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Menasheh Idafar Penalised Following Mid-Race Clash

September 25, 2011

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
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