Steele seals FIA Formula Two Test with stunning drive from the back

22/10/2011- Aaron Steele produced an impressive drive from the back of the grid to win the final race of the season at Oulton Park and claim the lucrative FIA Formula Two test drive.

22/10/2011- Aaron Steele produced an impressive drive from the back of the grid to win the final race of the season at Oulton Park and claim the lucrative FIA Formula Two test drive.

After suffering gearbox problems in qualifying limiting him to just three laps, Steele knew it was going to be a difficult but the 22-year-old showed his class to romp home to a convincing win. The victory was his 14th of the season, which has earnt him the Most Meritorious Driver Award and the coveted FIA Formula Two Championship test drive.

F3 Cup debutant Tristan Cliffe started from pole position but he was unable to keep the fast starting Chris Needham behind him on the run down to Old Hall for the first time. Mark Terry also got the better of Cliffe into the first corner as he went in pursuit of Needham. Mark Bailey Racing's Nick Robinson turned heads moving from seventh on the grid to fourth.

However, further back, Steele made an impressive start and slotted into sixth position from 14th on the grid at the end of the opening lap. At the front, Needham opened up a 2.4 second lead pulling away from Terry and Cliffe. One notable absentee from the lead pack was Mark Harrison as he made a unschedueld trip to the pits to retire.

By lap four Steele had found himself in the lead and he quickly established a commanding lead. Needham, Terry and Cliffe continued to push but the margin between the trio stayed a constant through the remaining laps. The battle for fifth proved to be an intriguing one with Kat Impey and Dave Karaskas squabbling over the place, but it was the latter who triumphed.

In the end, Steele showed why he has stood on the top step of the podium 13 times this season as he went on to record an impressive win from Needham and Terry, which secured him a coveted test drive in a FIA Formula Two car.

F3 Cup Race Two Results Top 6

1. Aaron Steele
2. Chris Needham
3. Mark Terry
4. Tristan Cliffe
5. Dave Karaskas
6. Stuart Wiltshire