Owen storms into top six to show Hillspeed team’s potential

Chase Owen, promising driver for the Hillspeed With Cliff Dempsey Racing team, leads the way at Snetterton. (PHOTO BY: Jakob Ebrey Photography)
Chase Owen, promising driver for the Hillspeed With Cliff Dempsey Racing team, leads the way at Snetterton. (PHOTO BY: Jakob Ebrey Photography)
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The podium potential of the Hathersage-based Hillspeed With Cliff Dempsey Racing squad was underlined by the performance of one of their drivers at Snetterton over the weekend.

For Chase Owen, who is in his first season in the British Formula 3 Championship, delivered top-three race pace at the Norfolk circuit and a best result of sixth position in round 21 of the series.

Anerican driver Owen now sits seventh in the overall standings with 246 points as the championships heads into its finale at Donington Park over the weekend of September 23 and 24. His Hillspeed teammate, German youngster Nick Worm, who was a fine 12th at Snetterton, is 14th with 159 points.

“The weekend showed that the package is there,” said the Hillspeed team’s principal, Richard Ollerenshaw. “Chase and Nick produced some very good pace.

“A couple of mistakes in race one meant that Nick had some hard work to do in race two. But he performed well, came through strongly, and then race three was very good.

“We’re happy with Nick’s performances too. He started off working on some specific areas in testing and then delivered some very good drives.”

The weekend comprised three races and, in the opening contest, Owen secured eighth place on the grid after impressing in pre-event testing. But errors on the second lap cost him his position and he ended up finishing 13th.

In race two, he scythed his way through from 13th to ninth and secured fifth place on the grid for the final race of the weekend. He slipped to sixth, but held that spot and clocked the third fastest race lap, finishing only 0.3 seconds behind his category race winner, Krishnaraaj Mahadik.

Rookie Worm lined up on the eighth row of the grid in 15th position for the opening race. He climbed into the top 12 and even finished just ahead of Owen.

Worm was 11th on the grid for race two and held his place until the fourth lap when he was shuffled back. But he recovered well and ended up little more than two seconds shy of the coveted top ten.

In the final race, the German started in 13th position, which is where he remained until the chequered flag.