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HARVEY CLAIMS FINAL-RACE VICTORY AND IS BRITISH F3 CHAMPION

Jack Harvey is the 2012 Champion of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series – the first British victor for six years. The Lincolnshire 19-year-old clinched the crown this evening at Donington Park with a near-faultless win in the final round having led all the way from pole position.

Racing Steps Foundation-backed driver Harvey is the Carlin team’s fifth successive champion and also ended his season with the most race victories of all: seven.

“This means the world to me,” said Jack on the victory podium. “The way Silverstone went for me a couple of weeks ago was really bad, so I came away from there feeling a bit deflated. To finish on top here is just magic.

“Carlin have been incredible. Everybody just presumes that we have good drivers but it’s the team that’s the best – they have the best people at this level and the next few above. The team worked so hard for me and this is for them.”

Team boss Trevor Carlin paid fulsome tribute to his charge: “Jack did a great job – everything he had to do. There was a lot of pressure on him and I’m very proud of him.”

Harvey took command of the race at the outset and, despite intense pressure throughout from Fortec driver Alex Lynn, held on to win by 0.682s. His only scare came on lap 11 when he erred slightly at the chicane and Lynn seized a chance to outbrake the leader into the Melbourne hairpin. However the attempt, wreathed in tyre smoke, ended in failure.

“I was quite a bit quicker than Jack the whole race,” said Alex. “He made a mistake at the chicane so I tried to capitalise on it. It didn’t really work out. I think that was Jack’s only mistake and he thoroughly deserved to win.”

Another title contender, Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar, shadowed Harvey and Lynn to the end but could not match their pace. The Malaysian, who finishes championship runner-up, praised Harvey for his victory: “I’m not really disappointed; Jack was that little bit quicker than me all weekend – he did a sterling job.”

The other title hopeful, Fortec’s Felix Serralles, placed eighth after a disappointing race. The Puerto Rican held fifth for much of the race but faded in the closing eight laps. He takes third in the championship – an impressive feat for a rookie.

Harry Tincknell claimed fourth – and fifth in the championship to boot – after nipping past his team-mate Pietro Fantin at the Old Hairpin three laps from the end.

Hywel Lloyd claimed National class victory for CF Racing to complete a hat-trick of Donington class wins.

Earlier in the day, the championship’s penultimate round brought victory for Harry Tincknell, and disaster for Jaafar and Lynn, who clashed at the Old Hairpin on the opening lap.

The race belonged to Tincknell from the outset, the Devon driver romping from pole position to chequered flag to win by 1.7s and record his fourth such victory of the year. The Carlin man made a perfect start and was unfazed by a three-lap safety car period which ensued from the Jaafar/Lynn accident.

It was a great bounce-back for Harry from feeling under the weather for several days. “I haven’t been feeling 100 per cent this last week and we had a tough time in testing but I’ve been steadily working as hard as I can to get on the pace,” he said. “I made a really good start, which has been a strong point for me this year, and after that it was all totally straightforward. It’s great to get another win.” Harry additionally collected the coveted Raymond Mays Trophy, awarded by the Donington Park Racing Association Club, for his efforts.

Fortec’s Pipo Derani, who started second on the grid, shadowed Tincknell throughout and was pleased with his fifth podium of the year: “This is good for me. I’ve had a lot of races this year which I could have finished well but didn’t, and it’s been disappointing. Apart from that it has been a good year – lots of learning and some good results as well. Now it’s all about preparation to see if I can get back next year and try to do better.”

Third place went the way of Brazil’s Pietro Fantin, who snatched it away from Serralles on lap eight at Coppice. “He made a mistake, had oversteer,” said Carlin man Fantin. “I almost didn’t make it – I had two wheels on the grass there on the inside – but I knew that Felix was fighting for the championship so I didn’t think that he would come back at me.”

Serralles did not fight back: he had a job on his hands preserving fourth place from the attentions of his Fortec team-mate Hannes van Asseldonk. The Puerto Rican kept him at bay for the duration.

The first-lap clash between Jaafar and Lynn started with a brave move from Jaafar through the Craner Curves, Jazeman pulling alongside Alex to run side-by-side with the Fortec man as they approached the Old Hairpin. Lynn then locked up and slithered wide and into Jaafar; a deflating rear tyre on Lynn’s car was blamed for the incident.

Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series
Round 28, Donington Park Grand Prix 30/9/2012
13 laps / 32.33 miles

Provisional results International class
1  Harry TINCKNELL / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  20m 12.362s / 96.01mph
2  Pipo DERANI / BRA,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +1.718s
3  Pietro FANTIN / BRA,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +3.344s
4  Felix SERRALLES / PUR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +4.064s
5  Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +5.786s
6  Jack HARVEY / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +6.852s
7  Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK / GBR,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  +9.248s
8  Nick McBRIDE / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Nissan  +11.218s
9  Geoff UHRHANE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  +11.624s

National class
1  Hywel LLOYD / GBR,  CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda  +18.504s
2  Spike GODDARD / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  +18.928s
3  Pedro Pablo CALBIMONTE / BOL,  T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  +23.582s
4  Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda  +32.346s

Did not finish
Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  0 laps
Alex LYNN / GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  0 laps

Fastest lap Fantin 1m 23.248s / 107.56mph

 

Round 29
28 laps / 69.64 miles

Provisional results International class
1  Jack HARVEY / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  39m 29.398s / 105.81mph
2  Alex LYNN / GBR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +0.682s
3  Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +4.712s
4  Harry TINCKNELL / GBR,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +5.889s
5  Pipo DERANI / BRA,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +6.894s
6  Pietro FANTIN / BRA,  Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen  +7.506s
7  Hannes VAN ASSELDONK / NED,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +8.135s
8  Felix SERRALLES / PUR,  Fortec Dallara-Mercedes  +14.086s
9  Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK / GBR,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  +15.476s
10  Nick McBRIDE / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Nissan  +15.947s
11  Geoff UHRHANE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mercedes  +16.382s

National class
1  Hywel LLOYD / GBR,  CF Racing Dallara-Mugen Honda  +1m 05.612s
2  Pedro Pablo CALBIMONTE / BOL,  T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  +1m 06.410s
3  Duvashen PADAYACHEE / AUS,  Double R Dallara-Mugen Honda  +1m 23.355s
4  Spike GODDARD / AUS,  T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  +1m 24.613s

Fastest lap Lynn 1m 23.766s / 106.89mph

Full timesheets http://bit.ly/Ps9v4k

Provisional final championship standings
1 Harvey 319 points;
2 Jaafar 306; 3 Serralles 299; 4 Lynn 253; 5 Tincknell 226; 6 Carlos Sainz 224; 7 Fantin 195; 8 Derani 146; 9 van Asseldonk 132; 10 McBride 85 etc

National class 1 Goddard 427; 2 Padayachee 377; 3 Adderly Fong 161; 4 Calbimonte 124; 5 Lloyd 61.

F3 Euro Series

This weekend in Spain, the Formula 3 Euro Series young-guns are entering the home straight of their 2012 season. At Valencia, they will contest the 19th, 20th and 21st race of the year, with the season finale at Hockenheim following on 19th to 21st October. Championship leader Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) travels to the 4.005-kilometre circuit Ricardo Tormo with 187 points on his tally while second-placed Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport), the best rookie of the season, follows 25 points behind. Meanwhile, local hero Carlos Sainz (Carlin) also set himself the goal to shine in front of his home crowd.

In 2011, Juncadella secured two podiums at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo. And his squad, the Prema Powerteam, also has fond memories of last year’s Valencia weekend. After all, their driver Roberto Merhi, who races in DTM, today, secured the 2011 Euro Series title early, in Spain. A feat that could be repeated by Juncadella. But doing so definitely won’t be a walk in the park for the championship leader as his toughest rival in the battle for the title, Pascal Wehrlein, also travels to Valencia in a confident mood. In the first pre-season tests that also were held at the Spanish metropolis, he impressed by outpacing Juncadella and making it to the top-three on both days.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I’m looking forward the Formula 3 Euro Series weekend in my native country. My hometown, Barcelona, is not far from Valencia and so, some of my friends are going to support me on site. As overtaking is virtually impossible, on this racetrack, securing a good grid position in the qualifying session will be of particular importance, here. In the races, I will avoid any major risk but focus on scoring as many points as possible, instead. I don’t even think about securing the Euro Series title early but I’m determined to get my self in a good and promising position for the season finale at Hockenheim.”

British F3

Jaafar wins at Silverstone after Lynn is penalised

Alex Lynn suffered the highs and lows of motorsport at Silverstone today, winning his maiden Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race only to lose the victory later in the stewards’ room.

Lynn was judged to have anticipated the start of the race, the pole position man creeping forward before the lights went out. Championship leader Jack Harvey was also found to have jumped the start and both men were docked 30 seconds.

