New engine as Chart returns to the fold
Henry Chart’s had a bittersweet start to his first F3 Cup campaign this year as reliability problems have been getting in the way of regular points and podium finishes.
Henry Chart has experienced a bittersweet start to his first F3 Cup campaign this year as reliability problems have been getting in the way of regular points and podium finishes. A new engine should be putting him back on the right track, starting this weekend at Zolder.
Of the races he has finished, Chart has been on the third step of the podium at Oulton Park and then the top step at Silverstone, proof that the pace and promise is there. But two DNFs, and not making the Brands Hatch grid, has left Chart with a big gap to the championship leaders.
"We've had a tough start to the season. The clutch went in race one at Oulton Park but we got back out for race two. Then at Silverstone we obviously won the first race and then the engine blew in race two when we were catching Alice which was frustrating." admitted Chart.
"It wasn't easy finding a replacement and we ended up getting one from Brazil. That then didn't arrive until just before the Brands Hatch round so I drove Linton's car but we pulled up after qualifying and didn't race."
The replacement engine, typical with Chart's season so far, hasn't been without its issues. But as Zolder and rounds seven and eight approach, he and the Enigma Motorsport squad are looking forward to getting back to the front of the pack.
"We tested the new engine at Brands Hatch recently but with Dallara engines they do a short and a tall one. We had a short before but this is a tall engine which means we've had to change the engine bracket. It was flexing pretty badly and giving us bad understeer but I think that's sorted now ready for Zolder. It should be good, and I'm looking forward to it."
Zolder is something of a blank canvas for many of the F3 Cup drivers making it the perfect place for Chart and Enigma Motorsport to restart their promising championship.