October 15, 2018
BRDC British F3
His third race weekend in the championship would unfortunately be the last of 2018 as the season came to a close at Silverstone. The conditions would play a huge part in the results of the weekend and would ultimately cut race two short and see the third race cancelled due to how adverse they were.
Things were looking good for Simmons throughout practice. He was 2nd in the second practice session and 5th in the fourth leaving him in very good shape going into qualifying. Simmons would walk away from qualifying with 7th place which was not what he was looking for given his form over the weekend, but in the tricky conditions it was still impressive for someone of his experience.
The first race of the weekend would be a close-run affair at the front. It was a testament to the talent in the field with Simmons chasing the likes of Linus Lundqvist, Tom Gamble and Billy Monger in the still traitorous conditions. Ayrton was setting times that were capable of seeing him fight for 2nd but his grid slot was ultimately what saw him finish off the podium in 5th place. It was still a brilliant result and yet another top five finish in his impressive appearances in the championship.
As the conditions worsened race two would unfortunately be cut short to just two laps! The official reason for the red flag which was shown with the cars behind the safety car was for track conditions and it left Ayrton no chance to improve on his 12th place. With the rain showing no signs of easing up the chances of running a third race were looking very slim!
Unsurprisingly with no improvements the organisers had no option but to cancel the third race for the safety of the drivers. It was a shame for Ayrton who was not there to fight for championship position and was just looking to get some laps under his belt. But safety must come first of course and that brought an end to a very short run in the championship for the Chris Dittman Racing driver.
Although the last round was mixed the experience gained for Ayrton from racing in three rounds of the championship will play a huge part in whatever he decides to do next year. There’s no doubt whatever the British F4 Vice Champion decides to race he’ll be one to watch!
Tommy Foster made his long-awaited debut in single seater racing as he took to the Donington Park circuit in the Avon Tyres BRSCC National FF1600. The conditions were certainly not on his side and in Formula Ford cars that are already tough to drive Tommy was up against it on his debut weekend.
After qualifying 20th place Tommy went on to finish 17th before making even better progress in race two coming from 21st on the grid to finish 15th! It was a hugely positive weekend for the James Oldfield Motorsport driver who learnt some valuable lessons in what was hugely challenging conditions around a very quick circuit.
Tommy’s racing for this year doesn’t finish there as he’ll be back out at Brands Hatch in three weeks time. His plans for next year are yet to be revealed but he will be doing some form of single seater racing. All we can say is watch this space