Ryan Lewis had a good weekend at Thruxton; he finished the two races in sixth and fourth places respectively and enjoyed some close on-track battles. After qualifying in seventh place for the first round Ryan gained a position before the race...
Ryan Lewis had a good weekend at Thruxton; he finished the two races in sixth and fourth places respectively and enjoyed some close on-track battles.
After qualifying in seventh place for the first round Ryan gained a position before the race had even begun when Tim Bridgman failed to get off the line. Holding sixth at the start he set about chasing down Championship-leader, Alvaro Parente. For lap after lap Ryan ran all over the back of the young Portuguese driver but was ultimately unable to get past and finished the race in sixth place.
"I had a great scrap with Alvaro", commented Ryan. "I was able to close right up on him but it's so hard to break the tow here and I think I was trying too hard in the end, over-driving the car so it was fair play that he beat me this morning."
Ryan headed into race two with sharpened resolve, determined to bag a good haul of points from the event. Starting from fifth he lost ground at the start, dropping to eighth place, but immediately set about regaining the lost places. By lap two he was up to sixth and an outing from the safety car soon bunched the field up whilst a stricken car was removed. After the restart Ryan found himself battling with Conway and Clarke and pulled a crowd-thrilling move around the outside through the chicane to take them for fourth place before heading off in pursuit of third-placed Christian Bakkerud. He finished the race in fourth position, right under the rear wing of Bakkerud, just missing out on a podium position.
"Now that was a lot better than this morning", said Ryan. "I lost out at the start as I had some wheelspin but I managed to make it up. The car felt great; I was flat through Goodwood every lap and thoroughly enjoyed my scrap with Conway and Clarke. I thought I was third for a while and on for a podium but fourth is ok; I'm happy with that. We needed a bit more speed this weekend and Charlie Kimball has made us all look a bit average so we've got a lot to do!"
Ryan is now in fifth position in the Championship class of the British F3 International Series. His next race will be the F3 Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort in two weeks time.