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Fortec’s Felipe Guimaraes’ first win in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series and a Carlin 1-2-3 in the second race of the day were the key highlights from the two superb races today (Sunday) at Brands Hatch.
Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar became the first man to win two races in a weekend with his victory in the final race of the day, and as the series packs its bags for the finale in Germany (21/22 Sept) it is Carlin’s Jordan King who leads the Championship standings after a tricky weekend for previous points leader, Will Buller (Fortec Motorsport).
Ed Jones’s two victories enabled him to close up the gap to CF Racing’s Sun Zheng, the West-Tec man won twice today, narrowly missing out on a Brands Hatch clean sweep.
King was also voted the Mobil Service Centre Master of the Weekend for his driving and progression across the whole of the Brands Hatch meeting. He now joins Will Buller and Sun Zheng as the British F3 representatives in the 2013 Mobil Service Centre Master of Year competition.
Race 8 
The second Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race at Brands Hatch saw a new winner in Brazlian Felipe Lopes Guimaraes for Fortec Motorsport, while Ed Jones recovered from the back to win the National class.

Guimaraes took advantage of a poor start for pole-sitter Tatiana Calderon to inherit second place, but that became the race lead after Will Buller repeated his opening race blunder with another jump start. The championship leader’s subsequent drive-through penalty dropped him down the order to eighth place, where he then launched a recovery drive.

His team-mate Guimaraes inheritted a lead of over three seconds from Jann Madenborough and the fast-starting Antonio Giovinazzi after Buller served his punishment, Giovinazzi keeping Mardenborough under pressure during the first half of the 30-minute race.

The Double R man then took advantage of a mistake around the GP loop for Mardenborough, the Carlin driver dropping from second to fifth as his team-mates Jazeman Jaafar and Jordan King picked up the pieces to move up to third and fourth.

Guimaraes had gapped his opposition sufficiently enough to hold a five-second lead by the time Giovinazzi had moved up to the runner-up spot, the Fortec man taking a first win in the Championship by 2.6 seconds.

Yesterday’s race winner Jaafar claimed a second podium of the weekend ahead of Carlin team-mates King and Mardenborough, King the biggest gainer in the championship after Buller was demoted to ninth by a 30-second penalty for not respecting track limits, something also slapped to Nicholas Latifi’s race time.

Buller made his way past several drivers up to fifth ahead of Mardenborough, but after his penalty finished behind the Double R Dallara-Mercedes duo of Sean Gelael and Calderon, as well as National class winner Jones, the West-Tec driver recovering from the back of the grid after clutch problems put him out of race one.

Jones caught and passed class point leader Sun Zheng to equal the CF Racing driver’s win tally of four in the class, Cameron Twynham finishing third in class while Chris Vlok was the only non-finisher.

The third and final race of the way sees Jaafar start on pole position ahead of team-mate King, the race getting underway at 16:50 later this afternoon.

*Upon further video evidence, the penalties for Buller and Latifi were rescinded

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series 
Round 3, Brands Hatch GP Circuit (11/08/2013) 
Race 8, 23 laps 
1  Felipe GUIMARAES / BRA, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  30:51.983
2  Antonio GIOVINAZZI / ITA, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +2.609
3  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +13.063
4  Jordan KING / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +17.290
5  Jann MARDENBOROUGH / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +19.918
6  Sean GELAEL / INA, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +27.889
7  Tatiana CALDERON / COL, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  + 38.515
8  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +44.396
9  Will BULLER / BGR, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +50.279 (penalty rescinded – finished 4th)
10 Nicholas LATIFI / CDN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +1:00.390 (penalty rescinded – finished 6th)
National class:
1  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  31:36.379
2  Sun ZHENG / CHI,  CF Racing Dallara-NBE  +19.072
3  Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +21.569
Full results: http://bit.ly/15qjqgh
Race 9 
Jazeman Jaafar’s return to the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series at Brands Hatch ended in the way it started with victory in the final race of the weekend ahead of team-mate Jordan King, while Ed Jones kept his National class title hopes alive with his second success of the weekend.