Earlier in the day, Lynn had claimed his maiden British F3 pole position, and the reigning Formula Renault UK Champion made the most of the opportunity to lead title fighter Jazeman Jaafar off the line and into Copse corner. By the end of the opening lap Lynn held a 1.4s lead over his Malaysian opponent, and that was as close as Jaafar would get.

“My pace was really good,” said Alex on the podium. “It feels good finally to win my first race but also a bit weird because I’ve run it through in my head so many times. When you finally do it, it seems a bit of an anti-climax.” Alas the real anti-climax came several hours later with his penalty, which dropped him to fourth place overall.

Jaafar, who had trailed Lynn for the duration and crossed the line 10 seconds adrift, was thus promoted to victory, doing his championship hopes no harm at all.

The battle for third on the road was a thriller, with Carlos Sainz fighting for the duration with Harvey, who lost the spot to his Spanish team-mate on the opening lap. They duelled on almost every lap, with championship leader Harvey gaining the upper hand only at the final corner.

“We were fighting the whole race,” said Jack. “On the final lap I dived to the inside into Brooklands and managed to get a good exit; he went quite high and slowish into Luffield and I just managed to drive around the outside of him.” Harvey’s penalty dropped him to eighth, with Sainz gaining second and Harry Tincknell promoted to third.

With the other main championship protagonist, Fortec’s Felix Serralles, in strife also after a startline stall, the net result is a very close battle at the top of the standings, with Harvey now nursing a three-point lead over Jaafar and Serralles.

After the reshuffle, Pietro Fantin was fifth, with Rupert Svendsen-Cook sixth on his return to the championship with the Double R team, ahead of Serralles and Harvey. Pipo Derani was ninth after serving a drive-through penalty – his pit crew were deemed to have lingered too long on the grid before the off. Some compensation for Pipo was that his number was pulled from the hat on the podium and he will start tomorrow’s reverse-grid sprint race from pole position.

Hannes van Asseldonk retired from fifth early on with engine dramas, with Geoff Uhrhane (Double R) and Nick McBride (T-Sport) tangling on the final lap while disputing eighth.
T-Sport’s Spike Goddard enjoyed a trouble-free run to National class victory, leading home his team-mate Pedro Pablo Calbimonte. “I just got off the line well and kept looking forward,” said the Australian.

British F3

Rising star Jaafar quickest in Silverstone pre-race tests

Jazeman Jaafar underlined his intentions for the coming weekend of Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series action at Silverstone today by dominating the free practice sessions at the British Grand Prix circuit.

The 19-year-old Malaysian – who was yesterday nominated by the British Racing Drivers Club as its first-ever Asian ‘Rising Star’ – topped the timesheets in both morning and afternoon sessions. His morning time of 1m 53.787s was the quickest of the day by a quarter of a second; the Volkswagen-powered Carlin driver was the only man to break the 1m 54s barrier around the 3.7-mile track.

Jaafar was quickest again in the hotter and generally slower afternoon session, this time by 0.179s. “I’m pleased,” said Jazeman. “The last two meetings of the year are crucial for me. I need to start strong and finish strong to make up the points I lost earlier in the year. This is a good start to the weekend and I am happy with the car.”

Jaafar said he was delighted by his BRDC honour: “To be the first Asian to be a part of it makes me proud.”

Jaafar’s team-mate Carlos Sainz Junior ran him closest in the morning, and in the afternoon it was another Carlin man, championship leader Jack Harvey, who led the pursuit. Harvey, Fortec’s Felix Serralles and Jaafar are the leaders in the title fight with six races remaining, and are separated by 20 points.

Harvey was the only driver to improve in the afternoon, the Racing Steps Foundation-backed teenager from Lincolnshire finding a tenth of a second. Serralles, who lost track time in the morning through an off-track excursion caused by a broken rear wing strut, ended his day eighth overall, behind his team-mates Alex Lynn and Pipo Derani.

Championship returnee Rupert Svendsen-Cook was third fastest overall and the leading Mercedes runner on his competitive debut with the Double R team.

Harry Tincknell was another to suffer mechanical problems, the Carlin man running strongly in session one until a brake issue halted him out on track.

In the National class, Double R’s Duvashen Padayachee was quickest when it counted in session one, with class points leader Spike Goddard (T-Sport) recovering well from a late first-session off to lead the way in the afternoon.

Saturday’s British F3 qualifying is scheduled for 1040 and the first of the weekend’s races due off at 1515.

