British F3 - What they said: Spa race three

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What they said: Spa race three

What they said: Spa race three

Sunday 21 July 2019

Ayrton Simmons, Clement Novalak and Kiern Jewiss were the podium drivers at the end of the final race of the weekend at Spa Francorchamps. Here's what each had to say at the end of the contest.

Winner, Ayrton Simmons:
"Race one didn't really happen for us so we had to make sure we converted pole in race three! All I had to go was get my head down from lap one, pull out a gap and try to break the tow, and that's what I managed to do. No one could catch me with the tow and we were the quickest through sector two and ended up winning it.

"This sort of weekend has been coming for us, we've been quick all year and in the test days we've done. On my debut last year we were fourth here in my first time in the car, so I knew there was plenty of potential and I feel we've converted that this weekend, so I'm really happy with it.

"The progress from last year, having the data to work with has been a huge step forward and shows how competitive the grid is this year. But we've made a massive step forward and hopefully we can carry this forward and keep on evolving. 

"After the first three laps I knew I had a pretty decent gap and it was getting bigger on every lap. I didn't really look in my mirrors, only on the last lap to check and I knew Novalak was behind, but he was so far behind that I knew if I had no mistakes and did a nice clean last lap I was going to win it. 

"It's a good start to the second half of the year and hopefully we can close the gap to the top of the championship."

Second, Clement Novalak:
"It's good. Unfortunately we didn't have a great qualifying on Friday which didn't help. But apart from that I'm pretty happy with the result. All in all we've delivered more good consistent points for the championship, I don't know where everyone else finished, I know Ayrton won obviously. I'm not too focussed on the championship just yet, there's still three weekends to go. Hopefully we can keep going the way we have been doing and keep getting good results.

"It's Brands Hatch next up and it'll be my first time on the Grand Prix circuit, it's going to be a bit of an experience. I heard it's one of the best tracks in terms of high speed corners and really being on the limit and not having much run-off so the room for mistakes will be pretty small there but I'm looking forward to it. The Carlin cars were really good there last year, especially in qualifying and hopefully we can get good results there and keep moving forwards to the rounds at Silverstone and Donington. 

"Obviously being off the podium a few times in the last few races, sometimes I've not been lucky with it, sometimes I just didn't have the pace but I think today we showed we still have the pace, we were catching Ayrton towards the end so hopefully we can keep showing that pace in the upcoming races and keep getting podiums."

Third, Kiern Jewiss:
"I've really enjoyed this weekend, I've actually been let free to actually go and race and I can't wait to get to another track where hopefully we can overtake on and not be ruined by the downforce and losing it. I really enjoyed the racing, it's a track I wasn't looking forward to, I thought it would be one of my worst tracks of the year, but it turned out pretty good so I'm really happy.

"The start wasn't great, I was boxed in all the way and I had to keep my nose clean and don't lose the wing, and then just chip away at the end. The car has been good after qualifying, we found a few bits and bobs that we could improve on, we touched up on those areas and then we were full steam ahead."

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