News 23 Jun 2024

More crucial points collected in F3’s landmark 100th race

Luke Browning continues his pursuit of the FIA Formula 3 championship drivers’ title after securing 11 points in today’s Feature Race, which he finished in fifth place. Coupled with the seven points collected by team-mate Martinius Stenshorne in Saturday’s Sprint Race, Barcelona brought a solid points haul for the team, if not the results we had been hoping for.

Sunday’s Feature marked a major milestone in the FIA Formula 3 championship’s legacy, celebrating the 100th race of the modern era since the series was relaunched under the Formula 1 umbrella in 2019. Hitech GP is proud to play its part in helping to put the next generation of racing talent on the #RoadToF1.

All three Hitech drivers got the weekend off to a promising start on Friday when Martinius Stenshorne set the pace in FP1, with Luke Browning P4 and Cian Shields in P8.

Qualifying fourth (Luke) and seventh (Martinius) for the Feature Race, the reversed Sprint grid swapped them around in the order. Martinius advanced two places from his sixth-place grid slot, including an impressive lap 10 move on van Hoepens to secure fourth place. Starting from P9 Luke was in the thick of the midfield battle but ultimately finished outside the points in P12, followed by Cian in P14.

In the Feature Race, Luke held position for the opening laps before making his move on Tsolov on lap 5 to put himself in podium contention. He continued posting fastest lap after fastest lap throughout much of the race before he no longer had the tyres to resist the advancing Fornaroli, enjoying a brief wheel-to-wheel battle on the penultimate lap, and then Goethe deposed him to fifth.

Martinius enjoyed a similar battle for seventh but suffered a front-right puncture and lost out on a points-paying position.

Sprint Race Result – Saturday

Martinius Stenshorne – 4th – 7 point

Luke Browning – 12th

Cian Shields – 14th

Feature Race Result – Sunday

Luke Browning – 5th – 11 points (includes 1 point for fastest lap)

Cian Shields – 20th

Martinius Stenshorne – 27th

There’s hardly time to draw breath now before the action resumes next weekend at the Red Bull Ring (28-30 June), the second round of this triple-header.

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