Cross satisfied after strong race two comeback drive

James Cross had a day of mixed emotions at Oulton Park. The AW Tracksport driver suffered a mechanical issue in race one, but fought back magnificently in race two, finishing fifth having started from the back of the grid.

James Cross had a day of mixed emotions at Oulton Park. The AW Tracksport driver suffered a mechanical issue in race one, but fought back magnificently in race two, finishing fifth having started from the back of the grid.

"The second race wasn't too bad at all!" Cross enthused afterwards. "It would have been even better if I hadn't stalled it off the line, but thankfully with all the cars coming together in the first corner that sort of made up for that a little bit, and after that it was just a case of trying to settle into the race. A bit of help from the safety car as well, and then settling down and trying to catch up with Mark Harrison and Robbie Watts. I was just taking it one car and one corner at a time."

Cross started from the first race on the front row of the grid after an excellent qualifying session, but was unable to complete a full lap.

"We lost fuel pressure which was devastating really because to qualify second and ahead of some really quick guys was really great. We went out and I had a good start and felt I was pretty comfortable and had built a good gap to Craven behind, and then coming up to Druids I just lost all drive and tried to roll it to a safe place, so very frustrating but the car worked for the second race!"

His AW Tracksport team worked wonders to get the car fixed in time for the second race, and were justly rewarded with a strong drive. Whist satisfied, Cross thinks there's more to come from him at Silverstone in four weekends time.

"I think I've shown what I'm capable of. The only think I would say is that when you get into a bit of a battle which I was with Mark and Robbie, you get held up a bit. I do feel like I had a bit more pace in me but you've got to overtake. Second on the grid again at Silverstone behind Alice would be great, it'll be hard though because the are a lot of quick guys around!"

The next round of the F3 Cup takes place at Silverstone on 27-28 April.

Picture courtesy of Andrew Cliffe.