After a difficult outing last weekend in Portugal, Henry Arundel was back on the pace and back in the points this weekend, at the 2009 British F3 Series finale at Brands Hatch. The British driver took a sixth and a fourth place finish in the final races of the season yesterday, to add to his overall points tally.

A ninth place qualifying spot for the first race of the weekend left Arundel eager to improve further in the second qualifying session, which he dully did on Saturday afternoon to set the fifth fastest times of the British F3 drivers.

Sunday morning saw the penultimate race of the season and Arundel wasted no time in making his way up the order, to lie eighth at the end of lap one. Arundel made another place up a lap later and had sixth placed man Carlos Huertas in his sights. In a relatviely uneventful race, the order throughout the field remained unchanged and depsite pushing hard to pass Huertas, Arundel struggled to find a way past on the nortriously difficult to overtake Brands Hatch circuit. Crossing the line seventh, Arundel was actually sixth of the British F3 drivers, as visiting Invitation Class driver Marcus Ericsson was not included in the championship points.

As the lights went out for race two, Arundel made a quick start and passed Raikkonen Robertson driver Daisuke Nakajima into the first corner. With Ericsson lying third, Arundel was fifth on the road but fighting for the points for fourth place. As the race got underway, Arundel closed in on team mate and 2009 British F3 champion Daniel Ricciardo, but a safety car period on lap five put on hold any possible overtaking moves. As the race restarted a few laps later, Ricciardo managed a better restart as Arundel had to fend off the attentions of Walter Grubmuller behind him. From then on the race continued without incident, as Arundel held on to his fifth place and crossed the line as the fourth placed British F3 driver.

Speaking about his weekend, Arundel said, “Brands Hatch is a great place to end the season; it’s a great circuit to drive, although overtaking there is tricky. I made a good start in race one but after that it was difficult to make any further progress. Race two was great fun, I managed to get quite close to Dan [Ricciardo] after the start but after the safety car period I had to concentrate on holding my position and fending off Grubmuller. We had two very solid results however, and it was a pity I just missed out on the podium in race two.”

Arundel’s engineer Mark Owen added, “Henry has improved dramatically since his first race with us earlier this year. His attitude and confidence both in and out of the car has improved after a difficult season for him last year. His skills in the car are far better than they were when he came to us earlier this year and he has developed into a real racer, with just the right level of aggression when in the car which was most apparent in Portimao and at Brands this weekend.”