Michaels runs most laps in top spot for win in F3: Silverstone

Image by Alan Strang
Liam Hatchell gets the first ever CMC race underway...

Prado charges through field from back of grid

Image by Alan Strang
Sam Michaels nips past Liam Hatchell on the opening lap to take the lead of the race...
F3: Silverstone
ROUND 1
05 Oct 2009
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05 Oct 2009 — Sam Michaels led all drivers most for 19 of 20 laps on a run for first place in the F3: Silverstone in the opening round of the CMC British Formula 3 series.

Michaels swapped leads with Eraldo Silva in a persistent fight for the race lead starting midway through, running within car lengths of each other over a stretch of seven laps and changing positions two times. Michaels drove nearly all leading Silva after originally being targeted by him on the first lap. After losing the spot on lap 6, Michaels got around Silva and into first place on lap 7, and held it the remaining 13 laps to the finish.

From the 13th spot on the starting grid, Eduardo Prado worked through the field of 16 to claim fourth place at the finish.

Prado traded positions multiple rounds with Craig Wise in a long and tense fight for fifth starting early on, running within an apex of each other over a stretch of 12 laps and changing positions four times. Prado drove the majority leading Wise after originally being targeted by him on the second lap. After losing the spot on lap 17, Prado passed Wise for the second time and into fourth place on lap 18, and kept it the remaining couple laps to the conclusion.

CMC British Formula 3 series moves on to Round 2 in a week at Rockingham UK - BTCC. The series has 16 drivers competing for points in the championship.

Matt Crash took third place.

Crash took the fight back and forth with Jack Sedgwick in a close battle for fifth from the early stages, running within a couple turns of each other over a span of eight laps and changing positions three times. Crash spent the majority pursuing Sedgwick after initially engaging him on the second lap. Crash got around Sedgwick for the second time and into third place on lap 9, and held it the remaining 11 laps to the finish.

Liam Hatchell won second place.

Hatchell drove all of 16 laps total pursuing Sam Michaels after initially catching him on the first lap. Ultimately Hatchell settled into second the 14 laps running to the finish.

Craig Wise captured fifth place.

Wise traded positions back and forth with Eduardo Prado in a long and persistent battle for fourth from the early stages, running within a turn of each other over a range of 12 laps and changing positions four times. Wise spent the majority pursuing Prado after originally targeting him on the second lap. In the end Wise settled into fifth the few laps running to the checkered flag.

RESULTS Click driver name for individual report
1 Sam Michaels R4R Motorsport 20 25:35.874
2 Liam Hatchell Hatchell-Pennine MDB 20 25:47.578
3 Matt Crash Team Ecosse 20 26:05.653
4 Eduardo Prado Brazil Power Team 20 26:10.105
5 Craig Wise Marsh Team Racing 20 26:17.674
6 Janos Kob Team Ecosse 20 26:19.065
7 Alan Strang Team Ecosse 20 26:21.116
8 Sam Emmett Opposite Lock Racing 20 26:23.927
9 Eraldo Silva Ghost Racer 20 26:30.509
10 Neil Marlow Team Ecosse 20 26:36.788
11 Jens Nilsson Nilsson Motorsport 20 26:43.114
12 Tomislav Ivasic Evolution Motorsports 18 25:51.628
13 Calum Cameron SR International 18 26:53.646
14 Jack Sedgwick Vision Racing 9 DNF
15 Jim Fisher Team Ecosse 6 DNF
16 Matt Adkin Revolution Motorsports 2 DNF
POSTRACE

INT
–11.704
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2
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1
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Liam Hatchell at 10:37 PM on Mon Oct 05 CEST

Not one of my best races, but my god was it fun.

The respect for other drivers out there tonight was excellent, thats the first thing I wanted to praise as it has been too few people that show good conduct recently.

Quali was epic. I think I started my last flying lap with about a second left, I didn't think I would start it but I just got rid of the lap counter and went for it, and made no mistakes. Went across the line to see the position counter turn to 1 and I just screamed. I was massively happy with that, as I hadn't expected it whatsoever. Jenson Button style :)

My downfall was not having driven these properly on cold tyres and brakes, meaning I locked up into turn 4 where it turns off the main circuit. A couple of laps later I spun at Copse after not realising how much grip the car lost under slipstreaming, so that was another downfall. I managed to push 2nd place man into a mistake on the exit of Copse a lap or two later though and took his position. I attempted to catch Sam but my tyres were done for and his ultimate race pace was above mine. Congrats!

