Riki Christodoulou brought the curtain down in style on his maiden Formula Three season by achieving his best combined qualifying and race results in the final rounds at Brands Hatch last weekend (19-20 Sep).

Having qualified third for both 22-lap (50.62 mile) races around the demanding 2.301 miles “Grand Prix” circuit in Kent, the 21-year-old Sutton Coldfield youngster went on to net third and second places in the final two races – results that earned “Christo” fifth place in the final Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series standings.

In the opening race, “Christo” finished 16.135secs behind championship winner and race winner Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) but just 0.604secs behind second-placed Max Chilton after pressuring him throughout the race. Riki was a mere 0.967secs behind Chilton at the chequered flag in race two to earn the West Midlander’s best race result since scoring his maiden F3 victory in July.

“Race one was pretty processional,” reflected Riki. “I was in Max’s mirrors throughout and although I’m sure I had the faster car, I just couldn’t find a way past him. I made a good start in race two and after an early Safety Car period, my car was well balanced and settled – unlike in the opening laps when I slid wide onto the grass on one occasion.

“I was within a second of Max throughout the race after the Safety Car but it’s so, so difficult to get close enough to have a lunge due to the ‘disturbed’ airflow from the aerodynamics off the car in front.

“I’m highly delighted for myself and the team but on reflection also a little disappointed that this couldn’t have come together a little earlier in the season which could have given me a top-three championship position.

“But this weekend was all about finishing my racing year off in style and I’ve produced a good solid performance, in the top-three throughout in these final races, which bodes well for the future. I sincerely thank the team, Fortec Motorsport, my sponsors Alpinestars and British Car Registrations, plus my father, for all their support during the season.”