Jaafar was dominant as he led a Carlin 1-2-3 in the third and final race at the Brands Hatch GP circuit, while an incident on the second lap eliminated championship leader Will Buller from a top points position, which enabled second-place finisher, King to take the points lead heading into the final round of the season at the Nurburgring.

A perfect getaway for Jaafar set the Carlin man on course to victory, opening a gap of over three seconds before King began to steadily trim the gap to his Carlin team-mate.

The British driver cut the lead cushion to under a second to set up a tense final 15 minutes to the race, but – despite one opportunity while lapping backmarkers – he was not able to find an opportunity to pass the Malaysian around the tight and twisty Brands Hatch circuit.

Nicholas Latifi made it a podium sweep for Carlin with a distant third spot, comfortably ahead of race two winner Felipe Guimaraes who survived a tangle on the second lap of the race that crucially involved team-mate Buller.

Guimaraes, Buller and Double R’s Antonio Giovinazzi all fought for the same piece of track heading into Druids corner, Guimaraes escaping as they approached Graham Hill Bend where Giovinazzi clattered into the side of Buller’s Dallara-Mercedes. Giovinazzi retired on the spot with right-front suspension damage, while Buller could only limp back to the pits before returning to the track on his way to finishing down in 12th place overall.

The incident also allowed Jann Mardenborough to recover lost ground after a slow start that dropped him to seventh, the Carlin man finishing fifth by the race’s conclusion ahead of the sole-remaining Double R cars of Sean Gelael and Tatiana Calderon.

Eighth place was the finishing position of National class victor, Ed Jones, who matched his race two result by winning ahead of Cameron Twynham and Chris Vlok.

The West-Tec driver also survived a clash with championship rival Sun Zheng during their battle for the class lead, the CF Racing driver climbing over the rear of Jones’ Dallara-Toyota and into an early retirment.

Attention now turns to the final round of the 2013 British F3 International Series, with three races at the Nurburgring GP circuit left to decide the title on September 21-22.

Jazeman JAAFAR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen (First in race 3)
“It’s been a perfect weekend really, I couldn’t ask for more. In practice we gradually built ourselves up and then in qualifying it all came together. The race pace is something that I have enjoyed; Jordan has really pressured me but all in all the team did a fantastic ob and the car’s evolved a lot from last year.”

Jordan KING, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen (Points leader)

“First of all it was a really good start and I got fully alongside Jaz going into turn one, but going around the outside isn’t easy with lots of marbles out there. The first couple of corners were a bit tight, but then Jaz started to edge away for the first five laps. Then I closed him down to within touchhing distance and I did actually touch my nosecone on his rear wing. After that I just backed off and stayed off the kerbs to make it around.”

“It sounds obviously a lot better leading the championship, but it’s the first time I’ve been in the lead of the championship but it doesn’t change anything. You’ve still got to qualify on the front row and win races.

“Hopefully in Nurburgring I can get a double pole like at Silverstone and we’ll see how it goes.”

Ed Jones, Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota

“Coming back to win has been great for the team, unfortunately we had a few problems in practice and then race one, but today everything has gone smoothly. I didn’t have such a good start off the line and made my my back through until passing Zheng going into Druids; he must have locked up and went over the top of me. From then on it was a bit of a race for myself really.”

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 3, Brands Hatch GP Circuit (11/08/2013)
Race 3, 23 laps
Provisional results International class
1  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  30:53:310
2  Jordan KING / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +5.477
3  Nicholas LATIFI / CDN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +7.464
4  Felipe GUIMARAES / BRA, Fortec Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +25.431
5  Jann MARDENBOROUGH / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +25.814
6  Sean GELAEL / ITA, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +36.558
7  Tatiana CALDERON / COL, Double R Racing Dallara-HWA Mercedes  +51.142
8  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  + 1:08.268
9  Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap
10 Peter Zhi CONG LI / CHN,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +1 lap 

Provisional results National class:
1  Ed JONES / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  32:01.578
2  Cameron TWYNHAM / GBR,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap
3  Chris VLOK / NZL,  Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota  +1 lap


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 5, race 1, Spielberg (A)

