Riki Christodoulou posted his first ever podium result in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Silverstone to climb up to third in the championship standings.

The Fortec driver qualified fifth for the opening race of the weekend but slipped down a place on the start before battling his way back up to fourth by the finish - less than five seconds behind debutant winner Renger van der Zande.

From third on the grid for race two, Christodoulou again lost a place at the start but climbed into a podium place before taking second just three laps from the end for his first podium finish.

"I overtook van der Zande under braking then lunged down inside of Max [Chilton]. If the race had been a couple of laps longer I'd have been on the tail of Daniel [Ricciardo]," he said. "I'm obviously delighted with these two results which moves me up to third in the series. The race pace is there, as the last race especially showed but rest assured, I'll be working on my race starts before the next races at Rockingham later this month.

"It's entirely appropriate on my first F3 podium for me thank my father [Rick] for the support he's given me to date in my career and also Fortec Motorsport, the team I've been with since I came into single-seater racing just three seasons ago."

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