Reigning British F4 Champion Matthew Rees reckons he’s showing the sort of pace needed to mount a serious challenge at the front of the GB3 Championship grid.
The Welshman came within two hundredths of a second of taking a maiden pole position, in qualifying, despite losing time behind another car on his fastest lap, and looked set to challenge for the lead in the first encounter.
A first lap skirmish with Joel Granfors delayed those aspirations, but the JHR contender did at least manage to keep his car going and bank eighth place despite a damaged car.
Sixth place in the second race banked more points, but one of the biggest talking points from the Donington event was a scintillating charge through the field in race three. From 20th on the reverse grid, he surged up to seventh place at the end, a gain of 13 positions and the equal biggest of the year so far.
That speed and race craft means he’s feeling confident heading to Snetterton on 25-26 June.
“It was a good start to the weekend as we had two strong days [in testing], top three there or thereabouts all the time. We were P2 and P4 in qualifying in the end and maybe we could have been on pole if there wasn’t a car in the way.
“We made a few moves through the pack for race three, some of them even being shown on TV, so that was good.
“At the minute I’m quite pleased, we’re showing quite a lot of speed, shown the race craft, and I think that was a good representation of where we are. It’s a great morale boost for us. We have the speed, so it’s just using our minds, going forwards, and hopefully getting better results at Snetterton.”