Parente Takes Maiden F3 Win at Combe Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente took his maiden victory in the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Castle Combe this afternoon (June 20). Ryan Lewis chalked up his tenth race win of the season...
Parente Takes Maiden F3 Win at Combe
Portuguese driver Alvaro Parente took his maiden victory in the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Castle Combe this afternoon (June 20). Ryan Lewis chalked up his tenth race win of the season to extend his lead over rival Stephen Jelley to 97 points.
Parente got a superb start and led the field from lights to flag. Adam Carroll put him under pressure throughout the 20-lap race, but even a re-start -- following a safety car period when Ernesto Viso spun off -- was not enough to put him off his rhythm.
"I got a great start and the car felt really good in the wet. I kept focusing on keeping the tyres cool during the safety car period as it was starting to dry a little, but then it rained again and I knew we had the pace. The team as worked really hard and I am very pleased to win," said Parente.
Danny Watts was unable to repeat his earlier performance. A poor start left him playing catch-up to the leaders. Viso's retirement moved him on the last step of the podium.
Clivio Piccione took fourth place, just ahead of James Rossiter. The Briton was unable to regain the lead of the Championship, even though Nelson Piquet Jr failed to finish after spinning off on the opening lap.
Malaysian Fairuz Fauzy finished in sixth place with Estonian Marko Asmer setting the fastest lap of the race on the way to seventh.
Ryan Lewis managed to mix it with the Championship Class cars in the second race of the day. A superb tenth overall was enough to give him another Scholarship Class victory ahead of Stephen Jelley, the only other class finisher.
"I'm really pleased to take another race win. It puts the championship closer to me now. But, I'm a bit disappointed that there were only two cars left in the class. I just tried to stay with my team-mate in the Championship Class and try and stay with them towards the end," said Lewis.