Close racing makes race two win even sweeter for Craven
Alex Craven admitted he fully enjoyed his race long fight for the win with Omicron Motorsport’s Tristan Cliffe that ended with Craven sealing a double win.
Alex Craven admitted he fully enjoyed his race long fight for the win with Omicron Motorsport's Tristan Cliffe that ended with Craven sealing a double win.
Craven inherited the lead when Louis Hamilton-Smith made an uncharacteristic error on lap two, and Craven spent 20 minutes locked in a duel for the lead with Cliffe.
"Yeah I'm pleased with that." beamed Craven. "Obviously it was a very different race to race one and it was nice to have some close racing as a lot of the time this season it's either been out in front or in a gap somewhere and it's not really wheel to wheel."
Despite that close racing Craven's consistency afforded Cliffe just the one chance in the closing stages, but Craven held on to leave Donington Park as the championship leader.
"It was a nice battling with Tristan and it was pretty fair on both parts. He had a good opportunity on lap eight, he got a really good drag down the back straight and as we came out of the chicane he was really close. I went to the inside line to defend and I think he went a deep on the brakes. I managed to get the car turned and back on the gas and pulled back ahead out of it. It was good fun."
The win makes it three race wins in 2013 for Craven, and two from an impressively flawless weekend at Donington Park. Just two races remain with the final round at Snetterton in three weeks' time, ensuring the title fight will go down to the wire.
"It's been a good weekend for my championship hopes after three pretty shocking races before so fingers crossed for the last round. I'm hoping it will be dry at Snetterton but we'll see."
Fortune didn't favour Craven when F3 Cup last visited Norfolk, but he'll be heading up the A14 on a wave of confidence after a dominant round eight.
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