Oliver Rasmussen says he is grasping his unexpected Formula 3 return with both hands after grabbing his maiden points in the Sprint Race at Imola. Rasmussen competed for HWA Racelab in 2021 but was not present for the opening round of 2022 in Sakhir, before receiving a call-up to race for Trident Motorsport, after Jonny Edgar withdrew for health reasons.

Rasmussen qualified in 14th position but made solid progress through the Sprint Race at Imola to move into seventh place. It marked his first points in F3 at the first time of asking in his new surroundings.

“It’s definitely a very high point to be able to come back,” said Rasmussen. “Obviously it was disappointing after last year, and we decided to try something else in racing, but getting the opportunity at the last moment was really nice – there’s lots of positives from it.

“I must say I was pretty disappointed after qualifying, as it wasn’t the result I was expecting, but getting into the points was a great result from where we were starting. I managed pretty well to stay out of any hectic situations.” Rasmussen is hoping to use Saturday’s result as a platform from which to build going forwards.

“I think I did a pretty good job. Obviously yesterday in Qualifying I didn’t manage to show it, but through the four test days I’ve done I think I adapted quite quickly,” he said. “I think I need a bit more work just to have that edge to get into the top five, which is the goal.”

The Dane will again line up from 14th place on the grid for Sunday’s Feature Race.

“We can expect maybe the same result as today, as we’ve shown the car pace in the result is really good,” he said. “Getting that clean start, doing the overtakes lap by lap, maybe a good result will come at the end and we’ll see where we can finish.”