Mücke driver Felix Rosenqvist dominates at Red Bull Ring…

The 13th season round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship saw Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) score an undisputed victory. At the 4.326 kilometres long Red Bull Ring in the Austrian province of Styria, he won the dash towards the first corner and then continuingly extended his lead. At the finish, the 21-year old Swede was 14.306 seconds clear of Daniil Kvyat (Carlin), who had started from pole position. For the Red Bull-backed junior driver, second place is his best result in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship to date. Third place was taken by 19-year old Briton Jordan King (Carlin), who celebrated his maiden podium finish in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship after a long battle with Lucas Wolf (URD Rennsport). Italian Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam), a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy, took the chequered flag in fourth place and remains in the lead of the drivers’ standings. His margin over his main rival Felix Rosenqvist is 67.5 points.

While Felix Rosenqvist’s victory was never in jeopardy throughout the 24 laps’ race distance and guest driver Daniil Kvyat also safely drove second place home, Jordan King had to work considerably harder. For more than half of the race, the rookie driver was involved in a battle for third place with Lucas Wolf, with Wolf initially holding on to his position. The URD driver successfully defended his position against King until lap 16, but then had to let his rival past. Soon after that, Nicholas Latifi (Carlin) also moved ahead of Wolf, who went on to drop down further through the ranks. Due to a collision with Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational), Wolf was also called in for a drive-through penalty and dropped to 16th place.

Raffaele Marciello, who had started from 13th place, had an equally busy day: in thrilling duels, the Italian worked his way up to fourth position. Behind him, Latifi took the chequered flag, followed by Sven Müller (ma-con), Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam), Eddie Cheever (Prema Powerteam), Michael Lewis (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) and Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam), the only Austrian in the field. Having spun after a collision in the early stages of the race, Auer had dropped down, but secured the final slot in the top ten after a spirited recovery. 

Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport) 
“My start was good and I was able to pull a gap right away. My car ran great throughout the race. After the rather poor start into the season at Monza, I reckon that we are now on the right way and meanwhile, we are able to keep up with Prema and Carlin as well.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“My start wasn’t too bad, but Felix’s was simply even better. Initially, I thought that I could keep up with him, but I didn’t succeed. Thus, it was a rather boring race for me. Now, we have to see why we weren’t able to follow Felix. But I think that second place is not too bad either.”

Jordan King (Carlin)
“So far, my season has been rather disappointing, but being on the podium at last is nice. Lucas Wolf defended very heavily, so it took longer for me to finally overtake him. The battle with him was a close one and I enjoyed it very much.”


FIA Formula 3 European Championship, round 3, Hockenheim (D)

Guest driver Daniil Kvyat surprises with pole position…

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) claimed two of the three pole positions for the three races of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the 4.574 kilometres long Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg. Thus, the Italian got himself into a good position to further extend his lead in the drivers’ standings. Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam) will be starting next to him in the first race. Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational) is second on the grid for the second race. In second qualifying, Daniil Kvyat (Carlin) came to the fore in the final second. The guest driver demoted his team-mate Jordan King (Carlin) to second. 

Starting grid for race 1
Raffaele Marciello (1:33.623 minutes) was involved in a thrilling battle for first place with Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:33.776 minutes), Sven Müller (ma-con, 1:33.974 minutes) and Alex Lynn (1:33.745 minutes). Eventually, the Italian came out on top. The protégé of the Ferrari Driver Academy and the current FIA Formula 3 European Championship points’ leader was 0.122 seconds faster than his team-mate Alex Lynn. Lucas Auer scored another success for the Prema Powerteam by finishing third. Tom Blomqvist (1:33.832 minutes), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports, 1:33.841 minutes) and Sven Müller rounded out the first six positions.

Starting grid for race 2
In the ranking for the second-fastest laps, Raffaele Marciello (1:33.685 minutes) also came out on top. The 18-year old ended up ahead of Tom Blomqvist (1:33.938 minutes), who was second. For the driver of the Red Bull Junior Team and his team Eurointernational, this is the best qualifying result to date in the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship season. Lucas Auer (1:34.015 minutes) repeated third place from Félix Serrallés (1:34.040 minutes), Sven Müller (1:34.094 minutes) and Josh Hill (Fortec Motorsports, 1:34.214 minutes). 

