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.”
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.