Formula 3 – Pye Boasts First Win At Rockingham

September 6, 2011


Scott Pye’s efforts finally came to fruition during Event 8 of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Series at Rockingham with the Australian taking out his first race win of the series.

Pye wasted little time in practice, averaging P3 throughout the second session and P5 by the end of the third after the field switched to new tyres.

Tyre degradation got the better of 21-year-old’s Dallara in the climbing temperatures and saw him finishing up P8 for the end of the fourth and final practice session.

Qualifying proved to be more of a struggle than Pye anticipated with the Double-R Racing pilot averaging P9 but battling difficulties maintaining balance, dropping to P11 by the end of the session.

With the grid order for the opening race determined by the second-fastest lap time throughout Qualifying, Pye started in P10 and made an aggressive start off the line, moving up the order to P8 before turn 1.

Keeping the pressure on his competitors, Pye made several bold moves and continued to charge up the order to P5. Lacking traction, the Mount-Gambian dropped to P8 and maintained this position through to race end.

With some luck thrown in Pye’s favour, P8 was the position drawn out of a hat for the reverse grid race, the 2010 Formula Ford Champion starting on pole for Sunday’s opening race.

A heavy downpour looked to threaten Pye’s chances at holding onto his elusive pole position advantage. Not one to shy away from a challenge, the Double-R Racing driver maintained pole position from flag to flag, taking out his first race win of the season, 10.2 seconds clear of second placed Felipe Nasr.

Race three saw Pye start 11th off the grid, his starting position determined by the previous day’s qualifying session. The Mercedes-engined Dallara managed to move up the order to P7, holding this position until race end.

“The Rockingham circuit has a lot of slipstreaming on the front straight so it was a very tough race weekend but I was confident that I could bring home some silverware which thankfully I did,” Pye said.

“There was just me and one other driver that managed to split the Carlin cars throughout practice and I was the fastest Mercedes driver in practice session 2 and 3 and feel I should have been in session 1 as well.

“Qualifying was tough,” Pye said.“With the temperatures higher we definitely struggled for a balance after we changed to the second set of tyres and I wasn’t able to improve on my fastest time.

“It had been raining heavily all morning before Sunday’s opening race so it was very wet. Having P1 and P2 in the championship starting beside and behind me I knew it was going to be a tough race.

“It was a fantastic feeling to finally get my first race win in British F3 and I am sure there will be more to come.”

Scott Pye now looks to Event 9 of the Cooper Tires British Formula Three Series at Donington Park from the 24th –25th September.

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2011 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Championship Standings

1: Felipe Nasr 297pts.
2: Kevin Magnussen, 174pts.
3: William Buller, 171pts.
4: Carlos Huertas, 166pts.
5: Jazeman Jaafar, 159pts.
6: Rupert Svendsen-Cook, 144pts.
7: Lucas Foresti, 140pts.
8: Pietro Fantin, 100pts.
9: Jack Harvey, 92pts.
10: Harry Tincknell, 68pts.
13: Scott Pye, 48pts

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