King’s Lynn’s Alex Brundle, partnered with father Martin, finishes FIA Formula Two Championship as best British racer
Alex Brundle can be justifiably proud of his achievements last year taking his first race wins, partnered with father Martin, and finishing the prestigious FIA Formula Two Championship as best British racer.
'2011 was a positive year for me and I have taken some great results in the F2 championship. I spent the whole year running at the front of the series and being top Brit by the end of the year,' recalled Brundle.
The King's Lynn driver had headed into the 2011 season on the back of a difficult year contesting the British Formula Three Championship where he found finishing in the top ten very challenging. Using the experience gained in 2010 the younger Brundle joined his father to contest a pair of Radical sportscar races in Spain with the Norfolk pairing claimed victory in both.
Brundle also rejoined the Formula Two series, having contested the inaugural season in 2009, and posted some quick testing times at Silverstone and on his home circuit of Snetterton before the season roared off.
However Brundle's season stalled at the opening round at Silverstone when he suffered a puncture in the opening race and was left on the starting grid when a clutch problem intervened.
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Brundle bounced back in the following races in France with two podium places at the Magny-Cours circuit. Fifth and seventh places were achieved at the Belgium rounds while his second retirement of the season was posted at the Nurburgring followed up with another fifth place finish in race two. Brands Hatch wasn't kind to the Norfolk racer with a third retirement when a car ahead of him suddenly slowed and cost Brundle a possible bag full of points. Race two only yielded 17th place and any hopes of taking a coveted top three place in the series which is rewarded with a much sought-after Formula 1 Super Licence, had realistically vanished.
However Brundle's sports car ambitions were still alive as he took part in the pre Le Mans 24 Hours test day to familiarise himself with the historic French track.The Formula Two series resumed in Austria and the local racer narrowly missed out on a podium followed by another retirement when he was crashed into at the first corner.
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The penultimate round of the series was held in Italy, at the historic Monza circuit, and the fast nature suited the local racer who led the opening laps before being pushed back to third place late on.
In race two he secured fourth place and closed in on British rival Jack Clarke for best of the Brits which would be settled at the final round in Spain.
Brundle lost ground in the first race with an eighth place to Clarke's seventh but after fifth place in the second race to his rivals ninth, seventh place in the championship and best of the home grown talent was secured by two points.