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Fisher runs most laps at front for win in Grand Prix of Silverstone

Image by Todd Weiss
Todd and Tim thread the Team VindexWorks cars through Beckett's. Both cars finished in the points to stay atop the team standings.

McArthur makes last-lap pass to finish

Image by David Fisher
Final turn.
Grand Prix of Silverstone
ROUND 3
24 Jun 2007
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A little mayhem in T1 all from a chain reaction. I think Mr. Fish got the worst of it too. A very unforgiving track.

24 Jun 2007 — David Fisher controlled the lead most of all, leading 40 of 60 laps on a run to first place in the Grand Prix of Silverstone in Round 3 of the Formula 1 series.

Fisher spent the majority of 32 laps total pursuing Aubrey Windle after initially targeting him on the first lap. Fisher cleared Windle and into first place on lap 21, and kept it the remaining 39 laps to the checkered flag.

Fisher is sixth in the standings for the series. He has one start and led 40 of his 60 laps raced while taking the victory once.

Tim McArthur made a final pass on the last lap for a fourth-place finish.

McArthur traded positions back and forth with Jerry Chen in a prolonged fight for fourth from the early stages, battling over a stretch of 27 laps. McArthur ran the majority leading Chen after challenging and passing him on lap 7. After losing the spot on lap 54, McArthur got around Chen for the second time and into fourth place when Chen retired on the final lap.

McArthur remains in the lead of the standings, increasing the lead over rival Allen Cotton to four points. McArthur has three starts and led six of his 179 laps while finishing as high as second.

In the 10 career runs taken by McArthur in the Formula 1 '05, he has led 66 laps in all and taken the victory once. McArthur has taken the car to Northamptonshire GP two times.

Brandon Warren captured second place.

Formula 1 series moves on to Round 4 in two weeks at Jiading. The series has 29 drivers competing for points in the championship.

Starting from back in the field, Brian Fairley picked off 13 positions to finish in sixth place.

Warren traded positions back and forth with Aubrey Windle in a long and tense fight for second starting midway through, running within a car length of each other over a span of 31 laps. Warren ran nearly equal parts leading Windle after being caught by him on lap 23. After losing the spot on lap 53, Warren got around Windle for the third time and into second place when Windle retired on lap 55, and controlled it the final few laps to the checkered flag.

Warren moves up to eighth in the standings, two points behind Kirill Izotov. Warren has two starts and finished as high as second.

Fairley drove all of five laps total pursuing Tim McArthur after initially engaging him on the first lap, coming from as many as 14 places back. In the end Fairley settled into sixth the few laps running to the conclusion.

Fairley is 14th in the standings for the series. He has one start and finished as high as sixth.

Allen Cotton captured third place.

Aubrey Windle held the lead for 20 laps in a run to ninth place.

RESULTS
1 David Fisher 60 1:25:52.100
2 Brandon Warren 60 1:26:27.876
3 Allen Cotton Marsh Team Racing 59 1:26:28.771
4 Tim McArthur Team VindexWorks 58 1:27:05.730
5 Jerry Chen SoCal Motorsports 57 DNF
6 Brian Fairley 28CD MotorSports 57 1:25:59.370
7 Todd Weiss Team VindexWorks 56 1:26:04.518
8 Tommy Gunn SoCal Motorsports 55 1:26:05.789
9 Aubrey Windle Scuderia Internazionale 54 DNF
10 Ryan Hardman 28CD MotorSports 53 DNF
11 John Bayes Team Shark Online Racing 52 DNF
12 Bob Fay CT Racing 37 DNF
13 Tolga Incekaraoglu Scuderia Internazionale 30 DNF
14 Nick Phillips Team Shark Online Racing 29 DNF
15 Kirill Izotov Russian eXpansion 19 DNF
16 Steve Wood 9 DNF
17 Jerry McComas 7 DNF
18 David Fish SoCal Motorsports 4 DNF
19 Garry Hedrick CanAm Racing 4 DNF
20 Craig Wise Marsh Team Racing 1 DNF
Image by Brandon Warren
A spin by Warren caused Izotov to hit him which ruined the rest of the race for Izotov
Image by Brandon Warren
Warren side by side with Izotov at the start of the race
POSTRACE

INT
–23 L
FIN
12
Q
16
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Bob Fay at 04:21 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Tried to be the "nice guy" and got boned. More than once. It's one thing to DNF because of your own mistakes, but when it's other people killing your race.....

INT
–6 L
FIN
9
Q
1
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Aubrey Windle at 04:25 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Very frustrating race. Apparently I was confused about where the pit speed begins and ends. Could have sworn I did the same as last season, but I got slapped with 2 consecutive stop/go penalties after my first stop. Still not sure if I had the entry or exit wrong. It totally blew my confidence, and I had to be extra slow on my second stop.

