Sowery delighted with 'awesome' third win
Championship leader Toby Sowery strengthened his position at the top of the championship table with a convincing round three win
Championship leader Toby Sowery strengthened his position at the top of the championship table with a convincing round three win in tough, changing conditions at Silverstone.
The Lanan Racing youngster got a clean getaway and took his third win of the season by over 20 seconds from Henry Chart, who spent much of the race fighting with Louis Hamilton-Smith. Tristan Cliffe, Sowery's nearest challenger in the points, spun twice from second due to a mechanical issue, not helped by the mid-race shower.
The result was a pleasing one for Sowery though, who's yet to be headed in any session in 2014.
"It was an awesome race." Sowery beamed. "We didn't have the best of starts but it was a bit wet, so I thought I'd just get off the line cleanly. I managed to get a bit of a gap and saw Tristan had come through into second. That put a bit of pressure on, seeing him right in the mirrors.
"We got a little bit of a gap in the first two or three laps and then it was pretty much staying consistent with what we had. Then rain came down and I thought keep it on track while we have a lead rather than try push a bit harder and put it off."
Being the first car on the road in the increasingly-damp conditions made things difficult for the 17-year-old, and he survived a few moments as he adjusted to the track, admitting:
"I had a few slides in a quite few places. It's hard to judge as you don't see much on your visor but then when you come into the corner there was really a lot of grease out there. It's a bit of a judgement game but I think we got it pretty well nailed.
"Times got better towards the end of the race as well, that could be confidence or it could be the track.
"I definitely couldn't have wished for a better start to this year, now I need to keep this up. It's a long season and anything can happen."
Sowery will start round four from pole alongside title rival Tristan Cliffe, which starts at 11:45 on Sunday. Follow @F3Cup for live updates throughout the race.
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