The BAR test driving twins Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson continued their domination of the British Formula 3 championship at a rain-soaked Knockhill yesterday. It was the first time that the F3 series has visited the tight and ...
The BAR test driving twins Takuma Sato and Anthony Davidson continued their domination of the British Formula 3 championship at a rain-soaked Knockhill yesterday.
It was the first time that the F3 series has visited the tight and challenging circuit which is situated just north of Edinburgh.
Typical Scottish summer weather played havoc with the weekend's schedule and led to the cancellation of the meeting's second race due to heavy rain.
Sato qualified second for the first race with Davidson lining up just behind him on the grid in fourth. However poleman Andy Priaulx stalled on the grid leaving a clear run to the first corner for Sato and Davidson.
The Japanese racer held off his team-mate on the first lap and was always in control at the head of the field. Anthony was so concerned by the conditions that he radioed the Carlin pit to tell the team he would not try and pass his team-mate as he just wanted to finish!
A brief safety car period followed as the conditions took their toll but Sato led away on the re-start to tale yet another win in what it turning out to be an incredible year for the 24-year-old.
Sato beamed: "I wasn't nervous - I like the wet. I was trying, but everything was under control. The most difficult thing was that so many corners here are blind, and you couldn't predict where the river would be on each lap."
The race was stopped seven laps short of the original distance because of the sheer volume of water on the track. However, Davidson wasn't unhappy about the red flag. He said: "I can't describe how bad it was. It was just a procession with everyone trying to keep going. The best thing about it was the red flag."
Anthony missed out on his chance of victory in the cancelled second race after qualifying on pole for the event. However, it's now scheduled to take place at Thruxton in two weeks time.
"I am not too bothered by this," was Davidson's view at the end of the day about the cancelled event, "and I feel quite happy about the race now being held at Thruxton."
Takuma has now extended his lead in the championship to 76 points and he now looks odds on to become the first Japanese driver to take a major European racing title.
Meanwhile Anthony is set to make his F1 testing debut for BAR at Vairano this week. Follow his progress on BAR.net.
British F3 results from Knockhill
1 SATO Carlin Motorsport Dallara-Mugen 22 laps in 22m13.781s
2 DAVIDSON Carlin Motorsport Dallara-Mugen +1.865s
3 COURTNEY Jaguar Racing Dallara-Mugen +3.776s
4 TAYLOR Manor Motorsport Dallara-Mugen +12.448s
5 HAYES Manor Motorsport Dallara-Mugen +16.317s
6 BRUNI Fortec Dallara-Renault +17.902s
7 JOUANNY Promatecme Dallara-Mugen +19.146s
8 GURNEY Fortec Dallara-Renault +19.995s
9 DALZIEL Duma Racing Dallara-Mugen +20.782s
10 PRIAULX Alan Docking Racing Dallara-Mugen +22.602s