Magnussen triumphs in Silverstone opener
8 October 2011 – Carlin's Kevin Magnussen delivered a dominant performance during the opening race of the weekend at Silverstone on Saturday afternoon, moving up to second place in the championship standings as a result. The Dane led away from pole position to build up a comfortable lead, with Scott Pye and Felipe Nasr completing the podium.
As the lights went out amid cold October weather, a mad dash to the first corner saw Pye move up to second place, with Champion Nasr being squeezed back to third. A small mistake by Carlin man Rupert Svendsen-Cook just a few corners later saw the Briton slip well down the order, losing fourth place at Chapel before retiring in the pit lane.
The top three quickly began to pull away at the front, with Magnussen putting together a string of fast lap times and leaving Pye in search of an answer for his pace. The podium positions only looked like changing when Jazeman Jaafar began to cut the gap to third place man Nasr, but the Malaysian ultimately couldn’t close in enough.
Behind Jaafar, who had to settle for fourth at the chequered flag, Lucas Foresti rounded out the top five, with the latter's Fortec team-mate Will Buller leading a train of cars a little further down the road. Carlos Huertas trailed the Ulsterman by little more than four tenths, while Alexander Sims and Pietro Fantin occupied eighth and ninth respectively.
Britain’s Jack Harvey rounded out the top ten positions, having battled hard with Mitch Evans early on in the race, the latter ultimately retiring after an excursion at Chapel. The overall result means that Magnussen sits 16 points clear of third place man Huertas in the battle for second, with Buller a further 11 points adrift in fourth.
Sunday's Race 2 begins at 10.07am local time (BST)