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2011 British Formula 3 Round of the Nurburgring (Rd 5, Race 3, July 3rd)

July 4, 2011

© Creative Commons / Will Pittenger

Felipe Nasr’s quest for the 2011 British Formula 3 Championship received yet another boost at the Nurburgring yesterday.

The Brazilian inherited the lead from teammate Kevin Magnussen with three laps remaining, thanks to the Dane suffering an engine misfire.
It had been a dream race until that point for Magnussen, as he steered himself towards what should have been his fourth victory of the season. The stalking Nasr needed no further invitation and he swept passed the ailing Magnussen on lap 18.

Deprived of momentum, Magnussen could not even stay in the top four. As he lost five-six seconds per lap in the final few tours, Carlos Huertas (Carlin), Antonio Felix da Costa (Hitech) and Lucas Foresti (Fortec) all gained spots.
There was further fortune for da Costa. Having been given a three-place grid drop for a Race 2 infraction, the Brazilian made a good start from 8th to take 6th on the opening lap.
More passes on Rupert Svendsen-Cook (Carlin, lap 2), Foresti (lap 16) brought the GP3 regular to Huertas. Sensing a gap, da Costa made a last lap lunge to steal the runner-up spot.

Huertas did not hide his disappointment. The Colombian had also been handed a three-place penalty thanks to Race 2 foul. Jumping from 5th to 3rd, the Carlin man stayed there for much of the race; although a brief gain thanks to the struggling Magnussen was quickly lost to da Costa’s aggression.
Foresti passed Magnussen on the final lap to ensure a solid points finish, but solid points are what the Brazilian needs if he is to take the challenge to Nasr.

Svendsen-Cook came to within a second of demoting Magnussen further, but had to settle for 6th, just 1.1 seconds ahead of William Buller (7th, Fortec) and two seconds clear of Pietro Fantin (8th, Hitech).
Fortec Motorsport’s Harry Tincknell made it twelve consecutive points finishes; coming home 9th just 0.4 of-a-second in front of the attacking Pedro Nunes (Hitech).
It had been a good run by Nunes. Having started 13th, the GP3 regular suffered a poor start, but moves on Pipo Derani (lap 2), Fahmi Ilyas (lap 4) and Scott Pye (lap 6) brought Nunes back into the points paying positions.

Jazeman Jaafar’s run of good results ended with a point-less finish, although the Malaysian still carved out a fabulous race. A stall on the formation lap saw Jaafar start from the pitlane, but the Carlin pilot sliced through the field to assume 11th spot at the flag.
Pye (Double R) took 12th place at the flag, nearly two-seconds shy of Jaafar.

As the race aged, neither Double R’s Derani nor morning race winner Jack Harvey (Carlin) progressed through the field. Beyond a brief tussle for position, static races would see the pair finish 13th and 14th respectively, with Sino Vision’s Adderly Fong (15th) and Yann Cunha (16th, T-Sport) several seconds in arrears.

Bart Hylkema beat Kotaro Sakurai to the Rookie Class win, making it a clean sweep for the Dutch pilot this weekend. Hylkema led the battle for the duration, but his victory was rubber stamped thanks to a late drive through penalty for his Japanese opponent. Hywel Lloyd (Sino Vision) was the final classified driver in 19th and lap down having had an early off.

Meanwhile, neither Ilyas (Fortec) nor Menasheh Idafar made it to the end, with Ilyas disappearing four laps from the end.
Idafar’s nightmare weekend continued – a pitstop at the end of the second lap dropped the Bahraini national to the rear of the pack. That was compounded with a spin two laps later, bringing out a brief safety car while his stricken Dallara was gathered by the marshals.

With the series moving to the sixth round in France in less than two weeks, Foresti has certainly given himself a mountain to climb. The Brazilian is now 75 points adrift of title leader Nasr
This leaves the Fortec pilot needing a string of startling results to reel Nasr in and considering Nasr’s current form, that isn’t likely to happen.

British Formula 3 Round of the Nurburgring (Rd 5, Race 3)
Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap
 1.  Felipe Nasr             Carlin Dallara-VW          40m45.907s
 2.  Antonio Felix da Costa  Hitech Dallara-VW            + 6.964s
 3.  Carlos Huertas          Carlin Dallara-VW            + 7.576s
 4.  Lucas Foresti           Fortec Dallara-Merc          + 9.974s
 5.  Kevin Magnussen         Carlin Dallara-VW           + 16.152s
 6.  Rupert Svendsen-Cook    Carlin Dallara-VW           + 16.779s
 7.  Will Buller             Fortec Dallara-Merc         + 17.867s
 8.  Pietro Fantin           Hitech Dallara-VW           + 18.772s
 9.  Harry Tincknell         Fortec Dallara-Merc         + 20.939s
10.  Pedro Nunes             Hitech Dallara-VW           + 21.387s
11.  Jazeman Jaafar          Carlin Dallara-VW           + 22.075s
12.  Scott Pye               Double R Dallara-Merc       + 22.854s
13.  Pipo Derani             Double R Dallara-Merc       + 28.403s
14.  Jack Harvey             Carlin Dallara-VW           + 28.684s
15.  Adderly Fong            Sino Vision Dallara-Merc    + 30.346s
16.  Yann Cunha              T-Sport Dallara-VW          + 32.043s
17.  Bart Hylkema            T-Sport Dallara-Mugen       + 37.684s
18.  Kotaro Sakurai          Hitech Dallara-Mugen      + 1m09.544s
19.  Hywel Lloyd             Sino Vision Dallara-Merc      + 1 lap
Retirements:
     Fahmi Ilyas             Fortec Dallara-Merc           16 laps
     Menasheh Idafar         T-Sport Dallara-VW             5 laps

2011 British Formula 3 Championship Standings(Rd 5, Race 3)
Pos Driver Team Points
Championship Class
 1. Felipe Nasr           Carlin  196
 2. Lucas Foresti         Fortec  121
 3. Jazeman Jaafar        Carlin  110
 4. Carlos Huertas        Carlin  107
 5. Kevin Magnussen       Carlin   96
 6. Rupert Svendsen-Cook  Carlin   79
 7. William Buller        Fortec   75
 8. Harry Tincknell       Fortec   63
 9. Pietro Fantin         Hitech   58
10. Riki Christodoulou    Hitech   61
11. Menasheh Idafar       T-Sport  27
12. Scott Pye             Double R 26
Rookie Class
 1. Bart Hylkema          T-Sport 214
 2. Kotaro Sakurai        Hitech  159
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