McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Palmer joins F3 grid for Spa

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Will Palmer will make his first start in the rebranded BRDC British Formula 3 Championship this weekend at Spa with HHC Motorsport

McLaren Autosport BRDC Award winner Palmer joins F3 grid for Spa

Palmer won the BRDC Formula 4 title last year before the championship's change of machinery to the Tatuus-Cosworth FA-016 and retitling as British F3, winning a record 12 of the 24 races with HHC.

The 19-year-old will rejoin HHC and race its third chassis alongside regulars Ben Hingeley and Sisa Ngebulana, gaining experience of the Belgian venue before its Formula Renault Eurocup and Northern European Cup rounds later this year.

Palmer is currently eighth in the Eurocup points and fifth in the NEC standings with the R-ace GP team.

"I've got two big races at Spa coming up in the Formula Renault, so using the gap in the calendar to compete in British F3 is the perfect chance to warm-up," Palmer told Autosport.

"Spa is a very technical track, and one of the longest on the calendar, so any experience I can gain will be very useful."

Palmer is the latest in a line of guest drivers to step in for HHC, following Formula 3 European Championship driver Raoul Hyman and Formula Renault Eurocup title challenger Harrison Scott in recent rounds.

"I've tested the Tatuus British F3 car back-to-back with my Formula Renault at Silverstone and the two are very relatable," he said.

"The F3 car has more power and is faster in a straight line.

"It also has marginally more downforce so settles down a bit more in the faster turns.

"The biggest difference is the braking. You have to be quite aggressive on them in the Renault with a lot of pressure, whereas the pedal is a lot softer in the Tatuus-Cosworth.

"I'd like to do some more British F3 races, but I can't see it happening as the remaining rounds clash with my Renault commitments."

shares
comments
Neil Cunningham: Remembering a national favourite
Previous article

Neil Cunningham: Remembering a national favourite

Next article

Black Falcon Mercedes team to try British GT at Spa

Black Falcon Mercedes team to try British GT at Spa
How Lotus emerged as a period Goodwood force Plus

How Lotus emerged as a period Goodwood force

Colin Chapman’s marque was the most successful across Goodwood’s 71 contemporary era Members’ Meetings, from 1949 to 1966. Many of the future Formula 1 pacesetter's finest creations will be in action during this weekend's 2022 event, attempting to re-live an era when period Lotus was gaining unstoppable momentum

Historics
Apr 8, 2022
How to get the best out of amateur racers Plus

How to get the best out of amateur racers

Pro-Am GT racing is booming. But how should drivers approach working with an amateur? Autosport sought out a panel of experts to explain the pitfalls amateur drivers should avoid and how professionals can help them to achieve their goals

GT
Apr 3, 2022
How Radical revamped its record-breaking flagship model Plus

How Radical revamped its record-breaking flagship model

Just over a year ago, Autosport sampled Radical’s newest offering: the SR10. Now upgraded, it’s clear to see why it’s become the manufacturer’s fastest-selling model

National
Jan 16, 2022
The second-generation Can-Am racers that took the UK by storm Plus

The second-generation Can-Am racers that took the UK by storm

When Thundersports was introduced in 1983, few could have predicted that it would bring an army of heavy metal from the United States to British circuits. The awe-inspiring former Can-Am racers became a new domestic flagship category that captivated spectators and drivers alike

National
Jan 14, 2022
The father and son team taking GT racing by storm Plus

The father and son team taking GT racing by storm

GT Cup title winners Richard and Sam Neary emerged as a race-winning force in British GT in 2021. The father-and-son pairing have done it the hard way with their family team – and 19-year-old Sam is only just getting started on a career he hopes will lead to factory opportunities in the near future

National
Jan 9, 2022
Track testing an outgoing stalwart of British motorsport Plus

Track testing an outgoing stalwart of British motorsport

The current GB3 Championship car is due to be replaced next season. Autosport got behind the wheel to discover why it's been a popular machine for drivers making their way up the junior single-seater ladder

National
Dec 15, 2021
Inside the lightweight Czech sportscar making its mark on the UK Plus

Inside the lightweight Czech sportscar making its mark on the UK

Ahead of Praga running its own standalone series in partnership with Britcar, Autosport got behind the wheel of the Czech company’s R1 at Donington – and was left very impressed

National
Dec 5, 2021
How rocket O'Sullivan banished painful memories with GB3 glory Plus

How rocket O'Sullivan banished painful memories with GB3 glory

After missing out on the 2020 British F4 title in astonishing fashion, Zak O'Sullivan was determined to earn his first car racing title stepping up to the BRDC British F3 championship. While the series underwent a mid-year name change to GB3, the Carlin driver was imperious throughout and deservedly claimed the title in his rookie year

National
Dec 1, 2021