Carroll Clinches Victory in Round Ten at Snetterton
Adam Carroll broke Nelson Piquet Jr's stranglehold on the top step of the Snetterton podium by winning round ten of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship this afternoon (June 6).
James Rossiter got a poor start from pole position and it was Carroll, from second on the grid, who led the field across the line at the end of lap one. Lucas Di Grassi had slotted into third place, with Will Power behind in fourth.
Di Grassi was soon removed from third place when he was deemed to have jumped the start and had to take a drive-through penalty. That moved Power into the final podium position and Piquet into fourth and a chance for his third podium finish of the weekend.
Rossiter tried hard to find a way past Carroll but he was unable to add to add to his victory record this weekend. Danny Watts picked up fifth place after losing touch with the top four from half-distance. Fairuz Fauzy took his best result of the season so far with sixth position.
"I'm very happy with that," said Carroll afterwards. "I was lucky as we caught a back-marker half way through and James was able to catch right up. Unfortunately it's not two out of two, but it made up for not taking the win in the first race," he added.
Ryan Lewis managed to make it a hat-trick of race wins in the Scholarship Class, but was made to work for it in the final race of the weekend. Stephen Jelley made a move around the outside of Lewis in the early stages. Lewis shadowed him for a handful of laps before Jelley made a small mistake at the Bomb Hole and dived up the inside as they went through Coram corner.
"Stephen made a great move round the outside of me early on and I thought fair play to him. I stayed with him and he made a slight error and I managed to work my way through back into the lead. I had to work hard for it though, it's been a tough weekend," said Lewis.
Jelley's problems were compounded late in the race when he lost fourth gear, allowing Barton Mawer to snatch second place from him.