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The 2016-2021 Supergrid: GB3’s fastest 10 drivers

The 2016-2021 Supergrid: GB3’s fastest 10 drivers

Tuesday 28 December 2021

The 2022 GB3 partnered by the BRDC season was the final campaign for the Tatuus chassis first introduced for the 2016 season, and in that time 109 drivers have competed in the championship.

But which of those were the fastest? We’ve cranked some numbers and can now reveal the fastest 10 drivers to have driven and raced these cars over the past six seasons.

All results are based on each driver’s qualifying average, and drivers must have registered a time in at least half of that season’s qualifying sessions to have been included. In the case of drivers competing in multiple seasons, their best season average is counted here.

1. Lando Norris, Carlin, 2016, average qualifying position: 1.5
Future F1 star Norris made his debut in the then BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy in 2015, but also did a half season of racing when the championship became BRDC British F3 at the start of the 2016 season. The British youngster showed all the quality that would become apparent in subsequent F3 and F2 campaigns on his way to F1, with four stunning British F3 qualifying performances.

Taking part in the Snetterton, Rockingham, Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps rounds in 2016, he qualified on pole three times, and third at Silverstone. Each of those poles was converted to victory, with his Snetterton triumph, finishing over 19 seconds clear of the opposition, being the largest seen in these cars. No wonder he made it to F1.

2. Enaam Ahmed, Carlin, 2017, average qualifying position: 2.0
Ahmed’s 2017 campaign was the most dominant in the history of the championship, as the British driver stormed to 13 victories from 24 races. Remarkably, his first pole position in qualifying didn’t come until the fifth round of the year at Spa-Francorchamps, but he then backed that up with poles at Brands Hatch and Snetterton as he wrapped the title up with a round to spare.

He only qualified off the front row on two occasions, both coming at the start of the season at Oulton Park and Rockingham, which saw his lowest qualifying position of the season with fourth. If fourth is your worst…

3. Ricky Collard, Carlin, 2016, average qualifying position: 2.25
Unlike Norris, Collard competed in the full 2016 season with Carlin, and was a front-runner throughout. He took two pole positions, one at Oulton Park and the other at Snetterton, and only twice qualified off the front row of the grid, with a lowest qualifying result of fifth.

While he missed out on the overall championship title, Collard did claim the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, having also claimed two additional pole positions courtesy of fastest race laps.

4. Matheus Leist, Double R Racing, 2016, average qualifying position: 3.0
You don’t become a champion without being very quick, and Leist proved that in 2016 with a string of excellent qualifying performances. The Brazilian claimed the title at the final round of the year at Donington Park, and claimed a single pole in qualifying at the mighty Brands Hatch GP circuit.

There were three further front row qualifying results at Silverstone, Snetterton and Donington in the second half of the season, as he showed his pace to steal the championship title away from Collard. That speed took him all the way to IndyCar, enjoying a two-year stint in the USA’s top open wheel category.

4= Clement Novalak, Carlin, 2018, average qualifying position: 3.0
Clement Novalak only competed in half a season in 2018, but made a strong impression a year before his title winning campaign in 2019. The Franco-Swiss driver, then racing under a British licence, qualified on pole for his first race in the championship at Oulton Park in 2018. That ultimately came to nought after an early incident, but was a clear indication of his speed.

That was further highlighted by two third places and a fifth as he completed his half season. Incidentally, his qualifying average during his championship season in 2019 was actually a place lower (fourth), but he redeemed that with a significantly better performance in the races.

6. Zak O’Sullivan, Carlin, 2021, average qualifying position: 3.125
2021 champion Zak O’Sullivan enjoyed one of the most dominant campaigns in the championship’s history, taking his first title in cars over 160 points clear of his nearest opposition. His dominance was set up by a string of superb qualifying performances, as O’Sullivan qualified inside the top-three on six occasions, with his average skewed only by a tricky wet session at Snetterton, where he was seventh, and then eighth at the next event at Silverstone.

O’Sullivan was fastest in three qualifying sessions, and took five poles overall to claim the 2021 Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, in addition to his overall championship trophy.

7. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, 2020, average qualifying position: 3.286
The 2020 champion was another dominant driver and claimed the 2020 title 51 points ahead of Hitech GP’s Kush Maini. His platform for the title, in his second season in the championship, was built by his qualifying performances, topping the session four times and second fastest on two further occasions.

Discounting a nightmare weekend at Brands Hatch, Frederick qualified on the front row in every session otherwise. Removing his 15th place at the legendary Kent circuit from the equation, Frederick would have actually delivered the best season of qualifying results ever seen in these cars, with an average qualifying position of just 1.3. No surprise then, that he was the winner of the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup!

8. Linus Lundqvist, Double R Racing, 2018, average qualifying position: 3.5
Another winner of the Jack Cavill Pole Position Cup, 2018 British F3 champion Linus Lundqvist was the fastest man in the 2018 field based on qualifying results. The Swedish driver was fastest in two sessions, and qualified on the front row on four further occasions.

Only a 14th place at Donington Park when he encountered various issues denies Lundqvist a spot much higher up the supergrid. Without that mishap, he would have an average qualifying position of second!

9. Toby Sowery, Lanan Racing, 2017, average qualifying position: 3.571
The first non Carlin or Double R driver on the supergrid is Toby Sowery, who returned for a second tilt at the title with Lanan Racing in 2017. The British driver was supremely consistent in qualifying, with an average position of just over 3.5 in the sessions across the year.

He was inside the top four in six of the seven sessions he participated in, with only a 11th at the second round of the year at Rockingham distorting his average.

10. Johnathan Hoggard, Fortec Motorsports, 2019, average qualifying position: 3.75
Hoggard’s first and only season in the championship in 2019 saw him almost steal the title from Clement Novalak, finishing just 23 points shy of the now F2 driver. Hoggard was extremely impressive though, as he regularly qualified on the top-two rows of the grid, although a couple of blips harmed his average, including seventh on the grid at Silverstone and 10th on his first visit to Spa.

But there were poles at Donington (two) and at Silverstone, with his overall performances at each event resulting in him winning the Sunoco Whelen Challenge (as did Lundqvist the year prior) and of course, the Aston Martin Autosport Young Driver of the Year Award.

The overall supergrid top-20:




Average qualifying position


Lando Norris


1.5 (four sessions)


Enaam Ahmed


2.0 (eight sessions)


Ricky Collard


2.375 (eight sessions)


Matheus Leist


3.0 (eight sessions)


Clement Novalak


3.0 (four sessions)


Zak O’Sullivan


3.125 (eight sessions)


Kaylen Frederick


3.286 (seven sessions)


Linus Lundqvist


3.5 (eight sessions)


Toby Sowery


3.571 (seven sessions)


Johnathan Hoggard


3.750 (eight sessions)


Bart Horsten


3.857 (eight sessions)


Ben Hingeley


4.0 (eight sessions)


Ayrton Simmons


4.125 (eight sessions)


James Pull


4.571 (eight sessions)


Kiern Jewiss


4.750 (eight sessions)


Cameron Das


5.125 (eight sessions)


Billy Monger


5.250 (eight sessions)


Thomas Randle


5.375 (eight sessions)


Nicolai Kjaergaard


5.375 (eight sessions)


Sasakorn Chaimongkol


5.571 (seven sessions)


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