British F3 - Team USA contenders sample Douglas Motorsport GB3 cars

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Team USA contenders sample Douglas Motorsport GB3 cars

Team USA contenders sample Douglas Motorsport GB3 cars

Wednesday 3 November 2021

Formula Ford Festival podium finishers Max Esterson and Andre Castro sampled Douglas Motorsport GB3 machinery at a Bedford Autodrome test day yesterday (Tuesday).

The Team USA Scholarship duo finished second and third respectively at the legendary Brands Hatch event with Low Dempsey Racing, with Esterson putting on an epic charge up the order from 13th to second in the Grand Final, while Castro climbed from eighth to third.

For Esterson, who finished third overall in this year’s National Formula Ford Championship, the test was a chance to reacquaint himself with GB3 machinery having first driven a car earlier this year.

“Although I had already driven the car a few months ago, the speed of it compared to the Formula Ford that I’m used to still felt amazing,” he said. “It definitely took some getting used to again, but it was a blast to experience that much power and downforce, so thank you to Wayne Douglas and the team for the opportunity!”

Castro has raced in USF2000 and F1600 in his homeland this season, plus selected rounds of Formula Ford in the UK, following a couple of seasons in the NASCAR Whelen Euro Series. Yesterday’s test was his first taste of a GB3 car.

“My first drive in GB3 machinery was a real thrill,” Castro commented. “The last two corners of the circuit were taken in fifth gear, and I spent all my track time developing the confidence to use the downforce to my advantage in those corners. Going faster and closer to the limit in those corners was mega, and left me itching for more. It was also beneficial to rotate the car using the throttle in low to medium speed corners, which I very much liked the feel of. It was so different to Formula Ford, but both are amazing in their own ways!”

Douglas Motorsport Team Principal was impressed by the performance of the New York pair:  “Max and Andre produced fantastic performances in the Formula Ford Festival, and we were delighted to support the Team USA Scholarship by giving them a run out in the GB3 Championship car,” said Douglas.

“We were hugely impressed by how both drivers performed behind the wheel on the day, and it’s clear they have huge levels of talent and potential for the future. We wish them the best for the Walter Hayes Trophy this weekend.”

Esterson and Castro now head to Silverstone this weekend for the Walter Hayes Trophy.

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