Arden Motorsport continue to impress in the GB3 Championship after securing another victory, three podiums and a strong points haul at Snetterton last weekend (6-8 August).
Buoyed by a maiden victory in the UK’s premier single seater series courtesy of Roman Bilinski at Spa-Francorchamps last time out, and with rising star Frederick Lubin back in action following illness, the Red Arrows made the trip to Norfolk in good spirits.
Mixed weather conditions hampered the duo in qualifying, but in race trim, both Bilinski and Lubin were arguably the class of a highly competitive field.
A charge from ninth to fifth on the opening lap of the first race put Bilinski in the frame for another podium finish, and the Polish racer duly delivered, first passing points leader O’Sullivan before annexing third past Sagrera.
Lubin, meanwhile, put in a superb drive to cut through the order, moving up from the back row of the grid to register eighth at the chequered flag, a gain of nine positions on his first competitive outing back in the car.
The Brit then improved further to take fifth in Sunday’s middle contest, with Bilinski once again on the podium in third after a bold dive to the inside of Lebbon at Agostini at half distance.
Bilinski made the headlines in the final race, rising from third to the race lead in the opening two laps before pulling out an unassailable 6.1-second lead out front to take his second win in successive meetings.
Lubin once again marked his card as a front-runner in the category, rising from the back row for the second time in a weekend to take seventh, a gain of ten places from his rain-affected starting spot.
Both drivers made headway in the standings after a strong points haul across the triple header, with Bilinski now into the top five and Lubin rising to 12th after his enforced absence. The pair’s efforts also cemented third in the Teams Championship for the Banbury-based team.
Silverstone, Northamptonshire hosts the next three rounds of the 2021 GB3 Championship on 14-15 August.
Gary Ward, Arden GB3 Team Manager said:
“I think the entire team is quite rightly proud of how we’ve performed at Snetterton this weekend.
“Roman did superbly to get his second win. This is such a competitive field, and the format isn’t exactly designed for one driver to be up on the podium in all three races, so to be the first driver to achieve that this season is tremendous, and he’s right up at the sharp end of the standings now.
“But we need to give Frederick a special shout-out. He’s been through a lot recently, but the way he’s bounced back, returned to the grid this weekend, and put in three really strong drives is fantastic.
“If he hasn’t won an award for ‘most overtakes’, then I don’t know what else he could have done. Really superb driving.
“Now we’ll look to use this momentum and move forward to Silverstone next weekend. We know we have a competitive car there, and arguably the best driving pairing on the grid, so it’s all looking positive from our side.”
Roman Bilinski (#4) said:
“It’s a bit difficult to put into words how fantastic this weekend has been for me. Another victory, podiums in all three races and I’m now right at the sharp end of the standings, despite doing six fewer rounds races. You can’t really ask for a better return than that.
“Everything just seemed to click – qualifying was a bit disappointing, but the weather played a huge role in that. Snetterton is a good circuit for overtaking, luckily, so I was able to roll my sleeves up and get stuck in during the races to make up for it.
“The car was absolutely on rails all weekend; I can’t thank Arden Motorsport enough for the platform they gave me to go out and perform on.
“It’s probably fair to say this season has had its ups and downs, but I feel really energised by all the good results we’ve had in GB3 over the past two months, and hopefully it’ll continue in this way for the rest of the season.
“I also need to give a huge thanks to everybody that’s supported me recently. We’ve had an absolute influx of new followers to my social media channels, particularly from Poland, and it just gives me that extra tenth out on track.”
Frederick Lubin (#78) said:
“A really tough weekend for me. It was just as hard mentally as it was physically. It was good fun fighting through from the back, although I would have liked to be back at the front.
“I’m happy the team did well and I hope we can carry this momentum on to Silverstone and pick up from where we left off last time there.”