Fortune favours Scott for first podium of the year

06/06/13 - David Scott benefitted from the misfortune of the battling Louis Hamilton-Smith and Tristan Cliffe in race two of round three at Brands Hatch last weekend to bag himself a spot on the podium.

David Scott benefitted from the misfortune of the battling Louis Hamilton-Smith and Tristan Cliffe in race two of round three at Brands Hatch last weekend to bag himself a spot on the podium.

An early move on Stuart Wiltshire left him in prime position to capitalise if any of the front-runners ran into difficulty. Wiltshire was quickly under pressure from Mark Harrison which allowed Scott to build the gap.

"I was pretty lucky to get that podium. It was pretty boring 5th apart from the first lap when Stuart pushed me a bit to the limits and we had a little bit of a tussle. It's so hard to overtake round here that it took me something like 15 laps to get past him yesterday (in race one) so I knew I had to get past as soon as possible. He made a mistake on the first lap at Clearways and was slower than me out of the corner so I managed to get up the inside into Paddock and pulled away."

Clear signs of the wheel-to-wheel battling up ahead kept Scott in check and focused on staying on the road and ready to take advantage. Cliffe's off at McLaren required a trip though the pits, and Hamilton-Smith's race ended early after a similar off to gift Scott third.

"I could see the guys out front but I knew was not on their pace. Every now and then I'd come up to Druids or McLaren or something and there'd be a bit more dirt on the track or some dust kicked up. I was thinking I should keep pushing because I might be able to get a fourth or even third out of this."

 "I could see that they were so close and all running together; I saw Tristan come in slowly and there was fourth. Then Louis was slowing and I thought third was all right! I backed off a little so I didn't follow them off or make any mistakes. It was an easy third really."

The third place finish brings him right into the middle of the tight midtable battle.