Craven overcomes slow start for eighth podium of the season

After the getaway of the season in race two at the last round at Brands Hatch, Lanan Racing’s championship contender Alex Craven had a nightmare start to the opening race of round six at Silverstone.

After the getaway of the season in race two at the last round at Brands Hatch, Lanan Racing's championship contender Alex Craven had a nightmare start to the opening race of round six at Silverstone.

The Cornwall-based racer qualified fourth, and if he had matched his last start he would have entered Copse in the lead. Instead, it was the opposite and he struggled off the line, thankfully avoided by those behind.

"The middle was better than the start." he said after the race. "I've been having problems with my clutch all year but that was probably one of the worst starts. Not great after Brands Hatch, I think I went into the first corner in about tenth place."

He was quickly up to speed and looked determined to get back on terms with the front-runners, which was comprised of his nearest championship rivals. Championship leader Alice Powell was soon up into second, and the third placed championship outsider Tristan Cliffe was in the lead.

"I got past a few of the midfielders pretty quickly and then I was basically stuck behind Henry for a few laps. He had a bit more pace I think but he made a mistake I think and it was a pretty fair move through Brooklands."

Once Chart was despatched Craven put eight seconds between him and the Enigma Motorsport driver, at the same time pulling closer to Powell in front. A plastic bollard nearly scuppered both their races after the pair ran over one but the flag came too early for him to bridge the gap fully.

"I think if the race had been a bit longer we would have maybe caught her [Alice] up but I'm not sure what her strategy was. She may have backed off a bit."

Craven had to settle for third, his eighth podium of the season and continuing his 100 per cent record of top four finishes this season. The result means Powell has extended her lead to Craven by three points in the championship standings with seven wins still to fight for.

Alex Craven starts third for race two, which starts at 15.05. Follow @F3Cup for live updates and live timing from TSL.