McKenzie, Brundle and Webb F3 action


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Three of my guys, Daniel  McKenzie, Alex Brundle and Oli Webb were in action last weekend at the start of the 2010 British F3 season at Oulton Park, England.

It was a relatively tough weekend for Dan, the reigning National Class Champion. However, there is still time to be found both in his ‘FORTEC’ challenger and himself and he should see better dividends at the next race at Silverstone at the end of the month. He also poccesses great fighting spirit and ambition, so he will not be standing still in his quest for ultimate success. Dan’s physical fitness is tremendous. He has increased his bodyweight by 7kg since we began working together pre-season 2009. He is becoming a real Terminator and will only get stronger.

Alex is making his F3 debut this season after a year in the Formula 2 series. I believe Alex, who is the son of former F1 Driver and current BBC F1 commentator Martin Brundle, will revel in the more ‘team’- orientated envoirment of F3.  At just turned 19 years old, he is developing solid physical and mental toughness all the time and I am looking forward to seeing how the 2010 season progresses under the wing of his new team, ‘T-Sport’. It should prove to be a great learning curve for Alex and will only add to his all-round development as a driver and as an athlete.

Oli has come to F3 on the back of a third place in the FORMULA RENAULT UK Championship last year. He started in style in his first F3 races, finishing both in second place, with the feeling he could potentially have won at least one of the races. Oli began working with me this Winter and he is getting stronger every day. 2010 should see a big development for him both on and off the track.

Together with Alexander Sims (Euro F3) from my earlier blog, there is the introduction of Dean Smith into the newly-concieved GP3 series with CARLIN. Dean is the 2009 MCLAREN-AUTOSPORT YOUNG DRIVER OF THE YEAR and a tough and talented driver. He has come along way with his training since we started working together last season. He won the 2009 FORMULA RENAULT UK  title and has since taken his strength and cardio levels to another level altogether. Physically, he has handled the high-powered and heavy WORLD SERIES BY RENAULT (WSR) extremely well in testing this year. Dean is testing the GP3 car in Barcelona as I write. The first GP3 Race is on the Formula 1 support program in Barcelona next month.

MERCEDES Driver, Jamie Green , begins his DTM season at the end of this month and I will keep you posted as to how that first race in Germany goes. Jamie has been looking very strong in Winter training and I am looking forward to seeing how he shapes up out there.

Finally, Lord Paul Drayson has started his ALMS/LEMANS season very well. Paul has just turned 50 this year and his DRAYSON LOLA team is contesting its first LMP1 season. In the debut race, at the ultra- physical SEBRING circuit in Florida (USA) the team were in danger of causing a major upset as they split the favourites, Peugeot. Unfortunately, a mechanical problem in the race, meant the team dropping from second place down to 12th where they eventually finished.

Personally, I was very pleased to hear Paul had no physical issues at the weekend. It really is a harsh intoduction to the new season and Paul only began working with me for a few intensive weeks before the race. But he reported that he felt strong and fit throughout the 12hr Endurance Race. Sebring is notoriously bumpy and hot and pocesses corners that can destroy the neck at 5G’s. You could not get a better fitness test! Paul is a very interesting man. He is a highly successful businessman, and has served in the Labour government for the last five years. He was also born blind in one eye, and has had to overcome various obstacles to drive at such a high level and to suceed in life generally. As someone who has a partially-sighted son, Paul has my utmost respect and admiration for what he has achieved so far.

The team are in LONG BEACH this weekend to contest the latest round of the ALMS series.

All-in-all, 2010 looks to be an exciting season and I will keep you posted as to how my guys are doing.

All the best for now.

Gerry.

 

Jamie Green