Foresti triumphs in Race 1 at Brands
18 June 2011 – Lucas Foresti mastered changeable conditions at Brands Hatch on Saturday afternoon to claim his third victory of the season, holding off championship leader Felipe Nasr who had been closing rapidly on slick tyres. The Fortec driver opted to keep wets on for the whole race after a damp start, crossing the line 4.966 seconds ahead of Nasr, while pole-sitter Rupert Svendsen-Cook slipped back to third.
A pre-race downpour left the drivers with no choice but to begin on the wet compound, with the circuit covered in rain water. Svendsen-Cook got away smoothly from his grid-slot and held a comfortable lead at the first corner, with Carlos Huertas and Nasr also maintaining position. Fortec driver Will Buller endured a much more troublesome start, dropping significantly down the order from fourth place.
After his poor start, Buller was eager to make up ground and pitted first for the dry tyres. Most of the field followed suit over the next few laps, including race leader Svendsen-Cook who stayed out longer than many of his rivals. He exited the pit lane just ahead of team-mate Nasr, but lost the position moments later when entering the apex at Druids. Meanwhile, Foresti was still lapping on the wet tyres and showed no signs of pitting, with Nasr and Svendsen-Cook leading the slick tyre chase behind.
Jazeman Jaafar followed home Carlin team-mates Nasr and Svendsen-Cook at the finish, two seconds ahead of front row starter Huertas who secured a healthy points haul in fifth. Buller and Pye were next up, while Magnussen was classified just in front of Menasheh Idafar and Harry Tincknell after receiving a ten second penalty.
Sunday's Race 2 begins at 11.20am (BST)