TEAM NEWS: The Litespeed F3 team literally blew away any doubters yesterday at Brands Hatch, taking its first podium on only the second outing for the car. Jonathan Legris, driving Litespeed’s R1 for the first time, took a well earned second place in National Class in the British F3 International Series, a result that has definitely made others sit up and take note.
A team that has ‘barely brought the car out of the garage’ appeared to put a smile on the face of many around the well-loved Brands Hatch track this weekend, ‘shaking up’ the Dallara ‘strong-hold’. Word around the pits post-race erred between admiration for a team that has only been seen once before, at Snetterton, and angst. ‘If they can achieve this result on their second outing,’ noted one team manager (who asked to remain nameless), ‘how formidable will they be in the 2009 series?’
Technical Director, Steve Kenchington said, ’We always knew that we had the technical capability to produce outstanding results, but Friday’s testing at Brands threw a curve ball to us. We made a couple of definitive set up alterations to the car to suit the undulating bends of Brands Hatch. Jonathan is a remarkable driver with such a natural affinity to our R1, and his feedback was imperative to making the adjustments prior to qualifying. Together we have made some significant changes to the car’s ability this weekend and the results are there for all to see.’
Those results include a fifth place finish in the second race, a leap of another 5 places from the grid. Unheard of for a car in such infancy, this baby really is ‘running’ – why bother walking if you don’t have to?
Has Litespeed F3 found an unstoppable team after only two races? The team’s technical ability, which can only get better is in no doubt – highly skilled Lotus engineers volunteer their free time to make ‘the baby’ as she is fondly referred to, shine supreme. Couple that with the driving ability and competitive mind set of Jonathan Legris - arguably the Ayrton Senna of the future – and this team will continue to ‘blow the mind’ for a very long time.