Magnussen misfire hands win to Nasr
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3 July 2011 – Felipe Nasr benefited from a late technical issue endured by Kevin Magnussen to claim his fifth win of the season at the Nürburgring this afternoon, reaching the top step of the podium for the first time this weekend. An unfortunate engine misfire dropped Magnussen all the way down to fifth place at the chequered flag, promoting António Félix da Costa and Carlos Huertas up the order and onto the rostrum.
"I don’t know what happened to Kevin, he just slowed suddenly in the middle sector," said Nasr, 2009 Formula BMW Europe Champion, after the 40-minute race. "Sometimes wins just come unexpectedly. We were pretty strong all weekend. This is a bit of pay-back because at Snetterton I started from pole position twice and didn’t get any wins."
A strong getaway saw Magnussen maintain his advantage from pole, with Nasr slotting in behind. The Brazilian tried to apply pressure in the same way he did during yesterday afternoon’s opening race, but Magnussen seemingly had the lead under control. A late engine problem would ultimately gift Nasr the victory, as Magnussen helplessly slipped down the order at the wheel of a slowing car.
Second place was decided when Portugal’s Félix da Costa, who received a grid penalty for hitting Will Buller in Race 2, forced his way past Huertas on the final lap. Fortec’s Lucas Foresti was next up in fourth place, achieving his best result of the weekend ahead of an ailing Magnussen. Rupert Svendsen-Cook had to settle for sixth at the end of the race, finishing just six tenths behind his Carlin team-mate.
Buller was able to score points after the disappointment of this morning’s race, grabbing seventh in front of Pietro Fantin. Harry Tincknell and Pedro Nunes rounded out the top ten, while Bart Hylkema ensured a Rookie Class clean sweep this weekend by outracing rival Kotaro Sakurai. At the top of the championship table, Nasr moves into a 75 point lead over second place man Lucas Foresti.
The British F3 field will be back in action at Paul Ricard in a fortnight's time