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.