Knockhill Victory Gives Rossiter Clear Championship Lead James Rossiter is the new leader of the British Formula Three Championship thanks to third and first place finishes at the Knockhill circuit in Scotland today (Sunday). James...
Knockhill Victory Gives Rossiter Clear Championship Lead
James Rossiter is the new leader of the British Formula Three Championship thanks to third and first place finishes at the Knockhill circuit in Scotland today (Sunday).
James started the first race from third position on the grid and, knowing rivals Danilo Dirani and Nelson Piquet Junior were well behind him in seventh and tenth positions, drove tactically to ensure himself of valuable points that put him ahead in the title race.
James's BRDC/Celerant-backed car also set the race's fastest lap for a valuable bonus point.
In the second race, James started from pole position and led all the way for his second victory of the season. He also had to ensure he remained super-cool during two re-starts following safety car periods.
His victory puts him 17 points ahead of Piquet as the championship heads for three rounds at Snetterton, Norfolk on 5th/6th June. Dirani is a further eight points adrift. James and Dirani are the only drivers to win twice so far this season. Piquet has yet to win a race.
"These are very important results at what is a crucial stage of the season. I'm very happy with our performance all weekend because yet again we were on the pace in every session," said 20-year-old James, who drives for the Fortec Motorsport team.
"In the first race, Will Power weaved from second place on the grid and into my car. I knew it was important to keep out of trouble and take the points with Dirani and Piquet behind. I gave myself plenty of room and that enabled me to attack for the race's fastest lap. Even without going flat-out, I was still almost eight seconds ahead of the next driver and I didn't mind that it was a lonely race.
"In the second race, I knew if I kept my lead at the start then my car's pace was strong enough to win. Power was never far behind, but I always felt comfortable in front. I always had something in reserve in case he started to push."
Snetterton will stage the next three rounds of the championship, as opposed to the usual two on race weekends. This is to make up the round lost through bad weather at James's home circuit of Silverstone.
Provisional Points: 1st, JAMES ROSSITER (GBR), 83 points; 2nd, Nelson Piquet Junior (BRA), 66; 3, Danilo Dirani (BRA), 58 etc.