Kimball Perfect at Silverstone American Charlie Kimball capped off his first season in British Formula 3 by completely dominating rounds 21 and 22 at the Silverstone International circuit this past weekend, October 8th and 9th, 2005. ...
Kimball Perfect at Silverstone
American Charlie Kimball capped off his first season in British Formula 3 by completely dominating rounds 21 and 22 at the Silverstone International circuit this past weekend, October 8th and 9th, 2005. On Saturday, Kimball qualified on pole for both of the weekend's races. He continued his complete domination with wins in both races on Sunday. In the first race, he set a new track record and then proceeded to better it in the second race.
Kimball dominated first qualifying by setting fast lap after fast lap. His pole time was nearly half a second quicker than the rest of the field. He also ran four other laps that would have been good enough for pole. Second qualifying went just as well with the young American again running five laps good enough for pole.
"It was a good showing in qualifying," said Kimball. "The new Honda engine is a significant improvement and has allowed us to develop the car and that really showed in qualifying. I didn't manage to get a perfect lap in either session so I know there is still more to come."
On a damp track in Race 1, Kimball made a perfect start and drove away from the field. After the first lap the Carlin driver had already pulled out an advantage of over two seconds. Kimball then put in a string of fastest laps, setting a new track record and earning himself an additional championship point. The 20-year-old Californian built a lead of over 8.5 seconds, only to see it disappear when the safety car was deployed with five laps to go. The American then used his rolling start experience to gain an advantage on the restart. The green flag waved for only one lap when the safety car was redeployed for another incident. The race finished anti-climactically under the safety car.
"What a result! There is no better feeling than a win," Kimball enthused afterwards. "It is great to secure second in the championship during the first race, now I can really push and have fun in the second race today."
Race 2 was a little more exciting for Kimball as Bruno Senna managed to slip past him at the second corner when the American made a small mistake. However, Kimball immediately out-braked the Brazilian into the next corner, retaking the race lead. The series rookie was never challenged again. By the checkered flag he had built a lead of seven seconds. Setting the race's fast lap, Kimball smashed his Race one track record.
"It has been the perfect race weekend," beamed Kimball. "It is fantastic to end this season on a high - two poles, two wins, two fastest laps and a new track record. I have to thank the Carlin Motorsport team for all their hard work this year. My engineer, Paul Wallace, and my mechanics, Humberto dos Santos, Martin Knapman, and Victoria Callaghan, have been instrumental in my success this year. What a great team!"
Kimball has had a very successful rookie season in the highly competitive British Formula 3 championship. He scored 5 race wins, 6 pole positions, 6 fastest laps, a total of 13 podiums, and set two track records. Kimball finished second in the championship and took Rookie of the Year honors.
The young American will now continue testing in preparation for the prestigious Macau Grand Prix on the Guia street circuit in the Far East, November 17-20, 2005.