Svendsen-Cook wins Donington opener
24 September 2011 – Rupert Svendsen-Cook claimed victory during this afternoon’s opening British Formula 3 race at Donington Park, leading from pole position to move back into the fight for second place in the overall championship standings. Carlos Huertas was next up at the finish, with series rookie Jack Harvey completing an all-Carlin podium.
"I got a fantastic start, the car had a really good feel throughout the race," said Svendsen-Cook. "I wasn’t so happy with the balance of the car in qualifying, but we made a few changes and it was bang-on for the race. Everything was under control and I’m happy to get another victory to add to the one I scored at Monza."
The battle for fourth place was originally between Champion Felipe Nasr and fellow Carlin driver Kevin Magnussen, but the pair collided on Lap 2 and both had to pit with punctures. Scott Pye ultimately claimed the position ahead of Jazeman Jaafar and GP3 title holder Valtteri Bottas, with Menasheh Idafar and Harry Tincknell narrowly behind.
Will Buller and Russia’s Max Snegirev were the last of the top ten finishers, while Magnussen bounced back to claim the fastest lap and seize the bonus point on offer.
Sunday's Race 2 begins at 10.15am local time (BST)