing pair of Josh Skelton and Nico Varrone.
Round 3 – Brands Hatch GP
Frederick’s championship challenge faltered at Brands Hatch for the third race meeting of a delayed season. He didn’t finish higher than 11th in the four races after colliding with Piers Prior in Race 1, and both cars missed Race 3.
Ayrton Simmons won Race 1 in a wildcard appearance for Chris Dittmann Racing, ahead of Maini and de Pauw, while Nazim Azman took Race 2 honours with Ushijima and Bart Horsten joining him on the podium.
Race 3 also went the way of Simmons and CDR, with Josh Skelton completing a 1-2 ahead of Maini.
It was Maini’s turn to take first place in Race 4, from de Pauw and Foster.
Kaylen Frederick finished 12th in Race 2, and 11th in Race 4, and told British F3 media after clinching the Championship:
“We struggled quite a bit after Brands and it wasn’t looking amazing. After that we got a win and qualified on the front row every weekend.”BRDC British F3 Champion Kaylen Frederick
Round 4 – Donington Park
Frederick came out on top in Race 1 of British F3’s second of three visits to Donington Park, ahead of August’s Race 2 winner Ulysse de Pauw and Kush Maini.
Louis Foster won Race 2 for Double R, with Josh Mason taking his first podium of the season in second place and Douglas Motorsport’s Manaf Hijjawi finishing third. Hijjawi spun out of Race 2 at the Old Hairpin in August.
Kush Maini took Race 3 with Ulysse de Pauw second again, while Nazim Azman finished third ahead of Carlin team-mate Frederick.
Round 5 – Snetterton 300
Race 1 in Norfolk went the way of Kaylen Frederick who began to bounce back from his Brands Hatch nightmare, finishing ahead of Louis Foster by three seconds, with Nazim Azman third.
Hitech’s Kush Maini took Race 2 from Ulysse de Pauw by four seconds, with Josh Skelton a further five seconds back. Maini began to close the gap in the championship with Frederick finishing down in 14th.
Race 3 of 4 was won by Louis Foster, with Frederick back on the podium separating Foster and his Double R team-mate Benjamin Pedersen who took his first podium of the season. Title rival Kush Maini slipped back to 15th.
Ulysse de Pauw took Race 4 by 0.8s ahead of Frederick; the pair checked out early and Frederick finished 14 seconds ahead of fellow Carlin man Azman.
Round 6 – Donington Park National
Kaylen Frederick won Race 1 of British F3’s final visit to Leicestershire, with de Pauw 1.2 seconds behind and Oliver Clarke taking his second podium of the season in third place.
It was Nazim Azman’s turn to take the top spot in Race 2 around the National circuit ahead of Benjamin Pedersen who also claimed a second podium, with de Pauw third, Kush Maini fourth and Frederick seventh.
Race 3 went the way of Frederick who really began to turn the screw in the championship hunt, with Sasakorn Chaimongkol making the podium for the first time, also separating Frederick and Kush Maini who took third.
Round 7 – Silverstone GP
Frederick really began to close in on the title by winning Saturday’s Race 1 on the Silverstone GP circuit, with Ayrton Simmons appearing again, this time for JHR Developments, splitting the Carlin man and Maini who took third for Hitech GP.
The penultimate podium of the season was a slightly surprising one, comprised of Double R’s Benjamin Pedersen taking his first win, Bart Horsten with his third podium of the season for Lanan, and Nazim Azman representing Carlin in a race Frederick finished in 13th. Frederick missed out on the point needed to secure the title with a race remaining, with Maini having finished 17th.
Frederick went into the 24th and final race of the season knowing he only needed to finish in order to win the title, having scored more podium finishes over the course of the season.
And he did so in style, clearing off and winning his ninth race of the season by four seconds from Fortec’s Roberto Faria, with Simmons a further four seconds behind for JHR.
In securing the title, Carlin made it two in a row after Clement Novalak‘s triumph in 2019. Novalak stayed with Carlin in FIA Formula 3 this season, while Nicolai Kjaergaard finished second in British F3 for the Farnham-based team in 2018, and is now a Silver Cup entry for Team Parker Racing in GT World Challenge Europe.
Champion Kaylen Frederick told British F3:
“[Next season we’ll probably be in] another form of F3, whether that’s FIA F3 or EuroFormula, we’ll see. We’ll see what series suits us better but this championship will help us out going into whatever we want to do next year.”BRDC British F3 Champion Kaylen Frederick
No 2021 driver lineups have been announced yet, but there will be a new name on the grid next season.
Lanan Racing have left British F3, to be replaced by Elite Motorsport who have won three consecutive Ginetta Junior Championships, as well as performing well in the Ginetta GT4 Championship. Elite purchased two Tatuus chassis’ from Lanan, and team owner Eddie Ives said:
“We’ve been looking to add a single-seater campaign to our team for a while… we wouldn’t be doing it if we weren’t confident of success. We’ll hopefully add a third car, and are ready to go testing almost straight away.”Eddie Ives, Elite Motorsport team owner
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