FIRST PODIUM FINISH OF 2005 Ryan Lewis leaves Scotland tonight with a mixed bag of results after rounds seven and eight of the British F3 International Series. A fantastic second place in race one gave Ryan his first podium position of the year...
FIRST PODIUM FINISH OF 2005
Ryan Lewis leaves Scotland tonight with a mixed bag of results after rounds seven and eight of the British F3 International Series. A fantastic second place in race one gave Ryan his first podium position of the year but a front row grid position for race two didn't translate into a top step result for Ryan.
The first race was a wet affair after heavy rain showers throughout the morning at Knockhill. Ryan got off to a fantastic start and made the most of every opportunity that came his way. At the end of the first lap he passed Kane for third and set about catching Conway for second place. On lap seven he made his move and passed Conway on the inside through Clark and started to pull out a gap as he chased the race leader, Alvaro Parente.
"I got a good run on Steve (Kane) and Mike (Conway) during the first couple of laps; all the opportunities are at the start so I took them and got up to second. After that it was a case of keeping it neat and staying on the track to take the points. It was very tricky out there today what with the spray and the backmarkers but all the guys at the front had to get through the same traffic so no-one had an advantage. It's good to get the first podium out of the way; now we can go for the win!"
The Knockhill track was finally dry by the time race two was due to begin. Ryan started the race from second on the grid after missing out on pole position by an excruciating two thousandths of a second. Third-placed Asmer managed to get past Ryan at the start so he set about chasing him down to re-take second place. Finally on lap nine the opportunity came and Ryan dived through for second but a coming together with Asmer sent him off the track. He managed to rejoin in ninth position and showed blistering pace as he fought his way back, taking fastest lap in the process. The ultimate result was eighth place; not what Ryan wanted but valuable points all the same.
"I'm not hugely impressed with being taken off today as we had the pace and the car was well balanced. Overall though we've had a good weekend and I'm pleased we got a fair few points in the bag before we go off to Thruxton next week. I'm looking forward to Thruxton; it's a fantastic track with some great corners that are super fast and I think we'll go well there."