Race ace Riki Christodoulou scored his maiden Formula Three victory at Snetterton at the weekend – and is now the best placed British driver at the halfway stage in this year’s Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.
Christo, having recorded fifth place in the opening 29-lap race, swept his Alpinestars and British Car Registrations sponsored Dallara-Mercedes to a dominant victory in the second event, rounds nine and 10 respectively, at Snetterton, in Norfolk, to move up to fourth place in the standings in the 20-race series.
Riki lined-up third on the 20-car grid for race two, a mere 0.086secs off pole-position, but had blasted in to the lead by lap three, controlling the race thereafter.
The 20-year-old, who only moved up to Formula Three this season after two years in Formula Renault, said: “I made good start, and was second on the opening lap, and then my momentum out of the last corner at the completion on lap three allowed me to get in to the lead.
“Once in the lead I was able to totally control the race. I had no problems apart from a couple of backmarkers who got in my way in the closing stages.
“After a couple of indifferent results following a good start to my debut F3 season, this bangs home I mean business and that I’m capable of winning at this level.
“My thanks after this landmark victory for me must go to Fortec, for providing me with a great racecar in the Dallara Mercedes, and, of course, my family who have given me great support.
“Having got this win under my belt my aim is to keep the momentum going for the second half of the season.”
The next races in the series will be at Donington Park on July 11 and 12.