Douglas Motorsport Show Their Speed In GB3 Season Finale At Donington

Douglas Motorsport Show Their Speed In GB3 Season Finale At Donington

Douglas Motorsport rounded out the 2021 GB3 Championship season with a fighting display in the final meeting of the year at Donington Park, battling among the front-runners in front of the Sky Sports cameras.

The GB3 squad headed to Leicester for a second visit of the season to Donington Park to round out their latest championship assault, bringing back Australian Tommy Smith to join regular driver Reema Juffali in a two-pronged effort.

Douglas also drafted in the young talent of another Australian in British F4 racer Marcos Flack during two days of testing across Thursday and Friday, and the team showed strong pace to sit within half a second of the fastest times ahead of the weekend.

Qualifying arrived on Saturday morning, and the pace of the Douglas duo on cold tyres was instantly impressive as both cars sat within the top 10, Juffali briefly topping the times in the early minutes as times dipped below the lap record. A late red flag stymied the chance for both to improve their times, with Smith finishing the best of the pair.

Race one took place later that afternoon, and a frenetic first lap initially played right into the hands of the Douglas duo. A multi-car scuffle at McLeans corner scattered the field, moving Smith and Juffali onto the fringes of the top 10 before both sadly fell victim to further skirmishes in the final sector.

The second race of the weekend was a much wetter affair, but certainly much more fruitful for the team as both drivers aimed to make up ground from the latter half of the field. Smith and Juffali made good starts to move inside the points paying positions, the former eventually finishing 16th and two spots ahead of Juffali after a spirited charge in the early laps.

The reverse grid gave both drivers a huge chance to end the season in style, with Douglas cars’ starting second and third. A tense opening lap kept Juffali inside the top four, after which she settled into a good rhythm towards the sharp end of the field with experienced drivers in her wake.

Looking to add to a brilliant fourth place at Silverstone earlier in the season, Juffali held off the attentions of several drivers in the second half of the 12-lap contest, and grimly fought back at Old Hairpin when challenged by Tom Lebbon for fourth. The drying track meant she slid slightly wide, losing grip at the bottom of the hill and falling to eighth. Both drivers fought hard to the flag, Juffali the best of the pair on the road but hindered by a time penalty, while Smith claimed 17th on another learning outing for the youngster.

“The season has been very much a learning season for our drivers, and Reema has shown glimpses of what she can really do with a fourth place this year and another fighting performance here at Donington. It has been a pleasure working with the drivers we have, and for Tommy it has been very much a big change for him to learn the UK circuits and these cars. We look forward to next season and what the future holds for us as a team.” 

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“I felt so much happier in the dry on this track. The start was tricky on the hill and that resulted in wheelspin, but following that I had a good rhythm and some good wheel to wheel action. Everything I’ve learned this season has 100% made me a better driver; competitive racing, weather changes, and even the mishaps. These UK tracks push you hard, it’s been a great experience.” 

Reema Juffali

“It was a difficult day on Sunday as I struggled in the wet which meant I went backwards a bit. But it’s my first time here and in the wet, so it was a learning experience. I used that well, and then in the last race it was a bit frustrating – if we had a clean couple of laps I’d have settled in. It was a pleasure racing for Douglas Motorsport this season as they’re a great team and the opportunity is one I couldn’t turn away from.”

Tommy Smith

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Charging Juffali Reaps Reward For Douglas Motorsport At Oulton Park

Charging Juffali Reaps Reward For Douglas Motorsport At Oulton Park

Douglas Motorsport were buoyed by a superb recovery drive from Reema Juffali to come from last to the top 10 in a dramatic penultimate weekend of racing in the GB3 Championship’s visit to Oulton Park (11/12 September).

The Douglas team welcomed back regular driver Juffali to the team for the visit to the 2.69-mile Oulton Park International circuit based in Cheshire, the Saudi Arabian racer hoping to add to her impressive fourth place finish earlier in the season at Silverstone.

The team’s attention was initially focused on mileage and knowledge over six test sessions, held in a mixture of wet and dry conditions over the two days of Thursday and Friday. Still gaining experience in her rookie season, Juffali clocked 78 laps over the sessions.

Qualifying 17th on the grid for the first two races of the weekend, Juffali began her recovery by stealing a march on race winner Mikkel Grundtvig at the start of the opener. What followed was a superb display of defensive driving, as Juffali held her rival at bay for the 13-lap contest to add to Douglas Motorsport’s points tally.

