24.05.10 | Thompson In the Points in Motegi

Thompson In the Points in Motegi

Teenage single-seater star Gary Thompson scored his first points in the Japanese Formula 3 series with two fourth place finishes in the third and fourth rounds of the series at Twin Ring Motegi.
The Dubliner had twice finished seventh on his F3 debut at Fuji last month and with the benefit of pre season testing at the venue, he was confident he could rack up his first points at Motegi.
The former karting star qualified sixth for race one and seventh for race two during Saturday morning’s two fifteen minute sessions and was looking forward to a strong first race of the weekend on Saturday afternoon.
A fluffed getaway meant Thompson slipped to the back of the field on the run to turn one, thus beginning another trademark comeback drive from the reigning Formula BMW Asia Rookie Cup winner.
By half distance he was up to fifth and began closing down the gap to the fourth placed driver. With two laps remaining he was two and half seconds in arrears but, with the bit between his teeth, Thompson stalked his rival all the way through to the final lap.
Thompson crossed the line fourth to put his name on the points table for the first time, the first of the Achievement by KCMG cars to see the chequered flag.
Thompson was determined to make a better start to Sunday’s race and he delighted himself and his team by making a rocket-like getaway, annexing fifth place through the first turn. By the fifth lap he was up to fourth and chasing the third place driver for the final podium spot.
Try as he might he could not quite get on terms but he was nonetheless satisfied with his weekend’s work.
“I’m happy to have got off the mark and particularly satisfied with my race pace,” said Gary afterwards.
“It was hectic out there but we were competitive and I can feel that the pace is coming. I made it a bit tough for myself with a stall at the start of race one but these are really tricky cars to get off the line and I’m satisfied that I was able to fix that problem for race two.
“The first few laps of the second race were mental to say the least! We were three abreast through turn one and there were cars everywhere until it settled down.
“I locked up my front wheels and ‘flat-spotted’ a tyre which meant I had to very carefully manage the tyres from then on.
“Overtaking was seriously hampered as a result but I was able to run at a fast, consistent pace and we’ve made more progress towards the front which is encouraging.”
The 16-race Japanese F3 series resumes at Fuji International circuit on June 12th and 13th and concludes at Autopolis on October 17th.
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