Douglas Motorsport Take Oulton Park Win And Surpass 100 BRDC British F3 Races

Douglas Motorsport Take Oulton Park Win And Surpass 100 BRDC British F3 Races

Douglas Motorsport celebrated a stunning one-two finish in the opening weekend of the 2020 BRDC British F3 Championship season at Oulton Park, with a milestone meeting also seeing them surpass 100 races in the series.

The Corby-based team’s return to the iconic Cheshire circuit marked the first time in almost a year that F3 cars raced in anger, after the global COVID-19 pandemic forced the season to be delayed by over three months. 

Kiern Jewiss headed the Douglas trio’s charge in qualifying on Saturday, grabbing the best grid slot in fourth ahead of Belgian team-mate Ulysee De Pauw. Jordanian rookie Manaf Hijjawi also made a mark as he broke into the top 10 on his debut.

18-year-old Jewiss then proceeded to charge up to third place in the early stages of the weekend’s opening race later on Saturday afternoon, tailed all the way to the flag by team-mate De Pauw to ensure a double podium after a jump-start penalty was applied to second-placed Louis Foster.

That would not be the end of the story however, as the pair were promoted further by a similar post-race penalty applied to Kaylen Frederick for the same offence. Jewiss therefore inherited his second BRDC British F3 victory from De Pauw, while Hijjawi unfortunately fell from ninth to 16th after also being adjudged to have jumped the start.

The reverse grid made race two tougher to match the early success. De Pauw finished best of the Douglas trio after climbing two spots during the race to 11th, with Jewiss 13th after starting down the field for winning the opening contest.

Race three on Sunday marked the team’s 100th start in BRDC British F3, and they looked to have been rewarded with another podium from the impressive De Pauw. He finished third overall after a rapid getaway, however sadly the podium was taken from him for a yellow flag infringement. This promoted Jewiss to fourth place on the final results.

Jewiss made up ground from seventh on the grid in the final race of the weekend to finish fifth and further confirm his title credentials. De Pauw fought his way to 11th among the train of F3 cars squabbling for places, while Hijjawi clinched two 13th place finishes on Sunday in his recovery from Saturday’s setbacks.

A consistent weekend leaves Jewiss second in the British F3 Championship standings after the first four races of the season, just eight points adrift of the series lead as the team heads to Donington Park in two weeks (15/16 August) for another quartet of races.

“It’s been a solid start for us, picking up some good points over the course of the weekend at a track that is notoriously difficult to overtake at. We’ve scored well and ticked over 100 races, so it’s on to Donington Park with our heads held high knowing that, if we qualify well, we’ll be in contention for wins.

“Kiern obviously did a great job for us to grab a win and we’re in the title hunt already, but there’s still a long way to go and he’s got more wins in him. Ulysse similarly did a fantastic job to be in podium contention all weekend, and it’s such a shame he got his penalty in race three because we feel he would have had another two podium finishes for sure.

“It was a strong debut weekend for Manaf. He qualified well and while it didn’t all go his way in the races, he made huge strides forward across the meeting.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

Image from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Crowned British F3 iRacing Teams’ Vice-Champions

Douglas Motorsport Crowned British F3 iRacing Teams’ Vice-Champions

Douglas Motorsport have finished runners up in the 2020 British F3 iRacing Championship’s Teams’ standings following a stunning four podium finishes from two races across the season finale at Donington Park last night (14th June).

A sensational fightback from the Corby-based team has seen them recover from only scoring five points in the opening two races of the year to finish only six points shy of championship glory after recording no less than ten podium finishes across the last eight races.

Leading the challenge was full-season contenders Harrison Scott and Ulysse De Pauw, who went on to end the campaign in third and fourth respectively in the championship standings, while Callan O’Keeffe brought his two-event spell in the series to a close with a maiden podium finish.

The Donington Park Grand Prix played host to rounds nine and ten, with De Pauw setting the pace for the Douglas team as he posted the fastest time overall in official free practice, before putting himself third on the grid for the opening race.

