John Bryant-Meisner set for post-crash racing return as 2013 ATS Formula 3 Cup campaign kicks off in Germany
The Netherlands, May 6, 2012: John Bryant-Meisner has just completed his maiden weekend of ATS Formula 3 Cup racing, taking to the podium at Zandvoort to celebrate a successful start to his career as an F3 driver. Fast forward to the current day, almost a year on to the week, and the Swedish youngster is still to see the red lights go out for a second time – an involuntary result of having suffered a potentially career-ending accident during testing in the UK just days on from his Dutch debut. That is all about to change this weekend, however, as Bryant-Meisner finally returns to racing when the new ATS Formula 3 Cup campaign kicks off at Oschersleben.
"It’s incredible to think that I’ve actually been out of racing for a full year, and to finally be able to restart my career this weekend is the most enthralling feeling," says John Bryant-Meisner. "The road to recovery has been tough at times, but my physios have done an incredible job over the past twelve months and I’ve also enjoyed so much support from everyone at my team, Performance Racing. It will be great to get back to action with them again, and try to pick up where we left off in 2012. Our results in winter testing have been very encouraging and the pace has indicated that we will be able to challenge near the front, but we have to remember that, effectively, I lost a year of driving last season – and it will take some time to get back into the swing of things on a race weekend. Having said that, I’m just thrilled to be back on track, and we will be doing everything we can to perform well from the word go."
Bryant-Meisner is part of a three-driver line-up at Performance Racing in 2013, alongside Yannick Mettler (Switzerland) and Thomas Jäger (Austria). Each round of the ATS Formula 3 Cup is made up of three races – taking the 2013 total up to 27. Races 1 and 3 at each meeting are both run over 30 minutes, with the respective grids being based on each driver’s fastest and second-fastest lap in Friday qualifying. For the shorter 20-minute Race 2, the top eight finishers of Race 1 are reversed on the grid in an attempt from organisers to promote overtaking, with the more artificial elements meaning that less points are on offer than in Races 1 and 3.