Formula 3 Euro Series back in the UK
Following a one-year break, the Formula 3 Euro Series is going to return to Brands Hatch, this weekend. The races held at the 1.929-kilometre Indy circuit of the former Formula 1 venue located south of London will be contested by 18 Formula 3 vehicles, including the one of the current Formula 3 Euro Series Championship leader Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam). The fourth, fifth and sixth races of the Euro Series season – with rounds four and six also being a part of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship – can be followed live with English commentary via the live-stream coverage at the official Formula 3 Euro Series website.
While Juncadella would love to extend his championship lead, Carlos Sainz (Carlin), the currently second-placed driver, will try hard to close the gap to his compatriot. Sainz’ team, Carlin, has fond memory of Brands Hatch: three years ago, the circuit located not far from the team headquarters was the venue of the only Carlin win in the Euro Series to date – courtesy of Brendon Hartley. Meanwhile, Juncadella also can look back on a Brands Hatch success: in 2011, as Euro Series rookie, he secured a podium.
In addition to the regular Formula 3 Euro Series entrants, there will be four guest drivers contesting the 2012 season’s only Euro Series event on British soil: the two Britons Harry Tincknell (Carlin) and Geoff Uhrhane (Double R Racing) as well as Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin) and Fahmi Ilyas (Double R Racing) from Malaysia.
Tom Blomqvist (ma-con Motorsport): “I’m looking forward to my home event in England. I have fond memories of the short Brands Hatch circuit as I succeeded in securing my British Formula Renault 2.0 title there, in 2010. And I’m particularly delighted as my grandpa will make the trip from New Zealand to Brands Hatch to attend the race weekend. He is a kind of my lucky charm. Whenever he witnesses me racing on site, things are running particularly well, for me.”