Thomas Randle made his first appearance in a FIA specification Formula 3 Dallara at the Masters of F3 for Double R Racing, and finished just outside the top ten.
His performance however was praised by Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, who knew Randle, a race winner in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship in 2016, was being thrown into the deep end having not tested the European Formula 3-spec machine before.
Randle finished the feature race on Sunday in eleventh, holding off the challenge of Hitech GP’s Harrison Scott until the chequered flag, and Hieatt was happy with the professional approach taken by Randle throughout the Zandvoort weekend.
“We’re very pleased with how Thomas performed throughout the weekend, he did a very good job on his first time out in the FIA spec Dallara,” said Hieatt.
“It was very much a case of being in at the deep end without much in the way of testing, but he approached the weekend very professionally and to come away as the top rookie was a great result.”
Hieatt and Double R Racing are looking forward to their planned return to the Macau Grand Prix at the end of the year, eager to replicate their podium finish from 2015 when Alexander Sims secured third.
“For the team, it was fantastic to be back in action with the FIA F3 cars for the first time this year and we’re all looking forward to Macau at the end of the year now,” said Hieatt.
“The plan is to run at least two cars there and try and repeat the podium we scored with Alex last year.”