DRIVER NEWS: Leicester Formula 3 driver Stephen Jelley salvaged little in the way of results despite a couple of strong, fighting drives in the British Championship races at Silverstone today.
The Raikkonen Robertson Racing team struggled for pace at the home of the British Grand Prix, with Jelley's hard work in Saturday's qualifying rewarded with just 6 th and 8th on the grid for the two races. But at least this was better than team-mate and recent race-winner Jonathan Kennard, who managed only 13th and 15th!
Stephen was able to move forward in the first race this morning, finishing 5th despite falling to 8th on the first lap. He pulled off a neat move on Sam Bird – the other driver who won last time out – and then also went by Esteban Guerrieri. A couple of retirements up ahead meant he could score a respectable finish and take some reasonable points.
Race two saw Stephen get involved in a thrilling midfield scrap, and he did well to overtake Bird again. But that's exactly what led to his disappointing finish, because it brought him onto the tail of Sebastian Hohenthal, one of F3's least polite drivers. Jelley pulled alongside the Swede a few laps later, but was inevitably then forced off the track and then tapped into a spin by Hohenthal. He lost several places and had to settle for 10 th.
"It wasn't really a problem that he put me onto the kerb, but then he ran into me," said Jelley. "He hit my rear wheel which spun me into him and made us both lose time. I was already past him and he just couldn't accept that he'd lost.
"We've just had no pace this weekend, despite being quick right at the start of the test on Friday. I've lost some ground in the championship, but it's not too disastrous. The best thing to do now is focus on the next race at Thruxton. I led there last year so I am overdue for a win at the place. I also won there when I raced in the National Class, so there is plenty of reason for optimism."
The races at the high-speed Hampshire circuit take place on August 26.