British F3

REFLECTIONS DURING THE SUMMER BREAK FROM THE HARRY TINCKNELL RACING TEAM

 

As we hit the summer break and the sun does its best to break through, we’ve taken some time to reflect on the season so far. It’s been a thrilling few months with Harry Tincknell currently in sixth place in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

 

How the season began

 

Following a highly competitive maiden season in the 2011 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, Harry Tincknell set his sights on the 2012 title with reigning champions Carlin Motorsport.  “I’m very excited to be joining Carlin,” said Harry. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running when we go testing with the new cars shortly.”

 

First wins

 

Harry then took his first victory of the season when the F3 Series visited Rockingham, /Northamptonshire, on 9-10 June 2012. Having earned second place on the grid for the sprint race, Harry went from strength to strength, leapfrogging pole-sitter Nick McBride to take the lead at turn one. Determined Harry Tincknell maintained first place for the remainder of the 20-minute race, keeping team-mate Pietro Fantin at bay to take his maiden triumph of 2012 and the second F3 win of his career.

 

“I’ve been working really hard to improve my starts,” commented Harry. “I’m delighted that it’s paid off. I knew when race two started I just had to get in front by the first corner and that’s exactly what happened. It worked perfectly.”

 

Further top spots

 

Harry then secured further podium finishes of the season when the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series visited Brands Hatch, Kent, for rounds 12-14 on 23-24 June 2012. And again atGermany’sNorisring streetcircuit before heading to a further podium top spot at Snetterton in the last race weekend before the summer break.

 

Next rounds

 

All of the team are now gearing up for Silverstone before the final rounds atDoningtonPark, both in September.

 

 

 

Reflections during the summer break from the Harry Tincknell Racing team

by harrytincknellracing

As we hit the summer break and the sun does its best to break through, we’ve taken some time to reflect on the season so far. It’s been a thrilling few months with Harry Tincknell currently in sixth place in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

How the season began

Following a highly competitive maiden season in the 2011 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, Harry Tincknell set his sights on the 2012 title with reigning champions Carlin Motorsport.  “I’m very excited to be joining Carlin,” said Harry. “I can’t wait to hit the ground running when we go testing with the new cars shortly.”

First wins

Harry then took his first victory of the season when the F3 Series visited Rockingham, /Northamptonshire, on 9-10 June 2012. Having earned second place on the grid for the sprint race, Harry went from strength to strength, leapfrogging pole-sitter Nick McBride to take the lead at turn one. Determined Harry Tincknell maintained first place for the remainder of the 20-minute race, keeping team-mate Pietro Fantin at bay to take his maiden triumph of 2012 and the second F3 win of his career.

“I’ve been working really hard to improve my starts,” commented Harry. “I’m delighted that it’s paid off. I knew when race two started I just had to get in front by the first corner and that’s exactly what happened. It worked perfectly.”

Further top spots

Harry then secured further podium finishes of the season when the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series visited Brands Hatch, Kent, for rounds 12-14 on 23-24 June 2012. And again atGermany’sNorisring streetcircuit before heading to a further podium top spot at Snetterton in the last race weekend before the summer break.

Next rounds

All of the team are now gearing up for Silverstone before the final rounds atDoningtonPark, both in September.

 

British F3

Snetterton wins for Tincknell and rainmaster Sainz…

Harry Tincknell and Carlos Sainz claimed the race wins at Snetterton today to give the Carlin team a clean sweep of victories in the Snetterton weekend of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series. Saturday victor Jack Harvey meanwhile took a fourth and third place today to maintain the championship lead he regained yesterday.

In the National class, Adderly Fong triumphed twice more to give the CF Racing team a hat-trick of Snetterton class wins.

Round 22
Harry Tincknell racked up his third sprint-race win of the season this morning, the Carlin driver leading from pole position to chequered flag to score a three-second victory over his team-mate Jazeman Jaafar.

After a dire first Snetterton race yesterday, in which he finished 12th after a puncture, Tincknell was handed a lifeline in the reverse-grid draw and exploited the opportunity to the full with an impeccable start ahead of the National class cars of Duvashen Padayachee and Spike Goddard.

Jaafar, who started sixth, made short work of the National runners to move into second place on the second lap. But by this stage Tincknell was 3.6s ahead and only a mistake from Harry would offer any opportunity to his Malaysian pursuer. None came.

