CLARKE FIT FOR SILVERSTONE! Wednesday, 10th August: Double R Racing driver Dan Clarke has been given the all clear by his doctor to race in this weekend's round of the British F3 Championship at Silverstone (12-14 August). Problems arose for the...
CLARKE FIT FOR SILVERSTONE!
Wednesday, 10th August: Double R Racing driver Dan Clarke has been given the all clear by his doctor to race in this weekend's round of the British F3 Championship at Silverstone (12-14 August). Problems arose for the driver late last week while on a surfing trip to Newquay with team-mate Bruno Senna. Clarke aggravated an old injury getting up on his board and his knee has been causing him considerable discomfort ever since.
Having driven through the pain barrier at a Silverstone test on Tuesday (9th August), Clarke spent two or three sessions working on the knee with physiotherapist Simon Jones, who has previously worked with the likes of Damon Hill and Ralf Schumacher. Having successfully come through the test Dan is confident he can drive competitively at the weekend, even if it means putting up with the pain.
Clarke commented: "At the weekend I genuinely thought my chances of making the start grid at Silverstone were less than 50 / 50. I couldn't believe it when my knee started playing up -- but testing felt ok and I'm having regular physio. The only thing that would stop me from racing is if I wasn't competitive. I am, I've been given the thumbs up from the doc, so let's get on with it."
Clarke will be keen to get back to winning ways at Silverstone after claiming his first F3 victory at Castle Combe earlier in the year. Clarke commented: "This is my first year in F3 - at the start of the season I set myself a target of beating Jenson Button's achievement of three race wins in his first F3 season. It's good to set yourself targets, and who better to emulate than a current F1 driver."
Clarke's fitness is a major boost for the team ahead of this weekend's triple race weekend (one additional race is planned following the postponed round at Spa), but there was disappointment for Clarke's sponsors Highland Spring, who had arranged for a Scottish piper to pipe Dan onto the grid before the start of each race. Championship organisers SRO turned down the request, much to the bewilderment of Clarke and Highland Spring.
Clarke, who previously incurred the wrath of organisers SRO by wearing two caps on the podium, said: "Highland Spring just wanted to add a bit of fun to the proceedings. I thought yeah - it's something different -- why not. It'll add to the atmosphere, and may even be entertaining for the fans. It's a shame - this sport is taken too seriously at times. The irony is we only asked out of courtesy. Next time we should just go ahead and do it."