After a long break, the GP3 season sprung back to life in Austria. Round 2 of the 8 round series saw the drivers tackle the shortest circuit on the calendar, with the usual format of 2 races and one qualifying session. After a car related issue in Spain, Jack looked to rebound here – which he did in fine fashion.
Qualification took place during the early hours of Saturday morning, and with such a tight field it really would make or break the race weekend. Jack sat on pole after the first set of runs, and ended the session in P2 – less than 1/100th of a second off pole position.
Race 1 saw Jack make a great start, nearly taking the lead in to turn 1 – but it wasn’t quite enough and he settled for second. A race long game of cat and mouse ensued, with dirty air and few overtaking spots resulting in the positions remaining the same. Jack took 2nd place and his first podium of the season.
Starting 7th for race 2 (as a result of the reversed grid), Jack had work to do in race 2, and he duly did so. A fantastic start and opening lap saw the Scot-Korean charge up to 5th, a position which he would then hold for the remainder of the race. A solid weekend which puts him firmly back in championship contention.
Jack: “While it wasn’t quite the weekend we wanted, we got a very solid haul of points and a podium out of it. Our pace is clearly still good after we only just missed out on Pole in Quali, and hopefully in future races we’ll see a bit more degradation to allow a bit more overtaking! Now we need to refocus for our home race at Silverstone!”