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Kat Impey in BRSCC Formula 3 championship at Brands Hatch
Katharine Impey took to the third row in qualifying at the Brands Hatch Formula Ford Festival weekend, in the final round of the BRSCC Formula 3 championship. The Formula Ford Festival weekend is an annual highlight of the motor racing calendar held at the end of the British racing season at the Kent circuit.

For the third time this year Impey raced with the Milton Keynes-based team Lanan Racing, currently one of the top teams in the championship.

Impey once again managed to emulate her podium-winning achievements with a third place finish in the second race, which was an excellent result for Impey, whose enrolment on the Motor Sports Association (MSA) Academy’s Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme marks her out as one of the UK’ s most promising young drivers.

For most of Saturday’ s qualifying session, Impey was running in second position in the difficult damp conditions, but was eventually squeezed out to fifth in the final stages as the track started to dry, with Lanan team-mate Alex Craven taking third.

Impey made a good start in the first race on Saturday, pushing hard in fifth position and chasing down fourth place Mark Harrison, whose defensive driving was holding Impey up and backing them both into the chasing pack. Impey got a good run on Harrison out of the final corner, slipstreaming him down the pit straight before pulling out and making a gutsy move around the outside of Harrison at Paddock Hill bend.

Impey, now up to fourth place, started to pull a gap on Harrison and with little time remaining pushed hard to close the gap to the top three. When the chequered flag fell Impey’ s more experienced Team-mate Craven took the win with Impey finishing in a creditable fourth place.

After the race she said: “ I felt very strong, one of the quickest cars on the track. Mark Harrison’ s excellent defensive driving meant it took me a good few laps before I managed to make a successful pass. It was a great battle but it meant it didn’ t leave me much time to reduce the gap to the leaders.”

In Sunday’ s race Impey made another good start which instantly moved her up to third position, however reigning champion Chris Needham soon got the run on her and Impey found herself demoted back to fourth.

With Louis Hamilton-Smith chasing hard behind her Impey knew she had her work cut out. She defended courageously but slipped back to fifth place while the leading pack continued to push each other hard. Fortunately for Impey both Needham and Craven made crucial mistakes promoting her up to third position, which is where she took the chequered flag.

“ It was a good weekend overall and my pace in the damp conditions was very promising,” she said.

“ I have learned so much working with Lanan Racing over the three race meetings in which I have been run by them. I would like to continue with Lanan Racing for next season but it is dependent on raising sponsorship over the winter break.”

Impey would like to thank all of the support from her current sponsors, SWAT, Tyger design and print, Oakingham Construction, family and friends.

Kat started her racing career like many of todays top drivers in karts. At the age of 13 she was racing a 4 stroke Prokart at her local kart club in Camberley, and quickly moved up to a 2 stroke Tonykart Extreme Rotax. In only her first competitive season Kat took second place in the Junior Rotax Championship and gained many wins and podium finishes in other national races around the country.

Kat's second season in karts saw her compete in the national BRDC "Stars of Tomorrow" series (which was televised in 60 countries worldwide). Her goal in this prestigious championship was to be the top girl on the track, which to her great delight she achieved, beating most of the lads into the bargain! All in all a remarkable start to her national racing career.

2004 was a very significant year for Kat, it saw her progress into the highly competitive world of single seater racing in a national series with rounds at all of the country's top circuits including Brands Hatch, Oulton Park and the home of British motorsport, Silverstone. The car chosen for this next phase of her career was the nimble and blisteringly fast Jedi. Kat went on to compete in every round of the 2004 Formula Jedi Challenge, finishing in the points in every race and finishing the season an overall 4th in class. A remarkable achievement for a newcomer to single seater racing.

In 2005, budget restrictions meant that Kat only competed in a few rounds of the championship, but remained competitive with fastest laps and podium finishes.

In 2006 Kat once again competed in the Formula Jedi Challenge, with the intention of lifting the championship winner's trophy at the end of her third season. With race wins and fastest laps and finishing on the podium in every race entered, it looked achievable; however an engine blow up ended the season early.

2007 saw Kat move up to the very competitive 1000cc class in Formula Jedi in a brand new car. She finished 4th out of 34 cars in the opening race, however in the second race after a cracking start, (dicing for 3rd position) was involved in an accident and the resulting injuries ended her season. Returning in 2008, Kat entered selective rounds of the Formula Jedi and Monoposto championships, taking three race wins and two class lap records.


Kat’s main focus in 2009 was to compete in the highly prestigious National Monoposto championship, which was sponsored by Track and Race Cars magazine. Kat achieved pole positions, finished on the podium in every race completed, she broke four lap records, won races and overall finished third in the championship standings. The series was featured in the magazine every month, covering each round.


In 2010 Kat will compete in the BRSCC F3 Cardinus Championship. This is recognised as a crucial stepping stone for young talented drivers in to National British F3 and is an ideal training ground. Win in F3 and you are marked as a driver to watch.

Around the world, no other race series has produced as many Grand Prix winners and World Champions as Formula 3. However it is not just in Formula One that F3 drivers excel. The F3 Roll of Honour includes winners of the US ChampCar and IndyCar, FIA Formula 3000, Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours titles. This series will act as a promotional springboard and gain Kat plenty of recognition


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