British F3: Donington

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British F3 – Donington, Rd.4


19/20 September

The British F3 Championship Donington Park

The Tewkesbury-based team travelled back to the East Midlands in buoyant mood on the back of a double victory and career-best result for Josh Skelton at Brands Hatch last time out.

A few issues in pre-event testing put Josh – consistently a front-runner in the series this year – on the back foot for qualifying, and in an ultra-competitive grid, moving forward in race trim proved tricky. He still took a hat-trick of points finishes to keep his title chances afloat, and maintained his enviable record as one of the few drivers in the field to have scored in every round, no mean feat for a Rookie! His pace after a front wing change in the finale, mixing it with the front-runners, showed there is definitely more to come when the series returns to Donington later in the campaign.

Josh: It was a difficult weekend at Donington Park for me, we had a few issues throughout the weekend which put us on the back foot a little heading into the races. Nevertheless, we never gave up even when the results weren’t what we wanted; we managed to get there pace wise in the end and can hopefully take the positives out of the weekend to move forward in the future. As always a massive thank you to CDR for all the hard work over the weekend and we will bounce back stronger at the next one.

Race 1: P14
Race 2: P6
Race 3: P14

2020 British F3 Championship: 7th (205 points)
https://www.britishf3.com/standings/2020-championship-standings/

Next up:
3/4 October – Rounds 15/16/17/18 – Snetterton 300

 

British F3: Brands Hatch

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British F3 – Brands Hatch, Rd.3


29/30 August

The British F3 Championship Brands Hatch

Another solid weekend for the Chris Dittman Racing Team in Rd.3 of the British F3 Championship at Brands Hatch.

Josh: “Showing solid speed in both conditions on Friday testing, everything was looking good heading into qualifying on Saturday morning. The qualifying session was wet but the track was drying every lap. We were very quick all the way through the session, but on the last lap I got held up and dropped from P2 to p6. All four races would then be run in dry conditions. The first two races we struggled for a bit of pace compared to others.”

“Race 1: P6 > P6, Race 2: P9 > P8. We had lots of work heading into the two races on Sunday, but we worked well as a team, identified the problems and made some changes. Race 3: P2 > P2, and then Race 4: P9 > P6. Overall another amazing weekend scoring lots of points moving me up to third in the championship. Big thank you to the team as always, and all of my sponsors.”

Race 1: P6
Race 2: P8
Race 3: P2
Race 4: P6

2020 British F3 Championship: 3rd (180 points)
https://www.britishf3.com/standings/2020-championship-standings/

Next up:
19/20 September – Rounds 12/13/14 – Donington Park

 

British F3: Donington

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British F3 – Donington, Rd.2


15/16 August

The British F3 Championship Donington!

Josh: “Qualifying was an improvement for us this week, we ended the session P7 for Race 1, and P5 for Race 2, meaning we had a strong starting point. Race 1 we made up a position and ended the race in P6, with very strong speed throughout the race catching the leading pack from a bit back. I would start the reverse grid race from P13. Race 2 on Sunday didn’t quite go to plan. After having a great opening few laps, I made a mistake that cost us good points. Nevertheless, we showed a really strong pace and were feeling very positive heading into the final race of the weekend.”

“Race 3, starting P5, I managed to bring the car home in P2 after a long battle throughout, which ultimately came down to the final corner. I think it’s been another strong weekend for myself and the team, and I would like to say a massive thank you to CDR for all their hard work, and providing me with an amazing car all weekend!”

Race 1: P6
Race 2: P14
Race 3: P2

2020 British F3 Championship: 6th (108 points)
https://www.britishf3.com/standings/2020-championship-standings/

Next up:
29/30 August – Rounds 8/9/10/11 – Brands Hatch

 

British F3 Opener at Oulton Park

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British F3 – Oulton Park, Rd.1


1/2 August

The British F3 Championship finally underway at the weekend!

Josh: “A very positive weekend for me overall, and a good way to start the delayed season. After a very close qualifying session we were in P10. A slot which was always going to be tricky from which to start Race 1.”

