Steele: The best victory of my career to date
14/06/2011 - MSV F3 driver delighted by triumph at Spa Francorchamps
14/06/2011 - Spa race winner Aaron Steele says claiming victory at the famous Belgian circuit was the finest drive of his career to date.
The MSV F3 Cup driver has been the leading racer in the series this season, but he faced a tough task at 4.4-mile track to continue his run of form. Despite lining up against faster cars in the hands of Austria F3 Cup competitors, the 22-year-old managed to record a third place overall in race one, followed by an impressive drive to seal an outright victory in race two.
A delighted Steele said: "This is by far the best drive of my career to date. This win means more to me than all of the others, as I had to beat quicker cars and it was at Spa. It was a brilliant weekend for me and the team, who have worked so hard."
The Kent-based driver began the weekend strongly, using the knowledge gained from his previous visit to the circuit in 2006, to his advantage. He adapted well to the circuit in qualifying, setting the third fastest time overall in session one and was second quickest in the second session.
Steele found himself boxed in at the start of race one but he managed to secure third spot by the end of the opening lap. The lead duo of David and Gery Hauser surged into a comfortable lead and only the introduction of the safety car renewed his hope of victory. However, the Grays Motorsport driver's charge was hampered by a back marker and he had to settle for the final place on the podium. The result was good enough to take the spoils in the MSV F3 Cup class.
He said: "To finish third in race one was as best as I could have hoped for. I didn't move back from my grid slot, so I was happy with the result."
Steele saved his most gutsy display for the second and final race, as he held off the hard charging David and Gery Hauser to take an impressive win. After passing leader David Hauser on the entrance to Les Combes, he set about building a lead but the safety car halted his plans. By the last lap, just a tenth of a second separated him from the chasing Hauser, but Steele held his nerve to take the chequered flag.
He said: "I managed to get the lead on the straight after Eau Rouge and from there on I had to drive my hardest and produce qualifying lap after qualifying lap to build a lead. Going into the last lap there was just a tenth between me and the second placed driver and that was pressure, but I held him off to take the win."
The MSV F3 Cup heads to the Brands Hatch Indy circuit for round five on July 16-17. For more information on the event please CLICK HERE.