Lexus Team au TOM’s driver Nick Cassidy signed off from his first full season in the FIA European Formula Three Championship in style this weekend, scoring a podium finish in the final race meeting of the season at the Hockenheimring in Germany.
Cassidy scored a third-place finish in the first of three races on Saturday, to complete a Prema Powerteam clean sweep of the podium led by 2016 European F3 Champion Lance Stroll, and vice-champion Maximillian Günther, then finished fourth in the final race on Sunday to confirm fourth place in the 2016 Drivers’ Championship.
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for Cassidy, as the second race on Saturday ended in a retirement following a collision with Alexander Sims.
Still, the results were enough for the 22-year-old Cassidy, last year’s All-Japan Formula Three Champion with TOM’s, to finish fourth in the European championship with 254 points, including a first victory and pole position at Circuit Park Zandvoort in July, and eight total podium finishes.
Teammate and newly-crowned champion Stroll capped off his season with a hat trick of victories at the Hockenheimring, and a total of five straight race wins in succession to take a total of fourteen victories in his championship season. He is Prema’s fifth European F3 champion in as many seasons since the series was reformed in 2012, and he is expected to join Williams Martini Racing for the 2017 Formula 1 World Championship.
Cassidy, Stroll, Günther, and rookie Ralf Aron all helped the Italian supersquad take their fourth successive Teams’ Championship as well.
For Cassidy, his jet-setting 2016 racing season that saw as many as five consecutive weeks of travel between Japan and Europe will conclude in November, as he and co-driver Daisuke Ito will compete in the Motegi GT Grand Final doubleheader at Twin Ring Motegi on November 11-13.
Ito and Cassidy are seventh in the GT500 Drivers’ Championship, twenty-one points out of first place, with their best finish being a second place at the 45th International Suzuka 1000km.
The following week, Cassidy will end his global Formula 3 campaign with his third consecutive appearance in the Macau Grand Prix.