Clivio Piccione storms from the back to take a podium slot at Knockhill. Everyone says you can't overtake at Knockhill in a Formula 3 car, but Monaco's young talent Clivio Piccione clearly hadn't listened to any of that on Sunday when he stormed...
Clivio Piccione storms from the back to take a podium slot at Knockhill.
Everyone says you can't overtake at Knockhill in a Formula 3 car, but Monaco's young talent Clivio Piccione clearly hadn't listened to any of that on Sunday when he stormed from the back of the grid to a sensational third place in the latest Scholarship Class meeting.
The 18-year old, in only his second season of car racing, was forced to line up at the back of the grid as the cam shaft had snapped in his T-Sport Dallara's Mugen Honda engine during the first lap of the qualifying session. But Clivio made light work of the field despite using a replacement spare engine, and not a race prepared unit.
Clivio was ahead of six cars and up to seventh by the end of lap one. He was sixth by lap three, fifth by lap seven and then, four laps down the line, had pressured team-mate Karun Chandhok into a mistake to take fourth.
On the 16th lap Clivio lanced down the inside of third-placed Mohammed Fairuz to take the final podium spot, and cantered home to complete a remarkable performance.
"I quite like this track," he explained. "It reminds me of a karting track, except with an F3 car you can ride the kerbs and take the line you want. I put the pressure on a few drivers and they made mistakes, and the hairpin was really the place to pass people."
"I was lucky a bit, but when the driver does what he should do everything goes well." Clivio commented.
Clivio qualified sixth for race two, others improving because they were able to make changes to car set-up based on information gleaned from the first session. Undeterred, Clivio was up to a superb third within only a few laps. He then hunted down second-placed Gavin Smith and lined the Irishman up for a pass at Clark Corner, only for Smith to turn in on Clivio and force him into a spin and retirement.
Still, Clivio's results move him up from third to equal second in the championship as the series heads to the next round at Croft on 25/26 May.
Race 1: 1st Stephen Colbert (Northern Ireland); 2nd Adam Carroll (Northern Ireland); 3rd Clivio Piccione (Monaco); 4th Mohammed Fairuz (Malaysia); 5th David Clark (Australia); 6th Billy Asaro (Canada); 7th Jesper Carlsen (Denmark); 8th Harold Primat (France); 9th Reck Junior (Brazil); 10th Gavin Smith (Ireland).
Race 2: 1st Carroll; 2nd Fairuz; 3rd Karun Chandhok (India); 4th Primat; 5th Clark; 6th Justin Sherwood (Britain); 7th Colbert; 8th Smith; DNF Piccione.
Points: 1st Carroll 132; 2ndPiccione & Colbert 63; 4th Chandhok 59; 5th Asaro 58; 6thCarlsen & Fairuz 51.