FIRST LAP CLASH DENIES ABAY ON STRONG WEEKEND Carlin rookie Sam Abay had reason to be confident going into rounds 15 & 16 of the British Formula 3 Championship on the famed Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, after qualifying 4th and...
FIRST LAP CLASH DENIES ABAY ON STRONG WEEKEND
Carlin rookie Sam Abay had reason to be confident going into rounds 15 & 16 of the British Formula 3 Championship on the famed Spa Francorchamps circuit in Belgium, after qualifying 4th and 3rd on his first visit to the legendary venue.
Sunny skies greeted the 27 competitors for race one on Friday afternoon.When the lights went out, Abay got bottled up at the start as the cars jostled for position, ultimately losing out to Marcus Ericsson and Sergio Perez and dropping back to sixth. By the end of lap one Abay had pushed his way back past Perez and was planning his attack on Ericsson. By the end of lap two the Australian youngster had sliced past the Swede and back into 4th place, closing on the back of championship leader Jaime Alguersuari in a battle for 3rd. That hard fought contest would last the remaining 10 laps, but with Abay unable find a way past the Spaniard he would cross the line in Alguesuari wheel tracks to finish 4th.
Race two would unfortunately be a shorter affair for the young Australian.
From his third place grid slot, Sam Abay just managed to avoid Turvey and found himself immediately in a battle into turn one with Marcus Ericsson. Contact between the two at the first corner resulted in a puncture for Abay, who had a long drive back to the pits. Returning to the track with a new tyre, Abay's race was effectively over, but the young Australian later showed his potential by setting the second quickest lap time of the race.
"It was obviously disappointing to have blotted my copybook in race two, but I feel we've taken another important step forward this weekend. We've quite comfortably been towards the front all weekend and had a particularly good chance to deliver a great result in race two." said the disappointed rookie.