JUBILANT CONWAY CONCLUDES TOP SEASON AT THRUXTON

Thruxton, UK-1 OCT 2006: British Formula 3 Champion Mike Conway finished fourth and recorded his only dnf of the season at Thruxton this weekend. The last two rounds of the championship inflicted wretchedly fickle weather onto a full grid of drivers, with the first race starting under the safety car.

The Kent man said: "I think we were on for some podiums this weekend, but it just didn't quite work out. For the first race I was running second, then had a little coming together and scored my first dnf of the year, and in the second race we struggled: the rear tyres went off really early and that was the race done from there - I finished fourth. That's ok though, obviously the job is done, it was done at Silverstone and this weekend was not such an important one. We wanted to go out on a win, but still it's been a good year."

Conway expressed his gratitude to everyone who worked together to win the title, starting with his team, Raikkonen Robertson Racing. "Wes, Craig and James Robinson have done a great job all year. Boyo, the team boss, he's kept everyone together, he keeps pushing. And all the rest of the guys - they all help out - they know who they are. It has been great working with Mercedes, who have delivered a great package to win the title in their first year of British F3.

A very big thank you also to all my supporters. This weekend a special mention for Stingray Media Solutions for all their great design work for the championship and throughout the whole year; Sutton Motorsport Images, who were here as always capturing some great moments, they will be with me at the GP2 test as well. Thanks to THB Clowes for coming out, they are supporting me all through my GP2 testing campaign too. And of course Toshiba, it has been such a successful partnership and a pleasure to team up with them, as with all my partners: Mercedes Sparshatts of Kent, Claridon, Hugo Boss, Alpinestars, Armourfend and FM Conway, without whom this year would not be possible.

Thank you to my family and friends and management, it has been really memorable season with you all."

Conway heads out to France's Paul Ricard circuit tomorrow to undertake his first GP2 test with Arden International.

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