Donington - Race 2 Results
Douglas Motorsport's Ulysse De Pauw secured a maiden BRDC British F3 victory at a wet Donington Park this morning, as he dominated the reversed grid race two from pole position, despite a late charge from Carlin's Kaylen Frederick who climbed from 11th on the grid to second. Hillspeed's Oliver Clarke completed the podium with third, his first top-three result in British F3.
Lanan Racing's Bart Horsten claimed fourth, just three tenths of a second ahead of Double R Racing's Benjamin Pedersen, with yesterday's podium finisher Kush Maini climbing from 16th on the grid to take sixth for Hitech GP. Maini finished two tenths ahead of Carlin's Nazim Azman, with yesterday's race winner Louis Foster going from 18th to eighth for Double R. JHR Developments' Carter Williams claimed a first top-10 finish for both the team and driver with ninth, half a second ahead of Lanan Racing's Josh Mason.
De Pauw made a great start from pole position to arrive at Redgate with quite a margin already, and held a lead of over two seconds at the end of a very wet first tour. Williams moved up to second at the expense of teammate and front row starter Max Marzorati, who dropped down the order to 13th, while De Pauw's teammate Manaf Hijjawi was looking to make it a Douglas double on the podium, and moved up to third ahead of Clarke.
Indeed it was the Jordanian driver who initially looked the most combative, and spent the next lap trying to find a way past Williams, eventually making a move stick to take second at the Craner Curves, only to spin out into the barriers exiting the Old Hairpin on lap three.
By this point, De Pauw was already nearly six seconds ahead as everyone behind him battled for position. By the end of lap four, De Pauw's level of dominance was up to 7.4 seconds with Clarke and Guilherme Peixoto moving into second and third at the expense of Williams, with Peixoto nursing a broken front wing.
Behind them, Frederick's charge was just beginning. From 11th, he was already up to sixth, and moved into fifth on lap five with a move on Pedersen. He was third by lap six, as the American and Horsten moved past Williams, but any chance of a win for the Carlin driver seemed to be fading with Clarke eight tenths up the road and De Pauw a further 9.3 seconds in the lead.
But Frederick moved past Clarke on lap seven, and in doing so closed the gap to the Belgian driver to under nine seconds. The championship leader then began to make big inroads, lapping around 1.6 seconds quicker on lap eight to reduce the gap to 7.3 seconds, and another 1.3 seconds quicker the next time around, with the margin now just over six seconds.
De Pauw was still setting personal best laps, but Frederick continued to reduce the gap rapidly, bringing it down to 4.9 seconds with two laps remaining, and 3.5 seconds as they started the final tour. But De Pauw's early work was more than enough to secure a maiden victory by 2.1 seconds, while Frederick did his championship challenge no harm at all by gaining nine places and taking the points for second place.
Clarke ran in the podium places for the majority of the race, holding off a challenge from Peixoto who despite the broken front wing, was holding on to a potential podium finish until he ran wide at Coppice, and was then black flagged to repair the damage, before retiring in the pits.
Horsten enjoyed a charge to fourth from eighth on the grid, while Pedersen was another big gainer, taking fifth having started 10th.
Maini in sixth was one of the few drivers on the grid to have raced these cars in the wet, and he put his experience to good use by climbing three places on the opening lap, and was inside the top-10 by lap three. He then steadily picked off his rivals to bank more strong points for Hitech GP, though he had to withstand late pressure from Azman, who closed in right at the end to take eighth.
Race one winner Foster gained 10 places during the race, including a sensational opening lap that saw him climb to 11th. He remained in that position until lap nine though, when he gained two positions, and then secured eighth with a move around the outside of Williams.
Williams started third, but has limited experience with these cars, especially in the rain, so will have been pleased to have secured a top-10 result with ninth, having run inside the top-five early until the mid-race point.
Mason, another with wet weather experience in the Tatuus BRDC British F3 car claimed his first top-10 result of the season, ahead of Chris Dittmann Racing's Nico Varrone, who gained eight places on his way to 11th.
Kiern Jewiss, Piers Prior, Josh Skelton, Reece Ushijima, Max Marzorati and Sasakorn Chaimongkol completed the 17 finishers.
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BRDC British F3 Championship, Donington Park, race two provisional result:
1. Ulysse De Pauw, Douglas Motorsport, 12 laps
2. Kaylen Frederick, Carlin, +2.140s
3. Oliver Clarke, Hillspeed, +10.614s
4. Bart Horsten, Lanan Racing, +12.181s
5. Benjamin Pedersen, Double R Racing, +12.491s
6. Kush Maini, Hitech GP, +15.775s
7. Nazim Azman, Carlin, +15.984s
8. Louis Foster, Double R Racing, +18.292s
9. Carter Williams, JHR Developments, +21.336s
10. Josh Mason, Lanan Racing, +21.838s
11. Nico Varrone, Chris Dittmann Racing, +22.175s
12. Kiern Jewiss, Douglas Motorsport, +23.179s
13. Piers Prior, Lanan Racing, +26.778s
14. Josh Skelton, Chris Dittmann Racing, +27.200s
15. Reece Ushijima, Hitech GP, +33.828s
16. Max Marzorati, JHR Developments, +50.150s
17. Sasakorn Chaimongkol, Hillspeed, +1m07.662s
DNF. Guilherme Peixoto, Carlin, 9 laps
DNF. Manaf Hijjawi, Douglas Motorsport, 2 laps
Photo credit: BRDC British F3 and British GT