SEASON PREVIEW: 2021 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship – Chris Dittmann Racing

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Chris Dittmann Racing returns to the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship for 2021 with a three-car line-up.

The team brought one of the most striking liveries to the grid last season but only Josh Skelton contested the full campaign with the team, finishing sixth in the standings.

With the introduction of a Teams’ Championship this year, a three-car entry could really boost CDR’s chances of challenging the other confirmed three-car teams of Carlin, Douglas Motorsport, British F3 debutants Elite Motorsport, Fortec Motorsports and Hitech GP.

Each team’s best two results from each race will count towards the standings across the 24-race season.

Max Marzorati – #81 – GBR

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Max Marzorati returns to British F3 for 2021 having worked four jobs over the off-season to secure a budget for the year.

Having appeared for JHR Developments at Donington Park last August, he joined CDR for the final two rounds of the season at Donington and Silverstone, completing 13 races in total across 2020.

Marzorati brought karting and single-seater pedigree into his first half-season in British F3, having raced in the X30 and Rotax karting categories before moving up to Renault UK Clio Cup Junior and Formula Ford 1600.

He has tested with the team at Donington Park, Silverstone and Brands Hatch ahead of the season opener at the Kent circuit on 22/23 May.

After being announced, he said “We’ve only had a few days [of testing] in general and we know everyone else has been doing around two tests a week!

“So we know we’re up against it, but we’re already on the pace and in that top scrap.

“Hopefully we can carry what we’re doing into the first round, into qualifying and do the job.

“I’m really looking forward to it and I can’t wait to get started.”

He’s not just motivated by results this season either.

“I’m here to win.

“I come from a working-class family, I’ve worked three jobs to be on the grid and I’m competing with people that are able to put a lot more money into it.

“But I’m here to beat them.

“I’m extremely grateful to be here because there are a lot of people who are fighting as hard as I was to be on the grid, just to stay alive and to keep their family alive.

“It’s been a really hard two years for everyone, but I’m here to beat the people who can just show up and spend another five grand on another day.”

Alex Fores – #90 – GBR

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Alex Fores finished as runner-up in the F3 Cup with CDR last year, having made appearances at British F3’s visits to Donington and Snetterton.

The 21-year-old took four wins, four poles and five fastest laps in ten F3 Cup races.

He’s only contracted to the Tewkesbury team for the first round at Brands Hatch at present, though this may extend to a full season if he can secure sufficient backing.

He raced in the Junior Saloon Car Championship in 2014 and 2015, finishing fourth in Junior Monoposto 1800 in 2016.

He then drove his first F3 car in the 2017 Monoposto Championship, completing half of the 2018 season alongside his A-Levels, before a mechanical problem in the final round cruelly took the 2019 title away from him.

Ayrton Simmons – #18 – GBR

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CDR’s third and final driver of 2021 will be Ayrton Simmons.

The five-time British F3 race winner returned to the championship at Brands Hatch last season, winning two of the three races which will stand him in good stead for the opening weekend of this campaign.

He joined the team for pre-season testing at the Kent circuit (pictured), keeping him up to speed with perhaps his happiest hunting ground in British F3 ahead of the season-opener there this weekend.

He is CDR’s most successful British F3 driver, with an addition seven podiums alongside his five wins, having taken third in the 2019 standings behind Clément Novalak and Johnathan Hoggard.

The season-opener at Brands Hatch will be Simmons’ 37th race with the team, making him one of the more experienced British F3 drivers on this year’s grid.

The verdict

Chris Dittmann Racing will be one of the most intriguing teams to watch this season.

It will be interesting to see how Max Marzorati performs with the security of a full 24-race campaign; the same will be true of Alex Fores if he and the team can reach an agreement for the full season.

Ayrton Simmons, however, needs no introduction at this level. With five wins and a further seven podiums under his belt already, including two wildcard wins last season on his first time in the Tatuus BF3-020, you would have to be mad to bet against him being in the title fight again, as he was in 2019.

The 2021 BRDC British Formula 3 Championship begins at Brands Hatch GP on 22/23 May, supporting the Intelligent Money British GT Championship.

The Checkered Flag will be bringing you all the action from the season.

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