Clivio Piccione sets the pace at Brands Hatch; takes second. Clivio Piccione outpaced the entire British Formula 3 Scholarship Class opposition, not to mention most of the cars in the Championship Class this weekend heading into rounds 15 and 16...
Clivio Piccione sets the pace at Brands Hatch; takes second.
Clivio Piccione outpaced the entire British Formula 3 Scholarship Class opposition, not to mention most of the cars in the Championship Class this weekend heading into rounds 15 and 16 of the British Formula 3 Championship at Brands Hatch.
The Monegasque teenager was stunning during testing and qualifying. Miles ahead of his rivals in the Scholarship Class (for one-year-old cars), Piccione was second fastest overall in the test, then placed his T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda on an easy pole for race one with a time which would have put him third among the new machinery in the Championship Class.
For the combined race two, Clivio then outpaced the points leader for another class pole and sixth overall.
"We have found a set-up that suits me and the track," he said. "This is like the karting tracks I know so well - it's very short with no room for errors which can cost time. This can be easily done on the Brands Indy circuit. Everything was right for today."
Pole position at Brands Hatch is in a dip, which Clivio struggled to get out of quickly from the start, dropping back to second as the pack headed into Paddock Hill Bend.
>From that moment Clivio attacked hard fighting out a thrilling race, pulling well clear of the opposition as the young T-Sport driver piled on the pressure. Clivio set the fastest lap of the race, which was only bettered by two Championship Class drivers in the subsequent race, confirming Clivio's ability to qualify and race at great speed. On lap 20 out of 22 Clivio had a big stab at grabbing back his first place at Paddock, but the race leader covered the line and held on to win with Clivio very close behind in second.
"I'm really pleased to have the Pole positions," said Clivio. "My start wasn't the strongest as I was knocked back to second. Dahlgren drove very well even when I was putting on the pressure to pass him. I knew there was a chance we could have crashed together if I tried any real clever moves on him. It was still a good race."
In race two, a big concertina effect in the pack, caused by a car which had sustained a puncture, meant that Clivio was unwittingly punted off the track by Adam Carroll at Graham Hill Bend on the first lap. Even so, he retains second in the points and has extended his margin over the opposition.
Clivio will be racing at Silverstone in a non-championship race to support the British Grand Prix next weekend.
Race 1: 1st Robert Dahlgren (Sweden); 2nd Clivio Piccione (Monaco); 3rd Billy Asaro (Canada); 4th Adam Carroll (Northern Ireland); 5th Gavin Smith (Ireland); 6th Stephen Colbert (Northern Ireland); 7th Jesper Carlsen (Denmark); 8th Justin Sherwood (Britain); 9th Mohammed Fairuz (Malaysia).
Race 2: 1st Carroll; 2nd Karun Chandhok (India); 3rd Fairuz; 4th Adam Jones (Britain); 5th Sherwood; 6th Dahlgren; DNF Piccione.
Points: 1st Carroll 233; 2nd Piccione 135; 3rd Colbert 111; 4th Chandhok 100; 5th Asaro 98; 6th Fairuz 96; 7th Sherwood 90; 8th Carlsen 77; 9th Smith 68; 10th Dahlgren 65.