Had fun fighting my way back, but I knew something was wrong when I got pole position. :) I tested the boost setting as accurately as I know how, and I was really sure I could make it to the end, but rFactor had other plans and the engine went kablooey 5 laps from the end.

INT
–1 L
FIN
3
Q
7
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Allen Cotton at 04:33 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Great fun, grats to Dave on the win. I picked up a puncture on lap 2 and had to crawl round the whole lap to get a new tyre. Car felt strange for a few laps after but soon got back into the swing. I was in 17th when I came out of the pits and when I made my 1st stop I decided to change from a 2 to 1 stops strategy. This turned out to be a good move as I steadily picked of everyone up to John Bayes in 5th. John was some 30 secs ahead and I slowly took a second here and there, then I passed Tim right after his pit stop, Aubrey suddenly disappeard and I looked at the timing sheet and John was only 12 secs away, head down I slowly pulled him in while pulling away from Tim. Then John lost it, hopefully due to my sustained pressure, giving me 3rd. Brandon was way to far ahead in 2nd so I turned boost to 1, splashed and dashed with 2 laps to go and got the bottom row of the podium. Get in!

INT
–5 L
FIN
8
Q
18
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Tommy Gunn at 04:46 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Congrats to Fisher, Warren and Cotten and to everybody....I am surprised that the F1 doesn't get more interest then it does. There is a lot to learn in here and stradegy is just part of it. The sutup possibilities are enless so I guess I am going to have to work harder in practice before a race.

After Montreal I was a little gun shy about the brake situation so I took it easy at Silverstone and maybe a little to easy. I was showing 1 black dot of wear to the rears and 2 to the front. My brake wear lights came on on lap 17 so I completely backed off. They never got any worse so I started using them again on lap 50. I saved to much for the end and it didn't do me any good...Still learning!

INT
0
FIN
1
Q
2
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by David Fisher at 04:57 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Hadn't practiced since early in the week and almost didn't race due to a problem with my neck. Only got in a handful of laps before Q and it showed. Was 1.5 off my target of a mid 20 with 33 laps of fuel, but since I just missed pole by .08, the poor Q lap was still a good sign of race pace compared to others who qualified with less fuel. I wanted my 4th consecutive pole though, so was a little mad at myself in warm up. :-/

Guessed correctly that Aubrey was on a two stopper and after he pitted on lap 20, I had a safe lead on the field so I lowered the boost to 1/2 and just cruised to the end. Ended up with 7 extra gallons of fuel. No mistakes, and other than a few scary moments when lapping cars (they did a good job overall), it was a pretty uneventful race.

INT
–1 L
FIN
3
Q
7
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Allen Cotton at 04:58 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Brake wear lights, what lights?

INT
–30 L
FIN
13
Q
13
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Tolga Incekaraoglu at 05:02 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

What can i say, it was going great till engine goes off.

I started 13th and decided for 1 stopper. I was going 2nd with safe in mid of the race. Pfft i really could get a podium and was doing good job in my first f1 race. Damn engine lol.

INT
–6 L
FIN
9
Q
1
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Aubrey Windle at 05:23 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Pretty amazing Tim is leading the championship with all the trouble he's had. :)

INT
–31 L
FIN
14
Q
9
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Nick Phillips at 05:32 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Well Garry's picture sums up my race, Nowhere to go!!

That was the first, then on lap 4 got smacked from behind in a battle with Tim ( don't know who it was though!) then twice got cars spinning in front of me when battling for position, with no time to alter my line, once off with the wing, then the right front wheel.

Engine overheated waiting 90seconds in the pits and that was that.

Still great fun chucking these round, obviously an element of luck involved though, which I thought I had early on until the first incident as I made my way through various offs.

Oh well, until next time!!

INT
–4 L
FIN
7
Q
11
REP
 
CLASS
Formula 1 05-08
CAR
Formula 1 '05
Posted by Todd Weiss at 06:05 PM on Sun Jun 24 EDT

Last season at Silverstone I was run over in the first turn. Would I have a proper race on our return? No such luck. Run over in the first turn.

Limped around to the pits for repair. Maxed out the fuel and came back a lap down. A handful of laps later the field catches me as I go two laps down ... No wait, make it three when one of the lappers clobbers me and I'm back in the pits for a second time before I even planned on being there a first time.

Picked up numerous spots through attrition as the race went on ... But much to my surprise by midrace there actually were positions within reach for the chasing and I made up several the good old-fashioned way! I was pushing and not just running out the clock, so it wasn't all bad.

And I still wound up in the points. How 'bout that?


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