Henry Chart hoping to end season with a win
Next month’s final rounds of the 2014 F3 Cup season will take Henry Chart back to Snetterton, where he picked up his most recent win in the championship 12 months ago, concluding a tough 2013.
Next month's final rounds of the 2014 F3 Cup season will take Henry Chart back to Snetterton, where he picked up his most recent win in the championship 12 months ago, concluding a tough 2013.
Chart hasn't shaken the rotten luck of last year when he failed to score points in eight races. A blown engine in the final few minutes of pre-season testing this year left him borrowing a rival's spare car, and then his team-mate's, and he wasn't able to drive his own car in anger again until July. He has been forced to miss four further races this season due to university commitments.
Chart said: "It would be nice to finish off with a win, like we did last year. The pace is definitely there, we showed that at Silverstone, it has just been annoying that with the lack of time in the car I'm struggling to put it all together. I've been pushing too hard on cold tyres at the start. The starts I've been getting have been mega but then I've managed to stuff it up, like I did three times at Silverstone."
A couple of spins from the lead, one at Oulton Park and another at Silverstone last time out, have denied Chart more points, leaving him down in sixth place in the standings with two races to go. Chart was quick enough to deny Toby Sowery the extra point for fastest lap in race one at Silverstone, which also gave him pole for race two, but his final spin of the day dropped him out of the lead.
"It was definitely pretty up and down at Silverstone. Qualifying was a bit of a mess because we didn't put any new tyres on in testing so we gambled on set-up. That didn't really work. We rectified that in the first race and got pole with fastest lap, but spun three times, which meant our race was effectively over.
"It probably helped that we needed to use wets for race two, the spins probably shot the tyres. Everyone was in the same boat too as none of us had been out in the wet earlier in the day. We were having a good race, Toby ran wide but then I also made a mistake and chucked it off again from the lead. It was certainly exciting, though I'd rather be winning."
Rounds 15 and 16 of F3 Cup take place on 25/26 October at Snetterton. Click here for more details.