Hillspeed's Chaimongkol & Owega Star As Top Car Racing Rookies Of British F3 Season
• Hillspeed’s driver development shines again in 2018 British F3
• Sasakorn ‘Cutter’ Chaimongkol ends year as top car racing rookie
• Jusuf Owega concludes maiden season in cars as P2 newcomer
• First podium for Ben Hurst on final weekend of championship
After another highly competitive BRDC British Formula 3 Championship season, Hillspeed’s renowned driver development work has again borne fruit in 2018 with car racing rookies Sasakorn ‘Cutter’ Chaimongkol and Jusuf Owega both impressing in their maiden season.
Thai 19-year-old Chaimongkol only just missed out on an overall top eight finish in the British F3 driver standings, racing to a brace of podium results along the way with a best of second place at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium, and will undoubtedly be one to watch in 2019.
German 16-year-old Owega, meanwhile, had to miss the opening event of the season at Oulton Park while he waited to reach the minimum age to be able to compete in British F3. Going on to end the season 11th in the standings, only misfortune and incidents not of his making cost him the real opportunity of becoming a multiple podium finisher.
Chaimongkol and Owega actually ended the 2018 campaign as the two highest placed car racing rookies in the UK’s premier single-seater championship which, once again, has helped to underline the glowing driver development ability of Derbyshire squad Hillspeed.
Additionally, of course, Canada’s Ben Hurst achieved his first British F3 podium on the final day of the season at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit yesterday, Sunday, 14th October, having arrived on UK shores at the beginning of the year for his first campaign outside North America. As another driver to benefit from Hillspeed’s sterling development work, Hurst has made good steps forward in 2018.
“We’re extremely proud of our driver development and the key focus we place on helping to nurture and assist young drivers is one of the things we feel helps Hillspeed to stand out”, said team principal Richard Ollerenshaw, “Both Cutter and Jusuf have developed impressively this season in their first full year in cars, which only confirms the hard work everyone has been putting in.
“Our aim as a team is to never leave any stone unturned, we always strive to maximise the potential of every driver we work with and provide them with the tools required to become successful on the career path of their choice, whether that be single-seaters or GTs and touring cars.”
As the team heads towards its landmark 50th year of existence in 2020, the foundations on which the squad was established back in 1970 by Richard Ollerenshaw’s father Morgan remain as strong as ever and provide the grounding which has helped some of the top young drivers in motorsport to forge very successful careers on the international stage.
Blancpain Endurance Cup front-runner and 2017 British GT Champion Seb Morris is one of the most high-profile drivers to emerge from the Hillspeed family, having graduated through the teams ranks as a championship winner in Ginetta Junior and title challenger in BRDC Formula 4 – the forerunner to BRDC British F3.
Oman’s Ahmad Al Harthy, 2017 Blancpain Endurance Cup Pro-Am Champion, Super GT Championship GT300 title challenger Sean Walkinshaw, current Blancpain GT Series Nissan GT-R NISMO racer Struan Moore and 2017/2018 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Middle East Champion Al Faisal Al Zubair also became first established as Hillspeed drivers.
India’s Ameya Vaidyanathan progressed from British F3 with Hillspeed to the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Bahrain’s Menasheh Idafar earned his stripes with the squad before going on to win the 2010 British F3 National Class title and superstars Nick Tandy, current works Porsche driver, and Alexander Sims, works BMW driver, first tested in single-seaters with the team.
“Over the years we’ve worked with some absolutely outstanding young talents, who have since gone on to carve out very impressive careers at the highest levels of the sport, and we feel very honoured to have played a part along the way”, added Ollerenshaw.
While the 2018 season is only just done and dusted, Hillspeed is focusing squarely on preparations for the 2019 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship season with a major winter testing programme in the UK and Europe.
Contact Richard Ollerenshaw for more details:
Tel – 07966 650400
Email – [email protected]