Champion-elect Zak O'Sullivan praises GB3 series after dominant run to brink of title


Zak (2).jpgZak O’Sullivan is set to become the youngest-ever winner of the GB3 Championship at Donington Park this weekend (October 15-17) and rubberstamp a dominant first title in car racing. 

If champion-elect O’Sullivan, 16, wins the crown then he will beat the previous record set by Enaam Ahmed, who was 17 years old when he took the 2017 title and was eight months older than O’Sullivan is now. 

In a record-breaking season O’Sullivan has taken four pole positions, five wins, seven fastest laps and seven other podium finishes so far in 2021 – ensuring he has secured the honours for most laps led, most pole positions, most wins, most podiums and most fastest laps.

The Autosport BRDC Young Driver of the Year Award finalist has praised the series he is all-but-guaranteed to win, revealing he initially had doubts about taking part in another UK-based championship in 2021. 

O’Sullivan leads Ayrton Simmons (Chris Dittman Racing) by 112 points and team-mate Christian Mansell (Carlin) by 115, with a maximum of 116 still available. 

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O’Sullivan, from Withington, near Cirencester, said: “I had some misgivings about doing another UK-based championship after finishing runner-up in British F4 in 2020. 

“However, I am really glad I did. I feel like I have learned a lot and would definitely make the same decision again. 

“It’s been an excellent championship to compete in and has taught me a lot about the importance of consistency and maximising every race, even when you’re not in a position to win.” 

If O’Sullivan is confirmed as championship winner, he will benefit from a two-day FIA Formula 3 test at Valencia and the Jim Clark Trophy, which is presented by the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) at its annual awards in December. 

“Moving into FIA F3 is still the ambition, so to get the opportunity to test the car at Valencia if I win the championship is something I am relishing,” added O’Sullivan. 

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