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Lancaster storms to Masters podium

1 January 1901

Jon Lancaster underlined his potential with a stirring third place in the F3 Masters at Zolder, helping the ART team to a lock-out of the podium in the annual event.

Lancaster, who went into the event on the back of his maiden win in the F3 Euroseries, qualified in seventh place on the grid but immediately made up two places off the line; inheriting another two positions when Renger van der Zande and Koudai Tsukakoshi collided at the start.

That left Lancaster in third place behind team-mates Jules Bianchi and Nico Hulkenberg and although traffic meant he was unable to keep pace with the leading pair, he enjoyed a comfortable run to the flag, well clear of fourth-placed Mika Maki.

"I had good traction off the line and made a great start, passing Max Chilton and Stefano Coletti and managed to avoid the collision between van der zande and Tsukakoshi," he said. "For the first few laps we were running very close together at the front but as the track dried I didn't seem to have as much traction as the other two.

"At the midpoint though the car was fantastic and I'd started to close down the gap to Jules and Nico until I started lapping backmarkers on slicks who almost came to a stop at the chicane. That cost me around six seconds on one lap which was a bit frustrating. It was tall order to get a win this weekend, particularly after missing half the testing on Friday so I'm very happy to get a podium finish.

"Once again the ART Grand Prix team did a fantastic job all weekend, the car was brilliant and I'm delighted for them to have got three of their drivers onto the podium. We've had two good weekends now, a win last time out and a podium today, so now we head to Brands looking for another win."


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