Starting grid for race 3
In second qualifying, the starting grid positions for the third race were determined. Daniil Kvyat (1:33.367 minutes) only toppled Jordan King (1:33.418 minutes) fron first place in the final stages. Thus, the Russian is the first guest driver to claim a fastest qualifying time in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. With Kvyat and King, two Carlin drivers are on the front row of the grid on Sunday. After an excursion by Felix Rosenqvist (kfzteile24 Mücke Motorsport, 1:33.536 minutes), qualifying was interrupted for a while. Although he wasn’t able to take part anymore in the final six minutes, he kept his fourth place from Lucas Auer (1:33.486 minutes) until the end. Félix Serrallés (1:33.574 minutes) and Alex Lynn (1:33.583 minutes) followed in fifth and sixth place. 

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam)
“In first qualifying, the car was great and I am happy with my two pole positions. In the second part, however, I had some problems with my car and therefore, it didn’t go so well anymore. That is a pity, but when I win the two races in which I am starting from pole, I have scored a lot of points, too.”

Daniil Kvyat (Carlin)
“Being on pole position for my maiden Formula 3 race is really great and a special feeling. I am very happy. My lap was mega. I am especially happy that I have beaten some drivers who already have been in Formula 3 for three years. I am feeling really well and everything fits well.

British F3

Top British driver in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, Jack Harvey, added two pole positions to his record for the season with an impressive performance in qualifying at Snetterton this morning.

Racing Steps Foundation Carlin driver Harvey, 19, led the way in the first half of the 30-minute session with a 1m 41.270s lap, and then bettered that with 1:41.170 on fresh Cooper tyres to ensure that he will start from top spot both this afternoon and in tomorrow’s 40-minute finale. His pole tally for the season now stands at eight.

Harvey suffered technical issues in yesterday’s second free practice session but there were no dramas for him today: “It looks like they are all ironed out,” said the Lincolnshire driver. “The car felt good the whole session. We made a few tweaks when we stopped for fresh tyres. If I knew what was really special about the quick lap then I’d do it every time; it felt good but so often on a good lap you can make a mistake at the final turn… I was happy with the pace and the good job the team did for me.”

Carlos Sainz was beaten to top time by Harvey by just a hundredth of a second, with Fortec’s Friday testing pacesetter Alex Lynn third fastest and his team-mate, championship leader Felix Serralles, fourth. Less than a second covered the top nine drivers.

This afternoon’s 30-minute race, the grid for which is determined by the drivers’ second-best times in qualifying, will see Serralles start second behind Harvey, with Lynn third from Jazeman Jaafar and Sainz.

CF Racing’s Adderly Fong unseated T-Sport man Pedro Pablo Calbimonte from the position of leading National class runner in the closing minutes of the session. Fong’s best was a 1m 43.845s, just three-thousandths better than Calbimonte’s ultimate lap. Calbimonte will go from class pole this afternoon and Fong from top spot tomorrow.



Chilton snatches last minute pole in Hungary…
Briton on top in dramatic qualifying-
Max Chilton claimed his and Carlin’s first ever GP2 pole position in the closing seconds of a dramatic wet/dry qualifying at the Hungaroring, stealing the top spot as the flag dropped to end the session just ahead of James Calado, Davide Valsecchi and Jolyon Palmer.
Chilton’s lap of 1:28.980 snatched the top spot from his countryman by just 0.023 in a session that officially started on a wet track due to running water on turn 11 following a heavy storm ahead of this afternoon’s session, with many of the top runners waiting until the sun came out and the track dried enough for them to run on the super soft tyre compound.
Rio Haryanto was the first man on the compound to top the timesheets, with title rivals Valsecchi and Luiz Razia soon pushing the times below 1.30. Calado, who will lose two places for impeding Felipe Nasr in free practice, was not waiting around, and looked to have locked off the top spot in the session at the 17 minute mark just as most of the field was coming back for a second set of tyres.
With time running out, most of the field was pushing to improve their times in the closing minutes: Jolyon Palmer went P2 to his countryman just before Valsecchi stole the spot from immediately behind him on track, but with all the extra effort a number of drivers went wide or spun, throwing up brief yellows around the circuit.
With a minute to go, Chilton was in P22 and looked to be out of the running: he crossed the line with 10 seconds remaining to move up to P6 and hide his blushes, before going even faster next time round, setting personal (but not overall) bests in each sector to claim a popular pole position.
Just behind the top three were Palmer, Razia, Giedo van der Garde, Esteban Gutiérrez, Fabio Leimer, Marcus Ericsson and Johnny Cecotto, in a session that saw 20 drivers within a second of the top spot. The pace promises to be faster still in tomorrow’s feature race.

