BRDC F3 times
The BRDC British Formula 3 Championship sets its grid for the third race of the weekend by using a driver’s fastest lap time recorded in either race one or race two, not just from race two as reported in Motorsport News last week.
Jake Byrne has left the Motorsport Ireland Young Driver programme after failing to find a solution to a lack of pace in the Mi-run Van Diemen LA10.
Byrne won last year’s Young Driver Award, granting him a fully-funded season in the British Racing and Sports Car Club Formula Ford 1600 National Championship, plus other select events in the UK and Ireland.
Jonny Mcmullan won the award for last year, and won the 2015 National and Triple Crown championships in the very same machine.
But Byrne feels his calls to improve the car have fallen on deaf ears as his pace hasn’t reflected that of his 2015 performance in his own Ray GR13. Byrne pulled out of last weekend’s National FF1600 rounds at Rockingham, and will revert to running his own Ray from Brands Hatch [July 9/10] onwards.
“We’ve been way off the pace, we’ve tried to find a solution to the problem but they [Motorsport Ireland] couldn’t find a resolution we could use,” said Byrne. “There was no extra testing offered, they wouldn’t let anyone else to drive the car to see what the problem was. Eventually I had to say I can’t just keep arriving at a race weekend not knowing if the car is going to be good enough.
“There was a lot of thought put into it and I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t think it was the best option. Anything like this, it’s difficult for everyone. We’re both disappointed with the outcome.”
Byrne has a best finish of sixth so far this season but has struggled to make inroads into the top 10 in most races. He only competed in a handful of National rounds last year but regularly contended for podium spots. He’s hoping he can return to that with his Ray.
A statement from Motorsport Ireland read: “Jake Byrne has advised Motorsport in Ireland that he is withdrawing from the Young Driver of the Year Award.
“The national governing body is disappointed that Jake is unable to continue.”
The car was run by Bernard Dolan. He was unavailable for comment as MN went to press.