Driver Academy report: A tricky weekend still sees Logan close the gap in F2

Published on
30 Aug 2022
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3 Min

Our young guns will bounce back

While Alex took the plaudits in Formula One with his P10 finish, there, unfortunately, wasn't as much to cheer about for the Williams Racing Driver Academy over the Belgian Grand Prix weekend. But, after all, we have been spoilt by our young guns so far this season.
Here's how our four drivers who hit the track in Formula 2, Formula 3, and British F4 fared in their races.

Formula 2

Logan Sargeant

On Friday evening, an impressive P3 qualifying run from Logan Sargeant was the high-water mark of the American's weekend.
Starting from the second row in the Feature Race soon turned into P7 after a slow getaway from the line, but Logan would eventually fight back to P5 and took 10 points for his championship campaign.
An error from Logan at Pouhon on Saturday meant he didn't reach the flag in the Sprint Race.
However, his Feature Race P5 still sees our American racer close the gap slightly on Theo Pourchaire for P2 in the standings after the Frenchman failed to finish Sunday's race.

Roy Nissany

A P15 qualifying had Roy Nissany's Belgian weekend looking like an uphill battle, and he couldn't grab points this time in F2. Contact with Jehan Daruvala in the Feature Race meant the DAMS driver raced with front wing damage and finished P19 after stopping for repairs on Sunday.
However, there was some progress through the field on Saturday, where a pit stop during the Safety Car period let Roy run the final laps on soft tyres.
The unconventional route of taking a Sprint Race pit stop helped an ascent to P11 at the finish line, but the laps ran out before Roy could reach the points-paying positions.

Formula 3

Zak O'Sullivan

A Saturday full of promise turned into a Sprint Race to forget for Zak O'Sullivan after his P12 qualifying handed him the reverse grid pole position.
A late braking defensive manoeuvre from the Brit into Les Combes had him tag Juan Manuel Correa, and the subsequent damage ruined both driver's races. A 5-second penalty and pit stop meant Zak finished P20.
The Feature Race was a cleaner affair for Zak, but a mixed-up starting order and chaos throughout the field meant he missed out on the top ten.
Safety Cars and DRS trains punctuated Zak's Sunday morning drive, where he battled with the low-starting championship antagonists before finishing P13.

British Formula 4

Ollie Gray

The slim margins of motorsport hurt Ollie Gray at Thruxton, whose qualifying time was only four-tenths away from the front row.
However, he would start all three races from P14 on the grid, thanks to how tight the 2022 British F4 field is with a dozen cars slotting in between.
Ollie's best finish came in Race 2, where he turned that 14th-place start into a 6th-place finish, but that was to be the only slight high on a weekend where two wins for his title rival and championship leader Alex Dunne saw the championship deficit exceed 100 points. Ollie recorded a DNF in Race 1 and P12 in Race 2.
Formula 2 and 3 are with F1 for the entire triple-header, so you'll see Logan, Roy, and Zak all racing this weekend at Zandvoort.
British F4 will next race at Silverstone over the 23-25 September weekend, where Ollie will look to bounce back to strengthen his grip on P2 in the standings.
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