The Belgian ace maintained position on a busy opening lap before slipping into second at the start of lap two, while behind Scott was also making progress as he rose from sixth on the grid to fourth within the opening two laps.

The former BRDC British F4 race-winner soon began hunting down Jake Dalton for the final podium position and grabbed the position into Redgate on lap 11. From there, the team-mates coasted home to a double podium finish for the third time this season.

O’Keeffe meanwhile enjoyed a brilliant opening lap as he rose from 17th to eighth in his blue and white machine, however he was unable to capitalise on the great start as an incident soon after forced him to make a pitstop and ultimately finish in 22nd.

The silver lining for the South African was that the full reverse grid for race two meant he kicked off proceedings in third position. Holding the place for the first few laps, a great drive down the inside at the Melbourne Hairpin on lap four gave him second spot.

Behind, De Pauw and Scott made immediate progress up the order from the final places on the grid. The former rose from 23rd to ninth at one point, however an ambitious move from a rival pushed him wide and ultimately led to a spin. He went on to recover from 19th to eighth at the finish.

Scott meanwhile was a man on a mission in his quest to finish runner-up in the championship standings. From 22nd at the start, he was sensationally into the top ten by the end of lap one and had settled into fifth by the time lap five came around.

A few laps later he was into the final podium position and he stayed there for the remainder of the race to complete a double podium finish behind O’Keeffe. Agonisingly it wasn’t quite enough to secure him the coveted vice-champion honours though as he tied points with Piers Prior, the latter getting second on countback.

“To come back from a nightmare opening weekend at Oulton Park to be crowned the Teams’ vice-champions and finish third and fourth in the Drivers’ standings is a fantastic achievement and something we are all very proud of.

“Harrison and Ulysse have driven superbly throughout and deserved all their podium finishes, while Callan came in at the end and got some virtual silverware of his own. The British F3 iRacing Championship has been great to be part of and thank you to MSV for organising it.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Continue British F3 iRacing Podium Streak At Brands Hatch

Douglas Motorsport Continue British F3 iRacing Podium Streak At Brands Hatch

Douglas Motorsport have carried on their fantastic run of form in the British F3 iRacing Championship with a pair of podium finishes during the penultimate meeting of the season at Brands Hatch yesterday (7th June).

The Corby-based team have been one of the teams to beat throughout the official sim racing series of the BRDC British F3 Championship, with team-mates Ulysse De Pauw and Harrison Scott both being regular fixtures at the front of the grid.

For Brands Hatch they were joined by Callan O’Keeffe, a former podium finisher in British F3 with the Douglas Motorsport. The South African ace settled well into the field and qualified 15th overall, while De Pauw and Scott finished up fourth and sixth respectively.

A great start to proceedings saw the leading duo establish themselves in the top four over the first half of the race, before Scott pulled off what the commentators described as the “move of the season” as he swept around the outside of his team-mate at the high-speed Hawthorns corner.

Three laps later Scott pulled off another standout move at the same corner as a perfectly executed switchback secured him second place from Jake Dalton. As he held that to the finish, De Pauw overtook Dalton on the final lap to complete a double podium finish for the team.

After an unfortunate incident led to an early retirement in race one, O’Keeffe was determined to bounce back in race two. He was in a prime position to do so too, as the full reverse grid placed him on the front row alongside guest driver Jonny Adam.

After a strong start saw him maintain second through the opening laps, sadly a spin while hunting down the race leader dropped him to sixth place. Another moment later in the race led to a pitstop, but he showed good pace in the closing laps to finish in 19th.

It was a tough race for De Pauw too, with front wing damage caused by a spinning car ahead of him eventually costing him over two seconds a lap to the other cars. The Belgian ace went on to take the chequered flag in 16th after a determined drive.

Race two therefore belonged to Scott, who produced a sensational drive through the field after starting on the back row of the grid in P24. Gaining nine places on the opening lap alone, the former BRDC British F4 race-winner was into the top ten on lap two.

