Hitech Racing

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United Kingdom Hitech Racing
Founded2002
Team principal(s)Ryan Sharp
Rodrigo Contin
Current seriesFIA Formula 3 European Championship
Former seriesBritish F3
GP2 Series
Formula 3 Sudamericana
Brazilian Formula Three Championship
Current driversEstonia Jüri Vips[1]
Teams'
Championships
Formula 3 Sudamericana:
2013
Drivers'
Championships
British Formula 3:
2007: Marko Asmer
Formula 3 Sudamericana:
2013: Felipe Guimarães

Hitech Racing is a British motor racing team. It was founded in 2002 by Dennis Rushen and David Hayle. The team started racing in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2003. The team also competed in the South American Formula Three Series, namely the Formula 3 Sudamericana.[2] Currently the team competes in Brazilian Formula Three Championship, and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.[3]

History[edit]

Formula Three[edit]

In its first season, Hitech scored five pole positions and six podium finishes, with drivers Danny Watts and Eric Salignon. Andrew Thompson also contributed some points finishes. Watts finished the British F3 Championship in 5th place in a season that included a memorable win at Castle Combe. In the Korea Super Prix, guest driver Richard Antinucci achieved Hitech's first international race win.

In the second season, 2004, Thompson was retained and joined by drivers Marko Asmer, James Walker, and Lucas Di Grassi. Di Grassi had two wins and was classified in eighth place overall. Another of that year's highlights was a podium finish on Di Grassi's début at the Macau Grand Prix. Asmer managed to finish the championship closing the top 10.

In 2005, Hitech retained Asmer and brought in Tim Bridgman from Formula BMW. Asmer was the best of the duo, scoring no less than five second places, but missing out on an actual win, even so managing to snatch the fourth place in the championship.

For 2006, Hitech brought back James Walker, alongside James Jakes and Salvador Durán, with Jakes finishing 8th, Walker 9th and Durán 10th in a poor season that only heralded one podium finish (achieved by Walker).

In 2007 Hitech retained the services of Marko Asmer who joined Austrian Walter Grubmuller for an assault on the British F3 Championship. Hitech and Asmer took the title, scoring 11 poles, 11 wins (from 22 races) and 9 fastest laps. Marko Asmer secured the title long before the final round and in the end by a margin of 85 points from Maro Engel.

2008, Walter Grubmuller has been joined by the youngest driver in the sport, Max Chilton.

2012, Bazilian Felipe Guimarães took 4 wins and two poles to end fourth with Hitech Racing Brazil in the Formula Three Sudamericana series.

2013, Hitech's Brazilian ace Felipe Guimarães took both the Formula 3 Brazil Open and the Formula Three Sudamericana series titles, winning 13 races and obtaining 7 poles and 12 fastest laps in the process.

2014, Brazilian Felipe Guimarães defended his Formula 3 Brazil Open title with Hitech Racing Brazil in January 2014 at the 2014 Formula 3 Brazil Open with his teammate Victor Franzoni finishing second.

2015, Team changes name to Hitech GP, and makes guest appearance in two final rounds of the FIA F3 European Championship with Alex Sims.

2016, Hitech joins forces with ART Grand Prix, to make a full season in the FIA F3 European Championship. George Russell and rookies Ben Barnicoat and Nikita Mazepin will race for the team.

For 2018 the team signed Enaam Ahmed, Ben Hingeley, Álex Palou[4][5][6]

In 2019 the team will be represented by Jüri Vips in the new FIA Formula 3 Championship.[1]

GP2/GP3 Series[edit]

In 2004, Hitech partnered with Piquet Sports to enter the GP2 Series. As of 2007, the team enters the competition as Minardi Piquet Sports.

Racing record[edit]

FIA European Formula 3 Championship[edit]

Year Car Drivers Starts Wins Poles F.Laps Points D.C. T.C.
2016 Dallara F312-Mercedes HWA United Kingdom Ben Barnicoat 30 2 0 0 117 7th 2nd
United Kingdom George Russell 30 2 3 3 194 3rd
Russia Nikita Mazepin 30 0 0 0 5 19th
2017 Dallara F317-Mercedes HWA United Kingdom Jake Hughes 30 1 2 2 207 5th 4th
Estonia Ralf Aron 30 0 1 1 123 9th
Russia Nikita Mazepin 30 0 0 1 108 10th
Japan Tadasuke Makino 27 0 0 0 57 15th

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allen, Peter (5 December 2018). "Red Bull finalises Dan Ticktum's Super Formula move, Honda junior tie-up". formulascout.com. Formula Scout. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ http://www.hitechracing.com.br/
  3. ^ http://formula3brasil.com.br/
  4. ^ Simmons, Marcus. "Ahmed secures European F3 graduation with Hitech". Motorsport.com. Retrieved 2017-12-18.
  5. ^ Simmons, Marcus. "Hitech adds Hingeley to 2018 F3 line-up". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  6. ^ Allen, Peter (5 January 2018). "Alex Palou to race in European F3 with Hitech". formulascout.com. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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