Nasr fends off Foresti to win final race
25 April 2011 – Brazil's Felipe Nasr was able to convert his Race 3 pole position into victory at Oulton Park on Monday afternoon, maintaining a consistent gap to Lucas Foresti who crossed the line 3.4 seconds behind. Despite Foresti’s ability to keep the leader in sight, he failed to match the ultimate pace of his fellow countryman and had to settle for second place. In a distant third, Menasheh Idafar bounced back from retirements during the opening two races to complete the podium.
All of the drivers got away cleanly when the lights went out, with Will Buller the only man towards the front end of the grid being able to make progress. The Briton found his way past Jazeman Jaafar for fifth place, and he set about moving further up the order. The battle for the lead soon quietened, and despite an early fastest lap from Foresti, Nasr was able to slowly build his lead.
The biggest action to occur over the next handful of laps was between Kotaro Sakurai and Bart Hylkema who were battling for the Rookie Class lead. Under similar circumstances to those seen in Race 1 on Saturday, Hylkema was able to find a way through after some strong defending from Sakurai. The Dutchman then increased his lead lap after lap, leaving Sakurai without an answer for his pace.
As the race reached double figures, Nasr was more than two seconds clear at the front, and responded well to Foresti’s surges of pace throughout. Further down the timesheets there was yet more unfortunate news for Kevin Magnussen, as the Dane retired and brought his already challenging weekend to a premature conclusion.
Idafar had a large train of drivers behind him in the battle for third, although Carlin Motorsport’s Rupert Svendsen-Cook behind could not get within half a second of the Bahraini driver and he struggled to launch an attack. Despite some early passes from Sino Vision Racing's Adderly Fong, there was little action during the remainder of the 40-minute race.
Nasr’s win means he retains his championship lead, and he now moves to a total of three wins in 2011. Behind the top three, Svendsen-Cook held on to fourth, with another four cars crossing the line in close succession. William Buller secured his best finish of the weekend in fifth, with Jazeman Jafaar narrowly behind. Harry Tincknell and Scott Pye were the last men doing battle inside the six-car group, while Pietro Fantin and Carlos Huertas completed the top ten.
The British F3 field will be back in action at Snetterton in three weeks' time