Clivio Piccione takes maiden win at Silverstone. He's been knocking on the door for a while, but finally Clivio Piccione has come through to take his maiden British Formula 3 Scholarship Class win after a brilliant drive at Silverstone on Sunday.
Clivio Piccione takes maiden win at Silverstone.
He's been knocking on the door for a while, but finally Clivio Piccione has come through to take his maiden British Formula 3 Scholarship Class win after a brilliant drive at Silverstone on Sunday. And, in keeping with his usual form, the Monegasque teenager did the deed after carving through the field.
Piccione qualified his T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda fifth for the race. He was already third by the end of lap one, when he overtook one rival and another fell off the circuit. Then, on the fourth lap, he pulled off a great move on Stephen Colbert to take second place at the Abbey hairpin.
Five laps later he was in front as race leader Adam Carroll spun off, and from then on Piccione gradually extended his advantage over Colbert to take a breakthrough scholarship class win and eighth overall ahead of many championship class drivers.
"I made a good move on Colbert - I was braking later than him so I was able to get ahead. I tried to pull away and built a gap, and then I heard on my radio that Carroll had crashed. My job was then just to hold the gap to Colbert -- it was a really good race."
"We just need to sort out qualifying so we can run from the front at the start. I'm still learning so I need to get the maximum out of the car. But in the race it's different - I like racing with people and I enjoy overtaking."
He certainly does, and Clivio had plenty of that to do in race two after the car unfortunately stalled at the start of the green-flag lap, meaning that he would have to start from the rear despite qualifying fourth. Piccione's race ended when passing Harold Primat.
Even so, Clivio has consolidated his advantage over the opposition in second place in the championship and has clearly marked himself out as a championship contender.
Race 1: 1st Clivio Piccione (Monaco); 2nd Stephen Colbert (Northern Ireland); 3rd Karun Chandhok (India); 4th Jesper Carlsen (Denmark); 5th Adam Carroll (Northern Ireland); 6th Mohammed Fairuz (Malaysia); 7th Justin Sherwood (Britain); 8th David Clark (Australia); 9th Harold Primat (France); 10th Robert Dahlgren (Sweden).
Race 2: 1st Carroll; 2nd Dahlgren; 3rd Sherwood; 4th Colbert; 5th Chandhok; 6th Gavin Smith (Ireland); 7th Primat; 8th Fairuz.
Points: 1st Carroll 160; 2nd Piccione 99; 3rd Colbert 88; 4th Chandhok 85; 5th Sherwood 75; 6th Fairuz 73; 7th Billy Asaro (Canada) 68; 8th Carlsen 61; 9th Smith 44; 10th Clark 38.