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Silverstone: Team SWR race report

FISHER TAKES DOUBLE PODIUM ON DIFFICULT DAY Team SWR-Crypton did not have the easiest of weekends when the British Formula Three International Series reconvened on the Silverstone Grand Prix track last weekend, but a pair of supreme drives by...

FISHER TAKES DOUBLE PODIUM ON DIFFICULT DAY

Team SWR-Crypton did not have the easiest of weekends when the British Formula Three International Series reconvened on the Silverstone Grand Prix track last weekend, but a pair of supreme drives by Josh Fisher meant that the team still took two podium finishes.

Three races were squeezed into the timetable at Silverstone -- beginning with one of the rounds rescheduled from the fog-stricken Spa-Francorchamps event in April. The grid for this race was set at Spa before the weather closed in, so Fisher knew that he already had second on the National Class grid secure for this race at least. Unfortunately the SWR-Crypton team had some difficulty finding the right set-up for the Silverstone GP track, and instead of attacking for victory, Fisher had to drive his heart out to hold onto a podium position. Jonathan Kennard eventually slipped past him for second, but Josh retained third place -- an excellent achievement in difficult circumstances.

The handling problems also compromised Fisher in the two qualifying sessions held before the 'Spa' race, leaving him only seventh on the National class grids. He improved to fifth in round 15, despite a major set-up change failing to pay off. But it was in the third and final race that everything came right for Fisher and SWR-Crypton. They hit upon the perfect set-up at last, and Josh made the most of the much improved handling to leap into fourth place on the very first lap of the race. He then spent the opening part of the race embroiled in a battle for the lead with Salvador Duran, Ben Clucas, and Barton Mawer. Contact with the latter cost Fisher a little ground to the lead pair, but he moved up to third in the incident and was able to maintain the position to the flag.

"Josh's drive in the first race of the weekend was truly incredible," said SWR-Crypton Team Principal Trevor Powell. "We didn't provide him with a very competitive car, but he still managed to take it to the podium.

"We decided to make the set-up a little softer for the second race, which proved to be the wrong decision, but once again Josh drove very well to take fifth place. And then the last race was spectacular, he was passing his rivals as if they were standing still on the first lap. It was great for his championship position, and gave the team plenty to celebrate."

Sadly Fisher's team-mate Nick Jones had a less enjoyable time at Silverstone -- his whole weekend understandably overshadowed by a family bereavement. He finished all three races in sixth, ninth, and eighth positions, and improved his pace throughout the meeting, but had more important matters on his mind than scoring championship points.

"It has been a horrible weekend for Nick and we all feel for him," said Powell. "He tried to put it out of his mind, but it's impossible to ignore such a situation and we all understood that. In the circumstances, we were pleased that he got down to the times that he did."

-www.teamswr.com.

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