Rupert Svendsen-CookDouble R Racing is delighted to confirm multiple Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race winner Rupert Svendsen-Cook will drive for the squad during the eighth event of the season next weekend, 8th/9th September, at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in Northamptonshire.

Marking the Ipswich 21-year-old’s first appearance of the year in British F3, having finished fifth in the championship in 2011 with two victories and a total of nine podiums to his credit, the talented Briton will pilot the Mercedes-powered Dallara F312 previously raced by Malaysia’s Fahmi Ilyas.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have done a deal with Rupert to race with us at Silverstone”, said Double R Racing principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “He’s a very quick driver, a proven winner in F3 and fantastic to work with – we can’t wait to get out there next weekend.

“In testing last week Rupert was fast and liked the car so we’ve got high hopes for three strong races from him. The deal is currently just for Silverstone but we’d obviously like to run Rupert to the end of the season and also at Macau. We’re confident he’ll put Double R back where we should be.”

After one season in Formula BMW UK and two years in Formula BMW Europe, Svendsen-Cook graduated into British F3 in 2010 and made a sensational series debut at Oulton Park by winning only his second race. He went on to conclude his maiden campaign seventh overall.

Due to budget limitations he has only contested two races so far in 2012, in the European F3 Open, but starred on his maiden weekend in the category with a podium finish at Brands Hatch Grand Prix Circuit in mid-July. In the meantime, while not actively competing himself, the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) Rising Star has been working closely with Double R during the year as a driver coach.

Australian duo aiming for strong continuation to rookie season
Double R regulars Geoff Uhrhane and Duvashen Padayachee will continue their rookie F3 campaigns at Silverstone next weekend, in the International Class and National Class respectively, and the two ever-improving Australians will be aiming to continue that trend.

The team’s best result of the season so far, fourth place in round 15 at the Norisring in Germany, came courtesy of 21-year-old Uhrhane and while facing a massive step from Formula Ford into the aerodynamic-driven world of Formula 3, the Gold Coast driver has shown his undoubted potential.

Padayachee, meanwhile, has won five races in the National Class so far in his maiden season and will arrive at Silverstone second in the championship, just 34 points shy of the lead. Like his compatriot, the 22-year-old from Sydney has developed strongly throughout his debut season in Formula 3 and will be keen to add to his victory tally next weekend at the wheel of his Dallara Mugen-Honda.

“Geoff and Duvashen have both improved massively since the start of the season, and we’ve been making big steps forward with the car as well, so we’re very positive ahead of Silverstone”, said Hieatt, “Year one in F3 is always a huge learning curve but they’ve both done a great job so far.”

Following officially timed testing at Silverstone next Friday, 7th September, qualifying and round 24 of the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series will take place at 10.40 and 15.15 respectively on Saturday, 8th September. Rounds 25 and 26 will follow on Sunday, 9th September, at 10.30 and 16.15.

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Driver Standings (after Rd23):
11th Fahmi Ilyas, 48pts; 12th Geoff Uhrhane, 30pts

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series ‘National Class’ Standings (after Rd23):
2nd Duvashen Padayachee, 297pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.