Adam Carroll dominated the opening round of the British Formula 3 championship with a convincing lights-to-flag victory at Donington park this morning. The British driver finished nearly twenty seconds ahead of Nelson Piquet to take his first ...
Adam Carroll dominated the opening round of the British Formula 3 championship with a convincing lights-to-flag victory at Donington park this morning. The British driver finished nearly twenty seconds ahead of Nelson Piquet to take his first championship class victory with James Rossiter driving a strong race to finish in third position.
Carroll made a storming getaway from pole position and quickly pulled out a two-second lead during the first lap. Alvaro Parente, who had started alongside him on the grid, made a cautious getaway and was quickly engulfed by Piquet and the flying Rossiter, who moved up to third from fifth place at the start. Viso lost out in all the confusion and dropped back to sixth place behind Dirani who had made up a couple of places.
Carroll then set about consolidating his lead at a blistering pace of one second faster than Piquet, who was desperately trying to keep the leader in his sights. The rest of the pack quickly fell behind as they fought amongst themselves - Rossiter, Parente, Ernesto Viso, Piccione, Andrew Thompson and Danilo Dirani all covered by three and a half seconds. Dirani had wasted his good start by loosing three places on the second lap.
The biggest incident of the race was on lap six when Davison and Power were running in ninth and tenth with Power closing right up. The pair were side-by-side going into the Old Hairpin, a fast right-hander at the bottom of the hill, and then they touched. Power retired on the spot while Davison spun round and continued. Immediately behind them was Danny Watts who took to the grass in avoidance and ended up in the barrier.
Piquet was able to increase his pace and was regularly matching Carroll's times by lap seven, allowing the gap to stabilise at five and a half seconds. The rest of the pack were lapping at least one second slower and were now over ten seconds behind Piquet with Rossiter, Parente and Viso all fighting amongst themselves.
Viso lined up for a pass on at Parente at the start of lap eleven. The pass was successful although Parente was forced wide and lost five places as a result. Piquet was running at his fastest pace of the race in his pursuit of Carroll - too fast it seemed however as he spun his car at the exit of final corner, but was able to keep the engine running and incredibly kept hold of second place. Piccione then made an unforced error on lap fifteen and spun off the circuit. He was able to rejoin albeit it twenty seconds and seven places further down.
Carroll now had a comfortable lead of seventeen seconds with the added cushion of three backmarkers between himself and Piquet. He did not back off however and set some of his fastest laps of the race on the way to a dominant victory to win by nearly eighteen seconds over Piquet. Rossiter finished in third place at seven seconds further behind.
1. Adam Carroll
2. Nelson Piquet
3. James Rossiter
4. Danilo Dirani
5. Ernesto Viso
6. Andrew Thompson
7. Fairuz Fauzy
8. Alvaro Parente
9. Marko Asmer
10. Lucas Di Grassi