Di Grassi takes first F3 win as Lewis takes Scholarship title Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi took his first race win of the season in round 19 of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Thruxton this morning. Ryan Lewis finally put the...
Di Grassi takes first F3 win as Lewis takes Scholarship title
Brazilian Lucas Di Grassi took his first race win of the season in round 19 of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Thruxton this morning. Ryan Lewis finally put the Scholarship Class Championship out of reach of Stephen Jelley with his 13th race win of the season.
Adam Carroll made a sensational start to dive past James Rossiter for second place at the complex on lap one. Rossiter had lost the lead to Di Grassi as the lights went green but was able to take Carroll further round the lap. Carroll and Rossiter went wheel to wheel at the chicane on the second lap before the Fortec Motorsport driver was able to break away slightly.
Di Grassi didn't put a wheel wrong as Rossiter stayed large in his mirrors throughout the 16 lap race, taking his first British F3 victory.
"It feels so good," said Di Grassi. "It was very hard. I think winning in this championship is hard. I felt a lot of relief as I crossed the line. It is a great feeling. I will try to do the same again later from pole," he added.
Carroll was unable to make any impression on Rossiter after the first few laps but the pair of them moved into a stronger position in the title race as current leader Nelson Piquet Jr failed to finish.
Clivio Piccione pushed Carroll hard in the early stages but had to settle for fourth place just ahead of Marko Asmer. Danny Watts had a fantastic race in the Lola-Dome, coming home in sixth place after starting from 15th on the grid.
Ryan Lewis finally sealed the Scholarship class title by taking victory. Stephen Jelley had taken pole and led the class for the first half of the race. However, Lewis took the advantage in the closing stages and took win number 13 in the process.
"I am really, really pleased," said Lewis. I had a plan to sit back for the first half of the race anyway as I didn't want to tangle with Stephen, especially around here, and wanted to see where he was quicker than me and where I could find a way past."
"Stephen has made it hard work for me this year and he made it even harder than I would have like today. But, it means I can concentrate on the races for the rest of the year," he added.
Ronayne O'Mahony took third place ahead of previous round winner Vasilije Calasan.