Single Seater Success For LMP3 Racer Christian Olsen
Congratulations to Ecurie Ecosse Nielsen Racing ELMS driver Christian Olsen, the young Dane secured the FIA European Historic F3 title at Zandvoort this past weekend after pole position and a pair of race wins in his 1983 Martini Mk39 Alfa Romeo.
The title win though came after major dramas in qualifying, and a splendid fatherly gesture from Christian’s father Tom, who also races in the category.
Engine trouble in qualifying for Christian was later diagnosed as terminal by Slim Racing team owner, Swedish ex F1 racer (and ex F3 Champion) Slim Borgudd.
Christian’s father Tom Olsen (who had, himself, qualified 8th) readily agreed to the team exchanging his engine for Christian’s rather worse for wear example, p[aving the way for his son’s winning double and Championship win.
“I am hugely grateful for my dad’s dedication to my success; I know it wasn’t an easy conclusion for him to reach as he was hoping to do well this weekend. I’m positive he feels the sacrifice paid off!” said Christian.
Tom Olsen responded: “It was, of course, the only correct thing to do, Slim and the team worked overnight to make the switch and all I can add is that Christian’s performance made the sacrifice more than worthwhile. It’s interesting to see how his sportscar experience, getting the pace and consistency out of the car, and being smart in traffic, is paying off in this racing too. It’s clear that his skillset and speed is progressing rapidly.”
Webb Back With A Bang In An Alpine!
ByKolles LMP1 driver Oliver Webb had a great weekend at Silverstone winning both races in the Alpine A110 Cup from pole position. Webb, part of the 2014 ELMS title winning LMP2 crew with Signatech Alpine was back with elements of his old team for the weekend, Signatech now responsible for the production and marketing of both the single-make and GT4 versions of the Alpine A110.
“It was an excellent weekend. I love Silverstone and this was the opportunity to be back with Alpine, Philippe Sinault and other folks I know very well. I drove the Alpine A110 Cup car for the first time on Friday and was on top in the first session. I immediately liked its very lively, but extremely well-balanced handling. Of all the cars I have driven in my career, it is one of the best for learning how to control a car. There are many talented drivers in this category and the racing is very clean. I want to thank the team for the great job they did in allowing me to get such great results on the track.”
Mia Flewitt Takes Inaugural McLaren One-Make Title
Mia Flewitt clinched the inaugural FIA Pure McLaren GT Series title last weekend at Hockenheim. A win and a second place giving her an insurmountable 58-point lead over Stewart Proctor heading into the Silverstone finale later this month.
The Series, for GT4 spec McLaren 570S racers looks set to continue in 2019.