2011 British Formula 3 Round of the Nurburgring (Rd 5, Race 1, July 2nd)

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Kevin Magnussen claimed his third British Formula 3 win of the season at the Nurburgring.

The Dane led from the pole, but his were mirrors filled by Carlin teammate Felipe Nasr for the duration.

Magnussen’s speed through the first sector of the lap allowed him enough of a gap over Nasr to hold the Brazilian off for the rest of the circuit.
The pair tussled hard for the entire fifteen laps, for Magnussen to sweep the flag by only half-a-second.
It also proved to be the Dane’s first Grand Slam of the year, with Magnussen claiming pole position, the race win and fastest lap.

There would be a thirteen second gap to the final podium finisher, Harry Tincknell. It is the fourth top-three finish of the year for the Fortec pilot and his first in a main race event. Tincknell’s finish is even more impressive considering he lined-up 8th on the grid, but a good start mixed with some wheel banging in the opening corner, brought the Exeter native to the front.
Jazeman Jaafar kept Tincknell honest throughout. The Malaysian crossed the finish line just six-tenths shy of the Fortec man to continue his impressive run of points finishes this year.

A further eight-second gap followed to 5th placed man William Buller. The Northern Irishman led a gaggle of cars to the finish, with just 1.6 seconds covering Buller, Antonio Felix da Costa (6th, Hitech), Jack Harvey (7th, Carlin) and Rupert Svendsen-Cook (8th, Carlin).

For da Costa, the weekend has thus proved to be adequate preparation for his GP3 race at the Nurburgring in a few weeks. His jump from 9th on the grid will leave him feeling confident going into the next two races of the weekend, but maybe not as confident as Harvey.
The Briton has struggled at times this year. A solid run from the sixth row to claim his third points paying place will come as a welcome prize.
Svendsen-Cook will no doubt be disappointed – the Carlin pilot started 5th, only to drop 10th in the first corner fallout. A determined drive gave him two more places, although Svendsen-Cook may be counting his losses.

Menasheh Idafar originally crossed the line in 9th place, but an infringement earned the Bahraini pilot a 30-second penalty, dropping him 19th.
Idafar’s loss would the gain of others, including Fortec’s Lucas Foresti. The Brazilian found himself promoted to 9th ahead of Pedro Nunes (10th, Hitech). Initially Foresti was another to lose out early on having started 7th. With Nasr claiming another good result, it leaves Foresti falling back in the Championship battle as the races begin to run out.

Bart Hylkema assumed another Rookie Class win over Kotaro Sakurai, although the Dutch driver will also have been delighted to have beaten Championship Class pilot Yann Cunha to the flag.
Carlos Huertas was the only driver to not finish, having been knocked out in the first corner accident.

For tomorrow’s sprint race, Kevin Magnussen drew the number 8 position, meaning the Dane will start from the outside of the fourth row, as the top eight invert.
Svendsen-Cook will start from pole position.

British Formula 3 Rd of the Nurburgring (Rd 5, Race 1, July 2nd)
Pos Driver Team Time / Gap
 1. Kevin Magnussen         Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 28m 54.673s (15 laps)
 2. Felipe Nasr             Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen     +0.544s
 3. Harry Tincknell         Fortec Dallara-Mercedes      +13.072s
 4. Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen    +13.622s
 5. William Buller          Fortec Dallara-Mercedes      +21.916s
 6. Antonio Felix da Costa  Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen    +22.234s
 7. Jack Harvey             Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen    +22.379s
 8. Rupert Svendsen-Cook    Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen    +23.578s
 9. Lucas Foresti           Fortec Dallara-Mercedes      +29.747s
10. Pedro Nunes             Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen    +30.230s
11. Pietro Fantin           Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen    +31.368s
12. Scott Pye               Double R Dallara-Mercedes    +34.585s
13. Fahmi Ilyas             Fortec Dallara-Mercedes      +38.932s
14. Pipo Derani             Double R Dallara-Mercedes    +43.830s
15. Adderly Fong            Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes +47.953s
16. Hywel Lloyd             Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes +54.104s
17. Bart Hylkema            T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda  +55.633s
18. Yann Cunha              T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen   +56.230s
19. Menasheh Idafar         T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen   +29.013s*
20. Kotaro Sakurai          Hitech Dallara-Mugen Honda +1:00.144s
 R. Carlos Huertas          Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen    +15 laps
(*30-second penalty)

2011 British Formula 3 Championship (Rd 5, Race 1)
Championship Class
 1. Felipe Nasr          Carlin   169
 2. Lucas Foresti        Fortec   111
 3. Jazeman Jaafar       Carlin   104
 4. Carlos Huertas       Carlin    95
 5. Kevin Magnussen      Carlin    82
 6. William Buller       Fortec    71
 7. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin    64
 8. Harry Tincknell      Fortec    58
 9. Pietro Fantin        Hitech    55
10. Riki Christodoulou   Hitech    51
11. Menasheh Idafar      T-Sport   29
12. Scott Pye            Double R  25
Rookie Class
 1. Bart Hylkema         T-Sport  182
 2. Kotaro Sakurai       Hitech   134

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