Formula 3 Euro Series

Big field expected at Spa British Formula 3 races

The biggest European Formula 3 grid of the year is set to gather at the Belgian Grand Prix circuit of Spa-Francorchamps next week (26-28 July) for the latest rounds of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

Twenty-nine cars have provisionally entered the event, which in addition to counting towards the British championship is a round of the FIA European F3 Championship. Top Euro teams including Mücke Motorsport and Prema Powerteam will be joining their UK counterparts Carlin, CF Racing, Double R, Fortec and T-Sport for a celebration of top-level single-seater racing in support of the prestigious Spa 24 Hours sports car race.

“Spa is always special,” said SRO’s championship manager Benjamin Franassovicci, “but this year with 29 cars on track for the three British F3 races it will be doubly memorable.”

Britain’s Jack Harvey leads the field into battle as the championship enters the final third of the 2012 season. The Lincolnshire-based Carlin driver nosed ahead of his chief title rival Jazeman Jaafar late last month and, with only four points separating them, there is everything to play for in Belgium – not least because Fortec’s Puerto Rican racer Felix Serralles has accelerated into third place within 10 points of the championship lead.

Harvey and Jaafar will be joined at Carlin by regular team-mates Pietro Fantin (who scored his first win of 2012 in Germany last month), Carlos Sainz Jnr and Harry Tincknell, and also – it is hoped – by a sixth Dallara for a yet to be named driver.

Padua-based Prema Powerteam will field a four-car squad for FIA F3 points leader Raffaele Marciello, Euroseries frontrunner Daniel Juncadella, Sven Muller and Michael Lewis, while in addition to Serralles, Fortec will have Dallaras on track for Brazil’s Pipo Derani and impressive young Brit Alex Lynn, as well as for Dutch driver Hannes van Asseldonk, who will be keen to build on his podium success (behind Juncadella and Marciello) in last weekend’s F3 Masters at Zandvoort.

The National class battle looks like being a four-way fight for the first time this season, with T-Sport expecting to confirm later this week a class running mate for category points leader Spike Goddard. CF Racing is to return with Brands Hatch triple class winner Adderly Fong, and Double R will field its young Aussie Duvashen Padayachee.

Double R’s Geoff Uhrhane and Fahmi Ilyas and T-Sport man Nick McBride complete the UK side of the field, and there will additionally be two-car teams from Mücke (Felix Rosenqvist and Pascal Wehrlein), ma-con (British drivers Emil Bernstorff and Tom Blomqvist), Jo Zeller Racing, and single-car entries for URD Rennsport and Angola Racing Team.

Provisional championship standings after Round 17
1 Jack Harvey (GBR/Carlin) 186 points; 2 Jazeman Jaafar (MAS/Carlin) 182; 3 Felix Serralles (PUR/Fortec) 176; 4 Alex Lynn (GBR/Fortec) 144; 5 Carlos Sainz (ESP/Carlin) 140; 6 Pietro Fantin (BRA/Carlin) 137 etc.
National class: 1 Spike Goddard (AUS/T-Sport) 270; 2 Duvashen Padayachee (AUS/Double R) 232; 3 Adderly Fong (CHN/CF Racing) 62

Spa timetable (all timings local)
Thu 26 Jul 1125-1155 & 1445-1515 free practice; 1730-1800 qualifying
Fri 27 Jul 1200 Race 1 (30 mins); 1535 Race 2 (20 mins)
Sat 28 Jul 1155 Race 3 (40 mins)

Live timing static.sportresult.com/federations/fia/app/portal

TV schedule 4 August, 0700 Channel 4 & 1720 Motors TV