John Bryant-Meisner takes lights-to-flag double to win twice on British F3 debut
John Bryant-Meisner shocked the British Formula 3 establishment with a remarkable performance on his debut in the esteemed
championship, after winning two out of this weekend’s three races from pole position as the series got underway at Silverstone.
Bryant-Meisner – whose 2013 campaign is mainly based around the German ATS Formula 3 Cup – set the pace by a comfortable eight
tenths in Saturday morning qualifying, before going on to dominate the opening race of the meeting on his way to a 16.5-second win.
The emphatic triumph – in which Invitation Class-runner Bryant-Meisner defeated all of the regular drivers in the main International
Class – brought about reactions from the organisers, who ruled that 15 kilos of added ballast was to be inflicted on the Swede’s
Performance Racing car before Sunday’s two final races.
Despite the significant effect of having to run overweight, however, Bryant-Meisner
still held on to win – again from pole position – as the curtain-raiser drew to a close on Sunday evening.
Bryant-Meisner’s Invitation Class status meant that was ineligible for points, and that he didn’t take to the podium after neither of his
victories on a weekend that saw him attract substantial attention up and down the pitlane.
“A brilliant weekend for us,” says John Bryant-Meisner. “I came here with the sole aim of getting some extra track time following the
accident that forced me out of the car for much of last year, but – after qualifying – we soon realised that we were actually able to run
at a very competitive pace. We were asked to disconnect our push-to-pass system before the first race – which, to be honest, was
perfectly fair since it did hand us an advantage over the regular British F3 teams – but then, after I still managed to win that race, we
had to add 15 kilos of extra weight on top of that; and that certainly didn’t help us. We lost a lot of time in both the corners and on
the straights, so it was very, very rewarding to overcome all of that and win again in the final race. The team have done an absolutely
splendid job and it was a bit of a shame that we weren’t allowed to celebrate on the podium, but at least now everyone should know
what we’re capable of. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of this weekend.”
Next up for Bryant-Meisner is round four of the ATS Formula 3 Cup campaign, which takes place at Sachsenring on June 7-9.