Clivio Piccione storms through storm at Croft. Clivio Piccione further cemented his reputation as one of the best racers in the British Formula 3 Championship with a stunning drive from seventh to second in the latest Scholarship Class round at...
Clivio Piccione storms through storm at Croft.
Clivio Piccione further cemented his reputation as one of the best racers in the British Formula 3 Championship with a stunning drive from seventh to second in the latest Scholarship Class round at Croft.
To make the 18-year-old Monegasque's feat all the more remarkable, he managed it while running on slick tyres on a wet track. The result consolidates his second place in the championship.
Piccione was disappointed to qualify seventh for race one, but a much better run later on left his T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda second on the grid for race two.
"I wasn't comfortable with the set up for the first session so I couldn't push to the maximum," he said, "but later felt more comfortable with the car and did a better job, and I think we can have a good battle with championship leader Adam Carroll."
Clivio maintained his seventh spot at the start of race one, but the race was halted after two laps due to a sudden shower of rain. The cars reformed on the grid, but with the rain having stopped most teams elected to take the restart on slicks, believing that the track would dry out.
Very soon it was clear this was the wrong choice. Carroll crashed out of the lead halfway round the first lap, meaning that the safety car came out. Then the second place man spun behind the safety car, putting Piccione - who had already overtaken three cars - up to second.
When the race went green again Clivio had no chance of challenging the leader, who was the only driver on rain tyres. From then on it was a matter of keeping just out of reach of the chasing cars, while trying to stay on the treacherous track.
"The corner where Carroll went off was the wettest," he said. "I locked up at the same corner and we couldn't see anything on the straights because of the spray. It was difficult to judge when to push and when not to. One part of the track was quite dry and I could build a gap, but then I had to be steady all around the rest of the circuit. But I'm reasonably happy with second - it's a good result".
The second race was cancelled after a heavy thunderstorm was followed by a support race in which some of the cars dropped oil all around the circuit, making conditions too dangerous for the F3 cars to race in.
Race 1: 1st Justin Sherwood (Britain); 2nd Clivio Piccione (Monaco); 3rd Mohammed Fairuz (Malaysia); 4th Billy Asaro (Canada); 5th Gavin Smith (Ireland); 6th Karun Chandhok (India).
Race 2: Cancelled.
Points: 1st Adam Carroll (Northern Ireland) 131; 2nd Piccione 79; 3rd Asaro 68; 4th Chandhok 65; 5th Fairuz 64; 6th Stephen Colbert (Northern Ireland) 63; 7th Sherwood 59; 8th Jesper Carlsen (Denmark) 51; 9th Smith 38; 10th David Clark (Australia) 35.