Dirani Takes Maiden Victory at Croft Brazilian Danilo Dirani took full advantage of pole position and powered to victory in round five of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire this afternoon (May 2).
Dirani Takes Maiden Victory at Croft
Brazilian Danilo Dirani took full advantage of pole position and powered to victory in round five of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Croft in North Yorkshire this afternoon (May 2). Ryan Lewis made it four wins from four races in the Scholarship Class.
Dirani got a clean start and quickly pulled out a good lead from James Rossiter. The Fortec driver came off best after contact with Adam Carroll at the first corner. Carroll made contact with the tyres and eventually retired with wing and suspension damage.
Will Davison drove to a lonely third position after early pressure from Alvaro Parente and Marko Asmer. Parente's race ended prematurely when he ran wide at the chicane and ended up on the circuit infield. Asmer finished the race fourth ahead of Nelson Piquet Jr.
Series leader Piquet made up one place at the start of the race to lie seventh before passing Ernesto Viso at the hairpin. The struggling Brazilian inherited fifth after Parente retired. However, the race belonged to Dirani, who had already dedicated his two pole positions to the late Ayrton Senna, as he took his first victory and fastest lap.
"This is the most wonderful feeling," he said. "I am so happy. The car was so well balanced. It all felt right from the beginning of the race. I am hoping that we can do the same in the next race but know it won't be easy," he added.
In the Scholarship Class, Ryan Lewis made it four wins from four starts. However, he knows that he needed to gain as many points as possible in race one as he has a mountain to climb later this afternoon, starting from the back of he grid.
"I'm glad that one is out of the way to be honest. I needed as many points in the bag from that race as it is not going to be easy later this afternoon. The rear wing was found to be slightly out of alignment after the second qualifying session yesterday and the rules puts us to the back. We'll just have to see how it goes," he said.
Lewis was pushed hard throughout the race by Stephen Jelley and he and Australian Barton Mawer should be favourite to break Ryan's grip on the top step of the podium.