Bart Horsten takes podium in Ultimate eDriver Series opener

June 16, 2020

BRDC British F3

Monday evening saw the new Ultimate eDriver Series get underway live on BT Sport and Bart Horsten got off to an impressive start finishing 3rd place.  It was a brilliant result with the podium leaving Bart third in the standings going into round two just ten points away from championship leader Johnathan Hoggard.

The new series will see the drivers put to the ultimate test over three rounds with each providing a different car and track combination. Both the tracks and cars will be voted for with the results not being revealed until three hours before qualifying leaving drivers minimal time to practice.

For the opening round the drivers would have to take on the Silverstone GP circuit in an IndyCar. It’s a combination that would never usually be able to exist and is why the series have allowed the public to vote for similar combinations to make the racing even more exciting to watch.

The show kicked off with an interview with Bart who spoke with Gemma Scott before racing began. As ever the format would see the drivers split into heats with the top eight from each race going through in quick fire races.

Having qualified 12th overall, Bart would start 4th in heat three giving him a great chance to score points as well as qualify. Something he would do if he finished in the top five. After a solid performance Bart would finish the heat in 3rd taking three points and putting himself 9th on the grid for the feature race.

The feature race would consist of ten laps with a required pit stop to take on fuel. With the IndyCar also carrying the push to pass asset drivers would need to pick their moments to use it wisely.

Given there was a pitstop required Bart played the long game keeping himself out of trouble and after some early incidents he quickly moved up to 5th. After the pit stop phase Bart would emerge in 7th with a gap to the top six who were beginning to battle. Getting his head down Bart was quickly up to 6th and that became 4th on the last lap with Bart now in a battle for 3rd.

A late move saw Bart steal 3rd in the final few corners to take a podium and put himself straight in the running for the championship. With just two rounds remaining each race will be crucial with the Bart and the rest of the field now being put to the test of taking on two different tracks in two different cars!

You can follow the Ultimate eDriver Series live on BT Sport on Mondays at 6pm.