The second race of the weekend would be a polar opposite in terms of action on track, with drama aplenty through the field. Juffali once again made the most of a great start to leapfrog Grundtvig, and gave chase to an increasingly-growing pack of cars ahead of her.

Taking advantage of several spinning rivals, including two cars battling for the win ahead, Juffali climbed ahead of Brandon Oxley and pulled onto the tail of the battle for sixth place. An off for Sebastien Alvarez gave her another spot, and the Douglas team could celebrate a fine gain of seven spots to complete the top 10 – Juffali’s second-best result of the season.

Sodden weather conditions greeted the field for race three, and again the Douglas team looked on intently as their car climbed into the top 13 from 17th. Juffali kept pace with double winner Christian Mansell and was unfazed by the conditions, however she was unfortunately caught out by the damp kerbs and spun late on, ending an otherwise promising weekend prematurely. 

“Overall, what started off as a potentially difficult weekend for us actually turned itself around thanks to some great race craft by Reema. She held her own under pressure brilliantly in race one and kept her cool while others didn’t to get a fine result in race two and break into the top 10 from the back of the grid, which was mightily impressive. That race pace bodes well ahead of the last round at Donington Park, so we can look forward to a strong showing there next month.” 

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“Overall qualifying was unlucky. In race one I held my position well and defended almost every lap. In race two I had a good start which pushed me forward and allowed me to drive my own race. More cars were falling off which played into my hands and at that point I knew I just needed to keep my head down.

”In race three the weather didn’t faze me, but it did catch me out. Unfortunately it ended the way it did, but with one more round left there has been a lot of positives to take from the weekend.”

Reema Juffali

The Douglas Motorsport squad are hoping to end the 2021 GB3 Championship season on a high during a second visit of the campaign to Donington Park over the weekend of 16/17 October.

Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Rookies Shine At Soggy Snetterton

Douglas Motorsport Rookies Shine At Soggy Snetterton

Douglas Motorsport showed their experience with a brilliant qualifying performance at Snetterton this past weekend (7/8 August), but on-track misfortune meant those efforts went unrewarded in the latest meeting of the newly re-branded GB3 championship – formerly known as BRDC British Formula 3.

The team welcomed Australian youngster Tommy Smith to the team for the visit to Norfolk, joining Reema Juffali who missed out on a podium finish following a strong showing in the recent overseas visit to Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium last month.

Douglas Motorsport enjoyed success here last season in the hands of Ulysse De Pauw, and after a learning brace of days for the rookie duo across Thursday and Friday racking up important miles, the two enjoyed a very promising qualifying session the following day.

With rain making its first of many appearances just prior to the 20-minute timed session, both Douglas Motorsport drivers ventured out on track on wet tyres looking to put in a solid opening banker lap with the conditions potentially turning. That proved to be case and a pair of quick laps from both put them inside the top 10 as Smith – backed by SCT Logistics – surged up to eighth on the grid for his debut.

Juffali also earned her personal best qualifying result of the season in 10th, and the weather twisted and turned once again in time for race one later that afternoon as both Douglas cars switched to slick tyres for the opening contest. A hectic opening few laps would cost the pair track position, but Juffali proceeded to recover well, climbing the field to be on the tail of her team-mate Smith as they finished 12th and 13th by the chequered flag.

Both had a more difficult job on Sunday morning in the weekend’s second race, Smith qualifying highest of the Douglas pairing in 13th. The drivers kept up the pressure on those around them, gaining more experience with Smith taking 15th spot – two ahead of Juffali – prior to a great opportunity to shine in the final race of the weekend.

That would come from the reverse grid, as both Douglas drivers completed a second qualifying lap good enough to count towards the reverse format while others squandered that chance. Juffali grabbed a front row spot and held a top-five position in the opening corners. Smith lined up immediately behind his team-mate, but the rookie was tagged into a spin at the opening corner.

The setback put the fire in Smith’s belly as he reeled off several fastest laps to catch the pack once again, catching and passing his team-mate Juffali who was forced wide in a number of aggressive battles during the early laps of the race. Smith would finish 15th once again, two spots ahead of Juffali in a result that arguably did not match the team’s ultimate pace.

