Quinn Takes Brilliant Podium on British F3 Debut
Alex Quinn took a fantastic third position in the final race of his maiden race weekend in the BRDC British F3 Championship, with Lanan Racing.
Quinn was drafted into the team as a last minute replacement for Toby Sowery, who was called for Lamborghini Squadra Corse duties in Shanghai and was forced to miss the final race of the British F3 season. Quinn's first laps in the car came in a mid week test at Donington, where he had to get quickly up to speed with the new, more powerful and grippier F3 machinery.
Quinn got a good number of laps under his belt in testing - managing to set the strong lap times on board his number 11 Lanan Racing machine. However a lack of mileage on the Friday testing due to wet conditions meant he was still chasing the car as they went into qualifying and he crucially was unable to do any practise starts.
Nevertheless, Quinn put on a strong showing to set the 7th fastest time on his first qualifying session in the championship - just 0.5s off pole position.
Race one saw the lack of standing start experience thwart Quinn, as he made a sluggish getaway but managed to regather himself to get back into the race and set competitive la times - on his way to 11th at the flag.
The second race of the weekend saw Quinn start from 11th on the grid - where he finished in race one.
Quinn again made a solid impression, as he set the 5th fastest lap of the race - on his way to 9th at the chequered flag, scoring his first BRDC British F3 points in the process.
With the final race of the weekend having the starting grid based on fastest laps - Quinn would start from the inside of the third row in 5th position. Quinn mastered the start in this race to vault himself up into 4th position early on - in hot pursuit of multiple race winner Jordan Cane and the Carlin duo of British F3 Champion Enaam Ahmed and his teammate Cameron Das.
Ahmed took the lead early on, with Das succumbing to a damaged front wing on lap four. Quinn sycthed past the wounded Carlin driver to move himself into 3rd position.
Quinn held his own for the rest of the race, whilst not being able to challenge for 2nd, he pulled away from the chasing pack behind to bag himself a brilliant 3rd position at the finish - taking home a fantastic podium finish in the process.
Alex Quinn "I wasn't expecting a podium this weekend! After Thursday testing I thought it may be a realistic opportunity and I'm really happy with the pace we've shown. The races haven't been easy for sure, in races one and two we really struggled off the line having had no practice starts but in race three we got it sorted and actually gained a place.
That gave me the opportunity to be up here and the team has done a fantastic job for me with the car so I'm happy.
I've not had much time in the car but the team has helped me enormously and I think I've handled it quite well with my first weekend in British F3 and I'm very happy to end it on the podium."
Quinn's attention now returns back to the British F4 Championship, which heads to Brands Hatch on the 30 September - 1 October for the season finale. He is currently 4th in the standings heading into the final round as he aims to add to his three wins of the season and end the 2017 season on a high.
The British F4 Championship will have two races broadcasted on ITV4 during the 1 October, tune in to see Quinn in action as the season draws to a close.
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