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

Reema Juffali Earns Best BRDC British F3 Result With Douglas Motorsport At Silverstone

Reema Juffali Earns Best BRDC British F3 Result With Douglas Motorsport At Silverstone

Douglas Motorsport enjoyed a competitive showing in the second BRDC British F3 Championship meeting of the season at Silverstone last weekend (26/27 June), with Reema Juffali’s best ever result of fourth place stealing the limelight.

Fresh from a podium finish for rookie Dexter Patterson on his maiden BRDC British F3 weekend, the Douglas squad headed to the team’s local circuit looking to ride the wave of that good form, and testing times in the build-up to the weekend hinted at more optimism.

Young Scot Patterson upped his pace throughout the four practice sessions on Thursday, finishing the day second overall in the times and again narrowly missing out on the top spot the following day with an overall effort good enough to sit inside the top three.

Entering qualifying on Saturday morning brimming with optimism, the Douglas duo both enjoyed periods inside the top five of the 20-minute session, with Juffali topping the times early on before taking the flag 16th, while Patterson climbed the order in the faster closing stages with a time good enough to put him seventh on the grid for the opening two races of the weekend.

Heading into the opening race later that afternoon, Patterson squeezed his way up into the top six after making a strong start and easing his way by Frederick Lubin and into his eventual finishing spot of sixth – just under three seconds from fourth place. Juffali showed her race craft with a string of early overtakes to move herself into 13th place early on, but was shuffled back to 14th in a feisty battle.

Patterson again battled well in the second encounter in misty conditions the following day, racing among the top 10 before contact with Bryce Aron that resulted in Patterson losing his front wing and a pitstop for a replacement. Juffali again climbed the order in the opening laps of the race, finishing 16th by the flag but with a big chance in race three.

The Saudi Arabian racer was on pole position for the third encounter of the weekend, and she stole the show with a fine display.

A great start initially meant she held onto the lead at the first corner but, despite a stern defence on the opening lap at Maggots, she was shuffled back to third in the early stages. Getting into the rhythm after being demoted to fourth before a safety car interruption, she held her own in the lead quartet on the restart and came home in a strong fourth spot to seal her best result in her rookie season.

“We showed improvements this weekend which is very encouraging from our point of view, and the pace of both drivers was strong. Reema did a superb job in particular in the final race and she can take great confidence in that for the rest of the season. Dexter’s pace all week was consistent, so we’re looking up and feeling positive for Donington Park.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“It was an amazing way to end the weekend. To be honest, everything I’ve been putting in this weekend and all the laps in testing trying to understand the car, it all clicked finally. In that final race, I put everything together and drove at a competitive pace, which gave me the confidence I needed. I want to race tomorrow! I’m ready, I’m buzzing and finally feel I can give myself a pat on the back after the work we’ve done.”

Reema Juffali

“Brands Hatch was very much a learning experience for us and for me just to get used to a new car, but we made positive steps this weekend. We had a much better qualifying which meant I could battle for strong positions and we showed our pace with our race one performance, which bodes well for Donington Park.”

Dexter Patterson

Douglas Motorsport will be back in action in as early as two weeks’ time as the BRDC British F3 Championship next heads to Donington Park over the weekend of 10/11 July.

Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Clinch Podium In 2021 British F3 Opener At Brands Hatch

Douglas Motorsport Clinch Podium In 2021 British F3 Opener At Brands Hatch

Douglas Motorsport came away with a fantastic podium finish for rookie Dexter Patterson in a topsy-turvy opening round of the 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship season at Brands Hatch.

The experienced Corby-based team kicked off their new season with a pair of new faces behind the wheel, as Saudi Arabia’s Reema Juffali and Scotsman Patterson headed the Douglas charge as they aimed to build on a fantastic 2020 season.

Wet weather plagued much of the pre-season testing at the Kent circuit, and it returned on Friday to allow the inexperienced young duo to gain vital knowledge of the changeable conditions around the world-famous Grand Prix layout in Kent.

Come the crucial 20-minute qualifying session later on Saturday morning, Patterson took the lead with a solid string of lap times to challenge for a spot in the top 10 on his debut. A tight session saw him just over a second from the front row, qualifying 14th for the first two races of the weekend. Juffali’s pace improved in the dry, taking 19th spot.

In the weekend’s opening race, both drivers remained out of trouble on a hectic opening lap to come home in improved positions. Juffali held off the attentions of fellow rookie Mikkel Grundtvig with a great defensive drive for 15th, with Patterson right in the thick of a multi-car dice which he emerged from in 13th.

Race two the following day brought new opportunities for both drivers, and Patterson showed his intent by again chasing a pack of cars at the fringe of the top 10. He closed up to the tail of practice pace-setter Christian Mansell, but in the dirty air was unable to make a lunge for that maiden top 10 finish. Juffali added more experience to her books, gaining places to grab 16th ahead of a big opportunity later in the afternoon.

That opportunity was pole position for the final reversed grid contest, with Patterson starting not much further back in sixth on the grid. The race was therefore a great chance for the rookies to challenge themselves at the head of the field.

Pole-sitter Juffali was unfortunate to be squeezed out on the start but held onto second spot before the safety car emerged for an incident behind. The Saudi Arabian driver held her own in a squabble up front on the restart, before being collected at Stirling Bend which ended her race on the spot.

Patterson meanwhile charged up into third spot through the carnage, and soon locked onto the back of the lead duo as his confidence grew. With a podium in his sights, he duly delivered and grabbed third place to cap off his debut weekend with Douglas Motorsport in style.

