Menasheh Idafar was penalised yesterday evening following his lap nineteen collision with Pipo Derani in yesterday’s British Formula 3 race at Donington Park.
The Anglo-Bahraini driver came home 7th, but was later penalised 3.5 seconds, dropping him to 11th and out of the points. Idafar had been battling with Derani for 7th spot, when the T-Sport pilot collected his rival at the Melbourne hairpin, sending Derani into a half-spin.
Derani recovered to finish in 11th place; however Idafar’s penalty brings the Brazilian a top ten finish.
The penalty promotes Harry Tincknell, William Buller and Max Snegirev to 7th, 8th and 9th respectively. It means Buller will now start from pole position for today’s twenty-minute event, as opposed to 9th – something which could be a key development in the battle for championship runner-up.
2011 British F3 Rnd of Donington (Rd 9, Race 1, Sept 24th Amended) Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW 29m29.797s 2. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW + 3.196s 3. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW + 3.646s 4. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc + 4.027s 5. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 4.717s 6. Valtteri Bottas Double R Dallara-Merc + 5.200s 7. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc + 16.220s 8. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 16.836s 9. Maxim Snegirev Hitech Dallara-VW + 18.050s 10. Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Merc + 18.614s 11. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW + 15.160s * 12. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-VW + 19.224s 13. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-VW + 23.309s 14. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-VW + 27.360s 15. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Merc + 28.107s 16. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Merc + 32.653s 17. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc + 33.854s 18. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Merc + 59.390s 19. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen + 1m07.015s Retirements: Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW 13 laps Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW 5 laps *Post-race penalty for collision. 2011 British F3 Championship Standings (Rd 9, Race 1 Amended) Pos Driver Points International Class 1. Felipe Nasr 297 2. Carlo Huertas 181 3. Kevin Magnussen 175 4. William Buller 174 5. Jazeman Jaafar 167 6. Rupert Svendsen-Cook 164 7. Lucas Foresti 140 8. Jack Harvey 104 9. Pietro Fantin 100 10. Harry Tincknell 72 11. Scott Pye 58 12. Riki Christodoulou 51 Rookie Class 1. Kotaro Sakurai 321 2. Bart Hylkema 214 3. Luca Orlandi 45