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.

Douglas Motorsport Take Third In Championship After Challenging Silverstone British F3 Finale

Douglas Motorsport Take Third In Championship After Challenging Silverstone British F3 Finale

Douglas Motorsport unfortunately missed out on the Drivers’ title in a challenging and incident-packed season finale to the 2020 BRDC British F3 Championship at Silverstone GP circuit last weekend (7/8 November), but grabbed third place overall with Ulysse De Pauw.

De Pauw entered the final three races of the season still in title contention for the Corby-based team, with a 42-point deficit to make up at Silverstone. His hopes were unfortunately dashed though when the Belgian was taken out of the opening race while in a strong position to pick up more points.

Both De Pauw and team-mate Manaf Hijjawi started the weekend strongly with top-10 showings in testing held across Thursday and Friday in colder early winter temperatures, with cars lapping much quicker than last year’s lap records.

With 108 points to play with, an in-form De Pauw went into the 20-minute qualifying session on Saturday hoping to state his intentions to fellow title rivals. The two-time race winner qualified fifth on the grid in a high-paced contest, while Hijjawi’s 16th place on the grid was not representative of his true pace as three of his best times fell foul to strict track limits rulings.

A strong start in race one later that afternoon allowed both to progress early on in the 10-lap sprint. De Pauw settled into fourth place and was fending off Reece Ushijima when his race and title chances were brought to an abrupt end as contact from Ushijima forced him to retire with broken rear suspension.

Hijjawi found himself in the thick of a huge scrap that started just inside the top 10. The Jordanian eventually took the flag in 15th, meaning he could start the second race the following morning much more strongly from fourth on the grid.

The Jordanian was one of many drivers to start on wet tyres for the second race, held in foggy and greasy conditions early in the morning. It looked an inspired choice initially as Hijjawi confidently surged up to second and grabbed the race lead from Josh Mason at Copse in the opening laps, but the track conditions turned around very quickly.

Hijjawi held on initially very well in the top five, until the slick-shod runners made their way by. Hijjawi salvaged 14th place behind his team-mate De Pauw, who himself fought hard on wet tyres to make up ground from 18th to 13th in yet another strong reverse grid charge by the Belgian.

The final race unfortunately did not pan out how the pair wanted later on Sunday. Hijjawi was forced to pit after being victim to an opening lap skirmish further down the pack, while De Pauw maintained a top-six placing after starting fourth prior to the early squabbling. A battle with Louis Foster sadly ended in contact between the two at Village. Spinning to the rear, De Pauw salvaged 15th place, with Hijjawi two places behind.

Despite a challenging end to the season, Douglas Motorsport netted third place in the final BRDC British F3 Championship standings thanks to De Pauw, with the team with a strong total of 12 podiums across the season.

“It’s a real shame that the season ended in the way it did, and a lot of it was not down to us or our drivers which makes it more frustrating if anything.

“Ulysse entered rightly with a shot at the title but was twice taken out of races which immediately ended our chances, but otherwise he would have been able to push the title contenders a bit more as shown by race two.

“We were delighted to see Manaf fight his way briefly to the front of the second race, albeit the race ultimately came to the slick tyre runners. He showed his race craft has improved vastly over the season with those overtaking moves, and he’s got better and better over a short period of time.

“Overall, although we missed out on the title, we can be proud of the work we have done all season in this very unprecedented year. We grabbed 12 podiums which is a great haul, and we took the fight to our rivals throughout, so a big pat on the back to everybody involved and those supporting us during the season.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Double Donington Park Podium Keeps Douglas Motorsport In BRDC British F3 Title Hunt

Double Donington Park Podium Keeps Douglas Motorsport In BRDC British F3 Title Hunt

Douglas Motorsport have moved their BRDC British F3 Championship podium tally up to 11 for the season, as a brace of top three finishes for Ulysse De Pauw kept the team in title contention after the penultimate meeting of the season at Donington Park this past weekend (24/25 October).

De Pauw, buoyed on from a second victory of the season last time out at Snetterton, hoped to continue that strong form and immediately lay down a marker in testing by topping two of Thursday’s timed sessions, with team-mate Manaf Hijjawi consistently challenging the times inside the top 10.

Rain threatened on Saturday but stayed clear for qualifying, De Pauw parking his Tautus chassis fourth on the grid in a hugely tight session – only 0.17s from pole position. Hijjawi closed to within half a second of the pole-sitting car, finishing 11th by the flag after a tense 20 minutes against the clock.

Rain soon arrived and did not relent, meaning race one was delayed and subsequently moved to Sunday morning for safety reasons. Clearer skies greeted drivers on Sunday for the trio of races, although wet tyres were selected by most drivers for race one, including the Douglas duo. 

De Pauw was keen to make up places early to trim the 32-point gap in the title fight, and made progress immediately by dispatching two cars on the opening lap to move into second place. The young Belgian chased and grabbed the fastest lap of the race, but just ran out of time to challenge for a third win. Hijjawi made a strong start, but was unlucky to be eliminated in a lap one incident at Old Hairpin.

A reverse grid put De Pauw back to seventh on the grid for the drier second encounter, with Hijjawi recovering from a starting spot of 14th. De Pauw moved himself up into fifth place in the opening laps, but it was lap five where he made a key double overtake to dispatch two cars at Redgate in a superb attack to grab third place.

