Renault Sport Academy Driver Jack Aitken secured runners-up spot in the 2017 GP3 Series despite a far from ideal weekend at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.
Jack entered the final race weekend of the season with a slim six-point advantage in the runners-up fight over team-mate Nirei Fukuzumi, with Anthoine Hubert – another ART man – 23 points behind.
Jack needed all the advantage he brought to the event and over the course of the weekend, he could only take one-point from Yas Marina, courtesy of an eighth-place finish in Sunday’s Sprint race.
Fortunately for the 22-year-old British-Korean, Fukuzumi also endured a torrid weekend in the desert and was left without points following a stall on the grid in race one and technical issues in race two.
Jack was uncharacteristically off the pace throughout the weekend, qualifying in fifteenth – his lowest qualifying position in GP3 since Austria 2016.
Damage to his car in race one meant Jack was restricted in his running as he settled for fourteenth position.
In race two, Jack battled hard, making a string of fine overtakes to grab the final point in eighth place.
The result meant Jack finished the fifteen race GP3 season on 141 points, seven clear of Fukuzumi in second and 79 behind Drivers’ champion George Russell.
Jack Aitken (ART, #1)
2nd – 141 points – 15/15 races completed
“It was a very difficult weekend overall, probably our most difficult of the whole year. We had a few problems and just couldn’t get the car to gel and because of that I struggled. We still managed to get a half decent result in race two with a solitary point. Race one was compromised by being damaged by debris on lap two, but we did our best ! We brought it home and managed to get second in the championship and that was the important thing. Now it’s about focusing and moving onto Formula 2 testing this week and I’m excited for that challenge.”