Rossiter takes maiden F3 victory at damp Silverstone
James Rossiter capitalised on pole position to take his first ever race victory in round three of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Silverstone this morning (April 18).
The Fortec Motorsport driver got a great start in slippery conditions to lead the field over the 18-lap race. Brazilian racer Danilo Dirani spun out of second place on the opening lap, handing the position to a hard charging Will Power.
Series leader Nelson Piquet Jr suffered a poor start to lose third initially to Power, before dropping to fourth behind Adam Carroll, who had made a superb start from eighth on the grid.
As the track began to dry it was Piquet who found more pace and he managed to get past Carroll into third place with just six laps to go. A final charge brought him on to the gearbox of Power, but the Australian managed to hold him off over the last two laps.
"I couldn't ask for more today," smiled Rossiter. "Pole position and race win in my third F3 race is fantastic. I had to work hard and was conscious that I needed to look after my tyres as I knew that would end up being crucial. It's going to be a tall order to do it again this afternoon but not impossible," he added.
Carroll finally crossed the line in fourth place, just ahead of the Lola-Dome of Danny Watts who managed to fend off an early challenge from round two winner Clivio Piccione.
In the Scholarship Class it was once again Ryan Lewis who took the race victory from early leader Stephen Jelley. A poor start saw Lewis slip from first to third at the first corner but a spirited drive saw him pass Barton Mawer and Jelley to make it a hat-trick of race wins.
"I went to the inside at the first corner again just like at Donington and it was the same mistake as last time!" he said. "It was a mentally tough race as I had to concentrate hard as I didn't want to go off the track. I wanted to come here and get as many points as possible this weekend so this is a good start."
1 James Rossiter Dallara F304 Opel-Spiess
2 Will Power Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda
3 Nelson Piquet Jr Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda
4 Adam Carroll Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda
5 Danny Watts Lola-Dome F106-4 Mugen-Honda
6 Clivio Piccione Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda
1 Ryan Lewis Dallara F301 Mugen-Honda
2 Stephen Jelley Dallara F301 Opel-Spiess
3 Barton Mawer Dallara F301 Opel-Spiess
4 Adam Langley-Khan Dallara F301 Mugen-Honda
5 Vasilije Calasan Dallara F301 Mugen-Honda