TEAM NEWS: Litespeed F3 Fires up for 2009 Challenge
TEAM NEWS: Donington Park, soon to be the home of the British Grand Prix, saw Litespeed F3 cross it’s door step this weekend, the team’s first race on the historic circuit and the final round of the 2008 British F3 International Series.
With the weather changing even more often than Lewis Hamilton visited the pits in Japan, valuable statistics and set up information were gleaned for 2009, even if the weekend’s racing proved to be somewhat frustrating.
Having spun off in qualifying, Jonathan Legris found himself at the back of the grid for the first race on Sunday, but a typical flying start from the 20 year old saw him quickly reach fourth position in National class. In an ironic twist of fate, that lightening speed brought Jonathan to within spitting distance of two International cars that were clashing ahead. To avoid any entanglement, he resorted to the safety road at Esses, thus putting him in last place.
Taking a pragmatic view, Nino Judge MD of Litespeed said, ‘That’s the unpredictable nature of motor sport for you,’ and the team used the rest of the race as a test session, to fine tune the set up for the second race.
Whilst many might herald qualifying in sixth place for race two – it is after all only the car’s 4th outing - both Litespeed and Jonathan were disappointed, having missed the ‘sweet spot’ in qualifying while changing the tyres to wets.
After another ‘Litespeed’ start, which again saw Jonathan passing the competition, he had a spin on lap two, relegating him to the back of the grid. As it turned out, the data analysis showed a failing damper caused his spin and prevented him and Litespeed from showing their true potential at the weekend.
‘These four race meets have been an exciting introduction to British F3, especially the team’s second place podium on our second outing at Brands Hatch,’ said Judge. ‘It has also, predictably, been a steep learning curve, but the team faces a challenge head on and is even more fired up to put our stamp on the Series next year. We will be running an extensive testing programme throughout the winter in preparation for 2009, our first full season, in which we aim to run 3 competitive National cars, competitive in both speed and price. ‘
In addition, the team intends to undertake extensive wind tunnel work and use a seven-poster rig to fully unlock the dynamics and competitiveness of the R1. In unleashing Litespeed’s R1, Judge is confident he has a record breaking car on his hands.
The team is inviting skilled drivers to test the car over the winter and to discuss the 2009 season as well as the team’s favourable rates, engineering ‘know-how’ and marketing opportunities. www.litespeedf3.com