Andy Priaulx finished his 2001 Formula Three campaign - and possibly his F3 career- on a high with a strong showing in the season-ending Korean Super Prix.

Having gone well enough in qualifying to line-up second overall to Frenchman Jonathan Cochet, the Guernseyman made sure that he held on to his advantage over the rest of the 26-strong field by getting good starts in each of the two legs of the race. Unfortunately for Priaulx, however, Cochet - who spent much of the 2001 season in the higher F3000 and FNissan series - also made good starts and was able to stay out in front.

Despite never heading the race at any stage, Priaulx hounded his French rival all the way to the flag, ensuring that he could never rest or afford to lose concentration on the tight Changwon street circuit. Three seconds adrift after leg one, the Promatecme driver tried all that knew in race two to make up the gap, but found his more experienced opponent just too strong on the day.

"Jonathan made an exceptional start," Priaulx admitted, "Our pace just wasn't quite there, but we've had a brilliant weekend. The team never compromised for a moment."

Second place in Korea more than made up for the disappointment of failing to convert a top six grid position into honours at the previous weekend's Macau Grand Prix.

Although the first of the Far East's prestigious street fighting double carries more kudos than its newer partner, both races featured a quality field, and Priaulx was able to take great satisfaction from having recorded a fifth place result in the second leg in Macau and then follow it by beating the French, German and Japanese F3 champions in Korea.

Priaulx's plans for 2002 remain fluid, and he has been linked to possible drives in both the British F3 and touring car series.

 

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