Scotland's Ryan Dalziel endured a difficult day at Donington Park in rounds five and six of the British Formula Three Championship.

The 19-year old from Lanark fought through problems in qualifying to finish the two races in tenth and fifth respectively. While moving up to ninth overall in the championship, on 24 points, Dalziel also out-qualified and out-raced his more experienced team-mate, Nicolas Kiesa, scoring the RC Prost Junior team's only points finishes at the event.

Qualifying on Saturday was hampered with rain showers, and Dalziel was already disadvantaged after having suffered engine and gearbox problems in the Donington test held earlier in the week. Despite the tricky conditions and a poor handling car, he qualified inside the top ten, in ninth position, for race one. In the second session Ryan posted the seventh quickest time, one place higher than Kiesa.

At the start of round five, the Scot immediately lost a place to Australian James Courtney, only to regain the position heading into the hairpin at Goddard. Courtney reclaimed the spot on lap six leaving Dalziel to hold station for the remainder of the race and claim the final points scoring position.

Round six on Sunday afternoon saw then former FRenault star make an excellent start and move up to fourth at the first corner as the cars of Davies, Sato and Davidson all collided. Andy Priaulx then bumped Ryan down to fifth with a brave move on the second lap and, from there, the Scot held off further challenges to remain in position when the chequered flag came out.

"I'm not too happy with the fact that we've struggled with the car all weekend but, given that I've collected some points and raced to fifth despite a poor handling car, I'm hopeful we can improve the situation prior to racing next week at Oulton Park," Dalziel said afterwards, "There is a lot of work to be done but from a personal perspective and, from monitoring my progress, I'm happy to have out-qualified my team-mate and subsequently out-raced him. Nicolas is a good benchmark for me as he has won an F3 race and already has a full season behind him in the category."

 

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