“I knew I had to get a really good start; I did that, and once I was out in front it was fairly straightforward to be honest,” said Exeter-based Tincknell. “I drove really consistently but I didn’t really have to push too hard. It was all just about being consistent and bringing it home.”

Title bidder Jaafar was eager for points after a disappointing first-race run. In addition to those he scored for second place, he took the extra point for fastest race lap. “I didn’t want Harry to get away too much, but he did,” said Jazeman. “That didn’t stop me from pushing, getting fastest laps. Each point is very important to me because I lost a lot yesterday.”

Third place was held by four different drivers, with T-Sport man Goddard holding on to it for four laps after being passed by Jaafar. But Spike was called to the pits for a drive-through penalty for an out-of-position start and Adderly Fong took up the running in his National class CF Racing machine.

Behind the Chinese driver there was a gaggle of impatient International class men, headed by T-Sport driver Nick McBride. The stopper came out of the bottle two laps from the end, Fong slipping from third to eighth in the space of a single lap.

McBride’s podium was his first in British F3 and the first for the Nissan-Tomei power unit. “I got stuck behind Adderly and was amazed by the amount of understeer you get when you are that close behind,” said the Australian. “I was getting quite worried because there was a big hungry pack behind. I was just trying to keep my head and not do anything stupid.”

A 12th-place grid slot gave Saturday winner and championship leader Jack Harvey a big task, but the Lincolnshire lad rose to it, climbing to seventh on the opening lap. He picked off three more by the end to secure fourth at the line. “That’s all right,” said Jack. “I had a bit of problem at the start with the handbrake system, so it was a good result I think.”

Fortec’s Alex Lynn followed Harvey home for fifth, ahead of his team-mates Felix Serralles and Pipo Derani. Fortec’s fourth man, Hannes van Asseldonk, was delayed by a puncture after contact on the opening lap.

Pietro Fantin was eighth for Carlin and Fong ninth overall to claim another convincing National class win, ahead of Double R’s Geoff Uhrhane and Carlos Sainz, who had started from the back after his Saturday race retirement.

T-Sport’s Pedro Pablo Calbimonte headed home Duvashen Padayachee and Goddard for second in the National class.

Round 23
Just as at Spa-Francorchamps a week ago, a wet track provided the ideal platform for Carlos Sainz to shine at Snetterton this afternoon, the 17-year-old Spanish driver collecting his fifth win of the season.

Sainz, who started from second on the grid behind pole man Harvey, took control of the race at the start, leading into Riches after making a better getaway than the championship leader. By the end of the opening lap Red Bull Junior Team driver Sainz was 1.4s clear of his closest rival and that was as close as anyone would get to the Carlin man for the duration.

Harvey slipped to third behind his chief title rival, Fortec’s Felix Serralles, on the opening lap and a frustrated Jack was unable to live with the leaders’ pace, even though he did salvage a point for fastest lap on the penultimate lap. Harvey holds on to the championship lead he regained from Serralles with his Saturday Snetterton victory, but it’s a slender advantage of just four points with six races remaining.

“It’s been a good weekend,” said Jack. “But I’m a bit disappointed by the result of the final race. Our pace was not as good as it should have been and I’m not really sure what went wrong; the damage was done pretty much after five laps. I just couldn’t keep up with the guys in front despite giving it everything. To be positive, I’m back leading the championship, which is what it’s all about.”

Serralles admitted his race target was to get ahead of Harvey: “I wasn’t really pushing because I was ahead of Harvey,” said the Puerto Rican. “That was the main thing: to keep him behind me and gain as many points as I could.”

Sainz was delighted by his 12.4-second victory: “I’m very pleased to be back on top of the podium again. I really like these conditions, and I had a really good car for them.

Alex Lynn lost out to his team-mate Serralles on the opening lap to fall back to fourth from P3 on the grid; Alex held on to that spot to the end, ahead of Jazeman Jaafar. The Malaysian came under pressure initially from Hannes van Asseldonk, until a mid-race spin dropped the Dutchman back; he nonetheless finished sixth.

Morning race victor Harry Tincknell was another to drop back on lap one; he fought back from eighth past his team-mate Pietro Fantin to secure seventh despite a puncture, with Fantin slipping behind his Brazilian countryman Pipo Derani to finish ninth. Double R’s Fahmi Ilyas collected the final point in 10th.

The conditions again suited Adderly Fong down to a tee, and CF Racing’s Chinese driver took his third National class win of the Snetterton weekend, well clear of T-Sport’s Pedro Pablo Calbimonte.