2011 British F3 Round of Monza (Rd 1, Race 2, April 17th)

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Rupert Svendsen-Cook took a commanding victory in the second of this weekend’s British Formula 3 races at Monza.

The Carlin pilot snatched an early lead from polesitter Riki Christodoulou (Hitech), remaining virtually unchallenged thereafter.

“I overtook Riki into the first chicane and then really pushed hard to break the tow. All I focused on after that was pushing hard, no mistakes, and consistent lap times and I got a good gap to break the tow so they couldn’t catch me.”

Race 1 winner Felipe Nasr took the runner-up prize in his Volkswagen-powered Dallara, thanks to a a move on William Buller on the eighth lap.
The Fortec runner had sustained a large amount of pressure from Nasr until then; however the Briton stayed in Nasr’s eye-line for the duration. Afterwards, Buller seemed pleased with his efforts:

“To finish on the podium is what we are here to do. I got the fastest lap, so I took the same total points as Rupert.”

Christodoulou eventually fell to 4th. The 22-year-old did not have the pace to keep with the top three once they had passed, yet had the measure of Jazeman Jaafar (5th, Carlin).

Carlos Huertas took a quiet 6th place finish having started on the second row. The Colombian was a clear four seconds in front of a stellar battle for seventh spot headed by Sino Vision’s Hywel Lloyd.
The Welshman led a gaggle of cars across the line, with Kevin Magnussen (8th, Carlin), Pietro Fantin (9th, Hitech) and Lucas Foresti (Fortec); however Foresti would later be penalised 25 seconds for causing a collision with Menasheh Idafar on the final lap – a penalty that would drop the Brazilian to 17th.
It would promote Carlin runner Jack Harvey to 10th and Fortec’s Harry Tincknell to 11th. It was a six car battle separated by just two seconds come the chequered flag.

Reigning British Formula Ford champion, Scott Pye made for an anonymous figure in the race, falling half-a-minute behind after the twelve lap event. The Australian assumed 12th ahead of Yann Cunha (13th, T-Sport), Bruno Mendez (14th, Hitech), and the sole Rookie Class entrant, Bart Hylkema (15th, T-Sport).

Adderly Fong limped home 16th following a late race collision with Pipo Derani (Double R). Menasheh Idafar was 18th and last thanks to crash damage from his shunt with Foresti. The T-Sport pilot was running with Huertas for much of the event until a late rear-end tap, sent the Briton into a spin.

Fahmi Ilyas found the Monza gravel trap inviting on the fourth tour around, while Kotaru Sakurai did not even start following his smash in the first race.
Race Rating: 3 out of 5

2011 British F3 Round of Monza (Rd 1, Race 2, April 17th)
 1  Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin-Volkswagen 21:30.188 (12 laps)
 2  Felipe Nasr          Carlin-Volkswagen     1.045
 3  William Buller       Fortec-Mercedes       1.568
 4  Riki Christodoulou   Hitech-Volkswagen     6.636
 5  Jazeman Jaafar       Carlin-Volkswagen     7.713
 6  Carlos Huertas       Carlin-Volkswagen    15.692
 7  Hywel Lloyd          Sino Vision-Mercedes 20.050
 8  Kevin Magnussen      Carlin-Volkswagen    20.506
 9  Pietro Fantin        Hitech-Volkswagen    22.013
10  Jack Harvey          Carlin-Volkswagen    22.205
11  Harry Tincknell      Fortec-Mercedes      22.397
12  Scott Pye            Double R-Mercedes    28.940
13  Yann Cunha           T-Sport-Volkswagen   31.305
14  Bruno Mendez         Hitech-Volkswagen    31.651
15  Bart Hylkema         T-Sport-Mugen Honda  32.581
16  Adderly Fong         Sino Vision-Mercedes 43.369
17  Lucas Foresti        Fortec-Mercedes      22.030 (**25-sec penalty)
18  Menasheh Idafar      T-Sport-Volkswagen   53.212
R   Pipo Derani          Double R-Mercedes    3 laps
R   Fahmi Ilyas          Fortec-Mercedes     10 laps
DNS Kotaru Sakurai       Hitech-Mugen Honda       --

Provisional championship standings
1 Nasr           30 points
2 Jaafar         21
3 Buller         20 
4 Svendsen-Cook  18 
5 Huertas        17 
6 Christodoulou  13
Rookie class:
1 Hylkema        12
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