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Douglas Motorsport GB3 Race Team
2022 sees Douglas Motorsport return to a three car entry for the GB3 Championship, with Max Esterson, Marcos Flack and Tommy Smith competing in the UK’s leading single-seater series.
Esterson is an exciting addition to the team for his debut GB3 season. The American rising star stepped up to car racing in 2020 and enjoyed two successful years in Formula Ford 1600 racing. A title contender in the 2021 Avon Tyres National Formula Ford Championship, he then won the coveted Team USA Scholarship and represented them in style by finishing second in the Formula Ford Festival and winning the Walter Hayes Trophy.
Flack is another GB3 debutant, contesting his second season of car racing. The prolific karter enjoyed an impressive maiden campaign in British Formula 4, securing three overall podium finishes and a Rookie Cup class win, as well as contesting one-off rounds in the Italian and German F4 championships. The Australian racer is set for a busy 2022 season as he races in both GB3 and Italian F4.
The most experienced driver in the team’s line-up is Smith. With previous experience in New Zealand Formula Ford, Australian Formula 4, Toyota Racing Series and Asian Formula 3, the Australian racer entered the Formula Regional European Championship in 2021 before contesting three rounds of GB3. With a best result of 12th overall under his belt, he now returns for a full season.
Douglas Motorsport Single Seater Record
Douglas Motorsport won the 2013 Winter Series (F4) with Matthew Graham. On the way to championship Matthew secured 3 pole positions and three race wins one of which with a record winning margin of over 11 seconds.
In 2014 main championship to go along with Matt Bell’s wins in 2013, Douglas motorsport had 3 wins, its first 1-2 finish in a main race, 10 further podiums, and 3 pole positions leaving team third in team championship as well as finishing third in 2014 Winter series.
In 2015 Douglas Motorsport won the first ever race with the new Tatuus Cosworth F4-016 2016 car and lead the Autumn series until the very last race with Harrison Scott onboard, only losing the championship due to a non-finish in race 1 on the final weekend.
2016 saw a successful campaign with Thomas Randle and Enaam Ahmed both securing race wins and both finishing in the top 5 of the championship.
2017 saw Callan O’Keeffe join the Douglas Motorsport team and he was joined by Jordan Cane at the third meeting of the championship season. Cane had to wait until he turned 16 years of age before he could compete in the BRDC F3 championship. Despite his young age, Jordan took a pole position and a race win on his first weekend of competition and followed it up with two more wins in the season.
The highlight of the 2018 season was a race win for Jamie Chadwick, the first win by a female in British F3. Jamie went on to finish 8th in the overall standings.
2019 saw Kiern Jewis, Benjamin Pederson, and Ulysse De Pauw compete for Douglas Motorsport in the BRDC F3 championship. After winning Rookie of the year in the Ginetta Junior Championship in 2017 and driving for Douglas Motorsport, Jewis went on to impress in British F4 by winning the overall 2018 championship. Jewiss completed the 2019 season in 4th place overall, winning one race and finishing on the podium a number of times throughout the season.
Ulysse De Pauw returned to Douglas Motorsport in 2020, and was joined by Manaf Hijjawi. Coming into the final weekend of the season, De Pauw was in with a chance of victory. However, it was not to be, but De Pauw clinched 3rd place overall. It was a good result for the Douglas Motorsport in a season which also saw 12 podium finishes for the team.
A new driver line-up for the 2021 season included Reema Juffali, who was continuing her inspirational journey as Saudi Arabia’s first female racing driver and scored a best result of fourth overall. Dexter Patterson scored a podium finish in a partial campaign, while Tommy Smith impressed in a three round stint.
For 2022, the GB3 Championship has introduced a new car, with the Tatuus MSV-022 being a major upgrade on its predecessor. Racing the new machinery for Douglas Motorsport are championship newcomers Max Esterson and Marcos Flack, plus Tommy Smith as he returns for a full season.
Each driver gets the best support possible from a dedicated race engineer and dedicated mechanic, both during and between race sessions.
To compete regularly at the front of the grid, our race team use their combined knowledge and experience to get the most out of car and driver
Our Cars are equipped with the latest in sensor technology, and the real time data collected is used by our experienced race engineers for car and driver advancement after each race.
As a team we listen to our drivers and provide regular coaching sessions, video footage and data analysis.
BRDC Formula 3 Championship
The BRDC British F3 car was upgraded for the 2020 season onwards with revised bodywork and safety improvements, plus a new engine from Mountune Racing.
The powerful car benefits from a sophisticated aerodynamic package and increased downforce, elevating its pace to nearer FIA F3 levels.
The car utilises a carbon-fibre Tatuus chassis and is powered by a bespoke 2-litre 230bhp bespoke Mountune engine. The car meets all the latest safety regulations including side impact panels, a machined-from-solid front anti-intrusion panel, front and rear carbon impact structures, wheel tethers and extractable seat.
Improved aerodynamics include a highly adjustable front-wing, which was upgraded for 2020 with a revised installation and new endplates to increase downforce and set-up variation. The two piece rear-wing is also updated with revised profiles for the carbon fibre main plane and flap, and angled back endplates. An F1-style front splitter and rear diffuser ensures the car provides the most downforce in class.
A revised engine cover with a fin along the spine aids the rear wing efficiency, while barge boards in front of the side pods add to the modern look.
It features a six-speed sequential gearbox with paddle shift provided by Sadev and fitted with a limited-slip differential, unique to BRDC British F3.
An Indycar-style fin in front of the driver acts as a secondary roll structure as well as deflecting debris away from the driver.
Pirelli provides both dry and wet tyres to British Formula 3 Championship.
The braking system is supplied by AP Racing and features 4-piston front calipers and floating, grooved and ventilated discs with 2-piston rear caliper and fixed vented rear disc.
Twin wishbone suspension with two-way adjustable dampers and adjustable front and rear anti-roll bars will provide drivers with plenty of scope for set-up changes.
The BRDC British Formula 3 Championship is run by MSVR and comprises 24 races across eight events.
The weekend format typically includes a 20 minute qualifying session and three 20 minute races.
The grid for the first is set in qualifying order, while the grid for the second is in order of each driver’s second fastest lap. The race three starting order will be the reverse order of the fastest times achieved in qualifying prior to any penalties applied during or following qualifying. To be included in the reversal, each driver’s fastest lap time in qualifying needs to be within 103% of the overall fastest lap. Such a format provides exciting racing, the opportunity for drivers to develop overtaking skills.
Should an event incorporate a Race FOUR, the grid for that race will be decided by an average of the drivers two fastest lap times from Race ONE, TWO or THREE. Only one lap from each of the two races will be included in calculation of the average.
The minimum licence requirement for the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship is National A. Testing is unrestricted.
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