British F3 - Contender catch-up: Clement Novalak

Contender catch-up: Clement Novalak

Contender catch-up: Clement Novalak

Monday 9 September 2019

Carlin's Clement Novalak heads to Donington Park as a clear championship leader, and only needs to score solid points in each race this weekend to claim his first major car racing title. 

The Swiss-British driver has delivered metronomic consistency this season, and is the only driver to have finished inside the top-10 at every race this year, and has been a regular figure on the podium too.

He's led the title race since winning the first race of the year at Oulton Park, and backed that up with a strong drive to sixth in race two and a second place in the third race, scoring 81 points on the opening weekend. Two further second places at Snetterton and a second win of the year at Silverstone meant he built a decent margin over his rivals, who have struggled to close the gap since then.

Novalak’s consistency means he holds a 52-point lead at the top of the standings, and surely has one hand on the championship trophy, with 105 points up for grabs this weekend. Here's his thoughts ahead of the Donington Decider:

 

Realistically, you only need to score solid points in each race at Donington to take the championship – does that change your approach to Donington?

"We do come with a nice margin in the points into this last round but it doesn’t change much in the way I’m approaching the weekend."

Your results last time at Donington would be perfect to secure the title, does that give you lots of confidence?

"Our last results here last time were good but I believe we still have more to show. I had a very average qualifying last time here so I hope I can do a better job to start further up the field this time around here."

How much would things change for you should you wrap up the title?

"It would obviously be an amazing feeling managing to win a championship in which you’ve put a lot of hard work to perform in, in the first place. But with another three races to go, we’ve just got to focus on doing the job."

What’s been the best moment of the season (so far) for you?

"I think Spa race three was definitely a great moment for me, starting all the way back in P9 and managing to get back up the field and finish P2. I also think the wet race two at Silverstone last time out was a really enjoyable race."

 

Novalak stats:
Wins: 2
Total podiums: 8
Top-10 finishes: 21
Fastest laps: 1
Pole positions: 2

 

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