Jan Jonck produced the best performance of his debut season in the BRDC British Formula 3 Championship, and by some margin, at Oulton Park over Bank Holiday weekend.
The Danish racer secured a brace of highly competitive top five results for the Chipping Norton SWR team.
It’s been a strong weekend for us and very pleasing from a performance point of viewTeam boss Sean Walkinshaw
Showcasing his best form of the season from the outset in pre-event testing, the 17-year-old went on to deliver his first top four qualifying performance.
Jonck was a mere 0.2 seconds shy of the front row of the grid for the opening contest, before impressing greatly in all three races in the fourth meeting of the campaign.
Finishing fifth in a truncated round ten on Saturday, and matching that result in round 11 on Monday, he added eighth place in round 12 to move to within just eight points of the coveted championship top ten.
Jonck’s race pace was notable, in the opener he was just 0.1 seconds shy of podium performance and in race two he lapped 0.3 seconds faster than the eventual winner.
Australian team-mate Thomas Maxwell once again extended his unbroken run of points scoring results for the Chipping Norton team, taking a best finish of ninth in the opening contest.
South African team-mate Eugene Denyssen just missed out on breaking into the top ten in race two after a very evenly matched battle with Maxwell, ultimately taking a weekend best of 11th place.
SWR team boss Sean Walkinshaw said: “It’s been a strong weekend for us and very pleasing from a performance point of view.
“With Jan racing consistently in the top five, it showed the car is good and pace-wise we were a match for the podium so that’s very positive.
“It would’ve been great to finish on the podium, it wasn’t far away, but on the whole we’re very pleased with this weekend.
“Tom and Eugene both raced well, overtaking was very difficult.
“But they did a good job and if qualifying had been slightly better they could both have been comfortably running in the top ten in each race.”
The next BRDC British Formula 3 meeting of the season is at SWR’s ‘home’ track Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.