Nasr avoids carnage to win Race 3
18 July 2010 – Brazil’s Felipe Nasr has ensured three different winning teams from as many races at Rockingham by steering clear of high drama to cross the finish line first. Behind the Räikkönen Robertson driver, championship Jean-Eric Vernge’s Carlin has finished a dramatic second ahead of team-mate James Calado.
With Vergne having won Saturday’s first race before Daniel McKenzie enjoyed a maiden British Formula 3 triumph earlier today, it was not a clean start to Race 3 as two separate incidents mixed up the running order.
The first came as Vergne moved across on Carlos Huertas – Double R team-mate to Nasr – approaching Deene hairpin, forcing the Columbian onto the grass, into a spin and out of the race; however, the chaos didn’t stop there, as the Frenchman then clouted the back of pole man Oli Webb’s Fortec.
Behind, as Huertas went off, team-mate Daisuke Nakajima was also severely compromised, as were the Hitechs of Gabriel Dias and Pietro Fantin plus the Carlin of Rupert Svendsen-Cook and Alex Brundle’s T-Sport. With debris littered across the circuit, the Safety Car was deployed as Webb managed to rejoin the race on his way to an eventual finishing position of sixth.
Following Vergne’s antics, it was then Carlin team-mate Adriano Buzaid who made most of the headlines on his way to fourth place, first madly defending on the inside line whilst leading before Nasr finally passed by selling a dummy and diving through on the inside of Deene.
Buzaid then proceeded to frantically defend for second, with Vergne having fought his way up way up from fifth to challenge and eventually overtake with an imposing move around the outside at favourite passing place Deene. James Calado managed to seize the final podium spot after Jazeman Jaafar’s Carlin tapped the back of Buzaid and broke its front wing.
In seventh, James Cole took the National Class honours, with T-Sport team-mate Menasheh Idafar just seven tenths of a second in arrears.
Rounds 16-18 will be staged in Belgium as BF3 makes its way to the spectacular Spa-Francorchamps on the weekend of 31 July-1 August