BRDC British Formula 3 race winner Toby Sowery will miss the final round of the season this weekend at Donington Park due to a clashing Lamborghini Super Trofeo Asia commitment.
Sowery, who sits second in the British F3 standings with Lanan Racing and has two wins to his name, has dovetailed his single-seater duties with a drive in the Pro Class of Super Trofeo Asia with former GP3 driver Artur Janosz this year.
The two series have previously not clashed, and Sowery has picked up several podiums in his maiden GT campaign.
With the races run at the Shanghai International Circuit coinciding with the British F3 season finale, Sowery has had to prioritise one championship over the other.
?I?m gutted not to be racing this weekend due to conflicting racing commitments,? said Sowery.
?This has probably been one of the most difficult decisions of my career but I can only thank Lanan for their belief and support of me and my career.?
?The team has done a fantastic job and I want to wish them luck for the weekend. I cannot thank them enough for the hard work, late nights and early mornings but also want to thank the BRDC, MSV and everyone else involved with F3 for running the top single seater championship in the UK.?
Sowery is one of five drivers in contention for second place in the standings, and with only a two point lead over Carlin?s James Pull, it is reasonable to assume he will not finish the year in second.
Lanan Racing has signed British F4 race-winner Alex Quinn to fill Sowery?s seat, with no confirmation as to whether the partnership will continue beyond the Donington Park season finale.
“It?s a really exciting opportunity for me to race in the BRDC British F3 Championship this weekend,? explained Quinn.
?It?s a huge challenge for me and we?ll basically be going straight into the race weekend. I?m excited but not nervous, there are no expectations as it?s my first time driving the car but I just want to impress the team and the championship and show what I can do.”
In the first qualifying session of the weekend Quinn was an impressive seventh, just half a second off the pace. Fortec?s Ben Hingeley took pole, ahead of Carlin?s newly crowned champion Enaam Ahmed and Hillspeed with Cliff Dempsey Racing?s Chase Owen.