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Alex Gurney Silverstone race report 2001-09-28

Alex Gurney capped off his rookie British F3 season with another top ten finish (his eighth of the season) by taking 9th at the season finale at Silverstone. It was another extremely competitive weekend with the top 16 cars in the first race ...

Alex Gurney capped off his rookie British F3 season with another top ten finish (his eighth of the season) by taking 9th at the season finale at Silverstone. It was another extremely competitive weekend with the top 16 cars in the first race qualifying covered by 1 second.

The first race was a wild one, run under very wet, tricky conditions. Alex made a great start from 12th on the grid to move into 8th by the second corner. Entering the 5th gear Maggots corner, he attempted a move on the out of shape car of Matt Davies. Unfortunately, Alex got his left front tire onto the 'paint' and then slipped off the wet surface and spun into the mud. He rejoined in last but fought his way back to 13th by the finish. The race was won by Andy Priaulx who benefited from a mistake by Takuma Sato who also fell victim to the slippery conditions when he spun and stalled under caution!

The sun came out in time to dry the circuit for the second race and this time it would end more positively. Alex held his position off the start and after a race long duel with Andre Lotterer, ended in 9th position. The race was won this time by the current champion Takuma Sato. Said Alex, "I had hoped for a little bit more out of this weekend. We tried a few new things a little different in qualifying and it didn't quite work. I definitely learned a lot on many different fronts this season and I hope I can come back next year and put it to good use."

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