Karun Chandhok finished inside the top 10 in the 85th running of Le Mans 24 Hours, while India’s next Formula 1 hopeful Jehan Daruvala notched his second European Formula 3 podium last weekend. We review their performance in our weekly round-up.
Karun Chandhok (Le Mans 24 Hour)
Result: 10th in class. 12th overall
After a year’s absence, Karun Chandhok made a successful return to Le Mans 24 Hours with Tockwith Motorsport in the LMP2 class.
Given his experience relative to teammates Philip Hanson and Nigel Moore, Chandhok did the bulk of driving duties, spending nearly 12 hours in the cockpit of the British outfit’s Ligier JS P217.
Not only did he drive during the crucial night hours, he also did a quintuple stint during the first quarter of the race.
The 33-year-old’s hardwork, coupled with lack of mistakes and technical issues, meant that the #34 car crossed the finishing line 10th in class and 12th overall.
Given the pace deficit Ligier teams had over their Oreca rivals on this particular low-downforce circuit, it was an impressive result for the former F1 driver and the British outfit.
Jehan Daruvala (European F3 Hungary)
Best finish: Third
Jehan Daruvala kicked off the Hungaroring European Formula 3 weekend by topping the opening practice session on Friday.
In a wet first quaifying, Daruvala posted the fourth fastest time but was promoted to third place after a penalty for rival driver Joey Mawson.
At the start, Daruvala was forced wide at turn 1 but managed to safely return on track while keeping his position intact.
He then launched a race-long attack on Hitech’s Jake Hughes, but eventually had to settle for third place. It was his second podium of the season after Monza, where he nearly defended Carlin teammate Lando Norris for a maiden victory.
In Races 2 and 3, Daruvala was indulged in two long spats with Mawson, but the nature of the Formula 1 venue meant that he couldn’t way a past the Australian both times.
He finished the two races in eighth and ninth respectively to add six more points to his tally and move up to sixth in the overall standings.