1. F3 Cup April 2013 Silverstone GP Race 1

    23:46

    from Tristan Cliffe / Added

    17 Plays / / 0 Comments

    With a new car, completely untested other than qualifying, I started 7th on the grid. Converted that to 6th on the opening lap, which became 5th when Gino Ussi spun in front of me. However, I'd made two errors. Firstly, the throttle pedal stop came loose, and unscrewed, limiting my throttle to about 65%. And secondly I'd be a little optimistic about the top speeds, and had a 6th gear that was too long. But I couldn't really tell, as the dashboard wasn't telling me what gear I was in most of the time. As such, I was unable to defend when Olly Rae caught me on the last lap, and pipped me to the line. 6th place in the end. Not bad for an untested car, but plenty of room to improve!

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    • F3 Cup April 2013 Silverstone GP Race 2

      12:32

      from Tristan Cliffe / Added

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      The grid for race 2 is set from fastest laps in race 1. With the throttle and gearing issues (of which the former now resolved and the latter not 100% diagnosed) that left me 10th at the start. An aggressive start got me up to 7th by the end of the first lap, which became 6th when Henry Chart's engine cried enough. Had a good fight with Gino Ussi and Olly Rae, and managed to pass Olly on the penultimate lap to get 5th, by which time Gino was just out of reach. Again, a pretty good race considering the starting position and the newness of the car, but I think we can go quicker now we have some data on the car.

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      • F3 Cup August 2013 Silverstone GP Race 1

        25:22

        from Tristan Cliffe / Added

        22 Plays / / 0 Comments

        Pole position. A poor start dropped me to 2nd, but a good slipstream into a headwind on Hanger Straight meant I was back in the lead by Stowe, and I could stroke it home for my 4th win in 5 races. Also secured fastest lap and pole for race 2 the following day.

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        • F3 Cup August 2013 Silverstone GP Race 2

          25:03

          from Tristan Cliffe / Added

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          Pole Position. A good start, but not as good as Powell's. Side by side into Copse, then defending from Louis Hamilton-Smith and Alex Craven. Pushed onto the grass by Powell on lap 2 (she has the same low standards of sportsmanship that seem to come from BARC Formula Renault), but it didn't matter as I could bide my time as I was quicker anyway. Brilliant, mega pass around the outside of Stowe on lap 3, despite running less wing, being on the cement dust and oil from a previous race, and struggling to keep up with the high top speeds the Toyota engined cars have. Spent the rest of the race cooling my car due to the grass collected on lap 2, but was able to manage the gap and win by 2 seconds, but was losing 0.5-1.0 seconds per lap coasting and lifting everywhere.

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          • F3 Cup July 2013 Brands Hatch GP Race 2

            20:09

            from Tristan Cliffe / Added

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            Our onboard camera didn't work in qualifying or the first race, but it was dominant pole in qualifying, and a lights to flag victory in Race 1 in tricky, damp conditions, with fastest lap (even on 19 month old wets) securing me pole for Race 2. My start wasn't all that bad, but my reaction time was a bit slow this time, and I chose to defend 2nd into the first corner rather than fight to retain 1st. Immediately could tell that I had the legs on Louis Hamilton Smith ahead, and took the lead at the start of lap 3 into Paddock Hill. I then pulled away at an average of a second per lap to win by 13 seconds after 20 minutes/15 laps. Maximum points from the weekend, and got the setup bang on despite not having done any testing this year. Am firmly back in the hunt for the championship, and the momentum is firmly with me at the moment. But it could all change at the next race, so I'll keep pushing, keep analysing the setup and data, and try to make sure that we're there or thereabouts for the next 8 races.

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            • F3 Cup June 2013 Brands Hatch Indy Race 1

              21:34

              from Tristan Cliffe / Added

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              Started 3rd on the grid. Was a bit slow in qualifying as everyone ahead had been testing, but come race time it wasn't a problem in the slightest. Made a decent start, and tried to challenge the top 2 into the 2nd corner. But it didn't pay off. Couldn't really get close enough to make a move, and wasn't worried about the person behind me. So a dull race, and came home with a podium. Also got fastest lap - 43.9 seconds.

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              • F3 Cup June 2013 Brands Hatch Indy Race 2 (part2)

                13:29

                from Tristan Cliffe / Added

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                After the master switch cut out, I coasted into the pits and had the car restarted. This reset the camera too, so I get the last few laps. I passed a few people, and got up to 6th. Please with my move around the outside of Graham Hill Bend on the penultimate lap. Anyway, I finished 6th and got fastest lap, but really I should have driven off into the distance for a win. I had the speed, but I cocked up the start and fell off trying to lap someone when I should really have dropped in behind and accepted my fate for one corner.

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                • F3 Cup June 2013 Brands Hatch Indy Race 2 (part1)

                  12:09

                  from Tristan Cliffe / Added

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                  Pole Position! But I messed up the start (first time this year, and when it mattered most. Ooops), got wheelspin, then bogged down trying to cure the wheelspin, and dropped to 4th. A few scraps to try to overtake, as I was the quickest guy on track, but couldn't. Then the camera died, and it missed me going off the circuit whilst lapping Neil Harrison. No harm done initially, and started to catch up to Louis Hamilton-Smith. Two laps later the master switch cut out (probably knocked in the lapping incident as I bumped over kerbs and grass). I coasted into the pitlane and had the system restarted which takes less than a second to do. That reset the camera, and the remaining laps are in a second video. Came out of the pits 9th (nearly 10th - there is someone right next to me as we go into Paddock Hill Bend), and got up to 6th by the end.

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                  • F3 Cup June 2013 Zolder Race 2

                    28:28

                    from Tristan Cliffe / Added

                    37 Plays / / 0 Comments

                    Started from pole, and was leading into the first corner. But it went downhill after that. Found the car had high speed oversteer (turn 4, lap one was quite exciting!!!!!!), and the brakes lacked efficiency following an engineering adjustment overnight. The result was that I slipped to 2nd, and then outbraked myself on the 5 or 6 lap, hit a high kerb, flew through the air, and when I landed I suffered a compression fracture to my T5 vertebrae. That knocked the wind out of me, bent some of the suspension, and cracked some of the aero devices. So the car was slow, unpredictable and wounded, as was the driver. But I clung on to finish 4th, but had to extraced from the car by the medical crew, and was taken to the medical centre, and then to hospital for CT scans. Once back in the UK I had follow up X-rays, and have since been given the all clear.

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                    • F3 Cup June 2013 Zolder Race 1

                      22:31

                      from Tristan Cliffe / Added

                      17 Plays / / 0 Comments

                      Starting from pole, I was ahead into T1 and never really looked back. A few mistakes here and there, but pulled away to win by over 5 seconds. First win of 2013, and took fastest lap as well (which was a lap record).

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