Geoff UhrhaneDonington Park Grand Prix Circuit will host the championship finale of the 2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series next weekend, 29th/30th September, where Double R Racing aims to conclude the season on a high.

British star Rupert Svendsen-Cook, who made a welcome return to the series for the first time in 12 months during the previous event at Silverstone a fortnight ago, will once again pilot one of the Woking team’s Mercedes-powered Dallara F312 cars in the headline International Class.

Achieving a best result of fourth place last time out, matching Double R’s highest finish of the season so far, Svendsen-Cook should certainly be a factor during the championship’s annual visit to the East Midlands. With the benefit of some additional test mileage since, the Ipswich 21-year-old could well challenge for the former championship winning team’s first outright podium of the year.

International Class team-mate Geoff Uhrhane has been growing in confidence at the wheel of his Dallara-Mercedes throughout his rookie season, resulting in ever-improving pace and increasingly strong race performances.

At Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit two weeks ago, the 21-year-old Australian delivered some excellent performances in all three races and proved a handful for a number of more experienced rivals. If he can qualify inside the top eight, Uhrhane has proven he has the race pace to be able to battle it out for top six finishes in each of the Donington races.

“Qualifying will definitely be the biggest challenge for us”, said Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “If Rupert and Geoff can put good laps together then we’re confident they’ll both be strong in the races and might spring some surprises.

“Rupert did a good job at Silverstone, especially when you consider how little racing he’s done in the last 12 months, and Geoff made a big step forward in the races which was really great to see. It’s always important to try and end the season on a high, hopefully that’s what we’ll be able to do at Donington next weekend.”

In the National Class for older specification F3 machinery, Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee is currently second in the championship standings and although 43 points adrift of the lead he does still have a mathematical chance of taking the title in his maiden season of Formula 3 racing.

With a total of six class victories to his credit this year at the wheel of his Dallara Mugen-Honda, the Australian 22-year-old has enjoyed a very strong campaign and has outperformed expectation on a number of occasions.

“Duvashen’s had a very good season, he’s improved throughout the year and has delivered some real stand-out performances – not least his National Class wins of course”, said Hieatt, “If he can end the year with another win or two it’d be fantastic and very well deserved. The championship will be tough to win, but you never know what can happen.”

Qualifying at Donington Park will begin at 12.20 on Saturday, 29th September, with round 27 getting underway at 16.40. On Sunday, 30th September, round 28 is scheduled to start at 11.10 with the final race of the British F3 season, round 29, taking place at 17.00.

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Driver Standings (after Rd26):
12th Geoff Uhrhane, 34pts; 13th Rupert Svendsen-Cook, 18pts

2012 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series ‘National Class’ Standings (after Rd26):
2nd Duvashen Padayachee, 345pts

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.