Scott continued to make great progress and got into fifth at mid-distance, before holding position to the finish. That result moves him up to third in the points standings with De Pauw in fourth, while Douglas Motorsport remain third in the Teams standings.

“We’re delighted to have come away from another hard-fought evening of racing with two more podium finishes. Harrison and Ulysse drove extremely well to keep their noses clean and move forwards to the podium in race one, while Harrison’s race two drive was sublime.

“It’s a shame Callan couldn’t make it a clean sweep on the podium, but he’s got up to speed now in a competitive series and will be one to watch. We head into the season finale still in mathematical contention for both the Drivers’ and Teams’ title, so we’ll give it everything we have.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

The British F3 iRacing Championship concludes this Sunday (14th June) with rounds nine and ten at Donington Park.

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Douglas Motorsport Take Double Silverstone Podium

Douglas Motorsport Take Double Silverstone Podium

Douglas Motorsport stars Ulysse de Pauw and Harrison Scott took a fantastic podium finish each during the latest round of the British F3 iRacing Championship at Silverstone yesterday (31st May).

With confidence high following a memorable one-two finish at Spa a week prior, the talented sim racing team-mates were once again right in the battle at the front of the field as they tackled the Grand Prix circuit at the ‘Home of British Motor Racing.’

During a close-fought ten minute qualifying session, De Pauw posted the third fastest time for the second week running, with Scott close behind in fifth. Between them was this week’s guest driver Will Power, a former IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner.

The British F3 grid served up a traditionally action-packed opening lap to race one. While Scott unfortunately had to pit after sustaining damage, De Pauw held position and then stormed into second place at the start of lap two.

The Belgian ace went on to edge clear of his pursuers and comfortably hold second place to the finish with a textbook drive for a second podium finish of the season. Scott meanwhile recovered from his pitstop and impressively fought back to 12th position.

The full reverse grid for race two placed Scott in 14th at the start. The 2017 Euroformula Open champion went on to produce a stunning drive through the field – made all the more impressive as he drove one-handed after fracturing his wrist the day before.

A sensational start saw Scott move up no less than nine places to fifth on lap one, and that momentum carried onto the next lap as he worked his way up to second. From there, a composed drive secured him a great podium result.

De Pauw meanwhile joined his team-mate in enjoying a superb opening lap as he worked his way up from 24th on the grid to 13th. After joining the battle for the top ten, unfortunate contact at mid-distance forced him into retirement though.

“We’re pretty pleased with our results in the British F3 iRacing Championship at Silverstone. Both Ulysse and Harrison had fantastic pace once again and they were able to convert it into richly deserved podium finishes.

“Ulysse has really impressed in qualifying recently and his drive in race one was faultless. Harrison’s charge from 14th to 2nd in race two was brilliant and made even more impressive by the fact he was driving one-handed! We’re excited to see what we can achieve next time out.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

Following the evening’s racing at Silverstone, Douglas Motorsport remain third in the British F3 iRacing Championship’s team standings, while Harrison and Ulysse both sit in the top five of the drivers points.

Next up, the penultimate round of the season takes place at Brands Hatch GP on Sunday 7th June.

Douglas Motorsport Hit Back With Stunning Spa-Francorchamps One-Two

Douglas Motorsport Hit Back With Stunning Spa-Francorchamps One-Two

Douglas Motorsport scored a sensational one-two finish in the British F3 iRacing Championship last night (24th May), with Ulysse De Pauw taking a brilliant victory at home circuit Spa-Francorchamps ahead of team-mate Harrison Scott.

After both drivers suffered double misfortune in the opening rounds at Oulton Park a week prior, they hit back in style at the world-famous Belgian circuit with front-running pace throughout the event against a competitive field.

The Douglas Motorsport duo make a statement of intent during the one-hour free practice session as Scott led De Pauw at the top of the times. In qualifying soon after, third for De Pauw and fifth for Scott put them both in a good position to start race one.

The long, flowing nature of the Spa circuit traditionally produces fantastic slipstreaming racing and that was certainly the case in the opening encounter, with the Kemmel Straight in particular hosting some of the key moments of the race.

