Piquet powers to fifth victory Nelson Piquet Junior won his fifth race of the season in round 17 of the Avon Tyres British Formula 3 Championship, on Silverstone's Grand Prix circuit. The Brazilian led from pole with James Rossiter following ...
Piquet powers to fifth victory
Nelson Piquet Junior won his fifth race of the season in round 17 of the Avon Tyres British Formula 3 Championship, on Silverstone's Grand Prix circuit. The Brazilian led from pole with James Rossiter following him home in second, while Danny Watts gained another podium finish for Lola-Dome with third. In the Scholarship Class, Frenchman Vasilije Calasan took his first win after championship leaders Ryan Lewis and Stephen Jelley were both involved in separate incidents.
A great start from Piquet meant he led from Rossiter, while Watts got ahead of Adam Carroll and Australian Will Power by the time they went down the Hangar straight on the opening lap. "I was very pleased [with the start]" said Piquet. "I heated up the tyres well, that's what I was thinking about the whole night and that's what I did." Carroll was to drop from third on the grid to fifth by the end of the first lap, as Power got down the inside into Brooklands.
With the front five remaining in position until the end, the Scholarship class saw several incidents change the order. Ryan Lewis took the lead from Stephen Jelley on the opening lap, with the Performance Racing driver coming together with James Winslow, ending the race for both of them. That put Calasan up into second, before he took the lead when Lewis went off into the gravel at Luffield. Marshals then pushed him back onto the track, breaking his rear wing in the process, but he was still able to finish third behind Lars Sexton, who took a podium in only his second race in the championship.
Calasan was delighted with his first F3 win: "I'm very happy, I've been waiting for it a long time," said the Frenchman. "It was a bit hard at the beginning, up until Ryan went out. I'm much more confident now, confidence comes with the win."
Piquet will be hoping to repeat the result in the second race of the weekend, in which he will start from pole again, which is scheduled to take place at 15:20, while Ryan Lewis has a chance of clinching the Scholarship Class title if he takes victory, with six rounds still to go.