John Bryant-Meisner wins on Formula 3 comeback!
John Bryant-Meisner staged a resounding performance on his competitive return to international motor racing, as he hauled himself straight into the winner’s circle at the opening round of the ATS Formula 3 Cup campaign at Oschersleben. Showing no signs of having lost his trade in the aftermath of the accident that forced him out of the sport for the majority of last year, Bryant-Meisner overcame treacherous weather conditions to rise from third on the grid to victory in the second race of the weekend at the German venue, scoring his maiden F3 triumph in the process.
Having finished sixth in the first race of the meeting and fourth in the concluding Race 3, the Performance Racing driver leaves the 2013 curtain-raiser in third place overall in the championship standings behind Lotus duo Marvin Kirchhöfer and Artem Markelov.
"A very good start to the season, and to be able to win a race on my comeback weekend obviously feels fantastic," says John Bryant- Meisner. "I’ve claimed my maiden F3 victory, I’ve experienced no fitness issues, and the car has been great – the team has done a brilliant job. Having said that, winning at this level is never easy – and I certainly had to work hard. I started from third on the grid and got away well off the line, but I think the brakes were too cool and, as a result, I dropped back to fourth in the first sequence of corners. Fortunately, I managed to claw back the lead – even though overtaking at Oschersleben is always difficult – and from there it was all about controlling the race in a car that really suited my driving style in the wet. We then had the pace to challenge for the podium again in Race 3, which was run in dry conditions, but I got stuck behind one of the Lotus’ and lost too much front-end grip in the turbulent air to launch an attack. Still, I’m very happy with this weekend, and I’m already looking forward to the rest of the year!"
The next round of the ATS Formula 3 Cup season takes place at Belgian Grand Prix venue Spa-Francorchamps on May 10-12.