16 / 18 April
The GB3 Championship partnered by the BRDC moves into a new era in 2022, thanks to the introduction of the Tatuus MSV-022 car which features a number of safety, power and aerodynamic upgrades.
More than 100 drivers have competed in the championship since 2016, at the wheel of the previous car, and here are some of the key statistics covering that period.
Most wins – Enaam Ahmed, 14
All but one of Ahmed’s victories came with the Carlin team in his dominant championship campaign in 2017. He started his season in unique style by taking three wins in one weekend at Oulton Park, and there were further doubles at Snetterton, Spa, Brands Hatch and on the second visit to Snetterton. He also took a single win with Douglas Motorsport in his first season at Snetterton in 2016.
Most podiums – Enaam Ahmed, 23
Another top stat for Ahmed, who claimed five podiums in 2016 with Douglas Motorsport, including that Snetterton win, and 18 visits to the rostrum in 2017, which included eight in a row in the second half of his title-winning campaign.
Most laps led – Kaylen Frederick, 137
2020 champion Kaylen Frederick was another dominant performer during his championship campaign, and led 121 of that season’s 286 laps. Having led 16 laps during his first season in 2019, Frederick has led more laps in the championship than any other driver.
Most points – Ayrton Simmons, 1043
Simmons has been a front-runner during two full seasons in 2019 and 2021, and also made selected appearances in 2018 and 2020. But having always operated at the sharp end of the grid, it’s no surprise that the British driver tops the chart for the most points scored overall in the category.
Most fastest laps – Kaylen Frederick, 15
Frederick’s second overall honour, this time for the most fastest laps in races. He showed his speed during his first campaign in 2019 with three fastest laps, and he added 12 to his tally in 2020 as he stormed to the title.
Most qualifying pole positions – Kaylen Frederick, 9
Another stat, another honour for Frederick! He claimed pole position for his first ever race in the series in 2019 at Oulton Park, and then added eight to his tally in 2020.
Biggest qualifying margin – Oliver Bearman, 0.884s
Oliver Bearman impressed all onlookers in 2021, as he took both the Italian and ADAC F4 titles, while also competing in three GB3 weekends. On his second appearance in the championship at Snetterton, he powered to the biggest qualifying margin seen in these cars, a staggering 0.884 seconds in a tricky wet session in Norfolk. Only two other drivers have taken a pole position by over half a second; Louis Foster at the same venue in 2020, and Clement Novalak at Silverstone in 2019.
Smallest qualifying margin – Tom Gamble, 0.015s
A staggeringly close session at Rockingham in 2018, where it wasn’t just close for pole, but also for the top four! Tom Gamble took pole for Fortec Motorsports, just 0.015 seconds ahead of eventual champion Linus Lundqvist, with Novalak only three hundredths of a second further back. Future W Series champion Jamie Chadwick impressed too, less than a tenth of a second in arrears from Novalak. Gamble converted pole into his first win in the championship.
Biggest winning margin – Lando Norris, 19.095s
The first race under the BRDC British F3 title was held at Snetterton in 2016, and future McLaren F1 star Lando Norris absolutely decimated the opposition. Having qualified on pole by a slender 0.041 seconds, the weather turned ahead of the race, leading to a wet surface and lap times some 15 seconds slower than in qualifying. Norris delivered a wet weather masterclass, and was over four seconds ahead at the end of the first lap. He stretched that to seven seconds by the race’s midpoint, and refused to hold back, lapping over four and a half seconds quicker than second placed driver Aleksanteri Huovinen on the final lap to take the flag 19.095 seconds ahead of the Finn. Only two other wins have been with a margin greater than 10 seconds, both coming from Frederick in 2020 at Donington Park and then at the meeting held on the National layout.
Smallest winning margin – Toby Sowery, 0.171s
A slight anomaly here, as Sowery’s victory at Oulton Park in 2016, less than two tenths of a second clear of Ahmed came after Ahmed, the original winner, was handed a time penalty following a clash between the pair. But the next closest win isn’t much further off, as Lundqvist held off a race long challenge from Nicolai Kjaergaard at Rockingham in 2018 to win by 0.260 seconds. We’re no stranger to a close finish, with 55 races decided by less than a second, nearly 40% of contests since 2016!
Fastest recorded lap time – Kush Maini, 116.01mph
In terms of average lap time, Kush Maini’s practice effort ahead of the final round of the season in November 2020 is unrivalled. A combination of cool track temperatures, fresh tyres and the upgraded aero kit for the 2020 championship allowed the Indian to record an average speed around the entire Silverstone GP circuit of just over 116mph. That makes Silverstone the fastest circuit visited all season, an average of 1mph faster than Spa-Francorchamps.
Most places gained in a race – Lando Norris, 15
We couldn’t end this piece without another Lando Norris stat, could we? Norris’ half season in the championship in 2016 provided plenty of highlights, with four wins and a mega battle with teammate Ricky Collard at Rockingham being notable talking points. But a stunning charge through the order at Silverstone was one of his finest moments, as he sliced from 17th on the grid to second place. Having crashed out of the opening race of the weekend, the then 16-year-old took full advantage of the wet conditions in race two as he gained eight places on the opening lap and was fifth by the end of lap two. He then disposed of Thomas Randle next time around, before completing his ascend with two moves in two corners on Matheus Leist and Sisa Ngebulana on the fourth lap. But race leader Toby Sowery had a nine second lead by this point, and a late safety car period denied Norris the chance to go for the lead.
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