19 July 2009
Boyd takes maiden win
Wayne Boyd has taken his maiden Cooper Tires British F3 race win in the second race at Donington Park after leading team-mate Adriano Buzaid to a 1-2 finish fro T-Sport.
In treacherous wet conditions, the teenager came through from tenth on the grid to secure victory and give T-Sport its first win of the year.
Championship leader Daniel Ricciardo led the way from the pole in the early, dry laps, pursued by Buzaid and the Hitech cars of Renger van der Zande and Walter Grubmuller. But at the completion of a two-lap safety car period, caused by the need to rescue a stranded car from the track, Ricciardo was hijacked by van der Zande and Buzaid through McLeans corner.
The Australian spun back to seventh, just ahead of Boyd, who had recovered well from a grassy moment on the opening lap and who was revelling in the increasingly damp conditions.
Boyd made short work of Ricciardo and within a further two laps had dispensed with the cars of Carlos Huertas and Max Chilton to move into fourth. Both Grubmuller and Buzaid fell victim to the charging Ulsterman on the 15th lap, the former at Redgate and the latter at Coppice, and then, after five laps shadowing van der Zande, he went around the outside at Redgate to take the lead.
With van der Zande fading towards the end - and later slapped with a time penalty for his incident with Ricciardo - Buzaid moved into second for a T-Sport 1-2.
"It's absolutely amazing," Boyd said. "After being so dominant in Formula Ford last year, jumping up to F3 was a big step. People doubted I could do it. But now to get my first win in the hardest conditions we've seen all year... it's absolutely brilliant. I got pushed on to the grass at the start, and that fired me up a bit. Big thanks to T-Sport, the car was absolutely brilliant."
Grubmuller claimed third, ahead of Huertas and Ricciardo, to narrow Ricciardo's championship lead further still. The top ten was completed by Henry Arundel, Chilton, Jay Bridger, Daisuke Nakajima and Ricki Christodoulou, with Daniel McKenzie emerging on top in a topsy-turvy National Class battle.
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