Kimball finishes third in British Winter Series CAMARILLO, CALIF. (December 1, 2003) -Competing in his first British Championship, Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., completed the British Formula Ford Winter Series with a strong podium...
Kimball finishes third in British Winter Series
CAMARILLO, CALIF. (December 1, 2003) -Competing in his first British Championship, Charlie Kimball, of Camarillo, Calif., completed the British Formula Ford Winter Series with a strong podium finish in difficult rainy conditions at the technical Brands Hatch Indy circuit. The young American, who came into the final two rounds leading the Championship, lacked the rain experience that is crucial to succeed in England. This past race weekend, the multiple Formula Ford Zetec Championship race winner more than doubled his rain racing experience.
In the early part of the very wet qualifying session, Kimball held pole position in his RentVillas.com Team JLR Van Diemen. He was then bumped to fourth right before a red flag flew, ending the qualifying ten minutes early. Kimball faced the challenge of his first ever standing start in the rain next, in only his third ever standing start. After an aborted start, Kimball retained fourth place, where he spent the rest of the race finding his footing in the torrential conditions and learning as much as possible.
Kimball was disappointed with the result, but pleased with the experience, "Obviously I would have liked to have finished further up the order, but the experience I have gained in the pouring rain with poor visibility and different grip levels, along with the start, will be invaluable in the future."
Kimball started the second race in equally tough conditions and after the start was in fifth. On the third lap, Kimball completed a pass for fourth and pulled away. He soon found his feet and began running comparably quick lap times, with his fastest lap being quicker than that of the race winner. Due to a racing incident in front of him, the young Californian took third place, which he held to the race finish. His third place finish guaranteed Kimball third place in the prestigious Winter Series Championship.
Kimball was again pleased with the amount he learned and the experience he gained, "The wet races this weekend benefited me as a driver more than they would have if they were dry. Had it been dry, I am confident the results would have been better, however I certainly learned more this way. I would like to thank my sponsor, RentVillas.com, my mechanic Chris, and all at Team JLR for making this experience possible."
Kimball is now back in California, where he will be training for the coming season and working on putting together a deal for next year.