“In qualifying I feel we showed our experience by getting the two lap times in when we most needed them, and that set us up well for the weekend. Reema’s best qualifying result of the year shows her improvement, and with more experience at Silverstone already under her belt we’re optimistic she can add another great result next weekend. By the end of the day we were seeing strong pace from Tommy, who was also very unlucky to be taken out of a race which he could have finished strongly in, as he otherwise handled his debut very well.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“It was great to achieve our personal best qualifying and to do it when faced with very tricky conditions all weekend. We timed it well and put in a good lap which gave us the chance to fight for top 10 positions. I gave it my all and now I’m excited to head back to Silverstone where we did so well earlier in the season.”

Reema Juffali

“I think I could have done with a bit more dry running this weekend to get used to the car quicker. By Saturday I was still learning stuff, but the actual qualifying was pretty good. All the races were tricky but if I hadn’t got taken out in race three I could have done alright I think. It became a test session and I was much quicker then. I played around and now at Silverstone I’ll be in better shape with more testing so I’ll look forward to that.”

Tommy Smith

The Douglas Motorsport team are immediately back in action again this coming weekend (14/15 August) as they go racing at Silverstone for a second time in 2021, Juffali having claimed her best finish of fourth on their first visit.

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Sign Tommy Smith For Selected 2021 Events

Douglas Motorsport Sign Tommy Smith For Selected 2021 Events

Douglas Motorsport are pleased to announce that Australian rising star Tommy Smith has joined the team to compete in selected events over the remainder of the 2021 season.

Smith will be racing with the team in the GB3 Championship, the rebranded name of the BRDC British F3 Championship, starting at Snetterton this weekend (07/08 August). He joins Reema Juffali in a two car entry for the Northamptonshire team.

The 19 year old is an exciting young prospect, having shown great potential during his single-seater career so far. Starting as a podium-finisher in New Zealand Formula Ford, he went on to compete in Australian Formula 4 and the Toyota Racing Series.

After two campaigns in the Asian F3 Championship, the Melbourne racer unfortunately had to sit out the 2020 season due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, but has made a welcome return to action this season in the Formula Regional European Championship.

“We’re excited to welcome Tommy to the team this season. He’s shown good potential over the last few years, gaining experience in a number of top single-seater championships, so we’re looking forward to working with him from Snetterton.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

‘’I’m really excited for the opportunity to race in the UK this season with Douglas Motorsport. It’s been a steep learning curve for me in Europe this year, and I can’t wait to continue that learning in the British championship.”

Tommy Smith

Smith is the latest young Aussie talent to compete with Douglas Motorsport. Thomas Randle contested the 2016 BRDC British F3 Championship with the team, scoring seven podiums including two race wins, while Joey Mawson took three podiums in three races in the 2016 Autumn Trophy.

Formerly known as BRDC British F3, the championship remains the pinnacle of the UK single-seater category. Competing at the biggest race circuits across the country and further afield, the series is watched around the world courtesy of free live online streaming of its races.

Douglas Motorsport Denied BRDC British F3 Podium Finish At Spa-Francorchamps

Douglas Motorsport Denied BRDC British F3 Podium Finish At Spa-Francorchamps

Douglas Motorsport returned to the famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium for the fourth meeting of the 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship last weekend (23-25 July) and propelled rookie Reema Juffali into contention for a podium finish that just got away.

The team last raced in British F3 at the beautiful Ardennes circuit back in 2019 – having won at the same venue on their debut season in the championship back in 2016 – and entered off the back of a handful of exciting performances from Saudi Arabian racer Juffali.

The former British F4 driver took to the circuit for the first time on Friday afternoon for a trio of free practice sessions to learn the ropes, before jumping straight into a qualifying session late in the afternoon prior to a double helping of racing on Saturday.

Juffali ran inside the top 10 comfortably very early on before the pace grew at the sharp end in the second half of the 25-minute session, improving her pace throughout the day to beat series regular, Max Marzorati.

Typical Spa-Francorchamps weather then played its part the following day, making the opening race of the weekend a damp but drying affair with all cars opting for wet tyres. Juffali represented the Douglas charge and recovered ground early on to finish 15th by the flag in a tough contest, but knowledge gained was demonstrated in a scintillating second outing.

In drier conditions, Juffali evaded the first corner skirmishes ahead of her to climb several places, before easing her way past Donington Park race-winner Mikkel Grundtvig with a decisive move at Les Combes. Her charge continued, pulling clear once up to her final finishing position of 12th.

