Less than a year after clinching the BRDC Formula 4 Championship in dominant fashion, Will Palmer returns to the championship with HHC Motorsport. Now rebranded as the BRDC British F3 Championship, Palmer goes into the weekend as one of the favourites for victory.
Palmer made the move to gain experience before he races at Spa-Francorchamps in his Eurocup Formula Renault drive in September. The 19-year-old will also visit the circuit at the end of the month competing in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC. So far this season, he’s picked up three podiums in the category and currently sits fifth in the standings.
Palmer said: “I’m really looking forward to racing in BRDC British Formula 3 this weekend, particularly at such a legendary track like Spa. It’s also great to be rejoining HHC Motorsport having had so much success together last year. I’m sure it will be tough as it is a competitive series and I’m not so familiar with the car, but I’m confident we can challenge for some strong results.”
His domination of last year’s championship saw him collect 12 victories, ensuring he stood atop the podium for half the races that season. Palmer won the championship by a record margin of 137 points with one round to spare.
Charlie Kemp, Commercial Director of HHC Motorsport, commented: “We are delighted to have Will back in a HHC Motorsport car for the forthcoming BRDC British F3 round at Spa-Francorchamps.
“I am sure it will prove a fruitful experience for Will as he looks to build his experience ahead of his Formula Renault races here, and with his strong technical knowledge and feedback it will also prove extremely useful for the whole team.”
Palmer will be joined by Ben Hingeley and his team mate from 2015; Sisa Ngebulana. A mixed weekend in Silverstone saw Ngebulana throw away his chance at a top eight finish, having collected sixth in the opening race. Hingley’s sixth place in race two was his best result of the season and he’ll hope to carry the momentum over to Spa.