With the British Formula 3 Scholarship Class arriving at Brands Hatch this weekend and Steven Kane just a point and a half behind Ernesto Viso for the ultimate crown, the last two races of an exciting 2003 season were destined to be full of incident. And so it proved to be...

With very little in terms of experience around the demanding Brands Hatch circuit, Kane's weekend started well being fastest in testing on Friday, that is until he lost a crucial 45 minutes of track-learning time after going off.

Qualifying one on Saturday saw Kane go great guns again grabbing fastest lap on a slightly damp track before a red flag brought proceedings to an untimely halt. A 25 minute break saw the track dry and everyone began going quicker and Kane was nabbed to pole by Championship rival Viso and ended third.

Qualifying two again saw Kane fly into pole position, but an early tyre change on Kane's car proved ineffective, and he once again saw pole snatched from his grasp at the last moment and he finished second.

Race one started with Kane getting a fantastic start and he immediately began homing in on the gearbox of team-mate Karun Chandhok and within a few laps had passed Chandhok with a courageous inside move at the fast Paddock Corner. Viso was next in his sights with just one Championship car in his way to take care of, Kane having overtaken 5 cars already to get to this position. Kane was reeling in his prey with each passing lap until his front tyres began to grain, he began to experience under-steer and had to settle for second place, now needing a win in the second of Sunday's races to clinch the title.

Race two once again saw a storming Kane getaway and he was immediately climbing all over the back of Viso, before an incident involving two other drivers brought the race to a halt after just a few laps. There was a 25 minute break before the race was restarted, but once again, he was swarming all over Viso going into Paddock, and an obviously faster Kane was doing his utmost to pass his Championship rival after an earlier coming together between Viso and another car had damaged Viso's front wing. Things ended in an abrupt and somewhat anti-climactic manner when Kane tried a pass around the outside of Druids and Viso and Kane both ended up in the gravel.

"What a way for it to all end," said a disappointed Kane, "I really thought that I'd taken all the bad luck that had been thrown at me throughout the season and it was my turn to get something!"

And on the season as a whole and his T-Sport team, he added: "Thanks to the T-Sport team for such a brilliant job. With all the wins and the way we dominated the Championship over the season, it doesn't seem fair that they were not to come out of it all with the Scholarship Championship. My T-Sport experience this year has been fantastic and they are certainly a team for the future."

 

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