Asaro notches a win at Silverstone. Toronto, Canada (May 05, 2002): Billy Asaro scored his second victory of 2002 in the British Formula Three Scholarship Class today at Silverstone, England. The win, in the second of two races today, followed a...
Asaro notches a win at Silverstone.
Toronto, Canada (May 05, 2002): Billy Asaro scored his second victory of 2002 in the British Formula Three Scholarship Class today at Silverstone, England. The win, in the second of two races today, followed a DNF (did not finish) earlier in the day when the Canadian was knocked out of contention on the first lap.
Asaro who hails from Unionville, Ontario, said he had trouble finding the limit during qualifying sessions held on Saturday, pinpointing the problem to his lack of experience with fresh tires. He qualified fourth in class for race one and third for race two, 19th and 18th overall amongst the lighter and technically advanced Championship Class cars.
"New tires have a few laps of really high grip before they begin to taper off a little," said the twenty-year-old after qualifying, "And it's important to take advantage of those few laps. I'm not doing that because I haven't had much time with new tires so I don't know how far I can push. I'm being conservative so as not to damage the car and that's costing me places on the grid, but I'm confident I can make it up in the races."
Following a great start in the first race, Asaro was hit from behind on the opening lap as he entered a turn. His car was knocked sideways and, as he scrambled to recover, he was hit by another car ending his race. It was not all doom and gloom for his team however as Adam Carroll, his teammate at Sweeney Racing, took the class win.
The second race went much better for Asaro. With Carroll going off while leading on lap two of the fifteen-lap race, Asaro hounded Gavin Smith, the only Scholarship driver remaining between him and the checkered flag.
"Gavin was defending, so I had to work hard for the pass," Asaro recalled, "But on the fourth or fifth lap I got through and then I started charging as hard as I could. I didn't know I was leading the class until near the end of the race, so I kept going hard.
"This was another great outing for Sweeney Racing," he continued. "The season is shaping up well for the team and myself."
The next British Formula Three event is next weekend at the Knockhill Racing Circuit in Scotland.