Rossiter takes win number two at Knockhill
Briton James Rossiter took a commanding provisional victory in round eight of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Knockhill this afternoon (May 16). The win puts the Fortec Motorsport driver into the lead of the championship ahead of highly-rated Brazilians Nelson Piquet Jr and Danilo Dirani. However, the results of the race remain provisional pending an investigation by race officials over driving standards behind the safety car.
Rossiter took full advantage of pole position at the start and defended against Australian Will Power for the first lap before pulling out a small gap over the rest of the field. His early hard work was erased though, when the safety car was scrambled to remove the Scholarship Class car of Stephen Jelley just before the chicane.
At the re-start Rossiter kept a cool head while the rest of the chasing pack tripped over each other before the green flag was waved. The same tactics were put into practice. However, another safety car period two laps later meant he had to do it all again.
At the third time of asking Rossiter managed to ease away from Power, with Nelson Piquet Jr in third place. A steady run to the flag was all that was left for the leader.
"It's great to be leading the championship," said Rossiter. "I'm a little bit disappointed as I wanted to win by a bigger margin. Everything went according to plan. I defended for the first couple of corners then set about pulling out a gap. The team and me are getting stronger so I'm looking forward to the rest of the season and feeling sorry for the rest of the guys out there," he smiled.
The Scholarship Class victory went to Ryan Lewis. He started from the back of the grid and made a superb pass on Barton Mawer for the lead after the first safety car period. Mawer struggled for pace and a trip through the gravel trap after battling with Adam Khan did not help him. Bollywood star Ajit Kumer kept himself out of trouble to take third place.
"I'm pleased to be back on the top step of the podium but a little bit disappointed that I was unable to get myself into the championship cars on the grid here," said Lewis. "It's definitely been a mixed weekend."