Clivio Piccione scored two remarkable wins in the latest round of the British Formula 3 Scholarship Class series at Oulton Park retaining a chance of the championship title. The Monegasque teenager put in two stunning...
Clivio Piccione scored two remarkable wins in the latest round of the British Formula 3 Scholarship Class series at Oulton Park retaining a chance of the championship title.
The Monegasque teenager put in two stunning performances in his T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda at the same time as series leader Adam Carroll spun and crashed out of the two F3 clashes.
Not satisfied with that, Clivio took a superb fourth overall in race two and set the outright fastest lap of the race in his one-year-old former Anthony Davidson car, quicker than all the brand new cars in the Championship Class.
Clivio had qualified third fastest in class (eighth overall) for race one and second in class (an amazing third overall) for race two.
Despite the fact that he failed to get a class pole, a feat he has managed three times this year, he rated it as "my best qualifying effort all season. I was on the limit and got the best from the car. I don't think I could have done much more."
Piccione dropped to fourth in class at the start of the first race, but a predicted rain shower paid off for Clivio as those on slick tyres fell foul of the wet conditions p+romptly promoting the surefooted Clivio to second. A final passing manoeuvre on Billy Asaro gave Clivio the lead by the ninth lap where he stayed when the race was stopped early due to bad weather.
"There was so much water on the track making it really difficult to drive. Everyone was struggling to stay on the track," said Piccione. "I think they could have stopped the race earlier, but it's great to have the win and 20 points."
In the second race, Clivio was slow off the start as his grid position was on the damp side of the track. That dropped him to sixth overall, although still second in class. He moved up a place to fifth overall when a car spun off, before closing in on the four front-runners for the final stages of the race. A technical infringement from the Scholarship class winner later awarded Clivio his second win of the weekend and a further 20 points toward his championship attack.
"We ran a soft set up for wet conditions, as it looked like it was going to rain," commented Clivio. "So it took a while for the tyres to get warm. Then, once they did, I got fastest lap and pushed to catch the cars in front."
"We are learning more and more every race and everyone is doing a great job. This is the best weekend of the season for me. We will carry on like this."
Race 1: 1st Clivio Piccione (Monaco); 2nd Billy Asaro (Canada); 3rd Stephen Colbert (Northern Ireland); 4th Pedro Barral (Spain); 5th Justin Sherwood (Britain).
Race 2: 1st Piccione; 2nd Colbert; 3rd Mohammed Fairuz (Malaysia); 4th Sherwood; 5th Gavin Smith (Ireland); 6th Karun Chandhok (India); 7th Barral; 8th Harold Primat (France).
Points: 1st Adam Carroll (Northern Ireland) 274; 2nd Piccione 192; 3rd Colbert 147; 4th Chandhok 124; 5th Asaro 123; 6th Sherwood 112; 7th Fairuz 108; 8th Robert Dahlgren (Sweden) 96; 9th Smith 86; 10th Jesper Carlsen (Denmark) 81.