Cliffe delighted with "amazing" win

The Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit delivered the race of the season in round 11 as Toby Sowery lost out to Tristan Cliffe by just one tenth of a second, and Cliffe believes it was the most enjoyable win of his career.

The Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit delivered the race of the season in round 11 as Toby Sowery lost out to Tristan Cliffe by just one tenth of a second.

Cliffe believes it was the most enjoyable win of his career. Starting from pole, Cliffe dropped to third before Paddock Hill, quickly recovering.  

Cliffe said: "That was amazing. It was the hardest I've had to race to win, and definitely the most enjoyable. I made life hard for myself though at the start. The initial getaway was good but the second phase was slow and I'm not 100% sure why. Henry and Toby scampered through.

"I got Henry on the Grand Prix at Hawthorns and Toby and I set off. I could get close, but then it gets really hard. Traffic came into play and then from Stirlings right round to Hawthorns, effectively the whole lap, was one overtaking move. It was incredibly satisfying."

The fastest lap of the race was claimed during the Sowery chase resulting in pole for race two. Despite enjoying going toe-to-toe in race one, Cliffe admits he'd prefer a much simpler run to the flag in round 12.

"Toby was fair and it was a joy to be racing with him. Part of me would like to say I would love go wheel-to-wheel again tomorrow with Toby, but a bigger part of me says I need to get the start right and build a gap and have an easier race.

"I think Toby and I have taken a lot out of our tyres. By the end we were both struggling, Toby particularly in Clearways and Paddock Hill. Apart from there he was quicker through the start of the lap, I was quicker through the back. We're evenly matched so maybe we'll have another.

"If I had lost that race, if Toby had got me on the last lap or even on the last corner I would have still enjoyed that a lot. It was an amazing race, regardless of outcome."

Round 12 takes place at 11:00 on Sunday 17 August. Follow @F3Cup for live updates and like /F3Cup on Facebook.