Asaro wins Formula Three finale. Toronto, Canada (September 23, 2002): Billy Asaro ended his rookie season in the British Formula Three Championship with a win yesterday morning at Donington Park. It was the third win of the season for ...
Asaro wins Formula Three finale.
Toronto, Canada (September 23, 2002): Billy Asaro ended his rookie season in the British Formula Three Championship with a win yesterday morning at Donington Park. It was the third win of the season for the twenty-year-old Canadian and, with a total of ten podium (top-three) finishes, helped secure third place in the British Formula Three Scholarship Class standings.
Asaro got stronger throughout the weekend, which included two nineteen-lap races on the 4.023-km long course near Derby, England. On Friday, he qualified fourth for race one, and, on Saturday morning, gridded third for race two. In the first race of the weekend, held Saturday afternoon, he netted third after spending the final lap in a heated battle for second place.
"It's great to end the season with a win, something that will definitely be a nice memory over the winter," Asaro said. "Having raced at Donington earlier in the year, I felt good about going back there. Even though the track configuration was different from last time, at least I knew most of it and wasn't having to learn an unfamiliar track in the practice session."
Asaro, the 2001 US Formula Ford 2000 Oval Crown Champion and National Championship runner up, faced a huge challenge in making the move to Formula Three. New tracks, different cars, an intense atmosphere and a collection of top-notch talent from around the globe colluded to create a hostile environment, but Asaro never backed away from the task. Twenty-six races, held in thirteen meets, yielded three wins, four seconds, three thirds and five fourth-place finishes. As impressive as the collection of trophies may be, however, the most important thing Asaro gained this year was experience. Going to Formula Three was a big step, possibly bigger than expected, but Asaro believes he is now a much better racer than he was when the season began.
The search for next year's ride now kicks into high gear and there are many options to be explored.
"I'm not sure where next year will take me," Asaro said. "It may take a while to sort out, but right now, everybody at Sweeney Racing has my thanks. They are a first-class team and I admire them for their dedication. I also congratulate them for achieving so much in their first year at this level and I'm proud to have played a role. Thanks also to all my friends and family for the support. Most of all, thanks to my Dad and my God Father, Marcel, for always being behind me 100%, no-matter what."