Cliffe's eyes firmly on the title after double win

It was a perfect weekend for Omicron driver Tristan Cliffe as F3 Cup visited Brands Hatch for the second time this season, this time on the full Grand Prix circuit.

It was a perfect weekend for Omicron driver Tristan Cliffe as F3 Cup visited Brands Hatch for the second time this season, this time on the full Grand Prix circuit.

After winning a damp race one under the close supervision of Louis Hamilton-Smith, a dry race two showcased better his impressive pace. The only disappointment was the initial getaway.

Cliffe said: "My start was good but my reaction time was poor so I gave everyone a head start. I knew it instantly that it was terrible before I lifted the clutch. The actual getaway was pretty good but Louis was through. I saw Alex up the inside so I let Louis go so we could fight it out and cover Alex. Third would have been disastrous."

He kept Craven at bay, and attentions returned to Hamilton-Smith. It didn't take long for Cliffe to make his advantage pay, retaking the lead in lap two.

"Louis and I scampered away fairly quickly. I got a really good run through Clearways and Clarke Curve and nearly ran wide as I was trying to carry as much speed as possible. I got the tow down the start finish and made my intentions clear quite early and Louis didn't defend and stayed on the outside. I went up the inside and the tail wind made that difficult. I ran a bit wide and that probably made the move a bit easier as it squeezed him right out."

The clear air gave him a chance to stretch his legs and show again the pace that currently lies in the car. He added yet another fastest lap to his collection this season and claimed the lap record in the process by nearly one second.

"The car was just so wonderfully balanced, even at the end when I backed off using a higher gear and short shifting I was still pumping in the lap times. A 10 second gap is nice because you come out of Druids and your rivals are going through Paddock Hill so it's much easier to monitor the gap than via a pit board."

Even during the race Cliffe was thinking about the championship. With Hamilton-Smith between him and both Craven and Powell in both races, he's made up ground on them in the standings.

"On the last lap I was praying Louis stayed ahead and took some points of them. Alice is the target at the moment, if I catch Alice I'll catch Alex by default. I've got maximum points out of this weekend. I was just so relaxed behind the wheel.

"We've got a handle on the car and I think we'll be pretty quick there [at Silverstone]. I think Alex, Louis, Alice, the quick bunch are really going to have to pay attention to me. We're only just past halfway and Alice is now just less than a win ahead now I think. The points are racking up, we're closing the gap."

The next round takes place in less than three weeks time at Silverstone on the GP circuit.

Photo credit Jonathan Hatfield