TEAM: Ultimate makes the most of a challenging Silverstone
TEAM NEWS: Ultimate Motorsport managed to bounce back from a trying qualifying day to salvage a good points finish from this weekend's British F3 International Series round at Silverstone.
Michael Devaney charged through the field in the first race from his 20th place grid slot and fought all the way up to 11th by the end. He ran out of laps before he could progress any further, but the signs were good that he could be competitive in race two despite losing running time earlier in the weekend.
The Irishman was on the charge again in race two and made his relentless way up from 14th to eighth. He might have been able to climb yet higher had he not been forced to spend the majority of his race in a multi-car battle for the place. But he was able to hold off polesitter Brendon Hartley at the finish to claim some more valuable points.
Alastair Jackson enjoyed a battle-filled day and finished with 14th place in the first race. He was denied the possibility to improve on that in the afternoon, when his driveshaft broke while he was running in 13th during race two.
Ricardo Teixeira had a disappointing first race, struggling with oversteer throughout, but recovered well to race through to 13th place in the afternoon's second encounter.
Once again the team was left to think about what could have been had it not suffered a string of problems that limited running time throughout the weekend - especially during qualifying.
Michael Devaney, driver, No.16
"It was another tough weekend. It was difficult to tell what the true pace of the car was because we had so many problems, which is really annoying. It was good to be able to fight for eighth: I think that was the best we could have hoped for under the circumstances. Generally though, we should have been a lot higher up. I'm confident that we can rediscover our form in future. When things are going well, it's clear that we've got a lot of speed."
Alastair Jackson, driver, No.11
"The racing was good and it was going well, but it would have been nice to finish both races. We were struggling with the set-up but we still had reasonable speed until the driveshaft broke and I had to park it. We'll just have to hope for better luck next time but with more time in the car I'm growing in confidence."
The next round of the British Formula 3 Championship - which is also the penultimate meeting of the series - takes place at the Romanian street circuit of Bucharest from August 22-23.