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Sainz Jr makes it two at Monza in sodden British F3 race

April 18, 2012

Carlos Sainz Jr claimed his second win of the weekend in yet another wet British Formula 3 race at Monza.

As with the opening race the previous day, the 17-year-old led every lap, garnering a 17-second lead ahead of Fortec rival Felix Serralles come the chequered flag.

And just like the morning’s Sprint Race, the afternoon Feature started behind safety car, but for only a single tour.

As soon as the race was green, Sainz Jr was gone into the distance. By the end of the first racing lap, the Spaniard drew a clear 2.3 seconds ahead of Serralles, extending that advantage to 9 seconds by the tenth tour. In complete command, Sainz Jr erected a lead that would not be punctured.

“The car was perfect today, so a big thank you to the team. The conditions were very tricky today, but I just focused on my own race and not making any mistakes this afternoon and pulled out a gap bit by bit. It’s been a fantastic weekend, and to take two races wins at such an important circuit as Monza in such challenging conditions means a lot.”

Much of Serralles time loss was down to a faltering gearbox, but the Puerto Rican held on magnificently to record another podium finish, garnering the “Mobil Service Centre Master of the Weekend” award.

Well behind the leading pair, Alex Lynn enjoyed a quiet run to 3rd for his first Formula 3 podium of the season.
Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar was far busier – the Malaysian spent the race holding Hannes van Asseldonk at bay for 4th and 5th respectively, with Jaafar pipping the Fortec combatant by one second come the flag.

Harry Tincknell won a tough battle for 6th spot, as the Englishman made the most of his Volkswagen-powered Dallara in the final two laps.
Precious late moves on Jack Harvey (Carlin, lap 18) and Pipo Derani (Fortec, lap 19) garnered vital positions for Tincknell, bringing him joint-6th with Pietro Fantin in the points standings.

Tincknell’s move on Derani – at the Roggia chicane – provided a disappointing end to the weekend for the Brazilian Derani, who had gallantly held 6th spot to that point. Harvey, though, was the biggest loser, after having spent much of the race pressing against Derani’s rear wing.
For his part, Fantin lay within the four-way battle for the top six in the early running, but fell out after seven tours with an electrical failure.

Behind Harvey, Nick McBride (T-Sport) assumed 9th place, well ahead of Double R runner Fahmi Ilyas, who was subjected to a drive-through penalty after he removed teammate Geoff Uhrhane from the action.

Spike Goddard claimed his fifth National Class win of the season, although it is becoming apparent that sole class rival Duvashen Padayachee is closing in on pace with every event.

The second round gives Sainz Jr an eight-point championship lead over of Serralles, with Jaafar and Harvey in close quarters.
After that short burst of races, the next round is not for another month, where the series moves to the south of France for the iconic Grand Prix de Pau – an event that also makes up a round of the reborn FIA European Formula 3 Championship.

2012 British Formula 3 Round of Monza (Rd 2, Race 3, 19 laps)
Pos  Driver               Team/Car                   Time/Gap 
 1.  Carlos Sainz Jr      Carlin Dallara-VW          
 2.  Felix Serralles      Fortec Dallara-Merc       + 16.711s 
 3.  Alex Lynn            Fortec Dallara-Merc       + 27.424s 
 4.  Jazeman Jaafar       Carlin Dallara-VW         + 32.083s 
 5.  Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc       + 33.891s 
 6.  Harry Tincknell      Carlin Dallara-VW         + 38.530s 
 7.  Pipo Derani          Fortec Dallara-Merc       + 41.236s 
 8.  Jack Harvey          Carlin Dallara-VW         + 41.749s 
 9.  Nick McBride         T-Sport Dallara-Nissan    + 49.826s 
10.  Fahmi Ilyas          Double R Dallara-Merc   + 1m30.064s 
11.  Spike Goddard        T-Sport Dallara-Mugen*  + 1m44.938s 
12.  Duvashen Padayachee  Double R Dallara-Mugen* + 1m52.702s  
Retirements:
Pietro Fantin        Carlin Dallara-VW            7 laps      
Geoff Uhrhane        Double R Dallara-Merc        6 laps  
Italics = National Class
^Notes compiled from updates and team releases.

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2012 British Formula 3 Series (Round 2)
International Class 
Pos Driver Points
 1. Carlos Sainz Jr       74
 2. Felix Serralles       66
 3. Jazamen Jaafar        65
 4. Jack Harvey           63
 5. Pipo Derani           48
 6. Pietro Fantin         40
 7. Harry Tincknell       40
 8. Alex Lynn             39
 9. Hannes van Asseldonk  22
10. Nick McBride          19
National Class
Pos Driver Points
 1. Spike Goddard        104
 2. Duvashen Padayachee   82
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