Parente Wins Second Croft Race

Alvaro Parente made up for his race one disappointment to grab victory in Sunday's rain-affected second British Formula Three Championship race at Croft

Parente Wins Second Croft Race

The Portuguese, who had seen his chances of victory in the first race evaporate after a poor start from pole position, made sure not to make the same mistake again as he powered into the lead at the first corner.

Despite the tricky conditions, Parente had little trouble edging out a lead from the chasing pack - with the pursuing Mike Conway and Christian Bakkerud jostling for hard for second position in the early stages.

Their battle ended in contact on lap five, however, when Conway ran wide coming out of Tower and lost momentum - allowing Bakkerud to get alongside him. With neither driver willing to concede the place, the pair collided - leaving Conway out on the spot.

Bakkerud was able to continue but there was little he could do to challenge the leader, as he came home 1.5 seconds adrift at the chequered flag.

The most spectacular drive of the race came from Dan Clarke, who had found himself down in 14th place early on after running wide at the Esses. He staged a major fight back to claim the third spot - as well as set the fastest race lap in the process.

Ryan Lewis finished fourth, ahead of Bruno Senna, Salvador Duran and Marko Asmer, who had run off the track at Tower on lap four while in fifth place.

There was further disappointment for Danilo Dirani, who had headed into the Croft weekend in the lead of the Championship. Following a collision with Dan Clarke, which put him out of race one, he again failed to make an impact in race two after he ran off the track and into a field on lap four at Tower.

Although the Brazilian got back onto the track, he was not happy with the handling of his car and, after several pit-stops, he eventually came home eight laps down and outside the classified finishers.

Tim Bridgman also left Croft massively disappointed after he crashed out of third place near the end of the race after getting it wrong at the Esses.

CLASSIFIED: Pos Driver Make Time 1. Alvaro Parente Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 29:25.389 2. Christian Bakkerud Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda + 1.536 3. Dan Clarke Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda + 8.426 4. Ryan Lewis Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda + 11.826 5. Bruno Senna Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda + 13.831 6. Salvador Duran Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda + 15.237 7. Marko Asmer Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda + 17.929 8. James Walker Dallara F305 Opel Spiess + 21.198 9. Steven Kane Lola B05/30 Mugen-Honda + 24.812 10. Barton Mawer Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda + 27.838 11. Juho Annala Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda + 31.355 12. Jonathan Kennard Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda + 31.936 13. Josh Fisher Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda + 32.658 14. Mike Conway Dallara Opel Spiess + 38.200 15. Ronayne O'mahony Dallara F305 Opel Spiess + 38.747 16. Stephen Jelley Dallara F305 Opel Spiess + 56.039 17. Charlie Hollings Lola-Dome F106/4 Mugen Honda +1:07.694 18. Nick Jones Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda + 1 Lap NOT CLASSIFIED/RETIREMENTS: Driver Make On Lap Tim Bridgman Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 14 Cheong Lou Meng Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 14 Charlie Kimball Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 10 Danilo Dirani Lola B05/30 Mugen Honda 10 Keiko Ihara Dallara F305 Mugen-Honda 3 Ricardo Teixeira Dallara F304 Mugen-Honda 0 Fastest Lap Championship: Dan Clarke 1:26.843, Lap 18 National: Charlie Hollings 1:28.146, Lap 18 
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