Nasr takes assured victory in final race
17 April 2011 – Felipe Nasr secured his second victory of the weekend at Monza on Sunday afternoon, crossing the line two seconds ahead of compatriot Lucas Foresti to extend his lead in the championship. Carlin Motorsport’s Jazeman Jaafar completed the top three, in a hotly contested fight for the final spot on the podium.
As the race got underway, Jaafar made the jump on Denmark’s Kevin Magnussen to take the early lead. However, the Malaysian soon dropped back into the clutches of Lucas Foresti who was able to take the lead on Lap 7. Behind the front runners, Nasr was carving his way through the field and homing in on a podium finish after starting from eighth on the grid.
Nasr climbed up to second with a handful of laps to go, and continued to close in on Foresti who was doing his best to build a gap to the pack behind. His pace was not quite strong enough to keep Nasr at bay, and he lost the lead on Lap 18, just three tours away from the chequered flag. Nasr went on to seal the win, making it two race wins out a possible three during the first Round of the championship.
Behind Foresti and Jaafar who secured strong podium finishes, Will Buller finished fourth again behind the wheel of his Fortect Motorsport machine. He was followed by Race 1 podium visitor Carlos Huertas, while Rupert Svendsen-Cook - who visited the top step of the podium in the second race - brought his Carlin machine home in sixth.
Magnussen ended the 40-minute race in eighth, with Pipo Derani crossing the line some four seconds behind. Fahmi Ilyas was able to salvage a point in tenth, as he held off Scott Pye and Riki Christodoulou during the closing stages of the race. Kotaro Sakurai’s continued absence due to a heavily damaged chassis allowed Bart Hylkema to take the Rookie Class victory once again.
The British F3 field will be back in action at Oulton Park next weekend