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Round 3 at Donington July 10-11
Bryce Aron 4th Place Finish , 4th Fastest Lap! Top 10 in the Championship Standings in a Stacked Field.
British F3 is an incredibly competitive series. Bryce is one of only two drivers without experience in slicks and wings cars, with the rest of the field having 1-3 years of experience in this type of car and on these race circuits. The top 12 in qualifying are separated by only a second. To be within that window given Bryce’s relative lack of experience bodes well for the long-term.
Bryce began the race weekend with testing on Thursday and Friday at the Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit. Testing started out strong with Bryce being in the top 6. Bryce went into qualifying on Saturday in a good mindset and was in the top 3 and well inside of the top 10 for the majority of qualifying. The last few minutes of qualifying had Bryce in P12.
For those unfamiliar with European racing the drivers start races from a standing position rather than the rolling starts we are used to seeing in America. At the beginning of the race drivers get into their grid position and are given a green flag lap to warm-up the tires. The drivers return to their grid position after the green flag lap. Once everyone is in position race control puts out a 10 second board, then a 5 second board, the lights come on and when the lights go out the race begins. Moving prior to the lights going out is considered a jump start.
The start of Race 1 was unusual in that the 5 second board stayed out longer than typical. Bryce noticed some of the drivers rolling before the start. Prior to the lights going out one of the drivers jumped the start. Believing it would be deemed a false start, Bryce pushed his clutch in. No sooner had he done that, the lights went out and the field departed. Bryce finished race 1 in P13.
Race 2 went better with Bryce starting in P12 and progressing forward later in the race, beginning to show pace after getting in front of a slower driver. Bryce finished just outside of the top 10 in P11.
Bryce had his best race of the weekend in race 3. Bryce started race 3 in P6 on a half set of new tires. Bryce finished Race 3 in 4th place with the 4th fastest lap demonstrating that he has the pace to compete at the front of the field. Bryce moved up to 10th Place in the championship standings. The next round in Belgium at Spa Francorchamps, July 23-25.
Round 2 at Silverstone June26-27
Bryce and the Carlin Crew Looking Good in MPEC|NAPA Hats.
Bryce began the race weekend with testing on Thursday and Friday at the iconic Silverstone Circuit. Bryce started race 1 in P13, after a tough qualifying session, and immediately began battling with a championship contender. The driver tried to force Bryce off the track but Bryce held his ground and then prevailed with a bold move around the outside at Maggots and Beckets. During the race Bryce out performed his own qualifying lap and demonstrated a consistent race pace that was in keeping with the front runners. Bryce finished Race 1 in 9th place.
The second race of round 2 at Silverstone brought with it a change in conditions. Heavy mist, high wind and cooler temperatures contributed to a slick track. With all cars on the grid in place Bryce began race 2 in P11 and initially fell back. Bryce made a great pass going three wide up the inside of Patterson and Alverez putting himself into 10th place.
Bryce Battling During Race 1 Photo by Jakob Ebrey
Clearly in 10th place, Bryce appeared poised to charge forward when Patterson, who had run wide, skipped the curb, re-entered the track and turned into Bryce. The collision cost Bryce 2 places as it created the opportunity for 2 cars to get by. Bryce's rear right tire was damaged from the contact and deemed unusable by Perilli for the third race. Bryce was able to continue Race 2 and finished the race in 11th place.
Bryce began the race in P5 and was the only driver up front to start the race on a full set of used tires, with the other drivers starting on full or partial sets of new tires. Bryce had a great start, immediately moving into 3rd place and holding tight to the 2 cars in front of him, looking for an opportunity to capitalize. The driver behind Bryce, on a half set of new tires, had good pace initially which placed Bryce under some pressure.Undoubtedly feeling the pressure from behind, Bryce looked to make an early aggressive move.
Race 2: Bryce Clearly in 10th Place after a Beautiful Pass
“Simmons took the lead from Marzorati into Brooklands, as Bryce Aron looked to capitalise. But the American driver ran out of track on the exit of Luffield, losing his front wing as he ran through the gravel.” - The Chequered Flag
Bryce returned to the pits and the team quickly replaced his front wing. Due to the excellent work of Bryce’s Carlin crew, Bryce was able to get back on track while remaining on the lead lap to finish out the race. “Aron was able to replace his front wing with the field neutralised [by a safety car], and quickly worked to move up the field once the green flag flew for the final few laps”. - The Chequered Flag
After the marshall’s review, Bryce’s contact disqualified him from race 3. Though the results were not what Bryce had hoped for he learned many valuable lessons and is eager to get back on track for Round 3 at Donington July 8-11.
