Victory At Silverstone James Rossiter has brilliantly achieved his first Formula Three race victory in the third round of the championship held in treacherously wet conditions at Silverstone circuit today (Sunday). James led the race from...
Victory At Silverstone
James Rossiter has brilliantly achieved his first Formula Three race victory in the third round of the championship held in treacherously wet conditions at Silverstone circuit today (Sunday).
James led the race from start to finish, having taken his Fortec Motorsport Dallara Opel-Spiess to pole position in Saturday's qualifying session by an incredible margin of over a quarter of a second.
In front of watching sponsors Celerant and the British Racing Drivers Club -- and its President, three-times Formula One world champion Sir Jackie Stewart -- James controlled the race from the front to win by almost three seconds. The result has thrust him into second in the drivers points table.
"It was tough out there -- the track was wet but drying out so it was important to really drive tactically and nurse the tyres," said James. "I'm delighted, for everyone in the Fortec team and my sponsors. This is a great way to reward their support."
James needed to use all his cunning in the opening laps as he was pressured by more experienced rivals Will Power and Adam Carroll. But James drove with great maturity to ease away from his challengers in the closing laps.
"I guess I did a better job of them looking after my tyres and in the end it was a simple matter of just stroking the car home. The way the whole team has worked this weekend I really believe we've moved up another level and can win many more races from now on."
Fortec team principal Richard Dutton, whose past drivers have included Williams-BMW F1 star Juan Pablo Montoya and Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith, was overjoyed by James's victory.
"This is the drive of a champion in the making," said Dutton. "In all my years in F3, this is one of the best drives by any of my drivers. To achieve what he did today -- to resist that sort of pressure in very difficult conditions and at what is a very high level -- was a fantastic achievement."
Heavy rain forced the postponement of the day's second scheduled race meaning James will next be in British F3 action in rounds five and six of the championship at the Croft circuit of North Yorkshire in two weeks' time, 1-2 May. In pre-season testing, James set the fastest ever lap time for a Formula 3 car around Croft.