TEAM NEWS: Ultimate Motorsport Voted Best Team in British F3
Ultimate Motorsport's stunning debut season was crowned last weekend when they were voted the best team in the 2007 Lloyds TSB Insurance British F3 International Series and announced plans to expand their operation next season.
Ultimate, formed in late 2006 and launched in February this year, has been acknowledged by series organisers SRO for their efforts in developing their unique Mygale-Mercedes machines into podium contenders this season and for the professional approach they have brought to F3 in all areas of the business.
The award was handed out at the end-of-season awards dinner last weekend and was collected by team owner Barry Walsh and team manager Jonny Ostrowski. Team members were on hand for a well-deserved celebration which carried on into the early hours.
Barry Walsh said: "Every one of the people involved in making this dream a reality deserves this award. They have all had a vital role to play and what a job everyone has done. To have come from nothing to podium contenders in less than a year is a damn good effort. It is massively satisfying that our efforts have been recognised not just by the organisers, SRO, but by everyone on the grid. We have come in with a job to do, and part of that job was to raise the bar in Formula Three. I think we have managed to push it up quite a few notches!"
Jonny Ostrowski added: "This year has been tough but it has been fantastic – and one doesn't come without the other. I would like to say, again, a great thank you to everyone in the team. We have gone from strength to strength and we will only get stronger in 2008!"
Bernadette Fitzsimons, General Manager of British F3 International Series organisers SRO London, said: "The decision to award Ultimate Motorsport the 2007 British F3 Team Award was a very easy one to make. In their first season, Ultimate Motorsport have risen to the challenge in the world's most competitive Formula Three Championship.
"Their team attitude and paddock presentation have been excellent and they raced with the brand new Mygale F3 chassis against the dominant Dallaras, raising a few eyebrows with their competitive performances at every round of the 2007 Series. They have been a very welcome addition to the British F3 paddock and I very much look forward to seeing them back next season."
Ultimate will return to the British F3 International series next year and confirmed they will expand their operation through a merger with French-based Signature team which will see the arrival of a new team – Ultimate Signature – on the World Series by Renault grid.
Ultimate Signature will be based at Ultimate's workshops in England and will race under a French licence. The World Series by Renault will introduce a new car for 2008, which will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 engine, and the calendar will visit many of the leading racing circuits around Europe.
Walsh said: "In a short space of time we have come a very long way, and our season in British F3 has taught us a lot. Now, thanks to the renowned expertise of Signature, we are able to take the next step up in an exciting joint venture. We will be driven by passion, as well as the pursuit of sporting excellence."