Impressive podium run continues for Hamilton-Smith
Louis Hamilton-Smith continued his happy habit of standing on the podium after every race he’s finished this season by taking his fifth podium from his six race starts in 2013.
Louis Hamilton-Smith continued his happy habit of standing on the podium after every race he's finished this season by taking his fifth podium of 2013.
A good start from beside Tristan Cliffe on the front row meant the Eyehub F3 driver was the first to swing down into Paddock Hill Bend on lap one, but the pace of Cliffe soon proved too much. He relinquished the lead the third time they visited that same corner, and held off the charging Alex Craven to add yet another podium to his growing 2013 collection.
"I had a good start to take the lead, [but] Tristan was just a bit quicker in the end." A champagne-soaked Hamilton-Smith admitted.
"I was holding second quite comfortably really but then I had a few troubles. The tyres started going off during the race, a lot. I was struggling a bit for stability and then I lost the dash so I didn't know if I was changing up or down. It was a bit of struggle towards the end so I'm relieved to finish."
Unlike Hamilton-Smith's result, conditions for race one and two were certainly not the same. The changing conditions of race one, with its damp start and drying finish, were swapped for brilliant sunshine when the cars lined up for Sunday's race two. Despite that, he felt race one was his best chance.
"I was probably a bit quicker yesterday [in race one], relatively, but Tristan was just too quick today." he said.
A second trip to Silverstone is up next for Hamilton-Smith and the rest of the F3 Cup pack, and there's no question that Hamilton-Smith knows his way to the Silverstone podium: he has five third places and a win from the last six races there in F3 Cup.
It's the home race for the Brackley-based racer, and the combination of those two podium runs will leave him full of confidence to continue his fine form.