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British F3

 

First spoils to Buller at Silverstone

Brit steers clear of trouble as Jones steals National class

Fortec Motorsports’ William Buller took the opening win of the 2013 Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series, with a solid eight second victory in race one at Silverstone on a sunny Saturday afternoon. 

It was Performance Racing Europe’s John Bryant-Meisner finished first on the road, but his invitation class status means the Swede doesn’t score points, despite taking the flag ahead of Buller.

Bryant-Meisner started from pole, but a slow start for fellow front-row starter Jordan King dropped the Carlin driver down the field, team-mate Nicholas Latifi taking up second place at King’s expense.

Canadian Latifi defended his position valiantly on the opening lap, but came under pressure immediately from Fortec Motorsport’s Felix Serralles. The Puerto Rican made a brave move around the outside through the high-speed Abbey corner, but the pair made contact at the loop when Latifi tried to respond, both dropping to last as they sat locked together in the middle of the track.

It was Buller that took up second place ahead of team-mate Felipe Guimaraes, but the latter was soon overpowered by both Carlin’s Jann Mardenborough and then King, who made an impressive recovery through the field following his slow getaway.

Twenty-year-old Buller then found himself under extreme pressure from the two Carlin drivers. GT-turned single-seater racer Mardenborough ran slightly wide following an attempt to overtake the former three-time British F3 race winner around the outside at Stowe corner; fellow F3 rookie King took full advantage and slipped through at Club. The battle continued as Mardenborough hung on through Village before fending off the Carlin driver’s next attack at Brooklands.

The battle between the two Carlin drivers ended prematurely following a move up the inside into the Village loop by King that resulted in contact; King retired to the pits while team-mate Mardenborough spun, retiring also with left-rear suspension damage.

Although now some ten seconds behind invitation class entrant Bryant-Meisner, Buller was a comfortable first in the International class ahead of his Brazilian team-mate, Guimaraes. Elsewhere, a drive-through penalty for Double R’s Antonio Giovinazzi for not respecting track limits dropped the Italian to fifth position, handing third to team-mate Sean Gelael and fourth to the third Double R Dallara-Mercedes of Tatiana Calderon who thrived amidst the surrounding pressure.

The race order remained that way until the chequered flag, Buller triumphing in the first race of the season from team-mate Guimaraes making it two Fortec drivers on the podium and a strong podium finish for Gelael, the youngest driver on the grid.

National Class pole-sitter Ed Jones survived a first-lap scare when a sideways moment sent him onto the grass exiting Becketts, but he recovered through to field to bring his West-Tec machine home first ahead of long-time race leader, CF Racing’s Sun Zheng, Jones dispatching fellow team-mate Cameron Twynham before snatching success from the Chinese driver in the dying moments of the race.

Mark Bailey Racing’s Alice Powell was another driver not to see the chequered flag, pulling off the race track with mechanical problems having battled with the National Class cars for much of the race.

The top eight finishers from race one will be reversed to decide the grid for race two tomorrow, . Sunday seeing two further 30-minute races, race two beginning at 12 pm while the third gets underway at 4:55 pm.

Quotes:
John Bryant-Meisner,  #51 Performance Racing Europe Dallara-Volkswagen (INV) (OTR Winner)
‘It’s a very good feeling. I made a great start, and then I was clear of the battles going on behind me, which meant I could get away. The car was exactly where I wanted it. Even without the boost the car was still quick, and actually felt more consistent.’

Ed Jones, #81 Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota (NAT) (Class Winner)
‘It didn’t get off to the best start, coming out of Becketts I hit the kerb and that put me off onto the grass so I dropped more or less to the back of the field. I had some good racing with people from then; Zheng was hard to do much about as his car was fast in a straight line, but I managed to finally get a good run on him and got by.’

Race one results:
– John Bryant-Meisner / SWE, Performance Racing Europe Dallara-Volkswagen   31:07.288
1 Will Buller / GBR, Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes    +16.533
2 Felipe Guimaraes / BRA, Fortec Motorsport Dallara-Mercedes   +25.163
3 Sean Gelael / IDN, Double R Dallara-Mercedes   +39.513
4 Tatiana Calderon / COL, Double R Dallara-Mercedes    +40.142
5 Antonio Giovinazzi / ITA Double R Dallara-Mercedes   +51.888*

National Class result:
1 Ed Jones / GBR, Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota   32:21.519
2 Sun Zheng / CHI, CF Racing Dallara-NBE   +5.734
3 Cameron Twynham / GBR, Team West-Tec Dallara-Toyota   +7.358
*Five-second time penalty added to their race time.

