British F3 Championship: Recap of How African Drivers Performed
The 2017 British Formula 3 Championship had two African participants; Jeremy Wahome from Kenya and Callan O’Keeffe from South Africa. Below is how they performed in their 24 races of the season.
The first round of the season was held at Oulton Park from the 15-17 April. South Africa’s Callan O’Keeffe finished in 7th after race one and made the podium after finishing 3rd in race two. He, however, moved a position down to 4th during race three at Oulton Park taking the Douglas Motorsport driver’s points tally to 56 points and finishing in 5th position.
Jeremy Wahome qualified in 10th position before race one at Oulton Park but did not do much to maintain or improve the position as he finished 16th. Race two saw the Kenyan finish 11th and 14th in race three
Rockingham: 29-30 April
Jeremy finished 16th in race one, 14th in race two and 6th in race three while Callan finished 3rd in race one, 5th in races two and three.
Snetterton 300: 27-28 May
Race one at Snetterton saw Callan finish fourth but improved to 3rd in race two while Jeremy could not finish. Race three had the Kenyan coming in at 15th with the South African dropping to 5th.
Silverstone GP: 10-11 June
Callan had qualified in 6th but ended up finishing 4th in race one while Jeremy who had qualified in 15th, finished in 11th. Race two saw the Kenyan take a huge stride to finish in top 10 for the first time in 8th position. The South African maintained his 4th position while Jeremy fell to 9th position in race three, but Callan was unable to finish the race as he crashed out in the early stages.
Spa: 7-8 July
Having qualified in 7th, Callan finished 9th in race one while Jeremy finished 13th. Race two saw both drivers improve to 5th and 11th respectively. The improvement was short lived as in race three, the Douglas Motorsport driver fell to 9th position while the Chris Dittmann Racing driver did not finish the race, respectively.
Brands Hatch GP: 5-6 August
The South African finished in 4th position in race one but declined to 7th in race two and managed to regain his 4th position in race three. The Kenyan finished in his best position yet, 6th in race one but was excluded in race two. On his return for race three, Jeremy finished 10th
Snetterton 300: 26-27 August
Callan came in the 10th position after race one and later fell further down the standings to 14th in race two – worst position of the season for the South African. He put up a come-back and managed to finish 4th in race three. The Kenyan did not race in this round.
Donington Park: 23-24 September
Callan had qualified in 5th position but finished 7th after race one. He did not finish race two and only managed to finish in 12th after race three in the final round of the season while his Kenyan counterpart, Wahome finished in 13th, 12th and 11th in race one, two and three, respectively in his last race of the 2017 season.
Callan O’keeffe. (Twitter)
O’Keeffe who drives for Douglas Motors sport finished 6th after eight rounds with 373 points while Jeremy who drives for Chris Dittmann Racing finished in 14th with 165 points
Jeremy said, “Was playing catch up the whole weekend having missed practice and was getting closer to the pace, race by race, so some positives to take away from that”.
He added, [perfectpullquote align=”full” cite=”” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]“That marks the end of a tough season, but one which has forced me to learn so much about myself and racing. Thanks to the Chris Dittmann Racing Team for all their help this year and thanks for all your continued support!”[/perfectpullquote]
Featured Photo: Courtesy of Jeremy Wahome