TEAM NEWS: Ultimate Motorsport worked hard to salvage two solid point-scoring finishes from a challenging British Formula 3 weekend at Thruxton.
All three of the team's Mygales had to battle set-up problems from the first qualifying session, and with no Friday practice at Thruxton the team had to work especially hard to get the cars in good shape for the races.
Michael Devaney had no choice but to run the same tyres as he had used in qualifying for the first race, even though the team knew they were the cause of his problems in qualifying. The Irishman had to fight the car all the way through the race and did well just to score some points in ninth place.
Yet the car was in much better condition for the second race and he made swift progress from 10th on the grid to spend most of the race dicing for fourth place. He eventually finished fifth after a safety car period broke up the race, having done all he could to make the best of a difficult weekend and keep himself within two victories of the championship lead.
Alastair Jackson had to retire from the first race with a throttle problem and had his hopes of a strong finish in race two dashed when he picked up a puncture and had to come into the pits to have the tyre replaced.
Ricardo Teixeira found himself battling against oversteer all weekend and fell victim to a spin at the incredibly quick Church corner in each race while trying to push his car to the limit.
Michael Devaney: Driver, n.16
"It's been a frustrating time. The difference between the two sets of tyres was unbelievable and it's a pain that an inconsistent set of tyres can make such a big difference to the car's performance. Once it was back to normal with the second set on, things were much better. I had a good fight for fourth but just couldn't get the place back after the safety car. The weekend could have been a lot better, but there are still positives to take. Our potential pace was very good again. Things look good for the next race, too. We went well at Brands Hatch last year and the car is a lot better now so there's no reason why we shouldn't be back on the podium there."
Barry Walsh: Team Owner
"Considering the inconsistency we had with the tyres, Michael did a good job to keep himself in contention for the championship. It was a trying weekend for us: with no testing on Friday it was difficult because the Mygale is a sensitive car to changes. But the pace was always there, which is encouraging. Alistair did well, particularly at the end when he was fired up after having to pit with a puncture. He's already shown that he has the speed that's required so we just have to help him produce it consistently."