TEAM NEWS: ULTIMATE MOTORSPORT AND MYGALE CONTINUED THEIR RISE TO THE FOREFRONT OF FORMULA THREE WHEN THEY SECURED THEIR BEST EVER RACE FINISH IN THE BRITISH F3 INTERNATIONAL SERIES AT BRANDS HATCH ON SUNDAY.
The new team, which was launched at the start of this year, has climbed up the grid this season using a previously un-raced Mygale chassis and the latest result follows the team's previous best of fifth place scored by Esteban Guerrieri in the F3 Euroseries at the Grand Prix support race at Magny-Cours two weekends ago.
Team owner Barry Walsh said: "Things just keep getting better and better and this was a fantastic result for Michael and for the whole team. We finished closer to the front than we ever have before and that proves the car is improving all the time.
"Overall it has been a pretty smooth weekend with Michael also getting points in the first race although it was a shame that Esteban failed to finish in either race. But these things happen in motorsport and the fact that Esteban's pace was also good we can take plenty of positives out of this weekend.
"We have more developments coming, too, which we will test at Pembrey for two days at the end of next week and they should hopefully push us closer to that podium finish we are now targeting. We build more as a team at every race and everyone is doing a fantastic job considering the pressures we are all under."
Devaney made a lightning start in the first race to move from 12th on the grid into eighth, one place ahead of Guerrieri, and the pair spent the first few laps battling each other with Guerrieri moving ahead before the safety car came out, at which point Guerrieri was sixth with Devaney seventh.
Guerrieri was caught out when the safety car pulled in without turning its lights off and Devaney attacked but lost out and dropped to eighth. Guerrieri dropped back with clutch problems and eventually retired but Devaney battled on to bring the car home seventh.
Guerrieri lost out in a second corner battle in the second race and ended in the gravel trap at Druids. Devaney climbed to seventh from 10th on the grid then gained places when two rivals were given drive-through penalties and snatched fourth when he made it past Niall Breen.
Devaney said: "What a fantastic result – and what an amazing car I had today! We were on the pace with the leaders and that was fantastic, so it was great to get my best ever result with the team in F3 and to extend my continuous points-scoring run to four races.
"In the first race there was some tight fighting and it was a shame that Esteban had to retire. I had some difficulties with the car myself, so it was pleasing to get to the finish and score more points. But the second race the car was just perfect and thanks go to all the team for a fantastic job."
Guerrieri said: "Mick and I had a good battle in the first race but when the safety car out I was caught sleeping which cost us both and then I had a problem with the clutch and had to stop. The second race ended very quickly for me when I ran out of space in T2 but fourth place from Mick was great for the team."