This has been an incredible 12 months. The fellows at Hitech labored so onerous and it was so good to have the ability to reward them with each the drivers’ and groups’ titles in GB3.
We might have sewn it up rather a lot earlier, however we made it a bit tough for ourselves. Regardless, the result was nonetheless the identical, and I’m completely delighted to be a double British champion. I’m the one particular person to win British F4 and GB3, in order that in itself is a reasonably particular achievement.
Some highlights of the 12 months had been Spa and Oulton Park, as we gained most races by a mean of eight or 9 seconds, so there have been positively scenes of dominance there. Some weekends we weren’t as robust, however as a rule we had been on the rostrum.
There was just one [non-reversed-grid] race all year long the place I used to be off the rostrum, disregarding the Silverstone rounds the place we needed to begin final for every part. It was the consistency of being within the high three and at all times being near pole, being on the entrance row of the grid, and when being on pole, having that 100% conversion fee that actually helped me out.
Coming into the season, I knew we had shout. I had the proper individuals round me, I used to be very well ready, I knew the circuits, though there have been circuits I’d not raced on earlier than, similar to Donington Park GP, however total, the mixture was actually robust. Being with Hitech GP and with the expertise that I had, I used to be assured of the title, and in testing it reaffirmed simply how fast we had been.
It wasn’t at all times easy, and we had our points; typically our engine energy was slightly bit down, however that obtained sorted shortly. So, even in some races that we weren’t as fast as we thought we needs to be, there have been causes for it. General, it was a reasonably superb 12 months.
Two wins from pole place at Spa underlined Browning’s credentials as GB3 title favorite, which he duly delivered on
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It’s been unbelievable to be a member of the British Racing Drivers’ Membership SuperStars programme. Having the recommendation from Andy Meyrick and others within the membership is extremely invaluable, and so they’ve helped me out a lot this 12 months, particularly coming into the Aston Martin Autosport BRDC Younger Driver of the Yr Award. It has been an enormous assist to have the ability to attain out, name totally different individuals, and get recommendation from all areas of motorsport.
Being on the SuperStars programme has been an enormous assist when it comes to connections, and I can’t speak extremely sufficient concerning the Membership. I’ve had recommendation about basic profession development, but in addition hopping into totally different vehicles for the Award I used to be capable of decide up the cellphone and communicate to individuals who had pushed the vehicles earlier than. That was an enormous benefit.
I believe it went very well, however you simply don’t know. I understand how I did compared to the reference instances, however I don’t know what the opposite drivers did
Being nominated for the Award was one thing that I’d checked out for years and years. It was superb to see it in Autosport – it’s one thing that I dreamed about as a younger child. I’ve watched the finalists and contenders and all of the movies on YouTube, so to lastly be within the Award is fairly particular.
I missed out in 2020 due to COVID, so successful British F4 perhaps would have been capable of safe me a spot at that stage, nevertheless it didn’t work out. Nevertheless, successful GB3 this 12 months granted me the possibility and I’m hoping that I’ve achieved it justice.
I believe it went very well, however you simply don’t know. I understand how I did compared to the reference instances, however I don’t know what the opposite drivers did, so it’s all up within the air. I actually did are available as properly ready as I might and I’m feeling assured. I believe I did job on the 2 days, and it’ll be what it’ll be on the night, however I’m holding my fingers crossed.
Browning now faces an anxious wait to find the outcomes of the AMABA check at Silverstone
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Sadly for me, I hadn’t pushed any of the vehicles earlier than the exams, so hopping between totally different disciplines (GT3, LMP3 and F2) was positively tough. It felt fairly a pure step up for me from GB3.
I attempted to do as a lot analysis as I might prior, watching onboards, asking well-known individuals within the BRDC, like Darren Turner and Tom Gamble, who had already pushed these vehicles, to try to get slightly bit of recommendation going into it. On the finish of the day, you’ve obtained to go and put it on its restrict, and I felt like I did that.
I simply had a smile on my face for the 2 days. It’ll be attention-grabbing to seek out out what the outcomes had been and see how I did. I attempted to take it my stride and luxuriate in it as a result of specializing in different individuals at that stage isn’t going that can assist you.
I believe I’ll be in place for subsequent 12 months, particularly if the Autosport Award comes off – it’ll be extremely useful. It’s opened quite a lot of doorways for me already, some that I can’t point out, however we’re wanting good.
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