A “cool under pressure” drive from Harry Tincknell, saw the Exeter man lead from lights to flag in race two at the Norisring this evening.
The Carlin racer held Fortec’s Felix Serralles at bay for the duration, with the gap between the pair less than one second throughout.
Mücke Motorsport’s Pascal Wehrlein came home 3rd, despite contact with Sven Muller.
A stellar start from Tincknell played its part – the Englishman drew cleanly away from the pack upon the start, with Serralles filtering through from 4th to slot in behind the leader.
From there, the gap ping-ponged – some laps, Tincknell pulled a lead of eight-tenths, only to lose much of it come the following tour. The fight continued as such, but with Serralles unable to close those vital last few tenths, Tincknell was assured the victory.
Prema Powerteam’s Pascal Wehrlein came home 3rd following a poor start from the front row.
The German dropped behind Serralles, Felix Rosenqvist and Will Buller; however moves on Buller (lap 9) and Rosenqvist (lap 20) promoted the Prema Powerteam racer to 3rd. Rosenqvist stayed 4th, while Buller maintained 5th to the flag.
Tom Blomqvist took 6th, aided somewhat by a gap on the grid where Daniel Juncadella was originally supposed to start. Next up was Carlin’s Jack Harvey in 7th following a stellar start from the seventh row.
Harvey beat teammate Pietro Fantin to the line; however the Brazilian suffered a dire start when he dropped from 5th to 10th on the opening lap.
Fantin’s cause was helped somewhat when Sven Muller ran into the rear of Wehrlein on lap seven, breaking his front wing in the process.
The Carlin man picked up another spot with a pass on the struggling Sandro Zeller, although the German rookie did well to hang on as long as he did, while at the wheel of old generation Dallara.
Alex Lynn took 9th after a sterling race long battle with Jazeman Jaafar, Hannes van Asseldonk and later Daniel Juncadella.
The quartet became grouped together as they fought to pass Zeller; however it was Lynn who made the most of the challenge, taking Jaafar on lap twelve when the Malaysian clipped the turn three wall.
Van Asseldonk followed through, although Jaafar’s attempts to repass were tersely brushed away.
Jaafar eventually fell into the clutches of Michael Lewis and Juncadella. The American ran wide while taking Jaafar on lap twenty, allowing Juncadella through into 11th. Zeller eventually fell to 12th, while Lewis and Jaafar clung on 13th and 14th respectively.
As per usual, the opening corner was a site for sore eyes, as Jack Harvey clipped the rear of Jazeman Jaafar and Sainz Jr touched Andrea Roda. However, it was Emil Bernstorff slamming the turn three wall that neutralised events, with the first lap shenanigans bringing the safety car briefly on track.
Sainz Jr’s car gave up the ghost with a mechanical issue with three laps remaining.
2012 British F3 Series (Rd 6, race 2, 22 laps) (also F3 Euro Series (Rd 4, race 2) Pos Driver Team/Car Time/Gap 1. Harry Tincknell Carlin Dallara-VW 20m10.193s 2. Felix Serralles Fortec Dallara-Merc + 0.419s 3. Pascal Wehrlein Mucke Dallara-Merc + 2.102s 4. Felix Rosenqvist Mucke Dallara-Merc + 4.715s 5. William Buller Carlin Dallara-VW + 4.840s 6. Tom Blomqvist Ma-Con Dallara-VW + 5.049s 7. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-VW + 7.098s 8. Pietro Fantin Carlin Dallara-VW + 8.522s 9. Alex Lynn Fortec Dallara-Merc + 9.059s 10. Hannes van Asseldonk Fortec Dallara-Merc + 13.053s 11. Daniel Juncadella Prema Dallara-Merc + 14.037s 12. Sandro Zeller Zeller Dallara-Merc + 15.460s 13. Michael Lewis Prema Dallara-Merc + 16.926s 14. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 16.938s 15. Geoff Uhrhane Double R Dallara-Merc + 18.904s 16. Pipo Derani Fortec Dallara-Merc + 19.895s 17. Raffaelle Marciello Prema Dallara-Merc + 20.496s 18. Luis Sa Silva Angola Dallara-Merc + 22.182s 19. Andrea Roda Zeller Dallara-Merc + 22.425s 20. Lucas Wolf URD Dallara-Merc + 22.843s 21. Philip Ellis GU Dallara-Merc + 38.530s 22. Spike Goddard T-Sport Dallara-Mugen + 40.608s 23. Duvashen Padayachee Double R Dallara-Mugen + 51.078s 24. Nick McBride T-Sport Dallara-Nissan + 1 lap Retirements: Carlos Sainz Jr Carlin Dallara-VW 18 laps Sven Muller Prema Dallara-Merc 6 laps Fahmi Ilyas Double R Dallara-Merc 1 lap Emil Bernstorff Ma-Con Dallara-VW 0 laps
Bold = British F3
Italics = British F3 National Class
2012 British F3 Series (Rd 6, Race 2) International Class Pos Driver Points 1. Jack Harvey 186 2. Jazeman Jaafar 182 3. Felix Serralles 152 4. Carlos Sainz Jr 137 5. Alex Lynn 134 6. Harry Tincknell 125 7. Pietro Fantin 125 8. Pipo Derani 94 9. Hannes van Asseldonk 65 10. Nick McBride 53 National Class Pos Driver Points 1. Spike Goddard 249 2. Duvashen Padayachee 217 3. Adderly Fong 62
2012 Formula 3 Euro Series (Rd 4, race 2) Drivers' Championship Pos Driver Points 1. Daniel Juncadella 113 2. William Buller 105 3. Raffaele Marciello 104 4. Pascal Wehrlein 92 5. Carlos Sainz Jr 82 6. Sven Muller 79 7. Felix Rosenqvist 74 8. Michael Lewis 69 9. Tom Blomqvist 61 10. Emil Bernstroff 29 Teams' Championship Pos Team Points 1. Prema Powerteam 292 2. Carlin 187 3. Mucke Motorsport 166 4. ma-con Motorsport 87 5. Jo Zeller Racing 21