Round 4 of the 2019 British F3 championship comprised of three races over the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd at Donington Park.
Qualifying determined the grid for races 1 and 3 of the weekend, and it was Ulysse De Pauw who secured his best grid position so far this season for race 3. He would start in P2 for that race.
Race 1 saw De Pauw start in 5th, Jewiss in 8th, and Pedersen in 10th. The top 10 were only separated by a total of .573s in qualifying. It was Kiern Jewiss who made the biggest impression on this race after he made it up to 4th position after lap 1, a lap which included an opportunistic move by Jewiss past two cars at the Fogarty Esses. Jewiss finished 4th on the road, De Pauw 6th and Pedersen 10th. However, after the presentations were made to the top 3 finishers, a Clerk of the Course decision put Jewiss up to 3rd place, giving Douglas Motorsport it’s first podium of the day. The decision also benefited De Pauw and Pedersen who finished in 5th and 9th places respectively. A podium, 2 cars in the top 5, 3 cars in the top 10, meant it was a good result for Douglas Motorsport.
Race 2 saw a reversal of fortunes for the Douglas Motorsport team. This time Benjamin Pedersen was the best of the finishers taking 5th position. Ulysse De Pauw finished in 7th with Kiern Jewiss 10th.
It was race 3 that would deliver another podium for Douglas Motorsport. Ulysse De Pauw had qualified in P2 for this race and he made the most of the opportunity that he created for himself with a quick qualifying time, starting in P2 and bringing his car home in P2. This was Ulysse’s best result of the championship so far. A 6th place for Kiern Jewiss and a 10th for Benjamin Pedersen gave Douglas Motorsport another 3 car top 10 finish.
I’m really happy, and I want to say a big thank you to the Douglas Motorsport team. We were really close at Oulton Park and we struggled a lot with the pace at Snetterton and Silverstone with some difficult races, and it feels good to be back on the podium. The team have done a good job with the car and I was really comfortable with it this weekend. It feels great and I just want more now.
I hope to continue like this, there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be able to continue like this. The pace was good here all weekend and I have more confidence now. I hope to go one step better at my home race next time outUlysse De Pauw