DRIVER NEWS: Leicester racing driver Stephen Jelley's rich vein of form continued at Croft today, where he took his second British International F3 Series victory in as many race weekends.
The Raikkonen Robertson Racing driver made a good start to the first race after qualifying fourth on the tricky Yorkshire track, slotting into fourth place. That became second almost immediately when two drivers up ahead of him collided and retired at the first corner.
Then race leader Marko Asmer began to have engine problems, making life difficult for the following Jelley: "I saw a couple of big plumes of smoke coming from the back of his car, and it was obvious something wasn't quite right. A couple of laps later I started to notice that he was dropping oil on the circuit, which made the corners quite slippery for a while."
After Asmer's engine finally let go Stephen took over the lead, but he still had to survive a Safety Car period and fend off some strong challengers including Sam Bird, Greg Mansell (son of former World Champion Nigel) and team-mate Atte Mustonen. But he held them off magnificently, rarely looking in any danger on his way to the win.
"I could have gone a little quicker if I had needed to, but I was just driving in a way that wouldn't produce mistakes. I knew it was difficult for anybody to overtake me at this circuit unless I made a big mistake – and I didn't!"
Race two was less satisfying for Stephen, who had only qualified 7th for this one. He did however pull off one of the day's very few overtaking moves, bravely passing Rodolfo Gonzalez to take 8th place on the last lap.
Having taken his first win last time out at Thruxton, Jelley remains third in the championship going into the final meeting at Rockingham in three weeks. Although Asmer is now champion, Jelley could easily pass Maro Engel to take second at the post. He will need to score nine points more than the German in order to pass him.