The Belgian, now clear of his main title rivals, caught up to second-placed driver, but ran out of time to progress as he brought home a fantastic second podium finish of the day. Hijjawi hunted a train of cars ahead of him looking to make progress in the second half of the race, but unfortunately failed to finish.

The final race did not start the way De Pauw would have wanted after a shuffle near the front of the pack delayed the fourth-placed starter and dropped him to 13th; Hijjawi tucking in behind as the pair gave chase.  De Pauw made steady progress up the order and soon moved into the top 10 with a brace of overtaking moves, finishing in eighth place after two time penalties were applied to drivers ahead, while Hijjawi took the flag in 13th.

The weekend means Douglas Motorsport sit just 42 points adrift in the drivers’ championship standings with just three more races remaining in the BRDC British F3 season, which take place in two weeks’ time (7/8 November) on the Silverstone Grand Prix circuit.

“It was an important weekend for us and I think we did a great job. We stayed right in contention and grabbed two podiums to round out the weekend and keep ourselves right in the mix.

“Even from testing, we knew both drivers would be quick, as shown by their top-three times on Thursday. In qualifying and the opening two races it was apparent that the form Ulysse in particular is now in is making us real title contenders.

“His drive in the second race showed his talents and especially a great double overtake on some key rivals to make the podium. Manaf was unlucky to have his weekend affected by the opening race, and was left to play catch up on a day that he could have once again shown people what he is capable of.

“We’re right in the hunt still despite race three, so we’ll look forward to Silverstone and see what we can do to take the fight to our rivals. We’re not out of it yet by any means.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

Douglas Motorsport Shine At Soggy Snetterton With Superb British F3 Victory

Douglas Motorsport Shine At Soggy Snetterton With Superb British F3 Victory

Douglas Motorsport have continued their BRDC British F3 Championship title challenge with a third win of the season and a strong haul of points in a wet outing at Snetterton this past weekend (03/04 October).

The team headed to Norfolk with Ulysse De Pauw and Manaf Hijjawi both on a strong run of form with podium finishes at the previous meeting at Donington Park. The former went on to add his seventh of the season in the second of four British F3 races at Snetterton’s 300 circuit, before claiming a fine victory in the final outing of the weekend.

The action around the 2.99-mile circuit was affected by rain across both days, including Thursday’s test session prior to the weekend in which the pair clocked up plenty of miles and data ahead of qualifying on Saturday morning.

Hijjawi and De Pauw both sat inside the top five for much of the 20-minute qualifying session, which was blighted late on by a timing glitch that resulted in a chequered flag being displayed earlier than planned. Hijjawi still secured fifth on the grid while having qualified third and fifth, De Pauw was frustratingly put back to ninth and sixth.

In the damp opening race later that afternoon, a determined De Pauw showed his intent to put right the wrongs of the previous session, and charged up to seventh place early on before making a brace of impressive moves around both Josh Skelton and Hijjawi to move into fifth place. Both chased the podium battle ahead, before finishing a solid fifth and sixth respectively.

The reverse grid for race two put De Pauw back to ninth once again, but the Belgian put in a spirited charge on a drying track to carve through the pack once again. Making up several spots on the opening lap, he soon turned his attentions to team-mate Hijjawi, moving ahead and then swiftly disposing of Alex Fores and Piers Prior with some bold overtaking moves to move up into the podium places. 

A mistake at Nelsons corner by Skelton late on under pressure allowed De Pauw by to chase after the race leader, setting the fastest lap on the way to a fine second place. A fast-starting Hijjawi again battled among the lead group and improved from eighth on the grid, the Jordanian showing his defensive skills by hanging onto seventh place.

Race three was a far wetter affair on Sunday morning, with Hijjawi running fourth throughout and narrowly missing out on a podium finish by less than a second. De Pauw followed his team-mate home in fifth place in a race that saw problems for the championship leader, enabling the Belgian to trim further into the series lead.

A front row start for De Pauw in the final race gave him further opportunity to close the gap, and he pounced on a wide moment for pole-sitter Louis Foster on lap one to grab a lead he would never lose to add to his victory at Donington Park in August. Hijjawi was unfortunately tipped into a spin at the Wilson hairpin on lap one of the race and finished 16th on an otherwise strong weekend for the British F3 rookie.

The win moves De Pauw up to fourth in the title race with two meetings remaining, now sitting within 32 points of the championship lead as the BRDC British F3 Championship returns to Donington Park on 24/25 October.

“A big weekend for us in the end and it could not have ended much better! We’re closing in on the series leaders all of a sudden so it’s been very productive.

“Ulysse has once again been brilliant all weekend and got the reward of his second win of the season. It could have been more too had he not suffered from the timing issue in qualifying. He’s shown his talents with some superb overtaking in tricky conditions.

“Manaf is going from strength to strength it seems meanwhile. He was close to another podium  with fourth and he had potential for another top six finish before unfortunately being spun. It’s been a hugely positive weekend though and he now looks a consistent threat with three fine efforts.

“We’ll head back to Donington with plenty to chase for and data to help us. We have won there and taken a handful of podiums, so there’s no reason why we can’t continue this momentum.”

Wayne Douglas

Team Principal

Images from Jakob Ebrey Photography.