16 / 18 April
The partnership between GB3 and the BRDC goes way back to the championship’s inception as BRDC F4 in 2013, and since then a constant stream of drivers have gone on to race in F1, Le Mans, sports cars and other top line categories of world motorsport.
For British drivers or those from the commonwealth, the partnership between the BRDC and MSV has resulted in significantly increased levels of exposure and opportunities that may not have been possible otherwise.
Over 30 graduates have gone on to join the BRDC in various forms, including induction into the Rising Stars and SuperStar young driver schemes. Many of those have gone on to become Full Members, an honour bestowed only to those meeting the high standards of the world’s most exclusive club in motorsport.
The most high profile examples include F1 stars George Russell and Lando Norris. Russell won the 2014 BRDC F4 Championship before going on to dominate GP3 and FIA F2 before his F1 graduation in 2019 with Williams. Norris meanwhile won four BRDC British F3 races in 2016, and shot through the ranks afterwards, making his F1 debut in the same year as Russell with McLaren.
Both have become full members of the club, and are joined by nine other championship graduates including Jake Hughes and Ross Gunn, who is now an Aston Martin factory driver in sports car racing. Enaam Ahmed, Charlie Eastwood, Harrison Newey, Michael O’Brien, Will Palmer, Charlie Robertson, Harrison Scott and Toby Sowery are the other contenders to have received full membership since racing in the championship.
Several of the above names also came through the Rising Star and SuperStar programmes on their way to full time membership. Twelve championship graduates are still reaping the benefits of the Rising Star programme, including record points scorer Ayrton Simmons, race winner Ollie Bearman and W Series double champion Jamie Chadwick, a BRDC British F3 race winner in 2018.
Three recent graduates are currently in the Super Stars programme, whose members are considered by the club as being the most promising young talents, including 2021 champion Zak O’Sullivan and Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year winners Tom Gamble and Johnathan Hoggard. O’Sullivan is eyeing a move into FIA F3 next year where he is likely to race against Hoggard, while Gamble has become a leading sports car contender, winning the European Le Mans Series LMP3 division, and finishing as runner-up in the LMP2 category this year.
With the BRDC continuing the partnership with GB3 into a tenth season in 2022, and extending their support to the new GB4 Championship too, dozens of promising single-seater drivers are destined to enjoy the benefits of their advice and support for years to come.
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