JHR Developments went to the home of the British Grand Prix, Silverstone, for rounds four, five and six of the 2022 GB3 championship season, but left disappointed after the early promise failed to deliver headline results.
The team and BRDC SuperStar Matt Rees, who finished in the top three in pre-event testing, hoped to make an impact on the standings after taking a podium at Oulton Park to open the season.
On the way to qualifying, the Welsh teenager unfortunately overworked his tires meaning he only had one flying lap with optimal grip, leaving him seventh on the grid with plenty to do in the three 20-minute races.
A slow start in the first race brought him back to 11th position, although he would manage to pass Callum Voisin in tenth, where he took the flag. He suffered understeer throughout the race, broke the track limits and was given a time penalty after the race, dropping him to 12th place.
After adjusting the setup overnight, Matt rode well in race two, making up places in the early laps before the field settled down and finished ninth, but there was disappointment for the final race. On the first lap, a rival climbed up several positions, flew over the front of his car, damaged his wing at the high-speed abbey and sent him off the track.
Sustaining for a lap and a half, it was clear there were problems with the car, which was confirmed when he entered the pits and the team saw damage to the suspension, which meant he had to withdraw from the race.
Despite the disappointment in the results, both Matt and the team have a clear idea of the areas that need improvement, and everyone is looking forward to fixing them for the next rounds of the season at Donington Park on the 28th weekend. /May 29.
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