Nasr masters wet conditions to win Race 3

Nasr masters wet conditions to win Race 3

19 June 2011 – Carlin driver Felipe Nasr took a dominant victory in the final race of the weekend at Brands Hatch, crossing the line over 20 seconds ahead of second place man Lucas Foresti. The Brazilian extends his championship lead as a result, moving onto a total of 159 points. Will Buller was able to make up for his misfortune in races one and two, completing the top three at the chequered flag.

In almost identical circumstances to Race 1, a downpour prior to the start left drivers with the challenge of a drenched circuit. As the lights went out Rupert Svendsen-Cook showed no signs of losing his lead, getting away perfectly while Nasr stole second from Adderly Fong at the first corner. Kevin Magnussen was forced to pit on Lap 2 after damaging his front wing, also opting to put slicks on.

The top three were quickly fighting for the top spot, with Svendsen-Cook coming under increasing pressure from Nasr. Foresti lost touch with the top two when he ran wide at Clearways at the end of Lap 4, allowing Fong and Fantin to find a way through. Moments later, Nasr moved into the lead with a confident move at Graham Hill Bend, hugging the inside line throughout.

Fong’s race took a turn for the worse when he went took a trip through the gravel a lap later, falling all the way to the back of the order after his strong qualifying effort. The rain then began to fall again, with Max Snegirev and Pipo Derani colliding in the difficult conditions, forcing the latter to retire. This led to a Safety Car period, in which another torrential downpour ensured a completely wet track surface.

Magnussen opted to pit for wets at this point, making his second trip through the pit lane after putting on dry tyres early in the race. The stricken car of Derani was quickly towed away, allowing the Safety Car to pull in at the end of Lap 9. Nasr took full advantage of the situation with a strong restart, building a significant advantage over Svendsen-Cook.

The championship leader went on to pull away comfortably, lapping a full second quicker than his rivals behind. Meanwhile, third place man Fantin made a move around the outside of Svendsen-Cook at the first corner, but there was not enough room and the pair collided. Will Buller had to take avoiding action, while Fantin dropped to tenth and Svendsen-Cook retired after losing his rear wing.

Nasr crossed the line first to complete a commanding drive ahead of Foresti, taking the top step for the fourth time so far this season. Jazeman Jaafar followed Buller home closely in fourth, while Carlos Huertas finished in the same position he secured in Race 1 on Saturday. Jack Harvey registered his best result of the season in sixth, driving well to move up the order from 11th on the grid.

Hywel Lloyd brought home some points for Sino Vision Racing after team-mate Fong retired in the latter stages, finishing in seventh ahead of Australia’s Scott Pye. Harry Tincknell and Pietro Fantin completed the top ten runners, while Bart Hylkema won the Rookie Class ahead of Kotaro Sakurai.


The British F3 field will be back in action at the Nürburgring in a fortnight's time

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