Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of The Year Cian Carey endured a frustrating trio of races when the F3 Cup visited the Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk over the weekend.
Having tested well in the run up to the event, and broken the lap record at Donington last time out, the Mooretown Engineering backed driver was understandably aiming high, targeting his first F3 win at the historic venue.
Qualifying fourth, despite encountering plenty of traffic during the session, Cian was confident he would be right at the front in the opening race of the weekend. As the cars were called to assembly, the heavens opened and most of the teams, Cian’s Chris Dittman Racing included, quickly fitted wets. His startline woes from the Donington weekend now sorted, Cian made an excellent start and was running second in the closing stages. Unfortunately though, a few teams had gambled on slicks and starting from the pitlane and as the track dried out, they had a massive advantage in terms of pace over all of the front runners. A group of cars caught Cian on the final tour, but he still managed to hang on for sixth place at the flag.
In race two, again in wet conditions, Cian was embroiled in a hectic dice for the duration and had just grabbed third place when the red flags came out after an incident further down the grid. Once again though, luck was not with the County Meath driver, as the official results were taken a lap earlier, dropping him to fourth place. In the third and final race, in dry conditions, Cian once again made a good start but had to avoid a spinning car in front, dropping him down to sixth place. He charged back to fourth but by that stage the leading trio were too far ahead for him to gain any more places.
Cian Carey, Motorsport Ireland Young Driver of The Year:
“Ultimately a disappointing weekend for me. Once again, we had plenty of pace, but we must have left Lady Luck back in Ireland this weekend! Onwards and upwards for Silverstone in three weeks time.”
Rounds 7,8 &9 of the F3 Cup take place at Silverstone on June 3rd/4th
Images from Jonathan Hatfield.