Arden Motorsport hit the front in tricky wet weather conditions as the GB3 Championship returned to action at Oulton Park, Cheshire last weekend (11-12 September).
The Banbury-based outfit made the trip north to the 2.69-mile International circuit looking to bounce back after a difficult triple header at Silverstone last time out, with both ‘Red Arrows’ – Frederick Lubin and Roman Bilinski – keen to make up for lost ground.
Despite qualifying slightly further back than hoped in a highly competitive session, both drivers dug deep and impressively turned their fortunes around in race trim.
A brace of points-scoring finishes for the pair in the opening race provided a good foundation, on which Lubin and Bilinski then made their way through an eventful middle contest to take the chequered flag in fifth and eighth respectively.
Bilinski later received a penalty for allegedly gaining an advantage en route to that finish, but the pair saved their best for last in a rain-hit end to the weekend.
Starting fourth, Bilinski’s start was lightning fast, the 17-year-old rising to second by Old Hall, then the race lead with a dive to the inside at Cascades to annex the position. From there, he was unstoppable, extending his lead to 8.1 seconds to notch up a third win in the team’s debut season.
And there was more good news for Lubin too, the Brit marking his continued return from illness with a maiden podium finish in the category, third on this occasion.
Their combined efforts have kept Arden in with a shout of securing a top-three spot in the Teams’ Championship when the series reconvenes at Donington Park, Leicestershire on 16-17 October for the season finale.
Gary Ward, Arden GB3 Team Manager said:
“It’s been another landmark weekend for us in the GB3 Championship. We came into this season expecting to learn, to develop and to help bring these drivers on from their Formula 4 programmes, but the reality has been much greater than that.
“To win, especially in such difficult conditions, is a real testament both to the team and Roman’s ability, he really kept his cool out front.
“We couldn’t be happier for Frederick in securing his maiden podium as well; his work ethic is tremendous, and he’s always such a positive influence on the awning, so it’s satisfying to see everything start to come to fruition for him.
“We’ve got a month to prepare again for one final round at Donington Park, and we’ll be aiming for more of the same to set us up nicely for a productive winter.”
Roman Bilinski (#4) said:
““I’m delighted to leave Oulton Park with my third win of the season; after a difficult trip to Silverstone, and a mixed weekend up until that point, it was a fantastic high to end on.
“The car felt absolutely perfect, particularly in the tricky conditions, so that’s a testament to the hard work and effort my Arden Motorsport team have put into giving me the best machinery possible to go out there and compete at the front.
“I’ve got a few weeks now to digest this weekend and then move on to preparations for the season finale at Donington Park.
“There’s far more to be learned from adversity than success, but we’ve had more than our fair share of both in recent rounds, so whatever happens next month, I can look back on this season as a very positive process in my driver development.
“That said, I obviously want to give it everything and go into the winter on a high note! Thanks as always for everybody’s support, it’s much appreciated.”
Frederick Lubin (#78) said:
“It’s been an up and down weekend, but I’m so pleased with how it turned out, securing my maiden podium finish in the GB3 Championship.
“So much hard work was put in throughout this weekend by everyone in the team, so it’s a really satisfying result. I’m so happy I was able to finish the weekend on the podium.
“A big thanks to the team once again for everything this weekend.”