TEAM NEWS: Hitech Racing’s Max Chilton took two points scoring finishes at Silverstone on Saturday with his young team-mate Walter Grubmüller also improving on his grid position to finish just outside the points. Seventeen year-old Chilton from Reigate, consolidated his second place in the Mirror.co.uk British F3 Challenge Cup scoring 14 points from a possible 22 while 19 year-old Grubmüller was one of only a handful of drivers to overtake around the 2.3mile International circuit.
During Friday’s qualifying session, BRDC Superstar Chilton had his flying lap ruined when he got held up by another driver winding up eighth and in the second was unable to get the best out of his new tyres, posting the 11th quickest time.
For Grubmüller, understeer in the high speed corners prevented him from showing his true potential in the first session and in the second the Austrian was unable to get a clear lap, winding up 13th in both.
The opening race on Saturday, held over 24 laps, was a fairly processional affair. At the lights both drivers dropped a place but Max, easily among the quickest on the track in the latter stages, was able to capitalise on a coming together between Nick Tandy and Atte Mustonen at two thirds distance to move up to seventh. Over the remaining laps Max was lapping consistently amongst the quickest on the track, at one point fastest overall, but eventually posted the fourth quickest time as he crossed the line seventh.
For Walter a superb opening lap enabled him to pass Philip Major and a steady drive over the next few laps soon put him into a tremendous battle with double race winner Michael Devaney, who eventually found a way past. At just over the halfway point, Walter passed Alistair Jackson, moving him up the order but at the flag he finished just outside the points.
In race two, a good start by the duo allowed them both to move up a place when pole-man Brendon Hartley was slow off the line. On lap four a recovering Hartley repassed Max pushing him down a place and then a stirring battle with John Martin ensued. By two-thirds distance a four-way battle for eighth between Devaney, Martin, Hartley and Max had got underway but as the race neared the end, Max couldn’t find a way past multiple race winner Hartley.
A last lap retirement by Sam Abay elevated Max and Walter to tenth and 11th respectively at the flag.
The pair will now head straight to the Bucharest street circuit in Romania for the penultimate rounds of the British Formula International Series this weekend.