Courtney gutted over exit

Japanese Formula 3 champion James Courtney says victory in next weekend's Korean Grand Prix will not make up for his near miss at Macau on Sunday

Courtney gutted over exit

The Australian TOM'S driver was just a handful of laps away from victory in F3's most prestigious race, but a puncture caused his car to slam into the barriers and crash out of the lead.

"I wasn't even pushing hard and holding a good gap, it is really frustrating," said Courtney. "There was a slice or something in the tyre...on that lap it felt very strange in the braking into Melco and the exit when I went to turn it didn't turn. The team found a little bit of debris in the right rear. There was stuff everywhere on the track."

Courtney will now go to Korea looking for a consolation victory after his Macau disappointment.

"We will go and have a play around in Korea, but it would be a lot better going there with the win," he said. "The circumstances didn't happen but everyone saw our pace this weekend. There was a lot of debris, as you come down the hill to tight second gear corners.

"At that point I didn't want anyone to stop the race, because I was in the lead. That is racing and it is unfortunate I was the one who got something in the tyre. Doesn't kill us, it makes us stronger I suppose."

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