Jon Lancaster will aim to secure his place as the top Formula 3 driver in Europe this weekend in the annual RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 in Zolder.
Having made an impressive start to life in the F3 Euroseries, with his maiden win at the Nurburgring last time out, the ART Grand Prix driver currently lies eighth in the championship standings heading to the non-championship race at Zolder, where the best drivers from across Europe will come together for a head-to-head battle.
“I like one-off events like this,” Lancaster said. “In some ways there's a lot less pressure on a driver than when you're competing in a championship as there are no points at stake, it's a straight shoot-out for victory. I'll push as hard as I can in qualifying to try and get a good grid position and in the race I'll be going all out for victory. There is only one winner at the Masters and I think I have as good a chance as any to come home with that trophy.
“The Masters of Formula 3 is the race that every F3 driver wants to win. But at the end of the day, it's just another motor race. We've had the pace pretty much all season and I know the circuit so I think I have a good chance to come away with a strong result. The ART Grand Prix team has worked hard to give me a great car all season and I've got the pace and the confidence to know victory is possible.”
With the Masters running on Kumho tyres, drivers from the Euroseries have tended to have an advantage over their rivals but despite the fact that the tyre supplier will provide a different compound for the event, Lancaster said he expected a tough battle from drivers from the British series.
“I understand Kumho are producing a new compound for the weekend which should equalise things,” he said. “However, I'm pretty sure they will still favour the Euroseries runners as we're all used to competing on that tyre.
“But this weekend will not just be about who has the advantage with the rubber we use. The event attracts the best drivers in Europe, so in addition to the Euroseries drivers, we'll also be competing against some of the best British runners.
“Most of them are already race winners in the UK series and so of course they'll be quick and the competition will be fierce. Probably one of the strongest challenges from the domestic championship will be Brendon Hartley; he was fourth there last year and has a lot of experience.”