Successful British F3 Debut for Williams at Team Loctite
TEAM NEWS: Team Loctite is fortunate to have secured the services of 2007 Formula BMW team driver Jordan Williams for their very first visit to the Snetterton Circuit with the British F3 International Series.
Snetterton is one of the fastest circuits in the UK and is a firm favourite with F3 teams who have all carried our extensive testing there during the winter of 2007 and spring 2008.Being our first visit to the Norfolk circuit we were a little apprehensive, being Jordan’s first ever drive in an F3 car he was understandably a little apprehensive, however we needn’t have worried as after just 3 laps we witnessed Jordan’s natural skill and car control and he never looked back.
The weather was dreadful, but we have begun to expect this in F3 this season, it rained all day for the test on Friday and the last session in the afternoon was quite appalling, with dangerous rivers of water crossing the circuit, leaving the cars struggling for grip even along the start and finish straight.
Jordan kept the car on the track and recorded the 4th fastest lap of the day in his class, which delighted team owner Trevor Powell, ‘Jordan has justified our decision to give him his F3 debut, I never doubted for a single moment that he would be quick’.
Qualifying on Saturday was also very wet and once again Jordan’s skill and a well set up car gave him an excellent grid position of 7th for the first race. In the second qualifying session he did even better with his experience from the morning putting him ahead of the current Championship leader finishing in 5th place on the grid for race 2. His speed was outstanding and he was 8th fastest overall in sector 1 well ahead of all the other Championship class drivers and exactly equal to or ahead of 12 International class drivers including the overall championship leader Sergio Perez. This was a truly amazing result for his first ever experience in an F3 car. Powell commented ‘he looked so good out on the track in those awful conditions, and his results are incredible given the circumstances’.
Sunday’s race day dawned fine, sunny and dry, presenting the team with a novel problem never having run the car in dry warm conditions setup was a bit of a gamble. Powell stated ‘it seems amazing but apart from a single lap at Croft before Niall Quinn crashed we have never tested, qualified or raced the car in the warm and dry so we really do not have any experience at all of these conditions’.
Race 1 was always going to be difficult and it was, Jordan made up several places in Riches corner only to be forced wide by the more experienced drivers losing all the gains in the process. He went on to drive superbly until the car let him down, a spacer plate in the clutch disintegrated and he could not select any gears and was forced to retire after 16 laps.
With the car repaired just in time Race 2 was an opportunity for Jordan to record his first F3 race finish and this he did in some style, with aching muscles from the G forces and the sheer physical effort needed to keep this type of car on the track, combined with a less than ideal setup borne out of our lack of experience in these conditions he did a magnificent job bringing the car home in 7th place, scoring his first F3 points and finishing ahead of several really excellent drivers including the Class leader Andy Meyrick and his former team mate and International class star, Australian Sam Abay. ‘Jordan is a naturally talented driver and has acquitted himself well in his Formula 3 debut, he has to revisit his fitness regimen for the demands of F3 and we as a team need to do some dry testing to give him the car he deserves. The Team LOCTITE crew did a magnificent job this weekend and special thanks go the Crew Chief Rich, No.1 mechanic Joe, Data engineer Ed and No2 mechanic Alex, it was tough but they came through with flying colours, said a delighted Trevor Powell.