SPEEDY DAN LOVES BEING AN F3 MAN! Dan Clarke takes to the podium in his first F3 race Donington Park, 3 April 2005: Dan Clarke's first season in F3 got off to a great start today with a podium finish at Donington Park. "F3 is the business", ...
SPEEDY DAN LOVES BEING AN F3 MAN!
Dan Clarke takes to the podium in his first F3 race
Donington Park, 3 April 2005: Dan Clarke's first season in F3 got off to a great start today with a podium finish at Donington Park. "F3 is the business", commented a delighted Dan. "This is a great Championship; the thing I love the most is that all the effort you put in is rewarded."
Starting the first race from fourth on the grid, the F3 rookie drove a very mature race to take a podium finish. "I got up to third at the start", said Dan, "and held it for the whole race. I messed up the re-start after the safety car period but I made the time up again. I had a bit of heat at the end from Ryan Lewis but he's a lot more experienced than me so I was expecting to get some pressure from him. It's fantastic to get a podium finish straight away; I'm delighted for the team and they're happy for me too."
David Robertson sent Dan a text from Bahrain where the other 'R', Kimi Raikkonen, was hard at work securing a podium place in the F1 Grand Prix. David congratulated Dan on the result and told him to keep up the good work, also commenting that Dan was looking like a winner already.
Dan was fourth on the grid for race two and again took third at the start; later on in the lap taking second place from Mike Conway. Another outing for the safety car bunched up the field for a few laps and this time Dan was ready for the re-start. "I still had a lesson to learn though", said Dan. "As I went into the old hairpin on cold tyres I lost two places. The track was brown it was so muddy and I was really annoyed to lose my second place. The good news is that I just made the one mistake, misjudging my speed into that corner, and I know there will be more mistakes but I'm going to learn from them all!"
"Our aim is to improve steadily and put in performances that we can all be proud of. I'm pleased with this weekend's results and I'm really looking forward to getting to Spa in a couple of weeks as it's a circuit I love"