Denyssen and Maxwell sign off in style on the podium

Eugen Denyssen (left) and Thomas Maxwell SWR NNL-160913-114051002
Eugen Denyssen (left) and Thomas Maxwell SWR NNL-160913-114051002

SWR made a welcome return to the rostrum during the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship finale at Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit on Sunday.

The Chipping Norton team produced a sensational double podium finish in the penultimate race.

It’s absolutely fantastic to see the team back on the podium and we’re all delighted for Eugene and Tom

Team boss Sean Walkinshaw

South Africa’s Eugene Denyssen starred with an excellent drive for second place to claim his maiden British F3 silverware, having led from pole position until a mid-race Safety Car period.

Australian team-mate Thomas Maxwell made it a double celebration for SWR with a superb top three finish, taking the chequered flag a mere 0.5 seconds shy of the sister Tatuus-Cosworth.

Denyssen said: “It’s really good for the team, as well as Tom and I, to end the season on a good note.

“This result proved what we are capable of, we had pace earlier in the year and we just had some unlucky events. I had a bad qualifying, didn’t do any laps, but made my way through to eighth in the first race to get the reverse pole for race two.

“It was amazing to start on pole, I got a good gap but unfortunately we had the Safety Car which brought the field back to me and then Toby Sowery got the run on me. After that, Tom [Sowery] was right with me all the way but we kept it clean and got a great result for the team.”

Maxwell added: “There’s been a lot of potential lately, we made some changes and they have really paid off.

“We’ve got a strong package and we’ve proven we have the potential to get great results like this. The pace of the car is fantastic, the guys in the team have done a great job, and hopefully we can build on this in the future.”

Looking back at the 2016 season, SWR team owner Sean Walkinshaw said: “It’s absolutely fantastic to see the team back on the podium and we’re all absolutely delighted for Eugene and Tom to take their first British F3 trophies.

“Both guys have come on really strongly during the year and they definitely deserve these results, as do all the guys in the team who’ve worked so hard all season.”

All focus now turns to the BRDC British F3 Autumn Trophy event at Snetterton at the end of October.