Fantastic Debut for Bryce Aron in BRDC Formula 3 at Brands Hatch
Bryce had a fantastic opening round in the BRDC F3 Championship Series. Bryce finished 10th, 9th and 4th in a field of 19 cars.
With the high downforce/ high aero F3 cars it is very difficult to pass on a track like the Brands Hatch GP Circuit. Bryce moved up 2 places finishing race 1 in 10th place. During Race 2 Bryce started in 11th (due to a penalty to another driver in race 1) and was able to move forward to a 9th place finish. Race 3 Bryce started in 8th position and made some bold moves, passing on the outside of turn 3 Graham Hill Bend, going over the curbing and touching the grass at the exit and a daring high speed 115 mph pass around the outside at Hawthorn turn 5 to finish just off the podium in 4th place.
“Bryce Aron (Carlin) took fourth from Grundtvig. Carlin’s American driver set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:21.933 on Lap 7,...Aron was a man on a mission, looking this way and that to move past Patterson for third place,... with two laps remaining.” The Chequered Flag
“Aron … (was) surging through the field; he started eighth and was sixth on the first lap. He gained another place on lap three and then passed Mikkel Grundtvig for fourth on lap seven. He then immediately closed on Patterson but was unable to progress onto the podium, finishing just two tenths shy, and the first car in a train behind the Scotsman.”- BRDC F3
Round two gets underway at Silverstone 26th-27th June.
Bryce rounded up his first British F3 race weekend, “I’m really happy with how we’ve progressed – I want to say thanks to the team and my engineer Jimmy and Phil at EDGE for everything we’ve done this weekend. I was able to make positions around the outside where I could. Unfortunately, we just missed out on the podium, but I’m still so pleased with the result.”
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ARON COMPLETES CARLIN LINE-UP
BRDC BRITISH F3
FEBRUARY 5, 2021
Carlin is pleased to confirm that 2020 Team U.S.A. Scholarship winner, Bryce Aron will complete the team’s BRDC British Formula Three line-up for the 2021 season.
The 17-year-old American joins Carlin after being the first driver in Team USA’s 30-year history to finish with a podium and a top five in the two iconic Formula Ford events – the Walter Hayes Trophy and Formula Ford Festival.
Aron made his racing debut in the UK this past year following a successful 2019 F1600 Championship campaign which saw him finish third overall with eight podiums in total. Despite the restrictions COVID-19 placed on the 2020 season, the Team USA Scholarship winner nevertheless achieved 12 podiums while racing in the U.K.
Aron said of the upcoming season, “I’m massively excited for the season ahead and this next chapter in my career. 2020 was a big year for me, not only as a driver but also as a person living so far away from home for the first time. I had the opportunity to test the F3 car at the end of last year and was blown away by the power and the grip the car has, it’s certainly a big step up from the Formula Ford car I had been driving previously.
“No doubt 2021 will be a steep learning curve for me but I’m so excited to be joining Carlin, a team with such a strong history in F3 and the junior formulas. To be following in the footsteps of so many incredible drivers that have come through the team feels really exciting.”
Trevor Carlin added, “We are pleased to welcome Bryce to the Carlin family for the upcoming British Formula 3 season and look forward to working with him closely this year and watching him develop in this highly competitive championship at some great British circuits. British F3 is a fantastic proving ground for young talent and Bryce will benefit from plenty of test and race mileage in this important learning year. He has a really mature attitude and the team have been really impressed with his application so far. We look forward to working with him this year.”
Aron will be out on track with his previously announced Formula Three teammates Zak O’Sullivan and Christian Mansell, for pre-season testing before the opening race of the season at Brands Hatch from 21 – 23 May.
stunning podium Finish for bryce at Walter Hayes Trophy Final
Bryce had an impressive end of season performance finishing the Walter Hayes Trophy on the Podium in 3rd Place overall. Without previous experience racing on the Silverstone National Circuit, and despite ongoing treacherous and tricky conditions, Bryce accomplished a long time dream.
The Walter Hayes Trophy is conducted through a weekend long knockout format. The field, originally consisting of 104 cars, was whittled down to the final grid of 36 cars. Bryce had progressed directly from his heat race to the semi-final. This was an accomplishment in and of itself as Bryce had been placed in what was most widely considered the most difficult heat.
The two semi-finals were then combined with the top 18 drivers from each going through to the final. Bryce had a great start and quickly moved up two places prior to the deployment of a safety car. A good restart helped Bryce stay up front but a few laps later a red flag was thrown. Following the red flag the drivers had a standing restart for a 5 lap shootout. Bryce crossed the finish line in a well earned 3rd place!