Piquet does the double at Oulton Nelson Piquet Jr stormed to his second race win of the weekend in round sixteen of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Oulton Park. A fantastic start allowed Piquet to beat pole position ...
Piquet does the double at Oulton
Nelson Piquet Jr stormed to his second race win of the weekend in round sixteen of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Oulton Park.
A fantastic start allowed Piquet to beat pole position winner Clivio Piccione into the first corner. From that point onwards the Brazilian dominated the race, pulling out almost a second per lap over eventual runner-up Lucas Di Grassi.
"This race was really excellent," said Piquet. "I got a great start and managed to get past Clivio into the first corner. After that I just concentrated on pushing as hard as possible and keeping everything clean and tidy." He added.
Di Grassi managed to hold off a move from Piccione in the early stages which led to him spinning off and out of the race. Piquet's title rivals suffered mixed results. Briton James Rossiter managed to take third place after battling with Alvaro Parente. The Fortec Motorsport driver closed in on Di Grassi but was unable to make a move for the next step of the podium.
Adam Carroll had a lot of work to do to make up places after starting in twelfth place on the grid. He got caught up in the Scholarship Class battle in the early stages, resulting in a trip over the kerbs at Old Hall. Eighth place was his reward at the chequered flag.
Danilo Dirani made up for his poor result in race one by taking fifth place just ahead of Estonian Marko Asmer. Fairuz Fauzy was able to stay ahead of Carroll to take seventh place.
Stephen Jelley took his second Scholarship Class victory of the season after a great battle with series leader Ryan Lewis. Lewis was battling with understeer on his T-Sport Dallara and Jelley put him under immense pressure in the opening laps.
A slight error by Lewis on the exit of Lodge allowed Jelley some breathing space and gave a handful of Championship Class cars to charge past, dropping him out of contention for the class win.
"I was a bit disappointed after the first race and wanted to make amends in this one," said Jelley. "I managed to muscle my way past Ryan and just kept going," he added.