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0
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1
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2
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Formula 3
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Formula 3 '06
Posted by Sam Michaels at 10:56 PM on Mon Oct 05 CEST

quali didnt go too well for me, i wasnt able to nail a lap but a solid attempt put me on the front row which was good enough.
i wasnt great off the line but was stuck to the back of Liam down into turn 4. nearly followed him off the track but i was able to get underneath him and make the pass. after that i was about to pull a pretty big lead over the rest of the field untill i span it all away around lap 10. but i was able to make the pass for the lead and just cruised to the end.

great race guys. i love these cars

Posted by CMC Admin at 11:46 PM on Mon Oct 05 CEST

That seemed to be a successful first race for the Caledonian Motorsport Club independent chapter. Thanks to all who attended.

If anyone has any incidents they would like investigated, please see this post for details of how to do so.

INT
–11 L
FIN
14
Q
9
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Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Jack Sedgwick at 12:18 AM on Tue Oct 06 CEST

I swear I must be the Mark Webber of sim-racing.

Firstly my computer crashed as qualifying was starting, so I only had one lap, which was rubbish.

THEN we start the race and my ffb turns itself off and the map plugin decides that it wants to be in the middle of the screen.

Then I binned it at copse on the outside kerb, with absolutely no feedback through my wheel is was practically impossible to catch.

FML >:[

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–45.242
FIN
7
Q
14
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CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Alan Strang at 09:15 AM on Tue Oct 06 CEST

Bad luck Jack. :(

Made a right mess of qualifying, binning it in the tyres outside T1 on my first flying lap... about three seconds after Eduardo had done exactly the same thing! Ah well.

Race itself was good, and made only one mistake mid-way through the race when I ran wide at the final turn letting a few folk through. Had some good battles with my teammate Neil throughout the race; thankfully I came out on top. ;)

Happy to finish 7th in a field of high quality. This series was always meant to be about quality rather than quantity of drivers, and I'm pleased to see this is the case.

Congrats to Liam for first ever CMC pole, and to Sam for first ever CMC win. :)

INT
–14 L
FIN
15
Q
15
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CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Jim Fisher at 10:43 AM on Tue Oct 06 CEST

I owe Tomislav and apology for my schoolboy error at the start. I over revved and hit him off the line. I gave up position, but was dismayed to see him enter the pits for a repair. My only excuse is it was first ever race start in these cars, and it caught me out.

Was happy that Rfactor behaved, and I actually enjoyed the few laps I did. I hit a kerb on lap six, and spun into the wall. One thing I have noticed is the tyre warmup laps are far trickier than in any other sim I've raced.

Well done everyone

INT
–2 L
FIN
13
Q
12
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CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Calum Cameron at 12:35 PM on Tue Oct 06 CEST

That didn't work out too well at all, thought i was doing ok in offline testing managing to knock 3.5s off getting down to a low 1'18. Turned up to the server to find i couldn't reach what i did in testing ,but even if i had it wouldn't have gained me any places, and inveitably qualified at the back.

Hampered by a slow start was passed by the cars that were behind me on the grid, in race pace i was able to latch on to the tail end of the field. Held station for the opening phase until the cars in front began to pull away, and slowly eeked out a small margin over Jim behind.

With 12 minutes to go i was running in clear air, and tried to make inroads into the car in front but Jens was a little too fast. Ran a little wide in Copse got on the kerb and was fired into the outside wall. The car wasn't quite the same after that, pitted but only the front wing was replaced the steering was still well out.

The last 10 mins were... interesting with the car wanting to turn sharp left all the wat round dragging it home was a challenge. Tried to keep out of the way of the lead cars as i limped to the line to claim a lowly 13th place.

Congrats to the podium finishers

INT
–11.704
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2
Q
1
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Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Liam Hatchell at 01:54 PM on Tue Oct 06 CEST

Way to go guys. We were smashing the old quali lap record in race pace! That's also the first time I've actually taken a lap record from another driver (None other than Conor McCarell) instead of setting the first ever.

INT
–41.8
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5
Q
10
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CLASS
Formula 3
CAR
Formula 3 '06
Posted by Craig Wise at 06:42 PM on Tue Oct 06 CEST

good race guys.

im not really used to these cars and im rubbish at silverstone xD but i love the idea of a british chapter.

i only put in 30-60 mins practice (bloody fifa 10) and run a few 1:16s.

during my practice i remembered how easy it is to spin in these cars.

so my game plan was simple - stay on the track and it worked, i may have even got a podium if i put a little more practice in.

had some great battles during the race (me defending of course) and i was laughing most of the way.

i couldnt help but burst out laughing when Eraldo
came past me sideways. not cause he binned it but the fact my whole screen was his silver wing.

well done for not hitting me btw i watched the replay and well done sir

gg all

Posted by CMC Admin at 10:28 PM on Tue Oct 06 CEST

Replay is now available for download.


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