Donington Park Grand Prix Circuit, one of the UK's most famous and iconic motor racing venues, hosts the penultimate event of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series next weekend, 24th/25th September, where Bart Hylkema aims to string together a hat-trick of points finishes.As his debut season in British F3 draws to a close, the 21-year-old from The Netherlands is becoming a greater front-running threat with each outing as he increases his performance and confidence in equal measure at the wheel of his Dallara-Volkswagen.Since electing to move up to the International Class at the halfway point of the season, having totally dominated the Rookie Class up to that point, Bart has been a regular top 10 contender with a best finish of eighth place coming at Paul Ricard HTTT in France on his debut weekend in the top tier.Although the Dutchman has encountered more than his share of misfortune along the way, the speed and racecraft is undeniable and, bad luck aside, there's no reason whatsoever why the T-Sport driver can't put together his best weekend yet at Donington."I'm really looking forward to racing at Donington, it's a great track with a lot of fantastic corners and a lot of history too - although I've never been there before, I'm confident we can have a strong weekend," said Bart."The team has gone well there in the past and I'm confident we can keep making the steps forward we have been since moving up to the A Class. My goal is to try and finish all three races in the points, it's a tough challenge but one I think we're capable of."Over the course of the last three race meetings at Paul Ricard, Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and Rockingham in the UK - three very different race tracks - Bart has enjoyed some fantastic wheel-to-wheel battles in both wet and dry conditions.
"Our pace is getting better all the time and we've been fighting hard with some of the frontrunners in recent races so I'm hopeful for more of that at Donington", he added, "So far I think we've done a good job but we've had some bad luck along the way. Three trouble-free races next weekend are what I'm hoping for, if we get that then I know we can fight for the top 10 in all of them."Official testing for the Donington Park GP races will take place next Thursday, 22nd September, with qualifying and round 25 scheduled to take place at 10.40 and 15.40 respectively on Saturday, 24th September. Round 26 will get underway at 10.10 on Sunday, 25th September, with round 27 set to follow at 13.35.