Piccione Takes Second Donington Victory Clivio Piccione clinched his second victory of the season in the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Donington Park this afternoon (June 27). In the Scholarship Class Stephen Jelley took...
Piccione Takes Second Donington Victory
Clivio Piccione clinched his second victory of the season in the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Donington Park this afternoon (June 27). In the Scholarship Class Stephen Jelley took his first race win of the year.
Piccione got a blistering start and passed pole position man Alvaro Parente and Nelson Piquet Jr to lead the field into Redgate. A series of quick laps in slippery conditions allowed him to pull out a lead over Marko Asmer, who had managed to get past Piquet on the run down to the Old Hairpin.
Parente and Piquet wanted to get back on terms with Piccione and the pair of them dived past Asmer at the Melbourne Hairpin on lap four, leaving the Estonian racer to have a lonely run to the chequered flag.
Piquet closed in on Parente but was unable to find a way past and had to settle for the third step of the podium behind the Portuguese driver. Piccione never looked in danger of losing the lead and was happy to take his second race win of the year.
"I am really pleased with that," he said. "I got a brilliant start and just kept my head down for the first five or six laps and then cruised towards the end of the race. I saw Alvaro in my mirrors with about three laps to go and put in a couple of quick laps to keep him well behind me," he added.
Behind the top four, a huge battle went on between James Rossiter, Adam Carroll and Danny Watts for sixth place. Carroll got a good start after starting near the back of the grid. Watts tried to put the nose of the Lola-Dome inside Rossiter at the Melbourne Hairpin but the Fortec Motorsport driver closed the door, allowing Carroll to close up on the pair of them.
Watts tried again round the outside of Rossiter at Redgate and almost made the move stick but had to concede and let Carroll through too, dropping him to eighth place.
The trio caught up to James Walker in fifth on the penultimate lap but none of them were close enough to make a move. Lucas Di Grassi and James Thompson were early casualties after they both spun at the chicane on the opening lap. The pair struggled for traction and dropped down the field with Di Grassi eventually spinning off at the same corner on eleven.
The result puts Carroll and Piquet level at the top of the points table following the Brazilian's penalty in race one, dropping him to sixth place in the race one results. The penalty was applied after Piquet was involved in a last-corner collision with Danny Watts that caused Watts' retirement.
Stephen Jelley finally broke onto the top step of the podium with a great drive in the Scholarship Class. The Performance Racing team driver overcame two trips onto the grass to clinch his first win of the year, ahead of Ronayne O'Mahony. Series leader Ryan Lewis struggled round to third place after a pit-stop to replace his front wing following contact at the chicane on lap one.
"I knew I had the speed in me this weekend and wanted to win so much," said Stephen. "I was disappointed not to take pole yesterday and the car felt fantastic when the race started. I saw Ryan come out of the pit-lane and just decided to follow his gearbox as it is easier following and maintaining a good pace," he added.