Callum Voisin is upbeat about his GB3 title hopes despite a clash at Snetterton last month costing him a potential win.
The Rodin Carlin driver dropped to second in the standings behind Alex Dunne after retiring from the lead of race two in a collision with Tymek Kucharczyk, who was excluded for the incident.
Voisin climbed from 23th to 11th in the reversed-grid race, passing Dunne in the process, and now sits six points off the top.
“It was what we needed to do,” Voisin told Formula Scout of his race three recovery drive. “Obviously a big shame after race two, nothing much I could do about that. I lost a lot of points but to claw back one or two there – pretty happy with our performance.
“We had it pretty much sewn up,” he said of the race two clash. “I got a pretty clean start, that’s probably been my weak point I’d say, and I was controlling the race. Obviously a shame, I lost quite a few points.
“I would have had a nice healthy gap in the championship. But, it’s not all lost, we’re under 10 points away from the lead now, so it’s not the end of the world, and we can fight from there for the second half of the season.”
Voisin revealed that he has struggled to follow in the aero wash of other cars this year, but felt he made progress in that area at Snetterton.
“I was very happy with how we were behind people because usually it’s perhaps where our car isn’t quite as good when following. It’s brilliant when you’re in the lead and you can storm off and do whatever you want but I’d say usually when we’re behind people, it’s a little bit worse than others. I don’t know why.
“But I think we made a little bit of a step forward there. So that’s a positive and we can take that into the rest of the season.”
Consistency has paid dividends for Voisin so far, with six podiums from 12 races. But he has converted none of his three poles into wins.
“If you asked me [before Snetterton] I would have said it doesn’t bother me, but now I’d say it’s a bit frustrating,” he reflected. “The two Spa-Francorchamps ones were probably because we didn’t quite have as much pace and I made a few mistakes compared to Alex.
“But in this one we did everything right and didn’t come away with a win. So that was a shame. It’s not going to get me down. At the end of the day I have a few wins from last year so the race win isn’t on the bucket list, it’s more the points that I’m after.”
With 30 points separating the top four, Voisin is relishing the title battle, and is confident of improved form for this weekend’s Silverstone round, having been slightly outshone by team-mate John Bennett at the track in May.
“Last time we were there it didn’t go brilliantly, but that was in the wet and I had an issue. We’ve made a step forward with the car, so I think we’re going to be good. There’s three or four of us who are very close on pace. It’s going be a good second half of the season.
“I think you guys are in for a treat really with me, Alex, Joseph [Loake], there’s also [James] Hedley, Tymek – they’re all very quick. It’s going to be a close, close fight but it’s going to be fun.”