Alex Gurney raced to two more impressive top ten finishes this past weekend in round 12 of the British F3 championship at Brands Hatch. In what was arguably one of the most competitive F3 grids ever, Alex proved to be more than capable of...
Alex Gurney raced to two more impressive top ten finishes this past weekend in round 12 of the British F3 championship at Brands Hatch.
In what was arguably one of the most competitive F3 grids ever, Alex proved to be more than capable of mixing it with F3's best. Qualifying turned out to be a game of hundredths not tenths. Amazingly, the top 15 were separated by just half a second in qualifying for the first race! In qualifying for the second race, it was just 4 tenths separating the top 15 cars.
Alex and his Fortec teammate, Gianmaria Bruni were separated by just 9 hundredths of a second and two hundredths of a second respectively in the two qualifying sessions, Alex edging his teammate in the second.
Grid positions were important but the first lap proved to be even more important as overtaking on the Brands Hatch Indy circuit proved extremely rare this weekend. From 12th on the grid, Alex made a great start and emerged from the first lap in 8th position and held it to the finish.
In the second race, starting from 10th, Alex again made a good getaway. Then, in a bid to gain track position on that vital first lap, Alex dove to the inside of Bruce Jouanny for 8th at Graham Hill bend and made side to side contact. Jouanny spun off into the grass while Alex continued but the hold up allowed Alex's teammate to slip past. Alex was able to continue on to finish in 9th place.
This was another solid performance in a season that is continually changing for the better. There is only one more round in the championship left and that will take place at the Silverstone International circuit on September 28th and 29th.
"I feel very good about our chances at the last race. Silverstone should suit our engine slightly better than Brands and we've made big gains in the setup of the car. I think we'll be very strong, rain or shine!" said Alex.