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Piquet takes Knockhill race two for first victory

Nelson Piquet finally scored his first victory in the British Formula Three Championship with a lights-to-flag victory in round eight at Knockhill circuit in Scotland. "I think this is the beginning of a good time for us and I think we are going...

Nelson Piquet finally scored his first victory in the British Formula Three Championship with a lights-to-flag victory in round eight at Knockhill circuit in Scotland. "I think this is the beginning of a good time for us and I think we are going to win very many more races" said the young Brazilian driver. British driver Jamie Green finished in second place ahead of Ireland's Michael Keohane.

Piquet and Richard Antinucci both got away cleanly from the front row with Piquet holding onto his lead. Behind them Carlin driver Alan van der Merwe made a lightening getaway and moved up from seventh to third, knocking team-mate Green down to fourth ahead of Promatecme driver Keohane who also made a good start to move up from eighth to fifth. Scholarship Class driver Steven Kane lost a couple of places to drop back to sixth with Alan Docking driver Will Davison in seventh.

Clivio Piccione, who won his first race in the series earlier in the day, threw away his fifth position by spinning off at the first corner of the first lap and rejoining at the back of the field. Green made up a place on lap two and moved ahead of teammate van der Merwe. Davison followed suit on lap four and passed Scholarship Class driver Kane to move up to sixth.

Piquet quickly pulled out a two second lead over the first three laps. The pack behind him responded and matched his pace, but Piquet pulled out something from reserve and broke into the high 47-second lap times to slowly edge away.

The pressure got to Antinucci who spun at the hairpin on lap seven and threw away his second place. He lost twelve seconds and rejoined in way down the field in fifteenth place. Piquet then responded with a stunningly consistent run of quick laps broken only on lap fifteen when he got held up behind back marker Fauzy Farriz.

Piquet soon picked up the pace again and was lapping half a second faster than his pursuers. He set the fastest lap of the race on lap 21 which turned out to be the last lap as the race was stopped prematurely because Karun Chandhok spun at the hairpin and became stranded on the kerb. This handed the win to Piquet who crossed the line four and a half seconds ahead of Green.

Alan van der Merwe, who finished in fourth, leads the championship now with 120 points. Jamie Green is in second place with 94 points and Nelson Piquet's successful weekend has moved him up to third with 74 points.

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