Max’s musings: Esterson recaps 2022 GB3 season

Max’s musings: Esterson recaps 2022 GB3 season

25 November 2022

Max Esterson was one of the leading performers of this year’s GB3 Championship, with regular front-running performances for Douglas Motorsport.

Graduating out of Formula Ford, Esterson took a maiden slicks and wings win at Donington Park, and additional podiums at Spa and Donington, on his way to seventh overall.

Here’s how he recapped his campaign:

Best moment
Getting my first GB3 win at Donington. It was a great weekend overall as I got my first podium the day before too. It was also nice to see my quick progression from the first round at Oulton.

Toughest moment
My crash in race three at Brands Hatch. It was already a pretty underwhelming weekend for me, so this certainly didn’t help things. I had a sore back for a few weeks after but otherwise was ok.

Favourite race of the year
Race two at Donington was a lot of fun. The track was drying and we chose to go on wets. I started 13th and made it up fourth pretty quickly. On the last two laps I was overtaken by two drivers on slicks and then a track limits penalty put me back to eighth… Unfortunate but still a good race.

Favourite driver to race against this year
Joel [Granfors] and I had some good battles in the reverse grid races I remember at Donington and Spa, although usually I just tried to follow him as he was really good at getting through the slower cars.

That what if moment
Probably the start of race one at Donington in May. I started third but did not get a good jump off the line so I fell back to sixth. The first three cars ended up crashing together so I ended up back in third. Hard to say whether I would’ve ended up in the lead or in the crash if I had gotten a good start.

If I could race anything next year, it would be…
Simply a single seater in England or Europe. I’ve enjoyed racing here since doing Formula Ford last year, so I hope to continue on this path.

I’m going to spend my winter doing…
I hope to unwind and relax for a bit at home in the US and then I plan to train as much as I can. I also hope to bit of karting to stay sharp.