Piquet Doubles Up at Snetteron
Nelson Piquet Jr took his second race win of the weekend in round nine of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Snetterton this morning (June 6).
Piquet made a superb start to pass pole position driver Lucas Di Grassi into the first corner. However, a strong charge out of the Esses and into the Bomb Hole by P1 Motorsport driver Adam Carroll gave him the lead.
A mature drive by both Piquet and Carroll followed, with the Brazilian looking for a way past or for Carroll to make a mistake. A good run by Piquet out of Sear meant he had more speed on the run up to the Esses with just three laps left to run. A brave move around the outside of Carroll gave him the lead, which he held to take his second race victory of the weekend.
"It was really hard work to pass Adam," said Piquet. "I had quite a lot of downforce on my car and catching him was difficult. I went for the outside and knew I had to make it work but it was tough." He added.
Carroll was understandably gutted about losing the lead so late in the race, but knew that contact would have put them both out of the race.
"I never saw where Nelson was and if I'd have been a bit harder into the corner it would have put us both in the gravel and that wouldn't have helped either of us," he said.
The Scholarship Class went to Ryan Lewis. The T-Sport driver picked up also picked up his second race win of the weekend, extending his championship lead over Stephen Jelley to 75 points.
"I just tried to keep it consistent and bring it home for the third race later today," said Lewis. "It would be nice to take all three races as I want to get a good lead on Barton and Stephen," he added.
Jelley took second place, with Mawer taking third place, just ahead of championship class racer Andrew Thompson.