Tincknell & Harvey make it three in a row for Carlin
Wins for Harry Tincknell and Jack Harvey today at Rockingham set the seal on an excellent weekend for the Carlin team in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series. Tincknell took the honours in the morning’s reverse-grid race to score his maiden win of the season, while Harvey dominated the afternoon feature race to claim his second victory of 2012 and re-establish his championship hopes.
Carlin’s Saturday winner, Jazeman Jaafar, leads the championship table by a 13-point margin from Harvey as the series swings toward Kent and the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit in a fortnight’s time.
Harry Tincknell scored his first win of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 season at Rockingham this morning, the Carlin man driving a faultless race from second on the grid to lead home two of his team-mates, Pietro Fantin and Jack Harvey, and become the sixth different winner of the season.
Tincknell won the race away from the startline, blasting past pole man Nick McBride (T-Sport) to secure the lead around the turn one banking and into the Deene hairpin, with Fantin following him through past McBride to take up second spot.
Fantin was an ever-present threat to Tincknell but there were no mistakes from the Devonian, who crossed the line six-tenths ahead for the win. “I knew it was all going to be about the start,” said Harry. “We’ve worked really hard to improve my starts, and I’m really glad that that hard work has paid off. I knew I just had to get away well and get in front to the first corner, and that’s exactly what happened. It worked perfectly. After that it was just a question of managing the tyres and managing the gap.”
McBride held on in third for four laps until Harvey squeezed through at Deene to secure the final place on the podium. The T-Sport man slipped further down the order thereafter, losing eighth on the final lap to Fortec’s Pipo Derani.
Felix Serralles got the better of an entertaining duel with his Fortec team-mate Hannes van Asseldonk, passing the Dutchman on lap five to move into fourth spot, which he held to the end ahead of van Asseldonk, Saturday victor Jazeman Jaafar, Alex Lynn, Derani and McBride.
Carlos Sainz might have been on for eighth but slipped to the back after a clash with Fahmi Ilyas caused him to spin on lap five. The Spaniard continued to 12th, behind Ilyas and Geoff Uhrhane.
T-Sport’s Spike Goddard suffered a rare defeat in the National class, Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee taking over the class lead at mid-distance and going on to record a 20-second victory. “It was a bit better for me this time around,” said Padayachee. “We weren’t quick in qualifying but we made a good step forward with the set up for the races.”
Jack Harvey more than set to rights his Rockingham weekend this afternoon, putting in a virtuoso performance in the 11th round to win by a 22-second margin. Yesterday Jack burnt his clutch on the line and threw away his pole position advantage; today there were no errors from the Lincolnshire driver.
As is always the case at Rockingham, the start was crucial and Harvey nailed it, followed away from P2 by Fortec’s Alex Lynn and Carlos Sainz, who jumped Jaafar off the line. The only blip for Harvey came towards the end of that lap when the Safety Car made a brief appearance following a collision between some midfielders. It was on track for a lap only and Harvey handled the restart perfectly and sped into the distance.
By lap 10 jumping Jack was seven seconds clear of Lynn, and by lap 20 the gap was 14 seconds. Harvey did not slacken the pace, however, and by the end was still circulating close to his lap record-breaking pace of the seventh lap.
“That definitely made up for yesterday,” said Harvey. “I made a good start, dealt with the safety car, and the winning margin was not too shabby.” His team boss Trevor Carlin was fulsome in his praise: “That race was phenomenal – a really proper Formula 3 performance, how a driver should do it. Jack showed everyone up today.”
Alex Lynn was pleased enough with another second: “Jack was very quick today. He had a bad run yesterday so he was out to make up for it. Second is good, and I’m happy with the points.”
Sainz’s third place was some compensation for a difficult weekend for the Spanish former championship leader. “It makes up for things a little,” he said. “I got a good start and tried to push as hard as I could with the tyres that I had.”
Jaafar, Hannes van Asseldonk and Felix Serralles ran in line astern throughout for fourth, fifth and sixth places, with Pipo Derani pinching seventh from Fahmi Ilyas early on. Pietro Fantin and Nick McBride completed the top 10.
The first-lap fracas at Yentwood corner which brought out the safety car accounted for two cars, those of Tincknell and Spike Goddard, both of whom retired to the pits. Geoff Uhrhane suffered damage also but continued after attention in the pits from the Double R technicians.
With Goddard out of the running, Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee enjoyed a trouble-free run to his fourth National Class win of the season, narrowing the points gap between himself and Spike to just 16 points in the process.