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Posted - 16 Sep 2009 :  00:20:41  Show Profile  Click to see dmanvan's MSN Messenger address Send dmanvan a Private Message  Reply with Quote

How god is this young gun going......what a champ, pity we dont get coverage inAus....

Twenty-year-old Daniel Ricciardo's chances of becoming Australia's next Formula One driver have jumped up a gear after he clinched the British Formula Three Championship with two races to spare.

The Perth racer took maximum points in the first race of the weekend's round at the new Algarve circuit in Portugal and claimed fourth place in race two - enough to lift the championship crown.

Ricciardo's six race wins this year are one more than last year's British F3 champion, Spaniard Jaime Alguersuari, who is now racing in F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Ricciardo's sights are firmly on F1 too, although he admits it may be another year or more before he gets his chance on the grand prix grid.

However, winning the prestigious British F3 title almost certainly assures him of an F1 test before Christmas for the Red Bull team for which fellow Australian Mark Webber races.

Ricciardo is already among eight rising stars in a Red Bull driver development program that produced Webber's teammate Sebastian Vettel, the German who won three GPs before he turned 22.

He joins an illustrious list of British F3 champions that includes his idol Ayrton Senna, other Brazilian world champions Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet Senior, Sir Jackie Stewart, Jim Clark, Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello.

Ricciardo is the fourth Australian to have won the title and the three before him - Tim Schenken (1968), Dave Walker (1970 and 71) and David Brabham (1989) all made it to F1.

Competing against 28 other aspiring F1 drivers from around the world at Algarve, Ricciardo had to control a mishandling car because of a broken front wing from a tangle with Frenchman Jules Bianchi on the opening lap of the race in which he sealed the title.

"This is everything I've wanted since the start of the season," Ricciardo said.

"For it to come around a bit early (with two races to go next weekend at Brands Hatch) makes it a bit sweeter.

"We had some bad rounds - Rockingham (in England) and Hockenheim (in Germany) weren't the best for us.

"But we never lost faith, kept believing and working hard for it.

"It hasn't quite sunk in yet that I've won the championship, but I'm sure that by the end of the night I'll realise it and party hard.

"If I can now follow in Jaime Alguersuari's footsteps that would be great.

"I'm not saying I'll be in F1 next year, but I'd like to be there in the near future.

"That's my dream."


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Posted - 23 Sep 2009 :  20:16:41  Show Profile Send Madaz a Private Message  Reply with Quote Copy this URL to Link to this Reply

AUSTRALIA'S new international motor racing star Daniel Ricciardo, already the British Formula Three champion for this year, notched his seventh victory of the season at the final round at England's Brands Hatch circuit overnight.

Starting from his fifth pole position of the year, the 20-year-old from Perth dominated the 19th race of the championship, taking the chequered flag more than 15.5sec ahead of his Carlin Motorsport teammate Max Chilton.

But in the day's second event - the 20th and last race of the series - Ricciardo made a rare startline error and finished fourth, little more than 3.5sec behind Chilton.

Ricciardo ended the championship with 275 points to the 188 of series runner-up Austrian Walter Grubmuller and Dutchman Renger van der Zande (178).

News on Ricciardo's next step towards Formula One is expected within weeks.

The British F3 championship provided a launch pad for many F1 drivers including former McLaren star Mika Hakkinen (1990), David Brabham (1989) and the late Brazilian champion Ayrton Senna (1983)

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