Road Record: Piquet faces a tough test.
BRAZILIAN ace Nelson Piquet Jnr is likely to face his stiffest fight of the season when he visits Knockhill on Sunday, for rounds seven and eight of the 2004 Avon Tyres British F3 Championship.
Nelson Jnr, right, son of triple World F1 Champion Nelson Piquet, is currently lying joint first along with fellow countryman Danilo Dirani, who enjoyed two wins and picked up bonus points for setting the fastest laps in each race at Croft, Yorkshire, a fortnight ago.
Piquet managed only a lowly fifth in the first race at Croft, before retiring with battery failure in the second, allowing Dirani to erase his previous 34-point advantage.
Last season's F3 Championship winner said: 'It's frustrating for me as I have not won a race so far this year.
'Although I had my first ever win in F3 at Knockhill last year, I don't think my season will get any easier during this return visit to Scotland.'
The 24-round championship is looked upon as the breeding ground for tomorrow's F1 hopefuls and enjoys endorsement from Scotland's own triple World Champion Sir Jackie Stewart, who has been quoted as saying that his F3 days were the 'best of my life'.
Two dozen 170mph single seater racers will line up on the grid at Knockhill, with British driver James Rossiter just two points off the lead and out to prove a point.
The two-day meeting will see qualifying plus seven races on Saturday. There are 13 races lined up for Sunday, including the super-fast Carlube TVR Challenge and double-headers in all the Scottish Championship classes and two rounds of the UK Formula Ford Series.
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|Publication:||Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||May 14, 2004|
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