Rossiter Stays in Title Hunt with Plucky Second James Rossiter remains upbeat and confident that he can reclaim his British Formula 3 championship lead after a stroke of bad luck led to him losing it in Snetterton's latest three rounds this ...
Rossiter Stays in Title Hunt with Plucky Second
James Rossiter remains upbeat and confident that he can reclaim his British Formula 3 championship lead after a stroke of bad luck led to him losing it in Snetterton's latest three rounds this weekend (5-6 June).
James retired from the first race when his car's engine fell sick. Nelson Piquet Junior won to move four points ahead of James, who had gone into the weekend leading the championship having outscored every other driver in the previous five rounds.
In Snetterton's second race, James was the victim of a collision with a rival competitor as he fought to make up places. His car landed heavily after being launched into the air in the collision and it required rapid repair work from his Fortec Motorsport team to enable to take up his pole position on the grid for the start of the third race.
Whereas many drivers would have become disheartened by two retirements, Celerant/BRDC-backed James responded magnificently in the race to chase winner Adam Carroll all the way to the line. He also finished several seconds clear of fourth-placed Piquet -- an indicator of what might have been had his luck held out in the first two races.
James said: "In the third race, I didn't think I'd make it to the finish. The warning lights on my dashboard were on from lap four onwards, telling me the engine was struggling to cope. It was a new engine after Saturday, but the temperature was again going through the roof. I really had to nurse the car to the finish.
"It also made it difficult to attack Carroll. I could get in his slipstream going onto the straights -- the car was really strong through the corners -- but he was still able to draw clear.
"Despite what happened in the other two races, I'm sure I can close the gap back to Piquet. He's got 21 point on me, but in the race I did finish this weekend I was in front of him and I'm still the only driver to be on the pace and to have finished on the podium at every meeting this season.
"Those two retirements are just a minor blip in our season and our third race result made sure Snetterton wasn't a complete write-off. We are very strong and I'm still learning -- it's still my first season in F3 and I think the fact I've been able to come in and do so well has got quite a few people rattled."
James returns to British Formula 3 action in a fortnight's time at the high-speed Castle Combe in Wiltshire -- a circuit that he has never raced on before.
He added: "I don't see that being a problem at all. We've had the car working extremely well on every type of circuit so far. We've seen how quickly things can turn around and Snetterton will only make us work even harder to ensure we get back on top."
British F3 Points (after 10 rounds): 1st, Nelson Piquet Jnr (BRA), 119 points; 2, JAMES ROSSITER (GBR), 98; 3, Adam Carroll (GBR), 91 etc.