The fifth round of the Formula V8 3.5 season ended up in a positive fashion at Silverstone for the AVF team. In the second race of the weekend, Tom Dillmann scored a 4th place that enabled him to increase his margin at the top of the championship table. After ending up sixth in qualifying, the Frenchman crossed swords with Panis and Vaxiviere, grabbing 12 extremely valuable points.
Dillman is leading with 156 points and has a 32-point margin on his closest follower, Roy Nissany. On the other hand, Alfonso Celis once again faced adverse fortunes. As happened on Saturday, the Mexican experienced brake issues in qualifying 2 and during the race. He eventually ended up in 11th place.
Alfonso Celis Jr.
“The whole week-end was very disappointing. I think we deserve much more than what we’ve got from this race. I hope for the best in the next rounds because in this one, we had issues since free practice. I had to handle the brakes this morning in qualifying, and I was also affected in the race as I couldn’t push as much I wanted. It was just a shame for me and the team”.
“It was a tough qualifying session as we finished 6th. The first lap was not great, I was in the wrong place at the wrong time and Panis made me go wide. I lost a couple of positions and was 8th before the pit-stop. The team made a great call to pit me at the right time, in a super-quick stop. I got two positions, then I could push in free air and gain two more spots. So I went from P8 to P4. We increased the lead from 22 to 32 points in standings, not bad and a step compared to Paul Ricard, but we need to improve a bit”.