Huertas wins maiden British F3 race
9 October 2011 – Carlos Huertas stormed to his maiden British F3 victory at Silverstone this afternoon, overcoming pole-sitter Kevin Magnussen with a bold pass at the first corner before holding his own up front. The Colombian crossed the line just 0.510 seconds ahead of his Carlin team-mate at the finish, with Rupert Svendsen-Cook in third.
Magnussen's slightly slower start allowed Huertas to pounce into Copse, with the latter doing enough to maintain the position throughout. Champion Nasr endured one of his worst opening laps of the year, narrowly keeping third at the start before picking up a puncture and recording an unfortunate retirement on the ninth lap of the race.
The next phase of the race saw Huertas and Magnussen trading fastest lap times, with the gap remaining under one second for the whole outing. A series of drive-through penalties then followed, although fourth place finisher Mitch Evans failed to server his and is therefore yet to be officially confirmed on the overall classification.
Huertas held his nerve at the head of the order to lead fellow podium finishers Magnussen and Svendsen-Cook home, with Evans, Will Buller and Lucas Foresti shaping the top six. Motopark pilot Alexander Sims delivered another impressive performance in what was only his third British F3 race, fending off Brazil’s Pietro Fantin to the chequered flag after a range of overtakes early on.
Jazeman Jaafar and Hywel Lloyd were the last drivers inside the top ten, with the latter sealing his first points finish since the second race at Rockingham. The top step of the podium for Huertas also denied Magnussen the honour of overtaking arch-rival Nasr in terms of triumphs this season, with the pair tied on seven wins each.
- Post-race feelings from winner Carlos Huertas
The British F3 field will now break until testing for the 2012 season begins