F3 NEWS: FISHER AND SWR TAKE VICTORY ON BRITISH F3 DEBUT
Team SWR-Pioneer announced its arrival in the British Formula Three Championship with a spectacular National Class victory in round one at Donington Park today.
Josh Fisher started the Krypton-backed SWR Dallara-Mugen Honda F304 from National Class pole and kept all his division rivals at arm's length throughout the race, while his American team-mate Nick Jones charged from the back to finish sixth in class.
It was a fairly straightforward win for Fisher who, like the team, was racing in F3 for the very first time. Josh's speed was such that he spent the majority of the race battling with rivals not from his own division, but from the Championship Class -- where more modern chassis and a free choice of engines are permitted. In theory, the National Class contenders should lag far behind the top class runners, but Fisher qualified 12th on the overall grid and ran as high as eighth before wisely allowing a few Championship runners past and settling for tenth in the outright rankings, first in the National Class.
"You've either got to let the Championship cars through so you don't waste time defending against them or, if you're lucky enough, be slightly quicker than them and stay ahead," said Fisher. "I had a cushion back to the next National Class car, which was good, but I didn't want the Championship cars to take me out or hold me up. J"Finishing over halfway up the overall field and winning my class from pole -- I'm happy with that."
Jones had a rather more eventful race than Fisher -- having to start from the pit lane after a starter motor glitch and then taking a wild, unscheduled detour over the grass and gravel at the Craner Curves before securing sixth in the National field.
"Obviously the pit lane isn't where you want to be at the start because you're sitting there watching everyone going by and thinking 'wait for me!'" he said. "Thankfully we had a safety car, which was a blessing as I was able to catch back up.
"After that I caught two people ahead of me who were slower, but it's hard because while I was following them and calculating my moves I was getting held up and everyone else was getting away. Then I had a bit of a problem at Redgate -- a bit of a moment of madness -- but I knew I could get past the other guy (Ricardo Teixeira) again."
While Jones, who is in the formative stages of his European racing career, was happy just to gain more mileage and experience, Fisher was already looking towards another race victory in round two later that afternoon.
"The car is feeling good so hopefully we can win again," he said.