“A fantastic finish to the day for us and a very well done to Dexter for coming away with a podium already in his first weekend. It’s a tough series to come into with little experience but he grew in confidence and showed it in the last race. Similarly, Reema did well to come home with points and some valuable experience on her debut. She will only improve with track time.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“It’s been quite difficult getting to grips with the GP circuit, with only one session in the wet before qualifying it was tough but we made steps over the weekend. Qualifying set us back and it’s hard to pass, but we made good progress and then started sixth in the reverse grid race, made it up to third and hung on until the end.”

Dexter Patterson

“Honestly I have learned a lot this weekend and there’s a lot to take away from it. It was not the way I wanted the weekend to end but I did put my elbows out in the last race. We’ll come away with knowledge and look towards the next one knowing we have positives to take away from it. I think I need some more experience in the wet which will come with time, and I can chip away. I’m enjoying it and I’ll take it as it comes.”

Reema Juffali

Douglas Motorsport next head to Silverstone next month (26/27 June) hoping to add more silverware to the collection.

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Welcome Dexter Patterson For 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship

Douglas Motorsport Welcome Dexter Patterson For 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship

Douglas Motorsport have bolstered their driver line-up for the 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship with the signing of former world junior karting champion Dexter Patterson.

Patterson is the Corby-based team’s second confirmed driver for the upcoming campaign, with the hugely talented Scottish teenager set to embark on his second season in single-seater racing following a brilliant near decade long career in karting.

The Glasgow-born racer initially enjoyed a lot of success in domestic karting competition, including winning multiple Scottish titles, the Formula Kart Stars Super Cadet, Kart Grand Prix Mini Max and the Super One IAME Cadet British Championships.

He carried on that success when moving onto the global stage, with the crowning moment of his career to date being victory in the 2017 CIK-FIA Junior World Championship. He later added the WSK Super Masters Series OK crown to his resume.

Patterson’s impressive rise up the ranks caught the attention of the Sauber F1 team, who added him to their karting team in 2019 and have since supported his transition into car-racing as part of their driver academy.

The 17 year old impressed with a pair of fourth place finishes during a one-off debut in the UAE Formula 4 championship in January, before showing great speed and progression during a full campaign in the competitive Italian F4 series.

Patterson, who races with the backing of Advance Construction Scotland, Hodge Plant and Optical Express, has begun a pre-season testing programme with Douglas Motorsport in the 230bhp Tatuus British F3 car ahead of the new season.

“We’re very excited to have Dexter [Patterson] racing for Douglas Motorsport this season. He’s an extremely talented young driver with a superb karting pedigree, while he showed last year that he has huge promise in single-seater competition as well.

“We’ve started working with Dexter on a comprehensive driver development programme, including in-house simulator work and on-track testing, to ensure he’s ready to go and hit the ground running from the opening race of the season.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“I’m really looking forward to entering the BRDC British F3 Championship this season with Douglas Motorsport. It’s an exciting next step in my single-seater career and I’m relishing the challenge ahead. I’ve enjoyed working with the team and we’ve made some great progress so far.”

Dexter Patterson

The BRDC British F3 Championship is the pinnacle of the UK single-seater ladder, 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 and a highlights programme on ITV4. 

Douglas Motorsport have a great track record in the championship, with no less than 14 race wins and more than 60 podium finishes to their name. In both 2019 and 2020 they took drivers into the final rounds of the season in title contention.

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Sign Reema Juffali For 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship

Douglas Motorsport Sign Reema Juffali For 2021 BRDC British F3 Championship

Leading single-seater team Douglas Motorsport will be back for a sixth consecutive season in the BRDC British F3 Championship this year, with Saudi Arabian star Reema Juffali their first confirmed driver signing for the upcoming campaign.

The Corby-based team have a great track record in the UK’s premier single-seater championship, with no less than 14 race wins and more than 60 podium finishes to their name. In both 2019 and 2020 they took drivers into the final rounds of the season in title contention.

Aiming to enjoy front-running success with them this year will be Juffali. She joins BRDC British F3 as the next step in her ground-breaking racing career, having made history as the first ever Saudi Arabian woman to hold a racing license and compete both in her homeland and abroad.

Starting her career back in late 2018 in the TRD 86 Cup and MRF Challenge, the 29 year old then made the move to the UK to compete in the F4 British Championship. An impressive maiden campaign saw her net consistent points finishes.

After being a guest driver in the Jaguar I-PACE e-Trophy in Saudi Arabia and then competing in the UAE F4 Championship across the winter of 2019/20, Juffali returned to British F4 last season and showed fantastic progress en-route to 11 top ten finishes across the campaign.

Juffali is now aiming to build on all the experience she’s gained so far and make her mark in BRDC British F3. After showing impressive pace during an initial test with Douglas Motorsport last year, they have more outings planned in the coming weeks in preparation for the new season.

“We are delighted to be continuing in the BRDC British F3 Championship this season. It is one of the most competitive junior single-seater categories in Europe and we’re determined to be up there fighting at the sharp end of the grid once again.

“We’re looking forward to having Reema [Juffali] race with us this season. She showed fantastic progress across her two seasons in British F4 and impressed us with her speed during our first British F3 test together. We’re excited to see what she can achieve this season.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

“I’m looking forward to taking this next step of my career with Douglas Motorsport. I felt right at home with the team during the test and really enjoyed driving the British F3 car. I can’t wait to get behind the wheel again.”

Reema Juffali

The BRDC British F3 Championship is the pinnacle of the UK single-seater ladder, 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 and a highlights programme on ITV4. 

Douglas Motorsport have been mainstays of the championship since its inception in 2016, having also competed in its predecessor, BRDC British F4. The team have more than 200 race starts in single-seater competition to their name and have been race-winners every year they’ve competed in the discipline.

Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography.