Clivio Piccione once again put in an excellent performance in the latest round of the British Formula 3 Championship Scholarship Class to take a podium finish at Castle Combe. The Monegasque teenager once again stretched his advantage...
Clivio Piccione once again put in an excellent performance in the latest round of the British Formula 3 Championship Scholarship Class to take a podium finish at Castle Combe.
The Monegasque teenager once again stretched his advantage over his rivals in the points table, and now looks an increasingly comfortable second in his T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda.
Piccione had qualified only seventh, but once again put in a stirring race performance, making up four places to finish third. He was fifth by the end of the first lap, then moved up to fourth and closed in on third placed Billy Asaro.
Clivio was moving into position to challenge Asaro when leader Stephen Colbert spun. As the Irishman recovered, he blocked Piccione, leaving him with everything to do again in his quest to catch Asaro for what was now second.
But Piccione got his head down and was only 0.2 seconds behind his Canadian rival at the finish. "I had a great start and then I was behind Asaro," said Clivio. "He overtook a few people, I made the same moves and we went up together. Then unfortunately, when Colbert had trouble he slowed me down so I had to push again. In the end, maybe I needed just one extra lap.
"It was a very good race after having a really tough qualifying session - everyone was so close in the times that any problems put you a long way down."
Earlier on, Piccione had posted another strong drive to fifth, despite having a chicane marker post stuck in his front suspension for 17 of the race's 20 laps costing him a second each lap. "Once the marker post has dislodged from my suspension I was back up to speed and one second a lap quicker," he said.