Provisional championship standings
1 Buller 25 points; 2 Guimaraes 18 points; 3 Gelael 15 points; 4 Calderon 12 points; 5 Giovinazzi 10 points.

F3

F3 at Monza

FINAL DAY OF TESTING FOR THE F3 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP-

While the first of the two scheduled days of testing for the FIA Formula 3 European Championship teams and drivers had to be scheduled due to the adverse weather conditions, the 30 drivers finally could go out today to complete their testing programmes. The fastest driver at the tradition-rich 5.793-kilometre circuit located not far from Milan was William Buller (ThreeBond with T-Sport, 1:45.345 minutes), with Alex Lynn (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.611 minutes) and Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.714 minutes) finishing second and third respectively.

At the beginning of the second day of testing, however, the teams and drivers once again had to wait in the garages as the track turned out to be a glassy skating rink when the light at the pit-lane exit was supposed to be switched green. Only around 11:00hrs, the sun had warmed the track to an extent that the final day of testing prior to the season kick-off could begin.

William Buller secured the position on the top of the time sheets only in the closing minutes of the test that had been extended by an hour. “This was a good day,” the Briton said afterwards. “Monza has got a completely different layout than Barcelona and nonetheless, I was quick at both circuits. We did a good job today and as I see it, things look rather promising, for the weekend.” Alex Lynn, the second-fastest of the tests, also was happy with his achievements. “We mainly focused on setting the car up for this track. The fact that we were among the quickest, nevertheless, is really nice. The approach of the squad demonstrates that Prema Powerteam has got a lot of experience.” Close behind the Briton, his team-mate Raffaele Marciello finished third, followed by Tom Blomqvist (Eurointernational, 1:45.764 minutes) and Antonio Giovinazzi (Double R Racing, 1:45.789). Italian Giovinazzi was delighted with having made it to the top five. “I know Monza well and like the circuit a lot. I truly look forward to the race weekend and think that a home race at the beginning of the season can be an extra boost.”

Luis Felipe Derani (Fortec Motorsports, 1:45.869 minutes) impressed by setting the fastest lap time of the morning session. At the end of the day, however, the Brazilian had to settle for finishing sixth. “In the opening stages of the morning session, the conditions still were difficult and I took it easy,” he revealed. “But when the track dried more and more, I really went for. It’s nice to have secured one of the top positions but we still have a lot of work to do. It’s a pity that the first day of testing had to be cancelled due to the bad weather.”

Harry Tincknell (Carlin, 1:45.895 minutes), Lucas Auer (Prema Powerteam, 1:45.994), Félix Serrallés (Fortec Motorsports, 1:46.026) and Måns Grenhagen (Van Amersfoort Racing, 1:46.030) completed the top 10. Now, the young drivers and their teams will spend two days off at Monza before the Formula 3 European Championship season will be kicked off from Friday to Sunday at the same venue.

F3 Euro Series

GERMAN ROOKIE PASCAL WEHRLEIN CLAIMS MAIDEN FORMULA 3 WIN…

The 15th Formula 3 Euro Series season round ended with the maiden season victory of a rookie driver: Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) won from William Buller (Carlin) and Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin). At the 3.629 kilometres long Nürburgring sprint circuit, the 17-year old German benefited from a drive-through penalty for Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam), who was leading at the time. The Spaniard remains on top in the points’ standings while Wehrlein moved up into second place in the driver’ standings with his victory.

The third round of the weekend provided plenty of action. A few metres after the start, Daniel Juncadella and Felix Rosenqvist (Mücke Motorsport) collided in the run towards the first corner. Sven Müller (Prema Powerteam), Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) and Andrea Roda (Jo Zeller Racing) also retired after incidents on the opening lap. Because of the collision with Rosenqvist, Juncadella was soon given a drive-through penalty and lost the lead to Pascal Wehrlein. After that, the Mücke driver drove a safe victory home.

Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport): “The start and the first lap were spectacular. I was able to remain out of all the incidents and also benefited from Daniel Juncadella’s penalty soon after that. My speed was good, I was able to extend my advantage throughout the race. However, I had to remain focussed all race long and I couldn’t make any mistakes. I hope that more podium results will follow.”

William Buller (Carlin): “The first lap was pretty interesting. I was able to benefit, because I could stay out of all the action. Like Pascal, I also benefited from Daniel’s penalty. After the first two races of this weekend didn’t go well for me, the team has worked very hard and deserved this podium finish.”

Jazeman Jaafar (Carlin): “”My race wasn’t easy, because the two ma-con drivers Emil Bernstorff and Tom Blomqvist have put me under considerable pressure and made me sweat in the heat. My start was good and I was able to stay out of all the collisions on the opening lap.”

GP3

Buller storms to first win in chaotic Silverstone race
 
Carlin record double win on home soil in Round 4
 
Carlin’s William Buller claimed his maiden victory in GP3 today in a race that was full of drama and excitement until the very end! It concluded a fantastic weekend for Carlin after achieving their first win in the Series on Saturday with Antonio Felix Da Costa and then sealing a double victory at home in front of a massive crowd.
 
With light rain starting to fall as the drivers were on the grid preparing, strategic calls came into play and it was Carlin and Buller who made the brave decision to start on slick tyres as the rain fell. Pole man Kevin Ceccon made a good start but it was Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas who got the jump on front row man Alex Brundle (the latter starting on slicks). Also on the move was Series leader Mitch Evans who surged through from seventh to third. The battle was on as Felix Da Costa and the New Zealander fought over third place with the Portuguese star on a mission and finding a way through.
 
Ellinas was not content with second and soon set after race leader Ceccon and made his way to P1 by the end of the first lap. By lap 3, Ellinas had pulled a 3.2 second margin as the drivers got to grips with tricky and changeable conditions. The majority of the field started on wets and for some their tyres soon started to fade away as the rain that was expected to come down, didn’t.
 
Felix Da Costa moved up to P2 passing Ceccon, whilst Evans began to struggle with his tyres and was overtaken by Daniel Abt (Lotus GP) and soon had to defend from teammate Matias Laine. With the track drying it soon became evident that the quicker tyre to be on were the slicks, as demonstrated by Buller who began setting purple sectors and fastest laps. Jenzer Motorsport’s Patric Niederhauser and Robert Visoiu began their charge through the pack on the wet tyre and began to take advantage.
 
Ellinas remained in front ahead of Felix Da Costa, Niederhauser, Ceccon and Visoiu. Mitch Evans spun at turn 7 and at the midway point of the race came in for tyre change. Buller was climbing his way up to P6 at this point with Conor Daly (Lotus GP) also on the up. There was a new race leader after Niederhauser overtook both Felix Da Costa and Ellinas and looked in a dominant position in P1. Ellinas also pitted for slicks from P2 whilst Buller continued to set an impressive pace on slicks moving to P2. The Brit was all over the back of the Swiss for the lead and he grabbed P1 and pulled out a large gap.
 
The track conditions started to catch the drivers out with Alice Powell ending her race in gravel, soon to be followed by Abt. Before Abt could climb out of his car Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) joined him for a company, tapping the Lotus GP car after spinning off in the same place. There was drama still to come with one of the main contenders for the GP3 crown, Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP) hitting the back of Laine and sending his car up into the air. That was a premature end to the Finn’s race and no points.
 
Buller continued to increase his advantage over the front whilst Daly (who started on slicks) rose to P2 passing Niederhauser. The Brit crossed the chequered flag with an eight second lead to celebrate his maiden victory, with Daly enjoying a solid points score. Niederhauser hung onto the final spot on the rostrum after nursing his wet tyres home to finish ahead of Ellinas, Visoiu, Felix Da Costa and Ceccon. The final point went to Atech CRS GP new driver Fabio Gamberini making his debut here at Silverstone.
 
With the top two in the Drivers Standings failing to score points, Evans continues to hold his 11 point advantage over Vainio with Felix Da Costa closing the gap in third.