A reverse grid greeted drivers for the final race of the weekend at the slipstream-friendly Spa circuit, putting Juffali on the front row of the grid looking to improve on her best finish of fourth.

A superb launch when the lights went out propelled her into the early lead of the race, only falling to second as a result of giving away the slipstream to Grundtvig heading down the long Kemmel Straight for the first time.

The pace settled in however and the Douglas team could dream of gifting Juffali a maiden podium finish as she fended off her nearest rivals, but a lunge from behind at the Campus corner exit late on sent her into the tyre barriers to deny her a personal best finish of the season.

“It’s always exciting getting to come back to this brilliant circuit. It’s a real test for teams and we’ve improved all weekend, and we’re very impressed by how well Reema adapted and learned throughout to be in contention for a podium at the end. We now look to Snetterton where we know we are quick, so we’ll get our heads down and focus for that.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“It’s such an amazing experience to race around this beautiful circuit. It’s been a lot of learning on my part to get used to such a quick circuit and working on slipstreaming. It’s obviously disappointing to end the weekend in the gravel after we were up there fighting for a podium. I’m gaining confidence and now I’m focused on getting a good result at Snetterton.” 

Reema Juffali

The Douglas Motorsport squad now return to the UK and head to Norwich and the Snetterton 300 circuit in two weeks’ time (7/8 August), a track at which the team tasted victory last season.

Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Battle To Top Ten Double At Donington Park

Douglas Motorsport Battle To Top Ten Double At Donington Park

Douglas Motorsport scored a hard fought pair of seventh place finishes in the BRDC British F3 Championship this past weekend (10/11 July), with Dexter Patterson and Reema Juffali putting in competitive performances at Donington Park.

The Corby based squad headed into the third meeting of the season in high spirits following a great start to the campaign, with Patterson having scored a podium finish on his debut at Brands Hatch and Juffalli picking up a fourth place finish last time out at Silverstone.

Two days of official testing prior to the event gave the team the perfect opportunity to fine tune their cars set-ups before the weekend’s action, with both Patterson and Juffali showing competitive pace as they lapped Donington Park’s 2.5 mile Grand Prix layout nearly 200 times.

The experience gained stood them in good stead for qualifying on Saturday morning, with a strong showing seeing Patterson finish 10th fastest and Juffali 17th. That put them both in the thick of the action for the opening race that afternoon.

Scottish rising star Patterson made some great progress through the race, gaining a spot on the opening lap before dispatching Bart Horsten for eighth at mid-distance. A faultless defensive display from there scored him the spot on the road, before he was promoted to seventh post-race.

Juffali meanwhile enjoyed some close racing through the race as she gained a position to 16th at the finish. While the Saudi Arabian ace would sadly not reach the finish in Sunday’s two races, she showcased her huge potential with a positive run from pole position in race three.

A slow launch off the line dropped her to sixth by the end of the opening lap, but she settled into position and posted a run of impressive lap times as she held off the pack behind. As she started to close on those ahead, an unfortunate moment coming out of the Esses ended her race.

Patterson meanwhile had made more progress forward in race two to climb from tenth to seventh, and he had high hopes from eighth on the grid in race three. After losing a spot on lap one, he then went on the attack and grabbed the position back before an early safety car period.

Picking up another spot after the restart when a driver ran wide, a fantastic dive into the Melbourne hairpin then secured him sixth place. Time penalties for rivals meant he was initially classified fourth, however a penalty of his own left him 12th in the final result.

“It was great to end a rollercoaster weekend with some top performances in race three. Dexter bounced back well from a tough Silverstone and showed he has huge potential in this championship with battling performances and three good, consistent finishes.

“It was an unlucky weekend for Reema, she made some good strides forward across the event and really impressed in the final race. Overall, it was another strong display from both drivers and we’re all looking forward to heading to Spa-Francorchamps next.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“I’m really pleased to have made progress up the order in each of the races, and to battle in the top six in race three was a great end to the weekend. I’ve still got bits to work on in the car, but it’s starting to click and I’m excited for the next round at Spa.”

Dexter Patterson

“Qualifying was tough, but I was pleased with the races. My pace was improving, I got my elbows out and got some confidence with my racecraft. I think in the final race I was able to show everything I’ve learnt in the last few rounds and there’s a lot of positives to take to Spa.”

Reema Juffali

The 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship continues in two weeks’ time (24/25 July) with a trip across to mainland Europe and the iconic Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium.

Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography