Arden Motorsport head to Silverstone, Northants this weekend (26-27 June) looking to build on a solid start to life in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship.
The Banbury-team made their debut in the UK’s premier tier of single-seater racing at Brands Hatch last month, with promising first outings for Formula 4 graduates Alex Connor and Frederick Lubin.
The pair scored a hat-trick of points finishes apiece amongst a highly competitive field in Kent, the highlight a strong run to fourth and fifth for Lubin and Connor respectively in the second contest.
Now, with a month to reflect on a positive start to the campaign and with crucial racing experience at F3 level to draw on, the team will now swap one British Grand Prix venue for another.
This weekend will mark the first time either driver has raced on the full Grand Prix layout at Silverstone - the ‘Home of British Motorsport’ - but both have a strong track record in single seaters at the 3.6-mile Northamptonshire circuit.
Connor took a double pole position in F4 there last season on the National loop, converting the first into victory, and the other into a strong podium finish, whilst Lubin secured two Rookie podiums and a brace of points finishes on his last visit.
Qualifying kicks off the action at 11:10 on Saturday ahead of the opening race at 15:25. Sunday features another double-header of action at 10:10 and 16:15, with the latter pair broadcast live on British F3’s YouTube channel and social media platforms.
Gary Ward, Arden British F3 Team Manager said:
“There’s definitely a positive mood at HQ ahead of Silverstone this weekend. It’s always been a good hunting ground for us, and the drivers are definitely feeling confident after last month at Brands Hatch.
“Coming into a new championship, as a team and with two drivers new to that level of racing, shouldn’t be underestimated. It’s a big challenge, everybody is doing fantastically well so far, and hopefully this weekend is a continuation of that progress.”
Alex Connor (#27) said:
“I think the racing is going to be quite close this weekend at Silverstone, but I’m really looking forward to it.
“I’ve only managed to do a few days in the F3 car there, but I really like the GP layout. I did well at Silverstone last year in F4, so I’m hoping for another great weekend.”
Frederick Lubin (#78) said:
“It’s been a long wait, so I’m really excited to finally be jumping back in the car. I’m super thrilled to be racing around Silverstone for the first time in British F3.
“I think it’s a really strong circuit for us, and I think we’re in for some really good results.”