June 29, 2021
BRDC British F3
It was a truly incredible weekend for Zack Taylor who put on a true display of his talents at Brands Hatch securing his third podium in as many rounds and his mains British F4 Championship Win.
The weekend started off strong with the team looking fast and confident on the season's shortest track. Come the time for qualifying the grid was so closely matched with 6 tenths of a second covering the top 18. Taylors session was impressive and despite only being 3 tenths off of pole he would end up in 14th overall. Not the ideal start but with a reverse grid format for race one he would start 5th on the grid and this provided a great points scoring opportunity.
As lights went out from 5th Taylor goat straight down to business and was a man on a mission fighting hard with some of the championship favourites and pushing towards the leaders early on. Taylor soon found himself fighting closely with teammate Tom Ikin and soon the duo were leading 1 and 2 with only a few laps to go. Come the flag it would be Zak's and Arden’s first win of the 2020 season securing a great handful of points and leading home a Arden 1-2 finish.
Race 2 and 3 didn't see quite as much luck for Zak as after a misfortune in race two saw Zack fall back from 14th to 17th, race 3 would see a good comeback on a track so hard to overtake on from 15th to 13th.
Overall an outstanding performance from Zak who now sits comfortably in 7th in the standings with many rounds still to go. There are still some improvements to be made but with 3 podiums and a win under his belt we are sure to see Zak fighting regularly at the sharp end.
On the other side of the F4 garage was Tom Ikin who came off the back of a maiden podium at Snetterton, headed into the Brands weekend high in spirits and ready to push on hard and aim to match the results.
Qualifying wasn’t the ideal session and highlights room for improvement for Ikin however being almost within half a second of pole still saw a great performance but would place him 17th overall in qualifying. As with Taylor this did however play into the hands of Ikin for race one starting for the second row in 3rd position.
This race would play out to be another great showing of Ikin's talent and the hard work of the YRDA paying off for the youngster who continues to impress in 2021. As the race unfolded Ikin found himself right at the sharp end pressing hard and fighting with teammate Taylor up until the flag where he would claim 2nd place and a fantastic podium for the Arden team.
Race two was also a highly positive race for Tom, who fought hard from 17th to climb two positions to finish 15th overall. Race 3 would see a 17th place finish to round out the weekend.
The Arden team now leave the Brands Circuit 4th in the constructors standings and with improvements still to be made they continue their championship assault in full force looking to move further up the standings.
It was most certainly a weekend of major celebrations over at Silverstone as the Arden British F3 team took to the home of motorsport and put on a great show from start to finish with Alex Connor bringing home the first podium of the season.
The weekend got off to the perfect start for Alex and the team being part of an Arden 1-2 in practice meant hopes were extremely high heading into qualifying. Qualifying didn't go 100% to plan for Alex finishing P10 overall but if anyone loves a challenge its Alex and he was ready to deliver.
Race one saw Alex start for 11th, where he drove a fantastic race to come through the pack climbing 4 places in short race to finish an impressive 7th at the flag. A very solid start to the weekend and a boost in confidence which would be carried forward into race two where Connor would start from 9th. He would then go on to finish 9th and head into the final race of the weekend with his best starting position of 7th.
Starting from 7th, Alex knew anything was possible and was ready to do business at Silverstone. Alex certainly delivered. Driving a superb race from start to finish Alex pushed on hard right up until the flag and came across the line in 2nd place to claim his first and the Arden team's first BRDC British F3 Championship win and a whole host of points for the team.
It was smiles all round in the Arden camp at Silverstone as the whole F3 team put together an unbelievable showing as Frederick Lubin stepped up to the mark and showed what will be possible in 2021.
The weekend got off to the most fantastic of stars topping FP1 with teammate Connor in 2nd made for a great start and confidence was flying high for Lubin heading into qualifying. This proved to be a great session for the Brit who was on track to make pole before falling foul to traffic. Despite this he still secured a fantastic result of 3rd and would line up strong for races one and two of the weekend.
The first race would see Lubin line up 3rd and after a fantastic start he settled down into his rhythm before disaster struck. Sadly a rare mistake would see Frederick out of control and slipping down the field to the rear and he would cross the line 15th. Not the ideal start but the potential was certainly there.
Race two saw another fantastic drive from Frederick. After fighting hard and pulling some daring maneuvers while fighting right at the sharp end Frederick would fall just short of a maiden podium for himself and claim 4th at the flag. A fantastic result and a strong haul of points. Alongside this fastest lap was also secured by Lubin, showing it won’t be long until he occupies the top step.
Race 3 would arguably see one of the drives of the weekend as he started P14 and halved his grid spot in a handful of laps to claim 7th at the flag and another great haul of points.
Combined with Connors outstanding weekend the #RedArrows leave Silverstone 5th (Lubin) and 6th (Connor) in the standings and 4th in the constructors. A great start to the year with many rounds to go.