Podium and Points
Putting yesterday behind him Nikita stormed off the line in fourth, putting down a pace that Callum Ilott just couldn’t keep up with. In a breeze of a race, Nikita performed a celebratory weave as he took the checkered flag, securing our first podium of the weekend.
With Ralf and Jake kept on their toes with some wheel-to-wheel battles in the midfield, the pair battled hard to bring home some well-deserved points for the team. Eager to recover positions, Tadasuke was a little too quick off the clutch as the lights went out and took himself out of contention for points with a drive-through penalty, despite showing a fantastic pace throughout the race.
After some quick high-fives at the back of the garage in celebration of Nikita’s second podium, the team got ready to tackle the second race of the day. With all four drivers starting in the top ten we were looking forward to what would be a thrilling race.
Double Podium after Chaotic Final Lap
The final race around the Red Bull Ring was full of action from start to finish. Ralf shot off the line at lights out, leaping from fifth to third before the first corner. Maintaining his position beautifully we were sure Ralf was going to bring home some more champagne. Until disaster struck on the final lap with Ralf slightly misjudging an overtake on Norris spinning them both into the gravel. It was double heartbreak for the team as Jake also suffered an early race penalty which saw him fall out of contention.
Nikita and Tadasuke however were here to lift our spirits and treated us to the best race of their seasons so far. Keeping a clean race through the half an hour of racing, the pair stuck together on track, lapping consistent times and formed a difficult duo to pass.
As chaos erupted around them, with many drivers receiving 5 second time penalties for exceeding track limits, and Ralf/Norris heading to the gravel our tenacious duo kept themselves out of trouble ending the race in 2nd and 3rd respectively.
With a roar of cheers from the pit-wall we headed to the podium to cheer our Hitech Hero’s home. It was an especially fantastic performance from Tadasuke who, after breaking his arm at Norisring a mere 12 weeks ago, showed exceptional pace today to take his first podium.
Still dripping in champagne, we grabbed a couple of words with our podium finishers:
“My start was good, I was fast and I didn’t make any mistakes.” Nikita said. “Sometimes, it happens in racing that two rivals collide and others gain positions as a result. This time, I was the lucky one, but in the previous weeks, I have had a lot of bad luck as well. Now, it seems that my good fortune has come back and I hope for a similar result during the finale at Hockenheim in three weeks’ time.”
“First I must say a big thank you to Hitech GP and Honda for supporting me.” Tadasuke said after securing his maiden FIA Formula 3 podium. “This weekend my car felt really nice and had good performance. I started the third race on used tyres so my handling was impeded from the beginning. But my race engineer told me not to give up and to give it my upmost. I was very lucky in race three and to get my first podium is an excellent feeling. I will push more at Hockenheim and we will see if I can repeat the result!”
With podiums associated with the entire squad we leave Austria elated and fully focused on ending the season on a high at Hockenheim on the 14th-15th October.