Tincknell claims maiden British F3 victory
19 June 2011 – Fortec's Harry Tincknell led from start to finish to secure his first ever British Formula 3 victory at Brands Hatch this morning, keeping his calm after an early Safety Car period to cross the line 0.609 seconds ahead of Menasheh Idafar. The pair were closely matched throughout the 13 lap race, while Carlos Huertas backed up his fifth place finish from yesterday afternoon by completing the podium.
Skies remained overcast at the venue as the drivers lined up on the grid for Race 2, but the track surface was crucially dry. Unfortunately for third place man Kevin Magnussen, a misfire forced him to start from the pit lane exit. When the race got underway, Tincknell maintained his advantage and held off Idafar into Turn 1, while Max Snegirev and Fahmi Ilyas collided on the pit-straight to bring out the Safety Car.
The biggest mover before the caution period was Felipe Nasr, moving up to fifth place from ninth on the grid. In contrast, Will Buller had another challenging first lap, being tapped around at the first corner and dropping to the back of the field. There order saw barely any changes when the Pace Car came in before the start of Lap 5, with Tincknell managing the restart well and settling into a rhythm for the final few tours.
As the chequered flag came out it was Tincknell who took it first, holding off Idafar and taking a well-deserved win. Huertas collected more points in third, just ahead of Scott Pye crossed the line in a promising fourth place. The top five was completed by Jazeman Jaafar, while Felipe Nasr had to make do with sixth after losing the position to his team-mate soon after the restart.
At the back of the field, a last lap battle for Rookie honours ended in both Bart Hylkema and Kotaro Sakurai sliding onto the grass at Surtees. The pair got going again, but Hylkema’s damaged car ensured the class victory for Sakurai.
Race 3 begins at 2.10pm local time (BST)