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Donington Park: Mike Conway race report

SWEET VICTORY FOR CONWAY AT DONINGTON PARK Donington Park, England - 21 May 2006: Mike Conway's on-track prowess in the British Formula 3 International Series was rewarded with a trip to the top of the podium on a rain-sodden day Donington ...

SWEET VICTORY FOR CONWAY AT DONINGTON PARK

Donington Park, England - 21 May 2006: Mike Conway's on-track prowess in the British Formula 3 International Series was rewarded with a trip to the top of the podium on a rain-sodden day Donington Park.

In round four of the championship the Sevenoaks driver set about converting his pole to victory as drivers scrambled on the wet track behind him.

"It's really nice to get our first win this year." he said. "I got away well and controlled the race all the way through. I got a good restart again after the safety car period and from there the track was drying so I pushed hard and forged a comfortable gap, then just eased off before crossing the finish line."

The victory was made all the more tasty after a unrepresentative seventh place in the first race, where the Raikkonen Robertson Racing driver, leading from pole on lap six, collected a chunky piece of debris sitting unannounced in the middle of the last chicane.

The piece wedged under the left-side wishbone of his car all the way down the straight, scuppering his steering and locking up the Dallara into the first corner. Conway skidded over the gravel coming treacherously close to the barrier. "I missed the wall by inches but managed to pull out of the gravel and rejoined in eighth," said Conway. "I pulled it home to seventh, which is not too bad as we could have had a non-finish, but it's a shame we had a little bit of bad luck as we should have had that race, but we made it right in the second one."

As the highest British points-scorer across the two rounds, the Double R driver was presented the Donington Park Racing Association's Raymond Mays Salver, which he said he was thrilled to receive two years in a row. "It's a special finish to the weekend. My engineer and mechanics got it spot on throughout and it was great to have my sponsors Toshiba and THB Clowes out in support today."

Conway next races in three weeks' time at Pau's street circuit in the south of France, an event he says he is very much looking forward to.

-2MB Sports Management

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