Asaro hangs in for 3rd place at Donington. Toronto, Canada: Billy Asaro finished third in a British Formula Three Scholarship Class race yesterday at Donnington Park, England. The twenty-year-old Canadian, who rebounded from a DNF (Did Not...
Asaro hangs in for 3rd place at Donington.
Toronto, Canada: Billy Asaro finished third in a British Formula Three Scholarship Class race yesterday at Donnington Park, England. The twenty-year-old Canadian, who rebounded from a DNF (Did Not Finish) in a race earlier in the day, said reaching the podium was as much as he could have hoped for during a weekend in which he never really got up speed.
In a pair of qualifying sessions held on Saturday, Asaro qualified fifth and fourth in class, respectively, for Sunday's races. Despite out-pacing fourteen cars with his fourth-place effort, however, the intensely competitive Unionvillle, Ontario, resident was clearly disappointed saying, "I don't know if it's me or the car, but something isn't right. I can't find the speed and it's bothering me."
After winning his Formula Three debut race two weeks ago at Brands Hatch, Asaro could be excused for his post-qualifying frustration, but his resolve was tested further on Sunday. In the first of a pair of twenty-lap races, his run ended on the ninth lap when he skidded off the track and lightly bumped a wall.
"The contact was nothing bad," he reported afterwards. "I'm more concerned that I haven't been on the pace this weekend and can't seem to turn things around."
Asaro, though, is not known for giving up and he gathered up his resolve for the second race. His third-place finish represented a gain of one position from his fourth-place start among the Scholarship cars, but the effort was notable for the fact that he finished eleventh overall after starting eighteenth on the grid.
"It was all due to a good start, that was it," he said of his sprint past seven cars. "I passed a bunch of guys early and then really just held the place after that.
"I'm glad I got something from this weekend, especially for the crew because they worked hard all weekend to get me up to speed. On the other hand, Adam (Carroll) did a great job in the other Sweeney Racing car, so my congratulations to him."
Carroll won both Scholarship Class races (for year old cars), while the Championship Class wins both fell to Michael Keohane.
The next meeting on the British Formula Three calendar is May 3-5 at Silverstone with the FIA GT series.