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2011 British F3 Round of Snetterton (Rd 3, Race 1, May 14th)

May 14, 2011

Carlin’s Kevin Magnussen took a fabulous British Formula 3 victory at Snetterton today.

The Dane pulled off two very brave moves around the outside of Riches corner, to assume the lead, either side of a safety car period.

It was not the greatest of starts for Magnussen. A sluggish start from the front row saw the 18-year-old fall to 3rd place behind Hitech Racing’s Riki Christodoulou. Amidst this, poleman Felipe Nasr flew off the line, although the Brazilian was only able to pull out a small margin in the early stages.

Magnussen made the first of his sterling overtakes around Riches at the beginning of the third tour, as the Dane forced the issue upon Christodoulou. With the Hitech man dispatched, Magnussen pegged Nasr’s lead to just over one second, until eighth lap, whereby the race was neutralised by the safety car.
Both Scott Pye (Double R) and Fahmi Ilyas (Fortec) retired on laps six and seven respectively, – Pye with a mechanical and Ilyas with an accident; however with their machines stranded in dangerous positions, the safety car emerged, closing up the field in the process.

Green conditions returned on the eleventh lap, and though Nasr got a good restart, Magnussen’s was even better, allowing the Dane to force the issue and push around the outside of Riches turn. The decisive move made, Magnussen held the lead, eventually winning by 0.6 of-a-second despite some late race pressure being applied by Nasr.

“I didn’t make the best start and fell down to 3rd, but got passed Riki [Christodoulou] in the first corner. I was catching Nasr when we had the safety car – he was good on the restart and got a really good go, but I managed to get on the outside of him on the first corner and just take it. I just took my chance really – I saw a gap and just went for it.”

Carlos Huertas completed an all-Carlin podium. The Colombian started 4th, collecting 3rd spot when Christodoulou suffered an off on the the fifth lap while under pressure. While not ecstatic, Huertas was seeing some positives from his run:

“Yeah, much better than qualifying where I was really struggling with the car. I had good pace and was within a tenth of the fastest lap. It’s a big improvement and points, so I’m happy.”

Christodoulou’s error also let Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Pietro Fantin through; however where the Briton would repass Fantin on the twelfth tour, Svendsen-Cook was simply too far ahead.
Fantin, for his efforts, assumed a safe 6th ahead of Hywel Lloyd (7th, Sino Vision) and Harry Tincknell (8th, Fortec).

Fortec Motorsport duo William Buller and Lucas Foresti rounded out the top ten, with Buller ahead at the flag. Foresti started from 15th, but having reached 10th by lap seven, the Brazilian attempted several aggressive moves on his teammate.
However Buller was just as aggressive in his defence – although Buller came close to crossing the line on the 13th lap, squeezing Foresti onto the grass on the start / finish straight.

Yann Cunha (T-Sport) took 11th ahead of Adderly Fong (Sino Vision). They finished far in front of Jazeman Jaafar, who had a disastrous race – a poor start (falling from 7th to 14th on the opening tour) left the Malaysian on the back foot for the first stint.
Jaafar made his way to 11th for a time, only to be jumped by Cunha and Fong at the post-safety car restart.
Come the chequered flag, Jaafar also lost places to Pipo Derani (13th), Menasheh Idafar (14th) and Jack Harvey. While Idafar and Harvey had indifferent races, Derani earned his 13th spot, by lining up on the grid incorrectly, gaining a drive through as a result.

Magnussen’s victory lifts him to 9th in the championship table with 32 points; however the Dane is still a long way adrift of his Championship leading teammate, Felipe Nasr – his podium leaves him with 108 points; twice that of next up Lucas Foresti.

Bart Hylkema took another Rookie Class win over Kotaru Sakurai, giving the Dutch driver a 64 point lead over his Japanese rival.
Race Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
 1   Kevin Magnussen       Carlin Dallara-VW         30m54.041s (17 laps)
 2.  Felipe Nasr           Carlin Dallara-VW           + 0.616s
 3.  Carlos Huertas        Carlin Dallara-VW           + 3.373s
 4.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin Dallara-VW           + 5.255s
 5.  Riki Christodoulou    Hitech Dallara-VW           + 8.051s
 6.  Pietro Fantin         Hitech Dallara-VW           + 8.542s
 7.  Hywel Lloyd           Sino Vision Dallara-Merc   + 11.238s
 8.  Harry Tincknell       Fortec Dallara-Merc        + 11.906s
 9.  William Buller        Fortec Dallara-Merc        + 12.016s
10.  Lucas Foresti         Fortec Dallara-Merc        + 13.427s
11.  Yann Cunha            T-Sport Dallara-VW         + 15.210s
12.  Adderly Fong          Sino Vision Dallara-Merc   + 19.791s
13.  Pipo Derani           Double R Dallara-Merc      + 23.081s
14.  Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport Dallara-VW         + 23.729s
15.  Jack Harvey           Carlin Dallara-VW          + 26.026s
16.  Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin Dallara-VW          + 26.952s
17.  Bart Hylkema          T-Sport Dallara-Mugen      + 28.744s
18.  Kotaro Sakurai        Hitech Dallara-Mugen       + 34.746s
Retirements:
     Scott Pye             Double R Dallara-Merc         6 laps
     Fahmi Ilyas           Fortec Dallara-Merc           4 laps

British Formula 3 International Championship (Rd 3, Race 1)
Pos Drivers Points
 1 Nasr          108
 2 Foresti        59
 3 Jaafar         58
 4 Huertas        55
 5 Svendsen-Cook  45
 6 Fantin         37
 8 Buller         34
 9 Magnussen      32
 10 Tincknell     21
Rookie class
 1 Hylkema       109
 2 Sakurai        45

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