Formula 3 Euroseries

Daniel Juncadella wins action-packed race

After an action-packed race, Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam) claimed victory in the tenth season round of the Formula 3 Euro Series, which also counts towards the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. The Spaniard received the trophy from Gerhard Berger, the president of the FIA single-seater commission. William Buller (Carlin) finished second, Emil Bernstorff (ma-con Motorsport) ended up as the best-placed rookie in third. For the Brit, it was his first podium finish in the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Raffaele Marciello (Prema Powerteam) took the lead at the start, but had to hand over first place to Daniel Juncadella on the opening lap already. The Spaniard remained in the lead until lap 34, when he ran too wide at the Dutzendteich hairpin. Pascal Wehrlein (Mücke Motorsport) took the chance and went past. On lap 40, Juncadella wanted to counter, but collided with the race leader in the process, turning the latter around. While approaching the Schöller-S, he couldn’t avoid a collision with Marciello after which the Italian retired. William Buller and Emil Bernstorff took over second and third place behind Juncadella, who remains in the lead of the Formula 3 Euro Series.

Daniel Juncadella (Prema Powerteam): “I was in the lead, but then I made a slight mistake and Pascal overtook me. Soon after that, he made a mistake, from which I wanted to benefit, so I dove into the gap. Unfortunately, Pascal left me no room. What exactly happened with Raffaele Marciello soon after that, I don’t really know. I am sorry that he retired after the collision. Nevertheless, I am pleased with my performance.”

William Buller (Carlin): “Of course, I benefited form the fact that Pascal Wehrlein and Raffaele Marciello retired in front of me. But as a team, we have closed up the gap to the front runners in such a way that we are there to benefit when these situations occur.”

Emil Bernstorff (ma-con Motorsport): “Admittedly, we didn’t have the same speed as the front-runners, but I moved up into third place after the two retirements in front of me. We have decided to join the Euro Series only three weeks prior to the start of the season and in the meantime, we have learned a lot.”

GP3

Buller on top after Valencia Test

Carlin’s William Buller quickest in mid season testing in Spain

Britain’s William Buller set the pace on the second and final day of testing at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo after producing a laptime of 1:26.389 which was three tenths faster than Matias Laine on day one. Mitch Evans (MW Arden) headed the afternoon timings by just one thousandth of a second over the Carlin man.

There was one change to the line-up with Robert Visoiu absent from the test due to an exam so Irishman Gary Thompson made his debut in the Jenzer Motorsport car.

The session started in glorious sunshine and much hotter temperatures than yesterday, with the drivers eager to set a fast time early on. Trident Racing’s Nico Muller set an early benchmark and was on another hot lap when his team mate Vicky Piria spun into the gravel after 20 minutes, thus causing a halt for a red flag. Buller who was in second, soon went P1, a tenth faster than the Swiss driver.

As the track temperature climbed to 42 degrees, the drivers returned to the pits to make set-up changes and to concentrate on long runs in preparation for the upcoming races. Evans and Buller’s Carlin teammate Antonio Felix Da Costa posted the third and fourth fastest times, ahead of Marussia Manor Racing’s Tio Ellinas who snuck ahead of Patric Niederhauser (Jenzer Motorsport) at the mid-point of the morning session. Seventh was Series leader Aaro Vainio (Lotus GP) and Kevin Ceccon progressed to eighth in the latter stages in his Ocean Racing Technology car after having a brief moment off track which caused a momentary red flag. Daniel Abt (Lotus GP) and Marlon Stockinger (Status Grand Prix) completed the top ten.

When the afternoon session commenced after the one hour break, the MW Arden trio were first out the blocks along with the Status Grand Prix drivers with Evans topping the timesheets. Stockinger shot to P2 ahead of David Fumanelli and Laine in the first hour. The focus for a lot of the teams was race simulation along with pit stop practice for some crews. Tamas Pal Kiss (Atech CRS GP) jumped up to fourth at the midway point, followed by Niederhauser going P3.

GP3 debutant Gary Thompson rose to P4 in the final thirty minutes of the session whilst fastest man of the day Buller set a laptime just one thousandth of a second off Evans’ best time of the afternoon but remained in P2 at the chequered flag. Stockinger was also just 0.023s off the New Zealander’s best lap showing how fierce the competition at the front is. Ellinas was fourth ahead of Niederhauser, Thompson, Fumanelli, Ceccon, Pal-Kiss and Felix Da Costa.