Strong starts saw De Pauw and Scott emerge from a frenetic opening corner in second and third respectively, and while Scott briefly got ahead on the first run down Kemmel, by the end of the opening tour his Belgian team-mate had sneaked back ahead.

Scott particularly excelled on that stretch of tarmac though and moves on consecutive laps got him past De Pauw and then the race leader, though on lap four he got a taste of his own medicine as his team-mate slipped past with the key move of the race.

Crucially breaking the tow soon after, De Pauw produced an exemplary drive from there to lead the remainder of the race and take a richly deserved win, while Scott was hot on his heels throughout to make it a top two lockout for the team.

With the whole 25 car grid reversed for the second race, they faced an uphill challenge to enjoy further success and sadly both found themselves caught up in a first lap incident out of their control. After each taking a pitstop, Scott came back to 10th with De Pauw 13th.

Post-race though a number of drivers were disqualified for track limits infringements, which resulted in both Douglas drivers being promoted five places in the final result. That means that following Spa, Douglas Motorsport now sit third in the Teams Championship, while De Pauw and Scott lie fifth and eighth respectively in the Drivers’ standings.

“We’re absolutely over the moon to have picked up a one-two finish in the British F3 iRacing Championship. Both Ulysse and Harrison richly deserve the result after showing great pace throughout the series so far.

“Both drivers wanted to win and they pushed each other hard, showing tremendous respect to each other which is exactly what you want within a team. It’s a brilliant result and we’re determined to enjoy some more success next time out.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

The full broadcast of the British F3 iRacing Championship races at Spa can be watched back on YouTube here:

Photo from Jakob Ebrey Photography

Luck Eludes Douglas Motorsport In British F3 iRacing Opener

Luck Eludes Douglas Motorsport In British F3 iRacing Opener

After showing front-running pace in practice, Douglas Motorsport’s single-seater stars suffered an evening of misfortune during the opening round of the British F3 iRacing Championship – the official esports spin-off of the BRDC British F3 Championship.

With motorsport suspended around the world due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, sim racing has enjoyed a surge in popularity as drivers from all disciplines of motorsport use online competition to keep their skills sharp and enjoy some close-fought racing.

Amongst those has been two of Douglas Motorsport’s two 2020 BRDC British F3 Championship contenders, Kiern Jewiss and Ulysse De Pauw, who have been picking in virtual silverware in competitive races throughout the past few months.

They were immediate entrants for the team into the new championship, while with team-mate Manaf Hijjawi not having a sim at home in Jordan, the final slot in Douglas’ entry is allocated to guest drivers. For the opening event, this was taken by former Douglas race-winner Harrison Scott.

Unfortunately a late issue with Jewiss’ sim meant he had to miss out on the first two races of the season at Oulton Park, but Scott and De Pauw were on the grid and immediately showed their front-running pace by both finishing in the top four in pre-event testing.

Scott excelled in qualifying too as he went second fastest, however an unfortunate moment on lap two of the opening race ended his challenge at the front. De Pauw meanwhile impressively fought back after failing to record a lap in qualifying and rose from the rear of the field to 9th at one stage.

Misfortune went his way late on though as he was unable to avoid a spinning car ahead, and the Belgian ace suffered further bad luck in the reverse grid race two as whilst challenging for third place, contact from the other car sent him into the barriers.

It was a similar story for Scott too unfortunately as he received contact on the run to the first corner on the opening lap. Following a tough couple of races, the Douglas Motorsport team are determined to bounce back next Sunday (24th May) during round two at Spa-Francorchamps.

“As a team it was a no brainer to enter the new British F3 iRacing Championship. Our drivers have always used sim racing as a tool to prepare for their racing and this has been as important as ever in recent months.

“It’s a shame that Manaf isn’t able to compete in the series yet, and we’re gutted Kiern missed out on round one but we hope he’ll be back soon. Ulysse and Harrison represented us well though and proved their great raw speed, though sadly there was nothing they could do with the incidents in the races.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

Photos from Jakob Ebrey Photography