However, Josh remained very optimistic: “I stayed positive, and kept my head held high going into the races, and couldn’t wait to get the first race underway. After making good starts, and making some great moves I managed to move forward in every race from the position where I started on the grid. So to come away with a 4th,10th, 7th and a 6th was extremely positive, and we definitely made the most out of the situation after the earlier qualifying session. To come away from Oulton Park and to be tied 5th in the standings is a very promising start. We worked well as a team all week, and I would personally like to say a huge thanks to the CDR boys for all their help! Next up… Donington Park and for myself it cannot come around fast enough!”

Race 1: P4
Race 2: P10
Race 3: P7
Race 4: P6

2020 British F3 Championship: 6th (60 points)
https://www.britishf3.com/standings/2020-championship-standings/

Next up:
15/16 August – Rounds 5/6/7 – Donington Park GP

 

Josh graduates to BRDC British F3 with CDR

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Josh graduates to BRDC British F3 with CDR


27 February 2020

Chris Dittmann Racing has confirmed British F4 front-runner Josh Skelton as its first driver for the 2020 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship. The 19 year-old steps up to the UK’s premier single-seater championship after two successful campaigns in British Formula 4, taking 15 podiums – including two victories – en route to a best overall finish of fourth in 2019.

CDR also head into the new campaign on a high after enjoying their best season to-date in the category last term, taking five wins and twelve podium finishes between Ayrton Simmons and Nazim Azman, and were the only squad to achieve a 1-2 finish.

Skelton acted as the team’s official test driver at today’s MSVR Media Day at Brands Hatch, and will complete further mileage at the BRDC British F3 Media Day next week at Snetterton before gearing up for the season opener at Oulton Park on Easter weekend.

Josh Skelton said: “It’s amazing to be teaming up with Chris Dittmann Racing this season and I believe they will give me everything I need to push at the front of the field. After a solid season last year in British F4, we took a break over the winter and looked at our options. We decided the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship was the next step in my career and where I would learn the most. The car has a lot more downforce than what I have previously driven, and it will be great to see what the new upgrade kit is like. I can’t wait to get the 2020 season started and I can’t thank CDR or the people around me enough for making this possible.”

Chris Dittmann, Team Principal commented: “Everybody at CDR is delighted to welcome Josh to our BRDC British Formula 3 Championship team ahead of the 2020 season. His performance in British F4 over the last two seasons speaks for itself. He’s shown plenty of promise and we’re happy with the initial progress we’ve made together over the winter so far. Last year was a very positive one for everybody at the team and we’re looking ahead to 2020 with optimism.”

British F4: Brands Hatch, Rd.10, 2019

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British F4 – Brands Hatch, Rd.10


12/13 October

Qualifying:
“Qualifying was very damp and as a result the track was greasy and slippy,” said Josh afterwards, “I had a spin into the gravel but luckily got the car back out again. After that it took a bit of time to get the tyres clean, getting P7, but finding the last bit of time to move up the order wasn’t to be this time around.”

Race 1 & 2:
“At the start of race one I didn’t have the best of starts, following which it was a pretty boring race race as a result of being behind the Safety Car for the most part. I managed to gain a place on the last lap however, which moved us up to seventh. I had a good start for race two, but lap by lap I was losing ground, had a little spin, and that was the race really.”

Race 3:
Josh: “Starting once again from 7th on the grid. The track had started to dry so I was hoping for a good result to see out the year on a high! I moved up to P6 on lap one, and shortly after made the move on Seb Alvarez to take P5. We looked to have really strong pace at the start of the race but towards mid-race the tyres went off massively. However, despite this I moved up another place to take P4 by the flag.”

“It was a positive result to take away from what was, a very tough weekend after struggling to get a set up in the wet conditions. I end the championship in 4th which is a very good result considering where we were after the first round. There’s been many highs and lows throughout the season, and breaking the British F4 record of 9 consecutive podiums and having a total of 14 podiums out of 30 races is definitely an achievement to take forward in my career.!

“I would like to say a massive thank you to JHR Developments for all the help and commitment over the last two years in helping me develop as a driver, and its now time to sit down and put some plans together heading into next year.”

Race 1: G7, P7
Race 2: G7, P10
Race 3: G7, P4

2019 British F4 Championship: 4th (326.5 points)