Di Grassi does the double at Thruxton Lucas Di Grassi took his second race win of the day, taking victory from Nelson Piquet Jr and Rob Austin round 20 of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Thruxton in Hampshire. The ...
Di Grassi does the double at Thruxton
Lucas Di Grassi took his second race win of the day, taking victory from Nelson Piquet Jr and Rob Austin round 20 of the Avon Tyres British Formula Three Championship at Thruxton in Hampshire.
The Brazilian took advantage of pole position and led the entire 16 lap race to take a double victory around the fast Hampshire circuit. Piquet made a break to move into second place on the opening lap and put his countryman under immense pressure throughout the race, but Di Grassi was able to fend off the championship leader.
"Piquet was very strong all through the race," said Di Grassi. "I could see him in my mirrors and was aware that he was there throughout the race. But I was able to keep him behind me. We made some changes to the car for this race too, but I don't think they really worked so it was certainly a harder race than the first," he added.
Rob Austin stayed with Piquet over the opening laps but was unable to match the pace of the two at the front and had a safe run to third place as James Rossiter was battling to keep Alvaro Parente and Clivio Piccione behind him in the later stages of the race.
Piccione tried to get past his Carlin Motorsport team-mate on a number of occasions which allowed Rossiter to just maintain enough of a gap to take fourth at the flag.
Adam Carroll was could not repeat his great start from the earlier race and had to settle for seventh place ahead of a hard charging Danny Watts in the Lola-Dome.
In the Scholarship Class Stephen Jelley decided to get one back on newly crowned champion Ryan Lewis by taking a well deserved victory. Jelley was under huge pressure from Lewis throughout the 16 laps and managed to fend off his rival to take victory.
"It is such hard work around here," said Jelley. "I wanted to put one over on Ryan. He may have won the championship now but I didn't want to make it easy for him for the rest of the year. I think that was probably the hardest race of the year so far for us," he added.
Lewis came across the line in second place with Ronayne O'Mahony the only other finisher in third.